Durango’s best New Year’s Eve events: Get yer party on

by Patty Templeton

It’s time. Put on your good shoes, mama, and stomp the damned dust off ’em. There’s a sparklin’ fresh new year to strut into. Get 2017 going by kicking up a lovely ruckus at one of these badass parties around Durango.

Hello, Dollface presents Interstellar

When: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Henry Strater Theatre (699 Main Ave.)

If you wanna turn your NYE into an otherworldly experience, check out the Strater Theatre for Hello, Dollface’s annual tradition. The night will start with a vintage vinyl set by BadGoatDisco. Hello, Dollface takes the stage next, featuring robotic tech, dancers, performance art, projection mapping, and future soul. Tix are $20 in advance and $25 at the door ($30/$35 for VIP). Buy early. This show tends to sell out every year.

Purgatory’s everything for everyone

When: 2:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Purgy’s (1 Skier Pl.)

You can start NYE getting drunk at Purgy’s listening to the Kirk James Band, which plays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for free. When dusk hits (about 6 p.m.), there’s a torchlight parade down the mountain. Then – PA-POW – fireworks. The Kirk James Band goes back on at Purgy’s, playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., for a late-night set of ragtime, funky groove tunes, and Texas shuffles. Or, hit up the Durango Mountain Club for the progressive Americana of the PG Band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Funk rock at Balcony Backstage

Where: Balcony Bar and Grill – Backstage (600 Main Ave.)

When: 8 p.m. to 1:40 a.m.

For 5 bucks you can get your funkalicious PMA on with Elder Grown. Get boozey at Balcony Backstage and dance to Hendrix-inspired rock-n-roots.

A Nappy Roots NYE

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive)

Nappy Roots, a Southern rap collective, is gonna kick the Animas City Theatre’s ass. Then y’all will ask for more. Expect lyrical innovation and hella swagger. 21+ over. You’ll shell out $35 in advance or $40 day-of.

DJ spinning and open bar

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Cerda 7 Cantina y Comida (639 Main Ave.)

Did you say open bar? Yes, yes, we did. For $50, you get hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to 10, an open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight, and a champagne toast. DJ Dollabill will be spinning. If you wanna highroll it, private tables run from $250 to $500.

Get swanky at Derailed

When: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where: Derailed Pour House (725 Main Ave.)

Get yer flapper gear, fedoras, and Charleston ready. Derailed Pour House is ringing in 2017 Prohibition-style, 25 greenbacks in advance and $35 at the door. There’ll be music by Rob Webster, a champagne toast, balloon drop, 1920s party favors, and a $100 gift card drawing. If you wanna be a big cheese, a guaranteed table, food, and drinks will be 300 clams – with a $400 option for VIP treatment.

Rock out at Wild Horse

When: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Wild Horse Saloon (601 E. 2nd Ave. #C)

The Wild Horse Saloon has your buckin’ good time. For $10, you get live music by MD 20/20, snacks, a champagne toast, and over $1,000 given away in gift cards, cash, and merch. 18 to enter but 21+ to drink.

Patty Templeton


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