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. A

Will update continuously till NYE. At some point I will just retweet @barredindc.

Best Bets:
Cheapest Open BarDC9, Bottom Line, The Front Page, Union Pub (sold out), New Vegas Lounge, The Crown & Crow, Dirty Water, Truxton Inn, Meridian Pint, H Street Country Club, Smoke & Barrel, Capitol Cider House
More Expensive, but Great Value Open BarDram & Grain, Churchkey, Barrel, Morris, The Gibson, Hill Prince
Lower Cover Party: Public Bar; Miracle on 7th Street, The Midlands, Taco Bamba, Little Miss Whiskey’s
No Cover PartyCalico, Church Hall, McClellan’s Retreat, Slash Run, The Royal, Jackie Lee’s, Boundary Stone, Jack Rose (1st floor Saloon)

Open Bar

  • La Vie (The Wharf) – $150 ($125 earlier) – A Midnight in Paris + 3.5 hr  open bar (10p-1:30a) 
  • Mission Navy Yard – $175 last minute ($25 option for after midnight) ($110 previously) – 4 hour open bar (9p-1a) includes beer/wine/bubbly/margs/Tito’s/Jack + appetizer buffet +2 DJs + 4 bars + 10 bartenders
  • Cortez (Shaw)- SOLD OUT $100 (early bird $85, high roller $125) -4 hr open bar (9p-1a) + heated rooftop + midnight tequila shot
  • Takoda (Shaw) SOLD OUT – $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) – 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; $125 day of if available) 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 12/28;  $150 afterwards; $35 aftter midnight – 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) SOLD OUT – $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) SOLD OUT – $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) – $75 ($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; $110 as of 12/28) – 4 hour premium open bar (9p-1a) + apps
  • DC9 – SOLD OUT $65 ($55 til Dec 12th, then goes up to $85 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) SOLD OUT – $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) SOLD OUT – $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) SOLD OUT – $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) SOLD OUT – $75 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + confetti shower
  • Union Pub (Cap Hill) (SOLD OUT) – $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) SOLD OUT – $75 ($115 week of) – 7 hour open bar (8p-3a) – craft beer/wine/call liquors (Tito’s/Redemption/etc.)/select specialty cocktails + light ffare + live music
  • Dirty Martini (Dupont) – $79 ($10 more for fast pass, $39 gen admission option) – 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a) + access to 3 floors
  • Ivy City Smokehouse – $75 (buy 3 get 1 free may be available) – 4 hour open bar (10p-2a) + buffet + Golden Era hip hop/R&B party
  • Sixth Engine (Mt Vernon Sq) – SOLD OUT $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 + expanded into Punch Bar
  • Morris (Mt. Vernon Sq/Shaw) SOLD OUT – $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) upstairs inc. cider, cava, wine, beer & vermouth  + karaoke at 10p + no cover downstairs (see below)
  • Dirty Water (H Street) – $50 (inc. tip) – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. 
     drafts, rails, champagne, selected cocktails, apps
  • Truxton Inn (Bloomingdale) – $75 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc, 
    any and every cocktail from menu, as well as old fashioneds, manhattans, martinis, highballs, negronis, select beers, house red and white wines + apps
  • Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights) – $50 ($60 at door if available) – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) inc. 12 draft beers/collection of rare cellared beers/red & white wines/selection of spirits & cocktails
  • Whiskey Charlie (The Wharf) – $137.50 – 5.5 hour open bar (8:30p-2a) w/ top shelf liquor/beer/wine + apps buffet from 9p-2a + Veuve Champagne toast at midnight
  • Sauf Haus (Dupont) – $125 (or $60 for beer only or $25 entrance only) – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + passed apps all night long + DJ + “ZIRKUS” theme + cocktail attire (wear top hat & tails ringmistress/ringmaster style) + performers from Pelonkey & special set design
  • H Street Country Club (H Street) SOLD OUT – $49 (limited $75 door) – 4 hour open bar (9p-1a) in. margs/beer/wine/rails
  • Smoke and Barrel (Adams Morgan) SOLD OUT – $35 ($45 at door) – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) w/ 12 draft beers/collection of rare cellared beers/red & white wines/selection of spirits & cocktails
  • The Gibson (U Street) – $125 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) –  theme based on Heironymous Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights painting including 3 different themed areas to reflect the 3 parts of the painting + drink on theme + costumes encouraged + small bites + costume contest
  • Hill Prince (H Street) – $100 – 8 hour open bar (7p-3a) + some snacks from Maketto + limited to 100 tickets
  • Capitol Cider House (Petworth) – $49 – 9p-1a – 4 hour open bar – midnight champagne style cider toast
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s (H Street) – $75 – 10p-3a – 5 hour top shelf open bar option + must 23 and over to attend + $10 no open bar option available
  • Blues Alley (Georgetown) – $160 – doors at 9:30p/ show at 10p – famous jazz band + includes 3 course meal, non-alcoholic bevs and toast
  • Proper 21 (Downtown) – $99 – 5 hour open bar (9p-2a) + passed apps early + pay more for priority admission
  • District Anchor (Dupont) – $59 – 9p-2a – formerly known as Rumors + 5 hour premium open bar (9p-2a) + buffet option for $10 more + general admission option (see below)
  • Dodge City (U Street) – $50 – 8p-3a – open bar option inc.
    rail & call liquor drinks, select beers, a midnight bubbly toast. (see above) + DJs + no cover option
  • Destination Wedding (14th St/Logan) – $80 – 7p-3a – open bar all night (includes unlimited specialty cocktails) + passed apps + with bubbly toast + wedding cake + $20 door option with no open bar (see below)
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (near H St) – $75 – 9p-4a – several DJs + top shelf open bar + $15 cover option (see below)
  • Pisco y Nazca (Dupont) – $77 – 9p-1a – 4 hour premium open bar (9-1)
  • Sign of the Whale (Dupont) – $35 – 10p-2a – 4 hour rail open bar (10p-2a) – DJs + midnight toast
  • Local 16 (U Street) – $85 – 9p-close – 5-6 hour premium open bar (open to close) + apps + DJ
  • Archipelago (U Street) – $100 – 8p-close – 4 hour open bar (8p-midnight) inc. tiki cocktails + tons of food + free tiki mug
  • Lounge of Three (U Street) – $20 – gets you buffet & midnight toast – HH 5-8p + drink specials all night

