What to do tonight
and Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writers
There’s a lot to do in Aspen tonight to ring in 2003, both for people with cash to burn and those with dollars to save.
The St. Regis Hotel will host the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet New Year’s Eve Ball ? formerly the Les Dames d’Aspen Fleur de Lis Ball ? tonight as a benefit for the ballet company, the Aspen Ballet School and the Aspen Dance Festival. The party, dubbed “New York, New York!”, will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, caviar, a seafood bar and a gourmet dinner.
After-dinner entertainment will be provided by the ballet company.
Ticket prices for the black tie-optional party range from $350 to $1,200. For more information, contact the ASFB at 925-7175.
Several Aspen nightclubs and bars are hosting New Year’s parties with various cover charges.
Aspen Billiards, The Cigar Bar, Eric’s Bar and Su Casa will host parties tonight, complete with party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and a DJ. Staff members warn that the tickets ? $40 in advance, or $50 at the door ? tend to sell out early each year.
Doors open at 9 p.m. For ticket information, contact the bars at 920-1488.
The Double Diamond, 450 S. Galena St., will offer live music, provided by blues/funk/rock group Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, as well as an open bar and champagne toast during its New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $100 each and can be picked up in advance by calling 920-6905.
Mecca, located at 424 E. Cooper Ave., will charge a $100 cover and feature an open bar with a champagne toast at midnight and DJs all evening. To reserve a table call 379-6086.
Elevation, 304 E. Hopkins Ave., will offer a special New Year’s Eve menu between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The restaurant will also offer dancing until 4 a.m.
Tickets are $150 each, and they allow patrons to enter partner establishment NXT without a cover charge.
NXT, in its new location at 415 E. Hyman Ave., will offer a DJ, half-price drinks from 9 to 11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Cover charge is $30.
Whiskey Rocks, the St. Regis hotel’s attached bar, will feature local band Little Blue with Jeff Pevar. Cover charge is $25.
Doors open at 9 p.m., and staff members suggest arriving by 10 p.m.
Both the Lava Room, 426 E. Hyman Ave., and Shooters Saloon, 220 S. Galena St., will host parties with unlimited champagne, DJs and a free coat check. Cover charge is $20 at both bars. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The Ute City Bar and Grill is featuring a four-course prix fixe dinner for $85 for seating between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., and $185 for seating from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. Live music will be featured from Denver-based Tyrin Benoit and the Shuckers, who played their Cajun-inspired rock ?n? roll at this year’s World Cup apres-ski party.
The Grottos will feature live music from local band Likewise, for a cover of around $20. The Roaring Fork Tavern will have a $5 cover that includes a “Rock and Roll DJ,” a free champagne toast at midnight and party favors.
The Red Onion, 420 E. Cooper St., will host a cover charge-free party with champagne and party favors for patrons. Doors open at 9 p.m.
If you’re not in the mood to dance till dawn, a few local restaurants have created special holiday menus especially for early birds. Olive’s, the St. Regis hotel’s attached restaurant, will serve a five-course dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. today for $175 per person. At Jack’s, the Sardy House restaurant, a five-course dinner will go for $145 for adults and $45 for children.
Open tonight as usual (read: no cover) are Cantina, Cooper Street Pier, the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome, 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel, Little Annie’s, Bentley’s at the Wheeler and New York Pizza.
And for those who need a traditional fireworks display to start their New Year with a bang, the closest show to Aspen will actually take place in Basalt. The Roaring Fork Club will sponsor a 20- to 25-minute fireworks display beginning at midnight tonight.
A single motorcycle crashed on Highway 133 near Redstone on Sunday afternoon, injuring both the driver and a passenger on the bike.
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