Where to Watch March Madness in DC – 2019

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March Madness is upon us, and it does not get better than Thursday and Friday for the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. See TV schedule and bracket here. I’ve highlighted all the sports bars, which are your best bets to have an atmosphere, and specials. I’ll be taking off the afternoon once again, like I’ve done every year I’ve worked. Email/Tweet at me if you wanna meet up (or if you are inviting me). Will be updating til Wed night.

All spots listed will be open early enough to show all games and have at least 4 TVs in one room so you can see all games unless otherwise specified.

Dupont Circle

FYI-Public Bar is closed for renovations/new entrance and will likely not reopen until before championship game (April 7th)

  • Buffalo Billiards
    • $22 buckets of five 16 oz. Bud Light cans 
  • City Tap House
    • Select Sweetwater draft beers for $5 all day during tourney
    • chance to win trip to Final 4
  • Across the Pond
    • $4 ATP Pilsner / 55 cent wings (min 10) / 20 wing & 3 pitchers of ATP Pilsner $25 / 20 wings & 6 domestic bottles $25

Adams Morgan / Cleveland Park / Tenleytown

  • The Game Sports Pub
    • open at noon Thu-Fri
  • Pitchers
    • Does not open until 5p
  • Jack Rose
    • Highballin Happy Hour on terrace
    • Does not open until 5p
    • $9 Highball cocktail specials, $5 drafts and half-priced sliders.
    • 4 TVs
    • Perfect spot if your friends don’t want goto a sports bar as most people don’t pay attention to games.
  • The Blaguard
    • Specials for every game: $3 Bud Light/Natty Boh, $5 Mermaid Pilsner / $6 Crown Royal Vanilla, Apple, Salted Caramel / $6 Tullamore Dew vs Tito’s (Rotate by round)
    • $5 Flying Dog for Maryland Terps games, $5 Devils Backbone for UVa games
  • Tenley Bar & Grill
    • might not open until 3:3op
    • specials during live games
    • $12 48 oz Miller Lite pitcher / $20 beer bucket of Miller Lite/Coors Light/Bud Light / $8 Moscow mule / $8 Dark & Stormy
    • $6 bar bites
  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
    • open at noon
    • specials/big watch parties for Terp games

U Street / Shaw / Logan Circle / Bloomingdale

  • Nellie’s
    • open at 11:45a Thu-Fri
  • Franklin Hall
    • $4 Narragansett pints / $8 Narragansett Liter Mugs for all games
  • Stoney’s
    • Pitcher specials: $14 Bud Light, $15 Shock Top, $15 Stoney’s Amber, $5 Fireball shots
    • $9 large 2 topping pizza / $15 for 20 wings
  • Ivy & Coney

Chinatown / Penn Quarter / Downtown

  • City Tap House
    • Special $5 pint special throughout tourney
  • Union Trust
    • Sloppy Mama’s BBQ (at least Thurs)
    • might just have 2 TVs
  • Blackfinn
    • food & drink specials
  • Penn Commons
    • Beer bracket (beers advance based on what you order)
  • Penn Social
    • tons of TVs
    • $5 Guayabera Cigar City, $6 Jai Alai / $4 Miller / $4 Blue Moon
  • Taco Bamba
    • Free nacho cheese fountains Mar 21 and 22 during games
  • Bottom Line
    • food and drink specials include $4 Dos Equis Amber & Lager bottles

Columbia Heights / Petworth

  • The Midlands
    • open early for Thu-Fri games
    • free wifi,
    • nitro cold brew available
    • bring in food
  • DC Reynolds
    • always open early, but unclear if 4 TVs
  • Lou’s City Bar
    • Select $4 drafts/bottles & $16 pitchers/buckets during games
    • New solid $4 HH 4-7 M-F on rails/house wine/select drafts
  • Meridian Pint
    • showing games in the basement, which doesn’t open til 5p
    • $5/5 wings / half priced nachos,
    • 4 drafts for $5 each (e.g.) Allagash White, ST Pils, RAR Country Ride, and Victory Donnybrook.
    • via Barred in DC “Special” Correspondent DC Beer Bill

