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Plenty of places to party in Vail Valley

Charlie Owencowen@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyNevada Lee, right, and Anthony Juarez celebrate at Loaded Joes in Avon, Colorado during a New Years Eve party last year.
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado 2008 was a year of big ups and big downs in the Vail Valley and around the world. Gas prices spiked then dipped, lots of people lost their jobs, and our tax dollars had to save Wall Street. On a positive note, we elected the first ever African-American president, Guns N Roses finally released Chinese Democracy after a 15-year wait and the planet avoided Armageddon at least for the time being. On a local level, were seeing some of the best snowfall ever at Vail and Beaver Creek, something our tourist-based economy can really use, and it all started in 2008.But now its time to say good-bye to 2008 and move on to 2009. To help you nail down your New Years plans, weve compiled a comprehensive list of all the goings-on around the valley. If you just want a family dinner or want to dance the night away, theres lots of choices to make your New Years Eve as festive as you want it to be.

Altitude ClubStarts: 10 p.m.Whats going on: Three-course prime rib dinner with complimentary bottle of champagne, drink specials, dancing and live music by DJ Miles.Cost: $35 per person.More information: Call 970-476-7810 or visit http://www.evergreenvail.com.The ClubStarts: 8 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Wes Yokam, champagne toast and party favors.Cost: $60 in advance and $75 day of.More information: Call 970-479-0556 or visit http://www.theclubvail.com.Da VinciStarts: First seating from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Second seating sold out.Whats going on: Extravagant meals.Cost: $85 for first seating with $30 childrens menu (12 and under). Optional wine pairings for an extra $35.More information: Call 970-477-8050 or visit http://www.vailplazahotel.com.GarfinkelsStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by DJ Knucklz, finger food, champagne toast at midnight.Cost: $100, includes well wine and draft beer.More information: Call 970-476-3789 or visit http://www.garfsvail.com.Golden Peak Torchlight Ski DownStarts: 6:15 p.m.Whats going on: Fireworks and torchlight parade on Vail Mountain.Cost: Free.More information: Call 970-477-3699 or visit http://www.vail.snow.com.LarkspurStarts: 5 to 6:30 p.m. for first seating. Second seating at begins at 8:30 p.m.Whats going on: Five- and six-course meals, view of fireworks and torchlight parade, champagne toast, live music and dancing.Cost: $225 for adult first seating, $110 for children under 12. $350 for second seating.More information: Call 970-754-8050.LaTourStarts: First seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and second seating from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Grand seating from 8 to 11 p.m.Whats going on: Four-, five- and six-course dinners, dancing and music.Cost: $85 for first seating, $175 for second seating and $245 for grand seating.More information: Call 970-476-4403 or visit http://www.latour-vail.com.The Left BankStarts: First seating at 6 p.m. and second seating at 9 p.m.Whats going on: Elegant dinner.Cost: $169 per person.More information: Call 970-476-3696 or visit http://www.leftbankvail.com.MezzalunaStarts: 6:30 p.m. first seating and 8:30 or 9 p.m. second seating.Whats going on: Three- and four-course meals and live music by Brendan McKinney.Cost: $65 for first seating with a childrens menu for $30; $110 for second seating.More information: Call 970-477-4410 or visit http://www.mezzalunavail.com.Pepis Restaurant & BarStarts: 7 p.m. first seating, 10 p.m. second seating.Whats going on: Five-course meal and live music by Rod Powell.Cost: $160 five-course meal with champagne and $125 four-course meal.More information: Call 970-476-4671 or visit http://www.pepis.com.The Red LionStarts: 7:30 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Phil Long and the Bridge Street Band, dancing, champagne toast and party favors.Cost: $40 and tickets are limited to 350.More information: Call 970-476-7676 or visit http://www.theredlion.com.Samana LoungeStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by DJ Jon Nedza spinning old school party classics, funk, disco, hip-hop and percussion-laced house music, champagne toast and two free drinks and chocolates.Cost: $100 and tickets are limited.More information: Call 970-970-476-3433 or visit http://www.samalounge.com.Sandbar Sports GrillStarts: 8 p.m.Whats going on: A hottest couple and dirty dancing contest, cash prizes and live music by local band MTHDS, all hosted by New York Citys dirtiest singer-songwriter and comedian Uncle Dick.Cost: $20 in advance and $25 day of.More information: Call 970-476-4314 or visit http://www.sandbarvail.com.The Tap RoomStarts: 8 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by DJ Riot, buffet, champagne toast, party favors and dancing.Cost: $75 in person and $80 over the phone.More information: Call 970-479-0500 or visit http://www.taproomvail.com.Up the CreekStarts: 4:30 p.m.Whats going on: Five and seven-course meals.Cost: $85 for first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with kids menu available for $30; $145 for second seating from 8 p.m. through midnight.More information: Call 970-476-8141 or visit http://www.vailupthecreek.com.Vail Plaza ClubStarts: 8:30 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Big Daddy Lee & the King Bees, one free drink and champagne toast, party favors, late night snack and dessert table.Cost: $65 per person.More information: Call 970-476-5622 or visit http://www.vailplazaclub.com.Whiskey JacksStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: $1 wells and drinks until 11 p.m. and $2 from 11 p.m. on. Super Fantastic Awesome DJ Dylan will be spinning hip hop. Cost: $40.More information: Buy your tickets at Whiskey Jacks or call 970-456-7028.

