It’s been said that New Year’s Eve is for amateurs — a night for those that never imbibe to get a little sloppy, in the name of celebrating the year to come (see related story, “The Art of Drinking,” p. 6).
And while that is certainly true, Aspen being Aspen, there’s a lot more fun to be had than just drunken toasts. Locals and tourists alike flock to downtown bars and restaurants to ring in the New Year and pay homage to the year gone by. Because face it, if you’re in Aspen for the holidays, it’s been a pretty good year.
Below you’ll find a selection of the best dinner deals, wine tasting, all-you-can-drink specials, DJs, and live music to be had as you officially close out 2013. And don’t forget about the free events hosted by the Aspen Chamber, including the DJ and bonfire at Wagner Park from 8 p.m. to midnight, as well as two fireworks displays at 8 p.m. and midnight.
Contact the establishments below directly as reservations are often necessary.
Ajax Tavern. Three-course dinner for $68, $25 for kids.
BB’s Kitchen. Seven-course dinner $225. Wine pairings an additions $75. Three-course kids meal for $35.
Belly Up. The Flaminig Lips at 9 p.m. $275 general admission, $675 reserved.
Chair 9 at the Little Nell. DJ Dylan from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. featuring bottomless Veuve Cliquot for $195.
The Chefs Club by Food & Wine. $395 with wine pairings for an additional$175.
Element 47. Winter Wonderland from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. featuring four-piece jazz band, bottomless Cristal, well cocktails and wine for $347.
Eric’s Bar, Su Casa, Aspen Billards, The Cigar Bar. $55 in advance cash/$65 credit card, $60 day-of cash/$70 credit. Four bars one ticket. Cash bar. No food will be served on this night.
Heather’s in Basalt. Live music with Vid Weatherwax at 8 p.m.
Hotel Jerome. Two seatings. 6:30-7:30 three-course meal for $150. 9-10 p.m. four-course meal for $250. Additional three-course wine pairing for $50.
Mezzaluna. Three-course dinner. First seating 5:30-6 p.m. ($65/adults, $35/kids), second seating 7:30-8 p.m. ($80), third seating 9:30 ($90).
PAC3 in Carbondale. Live music with Euforquestra at 9 p.m.
Plato’s at the Aspen Meadows. Five-course dinner for $120.
The Regal. DJ Stanton.
The Sky Hotel. Masquerade party featuring open bar, DJs at 10 p.m. $265 general admission starting at 10 p.m. VIP starting at 8 p.m. for $500, including buffet, reserved table, bottle of bubbly.
St. Regis. Family Buffet from 5-11 p.m. $95/adults, $39/kids. 1920s-style speakeasy gala to follow featuring live music by Nikki Hill and Curtis Salgada, midnight champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres for $249. VIP available for $499.
Takah Sushi. All-you-can-eat sushi early seating from 5:30-6:45 in dining room (all night at the sushi bar) for $125. After 7 p.m. all-you-can-eat sushi for $165. Kid 13 and under $55 all night. Live music later in the evening.
Ute City. DJ, open bar and gift bag from 9:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. $135.
Wheeler Opera House. Live music with the Delta Saints at 9 p.m. $65.