Capitol Hill / Navy Yard / The Wharf 

  • The Ugly Mug
    • open at 4p weekdays, 11a wknds
    • $4 Miller Lite pints / $30 towers
    • $5 Blue Moon / $35 towers
  • Finn McCool’s
    • 4 122 inch project screens, 12 60″ TV
    • $4 Bud Light / $5 Sam Adams / $5 Sam Seasonal / $15 Pitchers
    • $5 apps
  • Boxcar Tavern
    • $4 Miller Lite each game
    • Might only have 3 TVs
  • Union Pub
    • $15 Bud & Bud Light buckets / $14 Bud Light & Union Pub Lager pitchers / $13 Carlsberg buckets / $5 Goose Island IPA drafts / $5 rails
    • $6 rotating whiskey depending on Round (Slane Irish Whiskey, JD Rye, JD Honey, JD Original)
  • Mission Navy Yard
    • Food and drink specials
  • The Big Stick
    • 50 cent wings
    • Great HH specials 3-7p include $4 beers/rails
  • The Brig
    • will open at 2p Th-F
    • HH 2-7p Th-F

H Street / Ivy City / Brookland

  • Brookland Pint
    • open early with sound at bar
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
    • apparently great sound system
  • Dock FC
    • $25 Evolution Lot #3 IPA buckets all day
    • 11a-1p: $3 Dock FC Pilsner, $5 Bells Two Hearted Ale & Port City Optimal Wit (goes up $1 1p-3p, and then 3-5p)
  • Dirty Water
    • kitchen open for lunch
    • HH specials

Georgetown / Foggy Bottom

  • Stoney’s on L 
    • $12 Bud Light pithcer, $4 Stoney’s drafts, $15 Bud Light Buckets, $5 Port City Optimal Wit
    • $10 large 2 topping pizza and bunch of other food specials
  • Church Hall
    • $4 Miller Lite / $5 Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
    • Bring in food or order huge wing platters (around 75-80 cents/wing for at least 50 wings)
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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in DC – 2019

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Although it’s no Ireland (go!), it’s still can be fun to go out to bars in DC on St. Paddy’s Day, though it’s unclear which day will be more wild since the holiday is a Sunday this year.  This list shows where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in DC bars in 2019, sorted by Irish & non-Irish bars, as well as by neighborhood. 