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

  • Union Stage (The Wharf) – $35 – Funk v. Bluegrass concert + includes bubbly toast 
  • 1831 (Dupont) – $60 ($70 and $100 last minute) – 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) SOLD OUT – $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) SOLD OUT – $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 + possibly last night in business
  • 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) SOLD OUT – $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, $70 late) – 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) SOLD OUT – $20 – 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, $60 last minute) – 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 + Ciroc/Deleon open bar from 7-9p
  • Manor (Dupont) – $50 – 9p-4a – dancers 
  • Cloak & Dagger (U Street) – $30 ($25 early bird, $40 at door) – 9p-4a + open bar (house rails) 9p-10p + apps 9-10p
  • Ozio (Dupont) SOLD OUT – $35 early bird – 9p-3a + includes buffet
  • Magnolia (Dupont) – $50 ($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) –  $50 ($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) – $45 ($30 early bird, price goes up) – 9:30p-3a – premium open bar 9:30-10:30p + apps 9:30-10:30p
  • Umaya (PQ/Chinatown) – $50 ($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) – $75 ($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) – $100 ($88 before 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 sold out) – 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, last minute up) – 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
  • The Brighton (The Wharf) – $35 ($45 at door) – 7p-3a – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea themed party – buffet from 7p-10p + specialty themed nautical cocktails + social photo booth
  • Finn McCool’s (Barracks Row) – $20 cover – 9p-2a – includes 1 drink ticket + live music from Justin Trawick & The Common Good + apps
  • The Graham Rooftop (Georgetown) – $50 ($75 limited tickets at door) – 9p-3a + festive drinks +DJ + heated/tented roof 
  • The Midlands Beer Garden (Park View) SOLD OUT- $20 ($60 option includes bottomless prosecco & prosecco cocktails) – 8p-1a – taco buffet from 8p-midnight + live music from Maggie Shot Burns
  • Sauf Haus (Dupont) – $25 entrance only (open bar options see above) + passed apps all night long + DJ + “ZIRKUS” theme + cocktail attire (wear top hat & tails ringmistress/ringmaster style) + performers from Pelonkey & special set design
  • Brixton (U Street) – $50 ($60 at door) – 7p-3a – masquerade Ball + passed apps + drink specials between 7-9p + live performers in costumers + open bar 9-10p
  • Songbyrd (Adams Morgan) -$25 ($30 day of) – 9p-2a – NYE Mardi Gras party + live Mardi gras style band + DJs + Abita & NOLA cocktails/eats for sale
  • Taco Bamba (Chinatown/PQ) – $10 9p-1a – F*** Champagne party + tacos at same price + 1st drink included + access to nacho cheese fountain
  • U Street Music Hall – doors at 10p – $12 at door – bunch of great DJs + no toast
  • The Bird (Shaw) – $75 – Champagne and Caviar tasting, seatings at 6 and 9p
  • Slate Wine Bar (Glover Park) – $50 – 10p-1a – 3 hour open bar with draft beer and great wine
  • RedRocks H Street – $100 VIP tickets available only – 8p-3a – 3 hour top shelf open bar (8-11p) + passed apps + studio 54 theme + free entry after 11p
  • Hellbender Brewing (Takoma Park) – $25 – 7p-1a – includes pizza and 1st beer + beer $5 afterwards + DJs + cornhole
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s (H Street) – $10 – 10p-3a – top shelf open bar option (see above) + DJ
  • Lost Society (U Street) – $39 ($59 for fast priority access) – 9p-2a – DJs
  • Living Room (Downtown) – $39 ($59 for fast priority access) – 8a-4a -DJs
  • District Anchor (Dupont) – $15 ($25 for fast priority access) – 9p-2a – formerly known as Rumors + open bar option (see above)
  • Twins Jazz (U Street) – $85 – doors open at 9p – Eugenie Jones jazz singer from Pac NW
  • Eighteenth Street Lounge (Dupont) – $10 – doors open at 9p + tons of DJs with different mix
  • Eden (Downtown) -$50 – 8p-2a – Gatsby themed – includes 2 hour premium open bar (8-10p)
  • Toki Underground (H Street) – $55 – 10:30p-2:30p – “Trashy But Classy Party” + includes late night snacks (no ramen) + yuzu jell-o shots, classy punch and bubbles  + other drinks available for purchase + includes reservation if you want to NYD brunch
  • Penn Social (Penn Quarter) – $20 ($25 door) – 8p-2a – live band (funky) + includes 1 drink (perhaps require donation of socks) + Diageo baskets raffled off
  • El Chucho (Columbia Heights) – $59.19 – 10p-1a – 7th Annual all you MEXIcan Eat and Drink NEW YEAR’S EVE party + Unlimited Tacos + Margaritas, Tecates and other select beverage specials
  • Bourbon (Adams Morgan) – $60 – 10p-1a – 3 hour open bar (10p-1a) inc. rails/beer/wine/sangria/select bourbon cocktails + kitchen open til 1p + drink specials all night
  • Kaliwa (The Wharf) – $100 – 9p-2a – “Crazy Rich NYE Karaoke Party” + includes 2 drinks (premium Diageo) + roast pig + passed apps + raffle + wear a white flower
  • Sotto (14th St/Logan) – $20 ($35 reserved seat) – 9p-2a – Live Music+DJ – free admission before 10p
  • Scarlet Oak (Navy Yard) – $10 – 9p-1a – apps + toast + drink specials + DJ
  • The Smith (U Street) – $95 – 10p-1a – 3 course dinner menu including open bar
  • The BackRoom Bar at Capo (Shaw) – $50 – 9p-4a – DJ + includes toast
  • Destination Wedding (14th St/Logan) – $20 – 7p-3a – at door includes passed apps and champagne HH after 12:30 (when open to public) + $80 open bar option (see above)
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (near H St) – $15 – 9p-4a – several DJs + top shelf open bar option (see above)
  • Fado (PQ/Chinatown) – $10 ($15 door) – cover starts at 9p(?) – must arrive by 10p to guarantee entry + 7p Irish toast + DJs + drink/dinner specials
  • Gazuza (Dupont) – $30 – 9p-3a – get hookahs with tables
  • The Gryphon (Dupont) – $60 – 9p-4a – open bar 9-10p
  • The Meeting Place (Dupont) – $30 advance (more at door) – 9p-4a – live music + bottle specials
  • Vivid Lounge (U Street) – $20 advance (more at door) – 9p-4a – open Kettle One bar 9-10p + DJs
  • Masa 14 (14th/Logan) – $20 – 9p-4a – All White Brazilian party
  • Policy (14th/Logan) – $20 – midnight toast
  • Marvin (U St) – $20 ($30 door) – 8:30p-2:30a – select open bar from 8:30-10p + midnight toast + 20% of tickets donated to Words, Beats, Life
  • Red Lounge – RSVP for “cut access” -free buffet from 6-10p + multiple floors and DJs

