27 Dec 2010

New Year's Eve on the Hill

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I know that New Year’s Eve is far from everyone’s favorite holiday. I myself am not much of a fan, despite being lucky enough to have had a run of really excellent NYEs the last few years. But, there’s nothing I hate more than spending a lot of money to have a really bad time – especially one with people stacked 4 deep at the bar, waiting to get Dixie cup sized, watered down drinks.

Fear not, Capitol Hill. Many of our favorite watering holes are having New Year’s Eve celebrations! Here’s my round up – feel free to add your own in the comments!

As the Argonaut prepares to fully reopen (YAY!) they will be open for New Year’s Eve. According to their website, at 9pm, DJ P Vo will be with us to help us ring in the new year. Champagne toast at midnight, too!

The Rock n’ Roll Hotel is – of course – throwing the hugest bash on H Street with ten djs on two floors and a live performance by Rattler. (For an review of their last insane Hotel show, check out BYT) You can get all the details and buy tickets on the Hotel’s website. (This event is sold out, but it’s possible you could get lucky showing up the day of.)

Little Miss Whiskeys and Jimmy Valentines will have a bunch of djs spinning at both bars and Diageo is sponsoring a Safe Ride shuttle exclusive to their parties that will run a steady roundtrip between the bars with drop-offs at Union Station beginning at 12:30 AM.  Open Bar Ticket (no exclusions) w/ access to both bars is $90, access to one bar or the other is $25. Tickets are available online here.

The H Street Country Club is offering two options. The first is a special dinner menu. The second is a party downstairs that features open bar from 9pm – 2am and adult piñatas (I’m afraid to ask…). Reservations are required for both events, and can be obtained online from the Country Club’s website.

I think the Hill is Home has unofficially adopted Wisdom as its home field, if you will. I feel like most of my recent nights out with my fellow bloggers have been sipping cider/gin/Cynar & soda in the cozy spot on Pennsylvania Avenue. For New Year’s Wisdom will be hosting a Mad Men themed party, with episodes on the big screen and specials on Old Fashioneds and Gin Martinis until 9pm. And, of course, there’s no cover and you may run into a THIHer or two! Keeping in the Wisdom family, Fruit Bat on H Street will also be open, and you can get a sneak peek at the yet-to-open Church and State upstairs.

The Pour House will have open bar, food, champagne toast, DJ, favors and more starting at 9pm. Tickets are $70 call open bar and $100 top shelf. You can buy tickets online here. The 18th Amendment is having the exact same deal, so if that’s more your cup of tea, buy your tickets here.

Of course, a lot of bars not mentioned here are open too – I know Tunnicliff’s was packed last year. These are just my picks for the night – add yours in the comments! Happy New Year!

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  • JL

    Any suggestions for family friendly New Year’s eve activities?

  • There’s the Family Room, which is from 3-8, $10 per adult $5 per kid (Special Member Pricing); Food, fun and music. Countdown and toast to the New Year @ 6.

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