Where to Ring in 2017 – DC Bars – New Year’s Eve Guide

2017 is coming. To help you out, Barred in DC has compiled a list (which will be updated regularly until Saturday, December 31st, 2016) of New Year’s Eve celebrations at Washington, DC bars below (nearly all with a cover include a champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ), which I’ve split up by neighborhood and whether there is an open bar (at least 3.5 hours long), a cover charge (many of these include an open bar) and no cover bars (likely these won’t be announced until the week or so before the NYE). For those of you braving open bars, remember to tip well to start and for each drink.  If you know of a solid bar party, please let me know (barredindc@gmail.com).

For college football fans and their significant others, keep this in mind-the College Football Playoffs will be held again on New Year’s Eve- at Alabama v. Washington at 3p and Ohio State v. Clemson at 7p. Crimson Tide fans gather at Buffalo Biliards; Washington Huskies at Lou’s City Bar; Ohio State at Buckeye + Bear & RFD, and Clemson at Parlay.

This list will be continually updated until NYE. Prices don’t include fees.

Recommended Open Bars: The Sheppard, Roofer’s Union, The Riggsby, Mandu (Mt Vernon Sq), Barrel

Super Cheap Open Bars: Pop’s Seabar ($49 beer/wine/rail open from 8p-close), Ivy City Smokehouse ($50 open bar from 10p-3a),  Driftwood Kitchen ($49.50 open bar from 10p-2a), Union Pub ($50 for keg beer + rails from 8p-2:30a), El Chucho ($56.17 for draft beer/marg/Tecate open bar from 10p-2a inc 3 hours of tacos), Kelly’s Irish Times ($59 from 9p-1a), Ugly Mug ($65 from 9p-1a), Old Glory ($65 for select spirits, beer, & house wine from 8p-midnight)

Low Cover Events Worth It: Dodge City, Hill Country, Fado, The Passenger, Bourbon, Slash Run

No Cover Bars with Something Different: Bar Dupont, El Camino, Bar Pilar, Bar Deco, Sticky Rice, Red Derby, Reading Room, Duke’s Grocery, Dirty Goose, Kangaroo Boxing Club, Haymaker Bar, Colony Club

DUPONT CIRCLE

Open Bar

  • Dirty Martini – doors open at 8p – $85 open bar ($45 admission only)
  • Saufhaus – 9p-2a – $150 ($280 couples; discount until 12/14) – open bar + passed apps all night +  Secret Society NYE masquerade party (mask required)/black-tie cocktail attire + live jazz singer
  • Sign of the Whale – 9p-4a – $75 open bar + app buffet till 11p
  • SOLD OUT uIrish Whiskey – 9p-21 – $75 open bar (inc. selection of Irish whiskeys) + passed apps + inc
  • Mission – 9p-1a – $100 (tickets go up close to 12/31) – premium open bar (inc. mixed drinks, import beer, wine, sangria, & margarita) + app/dessert buffet + coat/tie required
  • Front Page – 9p-2a – $75 open bar – Prohibition-themed – confetti shower
  • The Sheppard – 8p-2a – $100 open bar + apps + unlimited bubbly + live jazz + cocktail attire requested but not required
  • The Riggsby – 9p-1a – $95 open bar + casino night (cash in chips for prizes) + apps till midnight + live music (in downstairs room)
  • Public Bar – 10p-2a – $80 open bar + apps from 10p-midnight
  • James Hobans – $100 4 hour open bar + Rented by some people so crash their party?
  • Bonfire – 9p-1a $65 VIP open bar + apps – $30 general admission ticket comes with 1 drink ticket
  • Bar Charley – 10p-2a $55 optional open bar

