Avenue Flashes

The "gotta go" gigs for New Year's Eve in Golden

Column by John Akal
Posted 12/27/19

It was at this time of year, 100 years ago, that the world was about to embark on a new decade that came to be known in history as the “Roaring 20’s.” I don’t know why it …

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Avenue Flashes

The "gotta go" gigs for New Year's Eve in Golden

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It was at this time of year, 100 years ago, that the world was about to embark on a new decade that came to be known in history as the “Roaring 20’s.” I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before I started writing this column today, but we are all about to embark on a new decade that my be even more roaring than the one 100 years ago.

Back then jazz music was the new raucous thing, flappers were dancing in mini skirts, prohibition started and it gave birth to speakeasy clubs and bathtub gin. It was the decade that saw Al Capone rise to the head of the Chicago mob as probably the most famous gangster ever. He was only 26 years old.

Well, now 2020 is just around the corner and it makes me wonder what this decade will come to be known as in history.

Now, before I get to the list of great things going on here in Golden for New Years Eve, I want to do a little public service announcement. We all know that this is the biggest party night of the year and it’s a night where drinking and champagne toasts are a regular part of the festivities, but that’s been going on for decades now and we all should have learned that it’s also one of the worst nights for drunk driving fatalities. It’s also very heavily patrolled and controlled by loads of law enforcement check points.

If you are going out and plan to drink, then also plan on how you are going to get home with out driving yourself. If you don’t already have one, upload one of those ride sharing apps like Uber or Lyft and learn how to use it. Set up an account or whatever it needs you to do. If you don’t want to do that, then write down the names and numbers of a couple of cab companies you can call, keeping in mind that it’s a busy night, it might take calling a few places to get one to come when you need it. Put those in your wallet where you can find them easily. Of course you can always go out with some other people and take the “designated driver” thing seriously and have someone commit to staying sober to drive everyone home. Or you can just walk downtown if you live close enough, or get a nice hotel room for the night. Be safe.

Ok, so here’s some of what’s going on in Golden on Dec. 31. Happy New Year!

Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel, 800 11th Street, 303-279-2010 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Dinner specials. Live Jazz from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., Reservations required.

Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Avenue, 303-278-6800 80s vs 90s New Year's Eve Spectacular and Costume Party. Dress in your favorite throwback outfits, and enjoy all of your favorite party hits. DJ Di.M.X. on the turntables plus special guests.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, 17999 W. Colfax Avenue, 303-384-3644 They will be having their annual New Year's Eve Party and will feature the cover party rock band Poor Till Payday playing Rock tunes from the 80s and beyond. The band hits at 9:00 p.m. into the New Year,

Golden Moon Speakeasy, 1111 Miners Alley, 720-638-1155 Hear the gritty and soulful vocals and guitar of James Speiser and sultry saxophone of Pattie Melt of the Roots & Rhythm band. They'll be playing blues, swing and authentic old school R&B.

Miners Saloon, 1109 Miners Alley, 303-993-3850 80's New Year's Eve Party, 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. They will be throwing an 80's DJ dance party. There will be drink specials, and they will be handing out prizes for the best 80's outfits.

Wrigley's Chicago Bar and Grill, 18200 W. Colfax Avenue, 303-277-1551 Surf & Turf Dinner with Open Bar 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Live Music by Funk It Up. Package is $60 per person, pre-paid reservations required.

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