Whether you can’t wait to close the book on 2016 or are just excited to start the new year fresh–you should do it with lots of champagne, close friends, and festive attire. Before you delve into your resolutions, kick-off your 2017 with loved ones, booze, and brunch!
If you’re still looking to lock in plans for New Year’s Eve, check out what some of our favorite restaurants in D.C. have planned, details below, as well as our top recommendations for New Year’s Day brunch, the best way to kick off 2017.
New Year’s Eve Parties
Spend New Year’s Eve with Drink the District at the Cocktail Countdown. There will be multiple open bars plus signature cocktail libations every hour on the hour crafted by the best local mixologists. Before you hit the dance floor and take in live bands and DJs, nosh on tasty tidbits, sip your favorite drink from the open bar, and puff a hand rolled stogie at the cigar bar. Try on beautiful diamond necklaces and bracelets at the Bling Bar by Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers. Then, snap selfies wearing the stunning jewelry in the photo booth. Purchase tickets here. 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, D.C.
Head to the Carnegie Library for five hours of open bar and live musical acts. There will be numerous bar areas stationed throughout so you won’t get stuck in any lines. Enjoy light bites and party favors as well as a massive champagne toast! 801 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The party starts early and ends late at Bar Deco! Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight among other treats throughout the night. If you make a dinner reservation between 5-9 p.m., you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of champagne! Book your reservation here. 717 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Dine in style in an intimate and elegant setting at the Jame Beard Award-nominated bar, which will host a special New Year’s Eve culinary and drink experience in the signature tasting room, offering two seatings — at 6pm and 9:30pm — for a five-course meal with cocktail and wine pairings for $250 per person. For those who can’t snag a seat in the 14-person Tasting Room, the celebration in the adjoining Spirits Library begins at 9pm with celebratory cocktails, music, a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres for $125 per ticket. The Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a Farewell 2016 Tasting Menu at DC Harvest for only $59 and an additional $30 for drink pairings. Taste plenty of yummy apps, entrees, and desserts that are always fresh in peak season. We have our eyes on seared scallops, local oysters, pistachio encrusted lamb sirloin, Rocky Road chocolate mousse, and artisan cheeses. Cheese is always a must. Book your reservation here. 517 H Street N.E., Washington, D.C.
Miracle on 7th
New Year’s Eve is your last chance to down some eggnog shots, pay tribute to “Barb” from Stranger Things and take a selfie in front of the Clark Griswold wall at viral holiday sensation Miracle on 7th Street, aka Christmas Bar. From 3 to 9 pm, revelers will enjoy D.C.’s favorite Christmas cocktails and food, plus plenty of bubbles — and that final cookie dough fix before the New Year’s resolutions kick in. Miracle on 7th Street, Washington, D.C.
New Year’s Day Brunch Spots
Here are some of of favorite spots who will be open on the first day of 2017.
We love everything about Bar Deco–especially the bacon and bottomless mimosas. We suggest ordering the chicken and waffles, the Deco Benedict, the B.D. sliders, and anything with a biscuit. Today, the special of the day is a granola buttermilk pancake with blueberry caviar and maple butter with one slice of bacon, a fried egg, and a sausage patty for $15. Enjoy $5 off bottomless mimosas and Bellinis if you mention Bitches Who Brunch when reserving. Additionally, enjoy $8 Atlas Saison and $12 Roman Holiday specialty cocktails. Read our review here. 717 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Belgians will be open for brunch on January 1, serving dozens of sweet and savory waffles, including the famous Doffle, a doughnut waffle, and the Waffle of Shame. Wash them down with mimosas, Bellinis, and other champagne cocktails. Read our review here. 1320 14th Street Washington, D.C.
Ring in the New Year with locally sustainable and delicious brunch fare at the Bird. Cure your hangover with a little hair of the dog and and greasy, fried chicken at The Bird! We loved the truffle mac & cheese as well as the fried chicken sandwich, fried chicken Benedict, and the dessert. Read our review here.
This casual Mexican spot in Shirlington is serving all-day brunch on New Year’s Day. They pour some great margaritas and blended cocktails, so head there if you’re looking to get festive in the ‘burbs. Cyclone Anaya’s,2911 District Ave #170, Fairfax, VA.