Mangos Mountain GrillStarts: 8 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Little Hercules and champagne toast.Cost: $30 per person.More information: Call 970-827-9109 or visit http://www.mangosmountaingrill.com.



PaddysStarts: 5 p.m.Whats going on: Full menu featuring a prime rib dinner special with appetizer and glass of champagne.Cost: Free entry.More information: Call 970-949-6093 or visit http://www.paddysvail.com.

AgaveStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Three DJs, dancing and $1 drafts until midnight.Cost: Free.More information: Call 970-748-8666.Bobs PlaceStart: 7 p.m.Whats going on: Drink specials, free champagne toast for those entered by 11 p.m. and countdown on large, plasma screen TVs.Cost: Free.More information: Call 970-845-8556 or visit http://www.bobsplaceavonco.com.Finnegans WakeStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Big Paddy and a free Coors or Coors Light and a shot at midnight.Cost: $10.More information: Call 970-748-4610 or visit http://www.finneganswakeavon.com.Loaded JoesStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Masquerade ball and live music by DJ Wild Bill, DJ Paradice and DJ Ryezen. Complimentary Victorian mask and a champagne toast at midnight.Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.More information: Call 970-748-1480 or visit http://www.loadedjoes.com.Restaurant AvondaleStarts: First seating 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., second seating 8:30 to 10 p.m., late night party 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.Whats going on: Extravagant multi-course meal, dancing and live music by The Jonny Mogambo Band.Cost: First seating is $125 per adult and $85 per child or $2,500 for semi-private dinner. Second seating is $195 per person or $3,000 for semi-private dinner. $60 per person for late night party.More information: Call 970-790-5500 or visit http://www.avondalerestaurant.com.Vin48Starts: First seating from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Second seating from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Whats going on: Five and six-course meal with optional wine pairings, live music and champagne toast.Cost: $100 for first seating, $125 for second seating, plus tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairing for an extra $60 per person.More information: Call 970-748-9463 or visit http://www.vin48.com.



Beanos CabinStarts: 8:30 p.m.Whats going on: Six-course meal with wine pairings, dancing, champagne toast and live music by Mac McCain and Friends.Cost: $375 plus tax and gratuities.More information: 970-949-9090 or visit http://www.beavercreek.snow.com.Beaver Creek Mountain Glow Worm Ski DownStarts: 6 p.m. registration.Whats going on: Glow worm ski down (guest participation) followed by the ski instructors torchlight parade from Spruce Saddle and fireworks.Cost: Free.More information: Call 970-845-9090 or visit http://www.beavercreek.snow.com.Grouse Mountain GrillStart: Seating from 5 to 10 p.m.Whats going on: Four-course dinner, pianist and vocalist Tony Gulizia, and a strolling table-side magician will perform.Cost: $140.More information: Call 970-949-0600.MirabelleStarts: First seating at 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., second seating from 8 to 10 p.m. Whats going on: Four and five course meals depending on seating.Cost: $75 for first seating, $135 for second seating.More information: Call 970-949-7728 or visit http://www.mirabelle1.com.

BalataStarts: 6 p.m.Whats going on: Three-course dinner.Cost: First seating is $45 per person, second seating is sold out.More information: Call 970-477-5353 or visit http://www.sonnenalp.com.Dish RestaurantStarts: 5:30 p.m.Whats going on: Six-course meal with optional wine pairings and a champagne toast.Cost: $75 for the meal and $45 extra for wine pairings.More information: Call 970-926-3433 or visit http://www.eatdrinkdish.com.E-TownStarts: 10 p.m.Whats going on: Drink specials and live music my DJ Jon.Cost: Call for more information. More information: Call 970-926-4080.The Lodge & Spat at Cordillera/MiradorStarts: 5 p.m.Whats going on: Four-course meal and live entertainment with Robert Ingman, complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop.Cost: Adults $99 of seated between 5 and 6:45 p.m. and $125 from 7 to 10 p.m. $50 extra for wine pairings and children 5 to 12 are $55.More information: Call 970-569-6361 or visit http://www.cordilleralodge.com.Main St. GrillStarts: 10 p.m.Whats going on: Live music from the high-energy duo Donny Z and Ron Hardy playing songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Free champagne toast at midnight.Cost: Free.More information: Call 970-926-2729.MatthewsStarts: Before 7 p.m.Whats going on: Live entertainment by Mark Travino and Katye Kelly.Cost: $75 for early seating and $110 with wine pairings. $95 for later seating and $125 with wine pairings (includes champagne toast).More information: Call 970-926-8646 or visit http://www.matthewsinedwards.com.Rick & KellysStarts: 9 p.m.Whats going on: Live music by Bill Mckay, keyboardist for Leftover Salmon, free keg.Cost: $25.More information: Call 970-926-3426 or visit http://www.rickandkellysbistro.com.

The Backbowl/Bowlmor CafeStarts: 8 p.m.Whats going on: Bowling under the cosmic lights, four-course meal and live music by Jacque. Includes party favors and champagne toast.Cost: $55 per hour of bowling per lane (includes shoes). $39.95 per adult for dinner and $15 per child under 12.More information: Call 970-328-2695 or visit http://www.thebackbowl.com.High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.


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