DC Bar News Roundup – December 2nd – 17th

Again, recapping the news that was in DC bar-land for the first half of December-

  • No NYE plans yet? Check out my continually-updated list of events at DC bars
  • Pics & recap of the fun times of the Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar crawl
  • Barred in DC hit 400 followers (now up to 422) on Twitter; not too shabby for a 9 month old website/blog run by a fake journalist
  • Bar Openings
    • Stoney’s on L (West End) (Facebook, Twitter) – 2101 L St. NW – opened Tuesday December 17th – new outpost of the P Street spot, same food, but not divey at all, much nicer, with actually some cocktails (Post, WCP)
    • Right Proper Brew Pub (Shaw) (websiteFacebookTwitter)- 624 T St. NW – opened Tuesday December 10th – nice 115-seat micro brewpub opened with 4 house beers, 3 collaboration beers & a guest tap. Ridiculously cheap (for DC standards) with $4-6 beers. 65 seat dining area with lounge/bar area in front. Need to make a visit stat. (Eater, DC Beer, Urban Daddy, WCP, Post)
    • All Souls Bar (Shaw) (websiteFacebook) – 725 T St. NW – opened Sunday December 8th – neighborhood 40-seat corner bar; cool curved bar inside. Definitely excited to check this out with simple menu with a small list of wine, beer, & cocktails. Solid on sparking wine. (PoPvilleWBJGGWEater, WCP)
    • City Tap House (Chinatown/PQ) (website, Facebook, Twitter) 901 I St. NW – Philly-based 40-tap gastropub seating 180. Set to open in first half of December; already had a semi-private event for the UVa Alumni on November 22nd. Full-court press on media coverage. (PoPville, Post, Washingtonian, Eater, WCP)
    • Dunya (Shaw) (website) – 801 Florida Ave. NW -opened Dec 3rd 150-seat Turkish tapas spot serving high-end cocktails with outdoor roof deck from former owner of Shaw’s Tavern. Open late (PoPville, Post, Eater)
  • Bar Announcements
    • Southern Efficiency (Shaw) – 1841 7th St. NW – ETA Saturday December 21st – the 3rd in the trilogy of adjacent bars (Mockingbird Hill & Eat the Rich) from Derek Brown focusing on whiskey and Southern food. To sample early, bar will be having an intriguing Southern Whiskey 101 class for $45 next couple days. (WashingtonianInTheCapital, Zagat, Post)
    • El Rey  (U Street) – 919 U St. NW – ETA late December 2013 – taqueria & beer garden from Hilton Brothers, made up a shipping containers. With a retractable roof (Post)
    • Pinstripes (PoPville) – 1000 Wisconsin Ave. NW – ETA January 2014 – huge 34000 square foot venue with 14 bowling alleys, 6 bocce courts, bistro/wine cellar, and outdoor patio with C&O canal. (PoPville, Post)
    • Compass Rose (U Street) -1346 T. St. NW – aims to open in early January. Also seeking a few seats on patio, per SALM)
  • Other News
    • Glass House Coffee (14th/U Streets)- settlement agreement recently reached with local ANC. (SALM)
    • Cause (U Street) receives approval to construct rooftop deck.
    • AdMo ANC votes to request that ABRA modify the moratorium (similar to the recent action in Dupont) to allow for new restaurant liquor license, but keep in place prohibition to have new taverns or nightclubs
    • Board Room incorporates classic Anna Maria Italian Restaurant sign (PoPville)
    • Thrillist lists DC’s best dive bars: The Red Derby, The Raven, The Big Hunt, Codmother, Recessions, American Ice Co., The Board Room, & Capitol Lounge. Sadly still haven’t made it to the first two; the next three are certifiable dives, while the last three certainly are not.
    • Mad Momo’s (ColHi) will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, Dec. 23rd (so no NYE celebration there).
  • Barred in DC Activity
    • Bourbon Adams MorganFirst trip in a couple years to an old 18th Street fave; great beer on tap & bourbon. Pretty lively dance floor upstairs. Skews 4-5 years older than the rest of the strip.
    • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont): chill late night crowd post 12:30am on weekends and very lively dinner + HH crowd on weekdays
    • Maddy’s Tap Room (Downtown): big beer & whiskey list, great set up to watch 4 games at once on huge tvs. Nice space. Stop 1 on Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour
    • Touchdown Sports Bar and Grill (U Street): pleasant surprise of a sports bar (2nd trip there); lively atmosphere in cozy first floor (sound on for game we watched); the many tvs make up for the lack of size on most of them. Stop 2 on Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour.
    • Ventnor Sports Cafe (Adams Morgan): Fun two-level sports bar with friendly bartenders. Bar extended us $3.50 Bud Light bottle special, which was nice. Stop 2 on Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour.
    • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan): bonus stop for 2nd straight Barred  in DC bar crawl. Great draft list; upstairs (4huge tvs) decent spot to catch a game.
    • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)
    • City Tap House (Penn Quarter / Chinatown): stopped by opening week for couple beers at a very bustling HH. Very nice space, good variety/organization for beers. Lots of space for private events. Cool touch-personalized happy hours for groups of friends. Eater DC mentioned my tweet about the bar in a recent story.
    • Ceiba (Downtown): post-work holiday party HH; $5 mojitos, piso sours & other Latin drinks + $6 bites in lounge
    • Sushi Taro (Dupont Circle): terrific 1/2 price drinks + sushi happy hour in cozy 14 seat bar from 5:30-7p. Must get there by 5:20 to be in line to secure spot on Fridays.
    • Darnell’s Bar (U Street): made my first trip to this tiny crowded dive near 9th and Florida. Definitely a very diverse spot with good tunes, though didn’t have any drinks.
    • Blackjack (14th Street): Festive and good crowd at this 14th Street spot above Pearl Dive Oyster Bar
    • Black Whiskey (14th Street): Deafeningly loud rock music and a half-full upstairs bar
    • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont Circle): Took advantage of great can food drive for Martha’s Table to get a couple cans of quality craft beers in exchange for a couple of cans of food. Also noticed decent 12 oz. draft beer prices.
    • District Chophouse & Brewery (Chinatown / PQ): Rectify a 6+ year oversight to finally stop by this 7th Street mainstay for its great happy hour. Bar only serves its own 9 beers that are brewed on site; most of these drafts are $3.25 or $3.75 (about $2) during the happy hour that runs until 7p (see perhaps the only copy of the HH list on the interwebs here. Other specials on wine, cocktails, and food can also be had; served by very helpful & friendly bartenders.
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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2013 at DC Bars

