ABC’s of New Years 2017

In Blog, Event Highlights by Phoebe Loyd

The ABC’s of New Years… what is in store for another turning of the calendar? For some, 2016 was a tough one in that we had to say goodbye to some legends, had to stomach some serious losses, and say hello to some unsavory characters at the forefront of our nation. 2017 Just mayyyyybeee might be the opportunity for us to grab life by the p*ssy… Or by the cock – because after all 2017 is the year of the Rooster! Maybe we get lucky this year, and lets start with the night that kicks it all off! Cock-a-doodle-doo the night away!

A is for…. Aspen Messenger party?!
Alright ladies and gents… we know you are wondering where and how Messenger will be throwing a New Years bash? We hate to break it to you here – but tonight is a night where the bars and clubs of Aspen really shine, and we will be celebrating alongside everyone around town! At Messenger Aspen this is what we do best… so once again we do our obligatory duty to give you the lay down of when and where the magic happens when the ball drops… so keep reading friends!

B is for….Bootsy’s at Shlomos – This year, the Bootsy Bellows dance floor is being hoarded for a private party, so the Bootsy’s team has agreed to showcase their party prowress by teaming up with Shlomo’s, the new hot restaurant at the base of Ajax next to the Gondola… Might just be a top spot to watch the fireworks go off! The price tag seems to think so too. DJ Mark Jackson from LA will be spinning all night to provide some fresh sounds to our little town! $500 dollar tickets, Open Bar 9:30pm – Midnight, Passed Sushi appetizers from 10:00pm – Midnight, and Bottomless Champagne all night! More info and Tickets Here

C is for… Chromeo!
The famous funktastic duo is once again headlining on the Belly Up stage this New Years. Come and hang with all the “sexy socialites” and “come alive” with your “fancy footwork”! (Sorry, we had to…) $170 for GA and $470 for Reserved, Tickets still available here.

D is for…Disco Nights!
At the local Italian hotspot l’Hostaria, the band “Boogie Machine” will be playing 70’s disco, funk, & rock all night long to bring in some soul to the New Year! Put on your bell bottoms and afros and get down with the get down! Free admission after 11pm when dinner service ends! For dinner reservations and more information call 970-925-9022.

E is for… Escobar!
A staple in New Years Eve debauchery, Escobar Aspen hosts their annual late night party in the ultimate underground dance club. Come celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight and open bar! DJ Trentino, the Red Bull Champion DJ All-Star will be spinning on the decks after his world tour debut. Tickets are almost sold out! To try and get those last precious tickets you can find more information here.

F is for… Fireworks!
Two showings of fireworks in Aspen – both at 8:oopm at midnight. For Snowmass – enjoy the firework festivities at 10pm.

G is for… Goldrush!
Double whammy evening brought to you by the Kitchen and Breckenridge Distilleries, come and partake in “Rickhouse Social” – the new bar concept featuring Breckenridge made spirits and their Goldrush party! Upstairs at Aspen Kitchen: Open Bar, DJ Logan Garrison on the decks, fine finger foods, starts at 7:30. Downstairs at Rick House Social: Open bar, champagne toast, DJ, late night munchies, beings at 9:30. VIP Tables available! Prices range $200 – $400 with dinner included and more for VIP Tables… Tickets Here

H is for… HOOCH!
Hooch! Fernet!! Don’t Fernet About it! At HOOCH this year, spend $40 to come to the infamous speakeasy as they toast the New Years with Fernet! Standing room only- but not a problem as the DJ will have everyone moving and shaking in Aspen’s hottest new bar. VIP Tables available at $100- limited so hurry! More information here. Tickets only sold at the door – so perfect for you last minute planners! Doors at 9.

I is for… Impressions!
Wanting to make a good impression? Make sure to wear your New Years finest – sequins, sparkles, and ties – to show everyone how festive you really are! At Messenger Aspen we always encourage dressing up like a disco ball – so naturally New Years is one of our favorite holidays! Show Aspen what you got! Costumes are always encouraged.

J… is for Justice Snow’s!
Another dinner and dancing the night away evening, Justice Snow’s welcomes guests to a very special New Year’s Eve event, a delicious five-course dinner from Chef Jonathan Leichliter. There will be two seatings – 6:30pm for $175 per person and 9:00pm for $195 per person. Guests opting to dine at the bar will be charged $150 per person. 6 piece Boulder headliners Cold River City will deliver funky soul and dirty blues starting at 9:00pm to ring in the new year!!

K…Kiss at midnight! 
Make sure to invite that special someone to one of these New Years party, or know who you will be kissing when the clock strikes twelve! It is a good time for good beginnings, or maybe just a good make out sesh 😉

L … is for Luxury!
Come to Jimmy’s Restaurant and Bar for your midnight festivities! Enjoy the luxurious side of what Aspen loves to offer – champagne, caviar, wine, and foie gras! Exclusive VIP Seating limited availability at $525 per person includes: Personal wine concierge service from wine director Greg Van Wagner, Five Course Dinner, One bottle of Cristal (per four guests) served in the lounge or during table service, accompanied by caviar, Foie Gras addition to any entrée, Dancing to DJ Milk Money, and late night Party Favors!

M… Mi Chola!
and Mexican Food! and Margaritas! and Making out! Mi Chola will be the spot where local vibes run deep. It is going to be $140 open bar 9:00-2:00am and a champagne toast at New Years. DJ Knutzen will be spinning and the crew from Sociallight Photo will have booth set up, so make sure you are looking sharp (no jeans/hoodies). Theme is “Silver Rush” so make sure to wear your best silver attire, and make sure to make dinner reservations before the party! Click here for more info.

