Where to Ring in 2019 – DC Bars – New Year’s Eve Guide (12/31/18)

2019 is coming. To help you out, Barred in DC has once again compiled a list 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 so just assume they will have if not mentioned), which I’ve split up by 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 in DC). For those of you braving open bars, remember to tip well to start and for each drink. 

Will update continuously till NYE

Best Bets:
Cheapest Open BarDC9, Bottom Line, The Front Page, Union Pub, New Vegas Lounge, The Crown & Crow, Dirty Water
More Expensive, but Great Value Open Bar:  Dram & Grain, Churchkey, Barrel, Morris
Lower Cover Party: Public Bar; Miracle on 7th Street
No Cover PartyBoundary Stone, Jack Rose (1st floor)

Open Bar

  • La Vie (The Wharf) – $125 – A Midnight in Paris + 3.5 hr  open bar (10p-1:30a) 
  • Mission Navy Yard – $110 – 4 hour open bar (9p-1a) includes beer/wine/bubbly/margs/Tito’s/Jack + appetizer buffet +2 DJs + 4 bars + 10 bartenders
  • Cortez (Shaw)- $100 (early bird $85, high roller $125) -4 hr open bar (9p-1a) + heated rooftop + midnight tequila shot
  • Takoda (Shaw)- $100 (early bird $85, high roller $125) – 4 hour open bar (9p-1a) – all 21 beers on tap/draft cocktails/wine/mixed drinks/select whiskeys + full appetizers table all night
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (H Street)  – $75 (early bird before 12/1, 1st 60 tix $60, after 12/21 $95) – 4.5 hr open bar (9p-1:30a) – all beer/wine and most liquor (no shots), including craft beer + free apps buffet 9-11p + DJ + midnight Irish whiskey toast
  • Rock and Roll Hotel (H Street) – $85 (if not sold out, $100 at door after 6p) – 8p-close – open bar all night + limited apps avail at 8p + DJs on 1st and 2nd floor
  • Roofers Union (AdMo) –  $105 ($75) early bird – 4 hour open bar (10:30p-2:30a) local drafts, select liquors, wine + late night buffet + live music 
  • Hawthorne (U St) – $100 ($85 ends 11/26; $100 ends 11/30; $120 ends 12/7;  $150 afterwards) – 4 hour premium open bar bar (9p-1a) inc. beer/wine/liquor like Tito’s/Jack + app buffet + 9 bartenders at 5 bars 
  • Churchkey (14th St) – $125 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. craft beer/wine/curated cocktails + snacks + DJ
  • The Partisan (PQ/Chinatown) – $99 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. craft beer/wine/curated cocktails + whiskey tasting tickets + snacks/charcuterie/carving station + DJ
  • Bluejacket (Navy Yard) – $125 – 5 hour open bar (9:30p-2:30a) inc. craft beer/select wine/curated cocktails + heavy apps (sliders, oysters, shrimp cocktail) + live music/DJ
  • The Sovereign (Georgetown) – $99 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. all 50 drafts/special Belgian brews + heavy apps + DJ playing vinyl funk/soul
  • The Front Page (Dupont) – $55 early bird – 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a) + wear 70s/80s formal wear + apps buffet + 70s/80s/new hits
  • Mission Dupont – $85 (will go up $10-20 each week in December) – 4 hour premium open bar (9p-1a) + apps
  • DC9 – $65 ($55 til Dec 12th, then goes up after Dec 27th) – NYE Monopoly theme – 7 hour open bar (9p-4a) + free coat check
  • Tonic at Quigley’s (Foggy Bottom) – $79 – Speakeasy theme – 8p-2a – 5 hour open bar (8p-1a) + buffet from 8p-12:30a
