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New Year’s Eve Guide: DC

Stressing over New Year’s Eve plans? Not to worry. We’ve rounded up all the fabulous happenings around town this New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re looking for an intimate date night, fun on the town out with friends, or a party filled with dancing, we’ve got you covered.  We’ve rounded up all the news on the New Year. Take our recommendations and you’ll be proclaiming this New Year’s Eve the best ever faster than the ball can drop.




Famed restaurateur Ashok Bajaj is offering two seating for New Year’s Eve dinner at his downtown restaurant 701. Diners in the first seating have the option of the regular menu or a 4-course meal for $110 and second seating diners will indulge in the 4 course menu and a midnight champagne toast. The menu includes decadent items such as seared foie gras, roasted rack of lamb, and a sticky bun parfait, perfect for treating yourself after a great year.


Have a classic Washington New Year’s Eve at Georgetown institution 1789. They will be offering a tasting menu featuring caviar, Maine lobster, and a dry-aged New York strip with truffles. Add a glass of bubbly and this meal is the picture of elegance.


Glover Park go-to Arcuri boasts a prix-fixe menu for $68 with optional beverage pairing for $93 with butternut squash agnolotti, roasted quail, and maple pudding. Already had dinner? The restaurant is offering an open bar from 11-1:30 am for $50.

Ardeo Bardeo

If you don’t want to battle the downtown crowds this New Year’s Eve, Ardeo Bardeo in Cleveland Park is the perfect choice. Standouts of the $65 New Year’s menu include beef tartare, duck breast, rack of lamb, and a Snickers crumble.

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

Nothing prepares you for a night of celebrating quite like the satisfying Italian fare at Bibiana. The three course menu ($50) or four course menu ($85) features enticing options as roasted bone marrow, ricotta dumplings, suckling pig, and black bass.

Blue Duck Tavern

Dress up for a night on the town at one of the city’s best hotel restaurants. Blue Duck Tavern will be serving a four-course menu made up of the chef’s market selections along with a champagne toast for $120. All diners need to continue the celebration is to head to their lounge for a $185 premium open bar that includes small plates, a champagne toast, and dessert.

Bombay Club

Dine in style by the White House at Bombay Club, which is offering two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The first seating includes a three-course menu for $50 while the second seating includes the same three courses and a midnight champagne toast for $75.


Do you miss Citronelle? Don’t we all. For one night only, Chef Michel Richard and Chef David Deshaies are recreating Citronelle’s cuisine for the sake of auld lang syne. On New Year’s Eve the Citronelle-At-Central celebration includes two seatings, with two exquisite menus and optional wine pairings. For the early birds, theatregoers, and party hoppers who want to begin the night with champagne and caviar, a $55 three-course menu is available 5-6:30pm, and designed to get you to the show on time. A $25 optional wine pairing may be enjoyed. The Citronelle-At-Central $105 five-course haute tasting menu reservations are available from 7-11 p.m. There’s an optional five-course French wine pairing for $75.


Japanese stunner Daikaya in Penn Quarter is offering an array of small plates from their regular menu and a glass of champagne for $75. If you’re looking to be the star of the show this New Year’s Eve, head downstairs for soul-satisfying ramen and karaoke at 10 pm.

Et Voila

Have a quiet New Year’s Eve at the cozy Belgian favorite Et Voila in Palisades. Specials include veal sweetbreads, duck breast, and lobster cocktail. New Year’s Eve dinner is served from 5 to 10 pm.

Flight Wine Bar

Fellow wine aficionados will love the New Year’s Eve dinner at Flight Wine Bar. The four-course menu will feature menu favorites and dishes special for the evening. Wine pairings are available for the dinner for an additional $45.

Jackson 20

Arlington residents should plan on spending New Year’s Eve at Jackson 20’s Shine n Swine dinner. The resto will have 14 pig dishes and live bluegrass music. Five types of barrel-aged moonshine and three specialty cocktails will satisfy all your drinking needs.


Spend your evening at Capitol Hill’s Lavagna for both dinner and the ball drop. The restaurant will have a four-course menu of Italian fare for $45 followed by an open bar after party, also for $45.