Happy New Year in sparklers courtesy of christmasstockimages.com

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. If you’ll be in town, you may still be scrambling for something to do with your friends. Although Barred in DC considers it Amateur Night/most overrated night of the year, I figure most people still want to go out. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of celebrations at DC bars below (nearly all include a champagne toast and party favors), which I’ve split up in a few categories (open bar/cover charge party/no cover event). The Post has a comprehensive list of events at music venues if you want to go that route instead.  Personally, I plan on being at one of the lower-key, no cover spots listed below.

This list will be continually updated until NYE.

[12/18 Edit: I’ve highlighted my recommended picks]

[12/28 Edit: Some of this information came from the very helpful lists (though I had already included many events that were listed) from the Post & the Washingtonian]

Open Bar (going past midnight)

Dupont Circle

  • The Madhatter – $100 ($75 early bird) – 9p-2a – open bar + food buffet (9p-10p) + DJ + live entertainment
  • Irish Whiskey – $100 – 8p-1:30a – top shelf open bar + passed hors d’oeurves + dancing
  • Dirty Martini – $100 – 10p-4a – open bar ($43 general admission from 9p-4a)
  • Midtown Partyplex – $100 – 10p-4a – open bar ($33 general admission)
  • Public Bar – $90 – 10p-close – open bar + heavy appetizer buffet 10p-midnight
  • James Hoban’s – $80 ($150 for 2) – 8p-3a – open bar (rails, house wine + draft beers) + dinner (fixed menu) + live DJ
  • Sign of the Whale – $75 – 9p-close – full open bar + appetizer buffet until 11p + DJ
  • Crios – $95 – 9p-3a – open bar (select liquor, 10+ craft beers, wine) + passed appetizers + DJ/photobooth
  • Ping Pong Dupont – $50 – 10p-1a – premium open bar + DJ
  • Recessions – $60 ($100 for couples) – 9p-close – top shelf open bar + buffet dinner + DJ
  • The Mighty Pint – $85 – 9p-close – top shelf open bar (16 oz.) + Not-Your-Traditional NYE party/favors + photo booth
  • Teddy & the Bully Bar – $185 – 9p-1a (entry at 8p) – open bar + buffet dinner (8-10p) + DJ ($117 for 10p-midnight open bar; $54 general admission)
  • Kabin – $100 ($80 early bird) – 10p-3a – open bar + live countdown with DJ
  • Circa – $75 – 10p-1a – open bar (signature cocktails, draft beer, rails, wine by glass) + dancing
  • Cafe Citron – $90 ($100 at door) – 9:30p-12:30a – open bar (select drinks) ($30/40 for admission only inc. 1 drink) + DJ
  • Rumors – $80 – 8p-close – open bar + buffet at 9p + DJ/dancing
  • The Front Page – $80 – 8:30p-3a – premium open bar (premium liquor, bottle & draft beer) + food + DJ / dancing
  • Darlington House – Library Bar (upstairs bar) – $20 – 10p-close – 1 free premium cocktail + champagne toast + music + dancing

