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The Big List: An Insider’s Guide to NYE in DC

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The Big List: An Insider’s Guide to NYE in DC

Home / CITY GUIDE / The Big List: An Insider’s Guide to NYE in DC
Go all out or low-key? This NYE, you've got options.
"Villain or spy? Both will be in attendance at the Spy Museums black-tie optional event. Enjoy a mock casino and live band while doing your best “Bond” impersonation."

Start 2019 at a New Year's Eve event curated in the exact way you wish to celebrate.

As you wind down from the events and absolute roller-coaster that is 2018, it's safe to say you're ready to welcome a new year. New Year's Eve gives you an opportunity to imagine the goals you want to achieve in the new year and celebrate the milestones you've hit so far.

Whether you want to jump start your philanthropic actions at a gala or dance the night away at a themed event, DC has all this and more this NYE. Here's our curated list of the best New Year's Eve events to attend this year:

Go Big with a Gala

Clarendon Ballroom New Year's Eve Gala
Join for live entertainment at a Gala that is known to sell out. From the food to the drinks, this event has all your New Year's Eve wants covered.

Tickets $70 | 3185 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 | 8 PM-2 AM

National Gala at the United States Institute of Peace
Enjoy a top shelf open bar all night and free-flowing champagne while dancing through the multiple party floors and sampling all the hors d’oeuvres stations.

Tickets start at $99 | 2301 Constitution Ave NW & 23rd St NW Washington, DC 20037 9 PM-2 AM

Andrew Mellon Auditorium New Year's Eve Gala
A night of elegance and philanthropic efforts.  This Black Tie Gala rolls out the red carpet to ring in the New Year.

Tickets $89 | 1301 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20240 | 9 PM-2 AM

Gatsby Masquerade NYE Gala
Swing back to the 1920’s at this Great Gatsby themed New Year's Eve event.  The Black Tie Gala is such to be a roaring affair.

Tickets $149 | 1099 14th St NW #101L Washington, DC 20005 | 9 PM-2 AM

International Spy Gala
Villain or spy? Both will be in attendance at this black-tie optional event. Enjoy the mock casino and live band while doing your best “Bond” impersonation.

Tickets $110-$400 | 10 Thomas Circle NW Washington, DC 20005 | 9 PM-2 AM

Gazuza Gala NYE 2019
Reserve a table and enjoy complimentary sushi appetizers while celebrating New Year's Eve in style.

Tickets $20-$200 | 1629 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20009 | 9 PM-3 AM

A Themed Affair

Ultimate Tropical New Year’s Eve
Escape the cold and celebrate New Year's Eve with Latin-style dancing at this tropical themed event. Ticket options include a rooftop VIP event.

Tickets Start at $74.99 | 999 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001 | 8 PM

Tonic’s NYE Speakeasy
Shh…the secret’s out. This speakeasy has the best spirits, music, and food to ring in the New Year, but only if you know where to find it.

Tickets $79 | 2036 G St NW Washington, DC 20036 | 8 PM-2 AM

8th Annual NYE Casino Night

Celebrate with a little flair at this Casino themed event including live entertainment and optional VIP tables.

Tickets $60-400 | 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy Arlington, VA 22202 | 8 PM-3 AM

Gatsby New Year’s Eve at EDEN DC
Experience a night of glitz and glamour at this Gatsby themed event spanning 3 floors, each decked out with its own entertainment.

Tickets $25 | 1716 I St NW Washington, DC 20006 | 8 PM-4 AM

New Year’s Eve at the Club with White Ford Bronco
Practice your “Carlton” and get ready to party like it’s 1990.  Listen to '90s cover band, White Ford Bronco, playing all your throwback favorites.

Tickets $55 | 815 V St NW Washington DC, 20001 | 9 PM

NYE Masquerade at Blackfinn
Begin the night by enjoying a premium 5 hour long open bar and complete your evening with a buffet, toast, and a variety of entertainment.

Tickets $80-$100 | 1620 I St NW Washington, DC 20006 | 9 PM-Midnight

New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
A party with the ultimate cool factor, this Secrets & Spies themed Masquerade event is full of premium features.

