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Where to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve in D.C.

Where to go out for a fabulous feast, Champagne toast, or plan a takeout meal

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New Year’s is a time to reflect on all that’s happened over the past year and set ambitious goals for what’s to come. So, why not do that over a meal prepared by some of Washington’s best eateries?

Spots across the District have carefully curated menus and experiences for parties of all sizes. Whether looking for a cozy dinner for two with a quiet Champagne toast or a larger gathering with live music, check out the spots ahead and plan the perfect 2023 send-off.

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Baby Shank

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U Street’s sushi-centric newcomer plans to offer a $65 four-course menu, and its Dupont sibling Le DeSales plans to serve its regular menu with NYE specials sprinkled in.

L'Ardente

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L’Ardente is celebrating the end of 2023 with a New Year’s Eve truffle extravaganza, an all-inclusive menu for four playfully priced at $2,024. Because of the menu’s exclusivity, reservations are limited and seatings will take place at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. only. You have until December 21 to reserve and pricing for the five-course menu includes wine pairings, service fees, and taxes. L’Ardente’s a la carte dinner menu will also be available for those who book a regular table that evening.

Love, Makoto

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Opt for a night in on the 31st and take advantage of Love, Makoto’s Home for the Holidays Sushi Box. The package features two pieces each of premium nigiri, with an additional option to add a toshikoshi soba box with homemade noodles, shrimp, broth and condiments. Toast to 2024 with bottles of sparkling sake or champagne, which can also be added to any order. The box can be picked up at Love on the Run, their fast-casual concept, at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. December 30 and 31 and ordering ends December 23.

Boundary Stone

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Bid farewell to 2023 at Boundary Stone with an extended happy hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stay past that for a night of live music that’ll keep the party lively well after midnight. No ticket necessary, but reservations are encouraged.

Nobu Washington D.C.

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The West End sushi mainstay is celebrating with a special omakase menu and DJ. Priced at $210 per person, the omakase menu is available from 5 to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with live entertainment scheduled for 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Reservations are available via OpenTable. For those looking to celebrate the holiday at home, Nobu will offer takeout packages via Tock beginning December 12 (pickup is available on December 30 and New Year’s Eve). 

Café Riggs

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Ring in the New Year at Café Riggs while listening to one of D.C.’s favorite swing bands. Featured dishes include poached Dover sole with smoked mussels, baby leeks and beef tenderloin with foie torchon, pavé potato, and port jus. After-dinner entertainment includes a countdown to midnight with martinis, canapés, live music and a Champagne toast. Downstairs, Silver Lyan is throwing what they call a “Super Prom.” For $160 per person, guests can experience a grown-up prom with buckets of Champagne, punch, and tiaras. DJ Trev Ski will be spinning old-school hits. In addition to tickets, a small number of tables will be available to reserve for $250 per person.

Philippe Chow

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with one of Philippe Chow’s three festive menu options. The “Culinary Experience” for $175 per person includes a 16-course dinner while the “Golden Celebration” retails for $250 per person and includes a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut. The priciest “Platinum Celebration” costs $325 per person and includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé.

Casa Teresa

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Casa Teresa, the new Spanish hotspot from chef Rubén García, will offer a festive, family-style New Year’s Eve experience priced at $175 per diner. Expect spirited Spanish traditions such as las doce uvas de la suerte, “the twelve grapes of luck” — eating a grape every time (12 total) until the clock bell strikes at midnight. A decadent menu of oysters, caviar, whole fish, bogavante, and bone-in ribeye will be offered, along with live music, party favors, and of course, porrón. A pared-down version of the experience will be available all day on Saturday, December 30 for $155 a person.

The Darcy

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Guests can ring in 2024 at Gerrard Street Kitchen with menu items including foie gras roulade, filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes, citrus risotto with roasted cauliflower, and Grand Mariner chocolate-covered strawberries. Seatings start at 5 p.m. at $79 a person.

Viceroy Washington DC

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Arrive to Dovetail hungry for a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $129 a person. Menu items include an ounce of Royal Ossetra Petrossian caviar with accompaniments; petit filet mignon; Maine lobster tail with asparagus; Shenandoah braised lamb; cotechino sausage ravioli; braised lentils with spinach pine nut praline; and for dessert, dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline. There’s an a la carte menu for children and the full menu is also available to go. Book reservations here.