14th Street/U Street

  • Churchkey – $160 – 8p-2a – open bar (draft & cask beer, select liquor + wine) + passed snacks + champagne + DJ/photobooth
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub – $60 – 9p-3a – open bar (all beers, rail drinks) + $5 shot specials + apps until 11p + Jameson toast at midnight + DJ
  • DC9 – $70 ($60 early bird before 12/29) – 9p-2a – full open bar (not just rails) + Scratch & Win prizes
  • The Gibson – $150 – 9p-3a – open bar + Calling All Troops USO themed celebration ($25 from each ticket goes to Wounded Warriors Project) + hors d’oeuvres + burlesque dancers
  • New Vegas Lounge – $80 – 9:30p-2:30a – open bar + Dr. Blues & the Out of Town Blues Band + free hors d’oeuvres
  • Vinoteca – $75 (~$98 inc. tip/tax)  – 10:30p-2:30a – open bar + bottomless sparking wine (11:45p-12:15a) + midnight snack buffet + live entertainment + tented/heated outdoor bar in back patio +

Adams Morgan

  • Jack Rose – $125 – 8p-1a – open bar + passed  hors d’oeuvres 8:30-9:30p + photo booth + dancing + cigar specials
  • The Blaguard – $65 – 8:30p-close  – open bar (craft beers & select liquor) + masquerade party + hors d’oeuvres
  • Town Tavern – $100 – 8p-2a – premium open bar ($40 & $80 options for shorter open bars) +Monte Carlo party with blackjack & roulette casino gaming tables until midnight + buffet/passed appetizers from 8-10p
  • Southern Hospitality – $60 – 10p-close – open bar + live entertainment
  • Federal Lounge – $80 – 10:30p-3a – premium open bar (includes admission for 6 people) ($60 open bar from 8-10:30p & $40 general admission only)
  • District Lounge – $80 – 10:30p-3a – premium open bar (includes admission for 6 people) ($60 open bar from 8-10:30p & $40 general admission only)
  • Meze – $99 – 9p-1:30a – open bar (beer, wine & raki) + live music + Iskembe soup at 3a ($30/40 admission no open bar)
  • Bourbon – $85 – 9p-1a – top shelf open bar + hors d’oeuvres from 9-10:30p + DJ
  • Napoleon – $85 ($65 early bird, $100 last minute) – 10p-2a – premium open bar + DJs
  • Shenanigan’s – $40 ($50 at door, extra $20 for top-shelf) – 8p-1:30a – open bar (no top-shelf)
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe – open bar (unknown amount or time) or a la carte drinks + champagne toast

Foggy Bottom / Georgetown / West End / Glover Park

  • Shadow Room – $50 (gals)/$75 (guys) – 9p-3a – premium open bar
  • McFadden’s – $100 – 8p-2a – top shelf open bar + 7 course dinner buffet + dessert table + balloon drop + DJ
  • Nick’s Riverside Grill & Tony and Joe’s – $99 (early bird, prices increase) – 9p-close – top shelf open bar + band + DJ +hors d’ouerves + buffet + heated party tents
  • Town Hall – $90 ($110 late ticket) – 9p-3a – premium open bar + dinner buffet + DJ + free coat check +overnight parking
  • George – $95 ($85 early bird, $130 & $105 last minute) – 9p-1a – premium open bar + light hors d’oeuvres + Coat & tie party
  • Mason Inn – $82.50 ($75 early bird, $105 last minute ) – 9p-1a – premium open bar + hors d’oeuvres + DJ

Downtown

  • The Bottom Line – $60 (early bird, prices increase) – 9p-3a – top shelf open bar + light hors d’oeuvres + DJ
  • Old Ebbitt Grill – $125 – 9p-1a – premium open bar + Love Boat Cruise-themed celebration in atrium + food stations + creative drinks + live band
  • BlackFinn – $85 – 9p-1a – open bar + prizes + free champagne/red bull toast; $135 VIP available
  • The Sphinx Club – $100 ($80 early bird, $120 last minute, $100/150/170 for VIP entrance & free coat check) – 9p-2a open bar + U.S. Royalty & Mission South + black-tie optional
  • Bobby Van’s Grill – $105 ($125 last minute) – 9p-2a – premium open bar + passed/station hors d’oeuvres + dance floor + coat check
  • MXDC – $100 – 10p-1a – premium open bar ($145/person for unlimited bottle service) + Latino Professional party + passed hors d’oeuvres from 10-11:30p + balloon drop + celebrity impersonator
  • Capitale – $80 (prices will rise) – 9p-1a – premium open bar
  • Tattoo Bar & Ink Lounge – $60 (rail; $100 top shelf; admission only for $30/$50 couples) – 9p-4a + buffet of hors d’oeuvres from 9-10p