Tickets $180.30 | 2020 O St. NW | 9 PM-1 AM

New Year's Eve at the Front Page DC
Throwback to the 70's and 80's as you celebrate the turning of the calendar with a night full of dancing to your favorite songs.

Tickets $99 | 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 | 9 PM-2 AM

Prohibition NYE 2019 at Pamplona
Back for a second year, this Prohibition themed New Year's Eve event will ring in 2019 with live entertainment, a whimsical midnight celebration and more.

Tickets $25-$40 | 3100 Clarendon Blvd Arlington, VA 22201 | 9 PM-2 AM

Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
As one of the largest events in the city, the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort is hosting a New Year's Eve party featuring 15 themed party areas, live music, and classic cuisine.

Tickets $109.99-$249.99 | 201 Waterfront St Oxon Hill, MD 20745 | 9 PM-3 AM

Bond New Year's Eve Bash
Celebrate in classic Bond fashion at this elegant, glamorous event.

Tickets $30-$250 | 2047 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001 | 9 PM-3 AM

A Midnight in Paris New Year’s Eve Soiree
The magical scenery will transport you and your friends as you ring in the New Year in the City of Lights without ever leaving DC.

Tickets $125-$150 | 88 District Square SW #4.6 floor Washington, DC 20024 | 10 PM-2 AM

Cheers to a Specialty Drink

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Sakerum Rooftop in Washington, DC

New Year's Eve at Sakerum
Sake and sushi is a luxury combination for the New Year and something you'll only find at this event.

Tickets Start at $88.50 | 2204 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009 | 5:30 PM-1 AM

Mission Dupont NYE
You won't have to wait for a cocktail at Mission's NYE bash– they're staffing extra bartenders just for the evening and will be serving premium drinks, appetizers, and party favors.

Tickets $75-$125 | 1601 20th St NW Washington, DC 20009 | 9 PM-1 AM

Duffy's New Year's Eve Party 2019
Cheers with an open bar leading up to a New Year's midnight toast of Irish Whiskey.

Tickets $60-$75 | 1016 H St NE Washington, DC 20002 | 9 PM-1:30 AM

The Partisan's New Year's Eve Party
Choose from a selection of draft beers, wines, or curated cocktails exploring The Partisan's world of whiskey.

Tickets $99 | 709 D St NW Washington, DC 20004 | 9 PM-2 AM

ChurchKey's 2018 New Year's Eve Party
Bid farewell to 2018 with an endless list of unique beers and specially curated cocktails.

Tickets $105-$125 | 1337 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005 | 9 PM-2 AM

The Sovereign's New Year's Eve Soiree
Enjoy access to all of the Sovereign drafts and specialty Belgian brews.

Tickets $99 | 1206 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007 | 9 PM-2 AM

For VIP Treatment

New Year's Eve at The Park
The Park is hosting their annual New Year's Eve celebration with a variety of packages to help you create an evening unique to you. Special ticket packages include bottle service.

Tickets $30-$100 | 920 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005 | 8 PM-4 AM

New Year's Eve 2019 at Cloak & Dagger
There's no mystery about this event.  Enjoy live music and table packages that can be shared with friends.

Tickets $25-$250 | 1359 U St NW Washington, DC 20009 | 9 PM-4 AM

NYE at The Gryphon
Grab your friends and reserve a VIP table package with bottle service at this lively event featuring music from DJ Nape Hopp and DJ C-Stylez.

Tickets $40-$70 | 1337 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 | 9 PM-4 AM

Dance into the New Year

Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball
From swing music to the cha-cha, the Mainstage will feature live music so you and your friends can dance into the New Year.

Tickets $30 | 1811 14th St NW Washington DC 20009 | 7 PM

DC All Access NYE Party Pass
Don't want to settle for one venue this New Year's Eve? This Party Pass will grant you access to some of the most popular nightlife venues for over-the-top New Year's Eve entertainment.

Tickets $131 | 1223 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 | 7 PM-3 AM

New Year's Eve at Kelly's Irish Times
Add a little luck to your New Year's Eve plans and celebrate on the dance floor with a live DJ and an open bar.