N… is for the Nell!
Their annual Dom Perignon party, enjoy 3 different parties in one with live music and entertainment! Featuring bottomless Dom Pérignon, Belvedere Vodka cocktails + food stations. Set in three venues at The Little Nell: The Belvedere Lounge with electric violinist Kat V and DJ LEXEY, the Hennessy Lounge with Josefina Mendez Jazz Trio, and the Dom Perignon Lounge with DJ CYN and Brazilian-style dancers. 10 pm – 1:30 am with a fireworks display over Aspen Mountain at midnight. Limited tickets remain at $495 a person. More info and tickets here.

O… is for Open Bar!
at Whiskey Rush Aspen! $50 for an open bar from 9:30-midnight….what! VIP Tables available DJ Danimal and Shaboiz get the party going all night long! Best deal in town – for locals and tourists alike! Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Aspen’s homeboys dishing out the tunes, gonna be a locals fave! Tickets and more Info Here.

P… is for Party Favors!
Plan ahead, ’nuff said!

Q… is for Quiet!
If your looking for a quiet night in, and not into the party scene.. stop by your favorite local liquor store and buy a bottle of some high-end champagne and kick back and relax with your loved ones. Don’t forget the party poppers and tuning into the ball dropping on television and spare yourself the hangover to enjoy skiing the next day! The slopes will not be crowded so take advantage of getting out there and treating yourself!

R… is for Resolutions!
What are your solutions this year, Aspen? Here at Messenger Aspen we will strive to: throw more amazing parties, keep the pulse on Aspen happenings, and focus on our health so we can keep celebrating for the rest of our lives! What are yours this year?? Saving the rainforest could be a good start, or adopt a pet. Or finally accept climate change and do something about it. Cheers to partying with a purpose!

S is for… Snowmass!
At Base Camp Bar & Grill, come enjoy two levels of dining and fun! Located in Base Village Snowmass, a prefix dinner beings at 8pm, then following fireworks at the Base Village at 10pm! Two DJS performing – jBray and Berkel Beats – $45 gets you access for both floors, $100 for VIP status and drink tickets, $250 with prefixed dinner included and VIP access and a bottle of champagne! Call 970-923-6000 for more information.

Or Head to Turks up in the Village Mall for a Norwegian New Year – live apres music from 3 – 7 and then the Squirts (The Snowmass Ski Patrol Band) help celebrate the New Year at midnight!!

T….is for The Champagne Campaign!!
Its not New Years without Champagne! Aspen 82 This year is hosting their “Champagne Dreams” party at the Limelight Lounge to ring in the New Year. $200 for night of: Delectable passed Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar for 9:30pm-1:30am, Midnight Champagne Toast poured by Moët & Chandon, NYE Party Favors, Music provided by local favorites DJ Trizz and DJ MayFly, Photo Booth provided by Social Light Aspen More info and Tickets Here!

U is for…Under the Sea!
At Grey Lady enjoy two dinner seatings featuring Nantucket inspired fare with a nautical ambience and a raucous celebration to follow, you’re sure to find all that you desire on this fabulous evening in Aspen, CO.  The theme is “Enchantment Under the Sea” style with DJ Javi spinning progressive beats decade by decade, keeping those feet moving all night long. More info and tickets here.

V… is for Vibes!
Each party in Aspen has its own vibes – music, people, ambiance, drinks, etc. It can be hard to choose between all the fun to be had. The vibes to the evening are important, because they say how you spend New Years is how you experience the rest of the year, right? If you are still on the fence about where to take your date, family, or large group, let us know at and we can guide you in the right direction to suit your needs!

W… is for the Wheeler Opera House!
Featuring the Doo Wop Project- the fun begins at 8 pm with fireworks viewing from the Wheeler bar. An open bar of beer and wine with passed appetizers until 9:30, followed by the Doo Wop Project performance and a champagne toast at midnight! DJ Ryan Golbus continues throughout the night until 2 am so you can dance into the New Year! $125 per person – tickets here! Throughout the show, The Doo Wop Project takes you on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons…all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.

X… is for eXtravaganza!!!
Come join the annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at 39 degrees at the Sky Hotel! The theme this year is come as you are and have a blast. Drink Specials provided by Veuve Clicquot & Belvedere Vodka, Live Music, DJ Booth, Poolside VIP tent, Photo Booth, props and a whole lot of fun! Free Admission if space still available. Get your tickets below to guarantee your place at the hottest party in town and count down to the fireworks and ring in 2017! More Information Here

Y… is for You Better Get Home Safe!
We know that hailing a taxi or finding your way home can be difficult, so make sure to know the local bus times at RFTA, or use the local Ubers, or call Phil at “Ride for Those Who Need Them” to get you safely home. Or ask your bartenders about Tipsy Taxi, if you can even remember to ask at that point… An accident or DUI is no way to start the New Year!

Z… is for Zealous!
Thats right… the perfect word to end this list. We at Messenger have a tenacity and enthusiasm to share and bring the best of times of Aspen there is… We hope everyone has an amazing and safe New Years Eve and that you embody everything that makes up New Years Eve… drinking champagne, dancing with friends, celebrating with loved ones, and more! We will see you out there, or see you next year!!

Cheers to the year of the Rooster!

xoxo Messenger Team