H Street

  • H Street Country Club – $65 ($85 at door, if available) – 9p-2a – open bar (draft beers, wine, margaritas, rails) + mini golf +dancing
  • Rock & Roll Hotel – $100 ($80 before 12/24) – 8p-close – open bar (select beer, liquor, wine) – appetizer buffet + DJs + silent disco on roof
  • Vendetta – $65 ($85 at door) – 9p-2a – open bar (prosecco/Peroni drafts, Italian wines by glass, house cocktails) + antipasti stations + glo-bocce all night
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s – $70 – 10p-3a – open bar ($15 for general admission only) + DJs + 24 and over only + no frills
  • Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club – $65 ($15 for admission only) – 9p-close – open bar all night + multiple DJs + no amateurs + no imbeciles

Chinatown / Penn Quarter / Mt. Vernon Square

  • Ping Pong Chinatown – $50 – 10p-1a – premium open bar + DJ
  • Columbia Room (Mt Vernon Sq/Shaw)- $145 – 10p-close + evening cocktail party (special cocktails- Winter Manhattan & a German mulled wine) + seasonal snacks & small bites
  • Hill Country DC – $125 -7:30p-close – Boots, Beers & Happy New Year’s #2: A Concert for Epilepsy – open bar + heavy appetizers + Craig Morgan, The 19th Street Band, Scott McMillen, Kenny Rae Horton (music starts at 8:35p)
  • Cuba Libre – $100 ($35 early bird admission only) – 10:30p-1:30a – open bar + DJ/dancing + Late Night Latin floor show includes dancers and master percussionist
  • City Tap House – $75 – 1op-close – open bar
  • Barmini – $275 – 9:30p-2a – open bar + pre-Prohibition classics & new creations + snacks + DJ
  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern – $40 – all night – open bar (drafts, wine, rails) + hors d’oeuvres

Other DC

  • Bluejacket/The Arsenel (Navy Yard) – $160 – 8p-2a – open bar (draft & cask beer, select liquor + wine) + passed snacks + champagne + DJ/photobooth
  • Ibiza (NoMa) – $105 ($55 admission only) – 6p-4a – 6 hour premium open bar + passed  hors d’oeuvres
  • Mothership  (Petworth) – $75 – 8p-2a – 3 Stars Brewing (8 beers) + all you can eat & drink
  • El Chucho (ColHi) – $45 – 9p-close – open bar (rail, drafts, frozen margaritas + all-you-can-eat tacos + 1 chips n salsa per table + 1 elote per person + 1 glass of sparkling wine + hats/noisemakers (a la carte also available)
  • The Ugly Mug (Eastern Market) – $75 – 9p-2a – premium open bar + DJ + NYE buffet ($20 admission only includes champagne toast)
  • The Getaway (ColHi) – $40 – 9p-close – Last Night Ever Open Farewell party + unlimited open bar + heavy hors d’oeuvres all night + DJ + free champagne + raffles for stuff from walls of bar + “special celebrity appearances”

Cover Charge and/or Open Bar Ending at Midnight or Before

Dupont Circle

  • Stonefish DC – $50 ($40 early bird) – 9p-4a + premium open bar & hors d’oeuvres from 9-10p + masquerade ball + mask
  • Barcode – $30 ($40 door) – doors open at 7p + hors d’oeuvres from 10-11p + DJ
  • Ozio – $25 (early bird) – 8p-4a – Masquerade Ball ($50 for VIP admission gives access to VIP rooftop & open bar from 8-10p + $15 extra gets access to buffet from 8-10p)
  • Rosebar – $35 ($65 couples – early bird) – 9p-4a – Ocean’s 11 theme + DJs + hookah available
  • The Huxley – $100 – 9p-4a – premium open bar from 9p-midnight + costumed dancers + surprise entertainment + live instrumentalists + DJs
  • Panache DC – $30 ($25 early bird, $50 VIP entrance) – Bollywood NYE + free garage parking + free apps from 9:30-10:30p
  • Spot Lounge – $25 ($40 couples) – 10p-4a
  • The Board Room DC – $5 – 9p-2a (includes champagne toast) + $45 to reserve tables (8p-2a)up to 4 or 6 attendees upstairs (includes bottle of champagne, party favors & 2 game tokens + first come/served downstairs
  • GBD – $10 – 8p-2a – soul food & soul music + champagne toast
  • Cobalt – $20 – 9p-4a – DJ Blake Lewis + drag shows + laser light show
  • Eighteenth Street Lounge – $50 – 9p-close – champagne toast + DJs/music in multiple areas including outdoor deck
  • M.I.A. Lounge – $20 ($25 door, $10 more for 9-11p open bar) – 9p-4a
  • Heist – $40 ($60 for couples) – champagne toast
  • Bravo Bravo – $25 – 9p-4a – champagne toast

