Where to Ring in 2020 – DC Bars – New Year’s Eve Guide (12/31/19)

2020 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 . For those of you braving open bars, remember to tip well to start and for each drink. In general follow these bartender’s rules for NYE fun at bars.

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Will update till NYE. At some point I will just retweet @barredindc. Ticket price will change, I ain’t gonna update this for you.

Barred in DC Picks: Union Pub, Duffy’s, Rock & Roll Hotel, Recessions, The Midlands, Emilie’s, The Royal, Walter’s, Brothers and Sisters

Open Bar

  • Union Pub (Cap Hill) – $70 ($60 on Cyber Monday when tix start) – 8p-3a – AYCD pour-your-own beer kegs, canned beers, select liquor, jello shots + complimentary appetizer
  • Ivy City Smokehouse – $75 ($65 early bird) – 10p-close – all inclusive food & alcohol
  • The Showroom (Downtown) – $129-159 – 9p-2a premium open bar – food stations from 9-11:30p – dessert station midnight-1a – Gatsby Gala
  • La Vie (The Wharf)  – $125 ($90 early bird) – opens at 10p – open bar from 10p-1:30a + apps + Midnight in Paris soiree + $25 for earlier open bar/entry one hour earlier
  • Grand Central (Adams Morgan) – $70 – 9p-1:30a – 4 hour open bar starts at 9:30p (specialty cocktails, DC Brau, Guinness, Smithwicks, Sam Adams, Absolut, Jim Beam, other rails) – apps till 11p + Sponsored by DC Fray
  • Kelly’s Irish Times (Cap Hill) – $70 – 9p-1:30a – 4 hour open bar starts at 9:30p (specialty cocktails, DC Brau, Guinness, Smithwicks, Sam Adams, Absolut, Jim Beam, other rails) – apps till 11p + Sponsored by DC Fray
  • Duffy’s (H St) – $75 – 9p-1:30a open bar (all beer-Guinness, Hellbender IPA, Miller, Stella, cans/bottles, all wine, most liquor but no shots) – apps 9-11p + limited tickets
  • Proper 21 (Downtown) – $115 – 9p-2a premium open bar + early evening apps + $60 option for 4 hour open bar from 10p-2a or $25 for entry after 12:30a with open bar until 2a
  • Tonic at Quigley’s (Foggy Bottom) – $89 – 8p-1a open bar (party closes at 2a) + buffet 8p-12:30a + masquerade bash 
  • B Too (Logan Circle) – $125 10:30p-2:30a – open bar + dessert buffet ($50 more for 3 course dinner and welcome reception starting at 9p
  • Rock and Roll Hotel (H Street) – $85 – 8p-close – open bar all night + apps
  • Mission Navy Yard – $95 – 9p-1a premium open bar (beer, wine, bubbly, margs, brands like Tito’s/Jack) + apps + party continues after
  • The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar and Speakeasy (Georgetown) – $250 – 9p-1a premium open bar + small plates 9p-midnight + live jazz + Roaring 20s themed + only 40 guests
  • Rooftop at the Graham (Georgetown) – $250 – 9p-1:30a – premium open and bubbles bar + tons of food + Bubbles & Bow Times + 120 guests
  • Public Bar Live (Dupont) -$175 ($125 early bird) – 9p-3a – open bar & apps from 9p-1a includes tip + includes access to heated rooftop bar + live band from 10p-12:30a
  • Recessions (Dupont) – $55 (specials for additional tickets) – 10p-2a rail open bar
  • Barrel (Eastern Market) – $120 ($100 Cyber Monday and before) – 9p-2a + pig roast + live music – Blind Pig Speakeasy
  • 801 (Shaw) – $75  – 5 hour premium open bar + Surf/turf buffet
  • Bluejacket (Navy Yard) – $140 ($110 early) – 9:30p-2a – open bar (all BJ drafts/casks, premium wine, specialty cocktails, spirits (Tito’s, Volcan tequila, Bar Hill gin, JD, Captain’s) + AYCE menu/apps
  • The Sovereign (Georgetown) – $99 ($79 early) – 9p-2a – open bar (all 50 drafts including special Belgian brews) + heavy apps
  • Churchkey (Logan Circle) – $125 ($105 early) – 9p-2a – open bar (all craft beer, wine, curated cocktails) + steady stream of snacks
  • The Eastern (Eastern Market) – $125 – 9p-2a – open bar (select wine + beer + cocktails) + passed apps. $75 extra for one more hour open bar, guaranteed seating, and table service
  • The Partisan (PQ/Chinatown) – $99 ($79 early) – 9p-2a – open bar (selection of draft beers, wines, and curated cocktail offerings, plus whiskey tastings) + steady stream of snacks, charcuterie, and carving station
  • Cortez (Shaw) – $60 ($45 early) – 9p-1a – open bar (all beer, rails, house margs) + tequila midnight shot. $20 extra for full open bar (top shelf)
  • Takoda (Shaw) – $100 ($85 early) – 9p-1a – premium open bar (all beers on tap, draft cocktails, mixed drinks, wine, and select whiskeys) + full appetizer table. $25 extra for full open bar inc top shelf whiskeys, bourbons, ryes, unlimited champagne
  • Roofers Union (Adams Morgan) – $130 ($100 early bird) – 10:30p-2a – open bar (bottles from beer cellar, drafts, wine, higher shelf liquor) + buffet (fried chicken, house-made sausages, dips) + great for beer geeks
  • Hawthorne (U Street) – $95 – 9p-1a – premium open bar (beer, wine, premium mixed drinks) + appetizer buffet + access to space before and after
  • Mission Dupont – $90 ($85 early) – 9p-1a – premium open bar+ appetizer buffet
  • DC9 (Shaw) – $70 ($60 early, goes up closer) – 9p-4a – 7 hour open bar – NYE Monopoly theme
  • Blackfinn (Downtown) – $90 ($75-80 eary) – 9p-1a – premium open bar + lite bite appetizer buffet – Roaring 1920s party
  • Madhatter (Dupont) – $100 ($75 early) – 9p-2a – open bar + food buffet + midnight balloon drop
  • Sauf Haus (Dupont) – $125 (VIP Foosball room only) – 7p-3a – open bar + apps + live music + cover only option for rest
  • Crimson View (PQ/Chinatown) – $150 – 8p-3a – top shelf open bar + apps + live pianist