  • Dram & Grain (Adams Morgan) – $125 – open bar from 9p-1a includes best cocktails of 2018, vintage champagne, Willet tasting + apps
  • Blackfinn (Downtown) – $80 – 4 hour open bar from 9p-1a + apps – pay $20 more for VIP admission gives you premium open bar from 8p-1a and reserved table
  • New Vegas Lounge (14th St) – $50 ($60 at door) –  doors open at 9:30p – Dr Blues Out of Town Blues Band from 10p-2a – rail open bar + light apps
  • Town Hall (Glover Park) – $95 ($79 early bird) – 9p-3a + 6 hour premium open bar (9p-3a) + gourmet holiday buffet + free coat check & overnight parking
  • Bottom Line (Downtown) – $60 – 5 hour open bar (10p-3a) + light apps
  • Grand Central (Adams Morgan) – $59 (price will go up) – 3.5 hour open bar (9:30p-1a) w/ rails, beer, cider, wine + light buffet + encourage bar-hopping afterwards or before
  • Kelly’s Irish Times (Capitol Hill/Union Station) – $59 – 3.5 hour open bar (9:30p-1a) w/ select specialty cocktails, solid beer (DC Brau, Guinness, Smithwicks, Sam Adams), & rails + heavy apps 11p + pay $20 more for early entry at 9p, access to private basement party, better apps, and more premium liquor including scotch
  • Madhatter (Dupont) – $75 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + confetti shower
  • Union Pub (Cap Hill) – $60 – 7 hour open bar (8p-3a) – 3rd Annual NYE Formal Kegger + pour-your-own-beer kegs, canned beers, AYCD select liquor + complimentary appetizers + bar games + red solo cups but dress up
  • Barrel (Cap Hill/Eastern Market) – $120 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) – Blind Pig “speakeasy” + all you can eat fancy food (pig, lobster rolls, etc.) + bottomless Old Fashioneds/Manhattans/Negronis/Martinis/Highballs/Select Draft & Canned Beers/Select Red and White Wines
  • Maketto (H St) – $100 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + includes snacks + DJs + in collaboration with Keys Open Doors and Rock Creek Social Club
  • The Crown & Crow (14th st) – $75 ($115 week of) – 7 hour open bar (8p-3a) – craft beer/wine/call liquors (Tito’s/Redemption/etc.)/select specialty cocktails + light fare + live music
  • Dirty Martini (Dupont) – $79 ($10 more for fast pass, $39 gen admission option) – 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a)
  • Ivy City Smokehouse – $75 – 4 hour open bar (10p-2a) + buffet + Golden Era hip hop/R&B party
  • Sixth Engine (Mt Vernon Sq) – $80 early bird – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + lots of food
  • Chicken + Whiskey (14th St) – $96 – 4 hour open bar (9p-1a) inc. 55 whiskeys, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, toast + dinner voucher (w/ 1 non-alcoholic drinks) + DJ
  • The Ugly Mug (Barracks Row) –  no cover + live band + 4 hour open bar optional ($80 – 9p-1a)
  • The Sheppard (Dupont) – $100 – 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a) + small bites
  • Morris (Mt. Vernon Sq/Shaw) – $100 – 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a) + small bites + jazz band
  • Johnny Pistolas (Adams Morgan) – $100 ($85 early bird) – 4 hour premium open bar (9p-1a) + gourmet buffet
  • Anxo (Bloomingdale) – $70 – 3.5 hour open bar (10p-1:30a) inc. 
    cider, cava, wine, beer & vermouth  + karaoke at 10p
  • Dirty Water (H Street) – $50 (inc. tip) – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. 
     drafts, rails, champagne, selected cocktails, apps