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-12:30a 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 + 70s music or 90s music spaces
  • 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
  • Willie’s Brew + Que (Navy Yard) – 9p-3a + live DJ
  • Brasserie Beck (Downtown) – prix fixe & a la carte + free bubbly from midnight-1:30a
  • Estadio (Logan Circle) – turns into Pintxo Bar at 9p-1a + Cava toast at midnight + 12 grapes raidition
  • Sudhouse (U Street) – drink specials all night + DJ + bubbly toast + light bites
  • The Big Hunt (Dupont) – starts at 9p + DJ (rock/metal/punk/indie) + drink specials + midnight toast
  • Hawk n Dove (Capitol Hill) – all night HH
  • Lyman’s Tavern (Columbia Heights) – no frills
  • Acadiana (Chinatown/PQ) – 2p-12:05a – last night in business – $6 drink specials all day at bar (which opens at 2p)
  • The Green Zone (Adams Morgan) – 5p-2a + French sparkling wine specials
  • Slash Run (Petworth) – 9p-1a + Danceteria party w/ DJ vinyl-fueled tunes spanning soul, garage, rock and roll, new wave and post-punk drink specials all-night
  • Dock FC (Ivy City) – 9p-1a + NYC Times Square watch
  • Anxo (Bloomingdale) – no cover downstairs with karaoke at 11p with free glass of cava at midnight
  • Bier Baron (Dupont) – comedy showcase
  • Breadsoda (Glover Park) – free games (darts, shuffleboard, pool) after 8p + hip/hop/soul DJ
  • Calico (Shaw) – 8p-close – French bread pizza till 10p with karaoke starting at 8p, board games, with hot toddy
  • The Dubliner (Capitol Hill) – live Irish music
  • American Ice Co (U St) – Miller High Life toast
  • Bar Deco (Chinatown/PQ) – bubbly toast
  • Buffalo Billiards (Dupont) – doors open at 6p – free games (pool/shuffleboard) all night + Miller High Life toast
  • Church Hall (Georgetown) – free buffet at 9-10p + bubbly toast + photo booth + drink specials
  • Crimson View / Crimson Diner / Whiskey Bar (Chinatown/PQ) – all open + live electronic music (band NAKD from ATL) in Whiskey Bar from 10p-2a
  • Espita (Shaw) – A Night with Frida and Diego includes flower tiaras/unibrows + selfie station + DJ
  • Gaslight Tavern (U St) – live swing band + Gatsby themed celebration
  • Ivy and Coney (Shaw) – business as usual, with midnight toast
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan) – live music + champagne specials
  • Nanny O’Briens (Cleveland Park) – live music
  • Nellie’s (U Street) – DJ + giveaways
  • The Royal (Shaw/LeDroit Park) – HH from noon-2a including $6 beer-and-shot combos and $7 cocktails like Aperol spritzes, daiquiris, and mint juleps.
  • Jackie Lee’s (Brightwood) – starts at 5p – HH extended to 9p + $20 bottles of bubbly + late night pizza party (free pizza with drink purchase after midnight + $12 champagne bottles of Miller High Life +$95 bottles of Moet
  • El Rey (U Street)
  • Looking Glass Lounge (Parkview) – $20 bubbly bottles available + Jim Beam toast
  • Moreland’s Tavern (16th Street Heights?) – aimed for neighbors – 6p countdown for kids
  • The Blaguard (Adams Morgan) – midnight bubbly toast
  • Pitchers/A League of Her Own (Adams Morgan) – doors open at 8p + $10 donation to scholarship fund includes bubbly toast – “thank u next” themed celebration (which is an Ariana Grande song, I just learned)
  • Showtime (Bloomingdale) – 7p-3a – Granny & the Boys followed by DJ + some sort of bubbly toast
  • Reliable Tavern (Petworth) – open as usual – $35 bottomless sparkling white/rosé option
  • The Pug (H Street) – biz as usual
  • Trusty’s (Hill East) – biz as usual
  • Wisdom (Hill East) – doors open at 9p + midnight toast
  • Capitol Lounge (Capitol Hill) – midnight toast
  • The Big Stick (Navy Yard) – midnight toast
  • Sospeso (H Street) – kitchen til 10p, bar til 1a
  • The Star and Shamrock (H Street) – biz as usual
  • Granville Moore’s (H Street) – biz as usual
  • Tunnicliff’s Tavern (Eastern Market) – biz as usual
  • Biergarten Haus (H Street) – $10 liters of Spaten and Franziskaner all day + midnight toast
  • Tune Inn (Capitol Hill) – biz as usual
  • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) – 5p-1a + dinner specials
  • Franklin Hall (U Street) – $2 off a Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA + $6 specialty draft cocktails + midnight toast
  • Barcelona (14th St) – no cover
  • Players Club (14th St) – no cover
  • Copycat (H St) – biz as usual
  • A&D (Shaw) – happy hour specials all night
  • The Pub and the People (Bloomingdale) – 8p-2a party + dance floor/DJ
  • Dodge City (U Street) – 8p-3a – DJs + open bar option (see above)
  • JR’s (Dupont) – midnight balloon drop with $500 in prizes + countdown
  • The Big Board (H Street) – $5 Jameson or Absolut 7p-close + midnight toast
  • Bar a Vin (Georgetown) – open at 5p – bubbly specials + champagne midnight toast
  • Dew Drop Inn (Brookland/Eckington) – doors open at 8p – Millennial Pink party on 1st floor
  • Mr. Smith’s Georgetown – piano bar starts at 9p + $5 cocktail specials + $4 wine specials + $4.50 Budweiser Copper Lager + midnight toast
  • Service Bar (U Street) – 9p-4a party – NYE Champagne Circus – free glass of champagne from 9-10p + Champagne/Absolut Elyx specials + reservations available for tables (required bottle purchase)
  • Rocket Bar (PQ/Chinatown) – opens at noon – $3 Miller High Lifes
  • Cotton & Reed (NoMA/Union Market) – guest bartenders previewing drinks from Coconut Club + disco ball made from pufferfish + midnight toast
  • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont) – HH noon-7p + half -priced bottles of wine after 7p + midnight bubbly toast
  • Duke’s Counter (Cleveland Park) – half -priced bottles of wine after 7p
  • The Haymaker (H Street) – opens at 8p
  • Beuchert’s Saloon (Eastern Market) – open til 2a
  • Iron Horse (PQ/Chinatown) – open at 3p + midnight beer toast
  • McClellan’s Retreat (Dupont) – 4p-2a – regular HH 4-7p – Miller High Life toast
  • Russia House (Dupont) – Restaurant 5-11p / Lounge 10p-3a – bottle/caviar specials + midnight toast
  • Bistro du Coin (Dupont) – DJ + decent champagne bottle specials ($54-60)
  • Maddy’s Tap Room (Downtown) – Modelo/Sauza specials + midnight toast
  • DIVE Bar (Dupont) – replacement to Darlington Cantina – open to first 100 to RSVP
  • Lauriol Plaza (Dupont) – toast at midnight if dining still there
  • DC Harvest (H Street) – toast at midnight if dining still there
  • St Arnold’s (Cleveland Park) – midnight toast
  • Lucky Bar (Dupont) – open at 3p – $5 bubbly drinks from 3-8p + midnight toast + DJ
  • Number Nine (Logan) – DJ starts at 9:30p
  • Bin 1301 (U Street) – live music 6-9p + DJ after 10 + cocktail/bottle specials
  • Ben’s Next Door (U Street) – drink specials + midnight toast
  • Vinoteca (U Street) – HH 5-7p
  • Velvet Lounge (U Street) 8p-2a – DJ party
  • The Dirty Goose (U Street) – 8p-3a – $5 Lamarca Prosecco all night + Deep Eddy drinks from midnight-12:30a
  • Wet Dog Tavern (U Street) -4p-2a – HH all night includes $5 Tito’s, Damrak Gin, Naked Turtle Rum, El Jimador Tequila, Old Forester Bourbon + $5-7 draft beers
  • Nocturne (U Street) – special NYE Flight includes 4 bubbly cocktails – greeted with glass of bubbly + seatings still available
  • TRADE (14th/Logan) – 10p-3:30a – “New Queers’ Eve” party – multiple countdowns
  • Kingfisher (14th/Logan) – midnight bubbly toast + shots for charity all night long
  • Left Door (14th/Logan) – midnight bubbly toast
  • District Chophouse (Chinatown/PQ) – kitchen til 11p, bar open til midnight
  • RiRa Georgetown – 7p-3a – live band early to celebrate Irish NYE then DJ
  • DC Reynolds – BOGO 5-9p – the uze

