Dear PoPville – Looking for New Years Eve Recommendations

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“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering about ideas for a fun New Years Eve in the district and/or within a few short hours away (i.e. Baltimore, Atlantic City, etc). Despite living in DC for a while, it’ll be my first NYE here.”

Please add your suggestions in the comments – Here’s a few options from some emails:

“Break from tradition, sparklers and bottle service and ring in 2014 with a New Year’s Eve art party. You’ll enjoy awesome music, your own canvas, walls you can paint on and a glitter splashed mid-night champagne toast. Soak it all in as the ArtJamz Dupont Studio is transformed into a rocking art-filled New Year’s art happening filled with partying Picassos, revelling Rothkos and crazy Khalos.

Three packages are available From 10PM until 1AM — Silver $60, Gold $65 and Platinum $70. They each include different sized canvas, 3hrs of studio time, hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, access to a smock, easel and unlimited guidance, paints, glitter, brushes, graffiti markers and other arty materials. ArtJammers have the option to order champagne, wine and beer from the bar a la carte throughout the night or select a 2.5HR Open Bar ADD ON Package for $40 from 1030PM to 1230AM.

ArtJamz Glitter Ball NYE 2014
Date: December 31st, 2013 – January 01, 2014
Time: 10:00PM – 1:00AM
Location: ArtJamz Dupont Studio, 1728 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
Attire: Tuxedo T-shirts and Art Studio Chic (i.e. nice stuff you don’t mind getting paint on)
Contact: [email protected] or call 202-709-8096”


“Mothership is All you can eat & drink party to ring in the new year with 8 beers on tap from 3 Stars Brewing Company and a plethora of passed hors d’oeuvres.
$75 per person.
Reservations 202.629.3034 or [email protected]

DC9:CoalBxx Dance Party (every Friday) will be hosting their NYE event. Details should be up soon.
Tickets should be about $55 / $65dayof with open bar.”


“Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s New Year’s Eve Supper Club at RANGE
– Featuring Live Music from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn –
Table Reservations
– For Parties of 2 or More –
$200 per person excluding tax and gratuity

Supper Club Feast
Never Ending Punch Bowl for the Table
Champagne Toast
* Served Family Style *

General Admission
$175 per person excluding tax and gratuity
Includes: Supper Club Feast and Champagne Toast
Regular Dinner à la carte

“Eric Prydz at Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Rd., NE, Washington, D.C. 202.503.2330.

Echostage is the DMV’s newest and largest concert venue. Still in its opening year, the space has already hosted international music legends such as David Guetta, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and more. World-renowned DJ Eric Prydz, the man behind Sweden’s rise to house music domination, will host his first performance at the new 30,000 plus sq. ft. venue this New Year’s Eve. Doors to the 18+ electronic dance party open at 9:00pm. DC high rollers can reserve a VIP table with bottle service to celebrate the new year in style. General admission tickets are $60.

Mari Vanna DC
1141 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202.783.7777.

The European hotspot is best known for its traditional Russian cuisine, served in a tea-party-meets-grandma’s-house atmosphere. This New Year’s Eve, the popular resto-lounge will offer Washingtonians an array of family-style appetizers and desserts and one entree of their choice. Partygoers will enjoy traditional dishes such as blinis, pirozhki, and beef stroganoff. Reservations start at $150-a-head, including one complimentary 375ml bottle of champagne per diner. Mari Vanna’s in-house accordionist will be on-hand playing classics throughout the night, and the resident DJ will spin at midnight.

1337 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 202.810.2770.

New DC hotspot KABIN – which opened its doors to Washingtonians in June – will host a five-hour premium open bar fete beginning at 10:00pm. NYC-based DJ Jonathan Move will spin the best mash-ups of top 40, dance, and house music in DC’s newest Alpine-inspired lounge. General admission tickets start at $75, but big spenders can customize their own table with a unique New Year’s Eve VIP menu. Tables start at $1,000 and seat 8 people. Partygoers looking to ring in 2014 with a laugh can spend $1,500 for extra beverage offerings and bottle delivery by a costumed Bigfoot.

1101 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 202.955.9001

Downtown restaurant and lounge Barcode will host two four-course-menu dinner seatings this New Year’s Eve, the Early Bird and the Night Cap. Both offerings include one complimentary bottle of champagne for each couple. The Early Bird ($40) begins at 5:00pm and the Night Cap ($60) begins at 7:30pm. Joining friends for the ball drop? Don’t fret. Barcode staff will offer all guests a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight. VIP Tables start at $300 and seat up to six. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $30. Procrastinators can pay $40 for entry at the door.

Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 202.403.4343.

The Bachelor’s Chris Bukowski and the Night Life Agency will team up to host the Hyatt Regency’s first-ever masquerade ball. The five-hour soiree kicks off at 10pm, featuring an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live DJs and party favors. At midnight, the ballroom will release a balloon drop and TVs will live stream the Times Square celebration. Dinner and hotel packages are available. Tickets are $99.”

19 Comment

  • justinbc

    We always do the cocktail party at Columbia Room, but like most NYE plans made this late in the year it’s likely already sold out. It spills over into The Passenger’s festivities with DJ / dancing & excessive heavily poured libations back in the warehouse room behind. We’ll be in LA this year though, so I didn’t bother to see if they were doing it again (one would assume so).

  • NYE is amateur night; it’s all about the $$$. I’m a total party animal and I usually will only go to a house party (at the most). Most likely, this year I’ll stay in with my girlfriend, split a bottle of champagne, and head to bed at 12:15.
    A few friends of mine are renting a cabin for three nights in Shenandoah over New Years. Tons of booze, bringing DJ gear, meats for the grill – sounds perfect.
    If you are going to brave the crowds, my only advice is to pick one spot and don’t move. I’ve spent way too many ball drops looking for parking or waiting in line to get into a bar/club because my friends wanted to “party hop.” Wrong night to do that!

    • Yeah, and don’t count on being able to rely on cabs or Uber to get around. I think the best option, if there are no house parties to go to, is to find a dive bar near your house that is fairly full by 9-10pm and stay put.

      • justinbc

        Definitely make your option walkable, or accessible via Metro at the least (assuming you leave early enough). From the stories I’ve heard of our journey home last year I’m glad it was relatively close.

    • I agree with you 100%. I would avoid the “fancy” events that charge admission, but I guess many are into that sort of thing.

      • Does anyone think part of the question is weird? “I was wondering about ideas for a fun New Years Eve in the district and/or within a few short hours away (i.e. Baltimore, Atlantic City, etc). Despite living in DC for a while, it’ll be my first NYE here.” Do they want to experience a DC NYE or not?

        • justinbc

          To me it sounds like a last minute ditch to get something planned, possibly due to pressure from the significant other.

        • I was assuming “here” meant either DC proper or somewhere in the larger mid-Atlantic region–maybe from an OP who lives in DC but usually is on the west coast or abroad or something for NYE? Either that, or usually just stays in and wants to change it up this year.

  • My advice: go somewhere close to home. It is impossible to get a cab on NYE anywhere in this city.

  • Ring in the new year at home. Take the $$ you would spend on an overpriced meal and party and contribute it to your IRA. The next day you will wake up hangover-free and ha ve a head start on your retirement contribution for the year.

  • WALK to your local wine bar, pub, dive bar
    Hang out with all your neighbors and locals
    WALK home
    A great way to sepnd new years with out a lot of fuss, you support your local places, meet your neighbors and you walk home..easy and fun!!

  • It’s really impossible to answer this question without more details. All we know is they’re looking for something within maybe 5 hours of DC. It would be helpful to know if they’re alone, with a significant other, with a group, how much they’re willing to spend, and what they’re willing to spend it on (food, booze, transportation, hotel, dancing, live music, etc). And depending on the other answers, home location may be relevant too.

  • A couple of years ago, a group of us did this Big Event thing over at the National Harbor and for about $175 each, you got unlimited food and drinks, and there were several different rooms playing several different genres of music. It was a blast, I would look into that.

    • I wasn’t going to say it for fear of being ridiculed, but I always thought the National Harbor would be a fun place to spend NYE.

    • Sounds like a pain in the ass to get home (unless you’re splurging another $300 on a hotel room). Would rather take that money and get out of town for the weekend.

  • DC is littered with places that throw big NYE parties. Embassies, hotels, house parties, bars, and even historic homes. In addition to those posted above, I think there were lists posted on blogs and/or the WaPo last year (not house parties of course) so search for last year’s posts and bet that the same places will be throwing a similar party this year. Lots of variation in dress code, costs, etc. but the experience will usually depend on whether the alcohol is easy to get to and the quality of the company you bring.

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