  • Capitol Cider House (Petworth) – $55 – 9p-1a – open bar (includes cider, beer, wine, cocktails)
  • Bottom Line (Downtown) – $60 ($75 after Xmas, $100 door) – 10p-2a – open bar + apps
  • Whiskey Charlie (The Wharf) – $155 ($135 early) – 8:30p-2a – top shelf open bar + heavy apps + Veuve midnight toast
  • The Brighton (The Wharf) – $100 – 8p-3a – top shelf open bar + buffet + access to 2nd floor bar (a la carte option) + Gatsby themed
  • Emilie’s (Capitol Hill/Barracks Row) – $120 – 8:30p-12:30a – open bar + bites/small plates from Kevin Tien, Tim Ma and several other awesome chefs
  • H Street Country Club – $49 ($75 walkins if available) – 9p-1a – open bar (margs, beer, rails)
  • Mr. Henry’s (Capitol Hill) – $138 – 7:30p-1a – premium open bar + multiple buffets (dinner, all night food, and dessert) + live music + Cotton Club theme + $85 ticket available after dinner buffet
  • Archipelago (U Street) – $100 – 8p-close (open bar + buffet from 8p-midnight) – wear tiki
  • Hill Prince (H Street) – $100 – 7p-close – open bar
  • Truxton Inn (Bloomingdale) – $100 – 8p-2a – select open bar (great cocktails, beer, select wine) + light fare 
  • Town Tavern (Adams Morgan) – $40 early bird – 9p-1a – open bar + passed apps at 9p + $30 option from 9p-midnight + $10 entry
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights) – no cover to get in but $100 option gets open bar on Moet, cocktails, beer, and apps email BAR@REDDERBY.COM
  • Le Diplomate (Logan Circle) – $275 –  9p-close – 3 course dinner + passed apps, champagne, and cocktails + can buy bottles of wine
  • Lou’s City Bar (Columbia Heights) – $70 – 8p-1a – open bar (wine, beer, rails) + light apps + $30 extra for premium drinks and better food
  • Dacha Navy Yard – $135 ($115 early bird, $163 last minute) – 9p-2a premium open bar (Tito’s, Absolut, Milagro, Filibuster, Cotton & reed) + DJs + buffet + 2020’s Disco Decade party
  • Chicken + Whiskey (Logan Circle)- $99 – 9p-1a open bar (55 whiskeys, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, champagne toast) + dinner voucher (one entree & non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Kaliwa (Wharf) – $110 – 10p-2a – open bar (open til 3a) + apps + karaoke +$140 extra gets you into mezzanine lounge with Johnnie Walker
  • Johnny Pistolas (Adams Morgan) – $75 – 9p-1a – premium open bar + buffet 9-11p + open til 3a + coat check included + Mers Events
  • Dirty Water (H Street) – $55 (includes $10 tip) – 9p-2a – open bar (rails, beers, specialty cocktails, apps, self-serve heated rooftop bar,
  • Bar Charley (Dupont)  – $115 – 9:30p-close – 4 course dinner + open bar (NYE open bar option only for $65 from 10p-closed
  • Maketto (H Street) – $100 – 8p-2a + Asian-influenced food + open bar + “Chinatown” + sponsored in part by Jamo
  • Soundcheck (Downtown) – $99 – 9p-2a (closes at 3a) – premium liquor open bar + apps – masquerade party
  • The Admiral (Dupont) – $105 ($95 early, $115 late) – 9p-1a – premium open bar + app buffet + access to pre and post-party
  • The Mirror (Downtown) – $100 – 9p-2:30a – open bar (includes craft cocktails)- celebrate 100 years since start of prohibition
  • Harlot DC (U Street) – $125 – 8:30p-12:30a premium open bar
  • Brothers and Sisters in The LINE Hotel (Adams Morgan) – $165 – 9p-2a – premium open bar + free-flowing champagne from Piper-Heidsieck + Brass Connection Band + food from Brothers and Sisters/Spoken English + invited to dress like signature Ivy League preppy style of Miyuki Tribute
  • Present Company (Mt Vernon Triangle) – $70 (includes $10 tip) – 8:30p-12:30a premium open bar (Tito’s, Capt Morgan, draft beer, house wine, bubbly) + party goes til 2a
  • Nazca Mochica (Dupont) – $40 (end 12/26), $55 (12/27-12/29), $75 (12/30-12/31) – 9p-1a open bar (pisco sours, chilcanos, margaritas, beer wine) + live pianist/vocalist + apps with Peruvian cocktail bites) 
  • Moxy DC (Downtown) – $100 – 9p-1a premium open bar bar + wheel of shots / Tito’s vodka ice luge + beer pong, foosball
  • The Crown & Crow – $90 – 8p-3a open bar (craft beer, wine, call liquors and select specialty cocktails) + light apps + live music
  • Kraken Axe’s (Downtown) – $45 – 11p-1a – entry into 1 hour NYE tournament + unlimited bubbly until midnight + $5 domestic drafts
  • District Anchor (Dupont) – $80 for priority admission – 9p-2a – premium open bar + buffet or priority access for $10 more + $35/40 option for cash bar only
  • Thirsty Crow (Columbia Heights) – $80 – 8p-midnight open bar (all beer/wine plus select liquors) – bar open later + 3 hour Malaysian food buffet from 8-11p
  • Dodge City (U Street) – $50 -9p-3a – open bar (rail/select call liquor drinks, select beer)
  • New Vegas Lounge (Logan Circle) – $70 ($90 at door) – 9p-2a – live blue band + open bar
  • Hook Hall (Park View) – $99 – 9p-3a open bar (beer/wine/premium liquor plus featured signature cocktails) + dessert bar + Canadian tuxedos are encouraged
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (Trinidad) – $75 – 10-close top shelf open bar ($15 general admission option) + tons of DJs
  • Allegory at Eaton Hotel (Downtown) – $150 – 9p-2a – open bar + fancy snacks all night
  • The Pursuit Wine Bar (H Street) – $95 (inc tax/tip) – 9p-1a open bar + tasting pours of 20 sparkling wines before midnight + dessert bar + saber tutorial
  • Local 16 (U Street) – $65 – 9p-close open bar + apps