Bars Not Open Late: Union Drinkery (closed all day), Dangerously Delicious Pie Shop (closes at 6p), Bonchon (closes at 8p), Bullfeathers (closes at 8p), Dio Wine Bar (closed all day), Yang’s/Impala (closed all day), The Pursuit (closed for the Holidays), Boxcar Tavern (closes at 10p with champagne toast at 9:30p), The Brig (closes at 9p), Tyber Creek (closed all day), Gordon Biersch (closes at 9p)


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2018 Thanksgiving Eve Drink Specials in DC + Thanksgiving Day/Night Deals

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the country’s biggest single bar night. Known by some as Drunksgiving as well as other nicknames, it’s a night where all across the country, folks returning “home” meet up with buddies who’ve stuck around or have also come back. Due to the transient nature of #thistown, a lot of people go out of town for this night, but just as many come back since DC is a pretty convenient place to get to. In DC, bars can be open til 4a Wed-Sat night this week though expect most not to actually be open that late. That being said, here are some spots having specials: [EDIT: added Thursday deals as well, and took a bunch of great ideas from the Washingtonian’s recent college grad/fellow writer, Daniella Byck, so you should check that out as well]

Thanksgiving Eve/Drinksgiving Specials

  • Espita (Shaw)
    • HH all night
    • Specials include $3 tacos, $6.50 Margs/Mayahuel (mexcal margaritas), $6 beers, $7 wine
  • City Tap House (Dupont)
    • drink specials until 10p
    • HH 4-7p
    • specials till 10p include $2 Bud Light drafts, $5 pickleback shots, $5 mixed drinks, $10 shareable cocktails
  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • complimentary turkey dinner starting at 6p with purchase of 1 HH drink
    • HH all night (4p-close)
    • Specials include  $5 Old Grandad Bourbon/Rye (add $4 to make Old Fashioned/Manhattan), $5 select beer, $5 house red/white/rose, $8 barrel-aged Manhattans
  • The Graham Georgetown
    • specials at both The Alex Speakeasy and on Rooftop
    • $10 seasonal cocktails
  • Hawthorne (U St)
    • open til 4a
    • $5 16 oz. Bud Lights, $6 kamikazes, $7.27 Titos drinks
  • James Hoban’s (Dupont)
    • get a huge strip steak and craft beer for $25 (discount for pre-booking)
  • Biergarten Haus (H St)
    • $8 mulled wine
    • all night HH usually includes select $6 1/2 liters + $10 full liters + $6 rails/wine + 1/2 off apps
  • Nellie’s (U St)
    • $5 vodka drink deals paired with drag show
  • Little Miss Whiskey’s (H St)
    • 80s dance party
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (H St)
    • tons of music
    • def open til 4a
  • Wunder Garten (NoMa)
    • “Tur-Kegging Party”
    • $4.54 drafts / rails 8p-midnight
    • DJ + dance party
  • DC Reynolds (Park View)
    • normal 5-9p BOGO
  • Meridian Pint (ColHi)
    • Goose Island Black Wednesday starts at 3p
    • lots of varieties
  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont/CP)
    • Normal $5 HH Noon-7p
  • Across the Pond (Dupont)
    • Normal HH from 4-8 pm (Stella now $5 during HH), with $5 apps, $3-5 beers & $5 rails; Also $5 Smithwicks during all Caps games; & Wednesday’s dinner special: 3 Beef Sliders & Fries, $11, 4-11 p
  • Service Bar (U St)
    • open til 4a
    • selling $15 750mL Miller High Life bottles

