Leadville News – December 29

Cheers to the New Year’s Eve “Lead Vegas” Report

This Sunday, Leadville’s neon lights will shine bright beckoning in the New Year. Here’s the annual Lead Vegas New Year’s Eve report about what’s going on in and around Leadville this Sunday, Dec. 31. Happy 2018!leadvegas_newyears_2017 copy

Starting with the new kid on the block, the Treeline Kitchen opened in downtown Leadville this past summer and will be ringing in their Leadville success with a big splash. While their regular dinner service on Sunday, Dec. 31 will be available until 10 p.m., the NYE Party will start after that.  Open to the 21+ crowd, for $49 per person, Treeline will offer bottomless champagne, heavy appetizers, and party favors, all leading up to the countdown to Midnight. It’s reserved/limited seating, with advance tickets available for those who would like to guarantee a spot. The Treeline Kitchen is located at 615 Harrison Avenue in the Sayer McKee Plaza.

When it comes to all out Midnight Madness, the The Scarlet Tavern will be the spot of choice, especially among the younger rebel-rousers. This year, their annual New Year’s Eve party will include a show by the band “Horizon Line,” and it’s the only live music you’ll find in Lead Vegas this NYE. This energetic Rocky Mountain rock & roll, 5-piece band offers their own distinct sound, playing all of your favorite rock and jam band covers, as well as a selection of original songs inspired by high-country living.  They call Leadville home, so you’re likely to see some familiar faces. The Scarlet’s champagne toast, and balloon drop is one of the best in town and the place is usually packed.  The Scarlet is located at 326 Harrison Ave. in downtown Leadville.

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The only LIVE MUSIC playing in Lead Vegas for New Year’s Eve will be Horizon Line at The Scarlet in downtown Leadville, Colorado. Photo: Horizon Line Facebook Page.

The Historic Pastime Bar & Cafe is holding a “Decade” New Year’s Eve party. Dress up as your favorite decade and maybe it’ll inspire DJ Girl Play to spin a memorable tune from your best throwback times.  It’ll be a blast from the past as party-goers remember where they were when the first heard songs from all decades. They will be giving away prizes for best costumes. The Pastime is at 120 West 2nd Street and is the last remaining saloon on Old State Street, Leadville’s notorious Red Light District.

Ski Cooper, located 13 miles north of Leadville will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2018 with a special New Year’s Eve fete on Sunday, Dec. 31. Of course the mountain will be open all day to skiers and boards, but stick around for the party. The merriment starts at 3 p.m. with live music by Trading Fours at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub located in the lodge. The celebration will include a torchlight parade at 6 p.m., birthday cake, and all the party favors necessary to usher in their 75th year in proper fashion. Happy Anniversary!


If you like your New Years Eve straight up without too much fanfare, then head over to the corner of 7th and Harrison Avenue where The Manhattan will be ringing in 2018 in its typical understated style.

Manhattan Bar Reflections _Danielle Orcutt

If you’re looking to reflect on 2017 and ring in the New Year in a more subdued fashion, head to The Manhattan Bar. Photo: Leadville Today/Danielle Orcutt.

Yes, they’ll be a champagne toast at midnight and you could find a party favor or two, but the music selection will be subject to whoever’s racking up the credits on the juke box. The only cherry on The Hat’s New Year’s Eve party is that the lovely Jasmine will be serving up your cocktails. Come and ring in 2018 with the hard core, longtime locals. It could be just the thing you need to shake things up in the New Year!

Brew Year’s Eve at Periodic Brewing starting at noon on Sunday, Dec. 31 until 2018. A family friendly option, with their full pub menu. they will also have an additional celebration of East coast time zone for families with earlier bedtime. And yes, Monday you can grab some grub and a microbrew from noon – 9 p.m. Also, their O2 by Periodic Brewing will be open from noon on Sunday until the New Year’s midnight celebration.

La Resistance/Wilde’s Green Hour will be offering their popular brunch on New Year’s Eve day until 2 p.m. They will be closed on New Year’s Day (Monday). Wilde’s Green is located at 313 Harrison Ave.

One of Leadville’s favorite Mexican Food spots will be open for dinner and drinks on Sunday evening,  as well as Monday – New Year’s Day! The Grill Bar & Café is located at 715 Elm Street.

If you’re looking to get out of town, then Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort might have just what you’re looking for – that is, if they haven’t sold out by now. Their NYE Party will have a roaring 20s theme to it starting at 9 p.m. until 2:30 a.m at The Pavilion located next to the lodge and hot springs. The New Year’s Eve Party in the Pavilion will have live music by: La Pompe Jazz, appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner in the club house is already sold out with a waiting list, but $10 will get you in the door at the party to do your best Charleston to ring in 2018. Reservations required: 719-395-2447 Ext: 232.

Wherever the party, walk home, arrange a ride beforehand, or plan to stay the night. Begin 2018 wisely with responsible drinking and smart choices. See you out on the town this Sunday! Happy New Year!


The bright, neon lights of downtown Lead Vegas will burn bright as party-goers ring in The New Year! Photo: Leadville Today



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