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Rosebar – 9p-4a – $35 – inc Grey Goose open bar from 9-10p
  • Ozio – 8p-3:30a- $30
  • Barcode – 9p-3a – $40 ($30 early bird) – Black & White Ball – open bar from 9-10p + apps from 9-11p + live radio broadcast from 10p-midnight
  • Blackfinn – 10p-1a – $55 for open bar from 10p-1a ($100 for VIP with group of 10 gets table with comp. bottle of bubbly, open bar from 9p-1a, free coach check) + passed apps 9:30-10:30p + prizes
  • Cafe Citron – 9p-close – $25 cover – $5 bubbly and select shot specials + play the congas
  • Gryphon – 9p-close – $40 ($70 couples) – inc. Belvedere Vodka open bar from 9-10p + “A Night at the Savoy Ballroom”
  • Heist – 10-p-close – $35 ($60 couples) – inc. complimentary glass + $85/$130 option for champagne/Ketel One open bar till midnight
  • Kabin – 9p-3a – $40 – or pay $60 to get open bat from 9-11p + Midnight Toast +  Photo Booth
  • Decades – 8p-close – $40 – retro-themed drinks, throwback games, 80’s/‘90s/‘00s memorabilia

No Cover

  • Bar Dupont – 9p-1a
  • Buffalo Billiards – 3p-2a college football all day (inc. playoffs; Bama watch location at 3-7p) – Miller High Life toast at midnight
  • Parlay – Clemson CFP watch party  but all are welcome + reservations are required + food/drink specials + DJ/Dancing after games (~11p)
  • McClellan’s Retreat – Miller High Life toast
  • Duke’s Grocery – drink specials on Pimms, Tiger Beer, Jameson, Absolut + midnight bubbly toast + party favors
  • St Arnolds – midnight bubbly toast
  • The Big Hunt – opens a 8p

14TH STREET / U STREET / SHAW / BLOOMINGDALE

Open Bar

  • Duffy’s – 9p-1:30a – $70 open bar on all beer/wine/most liquor (no shots) + Free apps from 9-11p + Jameson whiskey toast at midnight + limited to 200 people
  • Churchkey – 9p-2a – $115 open bar  (50 drafts/5 casks/select liquor, cocktails & wine) + passed bites + photobooth
  • Hawthorne – 9p-1a – $100 (tickets go up close to 12/31) – premium open bar (inc. mixed drinks, import beer, wine, and call bourbons) + app/dessert buffet + coat/tie required
  • DC9 – 10p-2a (open later) – $75 ($65 early bird, $85 last minute) premium open bar + Monopoly theme + games/prizes
  • Takoda – 10p-2a – $85 (or $100 rooftop) – open bar (24 beers on tap, mixed drinks, wines, and select whiskeys) + app table all night
  • Espita – 10p-2a – $100 – open bar + live music + passed Botanas – $50 after midnight
  • The Gibson – 9p-2a – $130 – open bar + Future theme + small bites + burlesque performances + photobooth
  • Left Door – 9p-2a – $250  – super fancy open bar + greeted with Vintage Dom Perignon + apps all evening

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Flash – 8p til 4a (Mon Jan 2nd) – $50 ($40 early bird) – 32 (!!) Hour Dance party – no booze from 4a-8a
  • Provision No. 14 – 9p-2a – $30 (early bird) – includes 1 drink & toast
  • Policy – 9p-close – $20 for upstairs Liberty Lounge party
  • Lost Society – 9p-4a – $45 – includes 2 drink tickets + masquerade party
  • 9:30 Club – 9p-close – $75 – Band of Horses concert
  • The Brixton – 8-close – $25 – specials on food/drink from 8-10p – A Clockwork Orange themed party
  • Chi-Cha Lounge – 7-3a – $40 ($35 early bird) – buffet-style tapas
  • Sakerum – 10p-3a – $40 – includes 3 drinks
  • Dodge City -7p-3a – $10 cover after 10p – toast
  • Town – 9p-close – $25 skip the line – signature drag show at 9:30p
  • The Passenger – $20 cover after 9p + fancy Manhattans + DJ upstairs + cocktail/bubbly specials
  • Twins Jazz – $85 jazz quartet from 9p-1a – doors open at 8p + 3 course meal + bottle of brand champagne