Union Pub

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Union Pub’s Capitol Hill New Year’s Eve Formal Kegger will include six hours of all-you-can-drink, self-serve keg beer, select spirits, house wine, and Capitol Hill-themed cocktails, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., on December 31. A “Pub Grub” buffet (think tater tots, sliders, mini corn dogs, wings) will also be available, as well as a bubbly toast at midnight. While it’s a kegger, it’s also “formal” — so guests are encouraged to don their best black (or white) tie attire, and tuxedo T-shirts are also acceptable. Tickets are $100 and $150 at the door. The party also marks the unofficial start of Union Pub’s 2024 presidential campaign, when the nonpartisan pub will once again be “running for president” as it did briefly in 2020. Look for events and parties throughout the year to celebrate campaign season.

Union Pub’s “Formal Kegger” is back this NYE.
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The Brighton

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It’s a Great Gatsby kind of New Year’s Eve at the Wharf’s waterfront mainstay from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Each $120 VIP ticket includes a top-shelf open bar and buffet until midnight, with access to its second-floor balcony bar. Expect a photo booth, games, and prizes like gift cards, with views of NYC’s live-stream ball drop on its giant wall projection screen. A $15 general admission ticket includes discounted cocktails, beers, and sparking wine, with a complimentary Champs toast at midnight for all. Music by DJ Thrill. Tickets here.

Brighton gets into the Great Gatsby spirit for NYE.
Brighton

El Presidente

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What better evening than New Year’s Eve to explore the many scenic rooms of Union Market’s neo-retro Mexican restaurant. El Presidente will be open for regular service and they promise live music and entertainment. Reservations are available here.

Morris American Bar

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Morris American Bar has caught a case of disco fever this New Year’s Eve. Its soiree will feature a DJ, premium open bar until midnight, and heavy passed appetizers from 10 p.m until 12 a.m. To match the decor of disco balls and groovy sounds, guests are encouraged to don their finest bell bottoms or sparkly dresses for the occasion. Tickets begin at $100, available here.

Ciel Social Club

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Bied adieu to 2023 with near-360-degree views of the city as Ciel throws a New Year’s Eve bash to remember. Beginning at 9 p.m., enjoy celestial, glamorous decor, a live DJ, passed heavy appetizers, and a premium open bar for two hours. Tickets are $150 per person and table packages are available in addition to hotel room packages at the AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

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Make Smokecraft the spot to be for high-end BBQ on New Year’s Eve. DJ Tim Nice will be emceeing Fire & Ice party and tickets include a premium open bar from 8 p.m. until midnight, a barbecue buffet and passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast, and a $25 gift card to use in 2024. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased here.

Omakase @ Barracks Row

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At the newly opened omakase at Barracks Row, chef Ricky Wang will offer two seatings on New Year’s Eve, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The impressive 21-course experience features ingredients like abalone, foie gras, and Japanese hairy crab. Both seatings include a sake tasting and the second seating will include bubbles at midnight. The dinner is priced at $350, plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations via Resy here.

Caboose Commons

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Laid-back brewery Caboose Commons in Fairfax’s Mosaic District will be featuring live music courtesy of Falling Home. The family-friendly shindig will also be staying open until 1 a.m. with a complimentary toast at midnight. A slimmed down menu will focus on snacks and shareables. No tickets or reservations are required.

Nina May

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Nina May will offer a special menu in honor of the new year available all weekend from Friday until New Year’s Eve on Sunday. The menu is $100 per person and served chef’s choice style. Highlights include smoked leg of lamb raviolo, dry aged prime rib, and smoked chimney rainbow trout filet. There’s an optional wine pairing for $45 per person. For those desiring to celebrate at home, Nina May will also offer a special three-course take out option for on New Year’s Eve for $75 per person, with an additional wine pairing is available for $22 per person. Pickup at available between 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Ring in the new year with Afghan bistro Lapis and its underground vinyl cocktail bar, Lapop. The speakeasy style lounge will have an open bar with specialty cocktails, live jazz, and a midnight Champagne toast. The Lapis kitchen will also serve Afghan bites from the kitchen of chef Shamim Popal. Purchase tickets for $125 here.

Immigrant Food at the Planet Word Museum

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Immigrant Food at Planet Word and The White House will be open on December 31 for a special brunch. Culinary director chef Ben Murray is serving festive dishes including a new Hong Kong-style French toast made with peanut butter, condensed milk, and homemade strawberry jam.