14th Street/U Street

  • Chi Cha Lounge – $40 ($35 early bird) – 8p-3a – tapas buffet + DJ
  • Policy – $20 – masquerade party + early bird drink specials + mask
  • Brixton – $20 – Alice in Wonderland party + burlesque on 2nd floor 11p-1a +  DJ on roof 10-close
  • Local 16 – $35 presale – doors open at 9p + open bar from 9:30-10:30p + light hors d’oeuvres + DJ
  • New Town Kitchen & Bar – $60 – 8p-midnight – open bar ($100 for open bar + 3 course dinner) + live DJs
  • 9:30 Club – $75 – 9p-close – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue funk/brass bands
  • Black Cat – $25 -doors open at 8p – Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra (swing music + others 30s-50s music) + DJ on backstage
  • U Street Music Hall – $10 (no advance sales) – 9p-close – Nadastrom, Gent & Jawns, Jen Lasher
  • Pure Lounge – $60 – open bar from 8p-midnight ($30 ($20 early bird) for general admission with open bar from 8-9p)
  • Marvin – $10 ($20 at door) – doors open at 9p + open bar from 9-10p + DJ
  • Patty Boom Boom – $40 ($45 at door;  $10/15 for post-midnight dancehall party only) – 9a-midnight – Caribbean Carnival NYE – open mojito bar + DJ + live reggae all night + special drink features
  • Masa 14 – $40 – unlimited champagne (must be ordered by everyone at table
  • Lost Society – $35 – 9p-3a – masquerade ball + 2 drink tickets ($75 for open bar from 9p-3a)
  • Liv Nightclub / Bohemian Caverns / Tap & Parlour – $30 – 9p-4a – open bar from 9p-midnight + 4 levels of entertainment including DJs and live band
  • Town Danceboutique – $20 (advance) + multiple DJs + doors open at 9p + drag show at 9:30p
  • Indulj – $10 (gals)/$20 (guys) – Back to the Basics party – champagne toast
  • Black Whiskey – $20 – 9p-3a – includes 1 DC Brau & a shot + multiple DJ’s

Adams Morgan

  • Grand Central – $20 ($35 couple) + buffet + 2 DJs
  • Club Heaven and Hell – $20 ($40 for admission + buffet 8-9:30p) +live DJ
  • Chief Ike’s Mambo Room – $15 ($20 at door) + 2 DJs + champagne toast
  • Tryst – $60 – 9p-close – The Big Bang – benefit for Bread for the City (all net proceeds donated) + Fatback DJs + dancing + champagne toast + drink specials

Foggy Bottom / Georgetown / West End / Glover Park

  • Bayou on Penn – $20 (early bird, prices increase) – 10p-2a -Alex Vans & The Hideway band + Abita beer & Hurricane drink specials
  • Mate Lounge – $40 ($35 early bird) – 8p-3a- sushi & Latin fusion cuisine buffet + DJ

Downtown

  • Ultrabar – $30 – 8p-4a – open bar from 8-9p + DJs
  • The Park at 14th – $45 – admission from 8p
  • Tuscana West – $30 – admission from 11p-4a + DJs + La Cosa Nostra party
  • Eden Lounge – $25 – Winter Wonderland – admission from 8p + open bar from 8-10p + catered buffet + DJ
  • The Hamilton – $100 – Dr. John and Wanda Jackson + venue downstairs
  • Cities Lounge – $40 ($30 early bird) – 9p-4a + TOKYO Edition + Belvedere vodka open bar from 9-10p + passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Lotus Lounge – $40 ($100 VIP no wait, $60 at door) – admission from 9p-4a + buffet from 9p-midnight + DJs
  • Look Supper Club – $75 ($45 early bird + $100 VIP no wait) – admission from 9p-4a + Gatsby-themed + hosted by Jhene Aiko
  • Opera Lounge – $40 ($20 more for VIP admission includes VIP entry & masquerade masks & party favors, $70 couples) – 9p-3a – “The Play” party + champagne toast

H Street

  • Twelve Restaurant & Lounge – $30 ($50 couples) – party from 7p-3a + open bar from 8-10p (or 9-11p) + buffet + DJs
  • Treehouse Lounge – $12 (early bird) – doors open at 7:30p + drink specials from 7:30-8:30p + Alchemical Records NYE Extravaganza + lots of musical acts, comedians and other performers
  • RedRocks H Street – $15 ($10 in costume) – 9-close – 1920s vibe A Beautiful Fool’s NYE + DJs + 2nd floor lounge & covered rooftop party + $5 drafts & rails
  • Avery’s Bar and Lounge – $40 ($30 early bird, $50-60 last minute) – party from 10p-3a +open bar (selective top shelf + all rails) from 10-11p + buffet from 10-11:30p + DJs on both floors + semi-formal dress