Cover Charge/Limited Open Bar (3 hours or less)

  • Union Stage (The Wharf) – $35 – Funk v. Bluegrass concert + includes bubbly toast 
  • 1831 (Dupont) – $15.43 – party starts at 3p + all-night HH with entry fee includes $1 Natty Light/$2 Sex on the Beach shooters/$3 Coors Light, Bud Light, Yuengling, Miller Lite/$4-6 wine/$6 Tito’s/$7 Margs, Rails, $14 Tecate 5 can bucket
  • Shaw’s Tavern (Shaw) – $75 – open bar from 9p-midnight (beer, house wine, rails) + passed apps + 12:30a breakfast buffet
  • Station4 (SW Waterfront) – $35 ($25 before 12/1, late $45, $20 admission avail after midnight) – Belvedere Ball 9p-2a + top 40 music DJs + open bar from 9-10p
  • Dirty Habit (PQ/Chinatown) – $45 (discount for couples, $35 before 12/1, after midnight admission $20) – “uber luxe” party 9p-2a + top 40 music DJ + select premium open bar 9-10p 
  • City Tap House Dupont – $35 ($25 before 12/1, late $45, $20 admission avail after midnight)party 8:30p-2a + DJ playing 80s/90s/00s music + open bar from 8:30p-9:30p
  • 801 (Shaw) – $50 – open bar from 9p-midnight
  • Public Bar (Dupont) –  $20 ($15 early bird, $25 door) – 
    “Come As You Are” – all drinks $5 (including top shelf) except tables 
  • ArtzJamz (Dupont) – $95 ($30 3 hour premium open bar option) – 9:30-12:30p – Neon Paint Party – $95 option includes midnight toast, canvas, bottomless holiday cocktails
  • 9:30 Club (Shaw) – $55 – White Ford Bronco concert – doors at 9p
  • The Anthem (The Wharf) – $75 – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Trouble Funk) – doors at 7:30p + show at 9p
  • The Black Cat (14th St) – $30 – NYE Ball – Peaches O’Dell & her Orchestra (swing dance music) – DJ Backstage 
  • The Park on 14th (Downtown) – $50 ($30 early bird) – party time 8p-4a + passed apps
  • Ultrabar (PQ/Chinatown) – $40 ($30 early bird) – 6 bars, 5 floors, 4 DJ – open bar from 8-9p
  • L8 Lounge (Downtown) – $40 ($30 early bird, or free RSVP early so you can pay $20 at door before 10p) – 007/James Bond themed + music is Afrobeats, HipHop, dancehall, soca + apps + confetti shower
  • Miracle on 7th Street popup bar (Shaw) – $20 (poss. avail at door) – 9:30p-1a – free glass of Taittinger Champagne + special NYE punches available + countdown inside Miracle’s NYE Ball
  • Barcode (Downtown) – $40 – NYE Black & White Ball – 9p-3a + open bar 9-10p + free apps 9p-11p + hookah available 
  • Decades (Dupont) – $40 – Y2K19 Gala – 8p-3a – retro-themed drinks
  • Karma (NE) – $50  – Time Square Reloaded party – 10p-4a
  • Rosebar (Dupont) – $40 ($25 early bird) – 9p-4a
  • Abigail (Dupont) – $65 – free Courvoisier signature cocktails and apps from 9-11p + high end (evening dresses + blazers) 
  • Pennsylvania 6 (Downtown) – $35 ($25 early bird) – A Night in Casablanca 1940s theme – 9p-2a + open bar from 9p-10p
  • Provision No. 14 (U St) – $30 early bird – 9p-3a – 20s/Prohibition theme + includes 1 drink ticket
  • St. Yves (Dupont) – $65 – free apps from 9-11p + high end (evening dresses + blazers) 
  • Opera Lounge (Downtown) – $25 early bird – 9p-3a party + DJs/light shows/LED displays
  • Pure Lounge (U Street) – $20 early bird – 6p-4a party + 6 rotating DJs – bottle specials from 6-9p
  • Manor (Dupont) – $50 – 9p-4a – dancers 
  • Cloak & Dagger (U Street) – $35 ($25 early bird, $40 at door) – 9p-4a + open bar (house rails) 9p-10p + apps 9-10p
  • Ozio (Dupont) – $35 early bird – 9p-3a + includes buffet
  • Magnolia (Dupont) – $40 ($30 early bird, price goes up) – 9:30p-3a – premium open bar 9:30-10:30p + apps 9:30-10:30p
  • Jack Rose Saloon (Adams Morgan) – $50 pre-bash – 5-8p on rooftop terrace + unlimited BBQ + free beer + select bourbons
  • Satellite Room (Shaw) –  $40 ($30 early bird, price goes up) – 9p-3a – Bond Bash with 60s decor + premium open bar 9-10p + apps 9-10p
  • Sax (PQ/Chinatown) – $50 ($40 early bird and couples discount) – 9p-3a – Fire and Ice party includes aerialists/dance sets/lavish costumes/pole performers/goo dancers + 1 free drink
  • Southern Hospitality (Adams Morgan) – $40 ($30 early bird, price goes up) – 9:30p-3a – premium open bar 9:30-10:30p + apps 9:30-10:30p
  • Umaya (PQ/Chinatown) – $40 ($30 early bird, price goes up) – 9:30p-3a – premium open bar 9:30-10:30p + apps 9:30-10:30p
  • The Loft at Hamilton (Downtown) – $35 – doors at 9:30p with show at 10p – Moonshine Society show
  • Bar Elena (H Street) – $60 before 12/15 – 7p-1a – app buffet from 9p-11p + breakfast buffet midnight-1a + DJ + hourly giveaways
  • Town Tavern (Adams Morgan) – $10 entry – 6p-3a – “The Dilly Dilly Tavern” + medieval costumes or party attire welcome + can pay $15 more for a 3 hour open bar (9p-midnight) with domestic beer bottles/rails and 9p buffet or $30 more ($40) for 4 hour open bar (9p-midnight) with addition of Dilly Dilly cocktails 
  • Sakerum (14th St/U) – $88 (goes up after 12/16) – party til 1:30a – 3 hr premium open bar (9p-midnight)
  • City Winery (Ivy City) – $30 – doors at 7p, show at 10:30p – Black Alley band (hip hop + rock hybrid)
  • Heist (Dupont) – $35 ($60 couples) – party starts at 10p
  • Pearl Street Warehouse (The Wharf) – $35 ($50 for mezzanine area) – blues/rock & soul show – doors at 7:30 – show at 8:30
  • The Eleanor (NoMa) – $75 – 7p-2a + dinner + late night breakfast buffet + Girl Scout Cookie & Donuts Buffet + Champagne & Miller High Life Toast at Midnight + photo booth + unlimited free arcade games + throwback jams
  • Ten Tigers Parlour (Petworth) – $50 (early bird cheaper) – 9p-3a – open bar & apps 9-10p + 90s music on DJ
  • Cafe Citron (Dupont) – $35 ($10 more for 9-10p for open bar) + $90 champagne magnums available

