Here it comes. The time of year you lift your glass, mumble a couple of lines of “Old Lang Syne,” and share a smooch with whomever you might be lucky enough to be standing close to. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner folks, and in this town the parties come in every shape and size. Messenger thought we would drop some knowledge about what’s happening on the day we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. And whether you are ready to throw down like a baller or tear it up on a budget, we got the low down for ya.
For better or for worse, 2017 is about to be out the door (thank gad) and 2018 is ready to show us what its got in store. But before any of that can happen let’s have a night were we live in the moment and take it all in.
Most restaurants will have dinner prix fixe menus for the final evening of the year (which often turn into parties after the late seating). But if you’re just looking to get done, here’s a selection of the best. And wherever you are, don’t forget to step outside for the fireworks display above Aspen Mountain at 8 pm and midnight. Party on!
New Year’s Eve Parties
Ballin’ on A Budget…
Base Camp in Snowmass – $45
10pm-2am. Music by the one and only Berkel Beats, access to both floors. VIP tickets $100, open bar cocktail hour and party, private entry, express access to both floors. Bottle service and upgrades available.
Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar–$40 at the door
9pm – (standing room only), VIP tables available (email [email protected] or call), DJ & Drink Specials, Champagne toast or shot of Fernet at midnight. 970.710.7275 hoochaspen.com
Mountain Social at the St. Regis Aspen -FREE
5pm-2am. Celebrate with a DJ performance, cocktail service by Mountain Social (previously Shadow Lounge), and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Marvel at midnight (and 8 pm) with a premier view of the Aspen Mountain fireworks. Open to the community and no cover charge. 970.429.7373 stregisaspen.com/festive
Red Onion New Year’s Eve – $15 cover
10pm-2am. Come ring in the New Year with all the locals! DJ Golden will set the tone for 2018! Come dance the night away. Your $15 cover will get you a champagne toast at midnight and an unforgettable night with great music, cheap drinks and bad decisions! 970.925.9955 redonionaspen.com
Wagner Park Bonfire & DJ – FREE
8pm-Midnight FREE! Ring in the New Year in Wagner Park as you listen to a DJ and warm up by the bonfire before enjoying the fireworks over Aspen Mountain at 8pm and Midnight. 970.429.2093 cityofaspen.com
Silver City Saloon – $20
Join Silver City and Smithworks American made Vodka to ring in the New Year. Aspen’s newest Saloon and music destination will have The Williams Brothers Band rocking live music on our stage. Includes a midnight toast with pre-sale tickets available at the bar. Email [email protected] or call Jeremy at (404)375-6808 with any questions or reserved seating request.
Sholmo’s – $50
Includes hor d’oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar + DJ.
Ballers NOT on a Budget…
Bootsy Bellows Aspen – $500
9:45pm-1:45am $500 tickets include: Open Bar 9:45pm – Midnight, Passed Sushi from 10pm-12:30am, bottomless Champagne all night. LA DJ Mark Jackson. Additional Purchase Upgrades: Bootsy Bellows in partnership with PJ and Louie 13. For an additional $500 ticket we will upgrade your ticket with one of the following specials: 1oz Louie 13 upgrade with Bottomless Rose; 1oz MaCallan 25 upgrade with Bottomless Rose; 1oz Clase Azul Ultra upgrade with Bottomless Rose. Table Inquiries – Call Andrew 617.233.4504; hwoodgroup.com/bootsy-bellows-aspen
Clicquot Cats at The Little Nell – $$$
7:15 pm-8:45 pm & 11:15 pm-12:45 am. For an elevated experience on New Year’s Eve, Clicquot Cats offer the unique opportunity to view the fireworks display from the top of Little Nell ski run. The Little Nell, Veuve Clicquot and Aspen Skiing Company have created a VIP fireworks experience, combining the finest in service and champagne and the ultimate in access and adventure. Three snowcats are available for buy-out (up to 12 guests) for the 8 pm or midnight fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain. Your Clicquot Cat will depart from the base of Ajax for a ride up Little Nell run to a private setting on the slopes with seating, blankets and a dedicated server to pour Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam La Grande Dame by the magnum and Ardberg scotch, serve a raw seafood bar, caviar, chocolate covered strawberries and The Little Nell’s signature hot chocolate, plus Bellinis for a celebratory toast. 970.920.4600 thelittlenell.com
The Dom Perignon Party at The Little Nell – $575
10pm-1:30am. Ring in 2018 at Aspen’s “it party” of the holiday season. The exclusive celebration takes place throughout Chair 9, the living room, element 47’s bar and outdoor lounge, as well as the Grand Salon. Each space will be exclusively named and feature musical acts for the premier event of the winter. Enjoy an open bar with food stations replenished throughout the night. DJ Amy Robbins will get the crowd on their feet in The Belvedere Lounge, DJ Cyn will be spinning in The Dom Pérignon Lounge and a live jazz performance in the Hennessy Lounge. The party goes from 10 pm – 1:30 am with a fireworks display over Aspen Mountain at midnight. $575++/person. Reserved seating for up to eight guests with private butler service is available for $12,000/group. 970.920.6334 thelittlenell.com
Escobar – $350
10 pm-midnight. Unlimited champagne all night. Open bar until midnight. Special Guest DJ. General admission $350, inquire about VIP tables. 970-414-0524. Escobaspen.com
Great Gatsby Party at Aspen Kitchen – $500
9 pm-2 am. Celebrate with us and spend the later part of the evening in your finest fashion from the Roaring 20s at our Great Gatsby Party. Premium open bar, champagne toast, Codigo specialty cocktails, patio views of the fireworks and Aspen’s festivities, and more!
$500/person. 970.300.4525 kitchenaspen.com
Grey Lady – $250
10pm-2am. Open bar all night. Champagne toast at midnight. Sounds by C.Clarke. $250 greyladyaspen.com
The Infamous Stringdusters @ Wheeler Opera House – SOLD OUT (gotta get creative to get tixs)
7:45pm open bar (wine and beer) and light appetizers. 9:30pm show. Midnight complimentary champagne toast during the ball drop will follow the concert. 970.920.5770 wheeleroperahouse.com
Midnight Crush New Year’s Eve Party at The Limelight Hotel – $250
10pm-1:45am. Nightout and Aspen82, in-conjunction with the Limelight Hotel Aspen, present Midnight Crush, a New Year’s Eve Party. The theme of Midnight Crush eludes to a sweet and sultry Candy Land. The party will kick-off at 10 p.m. and feature bottomless Veuve Clicquot, sweet and sultry delights, passed hors’doeuvres, a photo booth, an open bar from 9:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m., belvedere vodka, Breckenridge Distillery spirits, party favors, and beats by DJ Trizz. To purchase, visit https://nightout.com/events/nye-at-limelight/tickets.
Aspen Art Museum – Members $185/Non-Members $235
Join AAM for a New Year’s Eve celebration with fine wine, excellent food, art activities for the whole family, and the best view of the fireworks in Aspen. Tickets include: Cocktail Buffet Dinner and a Champagne Toast & Fireworks
Reservations: [email protected] or 970.925.8050
Let’s wrap this year up in style and ring in the New Year with arms wide open and kisses for all.
Happy New Year Party People!