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

  • The Anthem (The Wharf) – $75 general admission – $150 for seats – doors 7:30p, show 9p – White Ford Bronco 
  • Echostage (NE) – $60-70 – 9p-close – Eric Pyrdz with Cristoph 
  • The Hamilton Live (Downtown) – $60 seated/$45 standing – 9p-12:30a – The Legendary Wailers reggae
  • The Hamilton Loft Bar (Downtown) – $40 – 9:30p-1a – Moonshine Society band + Speakeasy Party
  • Black Cat (Logan Circle) – $30 – 8p-2a – Peaches O’Dell and Her Ochestra on mainstage + post-midnight party in Red Room with free pinball/jukeboz and half-price drinks
  • The Park (Downtown) – $40 (or $80 for 8-1p open bar) – 5p-3a – apps from 8-10p + no jeans allowed
  • Ultrabar (PQ/Chinatown) – $40 ($30 early bird) – 8a-4a – lots of DJs + open bar 8-9p
  • Pearl Street Warehouse (The Wharf) – $35 ($30 early bird) – 9p-1a + Oh He Dead band w/ Color Palette
  • Dirty Habit (PQ/Chinatown) – $45 early bird ($80 couple) – 9p-2a – premium open bar from 9p-10p
  • Hard Rock Cafe (Downtown) – $65 – 9:30p-3a – 2.5 hour open bar + buffet + DJs
  • Satellite Room (Shaw/U Street) – $50 ($40 early bird) – 9p-3a – open bar 9-10p – apps 9-10p – 90s Back in da Day Party
  • Decades (Dupont ) – $50 – 8p-4a – Back to the Future III retro gala
  • Eden (Downtown) – $35 – 8p-4a – open bar 8-10 – Gatsby New Year
  • Umaya (PQ/Chinatown) – $55 – 9:30-3 -open bar & apps 9:30-10:30p – Masquerade Ball 
  • Union Stage (The Wharf) – $35 – 9p-2a – Big 80s DJ party
  • Rosebar (Dupont) – $60 ($25 early bird) – 9p-4a – 
  • L8 Lounge (Downtown) – $60 ($25 early birdy) – 9p-4a – Midnight bliss
  • Gypsy Sally’s (Georgetown) – $35 ($40 door) – 9p-3a – Sinkane w/ special guests Bencoolen & STIG
  • Living Room (Downtown) – $50 – 9p-4a – 1 hour open bar 9-10p
  • Ozio (Dupont) – $35 – 8p-3a 
  • Public Bar Live (Dupont) -$50 ($30 early bird) – 9p-3a – access to first floor & mezzanine level + live band from 10p-12:30a
  • 9:30 Club (Shaw) – $75 – 9p-close – Gogol Bordello
  • Shaw’s Tavern (Shaw) – $75 – 9p-2a – open bar from 9p-mid (draft/bottle beers, house wines, and rails) + apps + 12:30a breakfast buffet 
  • St. Yves (Dupont) – $75 – 9p-4a – premium open bar from 9p-midnight – high end affair
  • W Hotel (Downtown) – $95 ($45 early bird) -9p-2a – complimentary cocktail hour at 9p – access to POV and all first floor bars + 5 bars
  • The Midlands (Park View) – $20 ($70 for 4) – 7p-2a – endless dinner buffet (tacos, hoagies, nachos, etc.) + outdoor area will be open + Jonny Graves rock/blues from 9:30-12:30
  • Opera (Downtown) – $25 early bird –  9p-3a
  • 1831 Bar & Lounge (Dupont) – $18 early bird – 3p-3a – HH specials ($2 Natty Light, $2 sex on the beach shooters, $3 Coors Lt, Yuengling, Bud Light, Miller Light, $4-6 wine, $15-21 bottles, $6 Tito’s, $7 Margs, $7 rails, $14 Tecate bucket
  • Sauf Haus (Dupont) – $30 – 7p-3a – live music
  • Crimson Whiskey Bar (PQ/Chinatown) – $30 (early bird cheaper) – 8p-2a – HH 8-10p + balloon drop
  • La Jambe (Shaw) – $60 – 10p-close – all you can drink French bubbly (select) + raffle + table reservations of 4+ avail
  • The Brighton (The Wharf) – $15 -8p-3a – drink specials + special menu + Gatsby style (open bar option available)
  • Jack Rose Terrace (Adams Morgan) – $50 neighborhood cookout (all you can eat and drink) – 5-8p pre-bash
  • City Tap House Dupont  – $50 – 9p-midnight select open bar + Hollywood theme
  • City Tap House Penn Quarter– $50 -9p – midnight select open bar + astrological theme + fortune teller
  • Songbyrd (Adams Morgan) – $40 – 9p-1:30a – Back to the Future DJ party + open bar with light apps from 9p-10p (unless you only pay the $15 option) + wear costumes
  • The Brixton (U Street) – $60 – 8p-3a – Black, White, and Gold Party + includes rooftop access and select open bar/passed apps 8p-10p + $25 option with no open bar or rooftop access + magician
  • Flash (Shaw) – $50 – 10p until last call the following night (26+ hours) – tons of DJs + free re-entry – no booze sold from 4a-8a
  • Anxo (Bloomingdale) – $71.50 – 10p-1a – in dining room + open bar with cider, cava, wine, beer, vermouth
  • SPIN (Downtown) – $55 – 9p-2a – open bar 9-10p
  • Hex Bar (Shaw) – $50 – show at 9p, tarot at 7p Burlesque party
  • Cafe Citron (Dupont) – $35, $50 – 8p-4a – $35 option includes $5 shots & $6 drink specials + $50 option includes open bar 8-10p and & tapas apps + $8 bubbly all night + $90 1.5 liter magnum champagne + Studio 54 party
