Where to ring in 2012 in Eagle County
December 29, 2011
From masquerade parties and fireworks displays, to family carnivals and a ‘Wolfpack,’ one thing is for sure – the start of 2012 will be anything but mundane. Here’s a look at New Year’s Eve celebrations going on up and down our fair valley Saturday night.
Unmask 2012 with CinebistroCinebistro is hosting a “Unmask 2012 party,” a dress-to-impress event with a grand prize for the best mask. The $150 tickets gets you complimentary beer and wine (three drinks per person), entertainment by DJ Weez, a chocolate fountain, passed appetizers, midnight champagne toast and more. For age 21 and over. Call 970-476-3344 to learn more. New Years Bash with Wes Yoakam at The ClubNew Years Eve bash with Wes Yoakam Live. $99 gets you all you can drink well cocktails and drafts from 8 p.m. to midnight, a champagne toast, and party favors. Table reservations are negotiable. Event starts at 8 p.m. The Club is at 304 Bridge Street, Vail Village. Call 970-479-0556 or visit theclubvail.com to learn more. Riot at The Tap RoomThe Tap Room hosts DJ Riot on New Year’s Eve. For $75, you get a champagne toast at midnight, a buffet of appetizers and party favors. Call 970-479-0500 to learn more. Phil Long & Friends at the LionPhil Long and some special guests will entertain party-goers at The Red Lion for New Year’s Eve starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include a champagne toast at midnight. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today and sell fast. Call 970-476-7676.New Year’s Eve at the Sandbar in West VailThe Sandbar will host a slew of local musicians for New Year’s Eve. Dubbing themselves “The Wolfpack,” Dave Perron, Scotty Kabel, Jeff Armistead, Joe Bianchi and Jake Wolf will perform starting around 8 p.m. The cover charge is $10 and gets you free champagne for a midnight toast. Expect party favors and drink specials. Call 970-476-4314 to learn more.Disco ball with guest DJ Jon Nedza at SamanaSamana Lounge hosts DJ Jon Nedza spins classics from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and more at Samana Lounge in Vail for New Year’s Eve. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include finger foods early in the evening, two free drinks, champagne toast at midnight. Call 970-476-3433.New Year’s ‘Glitz at the Fitz’The Fitz in the Manor Vail Lodge is throwing a “Glitz at the Fitz” party. Tickets are $85 and get you four drink tickets, appetizers, a balloon drop at midnight, live music by DJ DC, on-site parking and party favors. The event goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 970-476-4959.’Fire on the Mountain’ at BearfishThe second annual “Fire on the Mountain” party takes place at Bearfish Bar & Grill in West Vail. The Dead Rednecks will perform with guests starting at 10 p.m. No Cover. Hawaiian shirt attire is recommended. The kitchen will close at 9 p.m. Call Torchlight parade and fireworks in VailA Vail tradition on New Year’s Eve is the torchlight parade and fireworks. Come watch skiers form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak, illuminated with glow sticks. The event takes place at 6:15 p.m. Viewing for this spectacle will take place at the base of Golden Peak. Fireworks will light up the sky immediately following the parade. Visit http://www.vail.com. First Night Party atop Vail MountainAfter the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, bring the whole family to Lionshead and head up the gondola to Adventure Ridge for an evening of fun at the First Night Party, taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. The gondola ride and select activities are complimentary, and packages will be available to purchase discounted dinner and activities to keep the fun going. Visit http://www.vail.com. Vail NYE 2012All adults ages 18 and up are invited to ring in the new year with DJ Logic and Golden b mixing top 40, dance, house, hip-hop and the best of the rest on Vail’s largest dance floor at Dobson Arena, which transforms into Club Dobson from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets range from $75 to $250. Purchase in-person at the Market Place Box Office in Vail Village, Last Course Desert Bar & Pastries in the Riverwalk in Edwards or at the Vail Dobson Arena Box Office. They also are available at VailNYE.com or by calling 970-845-8497.DJ Lito at BolBol is celebration New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. There will be complimentary Moet Imperial Champagne by the glass until midnight. Ketel One Ice Bar will pour complimentary drinks upon arrival, then offer specials all night. Complimentary passed appetizers from 10 p.m. to midnight. Special food menu available until 1 a.m. DJ Lito from Miami will spin hits. Tickets are $250. Visit http://www.bolvail.com or call 970-476-5300.
DJ Knucklz spins at Garf’sGarfinkel’s in Lionshead hosts DJ Knucklz. Tickets are $100 and includes open bar, free limited appetizers (not buffet style) and a Korbel Champagne toast at midnight. Festivities go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 970-476-3789.Brendan McKinney at MezzalunaMezzaluna will hold two late dinner seatings – 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – where a smaller version of the restaurant’s regular menu will be served. Brendan McKinney will perform beginning at 10:30 p.m. Call 970-477-4410.