No Cover

  • Sudhouse – low key + $3 canned beers + $6 rail/mixed drinks all night
  • Ivy & Coney – will be celebrating 3rd anniversary
  • All Souls – business as usual
  • El Camino – Soul Monkey – music starts at 9p
  • Bar Pilar – DJ & Dancing starts at 11:30p
  • Miracle on 7th Street  – open from 3-9p with drink specials
  • Barcelona – special menus & Cava
  • La Jambe – 4-9p pre-party, celebrate French New Year at 6p + special offers on champagne
  • Compass Rose – 11p Party Like Its 1999 party + house-made Cosmos, Green Apple Martinis & Zimas + limited space, guaranteed entry with $95 3 course seating at 9p
  • American Ice Co – business as usual
  • Cafe St. Ex – business as usual
  • Pearl Dive/Blackjack/Tilt – business as usual
  • Slipstream – warm-up $20.17 bottomless Charles de Fere champagne + coffee from 5-10p – $8 coffee cocktails
  • 2 Birds 1 Stone – sparkling cocktails
  • Red Light – $5 glass of bubbly (rose and prosecco) alll night + $8 Skyy drinks all night + $8 flavored Jim Beam drinks ($10 Jim Beam Black drinks) inc. free promo tastes from 8-10p + $25 select wine bottles + $8 mules
  • Exiles – live music starting at 9:30p + toast
  • Anxo – midnight barrel of Basque cider (Txotx) tapped, free till it runs out
  • Boundary Stone – DJ + Miller High Life pony toast at midnight
  • Nellie’s- pop dance DJ from 8p on + bubbly toast
  • Service Bar – bubbly toast + breakfast served from midnight-close + free food with purchase of bottle of champagne
  • Shaw’s Tavern – magician from 8-11p + DJ from 9:30p-12:30a + free bubbly toast
  • Kingfisher – midnight toast + drink specials
  • A&D
  • Dirty Goose – $4 sparkling wine all night + free Stoll from 10-11p + bubbly toast
  • Quarter + Glory – free passed apps + bubbly toast + DJ
  • El Rey – drink specials + grievance wall
  • Right Proper – DJs
  • Chaplin’s – midnight bubbly toast
  • Crisp – normal $5 HH from 5-8p + midnight toast
  • Showtime – “champagne” specials + “champagne” toast + R&B DJ
  • Stoney’s – $5 Stoli flavor cocktails + $4 Stoli Blueberry shots
  • Dino’s – Grotto Bar open til 1a – a la carte menu available

ADAMS MORGAN / WOODLEY PARK / CLEVELAND PARK

Open Bar

  • Songbyrd – 9p-1a – $80 ($100 on 12/31) open bar + 3 separately themed rooms + limited apps + photo booth + games
  • Town Tavern – 9p-3a – $125 open bar ($50 admission gets open bar from 9-11p; $75 from 9-midnight – passed apps from 9-11p + late night breakfast buffet at 11p + Jager specials
  • Roofer’s Union – 10p-2a – $90 ($70 early bird) – open bar (10 craft beers from DC Brau & Port City, wine,  Beefeater Gin, Tito’s Vodka, El Dorado Rum, Jim Beam Bourbon, Milagro Silver Tequila) + late night buffet eats + live music + 2nd floor & heated rooftop
  • Johnny Pistola’s – 9p-1a – $100 – open bar + buffet from 9-10p
  • Pop’s Sea Bar – 8p-close – $49 open bar (beer, rail, wine) + upstairs buffet + midnight clontarf toast + beach ball drop at midnight

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Southern Hospitality – 9:30p-3a – $45 (early bird discount avail) – premium open bars/apps from 9:30-10:30p – heated tent (promoters rented bar out)
  • Mellow Mushroom – 9p-3a – $50 – 90s themed – open bar from 9-10p
  • Grand Central  – 8p-3a – $20 ($35 couples) – buffet till it lasts
  • Dram & Grain – $125/couple – 5 course/5 spirit cocktail + food tasting. either 6:30-9p or 9p-midnight
  • Bossa Bossa – $10 – live music – wear white (Brazilian style)
  • Bourbon – $15 cover after 10p ($20 at door) – discounted high end whiskey flights + upstairs DJ + champagne cocktails
  • Club Heaven & Hell – 8p-4a – $40 ($70 couples) – dinner buffet from 8-930p + midnight bubbly toast – $22 entrance only option