Tickets $53-$89 | 14 F St NW Washington, DC 20001 | 9 PM-1 AM

New Year's Eve at Scarlet Oak
Enjoy drink specials and a live DJ around the corner from Nationals Park.

Tickets $40 | 909 New Jersey Ave SE Washington, DC 20003 | 9 PM-1 AM

New Year's Eve at TAKODA
This event grants access to both the restaurant level and rooftop beer garden for a night full of food, music, and dancing.

Tickets $85-$125 | 715 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 | 9 PM-1 AM

Rosebar NYE 2019
Celebrate with style and capture you and your friend’s ringing in the New Year with one of the roaming photographers present.  Make sure to cheers with a midnight champagne toast.

Tickets Start at $25 | 1215 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 | 9 PM-4 AM

NYE at Abigail
Try a new nightclub for a new year.  The latest nightlife gem offers a complimentary signature cocktail and midnight toast.

Tickets $50-$250 | 1730 M St NW Washington, DC 20036 | 9 PM-4 AM

NYE 2019 Come As You Are Party
Three floors of dancing, two DJs curating the musical vibes, and one great party to ring in the New Year with friends.

Tickets $15 | 1214 18th St NW #B Washington, DC 20036 | 9 PM-4 AM

Southern Charm New Year's Eve
Enjoy true Southern Hospitality at this event featuring 2 floors, 2 DJs, and DC's largest heated patio.

Tickets $30-$200 | 1815 Adams Mill Rd NW Washington, DC 20009 | 9:30 PM-3 AM

Radiator New Year’s Eve
Dance the night away and enjoy crafted cocktails and complimentary bites before the midnight champagne toast.

Tickets $54 | 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW Washington, DC 20005 | 10 PM-2 AM

A Night for the Foodies

Smith Commons NYE
Family and friends are welcome at a pre-celebratory New Year's Eve dinner, which jump starts an evening of dancing at the upstairs venue.

Tickets Free | 1245 H St NE Washington, DC 20002 | 7 PM

New Year's Eve at The Eleanor
Filled with entertainment featuring a photo book and throwback jams, but what really sets this event a part from the rest is the Girl Scout Cookie and Doughnut Buffet.

Tickets $75 | 100 Florida Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 | 7 PM-2 AM

NYE at FELT
Enjoy a 4 hour open bar and exceptional hor d'oeuvres at the MGM National Harbor.

Tickets $150 | 101 MGM National Ave. National Harbor, MD 20745 | 8 PM

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
Sail into the New Year on this dinner cruise featuring an open bar, live music, and superior view of fireworks at midnight.

Tickets $274.90-$404.90 | Departing from 580 Water St SW Washington, DC 20024 | 8 PM-1 AM

Hawthorne NYE 2019
Enjoy 4 hours of a premium open bar, appetizer buffet, 5 bars, and a champagne toast as just a few of the reason to ring in the New Year at this event.

Tickets $85-$150 | 1336 U St NW Washington, DC 20009 | 9 PM-1 AM

New Year's Eve at Shaw's Tavern
In addition to the 12:30 AM breakfast buffet, Shaw's Tavern will be serving house wines and rail drinks until the ball drops at midnight.

Tickets $75 | 520 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 | 9 PM-2 AM

Town Hall New Year's Eve 2019
This New Year's Eve event includes a gourmet holiday buffet and premium open bar.

Tickets $79-$95 | 2340 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007 | 9 PM-3 AM

Bluejacket’s 2019 New Year’s Eve Bash
Select from an exclusive Bluejacket draft or specialty wine to pair with the culinary creations on the all-you-can-eat menu.

Tickets $125 | 300 Tingey St SE Washington, DC 20003 | 9:30 PM-2:30 AM

Chill, not Crazy

New Year’s Eve with Cyrus Chesnut
Sample the Southern-influenced menu while listening to world class pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, at the Blues Alley, a renowned music and arts venue in the city.

Tickets $116-$166 | 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007 | 6:30 PM

A Crowish New Year's Eve
Cozy basement bar The Crown & Crow is hosting a New Year's Eve event with an open bar. If you're looking for a place that's relaxed, has solid cocktails, and won't break the bank look no further.

Tickets $75 | 1317 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005 | 8 PM-3 AM


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Ursula Lauriston
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