If 2019 has felt, well, like it was never going to end, you’ll probably want to blow off some steam before the new year begins. Check out these ticketed events for New Year’s Eve festivities in D.C., ranging from extravagant bashes to low-key dinners.
Where to Party With DC Fray
This year, DC Fray is celebrating its fifth year throwing NYE parties. Choose between a bash at Kelly’s Irish Times in Capitol Hill and Grand Central in Adams Morgan. The parties include an open bar featuring specialty cocktails and DC Brau beer, plus a champagne toast at midnight.
Where to Have a Funky, Studio 54-Inspired Experience
For those all about interactive art, Culture House DC—formerly Blind Whino—is transforming its space into an interactive, 70s- and 80s-themed extravaganza. The 15,000 square-foot building will become an expansive nightclub, featuring live music from a DJ, a five-hour open bar, and a room dedicated to taking 70s-inspired photos.
Where to Party on a Rooftop
Celebrate the occasion at Wild Days in the Eaton Hotel, which will be hosting a party on its heated rooftop deck. When the clock strikes midnight, the bar will set off fireworks from the rooftop. Three different DJs will perform sets until midnight, and a “surprise guest’ will keep the party going until dawn. Table reservations require an email inquiry to email@example.com.
Where to Welcome the Roaring 20s
If life is anything like the last time the country celebrated the roaring 20s, well, hang on. Several places are welcoming 2020 by staying on theme—Moonshine Society, Mansion on O Street, The Watergate Hotel, Capo, and The Showroom among others. Make sure to wear your glitzy flapper dresses, practice a pose for the photo booths, and remember, shhh, it’s prohibition.
Where to Be a Foodie
Several D.C. restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus on NYE.
For those who want to splurge, Indian restaurant Punjab Grill in Federal Triangle will serve a four-course tasting menu complete with a complimentary glass of champagne. An afterparty includes a live DJ along with culinary stations and hand-crafted cocktails.
$100 for dinner, $200 for afterparty, $275 for both
Another luxe option is the exclusive cocktail flight available after 5:30 p.m. on NYE at barmini by José Andrés. The innovative cocktail lab will keep the drinks flowing throughout the duration of a reservation.
Dirty Habit in Penn Quarter is inviting guests to celebrate NYE with a four-course feast of “global cuisine.” Dishes include Alaskan snow crab, chestnut raviolini, and roasted lamb. Each guest will have the option to add a hand-selected beverage pairing per course, ranging from prosecco to an I’m Your Huckleberry cocktail made with Rittenhouse Rye, Rainwater Madeira, huckleberry, and allspice.
For a slightly lower price tag, Prather’s On the Alley will be offering a 3-course menu, with a free after party. The menu includes options such as seared foie gras, braised pork cheek, dry aged strip steak, and—of course—champagne.
Meanwhile, H Street’s Swiss restaurant Stable is ringing in the new year with several specialty menus, including your choice of fondue and a raclette dinner “experience.” Who said NYE can’t be exclusively about cheese and chocolate?
Where To Celebrate All Day … And Night … And The Following Day
Jack Rose Dining Saloon is kicking 2020 off with three different options for the NYE partier. From 5 p.m.-8 p.m., the restaurant will host an all-you-can-eat-and-drink “Beer, Bourbon & BBQ” neighborhood cookout on its heated rooftop.
The party keeps going after 8 p.m., and the saloon will be open for business from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a “no cover, no minimum, no pressure” NYE party. Bottomless champagne (Moet & Chandon Imperial) goes for $40; special whiskey cocktails, small bites, and other drinks are a la carte.
Whether or not you’ve had too much champagne the night before, the next day the restaurant is hosting a “Hangover Hog Roast” from 3 p.m.-10 p.m., featuring a whiskey tasting and “pig plates” of pork and Southern sides. All-you-can-eat food is $15; cocktails and beers are a la carte.
Where to Go to Dance
If you’re just looking for a place that’ll offer loud and live music until after the clock strikes midnight, White Ford Bronco is playing at The Anthem, Cyrus Chestnut headlines Blues Alley, the Peaches O’Dell is starring at Black Cat’s NYE Ball, The Legendary Wailers are at The Hamilton, and DJs are spinning at an all-out blowout extravaganza at the Rock & Roll Hotel.