IRISH BARS

  • Dupont
    • James Hoban’s
      • Events all week including live music Fri night and Six Nations Rugby Sat.
      • Gaelic singers on St. Paddy’s
    • Across the Pond
      • Live music all weekend
      • Six Nations and FA Cup
      • $7 Devil’s Backbone Gold Leaf Golden Lager on 3/17
  • Adams Morgan
    • The Blaguard
      • Open at 10a
      • $6 everything Irish (Jameson/Tullamore Dew/Powers whiskeys Guinness/Smithwicks/Magners/Great Lakes Conway beers all day)
      • Open Noon Fri with $6 Jameson Irish car bombs
      • Open 10a Sat for main St. Paddy’s Day party with $6 Guiness/Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey/Jameson
      • food specials / party favors
    • Shenanigan’s DC
      • TBD event
  • Georgetown
    • RiRa Georgetown
      • Events all week
      • Open 8:30a for Irish or American breakfast 
      • live music, Irish dance, pipes & drums all day
      • Live music all week
      • Open 8:30a Sat with 6 Nations rugby and brunch til 4p
  • Chinatown/Penn Quarter/Downtown
    • Fado Irish Pub
      • Open at 10a
      • $10 cover starts at 1p
      • live music 2-6p & 8p-midnight
      • Open 8a Sat for EPL & 6 Nations rugby ($20 cover), live music 3p & 9p
      • events all week including Guiness engravings Thu Mar 14 at 5p
    • Irish Channel
      • TBD event, tents set up
    • Mackey’s Public House
      • food & drink specials all week
      • $7 Jameson / $7 Jameson IPA whiskey / $13.25 combo Guinness Blonde + Jameson IPA / $8 Whiskey mule (Powers) / $7 Guinness / $6.50 Smithwicks / $7.50 Blacksmith / $5 16 oz. Miller Lite bottle / $5 16 oz. Bud Light bottle
      • $15 corned beef & cabbage / $15 fish basket / $12 reuben
  • Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/The  Wharf         
    • The Dubliner 
      • doors open 9a
      • 45 cent Guiness from 9a-10a
      • Live Irish music all day
      • Food served at 11a
      • Sat 3/16: all day party of live music/dancing starts at noon 
    • Kelly’s Irish Times
      • TBD event
    • Finn McCool’s
      • Open at 8a
      • Beat the clock specials: 8-9a: $1 all drafts; 9-10a $2 all drafts; 10a-11a $3 all drafts
      • Specials all week including half price Irish whiskey on Wed 3/13, $6 Hot Toddy’s/Irish coffee Thu 3/14, $10 Guinness/Jameson combo & live music Fri 3/15 , $5 Irish specialty cocktails Sat 3/16
    • Kirwan’s
      • open at 11a
      • live music all day & Irish dancers at 2:45 and 7p
      • Guinness specials
  • Cleveland Park
    • Nanny O’Brien’s
      • doors open at 10a with special food menu till 11p
      • Live music Noon-3p, 4p-late
  • H Street
    • Duffy’s
      • open at 10a, $5 cover starting at noon
      • free breakfast burrito to 1st 50 people Sunday
      • Live Irish dancers (Sat at 5p & Sun at 4p)
      • $5 green beer starting Sat March 16th till run out
  • Tenleytown
    • Kitty O’Shea’s
      • TBD Party

