Sunday, June 3, 2012

PAST: NEW YEAR'S EVE: Here's a list of the "Best Free New Year's Eve Events" in DC, MD & VA on MON, Dec 31st Thanks to The Washington Post Going Out Gurus Going Out Guide for compiling this one!

Thanks to The Washington Post Going Out Gurus and Going out Guide for compiling this list!
Best free New Year's Eve events
posted originally by Fritz Hahn

Having a good time on New Year's Eve doesn't have to cost you at these spots, where you can ring in 2013 without dropping a cent on cover charges, open bars or table minimums.

Note: DC events are organized alphabetically by neighborhood. VA and MD events below.

Adams Morgan

New Year's Eve at Smoke and Barrel - Adams Morgan
The place to be if you have a hankering for tacos, barbecue, whiskey or microbrews.

Columbia Heights/ 11th St

New Year's Eve Silver Screen Ball at Red Derby - Columbia Heights/ upper 14th St
Theme party! "Old Hollywood" - unofficial dress code of "feather boas and top hats"
Swing Music and dancing until midnight, with an eclectic mix of modern tunes afterward
Professional photographer will be taking black-and-white glamour shots
$5 beer-and-a-shot combos available, as usual, on the rooftop deck
$4 champagne cocktails all night, and every table gets its own free bottle of champagne
Free midnight champagne toast

New Year's Eve at El Chucho - Columbia Heights/ 11th St
Nuevo taqueria will be open as usual for folks who want to grab dinner or sit at the bar and sample the Mexican eggnog or spicy holiday ponche

New Year's Eve at Kangaroo Boxing Club - Columbia Heights/ 11th St
Food and drink specials will be offered, nothing too fancy at this local spot

New Year's Eve at Meridian Pint - Columbia Heights/ 11th St
Lower level area offers two dozen draft beers and shuffleboard

New Year's Eve at Room 11 - Columbia Heights / 11th St
The new expanded Room 11 will offer specials on food, sparkling drinks available a la carte
Their outdoor patio - with fire pits-  will be open

Note: this was was not from the post, it was submitted to me directly
Kiss the Year Good Riddens, New Years Eve Bash at The Pinch 
5:00pm - 3:00am
Free, 21+ 
Opens at 5:00pm. Jonny Grave & the Tombstones, hit the downstairs stage at 10:00pm. The Pinch  
3548 14th St, NW 
Metro: Columbia Heights

Dupont Circle, south / Farragut North

New Year's Eve Egalitarian Gala at Science Club - Farragut North/' Dupont Circle, south
Science Club is taking reservations for half of its seats at the Egalitarian Gala, where you can also feel free to just show up, hang out and listen to dance music spun by Nouveau Riche's DJ Nacey without paying a cover.

New Year's Eve at Buffalo Billiards - Dupont Circle, south
It's business as usual at the spacious subterranean pool hall: no cover charge and the usual table rates apply for billiards, shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball and darts.

Note: this was was not from the post, it was submitted to me directly
New Year's Eve Show with Special Agent Galactica and friends!
Galactica's Red Hot and New Year's Eve at Black Fox Lounge
10:00pm - 1:00am show
Free , 21+
Special Agent Galactica is bringing her rocking/jazzy fun filled show to ring in the New Year with special guests: DonMike Mendoza and Regie Cabico of La-Ti-Do, Barbara Papendorp, Kenny Peagler, Steve Synk, Dane Krich and Russwin Francisco.

Black Fox Lounge
1723 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, just a few blocks north on Connecticut, on the right side of the street

Georgia Avenue - Petworth

New Year's Eve at the Blue Banana - Georgia Avenue - Petworth
DJ Heights spins party tunes
Drink specials and a complimentary midnight champagne toast

New Year's Eve at Chez Billy - Georgia Ave - Petworth
The glam multi-roomed bar and restaurant, full of alcoves and balconies, will have jazz provided by Capital Bop, the group of musicians that organizes the popular D.C. Jazz Loft series at Chez Billy and Marvin. The music begins at 8 p.m.; the kitchen will be open until 10.

New Year's Eve at DC Reynolds - Georgia Ave - Petworth
The popular pub will be pouring drinks as usual (buy-one, get-one-free happy hour beers and cocktails until 9 p.m.) with music on the jukebox. The huge backyard patio, heated by lamps, will be open, weather-permitting.

H Street Corridor, NE

New Year's Eve at Atlas Arcade - H St, NE
This bar is filled with '80s and '90s arcade games and features DC Brau

New Year's Eve at Biergarten Haus - H St, NE
Outdoor German style beer garden - tented and heated table and new wood-burning fireplaces

New Year's Eve at the Queen Vic - H St, NE
British pub is swapping the traditional champagne toast for a midnight shot of Jameson
Bar specials include a menu of hot cocktails

New Year's Eve at Boundary Road - H St, NE
Early opening at 5:00pm, serving special cocktails, craft beer and snacks
Projection screen will broadcast events from Times Square,
Bar will serve a champagne toast at midnight


New Year's Eve at 1920dc - Shaw
Happy Hour 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Bottles of bubbly are $20.13 all night
DJs spin old-school and golden-age hip-hop on two floors
Free toast is offered at midnight

U St/ 14th St Corridor

New Year's Eve at Dodge City - U St
DJ spins on the first floor, midnight toast.

New Year's Eve at Nellie's Sports Bar - U St
Extended Happy Hour, til 11:00pm
Midnight champagne toast
DJs will spin on the tented rooftop deck

New Year's Eve at Black Jack and Pearl Dive Oyster Bar - 14th St/ U St
Upstairs, Pearl Dive opens at 6:00pm for all-night drink specials
Enjoy a game of bocce on one of their two indoor courts
DJ spins from 9:00pm - close

New Year's Eve at Cafe Saint-Ex - 14th St/ U St
DJ Neville C of Saint Ex's Brazilian night - a.k.a. Som Records owner Neal Becton - provides the beats in the downstairs Gate 54 Lounge.


New Year's Eve at Galaxy Hut - Arlington
Quirky 22-year-old Clarendon hangout with a new all-vegetarian/vegan menu
Happy Hour 5:00pm - 7:00pm, no other specials and no live music on NYE

New Year's Eve at Odd Bar - Arlington
Early opening with happy hour deals starting at 4:00pm
DJ John John spins from 9:00pm - 2:00am

New Year's Eve at Ri-Ra - Arlington
Irish Pub hosts a 7:00pm champagne toast celebrating the arrival of 2013 in Dublin.
Element K plays at 10:00pm

New Year's Eve at Bar TNT - Arlington
All-night "Nothing Left to Lose" party, Crown Royal-based Nothing Left to Lose punch.

New Year's Eve at Spider Kelly's - Arlington
This bar features shuffleboard tables and even has some couches
DJ will start spinning at 9:30pm

New Year's Eve at Virtue Feed & Grain - Alexandria
Happy hour from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Everyone receives a glass of champagne at midnight

New Year's Eve at PX - Alexandria
The luxe Alexandria cocktail lounge will be open as usual, but with festive champagne cocktails. Reservations are required and available through the bar's website beginning Dec. 17.


New Year's Eve at Quarry House Tavern - Silver Spring
The Ubangis - a fixture on the local garage-rock scene for two decades - play in the the back room at Silver Spring's favorite dive, where the midnight toast will be with the Champagne of Beers instead of fancy bubbly.

New Year's Eve at Jackie's Sidebar - Silver Spring
DJ Drifter spins dance music in the Back Room, an event space with its own bar, all night.

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

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