Out with the old, in with the new: If the New Year’s Eve of yore has taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing worse than spending the holiday at home with Ryan Seacrest and leftover Christmas cookies. While the hype can often overshadow the reality of counting down the New Year, Yellow Scene wants to ensure your last moments of 2010 are as spectacular as possible.
Here, 11 ways to spend Dec. 31, 2010:
Count down & Boogie Down
Sure, you could drive down to Denver, battling traffic and crowds and over-priced hotels. Or you can just stay in town and celebrate like a local: Try out Hotel Boulderado’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party. An optional dinner buffet will be followed by two live bands—Dressed in Black, featuring Mark Diamond on bass, will rock from 8:30pm–12:30am and ?Funkiphino will play from 9pm to 1am. There’s also open access to Q’s Restaurant, the Corner Bar and Catacomb’s—plenty of space for dancing the rest of the year away.
Where: Hotel Boulderado 2115 13th St., Boulder
Details: Tickets required. Before Dec. 27: $40 entry/$75 entry and dinner buffet, $60/$85 after
10. Party Hard
Calling all Boulder County electronic hipsters: if you don’t have $67 to spare, be prepared to be disappointed. If you can’t afford the hefty price tag to see Crystal Castles, an experimental duo from Canada, you’re probably gonna have to settle for watching their videos on YouTube. But there’s still hope! If you don’t blow all your Christmas bank on obscure vinyl, malt whiskey and vintage horn-rimmed glasses before then, you still have a chance. And it’s worth it: Crystal Castles is known for their high-powered live performances, so it’ll likely knock your Converse off.
Where: Boulder Theater 2032 14th St.,
Details: 9pm, all ages
9. be Cultured … & Then Party
Sophistication. Eccentricity. Berets. Mmmmm, contemporary art. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will throw down this New Year’s Eve, fulfilling all traditional expectations (food, champagne toast, dancing) with a side of post-modernism. The beautiful downtown-Boulder building—galleries are filled with work from local, national and international artists—will most definitely appease those who truly want to countdown in style.
Where: Bmoca, 1750 13th St., Boulder
Details: 8pm-2am, $20 advance/$30 at
OK, so you want to stay in but you still want to celebrate like a socially capable adult. Invite some friends over—make it a potluck—and you serve the drinks. For something different than your usual bottle of vodka and bucket of ice, we asked mixologist Brad Cobb at Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace for a cocktail that would impress your friends and family and give the evening an incendiary vibe. For non-alcoholic drinkers, visit tinyurl.com/26xrjlx for ideas.
Citrus Fizz Punch
• 9 oz. Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
• 4 oz. Lemon Juice
• 4 1/2 oz. Clement Orange Liqueur
• 4 1/2 oz. Cinnamon Honey Syrup
• 9 oz. Sparkling Wine
• Top with Soda water
• 2 cinnamon sticks, reserve for garnish
• 1/2 lemon, sliced into lemon wheels, garnish
• 3 star anise, garnish
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl, float garnish of cinnamon sticks, lemon wheels and star anise. Serve in rocks glasses with ice.
For Honey-Cinnamon Syrup:
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/2 cup boiling water
Crush cinnamon sticks with a rolling pin and add to honey and water. Marinate for 12 hours, then strain. Remaining syrup can be saved in refrigerator for later use, good for at least one week.
—Courtesy of mixologist Brad Cobb, Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace
Ski by night-light
It’s one of those things that you can only experience in Colorado: A glowstick-lit ski run. Several of the state’s best ski resorts entertain visitors with music and fireworks on the eve of the new year as well as a glowworm of skiers moving down the mountain slope and into town; you’ll want to register ahead of time. It’s a beautiful sight and an unforgettable experience.
Where: Beaver Creek Village
Details: Registration starts at 6pm, free
6. Quatro, Tres, Dois, Um…
Ring in 2011 with Brazilian roots music? A little nontraditional? Yes, but not to be written off. Sambadende, a lively local band, has inspired quite a hometown following and gives a wickedly good show with street beats and Latin rhythm. Last year’s show sold out, so don’t leave this one up to chance if your hips can’t refuse an opportunity to salsa.