On New Year’s Day, Dirty Habit will be wishing you good fortune, with a fortune teller on site providing complimentary tarot card readings, and fortune cookies filled with prizes available at the close of your meal. It’s the debut of Dirty Habit’s brunch, complete with brunch punch and mimosa specials. Dirty Habit, Hotel Monaco, Washington, D.C.
This high-end Jewish deli is your go-to spot for all things comfort food and delicious. We absolutely love the latkes, the breakfast club sandwich, the Shakshouka, and the smoked salmon platter. Expect a hearty menu comprising items that have been pickled, cured, and smoked in house. Take advantage of their brunch deal: your choice of appetizer and entree or entree and dessert and your pick of bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers, or Bloody Marys. Read our review here. 2985 District Ave., Fairfax, VA | 1317 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Farmers Fishers Bakers
Head down to the Georgetown waterfront for a lovely brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers. The cinnamon rolls are out of this world–make sure you snag one. We also loved the egg station, guacamole, grapefruit, crab dip, and eggs Benedict. There are also tons of salads, dips, and a killer French toast station to choose from. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the weekends and holidays. Read our review here. 3000 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head to Founding Farmers for a dependable and affordable brunch. Choose from French toast, egg scrambles, chicken & waffles, Benedicts, and more. We loved the beignets, the banana foster pancakes, the French toast, and the veggie scrambles. Brunch begins at 9 a.m. Read our review here. 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Graffiato serves delicious Italian carbs in a trendy atmosphere. We love the seasonal gnocchi, the Brussels sprouts, and the doughnuts. There are also plenty of egg dishes, French toast, breakfast pizzas, pastas, and more. Don’t skip the bottomless mimosas for $18. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. Read our review here. 707 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna, and Kapnos Kouzina
Mike Isabella’s Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna are all open for Greek brunch. We’d recommend the pikila sampler and the Instagram-worthy Greek coffee waffle. We loved the yogurt parfait, the chicken & waffles, and the Greek coffee waffles. Choose from spreads, small plates, sandwiches, salads, or brunch mains, such as omelets and French toast. There’s something for everyone here from bottomless beverages to a solid group brunch. These brunches are on the pricier side, but you’re worth it. Read our review here. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. 2201 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. | 4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA | 4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD
Enjoy a delicious and dependable brunch at Lavagna. You can’t beat the locally sourced and freshly made fare from this Barracks Row staple. Choose from mascarpone pancakes, eggs Florentine, or $12 bottomless mimosas. We love the fruit plate, the omelets, the chicken and waffles, and the bottomless mimosas. Read our review here. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Head to Lupo Verde on 14th Street and enjoy tasty Italian fare. We loved the brunch cocktails, charcuterie board, and bread basket. Taste all the yummy homemade pastas, antipasti options, and egg dishes. Read our review here. 1401 T St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Our favorite seafood spot that’s oh-so-instagrammable is serving New Year’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read our review here.
Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill is the perfect place to celebrate this memorable holiday. We especially loved the mushroom strata, the breakfast potatoes, and the Chesapeake Benedict. Choose from strawberry French toast, house made granola, steak & eggs, salmon bagels, and more. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Read our review here. 675 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Step through the keyhole door at The Riggsby and enter another era on your weekend brunch in this Gatsby-inspired bar and restaurant. Beyond the retro space, the Riggsby served a great brunch. We devoured the avocado toast, the Morning After Sandwich, the pancakes, and the baby potatoes. There are plenty of egg dishes, breakfast burritos, steak frites, and craft cocktails for you to choose from as well. Read our review here. 1731 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The early bird gets the bellini at Urbana’s annual New Year’s Day progressive brunch. Starting at 10 a.m., the first table to arrive receives unlimited bellinis for $1 per person, $2 per person for the next table, and so on, as they count up to the new year and reach $17 per person. Pair with brunch favorites such as Nutella French Toast and Jumbo Lump Crab Crostino. 2121 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Pig offers locally sourced food and changes their menu constantly. You can be sure to find some egg dishes such as omelets or hashes as well as plenty of carbs. Don’t forget to order a pig board to satisfy your charcuterie needs. Read our review here. 1337 11th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. | 1320 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Pearl Dive Oyster Bar
We love Pearl Dive for the convenient and trendy location, great drinks, fresh seafood, and crispy fried fare. We have our eyes on the steak and eggs, Brioche French toast, and fried catfish BLT. Don’t forget to go for the bottomless mimosas! Read our review here. 1612 14th Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
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