Thanksgiving Day Specials/When Open

  • Hawk ‘n’ Dove (Cap Hill)
    • free turkey dinner w/ purchase of 1 house cocktail/beer/wine
    • starts at 4p
  • Finn McCool’s (Cap Hill)
    • free turkey dinner w/ purchase of 1 drink
    • starts at noon
  • Wille’s Brew & Que (Navy Yard)
    • free turkey dinner w/ purchase of 1 drink
    • starts at noon
  • Shenanigan’s
    • Open noon-2a
    • free turkey dinner starting at 3:30p
  • Lyman’s Tavern (ColHi)
    • Thanksgiving potluck; bring a dish or eat buffet starting at 6p
    • open at 3p

Election 2018 DC Specials

Not surprisingly, many DC bars are hosting watch parties and showcasing election specials for the mid-term elections coming up Tuesday, November 6th. [Note that 18 USC 597 technically prohibits someone from “making or offering to make an expenditure” vote, or from someone from accepting money when there’s a federal candidate on the ballot, guessing DC Delegate race counts. Some real lawyers (not me, this ain’t legal advice) say offering a discount to someone in a “I voted” sticker is the same as “making an expenditure” but there’s not evidence this has ever been charged]

DC is overwhelmingly liberal, but if you want to avoid some conservatives, don’t goto Navy Yard or the Hill because there will be some there.

Here’s a list of spots and details (updated as plans emerge:

  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • $1 Old Fashioneds (must give “I Voted” sticker to bar), limit 1. 4-8:30p
  • Union Pub (Cap Hill)
    • Red and blue cocktails (names and ingredients TBD), $4 select bourbons, & $4 Belgian beers from 5p until close.
    • Social media vote for other options ($3 rails or $2 featured shots, $3 mystery beers, and $12 Narragansett beer) (EDIT: $3 rails won)
  • Roofer’s Union (Adams Morgan)
    • all night HH includes $4 local drafts, $5 cask beer/ house wine / spirits
    • Denizen’s Mini-tap takeover (all Denizen’s half off)
    • half-price large-format bottled beers
    • $9 Blue Negroni
  • City Tap Dupont 
    • HH 4-10p ($4 craft beer cans, $5 select drafts, $6 house wines, $7 premium mixed drinks)
  • Free State (PQ/Chinatown)
    • 10% discount for wearing I Voted sticker. Bar will donate 10% of your tab to Planned Parenthood
  • Ventnor Sports (Adams MOrgan)
    • 10% off to anyone in an “I voted” sticker
    • perennial spot to watch election results
  • Pennsylvania 6 (Downtown)
    • extended HH 4-10p ($5 rails, $5 selected drafts, $5 house wine)
  • Ana at District Winery (Navy Yard)
    • “I Voted” sticker gets you 20% off check
  • Liaison Capitol Hill
    • bourbon samples from Republic Restoratives to those wearing bowtie
    • drink specials start at 6p
  • Logan Tavern 
    • free trail mix for those with I Voted sticker
    • noon-close election-speicials (all day  HH)
  • The Bird (Shaw)
    • Moscow Mueller for $4 with I Voted Sticker
  • Ambar (Barracks Row)
    • HH from 4-10p ($5 drinks and Bites), which is extended 3 hours
  • Bar Deco (Chinatown)
    • viewing party on 3rd floor
    • $7 Old Fashioneds/Manhattans
  • Dyllan’s Raw Bar (Georgetown)
    • mini-muffins
    • $1 off 2 specialty cocktails with I voted sticker
  • Mission Navy Yard
    • $7 margs / $5 Dos Equis drafts / $5 Patron shots
    • $8 quesadillas
    • owner is a big Republican fundraiser FYI
  • Matchbox (Chinatown, 14th St, Barracks Row)
    • all day HH
  • The Park at 14th (Downtown)
    • election night watch party 5-11:30p
  • Rare Steakhouse & Tavern (Downtown)
    • all night HH starts at 4p
    • food/drink deals
  • Upper West Side Cafe (West End)
    • Free Eggenberg draft beer to those who show I Voted stickers
  • Teddy and the Bully Bar (Dupont)
    • 3p-midnight
    • $5 American mules / $7 wine
    • food specials
  • Duffy’s (H Street)
    • Free Guinness Blonde draft with I Voted sticker (limited supplies)
  • Reliable Tavern (Petworth)
    • Beto O’Rourke watch party
    • Texas-themed specials
  • The Pinch (ColHi)
    • red/blue lemonades, beer specials
    • poker at 6:30p / improv at 7p
  • Across the Pond (Dupont)
    • HH all day: $3-$5 beer specials; $5 rails, $5 house wine/glass & $5 apps
  • Biergarten Haus (H Street)
    • all day drink specials (opens at 4p)
    • normal trivia 8-9:30p
  • Wisdom (Capitol Hill / East)
    • I voted sticker gets you a Freedom Punch
    • HH on beer/wine extended all night for everyone (past 7:30p normal)
  • Exile’s (U Street)
    • drink specials all night sponsored by Jameson
  • Dino’s Grotto (Shaw)
    • HH deals on antipasto and drinks all night when you show I voted sticker
    • everyone gets normal 1/2 off great burger
  • Satellite Room (Shaw)
    • $2 Election special cocktail shooters all night with I voted Sticker
  • Beuchert’s Saloon (Eastern Market)
    • normal amazing Tuesday special of 1/2 price great burger (w fries) + $5 select beers all night
  • Pitchers (Adams Morgan)
    • show I Voted sticker when you walk in door, get 1st drink free
  • Tortilla Coast (Capitol Hil)
    • HH all day long if wearing I voted sticker
    • specials include $5 Donkey Tail (Hotdog wrapped in flour tortilla & fried, topped with melted cheddar cheese +salsa), $4 Elephant Ears (2 fried flour tortillas, tossed in cinnamon sugar, served with scoop of ice cream), $6 Stars & Stripes Frozen Lime & Strawberry margs, topped with blue curaco

