New Year’s events in Vail: Establishments across the valley celebrate the arrival of 2016
It’s time for New Year’s Eve shenanigans, and in the Vail Valley, that means indulgent meals, Champagne toasts and rocking into the wee hours. Haven’t finalized your plans? Browse this list of mountain dinners and parties. Contact the individual restaurants or venues for more information or to make reservations; many seatings may be sold out.
• Agave (1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-748-8666) is throwing a 21-and-older locals New Year’s Eve bash, with DJ Nevada Lee, Gibby and special guests entertaining the masses with dance music and beats to boot. Doors open for the party at 9 p.m., with $2 select beers and other drink specials from 9 to 11 p.m. There’s no cover before 11 p.m. Reservations are not required.
• Fire up your New Year’s at Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria in The Westin Riverfront Resort (126 Riverfront Lane, 970-790-5500), with a six-course meal. Dinner is $95 for adults, $25 for children 5 to 12, and children 4 and younger are free, with seatings available from 5 to 10 p.m., and reservations are highly recommended. Parlor 126 opens at 9:30 p.m., with live music, a Champagne toast at midnight on both East Coast and Mountain time zones and a balloon drop at midnight Mountain Time; no reservations necessary.
• The Beaver Creek Chophouse (15 W. Thomas Place, Beaver Creek Village, 970-845-0555) is serving a six-course, prix fixe dinner for New Year’s Eve, with early seating at 5 and 5:15 p.m., second seating at 7 and 7:30 p.m. and late seating at 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. The price for all seatings is $125, and a special kids’ price of $65 is available for the early seating only; children are full price for other seatings. Following dinner, head to C-Bar, where there’s no cover for live dance music with Mac McCain. Reservations are required.
• Kick off 2016 at Balata in the Sonnenalp Club in Singletree (1265 Berry Creek Road, 970-477-5353), with a three-course meal, including your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert, for $65. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Spend New Year’s Eve at e|town (295 Main St., The Riverwalk at Edwards, 970-926-4089), where a $60 cover gets you unlimited drinks, dancing and fun. Doors open at 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Main St. Grill (97 Main St., Unit W-101, The Riverwalk at Edwards, 970-926-2729) is hosting a New Year’s Bash, with local band Roadside Diversion playing a funky, rock ’n’ roll jam mix of originals and covers. There’s no cover, and the doors open at 10 p.m. Reservations not required.
• Restaurant Mirador at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera (2205 Cordillera Way, 970-926-2200) is serving a five-course, prix fixe menu, with early seatings at 5:30 and 6 p.m. ($85 for adults, $22 for children) and late seatings at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ($125 adults only, includes entertainment, party favors and Champagne toast). Reservations are recommended.
• Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar (474 Main St., 970-827-9027) will host its annual New Year’s, a kid-friendly bash, from 6 to 9 p.m. A barbecue buffet is $10 for adults and children eat free. Reservations recommended.
• Bring in the new year at The Minturn Saloon (146 Main St., 970-827-5954) with local band Min’urn Express. The music will start at 10 p.m., and the dining room will be cleared for dancing. Tickets for the 21-and-older party are $30, which includes party favors. The event will be limited to 150 people. The Saloon will be open prior to the party serving its regular dinner menu. Pre-sale tickets are recommended.
• Altitude Bar & Grill in the Evergreen Lodge (250 South Frontage Road W., Lionshead Village, 970-476-7810) will feature DJ Doses, a Champagne toast and party favors from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with no cover charge. Reservations aren’t needed.
• Spend New Year’s Eve at a 21-and-older party at Bol (141 E. Meadow Drive, Unit 113, Vail Village, 970-476-5300), with an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m., complimentary appetizers passed throughout the night and music from DJ Shake One and a special guest. Tickets are $300; reservations required.
• The newly remodeled Fitz Bar & Restaurant at Manor Vail Lodge (595 Vail Valley Drive, Golden Peak, 970-476-5000) has two ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve — a champagne-inspired amuse, with four courses to follow, for $165 ($45 for children 12 and younger) or at the bar, with happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m., live music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and an East Coast toast at 10 p.m., with no cover. Dinner reservations are recommended.
• The Sebastian Hotel (16 Vail Road, Vail Village, 970-331-0666) is hosting an exclusive New Year’s Eve party, with a decadent dinner buffet, entertainment from DJ Maestro Hughes and a Champagne toast with dessert bites. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. and also include a children’s corner with crafts. Tickets are $275 for adults and $195 for children. Reservations are required.