Where: Xanadu Ballroom, Hotel St. Julien 900 Walnut St., Boulder
Details: 9pm, $30–35
5. Cheer with Beer
2010 could be considered the year of Oskar Blues: Named a top brand by Advertising Age and receiving praise from Bon Appetit, Beer Traveler and Playboy, Oskar Blues was on top this year. So, it seems fitting to do our counting down with the Colorado brewer. Catch the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew or She Groovez Band at Home Made Liquids & Solids. Beyond the musical entertainment, if their beer made the rigid and upright at the Wall Street Journal “swoon,” just imagine what it could do to you.
Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 303 Main St., Lyons; Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids 1555 S. Hover Rd., Longmont
4. Kick it old School
Over the mountain and through the woods, you’ll find the historically hip Gold Hill Inn. Here, the beauty of the Rockies and the 50-year-old comfort of the inn meet, as well as a dinner buffet, dancing and music by Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, one of the best honky tonk bands to call Northern Colorado home, and Mary Russell Band. Go forward by going back to Colorado’s historic roots in the beautifully rustic mountain setting.
Where: Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill
3. Party, and Then Party
Nissi’s will pack a punch this New Year’s Eve with two seatings (that means two separate opportunities to party…) and the old schools stylings of the Vintage Rock & Soul Band. Food, music and champagne will be included in the price to rock the night away. It’s definitely an affair for the more time-constrained crowd that wants to rock out responsibly, and you can have the best of both worlds if you catch the early seating (7-9pm) and be home in time to watch the ball drop in Times Square.
Where: Nissi’s 2675 N. Park Dr., Lafayette
Details: First seating is 7–9pm, includes four-course dinner and complimentary glass of champagne, $60. Second seating is 10pm–12:30am, appetizer buffet and champagne toast, $75.
2. Countdown with the Kiddos
The little ones are often forgotten during this disreputable holiday. But don’t let the kiddies worry: There’s more than one way to celebrate the New Year. Kiddies can countdown to the strike of noon at WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette during their annual bash. Tucker ‘em out here with crafts, refreshments and live music so you can celebrate the parents’ version later.
Where: WOW! Children’s Museum 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette
Details: 10am, admission included in
Can’t make the noon countdown in Lafayette? Head down to Denver where the Children’s Museum drops their glittery ball every hour on the hour between 10am and 3pm—during which kids jump on giant sheets of bubble wrap to create the sound of fireworks and rainbows of confetti shower the partiers. Tons of music and activities before and after the countdowns.
Where: Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver
Details: 9am–4pm, activities are included with museum admission price
Take the Plunge: Head to Denver
We are usually the last people to suggest heading into the big, bad city for any occasion, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve, a metropolitan field trip might be in order. There’s plenty to do, and if all else fails, stand back and watch the fireworks light up the sky (shows at 9pm and midnight) or head to the Denver Botanic Gardens for the Blossoms of Light display. If you’re in the mood for something more stirring, read on:
2ND Annual Champagne Hotel
They are promising every “time of your life” cliché, but this massive party sets itself apart with the midnight balloon drop. Not sold yet? $2,000 in cash will be stuffed inside those magical plastic orbs and dropped from the ceiling. (Designated drivers, you have to have the advantage here…get on it).
Where: Marriot Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
Details: Tickets required, $49–$250, dress code enforced
Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party
Open bar, free food, champagne toast…blah blah blah. Here’s what sets this one apart: party hats, multiple balloon drops, casino night and Denver’s best dueling piano bar (along with two other music areas).
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton St., Denver
Details: Tickets required, $109
9th Annual White Rose Gala NYE
For the posh crowd (it is a gala, folks), this Egyptian-themed party is sure to excite anyone lucky enough to have Dolce or Gabbana hanging in their closet. The entire hotel is at the disposal for patrons who wish to ring in the New Year with a touch of class and plenty of champagne, music and theatrics.
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver
Details: Tickets required, $59–$250, dress code enforced
New Year’s Eve Party featuring Hazel Miller Band
Glide into 2011 with the Hazel Miller Band, Colorado’s most beloved music group (3OH!3 who?). Tickets include a dessert buffet, a champagne toast and an unforgettable night at the architecturally stunning Sherman Event Center.
Where: Sherman Street Event Center 1770 Sherman St., Denver
Details: 8pm, $55
Dinner Detective New Year’s Eve Show
When your friends complain about the mediocre party they went to and the horrible hangover they’re suffering from, you can say you helped catch a killer.
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 7525 E. Hapden Ave., Denver
Details: Arrive at 6:15pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Kids, 8-12, $44.85; general admission $77.78. Dressy casual dress code.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!