Where to Watch Canelo – GGG 2 Fight in DC Tonight

Canelo Álvarez fights Gennady Golovkin (GGG) in an eagerly anticipated rematch tonight (Saturday, September 15th). As a public service, a list of spots in the District showing the fight are below (I have no information about covers where not mentioned):

  • Public Bar (Dupont)
    • $5-10 cover
  • Lou’s City Bar (Columbia Heights)
    • $30 cover ($20 advance entry will likely get you a seat)
    • Tecate will be on site with schwag and drink specials, as well as Chef’s specials designed to cater to the Kazakh or Mexican palate
  • Half Smoke (Shaw)
    • Looks like no cover. Reserve a seat on opentable
    • Sponsored by Patron Tequila. Free tastings of the newly released Roca Pineapple Margarita until 12am.
  • The Park at 14th (downtown)
    • RSVP at link for free admission until midnight
    • open bar 9-10p
    • karaoke happy hour
  • Archibald’s (Downtown)
    • $30 advance
    • Strip club
  • Rosebar (Dupont)
    • Free admission until 11p with RSVP
  • Ozio (Dupont)
    • Free admission
    • $6 Ciroc, $6 Goose, $8 Dusse, $8 Remy till midnight
    • food/hookah/drink specials 8-11p
    • Rooftop party hosted by DC DMV Black Professionals
  • Stadium Club (NE)
    • FREE WINGS AND PASTA plus $3 Hennessy 8pm-10p
    • free admission until midnight with RSVP
    • strip club

Where to Find DC Bar Specials for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is about to wallop the Carolinas and has already impacted DC with mass cancellations (such as the eagerly anticipated H Street Festival, now rescheduled for a perfect time of October 13th) and a state of emergency announced for this weekend. It will almost certainly not be that bad here in DC, but expect flooding. With weather events, comes specials at DC bars. After checking with my Twitter followers, I’ve discovered that the overwhelming majority don’t feel this in poor taste, so here is a [shameless ploy for hits] post of all bars having some sort of specials, updated when I feel like it (this ain’t my day job, people). Tweet @barredindc or e-mail me at barredindc@gmail.com if you have something in mind.

Specials 

  • The Crow and Crow (14th St/Logan Circle)
    • Thurs-Sat nights
    • 1 free beer for NC/SC evacuees (since all you need is a NC or SC ID, expect just a bunch of Hill staffers who live here to get their free beer, but still)
    • $10 Hurricanes all nights
  • The Pug (H Street)
    • $1 off beers all Saturday in honor of postponed H Street drinks for every 6 inches of rain, as measured by
  • Dino’s Grotto (Shaw)
    • Hurricane Happy Hour Thursday thru Monday (bar only): $4 local unique drafts + $6 wine/prosecco + $8 featured cocktail + $10 charcuterie board + $5 antipasti
    • Daily specials include the amazing 1/2 price lasagna on Thurs and $7 negroni on Friday (bar only)
    • Other specials ~ $10 Pulled Brisket & Cheese panini ~ $5 Mac & Cheese (add pork belly or grilled shrimp for 8} ~ $1 pomegranate & garlic wings (bar only)
    • Portion of proceeds donated to Red Cross
    • previously scheduled Tomato Tasting Menu
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)
    • $6 Hurricanes from 5p-close Thursday
  • City Winery (Ivy City)
    • Fri-Sun
    • $10 wine flights, $12 Dark & Stormy cocktails, and $20/$25 buckets of beer featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon or Lagunitas.
    • Free dessert w/ purchase of entree with NC or SC ID
    • $1 from every special purchased will be donated to the Red Cross
  • Scarlet Oak (Navy Yard)
    • Thurs-Mon
    • $8 Kraken Dark N Stormy cocktails
  • Sakerum (14th Street/U St)
    • Fri
    • $8 Dark and Stormy cocktails
  • Blackjack (14th Street)
    • Hurricane slushie ($8 during HH, $12 rest of night)
    • All proceeds (from slushie?) on Sunday goto hurricane relief
  • Pearl Dive (14th Street)
    • donating portion of proceeds from special oyster to hurricane relief
  • Bar Roubaix (ColHi)
    • No hurricane specials per se, but all drafts are $4 starting Thursday all the time until October 7th

Where to Watch the 2018 World Cup in DC

 

The 2018 World Cup, played in Russia, kicks off at 11am Eastern time on Thursday June 14th with Russia v. Saudi Arabia, and ends with the Final at 11a on Sunday, July 15th (schedule). Between June 15th and June 28th there will be 3-4 group stage games daily (usually 8a, 11a, and 2p), followed by the Round of 16/Quarterfinals at 10a and 2p June 30th – July 3rd & July 6th-7th, and the Semifinals at 2p July 10th-11th. Even without the U.S. in it and a record 38 games on broadcast TV (so you can get the game with your antenna), expect many DC bars to be be lively affairs filled with fans of the competing nations.

Although there will only be games before 10a on 10 days (June 15-25th) and only 1 game that’s even before 8a, DC has enacted a law (the 2018 All-Star Game and World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2018) allowing any bar to pay $100 for the privilege to be open for boozing at 7a, an hour earlier than normal, for the entire tournament, even when there aren’t games on. 75 bars that have ponied up the $100 to get the extra hour, which you can see here on the map/listing. Don’t expect all 75 to especially raucous spots to watch soccer but I’ve listed them below with any available details as well other spots with plans. I’ve listed other spots who have announced World Cup plans since only one game actually starts before the normal 8a opening time (France v Australia at 6a this Saturday). More spots/details to be added.

*-Not approved to open before 8a.

