1. Avanti Food & Beverage
It took nearly two years to take root, but Avanti Food & Beverage, an eclectic collection of start-up restaurants housed in shipping containers occupying a decades-old, repurposed two-level warehouse, is, without question, the biggest hit of the year. The space, designed as a culinary think tank for visionary chefs to test their concepts and craft innovative dishes at casual prices, houses seven distinctly different chef-driven restaurant incubators: Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada; Bixo Mexiterrean Bites; Poco Torteria; Quero Arepas; Souk Shawarma; Farmer Girl; and Mijo. In addition, there are two communal dining areas and cocktail-centric bars, plus a stunning rooftop patio with panoramic views of the city skyline and Coors Field. If you're one of the few who hasn't witnessed everything it has to offer, think about celebrating New Year's Eve here. All of the restaurants are serving their standard menus, along with small plates, plus there's a complimentary champagne toast and you can watch the Downtown fireworks display from the rooftop bar. Admission is free, but if you want to splurge, take advantage of the $70 VIP package, which includes unlimited wine, beer and well drinks.
Must-order: Paella from Bixo, pollo albondigas from Poco and the bacon pops from Brava!
3200 Pecos St.; 720-269-4778