Lupo Verde

The bustling Italian restaurant on 14th street has two dining options on New Year’s Eve. Guests can order five items of the regular menu or a set six-course menu with a champagne toast, both for $95. This is a perfect choice for those looking to hit one of the many areas bars before midnight.


Georgetown’s Peruvian favorite Mio is your best bet if you’re looking for something beyond traditional holiday fare. The $85 menu features a roasted pumpkin cappucino, lobster bisque, and braised osso bucco. If you already have dinner plans, Mio will be celebrating from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a DJ and a midnight champagne toast for $35.

nopa Kitchen + Bar

Penn Quarter’s nopa Kitchen + Bar boasts American brasserie fare from their a la carte menu a three-course prix fixe menu for $75. The set course menu will also score you a comp’ed glass of bubbly.


Skip the crowded Adams Morgan bars for dinner at Perry’s serving Japanese cuisine and sushi. $57 will get you a four-course menu and a champagne toast. Head back the next morning to re-start the party at their New Year’s Day drag brunch.

Rasika and Rasika West End

Treat yourself to some of the country’s best Indian cuisine this New Year’s Eve at famed Rasika and Rasika West Ent. Guests can celebrate over a three-course menu for $55 ($85 with wine pairings) or a four course menu for $85 ($125 with wine pairings).


Ring in the New Year at Cleveland Park’s Ripple which is offering a four-course and five-course menu options. Guests can enjoy the bar, which is open all night, along with a free champagne toast.

Second State

Dupont Circle newcomer Second State will be serving a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner from 5 to 1 am. For $69.99, diners will enjoy clam chowder, their famous pierogies, braised short ribs, stout brownies, all with an unlimited open bar.

Ulah Bistro

We can’t refuse a complimentary bottle of champagne at dinner. U Street’s Ulah Bistro is offering a bottle of champs for toasting along with a 3-course menu with options including roasted quail, dry aged prime rib, and hazelnut-chocolate mousse for $100.


Keep this New’s Year Eve light on your wallet at Dupont Circle’s Urbana. The subterranean gem is offering $10 glasses of champagne, $5 pizzas, and $1 oysters.


9:30 Club

Local band Clutch will playing old and new selections at our favorite concert venue this New Year’s Eve. $55 will get you admission to the show and complimentary champagne.

Arena Stage

Walk the red carpet and strike a pose at the Project NYE DC Red Carpet Affair at Arena Stage. Enjoy the DJ’s selections and gourmet dinner buffets for $135.

International Spy Gala

The Washington Plaza hotel is throwing an all-inclusive party with music, mock gambling, and balloon drops. Reserve a room for the night in case you have too much fun.


U Street Corridor revelers will have the perfect night at Marvin’s open bar party for $15. Partiers who join for dinner before partying can choose from three specials and gain free entry to the celebration.

National Harbor

The Gaylord Resort and Hotel at National Harbor is hosting the Big Night DC’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. The over the top party will have 15 themed party rooms, five dance floors, and music from multiple DJs.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Enjoy dinner at this classic D.C. restaurant before their $99 New Year’s Eve party which includes music, a premium open bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Guests can dance the night away before a midnight balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast.

The W Hotel: Pinea and POV

Take care of your dinner and party plans with the W Hotel’s Pinea and POV party package for $135. Your night will begin with a four-course dinner with newcomer Pinea and continues with a celebration with a view at the POV lounge.

The Gibson

Get in your best costume for The Gibson’s “Mad Max-querade” party. For $125, guest will get a premium open bar, food, and music and burlesque entertainment. As an added bonus, the dreamy patio will be open and heated.

The Hamilton

Dance the night away at The Hamilton’s New Year’s Eve show featuring pop/rock band the Old 97’s. Tickets include a gumbo dinner and champagne toast. In the Hamilton Loft, the country 19th Street Band , which has performed with the likes of Rascal Flatts, will be playing with a $10 cover charge and cash bar.


Expand your champagne palate this New Year’s Eve at Zentan’s sparkling sake pop-up bar. The bar opens at 6:30 and runs until the bubbly is gone.






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