  • U St Music Hall (U St) – $10 – 9-close – Mirror Company (4 DJs)
  • The Fainting Goat (U St) – $40 – 11p-close – open bar (draft beer, select wine, draft cocktails, and house spriits)
  • 12 Stories (Wharf) – $120 – 8p-2a – Ketel One open bar from 8p-10p + passed apps 9-11p + Moet champagne midnight toast
  • Casta’s Rum Bar (West End) – $75 – 9p-2a – premium open bar from 9p-midnight + Cuban apps from 9p-midnight + live DJ + Havana Nights celebration
  • Morris American Bar (Shaw) – $100 – 9p-2a – ultra premium open bar from 9p-midnight + light bites all night + live entertainment
  • Scarlet Oak (Navy Yard) – $10 – 9p-1:30a – Live DJ + limited tickets
  • Tenley Bar & Grill (Tenleytown) – $65 – 9p-2a – top shelf open bar 9p-mid + 50% off drinks afterwards + $50 option gets you access upstairs for “kizomba” party & 50% off drinks all night + $25 gets entry to first floor with 50% drinks all night + last night in existence
  • Madams Organ (Adams Morgan) – $30 – 7p-4a – live band (latin, blues funk) on 1st floor + DJ on 2nd floor
  • The Berliner (Georgetown) – $40 early bird – 8p-3a – open bar from 9p-midnight (select craft beer, wine, and liquor) + private bathrooms + no cover if you don’t want those
  • Station 4 (Waterfront) – $40 – 9p-3a – or $100 for open bar from 8-10p
  • Chateaux Remix (Benning Road NE) – $30 ($40 at door) – 10p-2a – Live Go-Go band + food while it lasts
  • Northside Tavern (Dupont) – $50 –  9p-midnight premium open bar + buffet + Gatsby style party
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s (H Street) – $10 – 9p-3a (free if you get there before 9p) – yacht rock DJ
  • Wild Days at Eaton Hotel (Downtown) – $50 – 8p-3a – supposedly fireworks shot at off midnight + DJ Pete Rock hosting after m
  • Capo Backroom (Shaw) – $25 – 9p-4a – free coat check + speakeasy style
  • Blues Alley (Georgetown) – $160 – 9:30a-12:30a – 3 course meal + champagne by glass + tax/tip + jazz band
  • Penn Social (PQ/Chinatown) – $20 – 7p-1:30a – live funky/cover band + free cocktail + Chandon champagne toast at midnight
  • Left Door (Logan Circle) – $100 – 7p-2a – guaranteed seat + small bites + 2 cocktails ($32) + glass of veuve at midnight + fancy champagne to try
  • Phantom Lounge (Dupont) -9p-4a  – no cover before 11p + $40 after 11p + apparently this was Manor before
  • Tropicalia (U Street) -10p-4a – “lowest cover”
  • Red Lounge (U Street) -$10 advance (more at door) – 9p-4a – free buffet 6-10p
  • Habana Village (Adams Morgan) – $65 – 9:30p-3a – open bar from 9:30p-12:30a + live band/DJ from + apps from 9:30p-12:30a – $30 extra for 3 course dinner beforehand
  • Fado Irish Pub (Chinatown/PQ) – $10 ($15 at door) – 7p-2a – masquerade party
  • Abigail (Dupont) – $65 – 10p-3:30a – free Courvoisier signature cocktails + apps from 9p-11 + high end affair (wear dresses/gowns/blazers/suits)
  • Bliss (NE) – $40 – 8p-close +  Jacquees Live + buffet
  • 1015 Bar & Lounge (Shaw) – $20 advance – 9p-4a – free cover 9-10p + Afrobeats + James Bond style
  • Meze (Adams Morgan) – $30 ($40 at door) – 10p-4a + belly dancing
  • The Players Lounge (Congress Heights) – $25 – 9p-3a +band/show + dinner
  • A Rake’s Progress at The LINE Hotel Rooftop (Adams Morgan)- $250 – 10p-1a + apps/desserts + bottomless fancy champagne (Delamotte & Salon) and old fashioned variations
  • Spacycloud Lounge (Adams Morgan) – $45 – 8p-2a – free bottle of beer/glass of wine + food (vegetarian dish/salad/dessert) 
  • Mola (Mt Pleasant) – $55 – 11p-1a open bar (Spanish beer/wine, tasty pintxos, 12 grapes
  • RedRocks H Street – $65 ($20 early bird) – 9p-3a – open bar 9:30-11:30p + passed apps + Moulin Rouge Party
  • Gold Room (H Street) $25 – 9a-3a – 2 hour premium open bar + passed apps + dessert bar mid-1a + Wear black & Gold
  • Compass Rose (U Street) – $75 – 9p-mid – NYE Global Night Market with 3 hours of stalls from around world + 1 glass of bubby + a post-midnight snack
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (Trinidad) – $15 – 10-close – tons of DJs + $75 top shelf open bar option
  • Pie Shop (H Street) – $12 ($15 at door) – doors open at 9p, show at 10p – 3 bands plus DJ
  • Provision No. 14 (U Street) – $40 – 9p-3a – inc. 1 drink ticket
  • Heist (Dupont) – $40 ($70 couples)