Renowned for its distinctive seasonally-inspired menu, head to Bresca for a New Year’s Eve dinner to bid adieu to 2023. It costs $345 per person and can be reserved here for the dining room or the bar with the last seating at 10 p.m.

Lutèce.

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The Popal Group’s Lutèce is offering a 6-course menu for New Year’s Eve. Executive chef Matt Conroy and executive pastry chef Isabel Coss’ menu will feature grilled Maine lobster (apple kombucha, celery root, sorrel) and a choux bun (hazelnut, gruyère, thyme). They will also have black truffles, caviar, and champagne.

Rasika Penn Quarter and West End will be offering a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $90 per person, $140 with wine pairings, or $165 with sparkling wine pairings. The menu begins with an amuse of rassa wada, beetroot idli and onion uttapam before selecting from an array of starters such as shrimp ghee roast and scallop moilee. Next up is lobster manga, duck chettinad, and pork belly vindaloo with peri-peri paste, potatoes, and pearl onions. Finish with a dessert sampler of chocolate bebinca, saffron pista baba au rhum, and apple gujiya to complete the feast.

Death & Co. D.C.

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Head to Death & Co for a seated cocktail party on New Year’s Eve. This celebration is intended to be a precursor to your evening, so seating starts at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m. Tickets include an open bar of select cocktails, curated for New Year’s Eve along with beer, wine, and bubbles. From 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., the bar in Blagden Alley bar is throwing a more informal bash. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, curated open bar, snacks, and of course, a midnight champagne toast.

Little Blackbird

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Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s latest conception will also offer a variety of specials in addition to the a la carte menu on December 31. Executive chef Ryan Moore’s spread includes duck leg confit with lyonnaise potato, caramelized onion, lardon, crispy potato, blini with Osetra caviar, creme fraîche and chives, as well as beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes and beurre rouge sauce. Little Blackbird will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel

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InterContinental Washington D.C. at the Wharf is helping guests ring in the New Year with a celebratory menu and entertainment at the property’s onsite Dockside Restaurant & Bar. Available until 12:30 a.m., guests can enjoy menu highlights like oysters on the half shell, truffle arancini, and lobster rolls along with the full beverage menu of cocktails, wine, and beer.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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Ring in 2024 at downtown’s seafood standby, where dine-in guests can enjoy a complimentary prosecco toast. The regular menu will also be available for pickup and delivery. Sibling spots Mon Ami Gabi (Bethesda, Reston), Summer House (North Bethesda) and Wildfire (Tysons) are also open all day for takeout and delivery.

Baby Shank

U Street’s sushi-centric newcomer plans to offer a $65 four-course menu, and its Dupont sibling Le DeSales plans to serve its regular menu with NYE specials sprinkled in.

L'Ardente

L’Ardente is celebrating the end of 2023 with a New Year’s Eve truffle extravaganza, an all-inclusive menu for four playfully priced at $2,024. Because of the menu’s exclusivity, reservations are limited and seatings will take place at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. only. You have until December 21 to reserve and pricing for the five-course menu includes wine pairings, service fees, and taxes. L’Ardente’s a la carte dinner menu will also be available for those who book a regular table that evening.

Love, Makoto

Opt for a night in on the 31st and take advantage of Love, Makoto’s Home for the Holidays Sushi Box. The package features two pieces each of premium nigiri, with an additional option to add a toshikoshi soba box with homemade noodles, shrimp, broth and condiments. Toast to 2024 with bottles of sparkling sake or champagne, which can also be added to any order. The box can be picked up at Love on the Run, their fast-casual concept, at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. December 30 and 31 and ordering ends December 23.

Boundary Stone

Bid farewell to 2023 at Boundary Stone with an extended happy hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stay past that for a night of live music that’ll keep the party lively well after midnight. No ticket necessary, but reservations are encouraged.

Nobu Washington D.C.

The West End sushi mainstay is celebrating with a special omakase menu and DJ. Priced at $210 per person, the omakase menu is available from 5 to 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with live entertainment scheduled for 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Reservations are available via OpenTable. For those looking to celebrate the holiday at home, Nobu will offer takeout packages via Tock beginning December 12 (pickup is available on December 30 and New Year’s Eve). 