Chinatown / Penn Quarter / Mt. Vernon Square

  • Bar 7 (Mt. Vernon Square/Shaw) – $50 – 8p-3a – “Aristocratic Part II party” – open bar & passed d’oeuvres from 8-11p + professional dancers
  • Penn Social – $30 ($25 early bird) – doors open at 8p – free games all night + 1 drink & 1 champagne toast ticket + appetizers & hors d’oeuvres from 8-9p + skeeball tournaments, limbo lines, hoola hoop contests, pop-a-shot games, cornhole, Money Grab machine
  • Muse Lounge – $60 ($50 early bird) – 8p-4a party + premium open bar & appetizers buffet from 8-10p + masquerade masks
  • Zengo – $50 ($40 early bird) – 9p-4a party + open bar & passed hors d’oeuvres from 9-1op + Destination Rio Brazilian theme + DJ + mask
  • Redline – $65 – 9p-3a – open bar (selected beer, wine & rails) from 9p-midnight + passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Oya Lounge – $70 ($100 last minute) – 10p-3a Billionaire Ball Drop party + free sushi from 10-11p + free champagne from 10p-midnight
  • Lux Lounge – $30 – doors open at 8p – buffet & hors d’oeuvres + video countdown + giveaways + 3 floors of music
  • The Passenger / Hogo – $10 – cover charge from 9p-4a – joint “Block Party” in Warehouse Theater space adjacent + 80s music + late night tacos + champagne toast + party hats + access to both bars
  • Lucky Strike – $20 – 9p-2a – casino night theme w/ play money (Blackjack, Craps, & Roulette) + passed appetizers from 9-11p + champagne toast + bowling available for fee
  • Fado Irish Pub – $10 – cover after 9p – DJs + complimentary toast at 7p (Ireland) & midnight
  • Co Co Sala – $40 – 11p-close + midnight toast + DJ

Other DC

  • Echostage (NE DC) – $60 – 8p-4a – Glow presents Eric Prydz (synth + dance music)
  • Alero Columbia Heights– $30 ($55 couples) – 9:30p-3a party + specialty open bar from 10-11p + dessert bar + DJ
  • Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar (Capitol Hill) – $49 – 8:30p-close – Venetian Masquerade Party in upstairs lounge/private dining room+ 1 beer or wine + prosecco toast at midnight + dessert bar + roulette + entertainment
  • Flash (Shaw) – $40 – 8a-noon NYD – 16 hour dance party (bar closed from 4-8a but dance floor open) + re-entry allowed + 2 floors of music + multiple champagne toasts + 9a Grey Goose / Oxley Gin HH
  • The Wonderland Ballroom (ColHi) – $10 ($15 couples) – doors open at 8p – Miller High Life toast at midnight

No Cover Events

Dupont

14th Street / U Street

  • Satellite Room – all-vinyl punk rock music DJ + drinks + champagne toast + food specials with kitchen open til 2a
  • BlackJack – food & champagne specials ($15/$75 glass/bottle Veuve) + DJ
  • 2 Birds 1 Stone – special cocktail menu featuring sparkling wine/champagne
  • Tropicalia – No Cover, No Balloons, No Party Favors, Just Dancing
  • Darnell’s Bar – doors open at 8p – champagne toast
  • Bar Pilar – party starts at 10p – Rock-A-Billy NYE party – 50s/60s rock music
  • Cafe St. Ex – bar open till 4a – Great Gatsby-themed party
  • American Ice Co. – “anti-New Year’s Eve bar” – bar open 5p-3a + no toasts, drink specials
  • Dodge City – “Shake Your Tail Feather” party + DJs + champagne toast
  • Dickson Wine Bar – happy hour all night + champagne toast
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar – champagne toast + party favors + $15 Bud Light buckets till midnight + $3 Nellie beer or house vodka till 1p

Adams Morgan

Foggy Bottom / Georgetown / West End / Glover Park

  • The 51st State Tavern – 9p-3a – masquerade party + passed appetizers + champagne toast + free shots every hour for everyone through door by 10p
  • Lindy’s Red Lion – champagne toast + kitchen open till 1a
  • Breadsoda – party starts at 8p – free games + champagne toast

H Street

Downtown

  • Maddy’s Tap Room – champagne + late night happy hour after midnight
  • The Hamilton – party from 10p-1a in restaurant – dance party + DJ + specialty holiday food/drinks + champagne toast + balloon drop