NON-IRISH BAR CELEBRATIONS

  • Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/Navy Yard/The Wharf
    • Barrel
      • The Smashed Potato drink specials/theme all weekend Fri-Sun
      • $5 Paddy’s Irish whiskey, $8 Irish drafts (Murphy’s, Smithwick’s), $11 Nitro Irish coffee
      • Irish food specials including green mashed potatoes, lamb stew, fish & chips, corned beef hash during brunch
    • The Ugly Mug & Valor Brewpub
      • Fri-Sun drink specials
      • $5 Smithwicks/Harps, $7 Black & Tans or Black & Ambers, $6 Paddy’s Irish whiskey
      • special $11 Bogan burger
    • Union Pub
      • doors open at 11a
      • Beat the clock special on Irish Slammers (Slane Irish whiskey, Brady’s Irish Cream dropped in Victory’s Donnybrook stout): $3 from 11a-noon with increase of $ til $8 at 4p-close
      • Specials starting 4p Fri 3/15 until close Sat & Sun: $16 Bud Light/Bud buckets, $15 Green Bud Light/Union Pub Lager pitchers/ $13 Carlsberg buckets / $6 Slane Irish whiskey / $5 rails
    • Wisdom
      • doors usually open late afternoon
      • $7 house-made G&Ts + $8 Guns + rose
    • Union Stage
      • Scythian feat. Irish dancers
      • doors 5p, show 6p
      • $22 tickets
    • The Brig
      • outdoor beer garden
      • specials Sat-Sun (open at 11a)
      • $6 Pints/$11 liters of Flying Dog Lucky SOB drafts / $6 Guinness cans / $6 Jameson / $10 Irish Slammers
    • Boxcar Tavern
      • specials on Sun: $7 Guinness / $5 Jameson shots
  • Adams Morgan / Cleveland Park / Chevy Chase
    • Town Tavern
      • Open at 3p
      • Sun: $5 Green Draft Pints/$7 Jameson Irish Whiskey/$8 Carbombs
      • I love Beer open bar 5-7pm for$12!!
      • Sat 3/16: $6 Guinness Pints, $8 Carbombs/ $7 Burger Baskets – $14 Green Pitchers til 8p/ “GET LUCKY OPEN BAR” 8-10p for $12
    • Jack Rose (5-10p on rooftop terrace)
      • Sun: Teeling Whiskey free swag, $10 Teeling & Guinness boilermakers, $10 tiki punch cocktails
      • Sat: Green Spot (single pot still Irish whiskey). First 35 guests get a free whiskey. $10 Green Spot & Guinness boilermakers & $10 cocktails
      • Fri: Jameson. First 35 guests get a free cocktail. $10 Jameson Caskmates and Guinness boilermakers. $10 Jameson Black Barrel cocktails
      • Thu: Tullamore Dew. First 50 guets get free cocktail. $10 Dew & Brew combos, $10 cocktails.
    • Chatter
      • Open at 10:30a on 3/17 including promos
      • Drink special all wknd including $11 car bombs / $6 Guinness pints / $8 Irish coffee
      • Food specials include $9 Irish float (Guiness & Coffee Ice cream) / $17 corned beef & Cabbage / $15 shepherd’s pie / $9 funnel fries with Guinness caramel / $13 Irish nachos / $10 reuben egg rolls
  • Logan/U Street/Shaw/Bloomingdale
    • Logan Tavern
      • $10 food specials (corned beef poutine)
      • $10 drink specials (Jameson & Midori + Irish mule)
      • HH 3-close in select areas
    • Hawthorne
      • Saturday party
      • $5.50 16oz Green Bud Lights / $7.50 16oz Guinness cans /$8 Jameson shots / $10 car bomb shots.
    • Wet Dog
      • Deals all weekend: $5 green beer / $5 Irish whiskey shots / $6 Guinness tallboys / $3 green jello shots
    • Publin
      • pop-up Irish bar by Drink company
  • Dupont
    • City Tap House
      • Irish food specials 3/14-3/17
      • Able to do your own half and half drinks with Guinness starting 3/14
      • shamrock sticker underneath gets free drink later
      • first 24 guests on 3/17 that buy Guinness get special etched glasses
  • H Street/NoMA/Ivy City
    • City Winery
      • food special
      • get sauvignon blanc green
    • Big Board
      • Turned into an Irish bar (Drayne O’Flanahabra’s) for the weekend
      • Straight Outta Dublin Burger
      • $6 Guinness 16 oz. pints Thu-Sun
    • Biergarten Haus
      • Sat-Sun specials
      • $6 Jameson, $10 liter of green beer
    • Red Bear Brewing
      • Fri-Sun specials
      • $9 Tullamore Dew / $15 combo with DC Dirt Porter (inc. tax)
  • Chinatown / Penn Quarter/ Downtown
    • City Tap House
      • Irish food specials 3/14-3/17
      • Able to do your own half and half drinks with Guinness starting 3/14
      • shamrock sticker underneath gets free drink later
      • first 24 guests on 3/17 that buy Guinness get special etched glasses
    • Pennsylvania 6
      • Sun: $12 bottomless pancakes (and green mimosas)
  • Georgetown
    • The Alex Speakeasy at the Graham Georgetown
      • 3/14-3/17:
      • $15 Irish whiskey flights (three tastings + 1 full pour)
        • The Glendalough Irish Whiskey flight includes Glendalough Double Barrel, 7 Year Old Single Malt, and 13 Year Old Irish Whiskey Mizunara Oak Finish, while the Connacht Whiskey Company flight is made up of Brothership Irish-American Whiskey Aged 10 Years, Ballyhoo Grain, and Spade & Bushel 10 Year Old Single Malt
      • $12 corned beef spring rolls & shepherd’s pie
    • Wingos
      • party starts Sat
      • $3 draft green beer / green kamikaze
      • $5 Irish bangers dogs
    • Mr. Smith’s
      • Irish food Fri-Sun
      • specials on Guinness & Murphy’s pints, Jameson/Bushmills & Irish car bombs
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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)


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