This year, I had hoped to wow my new honey with an amazing New Year’s Eve. We really want to do a “couples” New Year’s Eve but we are so overwhelmed by the multitude of options out there. Here are the top things that we’re considering. For those of you who want to go out (single or coupled up), here’s where you can get the theme party of your dreams to ring in 2014:
Speak easy, it’s the Roaring 20′s
To ring in the New Year, Café Saint-Ex is throwing a Great Gatsby party. Act like one of the nouveau riche, even if you’re not. Remember the evils of Prohibition, when a pitcher of mint juleps was a bold and rare treat to be savored covertly. Be sophisticated, smoke a cigarette in a holder, and sip a gin rickey. A special 3-course menu with a bottle of champagne, will be offered for $65 per couple. The party goes on here until well after midnight. 1847 14th St, NW Washington DC. (202) 265-7839
Redwood in Bethesda will be offering an early bird dinner at $45 for 3-courses plus amuse; $78 3-course dinner, access to the after-party, 2 special cocktails; $56 speakeasy party only featuring live swing band, 2 cocktails, and access through a secret door. Special VIP Kingpin Package includes table for 6 and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot for midnight toasting for $600! 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD. (301) 656-5515
Well, it ain’t no speakeasy, but ChurchKey is tapping those casks like it’s going out of style. There will be a whopping 6 hours of an open bar with 50 drafts, 5 casks, spirits, wine and passed snacks. The live DJ and photobooth will keep you entertained until the champagne toast at midnight. Diners at adjacent Birch & Barley can opt to buy-in to ChurchKey’s party for $75 only by calling (202) 567-2576. 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC.
Jackson 20 in Alexandria will be featuring pre-Prohibition cocktails, music and a menu inspired by the era. Full 20′s era costume encouraged with discounts to reap for those who dress up! 480 King St, Alexandria, VA. (703) 842-2790
For $125, enjoy Great Gatsby on the Potomac at Sequoia in Georgetown, featuring an open bar, gourmet dinner buffet, multiple entertainment areas, party favors, dazzling light displays, elaborate decorations, a massive tented patio and DC’s most lavish midnight celebration! 3000 K St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 944-4200
Dance Your Ass Off
In a tea-party-meets-grandma’s-house atmosphere, Mari Vanna will offer an array of family-style appetizers, and entrée and desserts, 1 complimentary 375ml bottle of champagne, all for $150+. Mari Vanna’s in-house accordionist will be on-hand playing classics throughout the night, and the resident DJ will spin at midnight. 1141 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 783-7777
Bring friends to Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan and prepare to dance to the sounds of a live neo-soul band all all night long with no cover, a midnight champagne toast and party favors ’til close. 2436 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC. (202) 290-2778
A-Town Bar & Grill in Arlington is gear up for a New Year’s Eve celebration with a spread of heavy hors d’ oeuvres available all night long, special guest DJs and signature drinks. The $60 ticket price includes immediate entry with no wait, 5 free drink tickets, midnight Champagne toast, live balloon drop, chef-inspired heavy hors d’oeuvres, 5 bar stations, and party favors. 4100 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA. (703) 528-1110
KABIN will host a 5-hour open bar at 10 pm. DJ Jonathan Move will spin mash-ups of top 40, dance, and house music in DC’s newest Alpine-inspired lounge. General admission tickets start at $75, and tables start at $1,000 for 8 people. Or spend $1,500 for extra beverage offerings and bottle delivery by a costumed Bigfoot?! 1337 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. (202) 810-2770
Bar Pilar is hosting a rockabilly-themed New Year’s Eve party, so slick back your hair, squeeze into those skinny pants and dance to your favorite Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis songs while sipping a gimlet or Tom Collins. Dinner is available until 9 pm, then the party starts at 10 pm. No cover. 1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 265-1751
Pearl Dive Oyster Bar/Black Jack will open at 4 and 5 pm respectively for the evening with no cover charge, and DJ Marvin Lopez, also known as “The Clown Prince,” spinning tunes all evening. 1612 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. (202) 319-1612
Barcode downtown will host 2 4-course-menu dinner seatings, the Early Bird and the Night Cap. Both include 1 complimentary bottle of champagne for each couple. The Early Bird ($40) begins at 5 pm and the Night Cap ($60) begins at 7:30 pm, and includes a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight. VIP Tables start at $300 and seat up to 6. General admission tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door. 1101 17th St., NW, Washington, DC. (202) 955-9001
Look for 3 courses plus amuse at Bearnaise in Capitol Hill; famous French icon-themed cocktails available. Seating times are 5:30 pm $65; 7:30 pm $75; $85 10:00 pm (includes televised ball drop from Times Square). 313 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC. (202) 450-4800