Shaw

  • Eat the Rich – specials on champagne/sparkling wine + champagne toast
  • Mockingbird Hill – flamenco dancers + midnight grape-eating contest + specials on sherry & Mahou beer starting at 9p + cava toast
  • Right Proper – nothing special
  • Shaw’s Tavern – 2 for 1 drafts/house wine from 7-11p + live band 9p-1a + champagne toast
  • All Souls – business as usual – open till 2a
  • Dunya – sparkling wine toast at midnight + happy hour prices from 11p-2a

Chinatown / Penn Quarter / Mt. Vernon Square

  • Baby Wale – nothing special
  • RFD – party starts at 9p – large bottle beer / champagne / appetizer / drink / cocktail specials + DJ + party favors
  • Irish Channel – party starts at 6p – $7.50 burgers/55 cent wings + $4.25 Estrella draft / $3.75 Miller Lite draft / $4 Washington apples / $7 Cabo Wabo Tequilla shots + toast at 7p & midnight + raffle entry with each drink ordered with raffles at 8/9/10p
  • Carving Room – Anti-NYE Party + full menu & small plate specials

Bloomingdale

Petworth

  • Red Derby – Old Hollywood Silver Screen NYE Ball + $4 pink satin champagne cocktail + champagne toast + hats + noise makers + themed music + red carpet + b&w photo booth
  • DC Reynolds  – nothing special + open 11a-2a + normal BOGO HH from 5-9
  • Looking Glass Lounge – nothing special

Other DC

Recap of Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour

Thank you to everyone who made Barred in DC’s second bus bar tour a success on Saturday. Nearly 20 attendees took part in the DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour, starting at the nice space at Maddy’s Tap Room, where we enjoyed $2 off draft beers and watched Oklahoma upset Oklahoma State, taking the DC Circulator to the surprisingly lively Touchdown Sports Bar & Grille on U Street (lots of $6 beer + bourbon shot combos had) and ending up at Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan for $3.50 beers.  We caught the de facto Big 12 title game and the actual SEC title game at both bars.  Many of us continued the night across the street at Mellow Mushroom and down the street at Jack Rose. Good times, hope to have another one in the spring.

Some pics below:

Maddy's Taproom
Maddy’s Taproom
Taking DC Circulator to stop 2
Taking DC Circulator to stop 2
Nice atmosphere at Touchdown's
Nice atmosphere at Touchdown’s
DC Circulator after dusk on way to stop 3
DC Circulator after dusk on way to stop 3
Good times at Ventnor Sports Cafe
Good times at Ventnor Sports Cafe
Bonus stop at Mellow Mushroom
Bonus stop at Mellow Mushroom

Barred in DC College Football Circulator Bus Bar Tour – Tomorrow – 2-8pm

DC Circulator (Credit: Coolcaesar at the English language Wikipedia)

As a reminder, Barred in DC will be hosting its second bar tour via public transportation tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th-this time on the DC Circulator Bus (Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square Metro route).

The fun (just bring your SmarTrip card) starts at 2pm Downtown at Maddy’s Tap Room (13th & L) with $2 off all draft beers (except PBR), $5 select wines & rail drinks; continues on U Street at 4pm at Touchdown Sports Bar & Grill (14th & U) with  $3 PBR/Bud/Bud Light/Miller Lite/Natty Boh/Schaefer Lager bottles, $6 beer & shot combo, food specials; and finish up in Adams Morgan at Ventnor Sports Cafe (18th & Belmont) with $3.50 Bud Light bottles.

To celebrate the last day of college football season, everyone is encouraged to don their favorite team’s or alma mater’s apparel or colors. Of course, everyone, even non-sports/college football fans are welcome.  More details can be found here.  Hope to see you there!

DC Bar News Roundup – November 18th-December 1st

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday, whether back home, in DC, or in a vacation spot. Don’t forget to read the details about this Saturday’s college football-themed Barred in DC Circulator Bus Bar Tour here. Hope to see many of you there!

