In case you have your heart set on a New Year’s Eve dinner or drinks reservation, we’re here to provide some bars and restaurants that still have seats available (as of Sunday, Dec. 19) and are sure to serve you quality food and beverages on the big night.
Note that these are just eight places that are still accepting reservations as of publication time. There will be plenty more options around town, especially if you’re willing to walk in and wait. (And be sure to follow the latest CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines when you go out to eat. In Denver, that means checking for vaccination requirements and/or wearing masks indoors.)
The Bindery may have availability for its eight-course New Year’s Eve dinner, but you can definitely order ahead for a gourmet meal to enjoy at home on Dec. 31. One option is a two-pound grilled lobster for two, served with sweet potatoes, pozole, ceviche and macarons ($180). exploretock.com/thebinderydenver
Coperta‘s festive Uptown restaurant is perfect for a NYE date night or small gathering. Sit around the table with spuzzulia (seasonal shared plates, $21), then move on to cacio e pepe and lamb cavatelli ($12-$34). Ask your server about Southern Italian wine and amari to toast the new year. Reservations at exploretock.com/coperta
Forget Me Not‘s jewel box Cherry Creek cocktail bar will be serving house drinks (including wine and beer) all night with a side of music and dancing. Try Nobody’s Angel with Earl Grey gin, Italicus liqueur, sweet lemon and tonic ($14). Reservations available at exploretock.com/forgetmenot
The Greenwich in RiNo will offer four courses starting with bread service, a torn cucumber salad, your choice of a Margherita or white pie; anchovy garlic steak, lemon roasted chicken or grilled swordfish (with sides); and cheesecake or a pistachio olive oil cake. $70 per person with $35 optional wine pairings, reservations at exploretock.com/thegreenwichdenver
Local Jones at the Halcyon in Cherry Creek will serve you a prime rib special ($49) or regular brunch and dinner menus throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. Order fruits de mer or crab salad to start, and continue the meal with cherry salsa verde glazed chicken or eight-hour braised short rib. Menu items for $7-$75, halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com/local-jones/reservations
Noble Riot in RiNo will teach you to saber a bottle of Champagne during two classes at 5 and 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The wine bar is also offering dinner reservations for a bucket of fried chicken and a bottle of bubbly, plus other food and drink surprises throughout the night. Starting at $30, reservations at exploretock.com/nobleriot
Restaurant Olivia on Downing Street is serving a five-course menu for New Year’s Eve. For an idea of the spread: French onion cappelletti, snow crab and black truffle gnocchi, and duck confit risotto. Don’t miss out on either wine or house cocktail pairings (check out the negroni list). $150 per person, exploretock.com/restaurantolivia
Sunday Vinyl at Union Station is playing Fela Kuti and AfroBeat of the Diaspora on vinyl and pairing Champagne flights ($54) and three-course dinners (menu items are also available a la carte). Try the oysters with green apple, the foie gras with panettone and the buttermilk fried chicken with matsutake mushroom gravy. Three courses for $70, reservations at exploretock.com/sundayvinyl
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