• This New Year’s Eve, Samana Lounge (228 Bridge St., 970-476-3433) will be host to the hottest party in Vail, with light appetizers, a Champagne toast at midnight and dancing all night long with DJ Wood B. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Pre-sale tickets recommended.
• The King’s Club at the Sonnenalp Hotel (20 Vail Road, Vail Village, 970-476-5656) will be rocking to the tunes of the Kevin Danzig Band, featuring musicians Mike Fauth, Faith Crawford, Kevin Danzig and Scooter Barnes, plus Donny Z and Ron Hardy and additional special guests. The music runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s no cover and reservations aren’t needed.
• La Tour Restaurant (122 E. Meadow Drive, Vail Village, 970-476-4403) will have two dinner seatings for New Year’s. The early seating, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., is a three-course meal for $99 per person. The grand seating, from 6 to 10:30 p.m., includes five courses for $199. Pricing does not include alcohol. Reservations are required.
• Ring in the new year at Garfinkel’s (536 E. Lionshead Circle, Lionshead Village, 970-476-3789), where a $100 cover gets you appetizers, bubbly and drinks (shots not included), along with music from DJ P Rock. Doors open at 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant (231 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village, 970-476-4671) will host the MTHDS with their rocking hip-hop, jam party music starting on the enclosed patio at 10 p.m. Tickets are $50. The restaurant also will have two dinner seatings, at 6 and 9 p.m., and music from Dave Tucker at 7 p.m. in the lounge; the bar opens at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Toast the new year at Larkspur (458 Vail Valley Drive, Golden Peak, 970-754-8050), with 2-for-1 happy hour from 9 to 10 p.m. and music from DJ Erik Viennau. Tickets are $150 and include signature passed appetizers and a midnight toast. Custom table and bottle service packages are also available.
• Bridge Street Bar (290 Bridge St., Vail Village, 970-476-0360) will have Scott Munns on stage and DJ Alejandro in the dance room, plus an open bar until midnight (sans super premium liquor and shots) and party favors for $75 per person. Reservations are recommended.
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Frost in The Sebastian Hotel (16 Vail Road, Vail Village, 970-477-8130), with craft cocktails and a DJ spinning from 9 p.m. to close. There’s no cover, and reservations aren’t needed.
• The Red Lion (304 Bridge St., Unit 1, Vail Village, 970-476-7676) is hosting a New Year’s Eve party, with appetizers from 7 to 9 p.m., a Champagne toast and live music starting at 9 p.m. from Brendan McKinney and friends. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $100 for the 21-and-older event, with only 150 tickets sold. Reservations are required.
• The Vail Chophouse (675 Lionshead Place, Lionshead Village, 970-477-0555) will feature a six-course, prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve, with first seating at 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. ($125); second seating at 7:15, 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. ($125); and third seating at 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. ($199). A special kids’ price of $65 is available for the early seating only; children are full price for other seatings. The late seating will include live music with Phil Long, party favors and a Champagne toast. Reservations are required.
• New Year’s at Lancelot (201 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village, 970-476-5828) has one 9:30 p.m. party seating, with prime rib or surf and turf your way, plus sides, dessert and a bottle of Taittinger Champagne Brut la Francaise per couple, for $200 per person. Reservations recommended.
• Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp Hotel (20 Vail Road, Vail Village, 970-476-5656) will host two dinner seatings for New Year’s. The first, at 5:30 p.m., is a three-course dinner with choice of appetizer and entree for $82 for adults or $39 for children 12 and younger. The second seating, at 8:30 p.m., is five courses for $215 for adults or $90 for children 12 and younger, followed by drinks and dancing into the new year with live entertainment. Reservations are recommended.
• The Vail Ale House (2161 North Frontage Road W., West Vail, 970-476-4314) is hosting two bands for New Year’s Eve: the original Shakedown Street and Town Cavalry. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $20 cover. Reservations aren’t needed.
• Vendetta’s (291 Bridge St., Vail Village, 970-476-5070) will be offering two separate dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve, with first seating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ($70 for adults, $30 per child younger than 12) and second seating from 8:30 to 10 p.m. ($100 for adults $40 per child), which includes party favors to ring in the new year. Each seating is complemented with a selection of red, white and sparkling wines. Dinner reservations are required. If you aren’t having dinner, there’s a $25 cover for DJ and dancing.