This Week: December 26 – January 1

Happy Boxing Day! We hope your holidays were festive and fabulous. We’ve both been enjoying warm, sunny Florida, but we’ll be back just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations—and there are plenty of them in the District.

But before we look ahead, we take a quick look back at an amazing 2012. Last week, we brought you 2012’s Best and Worst Brunches of the Year. Later this week we’ll publish the Bitches’ Best Bites of 2012. (So if you’re wondering where the best Bloody Mary or Benedict is, stay tuned.) And then we’re on to 2013 – crazy!

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Wednesday, December 26

It’s Boxing Day … or rather, to Americans, the biggest returns day of the year. While you’re in Georgetown, head to Urban Chic or Carine’s Bridal to pick up a hot little New Year’s Eve dress. Mention Bitches and get 20 percent off.

It’s also your last week to catch Zoo Lights at the National Zoo. As animal lovers and Christmas fanatics, we’re thinking it’s a pretty cool way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Photo credit: The 202 Cool

Photo credit: The 202 Cool

Thursday, December 27

Don’t wait until January 1 to start your New Year’s resolution to get back in shape. We all know Washingtonians eat and party a bit more than they gym it. So, start working out now, head to Balance Gym or VIDA Fitness. Both gyms have great New Years specials.

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Friday, December 28

Friday brings a night of live magical and artistic creation by Art Soiree, benefiting Dr. Bear’s Closet of Children’s National Medical Center. Fusing the worlds of arts, culture, and philanthropy into one for the holidays, Art Soiree presents its 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Show. Tickets are $20, or $25 at the door. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Malmaison, 3401 Water Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Saturday, December 29

Cori Sue loves truffles nearly as much as she loves chocolate. So, she’s heartbroken she won’t be back for what is sure to be an amazing dinner. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Ashok Bajaj’s authentic Italian restaurant downtown, is hosting a very special Winter Black Truffle Dinner. Priced at an affordable $60 per person (tax and gratuity not included), Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli has crafted a three-course tasting menu showcasing truffles, which will be available throughout the entire restaurant all evening. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis with capacity for 200 so please call (202) 216-9550. To top off this experience, guests can enjoy carefully chosen Italian wine selected by Bibiana’s Wine Director, Michael King for an additional $40.  Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Sunday, December 30

It’s time for the 17th Annual Night Before New Year’s Eve Party. Given the heavy turnout of years past, the festivities were moved to the larger debauchery-charged depths of U Street Music Hall. Local legend DJ Earl will be spinning his tracks on the sound system that was recently ranked the second-best in the country by Beatport magazine. A $10 contribution at the door will go to support the work of the Washington Humane Society to help more than 30,000 sick, injured, unwanted, and abused animals each year. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend, so we can give the bar a (somewhat) accurate headcount.

Or, if you’re looking for something more relaxing before the storm, head to The Federalist for Sunday Supper. A mere $35 snags you a family-style dinner featuring a whole-roasted pig from Eco-Friendly Foods and an assortment of seasonal side dishes. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to supporting local farms and farmers. For the full schedule of Sunday Suppers, visit the website.

Monday, December 31

Where are you celebrating the New Year? We recommend Policy, Station 4, or SoHo! Or, if you’re looking to get dressed up in your finest cocktail attire, head to The Sphinx Club, where Cori Sue is a co-host of the Georgetown Events soiree.

Head to Policy early for a NYE Pre-Game with a DJ, drink specials, and complimentary cuisine from 8-10 p.m. Then, continue the party with Policy’s DJ and bottle service until 1 a.m. There will be a champagne toast at midnight.

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At Ulah Bistro, the a la carte menu will be served from 5-7 p.m. The second seating from 8 p.m. onwards will feature live jazz, a midnight champagne toast, and Chef Amaro’s four-course menu for $65/person. Or, opt for the $100 dinner ticket which includes the upstairs’ open bar party until 2:30 a.m. Valet parking is available. And, of course, there are vegetarian options for each course.

Also on the docket, SoHo’s New Year’s Eve bash, featuring DJ Gnetixx with no cover and a free champagne toast.

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Tuesday, January 1

Happy New Year! Kick off 2013 right with brunch. Make sure you have your brunch reservations nice and early for the biggest hangover day of the year. On Friday, we’ll bring you a complete guide to the best New Year’s brunches to try.

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