  • New neighborhood page for Adams Morgan posted.
  • Check out my review of Lucky Bar and my updated pending bars page if you haven’t yet.
  • Bar Announcements
    • City Tap House (Chinatown) (901 I St. NW) – 40-tap gastropub seating 180. Set to open in first half of December; already had a semi-private event for the UVa Alumni on November 22nd. Full-court press on media coverage (WaPo, WCP, Revamp, Drink DC, WBJ, Bad Wolf DC)
    • The Fainting Goat (U Street) (1330 U St. NW) – 3000 square foot, 130 seat new neighborhood spot opened yesterday evening (Sunday Dec. 1st) (Eater, WCP)
    • Right Proper Brew Pub (Shaw) (624 T St. NW) – Hoping to open Tuesday December 10th. PoPville has pictures of the inside (PoPville)
    • Flight Wine Bar (Chinatown/PQ) (777 6th St. NW at H) – new 60-seat wine bar opening in mid-December (WaPo, WCP, PoPville)
    • Hilltop Bar and Restaurant (Petworth) (2737 Sherman Ave. NW at Girard) – hopes to finish construction in December and open in January (PoPville)
    • Sin Bin Sports Bar (U Street) (1336 H St. NE) – huge new spot (200 seats, 400 occupancy) applies for liquor license including summer garden and entertainment. Sin bin is another name for the penalty box in hockey. Would be first sports bar in neighborhood (though the people  who think that the other H Street bars with multiple tvs count as a sports bar is why this is a terrible sports town/rant over) (Helder Gill Twitter, PoPville, Frozen Tropics)
    • All Souls Bar (Shaw) (725 T St. NW) (website, Facebook) (ETA late November 2013) – neighborhood 40-seat spot with limited menu set to open after years-long fight (Eater)
    • The Getaway (ColHi) makes it official that they’ll be closing after New Years Eve (PoPville)
  • Other News
    • Policy gets new settlement agreement that allows it to stay open as late as other bars (2a/3a). Before had to close at 2a on weekends (ANC2B)
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar’s happy hour will start couple hours early (3p) on December Friday’s in both Dupont & Cap Hill (Twitter)
    • Ceiba extends its solid Mon-Sat. afternoon happy hour another hour to 7p. $5 signature cocktails, $6 appetizers from 3-7p and late night (Twitter)
    • Thrillist with great list of best bars for certain liquors: Gin (The Gin Joint), Vodka (Mari Vanna), Rum (Hogo), Whiskey (Jack Rose), Tequila (El Centro D.F. Georgetown), Sherry (Mockingbird Hill)
    • New beverage manager of Bar Pilar & St. Ex, formerly of Range (WaPo, PoPville)
    • Progress continues at Washington Firehouse in Bloomingdale. Lots of interesting debate in comments (PoPville)
    • Huge brouhaha about an automated tweet (since deleted) that was sent out after the Bloomingdale hipster fave Boundary Stone signed a petition against a proposal to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers. The Post did great reporting after the bar apologized.
    • ANC2B votes to protest liquor licenses of Public Bar, 18th St Lounge, Dirty Martini, Midtown, Bistro Bistro, Fireplace, & Barcode. More details in this SALM post.
    • Neighboring office building to protest Lotus Lounge renewal, in efforts to get settlement agrement (SALM)
    • Both DCist and the Post do stories about great bars/restaurants with fireplaces & firepits. Biergarten Haus, Room 11Bardo, Poste, and Art & Soul are mentioned in both stories.
    • Excellent reporting by Post blogger/columnist Clinton Yates on the controversy over the liquor license for Brookland’s Finest, which Barred in DC first reported was granted its liquor license last month.
    • WCP takes a look at some bars and how many credit cards are left at them each night. Of course, this would be solved by bars (like Jack Rose) that give your card back to you when you start a tab.
    • ABRA votes to remove the moratorium on new restaurant liquor licenses (and liquor/beer stores) on 17th Street in Dupont. Tavern licenses remain capped at 2 (J.R.’s and Cobalt/30degrees have the current ones), and no nightclub licenses are allowed. I foresee little change w/ respect to places to eat and drink, but I wouldn’t be surprised if another wine shop opens at some point.
  • Barred in DC Activity
    • Duke’s Grocery: stopped by the neighborhood spot for a couple $5 wine/beers for HH
    • GBD: enjoyed punch, beer and chicken wings at my favorite happy hour
    • Iron Gate: swung by new NRG spot on N Street in Dupont, good drinks and very romantic restaurant
    • Black Whiskey: stopped by twice at this chill hipstery divey spot on 14th, good for free pool and lots of whiskey selection. Beer is a $1 too expensive though
    • Bayou: first late night visit to this Cajun restaurant/bar/live music venue. Fun to be on first floor and hear the band upstairs playing
    • One Lounge: rare trip to the sprawling Dupont lounge/dance spot. Never too crowded (go upstairs to get a drink quickly)
    • Bar Charley: sampled the very good all night Monday happy hour. $2 off all draft beer & tiki drinks, 1/2 off sandwiches
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar: couple late night drinks at the nearby spot
    • Masa 14: kicked off a mini-14th Street bar crawl here; the spicy cucumber margarita is solid
    • Blackjack: good time drinking at the 2nd stop on the crawl; place is festively decorated for the holidays
    • New Vegas Lounge: good live music at this old spot on P Street; haven’t been there in 4 years. $10 cover, pretty sparse turnout due to holiday