The best par­ties, din­ing and shows to ring in 2017

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By The Den­ver Post

Con­certs

Guilty Plea­sures Presents: Y2K 2.0 For­get about putting 2016 be­hind you. Hi-Dive’s Guilty Plea­sure DJ night in­vites you to set it in the bliss­fully dis­tant fu­ture with a pre-mil­len­nium bac­cha­nal. For those who miss mu­sic’s not-too-dis­tant yes­ter­year, the tiny South Broadway venue’s Y2K 2.0 dance party will stick to songs pulled from the ’70s through the aughts. From denim suits to Aguil­era high­lights, ’90s-themed cos­tumes are heartily en­cour­aged. Hi-Dive; 7 S. Broadway. Dec. 31; $15. 9 p.m. hi-dive.com or 303-733-0230.

The Yaw­pers Want to go out on New Year’s Eve but refuse to take off your cowboy hat and beer-can ban­dolier? You’re just The Yaw­pers type. Hot off its de­but al­bum for Blood­shot Records, the three-piece out­fit is play­ing The Ori­en­tal The­ater’s NYE Bash. If hol­ler­ing along with the best

Amer­i­cana rock band in Den­ver still isn’t enough ac­tion, Wesley Watkins’ funky jazz project The Other Black will join in. Bonus: There’s a party bus run­ning to and from Il­le­gal Pete’s on South Broadway for an­other $10. The Ori­en­tal The­ater; 4335 W. 44th Ave. Dec. 31; $1030. 8:30 p.m. the­o­ri­en­talthe­ater.com or 720-420-0030.

Fox Street and friends cover Daft Punk and LCD Soundsys­tem

If you just want to get as close to Daft Punk to play­ing at your house on New Year’s Eve, the Mile High City has you cov­ered. No, Daft Punk and LCD Soundsys­tem aren’t play­ing Den­ver them­selves. But that won’t stop Den­ver’s Fox Street, YAMN and oth­ers from try­ing to fool you into think­ing other­wise. Catch the funk-cen­tric bands as they cover the modern dance leg­ends — Daft Punk on Dec. 30 and LCD Soundsys­tem on Dec. 31 — over two nights at the Bluebird The­ater. Bluebird The­ater; 3317 E. Col­fax Ave. Dec. 30 and 31; $10-$30. 9 p.m. blue­birdthe­ater.net or 303-377-1666.

Par­ties

Res­o­lu­tion 2017 It’s a two-floor ho­tel takeover of The Cur­tis in down­town Den­ver for Res­o­lu­tion 2017. The open­bar event fea­tures mul­ti­ple rooms with DJ dance par­ties, aerial dancers, bal­loons, laser light dis­plays and ac­cess to watch the city’s fire­works dis­plays. Dress to im­press, be­cause every­one else will. The Cur­tis Ho­tel; 1405 Cur­tis St. Dec. 31; $99-$149, ad­vance pur­chase only and prices in­crease closer to the event, which tends to sell out. res­o­lu­tion­den­ver.com.

White Rose Gala Party like it’s 1920 at Ellie Caulkin’s Opera House White Rose Gala. The Roar­ing Twen­ties-themed event will fea­ture flap­pers, dance ex­hi­bi­tions and more than 40 per­form­ers to trans­port you back in time as you ring in the new year (well, mi­nus the midnight con­fetti blasts). Entertainment in­cludes a swing band and mul­ti­ple DJs. No jeans al­lowed; flap­per dresses, suits and hats are highly en­cour­aged. Oh yeah, and it’s for char­ity. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St. Dec. 31. Lim­ited GA tick­ets $79. whiterosegala.com.

Den­ver NYE Black Tie Party This open-bar party has a photo booth for you to doc­u­ment all your pre-res­o­lu­tion de­ci­sions that you can look back on the next morn­ing. The Den­ver New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party in­side the Sher­a­ton Down­town’s plaza will span three rooms filled with lights and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions while DJs spin the hits — and you spin the roulette wheel at one of the casino games. A gi­ant con­fetti blast and champagne toast will greet the new year at midnight. The Sher­a­ton is also at a prime lo­ca­tion to catch the night’s fire­works. Sher­a­ton Den­ver Down­town; 1550 Court Place. Dec. 31. $109, $99 with group dis­count min­i­mum six tick­ets. newyear­se­v­enight.com.

