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

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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 (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 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

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
  • Recessions (Dupont) – $45 (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

Cover Charge/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 ) – $40 – 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
  • 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

No Cover

Most bars don’t charge cover and they’ll be added last half of December

  • Pinstripes (Georgetown) – balloon drops 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)
  • Lost and Found (Shaw) – 6p-2a – Roaring 20s + speakeasy cocktails, bubbly
  • Hellbender Brewing (NE) – games, brick oven pizza, $5 pints all night

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

  1. I’d love to see some feedback on some of these parties. We tried to go to Churchkey’s NYE party one year but it was ass-to-elbow crowded and really unpleasant. I know it’s one of the busiest nights of the year and I don’t mind a crowd but I don’t want to feel like I can’t breathe. Anyone been to some of these?

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