No Cover

Consult last year’s guide as almost all those bars will have no cover as well. 

  • Pinstripes (Georgetown) – balloon edrops at 8p and midnight
  • La Jambe (Shaw) – 6p Parisian countdown
  • Boundary STone (Bloomingdale) – extended HH 4-10p ($5 wine $5 DC Brau+ live band at 9p
  • McClellan’s Retreat (Dupont) – midnight Miller High Life toast
  • Jack Rose Saloon (Adams Morgan) – HH 5-8p + bottomless champagne option + great whiskeys + 1st floor
  • Free State (PQ/Chinatown) – 6p-2a — NYE in Paris party + specialty cocktails + bubbly
  • Lost and Found (Shaw) – 6p-2a – Roaring 20s + speakeasy cocktails, bubbly
  • Hellbender Brewing (NE) – games, brick oven pizza, $5 pints all night
  • The Boardwalk (PQ/Chinatown) -9p-3a – drink secials, games
  • DC Reynolds (Park View) – regular night, BOGO 5-9p
  • Maxwell Park (Shaw) – first-come first serve counter/bar stools. late tables all sold out + boy-band hits of 90s/00s + some specials
  • Moreland’s Tavern (16th St Heights/Petworth) – balldrops for all-ages 6 & 7:30 (reservations req’d) + DJ/dancing starts at 9p
  • The Passenger (Shaw) – festive cocktails feat sparkling wine
  • Red Derby (Columbia Heights) – 70s music on roof, 90s on main deck + table reservations for $20 + open bar available
  • Walter’s (Navy Yard) – Showing Game 7 of WS with final out at midnight
  • The Queen Vic (H Street) – chill night
  • The Royal (Shaw/LeDroit Park) – HH 3-7p ($3 Miller High Life, $6 beer-and-shot, $7 classic cocktails like Daiquiri, rum punch, sazerac, and tohers, $7 wine) + HH 10-2a ($7 Sazeracs, 50/50 Martinis, Palmetoo cockails, and $5 rails) + 3 special champagne cocktails
  • The Pug (H Street) – High Life toast
  • Calico (Shaw) – starts at 4:30p – pizza & beer party + karaoke 8:30p-12:30a + games to play
  • Bar Lorea (U Street) – 4p-3a – HH 4-7p & 10p-midnight ($6 cocktails & $4 beer) + Taco Tuesday (2 cocktails + unlimited tacos available all day) + register for free champagne toast with link
  • Across the Pond (Dupont) – Celebrate Irish NYE + live music 6-8p + toast + BBC Countdown at 7p + dinner specials + midnight toast
  • Red Bear Brewing (NoMa) – 7p-2a – live music and DJ + balloon drop
  • Smith Commons (H Street) – closing at 2a – 10 year anniversary + DJ + reportedly closing in January
  • St. Regis (Downtown) – 9p-1a – champagne pop-up bar + jazz band + champagne specials + midnight champagne toast + 5-tier champagne tower at midnight
  • Breadsoda (Glover Park) – 8p-close – free darts, pool, shuffleboard, and board games + old school hip hop and soul playing
  • American Ice Co (U St)
  • The Green Zone (Adams Morgan)
  • Ivy & Coney (Shaw) – sparkling or Miller High Life post
  • Jackie Lee’s (Brightwood Park) – pony Miller High Life midnight toast (Bubbly for those with gluten allergy) + HH til 9p ($7 cocktails + $4 DC beers + $4 rails) 
  • Church Hall (Georgetown) – free arcade games from 10p-midnight
  • The Eleanor (NoMa) – drink specials 7p-1a – $20 option gets you unlimited free play card for evening with 750 mL bottle of Miller High Life
  • Bar Elena (H Street) – HH specials 4-7p & 10-11p + dinner special 4-10p + bubbly bottle $20.20 special with certain dinner purchase + after midnight menu (til 1a) – includes lots of breakfasty items + giveaways every hour on hour
  • Fox & Hounds (Dupont) – 4p-3a party
  • Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown – 9p-2a
  • Prather’s on the Alley (Mt Vernon Triangle) – closes at 2:30a 
  • The Georgetown Whiskey Room (in RiRa Georgetown) – close at 2a
  • Suns Cinema (Mt Pleasant) – 8p-2a – DJ + $20 bottles of bubbly
  • Franklin Hall (U Street) – 8p-2a – free buffet from 8-11p + drink specials ($5 Tito’s, Manor Hill Pilsner pints, Goose Island IPA pints) from 8-11p
  • Nicoletta Italian Kitchen (Mt Vernon Triangle) – unclear if open til midnight but all night HH includes $3 beer/wine, $5 specialty cocktails
  • The Tombs (Georgetown) – 9p-2a
  • Purple Patch (Mt Pleasant) – 9p-3a – Decades Party with DJ/Dancing + costume competitions + prizes
  • RiRa Georgetown – Irish NYE at 7p and normal at midnight + live Irish music + balloon drop
  • Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza (Chinatown/PQ) – closes at 1a + 90s music
  • Old Ebbitt Grill (Downtown) – midnight toast + $150 champagne & shellfish package (bottle of Veuve, orca platter)
  • The Public Option (Woodridge/Langdon) – 7p-midnight – complimentary snacks + balloon stomp w/ confetti cannons + 20s theme
  • Art & Soul (Capitol Hill) – 5p-close – beat the clock champagne HH ($6 bubbly 5-6p, $7 6-7p, $8 7-8p, $9 8-9p, $10 9-10p, $11 10-11p, $12 11-mid) + live music 7-11p
  • The Haymaker (H Street) – 6p-close – HH 6-8p ($5 wine, draft, premium rail), $14 Don Julio 1942 tequila anejo 9-10p, $14 Pappy 10 year 10-11p, $10 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut champagn 11p-mid
  • Dodge City (U Street) – 9p-3a – open bar option see above
  • Chez Billy Sud (Georgetown) – Burgundy-themed specials
  • The Ella Grace (H street) – 9p-2a – nitro-fueled laser bar with smoke machines
  • Biergarten Haus (H Street) – 5p-1:30a – normal HH til 7p
  • The Big Board (H Street) – open like usual
  • Destination Wedding (Logan Circle) – doors open at 5p – DJ from 9p-1a + $42-99 specials on bubbly bottles
  • Lyman’s Tavern (ColHi) – regular hours
  • Slipstream (Navy Yard and Logan Circle) – NYE warm-up with $20.20 deal for bottomless bubbly and coffee from 5-9p and other great drink specials
  • Bar Deco (PQ/Chinatown)
  • Dock FC (Ivy City)
  • Willie’s (Navy Yard) – apps buffet from 8p-midnight + drink specials – option to buy $125 top shelf open bar from 8p-mid
  • Exile’s (U Street)
  • All Souls (Shaw)
  • Right Proper Shaw – berliner weisse midnight toast + DJ
  • Showtime (Bloomingdale) – Granny and Boys perform 7-10p with DJ later
  • Trade (Logan Circle) – drag performances + bunch of countdown
  • Granville Moore’s (H Street)
  • The Ugly Mug (Barracks Row)
  • Kingfisher (Logan Circle) 

