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Happy 2016! It’s going to be great! Hopefully! Ultimately it’s up to you, we’re just here to help.

Whether you’re looking to party, eat or dance, we got you covered. If you’re looking to party, eat and dance in one night, slow down. Let’s just focus one one thing at a time.

As of this posting, tickets remain for all of the following. This will change by Christmas. Start planning.


Grandiose New Year’s Eve @ The Great Room at The W

The them is beautiful because this is the LAST NIGHT of 2015 and damn it you have to look your best. It’s not called the Great Room for nothing! What are you getting? Glad you asked. Complimentary passed hors d’ouevres, complimentary midnight champagne toast, complimentary NYE party favors oh and ALL THE DANCING YOU CAN HANDLE. It’s semi-formal but come on…get fully formal.

New Year’s Eve Winter Wonderland @ Poste

Your intimate NYE bash will not involve ice sculpture. Or an ice luge. Or firepits. Poste’s will. The all inclusive $120 ticket also includes an open bar (obviously), a seafood buffet and live entertainment. If you do this one right, you’ll spend the night in a Hotel Monaco room. Plus, the first 100 purchasers to use the code ‘BYT’ get $20.



This is the party for the person that loves good DJs, but also loves drinking a lot on H Street. We’ll recommend any event that features Mathias or James Nasty and this one has both! Both floors will have DJs, a photo booth will be available from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and your ticket price includes an open bar.

Maketto New Year’s Eve

We’re putting this in our parties section rather than dinners because it’s all inclusive (which means your drinks are covered), features Chinese Dragon Dancers and has a pizza toast at midnight. Pizza = Party. The $90 ticket also includes pork steamed buns, Taiwanese fried chicken, Cambodian chicken wings and more things you like from Erik Bruner-Yang.

Bar Dupont

We like the drinks at Bar Dupont. We also like their staff. They’re very friendly and knowledgeable and not what you think of when you think of a hotel bar. Their NYE party will have a Mad Men-style theme with specialty cocktails, cigar rollers DJs and more of what you’d expect on the holiday. But the reason why it’s on this list is it’s location. Bar Dupont gives you a great view of Dupont Circle. NYE is second only to Halloween for people watching. If you want to see a trainwreck from a safe distance with the option of a hotel room, this is your best option.


New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball @ Red Derby

No cover, $4 champagne, New Year’s Eve punch, tiaras, masks and more at a neighborhood bar. If you’d rather stay in a neighborhood than head downtown, care more about keeping old friends than impressing new ones or just want to keep it low key, go to Derby.

If you’re looking for other non-douchey options for NYE, check out our Least Douchey Bars in D.C. feature. The Derby made it on the inaugural edition.



St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Trouble Funk @ 9:30 Club

The best show to ring in 2016. Headliners St. Paul and The Broken Bones bring the positivity, energy and lack of professional dancing that makes you want to dance. Trouble Funk is a D.C. institution. The 9:30 Club is an institution. It’s our #1 pick for three solid reasons.

Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball with Peaches O’Dell & Her Orchestra

The second best show to ring in 2016. The Black Cat regularly has Peaches O’Dell usher in a new year like it’s 1940. If you want to feel connected to the past but not pay an outrageous price for a tall boy of PBR, go to Black Cat.

Just Another New Year’s Eve with Nadastrom, Tittsworth, Ken Lazee @ U Hall

The billing says it all (We realize this is a stupid thing to write because that’s how words work but just hear us out). It’s another night at U Hall. Three regulars will be DJing for a non-NYE cover. No advance tickets, nothing special. From the venue’s site: No champagne toast at midnight, no balloon drop and no cheesy decor.

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Dirty Bourbon River Show @ The Hamilton

Bradley is very popular right now due to his cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes”. If you’ve paid any attention to the soul revival of the last decade, he’s already been on your radar. We have a problem with him because he covered Nirvana’s “Stay Away” in 2011 for a SPIN 20th anniversary of Nevermind compilation and he didn’t sing the most important line (“God is gay”) but no one else cares about this. No one. Why cover a song that has a line you won’t sing? Most songs on Nevermind don’t cover god so why not take on one of those? Whatever. This is still a good option.

Chaka Kahn @ The Kennedy Center

It’s Chaka Kahn at The Kennedy Center.

Chaka, Chaka, Chaka, Chaka Khan.
Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan.
Chaka Khan, let me rock you.
Let me rock you, Chaka Khan.
Let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do.
Chaka Khan, let me rock you.

Bathtub NYE Extravaganza featuring Gauche, Hothead, Default Handshake, Snail Mail, Governess

Bathtub Republic has a new home. Let’s make sure it thrives as much as their old home. So be cool. This is a house show. We’re recommending a house show on NYE. Please, treat it like a house show that isn’t on the drunkest night of the year.


Compass Rose

We recently checked out the new Bedouin Tent room at Compass Rose. It’s a great, private dining experience specializing in Moroccan food. If you’re not available to get a seat on the holiday, try again. It’s ideal for special occasions. The rest of Compass Rose is good for whenever you want a night out near 14th.

NYE at Compass Rose will have seatins at 5, 7 and 9, allowing parties to get the hell off of 14th by midnight or a chance to embrace the chaos.


Roofers Union

We’ve been raving about Roofers Union since it opened and we don’t see us stopping in 2016. Their party/dinner includes their house-made sausages, which we especially recommend during happy hour, 10 craft beers from local breweries and a performance from BYT’s Jonny Grave.

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If you’d rather have a Japanese-style New Year Eve’s than a sausage filled one, we recommend Zentan. Chef Yo Matsuzaki will be serving kimchee inaniwa udon served with spicy cod fish roe and oden, a winter dish topped with napa cabbage, foie gras and slow braised daikon.



A new year means new resolutions and losing weight is at the top of most lists. Italian food is not diet food. The 11th St. restaurant is offering two prix fixe dinner seatings, at 6 and 9, that include beef tartare tostada, handmade gnocchi, sea scallops and more. If you’re more interested in bubbly, there’s a “Class with a Glass” party that includes two open bars and bottomless champagne.


Any Jose Andres restaurant is good for NYE. This one happens to have a few tables still available. NYE is a good night for groups and tapas is one of the best foods for large groups. The restaurant is also featuring their Feliz Año cocktail with fresh clementine syrup, rum and orange bitters. The drink is refreshing and easily drinkable. If you want to drink delicious drinks rather than champagne and eat things like Gambas al Ajillo and surf and turf rice with lobster and sausage, head to Chinatown.


Daikaya Izakaya

By the time you read this Jaleo might already be booked. Another solid Chinatown option is Izakaya. For the second year they’re offering tasting menus from 5 to 8 p.m. at $50 and 8:30 to 10 p.m. for $80. The menu features a 7-course prix fixe. One of the nice problems about eating at Izakaya is choosing what to order. This takes the guesswork out of it and allows you to sit back and drink champagne rather than guess at what sake might taste good.