Confirmed Showing All Matches 

  • The Midlands
  • Bonchon Chicken
  • Sauf Haus
  • Lucky Bar
  • Across the Pond (opening at 7a, with brunch at 8a)
  • RiRa

Showing All Matches (Except possibly 6a Sat. 6/16 France-Australia)

  • World Cup Pop-Up Bar (old Prospect DC)
  • World Cup HQ
  • Across the Pond
  • Fado
  • The Big Board
  • The Star & Shamrock
  • Blackfinn
  • Lou’s City Bar
  • The Airedale
  • The Royal
  • Dirty Water
  • Dock FC

Other Worthwhile Spots

  • Biergarten Haus
  • The Brig
  • James Hoban’s

Dupont Circle

  • Lucky Bar
    • showing all games
    • open at 7:30a everyday (when games early); 10a for opening ceremony Thursday
    • Russian food specials available during lunch + Russian cocktails/beers
    • Big crowd for Colombia
  • Duke’s Grocery
    • large TV set up on patio when weather permits
    • England team watch: specials on Fullers draft beer + Pimms Cup
  • Across the Pond
    • show every game
    • $5 Heinekens
    • $10.99 breakfast special (scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, home fries, toast, tea/coffe
  • Darlington House
    • showing all 11a & 2p games in Cantina Pub
  • Mission
  • Emissary – coffee/drinks spot
  • The Front Page
    • watch party for Panama v. Belgium hosted by Panamanian Embassy 6/18
  • Cafe Citron
    • Big spot for Colombia and other South American teams
  • Mad Hatter
  • Sauf Haus – surely German spot
    • Open for all games
    • coffee from Junius Coffee
    • $5 1/2 liter can specials on beer
    • cohost embassies of Mexico v. Germany for 6/7 game
  • Public Bar
  • Camelot – strip club
  • Sign of the Whale
  • Abigail Room – lounge
  • Fox & Hounds*
    • open at 11a every gameday
    • express lunch weekdays + bottomless brunch on wknds
  • Buffalo Billiards*
    • open earlier for select matches
    • open at 2p for Portugal-Spain 6/15
  • James Hoban’s*
    • showing most matches
    • specials on beer/cocktails
    • private rooms available
  • Nazca Mochica*
    • Sat 6/16 watch party v. Denmark
    • showing other games

U Street/14th Street

  • Drafting Table – soccer bar
  • Red Light
  • Ted’s Bulletin – always open at 8a for breakfast
  • Exile’s
  • Red Lounge
  • Franklin Hall
    • open early for select games
    • 2p 6/15; 9a Sat June 16 for Arg v. Iceland; 11a Germany v Mexico Sun June 17)
  • Hawthorne
  • World Cup HQ (In old Prospect DC)
    • open 8a-8pish everyday
    • cocktails/frose/beer in giant steins/wine carafes
    • $4 beers/$4 wine/$6 cocktails from 4-7p
    • daily international food specials
  • Amsterdam Lounge
  • Dukem – Ethiopian spot
  • El Rey*
    • open at 11a for opening match 6/14; noon Thurs-Sun
    • HH during all WC games + $5 Modelo Tall boys + $22 buckets of 5
  • Solly’s*
    • open at 1p Fri 6/15
  • Estadio*
    • staying open between lunch & dinner (poss. just for Spain matches)
    • Spain matches: Mahou beer specials and full lunch menu. Porrons (wine pitchers) passed after every goal

Shaw/Bloomingdale/Ledroit

  • Unity (Salina?) – Ethiopian spot
  • MK Lounge – Ethiopian spot
  • Cloud Restaurant – Ethiopian spot
  • Right Proper
    • open for at least some of the 8a matches (may be ore
  • Shaw’s Tavern
  • 1230 DC – champagne lounge
  • Queen of Sheba – Ethiopian spot
  • Boundary Stone*
    • open at 2p for M-Th; 11a-Fri; 8a Sat-Sun
  • Dacha*
    • open at 2p M-Th while games are on; Fri Noon and Sat-Sun 11a
  • Royal*
    • open at 8a daily, showing all matches
    • drink specials during Colombia matches (refajo, Colombiana soda, aguardiente boilermakers)
    • HH specials during 2p games
  • Appioo*
    • Nigeria & Senegal rooting. African beer/food speicials
  • Cortez*
    • rooting for Mexico
    • $5 Sol beers

Adams Morgan/Cleveland Park/Tenleytown/Upper NW

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe
    • open for all matches
    • expanded breakfast menu / early AM drink specials
    • coffee drinks w/ or w/o booze
    • additional outlets + Wi-Fi
    • open at 10a for opening match
  • Asmara Lounge – Eritrean/Ethiopian spot
  • Duke’s Counter
    • all matches w/ sound (possibly just during biz hours)
    • $5 Modelo pints for all matches
    • England matches: specials on Fullers London Pride, Pimms Cupps
  • Kitty O’Shea’s
  • Chatter*
    • Showing all matches during business hours (after 7a on weekdays and certain hours on weekends)
    • Cans of Schaefer beer $2.18 + $3 bar snacks (fried pickles + sweet corn fritters)
  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill*
    • Select games shown, some with sound
    • $4 Bud/Bud Light bottles during games
    • Call 202-806-8940 for WC hours of business
  • Nanny O’Brien’s*
    • open at 11a, sound on at least for select matches
  • The Blaguard*
    • open early for select games (1st match at least)
  • The Grill From Impanema*
    • watch Brazil matches

Columbia Heights/Park View/Petworth/Brightwood/Takoma

  • The Midlands
    • open for all matches (even 6a match on Saturday) with audio inside/outside
    • Nitro Cold Brew coffee
    • potentially wear World Cup gear for additional discounts
  • The House – strip club
  • La Molienda – Salvadoran spot
  • La Dulce Noche – Salvadoran spot
  • Sabor Latino & Grill – Salvadoran spot
  • Safari – East African
  • EL Pulgarcito – Salvadoran spot
  • Bettys Gojo – Ethiopian hookah spot
  • DC Reynolds*
    • open everyday at 11a like usual
  • The Airedale*
    • soccer bar
    • open for all matches
    • breakfast buffets & brand-new lunch menu
  • The Pitch* -international sports bar
  • Lou’s City Bar*
    • open for all matches  w/ sound on
    • Heineken special
    • Good spot to watch Peru and Mexico
    • full brunch for matches that start before noon
  • Esencias Panamenas*
    • food/drink specials for all Panama matches

Penn Quarter/Chinatown/Mt Vernon Square

  • Penn Social
  • Fado Irish Pub
    • open for all matches
    • $25 5 beer buckets (Bud/Bud Light/Mich Ultra 16 oz, Goose Island IPA/Summer/312 + Harp + Guinness Blonde 12 oz
    • $4 mimosas/Red Bulls
    • $8 Bloody Mary
    • contest to predict winners/scores of each match (get pub credit
  • Umaya – Japanese izakaya
  • Hooters
  • Marriott Marquis (High Velocity Sports Bar)
  • Irish Channel Pub*