No Cover

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe – downstairs open for game watching (private party from 9p on upstairs)
  • Jack Rose – 5p-1a – no cover Saloon 1st floor + HH 5-8p + Business as usual + NYE specials OR $50 AYCE/drink on terrace from 5-8p (beer/bourbon/bbq)
  • Rumba Cafe – free glass of wine + bubbly toast + live music at 11p
  • St Arnold’s – bubbly toast
  •  Blaguard – bubbly toast
  • Nanny O’Briens – bubbly toast

GEORGETOWN / GLOVER PARK / FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END

Open Bar

  • The Sovereign – 9p-2a – $115 ($99 early bird) – open bar (50 drafts + select liquor) + passed apps + live jazz downstairs
  • RiRa Georgetown – 9p-2a – $100 ($90 for 1st 30; $120 12/30) – open bar + light apps + Roaring Twenties party + live jazz band
  • Orange Anchor – 8p-2a – $100 – open bar – Nautical themed
  • Mad Fox Taproom – 9p-1a – $90 ($75 early bird til 12/7) – full premium open bar – passed apps + free coat check
  • Town Hall – 9p-3a – $92 ($75 til 12/11) – full premium open bar + plenty of gourmet food + free coat check/overnight parking
  • Old Glory – 8p-3a (open bar til midnight, cash bar afterwards) – $65 open bar ( select premium mixed spirits and cocktails, draft and can beer, and house wine. Shots not included) + buffet/passed apps from 8-10p + photo booth till midnight + $10 credit to be used in Jan-Feb
  • Mason Inn -9p-3a – $75 open bar ($15 cover cash bar option)

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • Mate Lounge – 9p-4a – $45 ($80 couples) sushi/Latin fusion buffet from 9-11p (promoters rented bar out)
  • Malmaison– 9:30p-3a – $45 ($80 couples) – premium open bars/apps from 9-10p – Midnight in Paris being screened (promoters rented bar out)

No Cover

  • Bayou – bubbly toast + $6 Hurricanes / $2 PBR / $5 wine
  • Breadsoda – DJ (80s, soul) + bubbly toast
  • Mr. Smith’s – 10p-3a piano bar + bubbly toast + free party favors

CHINATOWN / PENN QUARTER / MOUNT VERNON SQUARE/ DOWNTOWN

Open Bar

  • Ping Pong DC – 9:30p-4a – $150 ($100 early bird) – open bar + finger food
  • Mandu – 7:30p-2a – $75 –  full open bar + Korean Buffet
  • POV at the W/Pinea – 8-2a – $299 – 3 course dinner at Pinea or heavy apps at POV starting at 8p – open bar at POV from 8:30p-12:30a

Cover Charge and/or Limited Open Bar

  • City Tap House – 10p-2a – $40 optional open bar from 10p-midnight (1a-2a DJ focused on musical artists who died in 2016)
  • The Park at Fourteenth – 8p-3a – $30 general admission ($80 VIP ticket comes w/ open bar from 8-11p
  • MXDC – 9p-4a – $45 (early bird discount avail) – premium open bars/apps from 9-10p – Masquerade Ball (promoters rented bar out)
  • Cities – 10p-3a – $75 ($45 til 12/18) – COURVOISIER OPEN BAR 10-11PM
  • Ultrabar – 8p-close – $30 early bird – open bar from 8-9p – 4 DJs
  • Oyamel – 10:30p-close – $95 – unlimited food & beverage stations
  • Hill Country – 8p-close – $50 for open bar on draft beer, wine, and rail ($15 for admission only) + Rock N’ Twang NYE w/ Hari Karaoke (live band karaoke)
  • Eden – 8p-4a – $40 4 DJ/bars + open bar/buffet for 2 hours + Masquerade Ball
  • Hamilton – 8:30p-close – $35 Loft Party (19th Street Band starts at 10p)  – Downstairs bar $60 GA/$85 seated 7p (Old 97’s show at 8:30p)
  • Fado – 9p-close – $10 (advance purchase gets signature cocktail) – $10 at door
  • Sax – 9p-4a – $50 – inc. 2 rails + futuristic Neon party after midnight + lots of entertainment
  • The Partisan – 9p-close – $65  -passed canapés + 2 complimentary drinks + a Lambrusco toast at midnight
  • Bar7 – 7p-3a – $40 – open bar & passed apps from 7-9p + professional dancers
  • Iron Horse – 8p-close – $5 cover + bubbly toast

