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The Hitlist: Where to Ring in the New Year in DC

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The Hitlist: Where to Ring in the New Year in DC

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Go big or go home.

Assemble your crew. This NYE 2016, there shall be no sleep.

To say it’s been a rough year would certainly be an understatement. Some of us want to set 2016 ablaze and watch it go up in flames.

With everything happening in the city for NYE, you very much could get to do just that. From extravagant galas to fine dining experiences, there is something for every taste.

Here’s your list of over the top parties, events, and galas for an unforgettable NYE in DC:

Breweries, Craft Drinks, And Good Booze

The Brixton: A Clockwork Orange 

Go for the live entertainment, pre-game pricing on food and beverages, and $25 door fee. Bye bye 2016.

Website |901 U Street Northwest | 8 PM | The Brixton $25

Hellbender Brewing’s New Years Eve Party
Hellbender Brewing’s NYE celebration include a midnight Cider toast and food tastings from the Say Cheese! food truck.
Website | 5788 2nd St. NE | 8 PM-2 AM | Hellbender Brewing Company

New Years Eve at Kelly’s Irish Times
Hope for the Luck of the Irish this New Year, but kick-start this venture at Kelly’s Irish Times. 
Website14 F St. NW | 9 PM-1 AM | Kelly’s Irish Times

New Year’s Eve at Dirty Bar

The Dirty Bar NYE party offers a chance to wipe the 2016 slate clean for a shiny New Year.
Website | 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW | 8 PM-4 AM | Dirty Bar

New Years Eve at Duffy’s
Don’t want to battle the crowds? Join Duffy’s for an intimate 200 person gathering.
Website | 2106 Vermont Ave. NW | 9 PM–1:30 AM | Duffy’s Irish Pub, $50–$70

New Year’s Eve at Irish Whiskey
Celebrate NYE with Irish traditions, whiskey, and appetizers.
Website 1207 19th St. NW | 9 PM-2 AM | Irish Whiskey Public House

New Years Eve Celebration! by Mad Fox Taproom
Website | 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW | 9 PM- 2 AM | Mad Fox Taproom

Extravagant Parties & Galas 

15th Annual International SPY Gala
Kick-start the New Year with a covert mission and watch the ball drop at the International Spy Gala, which will be packed with a Mock Casino, Dancers, and cuisine fit for a spy.
Website | 10 Thomas Circle NW | 6:30 PM-2 AM | Washington Plaza Hotel, $109-$390

New Years Eve 2017 GALA at The Andrew Mellon Auditorium

This elegant extravaganza is a Black Tie affair that combines DC philanthropy with NYE festivities.
Website | 1301 Constitution Ave. NW | 9 PM-2 AM | Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

New Year’s Eve International Gala: A Cirque du 2017 International Celebration of Many Nations
Celebrate the NYE with Cirque performances, live music, and the Racing Presidents from the Washington Nationals.
Website | 2500 Calvert St. NW | 8:30 PM-2 AM | Omni Shoreham Hotel, $109-$199

The International Club DC hosts Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala
This event combines festive NYE traditions from countries around the world.
Website | 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW  | 7:30 PM-2 AM | Marriott Marquis Washington DC, $109-$240

Maketto New Year’s Eve 2017: All You Can Eat, All You Can Drink
If you are looking to live it up and go all out this NYE, then head to Maketto for it’s “All You Can” themed celebration.
Website |1351 H St. NE | 9 PM-2 AM | Maketto, $100

Professionals in the City New Year’s Eve Gala- Passport to the World Gala: An International Red Carpet Affair
This NYE bash is where DC professionals can go to mingle, drink champagne, and watch the ball drop.
Website | 1001 16th St. NW | 9 PM-2 AM | The Capital Hilton, $99-$149

Felt Night Club, MGM Grand National Harbor

MGM Grand in National Harbor is now open. Their opulent night club, Felt, will host their giant NYE event.

Website | 101 MGM National Avenue. | 9 PM-2 AM | MGM Grand National Harbor, $150-$4,000

Restaurant Tastings 

Policy Resturant 

Grab dinner at Policy and then head up to their upstairs party for to ring in the New Year. For just $20 a ticket. Can’t. Be. Beat.

