The decade is almost over. It began with hope and ended with, well, at least you’re alive. Keep the whole aliveness thing going with these 10 options for NYE 2020. Dinners, parties and shows in brand new spaces and open-for-the-last-time places are covered. Have fun! Drink water.
A hotel is a great place to spend NYE because if the party gets too rowdy and you’re too drunk to figure out how to split an Uber, you can always book a room. Allegory (the “secret” bar inside of Eaton DC) is throwing a fancy NYE bash complete with bartenders in tuxedo and all of the killer cocktails you could ever want. Throw on your best frock and show up early for fancy snacks, then fill your body with champagne while you dance to the jam band Pure Garbage. I’m calling it now, this is going to be one of the best dressed parties in the city. Tickets are $150 per person.
D.C.’s most popular band is a 90s tribute band. They’re so popular they’re playing D.C.’s biggest music venue that isn’t an arena or outdoors on the biggest party night of the year. White Ford Bronco, D.C.’s all 90s band that seems to sell out every show regardless of venue, will help usher in the new decade playing songs from two to three (depending on the time of the night) decades past.
The 14th St venue hosts their annual NYE Ball with Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra. This is definitely the most affordable concert option that includes an orchestra.
This over the top New Year’s Eve dinner is perfect for the person who wants to be in bed by 11:30, but wants to feel like they did it up. The beautiful Bresca is serving a multi-course meal filled with luxurious options like caviar, foie gras, dungeness crab, wagyu beef and so much more. Spring for the wine pairing (or spend your night sipping their complex cocktails), and you’ll be able to kick 2020 off with the best post-meal sleep of your life. Tickets are $115 per person.
For those of you who don’t care about coursed meals or snacks or cocktails with more than three ingredients, those of you who want to put on some wild clothes and spend your entire night dancing, Culture House DC has your back with the ultimate theme party. Their Studio 54 themed party is taking over the old Blind Whino space and transforming it into what sounds like a disco wonderland, complete with era appropraite tunes. 2020 hasn’t even happened and we’re already over the Roaring ’20s parties. If you’re going to go back in time, you could do far worse than the 70s. Tickets are $90-$100 per person.
Ending your year at one of the hottest new restaurants in D.C. is a good move. Emilie’s has been getting rave reviews for Chef Kevin Tien’s huge shareable platters, as well as his menagerie of dips and spreads. For New Year’s Eve, Tien is teaming up with four local chefs (including Tim Ma, Demetri Mechelis, Johanna Hellrigl and Mathew Ramsey) to create the ultimate dinner party. You can expect a bounty of dumplings, burgers, donuts and Colombian coconut rice, as well as a raw bar (with an aioli station) and unlimited drinks. Forget about champagne, ring the new year in with an uni toast. Tickets are $120 per person.
Opening on New Year’s Eve, Kitsuen will be a ramen bar on H Street. It’s partially owned by Pusha T. If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant or known someone that worked in a restaurant or ate at a restaurant once, you know openings are tough. Holidays are tough. New Year’s Eve is the toughest holiday. So, good luck Pusha T! And good luck to the potential line cooks, waitresses, and bussers currently applying for jobs via the call for workers on the Kitsuen site, the only thing currently on the Kitsuen home page.
One of the best meals I’ve enjoyed in 2019 was the family meal at Mintwood Place. A longtime personal happy hour favorite, the Adams Morgan restaurant has maintained its quality through the years with, new as of 2017, Chef de Cuisine Matthew Cockrell. Whether you’re looking for something you’ve enjoyed for the entire decade or want to try something new on their New Year’s Eve Specials menu, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better neighborhood restaurant option.
If you’re less of a bubbles and more of a beer person, you’ll want to head straight to Roofer’s Beer Geek New Year’s Eve party. Their heated roof will be jam packed with local beer options, as well as some selections from their very own cellar collection, making this the best place to get wild on some interesting brews. If you want to take a break for food (or mix up your booze) Chef Jenn Flynn will be whipping up sausages, fried chicken and other Roofers favorites all night long, plus the bar will be stocked with spirits (including Cotton & Reed’s rum). Kick back with your favorite brew, take a bite of a good sausage and soak in the view of 18th Street below. Tickets are $100 per person, but will increase soon.
Say goodbye to the decade the final night Satellite Room is open. Drink a boozy milkshake, eat some tots and start looking for a new place to go before and after 9:30 Club shows.