No Cover

  • Bar Deco – free champagne toast
  • Penn Social – CFP playoffs + bubbly toast + DJ + $4 Blue Moon/Shock Top/Bud/Miller Lite during bowl games
  • Bottom Line – party starts at 7p – DJ all night + toast + dancing
  • Capital  City Brewing – beer specials from 10p-2a + bubbly toast
  • Bantam King – midnight-4a – champagne toast for 1st 25 guests + karaoke + Japanese traditional noodles
  • Jackpot – live guitar starts at 8p
  • Rocket Bar – HH til 8p + $4 Rocket Fuel Amber Ale after 8p

H STREET / NOMA / IVY CITY / BROOKLAND

Open Bar

  • SOLD OUT Rock and Roll Hotel – 8p-4a – $85 ($100 at door) open bar + limited app buffet at 8p + DJs + roof deck + 2 balloon drops + photo booth
  • H St Country Club – 9p-2a – $69 ($85 at door) open bar (margaritas, beer, wine & rail drinks_ + mini golf + Prom theme
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s – 10p-close – $95 – top shelf open bar + hosted by Closed Sessions + multiple DJs
  • SOLD OUT Driftwood Kitchen – 10p-2a- $45 open bar + DJ upstairs – no cover downstairs
  • Jimmy Valentine’s – 9p-4a – $70 top shelf open bar (or $15 entry)
  • Maketto – 9p-2a – $100 – open bar + all you can eat + DJs + champagne/pizza midnight toast
  • Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern – 10p-3a – $50 (early bird); $75 (day of) – rail open bar (wine/bubbly station) + heavy apps + DJs – Ivy City NYE Ball

Cover Charge/Limited Open Bar

  • Church & State – 8:30p-close – $79 (before 12/12) includes All-American craft cocktail at 9:30p, 10p, 10:30p, 11p, 11:30p and midnight – Choose either GLASS (gin, vodka, light rum)
    or WOOD (Rye & Bourbon Whiskey, Aged Rum) –  email reservations at dcwisdom@gmail.com
  • RedRocks H Street – 9p-4a- $55 Early Bird inc. open bar from 9p-midnight + DJs on all floors + Black Tie Affair
  • Steel Plate – 9p-3a- $15 – DJ + bubbly toast + grilled cheese/sliders after midnight
  • Hellbender Brewing – 8p-2a – $25 – inc. 1st pint + cider toast at midnight + grilled cheese sandwich meal from food truck + 10 pints & cider on offer
  • Mythology + Love – $35 ($60 couples) inc. 1 hr open bar
  • Da Luft – $20 – complimentary finger food + roaming photographer

No Cover

  • The Pug – Miller High Life midnight toast
  • Sticky Rice – 9p-3a – free RSVP – “The Last NYE Ever”
  • Atlas Arcade – bubbly toast
  • Granville Moore’s
  • Haymaker – doors open at 7p + HH all night ($5 drafts/premium rails/all wines) + complimentary midnight toast
  • The Big Board
  • Big Chief – live brass jazz band at 10p – bubbly toast
  • The Dew Drop Inn – DJ + bubbly toast
  • Star & Shamrock – midnight whiskey toast
  • Ben’s Upstairs – midnight bubbly toast + special NYE food items
  • Cotton + Reed – open til 4a
  • Copycat
  • The Queen Vic – Jameson toast + drink specials
  • Biergarten Haus – $10 liter specials + other specials on spirits and champagne
  • Kitty’s Saloon – nothing special
  • Sol – drink specials + DJ + bubbly toast
  • Smith Public Trust – Spacecamp event + DJs