Website | 1904 14th Street NW | 9 PM | Policy Restaurant $20

Destination: Venice – New Year’s Eve 2017 at Flavio Georgetown
Adorn you NYE party with Venetian charm.  Enjoy the best of Venice this New Year.
Website | 1073 31st St. NW | 9 PM-3 AM | Flavio Restaurant DC

Destination: Cuba – New Year’s Eve Party
Bring out the fedoras and chocolate cigars.  The Destination Cuba party will energize your NYE. 
Website |801 9th St. NW | 10:30 PM-4 AM | Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Driftwood New Years Eve 2017
The NYE celebrations at Driftwood start with dinner and continue throughout the night up until the champagne toast. 
Website 400 H St. NE | 5 PM-2 AM | Driftwood Kitchen

New Year’s Eve at Hawthorne
Celebrate the New Year at Hawthrone with a dessert bar, champagne toast, and a premium open bar.
Website | 1336 U St. NW | 9 PM-1 AM | Hawthorne, $80-$150

New Year’s Eve at Ottoman Taverna
The Ottoman Taverna is celebrating the New Year with Turkish music, food, and entertainment.
Website | 425 I St. NW | 7 PM–12 PM | Ottoman Taverna, $99

New Year’s Eve at Mission
Grab a coat and tie. Head to Mission for the Sangria and stay for the NYE festivities.
Website | 1606 20th St. NW | 9 PM-12:30 AM | Mission, $80-$150

New Year’s Eve at Scartlet Oak
NYE at the Scarlet Oak offers table packages so friends and family can be together at the start of 2017.
Website | 909 New Jersey Ave. SE | 9 PM–2:30 AM| Scarlet Oak Restaurant & Bar, $30

New Years Eve DC at Southern Hospitality
Welcome to Southern Hospitality where NYE party offers an open bar and charming party features.
Website1815 Adams Mill Road NW | 9:30 PM-3 AM | Southern Hospitality

Parisian New Year Eve Party
Looking for French flair to start the New Year? This NYE celebration will transport you to the City of Lights.
Website | 450 K St. NW | 6:30 PM–12 AM| L’Hommage Bistro Francais, $69

Sing & Dance into the New Year 

12th Annual New Year’s Eve at CAPITALE 2017
Table packages range from silver to platinum, but the NYE party will offer a unique experience for all attendees.
Website | 1301 K St. NW | 9 PM-3 AM | Capitale

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Woolly and The Second City
Join the cast of The Second City for a NYE celebration that includes an open bar, special performances, and delicious food samples.
Website | 641 D St. NW | 9:30 PM | Wooly Mammoth Theatre, starting at $90

New Year’s Eve at the Club
NYE is a time to rock, so join the 9:30 Club to watch a Band of Horses performance and celebrate the New Year.
Website | 815 V St. NW | 9PM | 9:30 Club

New Years Eve at The Park
The Park has taken care of all of the NYE party details, so show up and watch the ball drop.
Website | 920 14th St. NW | 8 PM–3 AM | The Park at Fourteenth, $30–$80

Tony & Joes Riverbash
Cruise into the New Year with a Tony & Joes Riverbash.
Website | 3000 K St. NW | 9 PM  |Georgetown Waterfront, $90

Themed NYE Bashes 

Lost Society Masquerade Ball 

One of the many solid NYE options on U St. Go for the food, drinks, and DJ.

Website |2001 14TH ST NW | 9 PM | Lost Society, $45

90’s New Years Eve at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

A throw back to the 90’s at this NYE celebration.
Website | 400 New Jersey Ave. NW | 8 PM–3 AM |Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, $109–$189

Back in the Day: 90’s New Year’s Eve Bash 2017
Three floors, three bars, and the best of the 90s combine forces to offer a throwback NYE bash. 
Website 2436 18th St. NW | 9 AM-3 PM | Mellow Mushroom

New Year’s Eve Gatsby Gala
Everyone knows that Gatsby can throw a party.  This is one NYE event that emphasizes the big band culture.
Website | 3000 K St. NW | 10 PM–2 AM | Sequoia DC, $145–$175

Prohibition Era Annual New Year’s Eve Party
Bring out the Moonshine.  This Prohibition-inspired NYE party will bring out your inner bootlegger.
Website | 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW | 7 PM–2 AM | The Front Page DCROUP, $75

W Washington DC presents Roaring New Year
The glitz and glamour of the 1920’s is only the beginning for this roaring NYE party.
Website | 515 15th St. NW | 8 PM–3 AM | W Washington DC and Pinea, $299

about the author

Dana Disante
Dana Disante
Dana Disante is the Events & Features editor for CAPITOL STANDARD magazine and covers Arts & Entertainment for Northern Virginia Magazine.