Friday, December 30, 2016

Last Minute New Year's Eve Plans?

Are you just realizing you haven't finalized your New Year's Eve plans? Here are some local options you might want to consider.

Do you want to go all out?

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

Party like a god at Lore Lounge (Mythology's upstair's brother, 816 H St.) with DJ Double 07, and live streaming of the ball drop in Times Square. They've got multiple options for you. Single tickets will run you $25 or $35 dollars (depending on when you purchase) and that buys you access to an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. That same deal is available for couples at $40 or $60. You could also bring along five friends and spring for the Six is a Perfect Number table deal. The price on that one is $400, but you get everything mentioned about plus a bottle of premium liquor and a bottle of bubbly. Taxes and gratuity are not included. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Little Miss Whiskey's (1104 H St.) hosts DJs Falcons and Promnite for a for a night sure to wind well into the morning. Tickets are $95 for top shelf open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Da Luft (1242 H St.) celebrates New Years eve with an "All Black Affair." So dress up, and enjoy complimentary finger food, a roaming photographer, a champagne toast at midnight, and "many more surprises." General admission tickets go for $20, or opt for a VIP table package ($300-$600).

RedRocks (1348 H St.) plans to keep the celebration going until 4 a.m. with three levels of fun, and DJ Farrah Flosset and friends hard at work. Tickets are $75 ($120 for a couple) and that gets you open bar and a buffet from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The dress code is black tie, but creativity is encouraged.

Maketto (1351 H St.) teams up with Rock Creek Social Club for a New Year's Eve to remember. DJ's Mista Selecta, Mane Squeeze, and Spinser Tracy provide the soundtrack as you enjoy all you care to eat and drink. Champagne and pizza toast at midnight. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $100, and the event description promises "other surprises." Check out the photos from last year for a hint of what the night could hold in store. I'm not entirely sure what they'll be serving, but according to Washingtonian they had Taiwanese fried chicken, pork buns, and delicious Cambodian sandwiches last year. SOLD OUT

General admission tickets for New Year's Eve at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club (1103 Bladensburg Road) are $15, or spring for the open bar version at $75. DJ Soul, V. Coch, Paul Howard, and Arthur J. Hosted by Milk Chocolate City. 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Or would you rather keep it simple with a nice meal?


What better place to bid adieu to 2016 can there be than a restaurant named Fare Well (406 H St.)? Enjoy a four course veggie-based meal with craft cocktail pairings and a prosecco toast. Dinner and drinks for two will set you back $150, or dine in a group of four for $300. Gratuity is not included, but the price does include vintage noise makers and embarrassing hats. Buy tickets based on your seating time. Seating times before 9:00 p.m. are limited to ninety minutes, but diners are welcome to adjourn to the bar following dinner service. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DC Harvest (517 H St.) has a special chef's tasting menu for $59 per person ($30 extra for the optional drink pairing). The menu on on their website under NYE2016. Make reservations on Open Table or by calling 202-629-3296.

The party might be intense upstairs in Lore Lounge, but no tickets are required to enjoy your night downstairs at Mythology (816 H St.). They do encourage reservations for the evening.

There will be no cover charge at Ben's Upstairs (2nd floor, 1001 H St.) for New Year's Eve, but the restaurant will offer special NYE only menu items, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Sally's Middle Name (1320 H St.) keeps it chill, offering dinner service, but calling it a night at 9 p.m. so everyone can make it out to celebrate the closing of 2016.

Masseria (1340 Fourth St.) is doing two seatings for the evening. The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. seating includes four courses for $85 a person, and the second seating ($195 per person) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. features five courses and a complimentary Dom Perignon Champagne toast at midnight. Guests at the second seating are invited to stick around and enjoy the remainder of the night with a DJ to set the mood until 1:30 a.m.

TOTALLY SOLD OUT (as of writing)

Driftwood Kitchen

Rock & Roll Hotel

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