eat brgz in Eastern Market offers $3 Beer and Wine Alongside Unique Take on a Burger

Three types of burgers at eat brgz

eat brgz, 250 7th St. SE (at C St), website, Twitter, Instagram, 11a-10p everyday, Eater. This newish spot (opened in mid-August) is directly across Eastern Market. I first stopped in because I spotted a sign advertising $3 beer and wine ALL DAY EVERY DAY. This isn’t cheap plonk-3 taps of DC Brau (16 oz.- Joint Resolution IPA, Brau Pils, and The Public Pale Ale) and French wine (white, red, and rose) on tap. I don’t think there’s a place you get cheaper craft drinks this cheap in all of DC, at any time (other than in the comfort of your own home). I didn’t try any of the burgers, but I did get some great McDonald’s-style fries (helpfully in a $2 small size, small upcharge for garlic parmesan, jamaican jerk, or cajun seasoning) to accompany my drinks.

eat brgz

Incidentally, soon afterwards, I was invited by Brandon Gaynor, co-owner and founder of the spot, to sample some burgers. Brandon was in finance (particularly focused on restaurant industry) when he decided to start this spot, moving down from his career in NYC. This is definitely not a typical burger spot-instead of toppings abetween the bun and the meat, eat brgz mixes the toppings with the burger. The result is definitely tasty, though it certainly isn’t for everyone. I sampled one of each of the three types of burgers – beef (dry-aged, from Roseda Farms outside Baltimore), chicken (antibiotic-free), and Impossible plant-based versions (which is made on a dedicated grill for those vegetarians worried about cross-contamination); they each cost $9, except Impossible is $12. Once a protein is picked, you can pick one of eight “signature mix-in’s” or build your own. Brandon selected Mexico City (chorizo, red onions, bell pepper medley, jalepenos, oaxaca cheese, taco seasoning) for the beef, Memphis BBQ (sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onion, aged cheddar, bbq seasoning) for the Impossible, and Samosa for the chicken (carrots, green peas, red onions, bread crumbs, feta cheese, and kafta seasoning). Dipping sauces (queso, house bbq, and harissa yogurt respectively) also come with each burger; you can pour them over your burger or dip them, your choice. Burgers come on awesome potato buns from Lyon Bakery.

The Impossible Burger is made on a different grill than the meat versions

All the burgers were very tasty and well-seasoned, and I will definitely try them again. Unless there’s a long line out the door, the burgers come lightning quick for a fast casual spot. However, I can tell you they’re (particularly the beef version) are not for everyone. Not only the toppings being mixed into the protein takes getting to used to-they’re are made pretty lean so if you’re looking for big messy burgers, this really is not for you (after customer feedback, serve-your-own lettuce and toppings are available). That being said, the chicken burger (made with ground chicken) is fantastic and one of the best chicken burgers I’ve ever had.