Café Riggs

Ring in the New Year at Café Riggs while listening to one of D.C.’s favorite swing bands. Featured dishes include poached Dover sole with smoked mussels, baby leeks and beef tenderloin with foie torchon, pavé potato, and port jus. After-dinner entertainment includes a countdown to midnight with martinis, canapés, live music and a Champagne toast. Downstairs, Silver Lyan is throwing what they call a “Super Prom.” For $160 per person, guests can experience a grown-up prom with buckets of Champagne, punch, and tiaras. DJ Trev Ski will be spinning old-school hits. In addition to tickets, a small number of tables will be available to reserve for $250 per person.

Philippe Chow

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with one of Philippe Chow’s three festive menu options. The “Culinary Experience” for $175 per person includes a 16-course dinner while the “Golden Celebration” retails for $250 per person and includes a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut. The priciest “Platinum Celebration” costs $325 per person and includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé.

Casa Teresa

Casa Teresa, the new Spanish hotspot from chef Rubén García, will offer a festive, family-style New Year’s Eve experience priced at $175 per diner. Expect spirited Spanish traditions such as las doce uvas de la suerte, “the twelve grapes of luck” — eating a grape every time (12 total) until the clock bell strikes at midnight. A decadent menu of oysters, caviar, whole fish, bogavante, and bone-in ribeye will be offered, along with live music, party favors, and of course, porrón. A pared-down version of the experience will be available all day on Saturday, December 30 for $155 a person.

The Darcy

Guests can ring in 2024 at Gerrard Street Kitchen with menu items including foie gras roulade, filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes, citrus risotto with roasted cauliflower, and Grand Mariner chocolate-covered strawberries. Seatings start at 5 p.m. at $79 a person.

Viceroy Washington DC

Arrive to Dovetail hungry for a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $129 a person. Menu items include an ounce of Royal Ossetra Petrossian caviar with accompaniments; petit filet mignon; Maine lobster tail with asparagus; Shenandoah braised lamb; cotechino sausage ravioli; braised lentils with spinach pine nut praline; and for dessert, dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline. There’s an a la carte menu for children and the full menu is also available to go. Book reservations here.

Union Pub

Union Pub’s Capitol Hill New Year’s Eve Formal Kegger will include six hours of all-you-can-drink, self-serve keg beer, select spirits, house wine, and Capitol Hill-themed cocktails, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., on December 31. A “Pub Grub” buffet (think tater tots, sliders, mini corn dogs, wings) will also be available, as well as a bubbly toast at midnight. While it’s a kegger, it’s also “formal” — so guests are encouraged to don their best black (or white) tie attire, and tuxedo T-shirts are also acceptable. Tickets are $100 and $150 at the door. The party also marks the unofficial start of Union Pub’s 2024 presidential campaign, when the nonpartisan pub will once again be “running for president” as it did briefly in 2020. Look for events and parties throughout the year to celebrate campaign season.

Union Pub’s “Formal Kegger” is back this NYE.
Union Pub

The Brighton

It’s a Great Gatsby kind of New Year’s Eve at the Wharf’s waterfront mainstay from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Each $120 VIP ticket includes a top-shelf open bar and buffet until midnight, with access to its second-floor balcony bar. Expect a photo booth, games, and prizes like gift cards, with views of NYC’s live-stream ball drop on its giant wall projection screen. A $15 general admission ticket includes discounted cocktails, beers, and sparking wine, with a complimentary Champs toast at midnight for all. Music by DJ Thrill. Tickets here.

Brighton gets into the Great Gatsby spirit for NYE.
Brighton

El Presidente

What better evening than New Year’s Eve to explore the many scenic rooms of Union Market’s neo-retro Mexican restaurant. El Presidente will be open for regular service and they promise live music and entertainment. Reservations are available here.

Morris American Bar

Morris American Bar has caught a case of disco fever this New Year’s Eve. Its soiree will feature a DJ, premium open bar until midnight, and heavy passed appetizers from 10 p.m until 12 a.m. To match the decor of disco balls and groovy sounds, guests are encouraged to don their finest bell bottoms or sparkly dresses for the occasion. Tickets begin at $100, available here.

Ciel Social Club

Bied adieu to 2023 with near-360-degree views of the city as Ciel throws a New Year’s Eve bash to remember. Beginning at 9 p.m., enjoy celestial, glamorous decor, a live DJ, passed heavy appetizers, and a premium open bar for two hours. Tickets are $150 per person and table packages are available in addition to hotel room packages at the AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center.

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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

Make Smokecraft the spot to be for high-end BBQ on New Year’s Eve. DJ Tim Nice will be emceeing Fire & Ice party and tickets include a premium open bar from 8 p.m. until midnight, a barbecue buffet and passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast, and a $25 gift card to use in 2024. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased here.