Sloppy Mountain String Band and Boneless at Kirby’sKirby Cosmo’s celebrates both its 5th anniversary, and 2012 Saturday night. Sloppy Mountain String Band starts at 9 p.m. and Boneless will finish out the night. Kirbys will also be giving away prizes such as float trip with Minturn Anglers, gift certificate to Sticky Fingers, tune at Minturn Tune Shop, etc. You get a raffle ticket at the door. Call 970-827-9027 to learn more. No cover. Call 970-827-9027.Keep it ‘tight and bright’ at the SaloonThe Minturn Saloon is hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. to close. Cover is $11. The theme is “tight and bright.” There will be happy hour prices and drink specials starting at 9 p.m. DJ Scotty Pippen will perform. The Turtle Bus will make a special run to and from the Minturn Saloon by reservation only (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit http://www.minturnsaloon.com or call 970-827-5954.
Agave’s ‘Keep it Real’ partyAgave in Avon hosts a “Keep It Real” party. DJ Psychonaut, the resident DJ at Samana Lounge in Vail for many years, will spin everything from hip hop to rock, and funk to electronic. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. There’s no cover charge and $1 draft beers until 11:30 p.m. Call 970-748-8666.Vin 48 rings in 2012Vin48 in Avon is hosting a New Year’s party with live music by the Stephen Charles Jazz Duo. The $145 price tag gets you a five-course dinner with wine pairings, and entertainment. Call 970-748-WINE.
New Year’s Eve Family Carnival The New Year’s Eve Family Carnival at Beaver Creek takes place at McCoy’s, at Gerald R. Ford Hall near the base of the Centennial Express Lift #6 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Spend New Year’s Eve with the whole family. The carnival features live entertainment, games, raffle prizes and more. All ages welcome. There will be adult beverages and children’s “mocktails.” Music provided by DJ Shannon Tanner and the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s teen band “Awaken Annie.” Adults $45, teens (13-20) $25 and kids (3-12) $15. Visit http://www.beavercreek.com. FunFest and Glow Worm Ski DownBeaver Creek will host a Family FunFest Saturday with music, games, food and fun from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Plaza. The Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella group from Yale University, will perform at 4 p.m. on the plaza, and again at 5:30 p.m. at McCoy’s. Afterwards, check out the New Year’s Eve Glow Worm Ski Down. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. Meet at Children’s Ski School at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Visit http://www.beavercreek.com.
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Hardscrabble at Main St. GrillMain St. Grill in Edwards celebrates a new year with local bluegrass band Hardscrabble. The music starts at 10 p.m. and the show is free. Call 970-926-2729 to learn more. Ramona at SatoSato is celebrating the New Year with a party that includes two DJ’s – Ramona and Kirby – Tickets are $20 at the door. Call 970-926-7686.Jah Stone gets e-town dancingDJ Jah Stone will spin all night at e-town in Edwards for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $50 (in advance or $60 at the door) and include all you can drink (includes the full bar). The party starts at 9 p.m. and the DJ goes on at 10 p.m. Call 970-926-4080. Dinner and a show at VistaVista at Arrowhead; first seating 6 to 9 p.m., second seating 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Arrowhead this year and check out Vail’s Piano Man Micky Poage at the first seating at Vista, or catch the Fabulous Femmes during the second seating. First seating $75 per person; second seating $125 per person. Call 970-926-2111.
Rusty Z at Back BowlLaugh your way into the New Year at the Back Bowl in Eagle. Comedian and hypnotist Rusty Z brings his family-friendly show to Eagle. Rusty Z has mastered rapid hypnotic inductions. That, combined with his comedic background, make his hypnosis parties unique. Plus, his act is always in good taste and nobody is ever embarrassed, except maybe the skeptics who didn’t “believe” in hypnotism before the show started. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and should go until around 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Call 970-328-BOWL or visit http://www.thebackbowl.com. DJ Koncept at Brush CreekThe Brush Creek Saloon in Eagle is throwing a New Year’s Eve party with DJ Koncept. There will be drink specials until midnight. There’s no cover charge and the party starts at 9 p.m. Call 970-328-5279.Great Divide in EagleThe Great Divide Band will be performing a mix of classic hits and original songs with no cover charge at the Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle on New Year’s Eve. The Great Divide Band just released a new album “The Mississippi Mile,” and have played for more than a decade with world-renowned recording artist John Oates. No cover charge. Music starts at 8 p.m. Designated drivers available. Regular dinner menu served all night. Call 970-328-4043.
Snowblind at Pastime Bar & Grill NYELocal rock band Snowblind will perform at Pastime Bar & Grill on New Year’s Eve. The band plays old school rock and metal covers. It’s very structured, high-energy music,” said the band’s singer, Davey Brummett. “It’s fist pumping, head-banging, shout it out loud kind of stuff.” No cover charge. The band starts at 9 p.m. Drink specials throughout the night. Call 970-524-9300 to learn more.