Excellent chicken burger

Brandon, an affable guy who’s still quite excited about the concept as well as frank about the growing pains of any new business. He even explained that he had been trying to eschew press until 3 months in because he wanted to make sure he was on good footing. Dropping beer/wine prices from $7 to $3 was a recent and brilliant choice-as Brandon puts it, unlike bars and lots of restaurants, they make money on food, not drinks, and it’s just a good business decision to try to attract people like me who is intrigued by the cheap drinks; they’re still able to sell them over cost.

Exterior of eat brgz

So Long Iron Horse Tap Room, Long (?) Live Boardwalk in Penn Quarter

Ground Floor Bar at The Borad

The Boardwalk, 507 7th St. NW (at E St), M-F open at 4p, Sat-Sun 2pish, HH 4-7p M-F Sat-Sun 2-5p, Twitter, website (est. 2019)

Iron Horse Tap Room, the biker-themed Penn Quarter spot with games and a solid beer list, unceremoniously closed on Saturday October 26th, two months shy of a full decade in operation.The announcement that it would be replaced by The Boardwalk came first October 3rd from the Washingtonian right after PoPville reported the imminent closing (Eater also picked up the news; like most bar news in DC, if you only read the Washington Post, you still won’t know this happened). The owners of Iron Horse appear to retain ownership in The Boardwalk, but they have now brought on the folks who run the super-bro Shaw bars Cortez and Takoda-to be managing partners. The spot opened officially last night, as detailed in this Washingtonian story. (posting the story and a pic of the menu brought strong reactions-see below)

Via Washingtonian

Barred in DC stopped by the new spot for happy hour last night. The ground floor is certainly transformed-the floor is painted white and everything is much brighter. Instead of motorcycles, beach cruiser bikes you might rent at a boardwalk are hung. The basement basically seems identical to Iron Horse, with a few new games and a paint refresh. The opening night menu features eight $12 cocktails on draft (including the Takoda Mule and Cortez Margarita), as well as eleven draft beers. Aside from the much ridiculed $7 Miller Lite and the even-worse priced Miller High Life, the other beers are $8-9 which are about $1 more for many of the same beers were priced two weeks before. Other than a 7 oz. pony bottle of High Life, no cans or bottles are yet offered. During happy hour, the draft cocktails are $4 off, the High Life is $3 off, and rails are $5; a “Happy Meal” with a 7 oz High Life + a shot of whiskey (Evan Williams per the bartender) is offered. Because why not, I got the “Butter Corn Old Fashioned” which was boozy as the menu claimed-made with butter washed bourbon, bitters, demara, and black walnut; garnished with a maraschino cherry. Not gonna lie, I liked it and probably is worth might be even worth the $12 it costs.

Butter Corn Old Fashioned and Popcorn

Food options are slim: a hot dog (a follower said it was great-$6 made by Autumn Olive Farms; $1 more for chili on it), $5 ice cream sandwich, and $2 freshly made popcorn (nothing special, but tasted good). Hot dogs are $4 and popcorn is free during happy hour. No corn dogs or cotton candy so far, though mentioned in initial releases.

The Iro…er, The Boardwalk, basement bar

Based on Twitter chatter, none of the bartenders from Iron Horse (which was apparently popular with industry late night crowd in the neighborhood) are with this new incarnation. Twitter reaction has not been kind. Here are a sampling of comments, bulleted for your edification (like those meme stealers on Instagram, I’m taking all the credit for these):

  • I was really excited to go to this boardwalk themed bar which surely wasn’t going to attract a bunch of annoying people but then I saw High Life was $7 and I decided to shut my face in a car door repeatedly instead
  • So they closed a great bar to reopen as an awful bar. Awesome.
  • Before a Caps game there’s nothing I want to do more than drink a candy apple spritz
  • I went for a drink tonight to see what they did to Iron Horse. The people that created this monstrosity definitely have this sign [that says ‘live’ ‘laugh’ ‘love;’]. The entire place reminds me of that episode of Bar Rescue when they turned Piratz in Silver Spring into a corporate bar.
  • Iron Horse was a great late night industry place. Boardwalk on the other hand will not be…looks like Jackpot will benefit from IH closing
  • It sounds like an the menu looks like a touristy cash grab.
  • “Have you tried their butter corn old fashioned?” is code for “I just moved here recently from out of state”
  • …we lost Iron Horse for this?
  • Trash.
  • Just walked by…no thank you…
  • This is awful.
  • F this place. Bring back Iron Horse Taproom.
  • I give that place a year maybe 2. Should’ve opened it in Clarendon.
  • Wellp. So much for this place. That’s just disappointing as hell.
  • Is there an upcharge for “Boardwalk Lager” champagne service?
  • Already hate this place. Iron Horse had a great drought list, and happy hour applied to everything. Hate it when they throw the lousiest beer on their happy hour menu and call it a day. Losing both Iron Horse and Penn Commons was a major blow for HH in Chinatown.
  • $7 for a Miller Lite. The Boardwalk is the bourgeoisie.
  • First RFD is gone… Then Iron Horse…now THIS bullshit?
  • the worst part is there will still be tons of people there paying $7 for a damn miller lite.
  • I just got a lot less excited.
  • God damn it
  • Lol wtf seriously #MillerHighLife $7 huh well I know where I wont bring the kitchen cooks and bar staff… damn guys you need to stay more competitive with the other bars… what the hell is up with your beer prices
  • That draft list is just a bit ersatz compared to iron horse.
  • $7 for a high life?! this place will be closed by next baseball season.
  • Have they even SEEN a beach before—no one is paying 7 dollars for a damn Miller Lite. Also, what’s with no hard seltzer??
  • No boardwalk fries, no orange crush. Sick.
  • Somehow a cocktail being on tap makes me feel significantly worse about paying $12 for it.

