New Year’s Eve is one of the best times to go out in Cherry Creek. Everyone is feeling festive and optimistic about the new year, and the area offers no shortage of incredible restaurants at which to celebrate. Best of all, Cherry Creek is just a short Uber, Lyft, or taxi back home to TAVA Waters, so you can start your new year off on the right foot.
This stylish restaurant and bar in the heart of Cherry Creek offers up Asian flavors in a space reminiscent of a mid-century airport lounge. Departure has something for everyone in your party, with vegan and gluten-free options galore. Pair their Asian offerings with one of their delicious craft cocktails, from the Ume Whiskey Sour, to the Reverse Cosmosis, to the Sesame Apple Old Fashioned.
If wine is more your speed this New Year’s, try Vinue Food & Wine Bar for a tasting experience like no other! This Cherry Creek hotspot has dozens of wines of all kinds available for tasting in 1.5, 3, and 6 ounce pours. Their Enomatic wine serving system allows them to open up pricier bottles for sampling without the risk of losing quality. Pair the wine with their small plates, including Nachos Tartare, a killer charcuterie board, and Brie Dipping Bites, for an amazing New Year’s experience.
For a nautical New Year’s, turn to the delicious oysters and seafood at Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood. Blue Island’s oysters are flown in nightly from Long Island, New York, ensuring you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood while you welcome 2018. Try one of the craft cocktails, like the Cherry Creek Mule, featuring spiced pear liqueur, or the Sake-Tini, which is great to sip on alongside your oysters on the half shell.
If you’re looking for a place with good, hearty food and craft cocktails, there’s no better place in Cherry Creek than Second Home Kitchen + Bar. Located within the JW Marriott hotel, Second Home has an extensive list of whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and cognac, as well as a suite of specialty cocktails. Pair your drink with a classic entrée like steak and frites or Mile High Meatloaf and ring in the new year in style.
This ultra-secretive speakeasy might be hard to find, but you won’t want to leave once you get there. Located in the basement of the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek, B&GC (the name stands for Boys & Girls Club) can be accessed through a door in the alley labeled “Stair 3.” There’s a single golden doorbell, which summons a host/hostess when rung. Getting in can be tricky, so try texting first for reservations. If you can get in, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most creative cocktail menus in the city.