Weekly Planner: Last Chance to Party in 2013

December 30, 2013
by Ruth Tobias

Lest the 30 events we included in our New Year’s Eve roundup weren’t enough to choose from, here are a few more, plus a bonus shindig tonight.

December 30

Strange Cheese Incident at Strange Brewing Company

Come 6 PM, mongers from Marczyk Fine Foods are lining up five cheeses to pair with a quintet of beers in the cozy little tap room at Strange Brewing Company ($25).

1330 Zuni St., Unit M; 720-985-2337

December 31

Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market

As of this weekend, there were only a few seats left at Iain Chisholm’s Ballpark Italian, so cross your fingers and call now to book your spot for a five-course dinner accompanied by bottomless Prosecco ($60).

2449 Larimer St.; 303-862-9850

Axios Estiatorio

A three-course dinner for two awaits at this Berkeley Greek bistro, with options including lamb sausage sliders with feta, winter-squash striftopita (phyllo-dough tart) and apple-walnut bread pudding. The cost is $60 per couple, or $100 with wine. 

3901 Tennyson St.; 720-328-2225

Bin 1884 Cheese Bar

Platt Park wine shop The Empty Bottle's charming little small-plates bar next door has planned a four-course prix fixe around items like lobster-and-scallop pesto salad and smoked sausage over lentils, which are also being offered à la carte (5 PM-10 PM, $40).

1884 S. Pearl St.; 303-284-0784

Central Bistro & Bar

The kitchen at Isiah Salazar’s modern LoHi haunt is preparing a five-course dinner of French, Italian and Spanish dishes for $55, with optional wine pairings for $20 extra. Just $35, however, gets you into the open bar from 11 PM to 1 AM, when French Nilla & the Decaf Muchacho will keep things hopping.

1691 Central St.; 303-477-4582

Green Russell

From Marilyn to Mad Men: Frank Bonanno’s Larimer Square speakeasy (pictured) is throwing a 1950s- and 1960s-themed cocktail party - complete with drink and food specials, a photo booth and live tunes from Jean Marie and Coolsville - from 5 PM to 1 AM. No cover.

1422 Larimer St.; 303-893-6505

The Kitchen

The Boulder flagship’s four-course prix fixe reflects the season with dishes such as chestnut ravioli with duck confit and celery purée, lamb chops anchoïade, and the signature sticky-toffee pudding ($85, $125 with wine). Its Denver sibling, meanwhile, has a slightly cheaper (at $75) four-course menu planned, ranging from sunchoke soup with crispy quinoa to diver scallops with monkfish brandade and saffron cream.

1039 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-544-5973
1530 16th St.; 303-623-3127

Lower48 and Service Bar

Only a few weeks old, this already white-hot American kitchen and lounge promises some surprise goodies and a complimentary toast to augment its regular menu.

2020 Lawrence St. A; 303-942-0262

Lucky Pie

Heads up, brew buffs: the LoDo branch of the craft pizzeria and bar is bringing in a DJ to set the mood for food specials and a midnight toast based on a “very special” beer tapping.

1610 16th St.; 303-825-1021


Why wait until the sun sets to revel? The doors of this Uptown institution will be opening at 11 AM and staying that way until 2 AM. In the midst of it all, chef Brandon Biederman will be serving up tacos and biscuit sandwiches from the whole pigs he’s roasting on the patio; he’ll also offer select brunch plates through the wee hours, and there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight.

523 E. 17th Ave.; 303-830-1001


Starting at 5:30 PM, this Mediterranean newcomer will welcome guests for a four-course prix fixe ($65) and a complimentary toast, enhanced by live jazz and blues from 9:30 PM through midnight.

2480 Canyon Rd., Boulder; 303-938-8800