CAPITOL HILL / EASTERN MARKET / NAVY YARD

Open Bar

  • [SOLD OUT] Bluejacket – 9p-2a – $115 open bar (all 25 original BJ drafts, select liquor/wine/cocktails) + passed bites + live music
  • Kelly’s Irish Times – 9p-1a – $59 open bar (discount for bringing 10 friends) – heavy apps
  • The Ugly Mug – 9p-1a – $65 open bar
  • Mr. Henry’s – 7:30-close – $130 ($240 couples) + open bar + live jazz (Aaron Myers II 9:30p-12:30a) + seafood/raw bar from 7:30-9 + apps/buffet bar from 7:30p-12:30a (more early in night)
  • Union Pub – 8p-2:30a – $50 – open bar (beer & select rail liquor) + “Formal Kegger” theme + pour-your-own-beer keggerators, trashcans full of canned beers, bar games, AYCD select liquor, complimentary appetizers + DJ
  • Beuchert’s Saloon – 8p-2a – $140 – open bar + old school eats, such as rib roasts, passed small bites and a raw bar + Jos A Magnus cocktaisl + 1920s theme – “A Very Peaky” NYE”
  • Barrel – 9p-3a – $100 – open bar (premium spirits, hand-selected bourbons, house cocktails, draft beer, and wine, bourbon tasting stations) + pig roast (Pigs, Fried Chicken, Lobster Mac, and many sides) all you can eat.
  • Lavagna – 10p-3a – $75 – premium open bar + passed apps + DJ + both bars open

Cover Charge/Limited Open Bar

  • Scarlet Oak – 9p-2:30a – $30 early bird – inc. premium open bar/apps from 9:30-10:30p
  • Ambar – 9p-12:30a – $79 AYCE small plates at bar + cash bar

No Cover

  • Wisdom
  • Trusty’s – business as usual + bubbly toast at midnight + Bus Bar private party rented out
  • Tunnicliff’s
  • Boxcar Tavern – bubbly toast + HH after 10p – $2 off drafts/wine/rail
  • Capitol Lounge – HH 7p-1a ($1 off draft beers/rails) + bubbly toast
  • Agua 301 – DJ 10p-2a
  • Eatbar
  • Justin’s Cafe – nothing special

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS/PETWORTH

Open Bar

  • Homestead – 8p-12:30a – $85 – inc 3 course dinner + $50 option for just open bar from 9:30p-12:30a
  • El Chucho – 10p-2a – $56.17 – unlimited tacos til 1a + chips/salsa + elote + open bar (draft beer/frozen margs/Tecate cans)
  • Slash Run – $50 optional open bar (beers, whiskeys, burgers) + no cover otherwise + DJ with punk/metal

Cover Charge/Limited Open Bar

  • Acre 121 – 8p-2a – $35 – Human Country Jukebox band + buffet from 9-midnight + $75 VIP gets you open bar from 9p-midnight
  • Wonderland Ballroom – 9p-close – $10 ($15 couples) after midnight + midnight celebration toast

No Cover

  • Red Derby – 1977 themed upstairs / 1997 themed upstairs + themed cocktails + $4 bubbly + $2 kamikaze shots – reserve a table and get a free bottle of bubbly
  • Lou’s City Bar – Bowls, Beers & Bubbly NYE +  $4 drafts, $16 pitchers, $20 buckets, $6 champagne cocktails and game day food specials. Tables can be reserved via email at info@louscitybar.com
  • Ten Tigers Parlour – restaurant opens at 8p, 2nd floor at 9p + sake toast at midnight
  • Reading Room / Petworth Citizen – post-apocalyptic cocktails
  • The Pinch – open at 2:30p
  • Union Drinkery – midnight bubbly toast
  • Colony Club – food truck + beer deals + karaoke –  face painting + DJs/a funk band
  • Looking Glass –  free whiskey shot at midnight + $20 champagne bottles + $6 beer/shot deals and tributes all night
  • DC Reynolds – 2 for 1 from 5-9p like usual
  • Midlands – live music starts at 9p
  • Room 11 – regular thing
  • Lyman’s – regular
  • Kangaroo Boxing Club – All drafts $5 + every open bottle drink will be $6 + midnight bubbly toast
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