Comedy Comedy Works / The Den­ver Im­prov

What bet­ter way to say good­bye to this wretched year than laugh­ing in its face? Comedy Works has three sets at each lo­ca­tion in­clud­ing an early (5-6 p.m.) all-ages, fam­ily-friendly set, and two 21-and-up sets lead­ing up to midnight. Aus­tralian comic Monty Franklin head­lines Larimer Square; Justin Will­man per­forms at the south club. The late sets in­clude party fa­vors, a midnight champagne toast and count­down with the comics. The Den­ver Im­prov also wel­comes head­liner Co­coa Brown for 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows, with the later show dou­bling as a New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion with sim­i­lar good­ies. Comedy Works on Larimer Square; 1226 15th St., Comedy Works South; 5345 Land­mark Place, $25-$55. The Den­ver Im­prov, 8246 E. 49th Ave. Dec. 31; $20-$35. com­e­dy­works.com or den­ver.im­prov.com. On the Spot Plenty of peo­ple will de­scend upon down­town for the New Years Eve fire­works dis­plays (free along the 16th Street Mall at 9 p.m. and midnight), but most will be bounc­ing be­tween bars, restau­rants and clubs. Why not take a load off be­tween cel­e­bra­tions and catch some im­pro­vised comedy? Bovine Me­trop­o­lis The­ater, just off the 16th Street Mall, brings back its “On the Spot” im­prov show for 4 p.m. (fam­ily), 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows — that last one end­ing just be­fore the big New Year’s count­down/fire­works dis­play. Bovine Me­trop­o­lis, 527 Champa St. Dec. 31; $25-$40. bovinemetropo­lis.com.

Fam­ily Fun

Noon Year’s Eve While adults are busy hy­drat­ing (and sleep­ing in) for the big night, the Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Den­ver at Mar­sico Cam­pus will once again hold its “Noon Year’s Eve” party. Look for ball drops on the hour start­ing at 10 a.m., bub­ble-wrap “fire­works,” foun­tains of con­fetti, crafts, ap­pear­ances by spe­cial char­ac­ters and more. The re­cently ex­panded mu­seum’s Sparkly Sci­ence pro­gram will also fea­ture ed­u­ca­tors in glit­tery lab coats cre­at­ing dry ice va­por bub­bles and “ele­phant tooth­paste.” Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Den­ver; 2121 Chil­dren’s Mu­seum Drive. Dec. 31; $13 for peo­ple who are 1 or older than 60; $15 for ages 2 to 59; free for chil­dren un­der 1. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. my­childsmu­seum.org.

Zoo Year’s Eve The Den­ver Zoo is never not-crowded these days, and the same will likely go for its fam­ily-friendly New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. But it’s worth get­ting there early and tak­ing a deep breath to deal with the crowds, be­cause kids will love the hol­i­day lights, face-paint­ing, photo booth, magic show and “princess meet-and-greet.” Adults will love the 9 p.m. count­down that puts the kids in bed be­fore midnight — and par­ents on track to cel­e­brate in what­ever ways they see fit. Den­ver Zoo; 2300 Steele St. Dec. 31; chil­dren $12; kids un­der 2 free; adults $17; adults 65 and older $14. 5:30-9 p.m. den­ver­zoo.org.

Din­ing out

EDGE at Four Sea­sons Den­ver You know you’re in for more than just din­ner when you book reser­va­tions for EDGE at Four Sea­sons. If you’re look­ing for a quick meal be­fore head­ing to the next party, an early seat­ing be­tween 5 and 7 p.m. in­cludes three cour­ses fea­tur­ing dishes in­clud­ing ginger-car­rot soup, wagyu short ribs with cel­ery root and roasted car­rots and charred Chilean seabass with black truf­fle broth. A later, four-course din­ner kicks off at 8 p.m. and in­cludes a champagne toast as well as ac­cess to the EDGE Bar when the ball drops. Look­ing to just catch the toast at midnight? $25 gets you into to the Dom Perignon- and Belvedere-spon­sored mas­quer­ade party. EDGE at Four Sea­sons; 1111 14th St. Dec. 31; $85-$160. 5 p.m. edger­estau­rant­den­ver.com or 303-389-3343.

Coohills Ring in 2017 with a mas­quer­ade party and tasty bites at the 5-yearold sta­ple of We­watta Street. The latenight bash kicks off at 9 p.m. with a raw oys­ter and shrimp bar, cheese fon­due sta­tion, coq au vin slid­ers and truf­fled duck liver mousse on brioche from chefowner Tom Coohill. Cock­tails will flow from the bar all night, peak­ing with a Tat­tinger Brut la Française toast at midnight. Show up dressed in your best as cock­tail at­tire is re­quired, and a selfie sta­tion will be set up to make mem­o­ries of the night. Coohills; 1400 We­watta St. Dec. 31; $130. 9 p.m. coohills.com or 303-623-5700.

Linger Rooftop views of down­town and a deca­dent in­ter­na­tion­ally in­spired din­ner is all you need to fin­ish off 2016. The $80 din­ner in­cludes your choice of starters such as a steamed bun flight, es­ca­role salad, grilled king oys­ter mush­rooms and more fol­lowed up with but­ter-poached lob­ster ra­men, roasted quail, cre­spelle two ways or New York strip bibim­bap. Take it all in with cock­tails, beer and wine as the ball drops. As is the case with any of Justin Cucci’s restau­rants, they’re happy to ac­com­mo­date di­etary needs. Linger; 2030 W. 30th Ave. Dec. 31; $80. linger­den­ver.com or 303-993-3120.

Mu­seum of Den­ver at Mar­sico Cam­pus

The New Year’s Eve ball will drop at the Chil­dren’s Mu­seum of Den­ver’s “Noon Year’s Eve” event. Pro­vided by Chil­dren's

Ring in 2017 with a mas­quer­ade party at Coohills.

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