You have two more weeks to make New Year’s Eve plans. New Year’s Eve is this Sunday! Here are 6 party options, 6 concert options and 6 dinner options that should satisfy. If you follow our 666 suggestions, 2018 should be a little bit better. We promise nothing.
One of the most reliable annual NYE parties. This Rock & Roll Hotel tradition sells out every year and will most likely sell out this year. Good for people that actually live in the city, best if you’re under 40 and live near H St.
MGM National Harbor’s New Year’s Eve Rewind: A Very 80‘s Celebration
If you’re the kind of person that considers going to party in hotel ballroom, just go for it and party in D.C.’s (D.C. adjacent) newest casino.
If you’re looking for something more intimate than Rock & Roll Hotel and way more intimate than MGM, the kind of hidden bar in the back of Black Jack gives you the VIP feel without the douchy VIP feel.
Gatsby Gala @ Josephine Butler Mansion
We’re recommending this one since all proceeds benefit support of homeless and low-income families transitioning to affordable housing. We don’t typically recommend The Great Gatsby related anything. That book does not have a happy ending.
Our favorite new restaurant/distillery/tavern not in D.C., Baltimore’s Rye Street Tavern is massive and is having a massive NYE party. If you’d rather ring in the year not in D.C., we don’t blame you. If you do go to Rye Street Tavern (and you really should, it’s great and worth the drive), just get a hotel. Don’t spend hotel money on a NYE Lyft. Plan ahead.
NYE at Suns Cinema: 2017 Sucks!
BYT’s favorite movie palace occasionally hosts shows and parties. This is where you’ll find us.
Spoon, White Reaper @ 9:30 Club
We’ve raved about Spoon for over a decade (they’ve been around much longer but we haven’t so back off). Obviously this is our #1 pick. Consider attending their December 30 show if NYE concerts seem like a nightmare.
Thievery Corporation, Gogol Bordello, Trouble Funk @ The Anthem
D.C.’s newest massive venue welcomes D.C.’s oldest massive world band. Though it’s NYE, get there early for the openers. Gogol Bordello is the funnest party band next to Andrew W.K. and Trouble Funk represent everything good about go-go.
Thee Phantom and The Illharmonic Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center
A slightly unconventional take on hip-hop, Thee Phantom and The Illharmonic Orchestra take a classical spin on rap. Since this is at the Kennedy Center you have an excuse to wear fancy clothes while enjoying fancy music that’s usually not very fancy.
Speaking of fancy, this annual Black Cat NYE party features Peaches O’Dell and her Orchestra. They perform stuff that swings and jukes and jives and other terms used 90 years ago.
White Ford Bronco @ Lincoln Theatre
D.C.’s most popular local band (the ticket sales are proof) perform the songs from the 90s that are still in your head. You know if this is for you. This is not for you. They will most likely not play Pearl Jam’s “Not For You”.
John Oliver @ Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Another Baltimore pick. John Oliver may be the last male comedian we can still recommend on this site.
Jack Rose is offering four different ways to welcome the new year. We’re recommending the late afternoon/early evening pig roast. Skip the debauchery of an Adams Morgan NYE and enjoy delicious, delicious meats and IPAs. Just typing that last sentence made my cholesterol level jump.
Last year we recommended Compass Rose’s NYE dinner. This year we’re recommending Maydan, the people behind Compass Rose’s newest restaurant, NYE dinner. Trying new cuisine is always a good idea. Trying new things on NYE is difficult. Tying to get a seat at Maydan is also difficult. Do both on one night.
If 2017 taught us anything, it’s José Andrés is a good man that does good things for people around the world. He also makes great food and we’re picking Oyamel not because it’s better than any of his restaurants (BYT staff favorites are barmini/minibar, Oyamel and Zaytinya) but because it’s Mexican cuisine and you know who hates Mexicans.
Another one of our favorite restaurants that opened in 2017. Once again, try something new on NYE.
One of our favorite openings in 2017 that’s low key. They’re offering a two-person prix fixe dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Since they close at 9 p.m., you can go home and welcome 2018 in bed or in a nearby bar. Walk to Looking Glass Lounge or a little bit further to Lyman’s and have a low key toast.
We like Trummer’s on Main but rarely have a reason to recommend going to Clifton, Virginia. NYE is a good reason. They’re offering an Alice in Wonderland inspired menu for two seatings, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. We had a fantastic meal there last December. It’s your last chance to have a fantastic meal there in 2017.