Uncorking 2008 in the Vail Valley
Everybody loves a party, and what better excuse to party than a new year.While contemplating the stack of resolutions that inevitably comes at the end of December, there is still one more chance to completely forget about everything and immerse yourself in the fun and revelry of the holiday season never mind the hangover and expensive bar tab that will haunt you for the next couple of days.Dont worry, Eagle County isnt all excessive drinking on New Years Eve, however. There are plenty of events for families, children and quiet types to enjoy as well. Everything from seven-course meals, skiing down Beaver Creek, and bowling are on the docket, as well as traditional drink-til-you-puke fun.Bowling is fun because youre still hanging out with your friends and drinking but you can be competitive and make bets and play games. Its a good group collective activity and its something that the whole family can enjoy together on New Years, said Meredith Richards, events and marketing manager for The Back Bowl in Eagle. A great turn-out is expected, according to Richards, and there will be live music for those who dont feel like spraining their wrist while trying to throw strikes. The following is a comprehensive listing of activities to help ring in the New Year. Whether its hanging out with close friends at a bar or dining on caviar with your boss, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whatever you do, dont be left out, and please, be responsible.
The ClubStarts: 8 p.m.Who should go: 21 and over.Whats going on: Music from Wes Yoakam and dancing.Cost: $75 includes two free drinks and party favors. For more information: Call 479-0556 or visit http://www.theclubvail.com.Cucina Rustica, The Lodge at VailStarts: First seating is 5 p.m., second seating is 8:30 p.m.Who should go: Couples, families.Whats going on: Fine dining and a live Latin band.Cost: First seating is $80, second seating is $285.For more information: Call 477-3724 or visit http://www.lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com.GarfinkelsStarts: 9 p.m.Who should go: 21 and over, singles.Whats going on: Live music by DJ Knucklz, a champagne toast at midnight, free well drinks, wine and draft beer.Cost: $75For more information: Call 476-3789 or visit http://www.garfsvail.com.La TourStarts: First seating is 4:30 p.m., second seating is 6:30 p.m., grand seating is 8:30 p.m.Who should go: Couples, families.Whats going on: Fine dining and dancing, champagne toast.Cost: First seating is $85, second seating is $175 and grand seating is $235.For more information: Call La Tour at 476-4403 or visit http://www.latour-vail.com.Mezzaluna Starts: First seating is 6:30 p.m., second seating is 8:30 p.m.Who should go: Families.Whats going on: Dinner, drinks and live music from Brendan McKinney.Cost: The first dinner seating is $65 for adults and $30 for children. The second seating is $110 for everyone.For more information: Call Mezzaluna at 477-4410 or visit http://www.mezzalunavail.com.Red LionStarts: 7:15 p.m.Who should go: 21 and over.Whats going on: Live music from Phil Long and the Bridge Street Band with a champagne toast at midnight.Cost: $40, limited to 300 tickets for the event.For more information: Call The Red Lion at 476-7676 or visit http://www.theredlion.com.Samana LoungeStarts: 8 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-overWhats going on: DJ John Nedza will spin. Cost: $100, includes two free drinks and a champagne toast. For more information: 476-3433.The Tap RoomStarts: 8 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-over.Whats going on: Champagne toast at midnight, buffet, party favors, music by DJ D-Riot. Food served from 8 to 11 p.m.Cost: $75.For more information: Call 479-0500, ext. 1. Torchlight Ski Down Starts: 6:15 p.m. at Golden Peak.Who should go: Families.Whats going on: Ski instructors and Vail Resorts employees will ski down Golden Peak holding glow torches. There will be a fireworks display once the skiiers reach the bottom of the run, expected to be about 6:30 p.m.Cost: FreeFor more information: Call 754-5601.Up the Creek in VailStarts: First seating is 5 p.m., second seating is 8 p.m.Who should go: Families, couples.Whats going on: Fine dining and drinks.Cost: First seating is $100 for adults and $30 for children, second seating is $225.For more information: Call 476-8141 or visit http://www.vailupthecreek.com.The Wildflower, The Lodge at VailStart: First seating is 5 p.m., second seating 8:30 p.m.Who should go: Couples, families.Whats going on: A five-course menu.Cost: First seating is $99, second seating $199.For more information: Call 477-3725 or visit http://www.lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com.
Mangos Mountain GrillStarts: 8 p.m.Who should go: Families without small children, singles.Whats going on: An all-you-can-eat buffet and a performance by local rock band Little Hercules.Cost: $50, which includes the buffet, champagne toast, party favors and Little Hercules show.For more information: Call Mangos at 827-9109 or visit http://www.mangosmountaingrill.com.