Omakase @ Barracks Row

At the newly opened omakase at Barracks Row, chef Ricky Wang will offer two seatings on New Year’s Eve, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The impressive 21-course experience features ingredients like abalone, foie gras, and Japanese hairy crab. Both seatings include a sake tasting and the second seating will include bubbles at midnight. The dinner is priced at $350, plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations via Resy here.

Caboose Commons

Laid-back brewery Caboose Commons in Fairfax’s Mosaic District will be featuring live music courtesy of Falling Home. The family-friendly shindig will also be staying open until 1 a.m. with a complimentary toast at midnight. A slimmed down menu will focus on snacks and shareables. No tickets or reservations are required.

Nina May

Nina May will offer a special menu in honor of the new year available all weekend from Friday until New Year’s Eve on Sunday. The menu is $100 per person and served chef’s choice style. Highlights include smoked leg of lamb raviolo, dry aged prime rib, and smoked chimney rainbow trout filet. There’s an optional wine pairing for $45 per person. For those desiring to celebrate at home, Nina May will also offer a special three-course take out option for on New Year’s Eve for $75 per person, with an additional wine pairing is available for $22 per person. Pickup at available between 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Lapis

Ring in the new year with Afghan bistro Lapis and its underground vinyl cocktail bar, Lapop. The speakeasy style lounge will have an open bar with specialty cocktails, live jazz, and a midnight Champagne toast. The Lapis kitchen will also serve Afghan bites from the kitchen of chef Shamim Popal. Purchase tickets for $125 here.

Immigrant Food at the Planet Word Museum

Immigrant Food at Planet Word and The White House will be open on December 31 for a special brunch. Culinary director chef Ben Murray is serving festive dishes including a new Hong Kong-style French toast made with peanut butter, condensed milk, and homemade strawberry jam.

BRESCA

Renowned for its distinctive seasonally-inspired menu, head to Bresca for a New Year’s Eve dinner to bid adieu to 2023. It costs $345 per person and can be reserved here for the dining room or the bar with the last seating at 10 p.m.

Lutèce.

The Popal Group’s Lutèce is offering a 6-course menu for New Year’s Eve. Executive chef Matt Conroy and executive pastry chef Isabel Coss’ menu will feature grilled Maine lobster (apple kombucha, celery root, sorrel) and a choux bun (hazelnut, gruyère, thyme). They will also have black truffles, caviar, and champagne.

Rasika

Rasika Penn Quarter and West End will be offering a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $90 per person, $140 with wine pairings, or $165 with sparkling wine pairings. The menu begins with an amuse of rassa wada, beetroot idli and onion uttapam before selecting from an array of starters such as shrimp ghee roast and scallop moilee. Next up is lobster manga, duck chettinad, and pork belly vindaloo with peri-peri paste, potatoes, and pearl onions. Finish with a dessert sampler of chocolate bebinca, saffron pista baba au rhum, and apple gujiya to complete the feast.

Death & Co. D.C.

Head to Death & Co for a seated cocktail party on New Year’s Eve. This celebration is intended to be a precursor to your evening, so seating starts at 6 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m. Tickets include an open bar of select cocktails, curated for New Year’s Eve along with beer, wine, and bubbles. From 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., the bar in Blagden Alley bar is throwing a more informal bash. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, curated open bar, snacks, and of course, a midnight champagne toast.

Little Blackbird

Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s latest conception will also offer a variety of specials in addition to the a la carte menu on December 31. Executive chef Ryan Moore’s spread includes duck leg confit with lyonnaise potato, caramelized onion, lardon, crispy potato, blini with Osetra caviar, creme fraîche and chives, as well as beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes and beurre rouge sauce. Little Blackbird will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel

InterContinental Washington D.C. at the Wharf is helping guests ring in the New Year with a celebratory menu and entertainment at the property’s onsite Dockside Restaurant & Bar. Available until 12:30 a.m., guests can enjoy menu highlights like oysters on the half shell, truffle arancini, and lobster rolls along with the full beverage menu of cocktails, wine, and beer.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Ring in 2024 at downtown’s seafood standby, where dine-in guests can enjoy a complimentary prosecco toast. The regular menu will also be available for pickup and delivery. Sibling spots Mon Ami Gabi (Bethesda, Reston), Summer House (North Bethesda) and Wildfire (Tysons) are also open all day for takeout and delivery.

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