On 14th Street, Policy’s New Year’s Eve celebration will include drink specials until 10 pm, 2014 party favors, and champagne toast at midnight, all for just $20. 1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 387-7654
General admission to The Dupont Circle Hotel’s “White Wonderland Masquerade” includes open bar and access to the outdoor vodka bar all night long, and assorted hors d’oeuvres from 9-11 pm for $125. The $400 General Room Package includes 2 general admission tickets, a Superior guest room, and breakfast for 2 at Café Dupont on January 1. 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC. (202) 483-6000
Nearby in Dupont Circle, masquerade at the Mansion on O Street with a DJ, chocolate fountain, kissing booth, treasure hunt with prizes, glass of champagne for midnight toast, plus big screen TV for ball drop! Featuring a cash bar. Or enjoy a decadent New Year’s Eve dinner before the party for $200 per person for dinner and admission to the party. 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 496-2020
In Capitol Hill, enjoy a 3-course Italian prix-fixe dinner at Sonoma, plus amuse, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and access to the upstairs masquerade party at 8:30 pm for only $75. 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC. (202) 544-8088
Go Sup at the Club
Range in Chevy Chase will be featuring live music from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Supper Club Feast, a “Never Ending” Punch Bowl for the table, and a midnight champagne toast. $175 per person; $200 per person for table reservations for parties of 2 or more. 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC. (202) 803-8020
Adult Dinner Parties
The Capella Washington DC will be flowing in Taittinger Champagne and canapés, followed by an upscale dinner in The Grill Room with lots of chocolate for dessert, live music and a midnight toast with Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. $395 per person, additional beverage pairings $40 per person. 1050 31st St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 617-2400
In Mt. Vernon Triangle, enjoy a whopping 5-course dinner at Tel’Veh Wine Bar for $75. Add $25 for the optional wine pairing. Three seatings: 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. 401 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. (202) 758-2929
Over in the Atlas District, Boundary Road will be serving a 3-course dinner for a mere $45. Add $25 for the optional wine pairing. Call for reservations. No online reservations will be available for New Year’s Eve. 414 H St NE, Washington, DC. (202) 450-3265
Belga Cafe in Capitol Hill will serve 3 courses plus amuse. First seating 5 pm, $69; second seating at 9:15 pm for $114. 514 8th St SE, Washington, DC. (202) 544-0100
On U Street, 1905 Restaurant is ringing in 2014 with a special 3-course prix-fixe menu for $55, plus champagne toast at midnight with music and a cash bar to keep the party going after the final seating at 10:45 pm. 1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 332-1905
Well, H Street Country Club has put dancing and mini golf in the same sentence. For New Year’s Eve, the H Street NE putt-putt paradise will be hosting a small party from 9 pm – 2 am that includes open bar with draft beers, wine, margaritas and rail drinks, plus mini golf, dancing and a champagne toast. Limited tickets are available. $85 at the door. 1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC.
Join a Bourbon Street on 14th Street themed dinner party at Eatonville on 14th Street. Three courses for $39 at first seating at 6:30pm. Four courses, DJ, New Year’s Eve trinkets and a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight for the second seating. 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC. (202) 332-9672
Well, it’s not exactly Mardi Gras, but The Brixton in Shaw wants you to wear “the craziest thing in your closet. Or come as the Cheshire Cat” to their Alice in Wonderland-themed psychadellic bash. There’ll be burlesque on the second floor from 11 pm – 1 am, DJ John Johnson spinning from 10 pm-close on the roof plus a complementary champagne toast at midnight. 901 U St NW, Washington, DC.
Vendetta’s balls will be aglow on H Street when its Mafia Chic Glo-Bocce Bash kicks off with a 5-hour open bar from 9 pm – 2 am featuring prosecco & Peroni drafts, Italian wines by the glass, house cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres like house charcuterie, cheeses, olives, breads and mostarda, plus unlimited glo-bocce games with live DJ entertainment. Suggested attire is Mafia Chic. Limited tickets available. $85 at the door. 1212 H Street NE, Washington, DC. (202) 399-3201
1969-2014. As a child, Kelly was founder and president for life of the “Clean Plate Club.” Later, in college, she ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 6 days straight. Third-generation Washingtonian Kelly caught, cleaned and cooked her own seafood. She saw centers–convention, capital, shopping–rise and fall. And she could probably tell you what restaurant “used to be here,” but she never met the President. This refined (finicky?) fed found the ways and means to fine dine with a good wine.