No Cover

  • EatBar (Barracks Row) – 4p-2a – Low Key + feel free to wear sweatpants and play Super Nintendo games + guilty pleasure foods (pepperoni hot pockets, corn dogs, egg rolls) + $25 Bottomless bubbles available
  • Across the Pond (Dupont) – two parties – 6p-8p Irish New Year celebration with live Irish music and countdown/toast at 7p + regular party with live music starting at 8:30p w/ toast
  • Boundary Stone (Bloomingdale) – extended HH from 4p-10p (includes $4 DC Brau/$6 wine/$7 sandwiches/$3 bites) + band Reed Appleseed at 10:30 (blues, country, folk, rock)
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights) – party + reserved seats available in back room or area on deck for $10/person, includes bottle of bubbly for group
  • St. Regis Hotel Lobby Bar (Downtown) – 5p-1a – special champagne pop-up bar + champagne specials + cocktails + live jazz band
  • Smith Commons (H Street) – also celebrating 9th anniversary + toast
  • Free State (PQ/Chinatown) – lots of champagne varieties + table reservations available
  • The Ugly Mug (Barracks Row) – live band + 4 hour open bar optional ($80 – 9p-1a)
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon (Adams Morgan) – 5p-1a in 1st floor saloon + HH from 5-8p
  • City Tap Penn Quarter – Prohibition-themed New Year’s Eve party – $50 optional open bar from 10p-12a
  • The Dubliner (Capitol Hill) – live Irish music
  • La Jambe (Shaw) – open at 4p – French celebration at 6p + after 9p a $60 French Cremant (bubbles) bottomless option + photo booths
  • James Hoban’s (Dupont) – a hourly drink special with new country every hour + starts with Irish drink special at 7p
  • Kirwan’s (Wharf) – “White Party” + Irish new year at 7p + drink specials + live music


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