AgaveStarts: 10 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-over.Whats going on: DJ Kool Moe Bee.Cost: Free. For more information: Call 748-8666.Bobs PlaceStarts: 9 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-overCost: $10 cover. For more information: Call 845-8556.Finnegans WakeStarts: 6 p.m.Who should go: 21 and over.Whats going on: Live music featuring Jonny Mogambo and Big Paddy. Lots of drinking.Cost: $15 in advance and $20 day of.For more information: Call Finnegans Wake at 748-4610 or visit http://www.finneganswakeavon.com.Loaded Joes New Years Eve Masquerade BallStarts: 9 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-over.Whats going on: Live music from DJs Adam Ross, Ryezen and Paradice.Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, includes a champagne toast at midnight and masks for everyone. Dress is formal elegant and sexy, according to the poster. For more information: Call 748-1480 or visit http://www.loadedjoes.com.Zacca ZaStarts: 9 p.m.Who should go: All ages.Whats going on: Hors doeuvres and dinner, live DJ and champagne toast.Cost: $95 per person (does not include alcohol or gratuity). Price does include champagne toast and dinner.For more information: Call Zacca Za at 748-4848 or visit http://www.zaccaza.com.
Beanos CabinStarts: 5 p.m.Who should go: Families.Whats going on: Fine dining includes a five-course meal paired with wines, live music, dancing and a champagne toast. Cost: $375 per person.For more information: Call 949-9090.Beaver Creek ChophouseStarts: First seating is 5 p.m., second seating is 7 p.m. and third seating is 9:30 p.m.Who should go: Families and couples.Whats going on: Fine dining and drinks. Cost: All seatings are $119 for adults and $65 for kids (during the first seating only). For more information: Call 845-0555 or visit http://www.beavercreekchophouse.com.Beaver Creek Glow Stick Ski-DownStarts: 6:30 p.m.Who should go: Families, the little ones.Whats going on: Glow stick ski-down the mountain. Participants hold glow sticks then work their way down the mountain creating a glowing snake-like formation. This will be followed by the Ski Instructors Torchlight Parade and then a fireworks display at 7:30 p.m.Cost: Free.For more information: Call 845-9090.Grouse Mountain GrillStarts: Two seatings, call for more information. Who should go: families.Whats going on: Fine dining and drinks. Magician Devon Haynes will be performing illusions and The Tony Gulizia Jazz Ensemble will perform. There will also be dancing.Cost: $140 per person.For more information: Call 949-0600 or visit http://www.grousemountaingrill.com.McCoysFrom: 7 to 10 p.m.Who should go: All agesWhats going on: Music from guitarist Shannon Tanner and beverages for purchase.Cost: FreeFor more information: Call 845-9090Splendido at the ChateauStarts: First seating is 5:30 p.m., second seating is 8 p.m. and the late night party is 10 p.m. to close.Who should go: families, couples.Whats going on: Fine dining and drinks. Peter Vavra will play piano starting at 6 p.m. with a late night party into the New Year.Cost: The first seating is $95 for adults and $35 for children. The second seating is $375 per person and the after party is $95 and includes a glass of champagne and party favors.For more information: Call 845-8808. Whiskey Elk Nightclub in the Park Hyatt Beaver CreekStarts: 9 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-over.Whats going on: Music by Dave Kemmerly and a champagne toast at midnight. Food will be available for purchase.Cost: FreeFor more information: Call 949-1234.
E-Town restaurantStarts: 7 p.m.Who should go: 21 and over, singlesWhats going on: Music by DJ Miah, champagne toast.Cost: $20 cover at the door. $75 open bar with dinner at 7 p.m. $50 open bar after 10 p.m. 21 and over after 10 p.m.For more information: Call 926-4080.Frites restaurantStarts: Seating begins at 7:15 p.m.Who should go: All ages.Whats going on: Three-course with dessert celebration. Theres a childrens menu available. Cost: $85.For more information: Call 926-2151.Rays RestaurantStarts: 10:30 p.m.Who should go: 21-and-overWhats going on: DJ Miah will spin. Cost: $20 cover after 10 p.m.For more information: Call 926-7480.
The Backbowl in EagleStarts: 8 p.m. First band starts at 8 p.m.Who should go: All ages.Whats going on: Live music by Me & KB and Whos Drivin?! A four-course dinner of soup, salad, and choice of entree will be available to adults from 8 to 10 p.m. Bowling lanes will be available for play starting at 8 p.m.Cost: $20 includes live music, dancing, champagne toast, party favors and raffle ticket. Add $35 for the meal ($15 for kids). Bowling lanes cost $55 an hour or $208 for the entire night (for up to six people). For more information: Call 331-4066 or visit http://www.thebackbowl.com.