 

 

Where to Celebrate Before and After the Nationals Parade

Photo by Barred in DC

After a glorious run through October culminating in one of the biggest upsets in World Series history, the Washington Nationals are World Champions. To celebrate, DC and the Nationals (splitting $2 million cost evenly) are hosting a massive parade on Saturday, November 2nd starting at 2p. The parade is on Constitution Ave NW between 15th and 3rd Street, culminating with a team rally on the 300 block of Pennsylvania along the National Gallery of Art East Building with the U.S. Capitol on the backdrop. Metro has ramped up service to rush hour level service from 10:30a-6p and basically all of DC’s streets from E St NW to Independence SW (over a half square mile) will be a pedestrian zone all day tomorrow (see at end of post). If at all possible, do not drive or even take a Lyft. More details here.

Here are specials as well as details on the closest spots open so you can know where to pre-game or go after the game (with the help from Washingtonian’s Emily Martin & Anna SpiegelEater/Tierney Plumb. Walking distance from parade route in parentheses; bottomless options (plus a couple spots with great specials) in red.

From beginning of route to end 

  • Joe’s DC (11 min) – brunch starts at 11:30a + half off brunch cocktails, select wine and beer + awesome HH 2:30-6:30p
  • Union Trust (10 min) – Open at noon + Bring your own food
  • Old Ebbitt Grill (8 min) – brunch starts at 8:30a
  • W Hotel (7 min) – Corner Office beer garden open at 11:30a (mostly pizza), POV rooftop opens at 11a
  • The Occidental (7 min) – Open at 11a + All day HH. $2 Bud Light bottles. $10 themed cocktails. 19% off food for wearing Nats gear. Restaurant where original Nats in 20s and 30s went to during WS
  • The Hamilton (8 min) – brunch starts at 11a
  • Round Robin Bar (7 min) – open at noon
  • Spin DC (10 min) – brunch and ping pong starts at noon
  • Proper 21 (10 min) – brunch starts at 11:30a – $29 bottomless brunch (90 min) includes entree, bottomless mimosas, rose mimosas, and bloodies
  • Elephant & Castle (5 min) – brunch starts at 10a
  • Fogo de Chao (5 min) – Brazilian brunch 11:30a-2p – all you can eat meat brunch for $43
  • Harry’s (7 min) – lunch starts at 11a. All drinks are always cheap ($13-15 pitchers)
  • Central Michel Richard (6 min) -lunch starts at 11:30a & HH 2-5p ($8 wine & cocktails, $5 beer)
  • Boqueria (11 min) – brunch starts at 10:30p – $42 bottomless tapas, mimosa, sangria, vodka milk drink, and Estrella beer
  • City Tap House (13 min) – brunch starts at 11a – $19 bottomless mimosas
  • The Smith – brunch starts at 10a
  • Penn Social (7 min) – open at 11:45a + lots of football on + normal football specials all day ($4 Miller Lite + $5 Blue Moon) + $5 local DC drafts during parade)
  • b Burger (4 min) – open at 11a + lots of beer
  • The Partisan (5 min) – open at 11a + $5 select drafts & $5 chili half smokes til 7p
  • Matchbox (5 min) – open at 11a
  • Dirty Habit (7 min) – open at 8a-2:30p for brunch + $18 bottomless brunch punch or mimosas (til 4p?)
  • Jaleo – open at 10a for brunch + $5 special house sparkling wine + half off sangria
  • Hill Country (5 min) – open at 11:30a for lunch + normal HH 3-7p includes $5-6 drinks and food specials
  • Nando’s (11 min) – all DC locations have HH all day: $3 beer/sangria and food specials
  • Carmine’s (6 min) – Open at 10a with $10 Italian sandwich to-go box lunches; $7 boubon/lemonade/cranberry cocktail plus HH all day at bar
  • China Chilcano – brunch at 11a – half off select cocktails
  • Oyamel – brunch at 11a – half off signature margarita
  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (4 min) – open at 9a-2p for pre-parade party + $40 for bottomless burgers and hot dogs + 1 free Tito’s & cran & soda +  few drink sepcials
  • Bar Deco (12 min) – brunch 11a-3p – $40 2 hour bottomless: one entree, bottomless sparkling rose, mimosas, bellinis & bloodies
  • The Capital Grille (2 min) – lunch and lounge open at 11:30a
  • The Source (2 min) – pricy dim sum tasting brunch menu from 11:30a-3p
  • The Alibi (5 min) – lunch starts at 11a
  • Hamilton’s (5 min) – lunch starts at 11a
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (5 min)-  open at 5p + 1/2 off seafood towers with purchase of cocktail until Nov 9th

Not near Parade Route But Worth It/Deals

Here’s an idea-start your day by going to the Nats Team Store at Nats Park (open on Saturday 8a-6p) and have a drink in Navy Yard with some photo shoots by the stadium.

  • Walter’s (Navy Yard) – open at 11a – Brunch specials include $4 Bud/Bud Light Cans / $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas / $14 Bottles of sparkling wine
  • Mission Navy Yaard – 11a-4p brunch –  $35 bottomless brunch includes 1 entree, bottomless chips/salsa/guac + 90 minutes of bottomless mimosas, bloodies, mission margs, and dos equis drafts
  • Brighton (The Wharf which is 20 minute walk from parade route)- $6 DB Earned Run Ale 11a-3p
  • The Blaguard (Adams Morgan) – 11:30a-10p – $5 Atlas 1500 Lager, DBB ERA, $3 Bud Light, $5 Budweiser tallboys, 2 hot dogs for $6