Downtown

  • Elephant & Castle Pub Restaurant 19th STreet
  • Sofitel Lafayette Square
  • Blackfinn
    • showing every match
    • “DC’s Official World Cup Kick Off Party” w/ food/drink specials feat. Heineken + replays
  • The Park at 14th
  • Living Room
  • Cuba Libre*
    • viewing parties at 2p for Poland v. Columbia June 24; Spain v/ Morrocco June 25 & Nigeria v. Argentina June 26
    • HH specials ($5 caipirinhas)
  • St. Regis DC*
    • bar transforms into “Astor World Cup Lounge” breakfast/lunch/beer specials inspired by cuisine generally 9-5:30p everyday

H Street/NoMa

  • Biergarten Haus
    • open at 11a weekdays/9a on weekends
    • 20 TVs / 12 German beers on tap
  • Dangerously Delicious DC
  • Dirty Water
    • open for all matches
    • $18 pitchers of Estrella Jalisco / $18 bottomless mimosas/select cocktails available till end of final game
    • open 30 minute before 1st game of day
  • The Big Board
    • open for all matches
    • $16 Peroni pitchers (possibly just for Thurs 6/14 game)
    • coffee & limited menu until 11:30a
  • Wunder Garten*
    • open for select matches (Fri June 15 -2p Portugal v. Spain; Sat Jun 16 (noon & 3p games); Sun June 17 (11a and 2p games);
    • Belgian Embassy & British Embassy has 2p watch party on 6/28
    • gates open 1 hour before kickoff
    • 9 foot big screen w/ sound on weekend games
    • $1 from each Devils Backbone Vienna Lager donated to DC SCORES charity
  • Stable*
    • Shows all Swiss team matches (opening early at 1p on June 22 and June 27)
    • Swiss food / drink specials / Swiss beer buckets / Schnapsicles
  • The Queen Vic*
    • $5 20 oz. Carlsbergs
    • open for all England matches
    • open early on request if large group of people (normal hours 5p M-F and 10a Sat-Sun)
  • The Star & Shamrock*
    • open early for all matches with sound
    • Bullfrog Bagels, beer & whiskey
  • H Street Country Club*
    • select watch parties (more TBD)
      • Spain/Portugal 6/15 open at 1:30p (during game, $16 Tecate buckets / $5 Agave azul tequila shots)
      • Germany/Mexico 6/17 open at 11a – $14 bottomless mimosas + (during game, $16 Tecate buckets / $5 Agave azul tequila shots)

Eastern Market/Capitol Hill

  • The Brig
    • open 2p M-F & 11a Sat-Sun (extended HH 2-7p M-F)
    • open 11a 6/14 for opening match and special early-open dates (check Facebook page)
  • Ted’s Bulletin – breakfast spot usually open at 8a
  • The Capitol Lounge
  • Union Pub
    • Doors open for opening match 6/14 at 11a & $5 beer specials (Hoegaarden bottle, Stella Artois Draft, Bass bottle, Spaten bottle, Estrella Jalisco on draft)
  • Belga Cafe*
    • Showing Belgian World Cup games w/ HH specials
  • The Dubliner*
    • drawing contest for purchases of Teeling Irish Whiskey
  • The Ugly Mug*
    • open for all matches after 11a

Navy Yard/The Wharf/SW

  • Capitol Skyline Hotel
  • Bonchon
    • open for all matches (even 6a one)
    • food/drink specials
    • Korean fried chicken
  • Chloe – fancyish restaurant
  • Intercontinental Wharf – hotel
  • Mandarin Oriental – hotel
  • Field House DC (World Cup Bar DC)*
    • new 42,000 square foot bar next to Audi Field
    • 20-foot LED video wall
    • food trucks
    • WTF
    • beer specialties from countries each day
    • open for all matches
  • The Brighton*
    • open early w/ sound on for selected matches

Ivy City/NE

  • Ivy City Tavern
  • Dock FC
    • appears to be open for 11a matches or later soccer bar; now appears to be open for 8a matches
    • Food & Beverage package-$50: pitcher of beer + Cholula chicken wings + nachos + churros
    • pro-Argentina bar (some Nigeria)
  • Power Night Club – nightclub
  • Sip – lounge

Georgetown/West End

  • Church
    • big watch parties (e.g Croatia v Nigeria 6/16)
  • Fairmont*
    • hotel
    • lobby becomes “Soccer Central”
    • re-runs at 5:30p
    • $9 international snacks
    • HH starts at 5:30p with discount soccer-themed cocktails/beer
  • Ri Ra* 
    • global food specials
    • every match live
    • scratch card for prizes w/ purchase of Guinness
  • Bodega*
    • 6/15 Spain-Portugal w/ $5-6 drink specials
  • The Sovereign
    • all Belgian matches (and others) in upstairs bar)

 

#ThisTown – DC Bars Showing Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes Interview

The CBS TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes is airing an interview tonight (after 7p, immediately following Elite 8 NCAA Kansas-Duke matchup) with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who reportedly had an affair with Donald Trump. Because this is DC, many bars are getting in on the action and hosting watch parties (even though even cord cutters can get this on TV if they own a $20 antenna) . This is #soDC, people either love it or hate it.

  • The Brighton  (Wharf)
    • Stormy Daniel cocktail (Jack and ginger beer)
    • special surprise treats
    • The OG bar with specials, Been serving since Jan https://www.thewrap.com/stormy-daniels-cocktail-dc-bar-trump/
  • Satellite Room (U St)
    • $2 Dark n Stormy (rum + ginger beer)
    • $3 off select draft beer
    • Orange cream puff boozy milkshake
  • Wisdom (Hill)
    • $6 Dark n Stormy
  • Atlas Arcade (H St)
    • $6 Dark n Stormy
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (U St)
    • $2.50 Miller High Life / $3 Irish red drafts
  • Ventnors (AdMo)
  • Reliable Tavern (Petworth / Park View)
    • $8 Dark n Stormy’s after 6p
    • free bourbon shots if video/photo evidence confirms affair
  • JR’s (Dupont)
  • Union Pub (Capitol Hill)