Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What to Do in the District on New Year's Eve

A friend posted the above video on facebook last week. I watched it approximately seven times because, well, it's just simply adorable. Around my fourth viewing though, I was suddenly all ohhhh crrraaappppp-- what AM I DOING for New Year's Eve?

Have no fear, dear reader, for I have since solidified my plans. Phew. But I thought I would share some ideas that were generated when my friends and I were contemplating what to do for the big night.

Option #1: The Big Party

D.C. has so many big, over the top, all you can drink, fancy schmancy parties with live bands and tons of people that are 100% guaranteed to result in bad decisions. Here are a few that I recommend:

Big Night DC
Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor

This event sounds insane (but in a good way). Last year, 7,000, yes, 7,000 people attended. It takes place at the Gaylord National Resort and will include over a dozen different parties that attendees can roam in and out of. Additionally, there will be numerous open bars and non-stop food. I know, sounds intense. Also sounds super crazy fun, though, amiright?

Masquerade Ball
Howard Theatre, Shaw/ U Street

Dress up fancy, wear a masquerade mask, and dance to a mix of house music, top 40 hits, and hip hop tunes at the old historic Howard Theatre. The burlesque themed event will also have various performers, including pop violinists and fire breathers, and there will be a massive balloon drop at midnight.

James Bond Thunderball Gala
Washington Plaza Hotel, Thomas Circle

This formal event will feature an open bar all night, internationally themed buffets, mock casino gambling, Bond cars, sexy Bond girls, two huge balloon drops, a champagne toast at midnight, performances by top DC Djs and a seven piece orchestra, and, of course, lots of martinis, shaken not stirred.

Brightest Young Thing's Fancy Schmancy NYE Ball
Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence, Columbia Heights

I went to BYT's New Year's Eve party last year. While it was packed to the gills with people, it was a ton of fun. Awesome music, cool people (i.e. not your usual douche-baggy D.C. people), and open bar? All three things pretty much guarantee a great party. This year the event will include a full open bar all night, food stations, a photo booth, and half a dozen different DJs.

Option #2: Fancy Dinner Events

While open bar dance parties can be fun, I'm also a big fan of putting on my favorite LBD and going out to a fancy dinner with a cute man and/ or a group of friends. And that is exactly what I'm doing this year. While researching options, I found a whole host of restaurants offering special prix fixed New Year's Eve menus:

Ristorante Piccolo (Georgetown)- four course Italian menu, strolling musician, cozy fireplaces, and champagne toast.

Zentan (downtown)- five course menu, live DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar (Capitol Hill)- "Vintage Vegas" themed decorations, three course tasting menu, and complimentary champagne toast.

Vidalia (Downtown)- A la carte menu or five course tasting menu from 5:30pm-7:00pm, and a six course tasting menu from 8:00pm-11:00pm.

Lincoln (McPherson Square)- Six course tasting menu, live music, casino tables, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Dino (Cleveland Park)- Five course tasting menu and special wine flights.

Co Co Sala (Penn Quarter)- Eight course menu beginning at 8:30pm, dancing, party favors, and champagne toast.

Blue Duck Tavern (West End)- Three course dinner with a champagne toast.

And last but not least, you could have dinner on the Odyssey Boat.  I've gone before, and while the food isn't great, it is romantic and fun.  This year's NYE dinner cruise will feature three courses, live entertainment, dancing, a chocolate fountain, open bar, champagne toast at midnight, and you can't beat the views of the monuments while sailing down the Potomac.

Option #3: Your Local Bar/ Watering Hole

Just about every bar in the District and the surrounding area will have some sort of New Year's Eve special. Give your local bar a call and see what fun they have planned.  Then grab a few of your friends and have a super chill, relaxed NYE.  Oh, but don't forget to flirt with that cutie at the bar so you have someone to kiss at midnight.  Gotta start the year off right, after all.

That's all I've got folks.  Hope this helps you plan your New Year's Eve in the District. Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

  1. Jack Rose in DC does an all-you-can-eat and drink pig roast on their rooftop on NYE from 6-9pm. It's only $35 and (at least last year) included two awesome whiskey cider drinks, their really good draft beers, and a slow-roasted whole pig. They also limited the guest list so it wasn't crowded at all.