Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2013 at DC Bars

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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

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