2010: A Space Fantasy at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
The galactic-fantasy theme of this Brightest Young Things event includes sparkle-motion dance floors, moon bounces, and laser tag in the parking garage—and the price is good, too. A $45 ticket gets you access to the open bar, and there’s a slew of DJs and crews, including Fatback, AutoRock, Shea Van Horn, and DJ Rad. Food is an additional $10, and those under 21 and non-drinkers can get in for $30. A limited number of hotel rooms can be reserved for $89. Click here for tickets.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Big Night DC’s annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, features 15 themed party areas, five dance floors, live music and DJs, food, and party favors. Tickets are $139.99 to $189.99, and discounted hotel rooms start at $159 per night. 9 PM to 3 AM.
Inner Caucus New Year’s Eve Gala
Four rooms at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel will host six DJs and music ranging from African beats and calypso to neo-soul. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets to the gala, sponsored by the DC entertainment company Inner Caucus and WHUR 96.3 FM, are $65 before Christmas, $70 after Christmas, and $75 on December 31. For discounted room rates ($139, with checkout the next day at 2 PM), call 800-635-5065 and ask for the Inner Caucus New Year’s Eve rate.
Licensed to Thrill Thunderball at the Washington Plaza Hotel
Vintage-suave is key at Euronet International’s James Bond-themed New Year’s bash, where you can sip a martini from the open bar while mingling with Bond girls and a Sean Connery look-alike. Themed dinner buffets and decor will evoke Bond-esque locations: Montenegro, England, Istanbul, and Iceland are all represented. For those without a midnight date, a singles “alter-ego” mixer will be held from 9:30 to 10:30. General admission $135 to $159, VIP $189 to $225, and Presidential $275 to $350—prices will increase as the event nears. Tickets are available online. The party starts at 6:45 for VIP and Presidential ticket holders and at 9:30 for regular-admission guests.
Celebrate at the Willard’s New Year’s Gala, where nine themes explore the music of the past century, from 1920s speakeasys through ’50s salsa, ’60s reggae, and a Times Square experience in the 21st century. The night includes bands and DJs, karaoke, a balloon drop, mock gambling, buffets, and a top-shelf open bar. Tickets are $179, and some hotel rooms, normally $400, are $199. The dress code is black-tie preferred.
Passport to the World Gala: Cities of Virtue and Vice
Merengue and salsa music (Rio de Janeiro), waltz lessons (Vienna), Bollywood hits (India), an R-rated comedian (Amsterdam), and four-minute dating (Venice) round out the international lineup at this gala, hosted by Professionals in the City. Black-tie attire is optional, and your ticket ($99) also includes a dessert buffet and open bar. A VIP option ($129) includes dinner. The party, held at the Hilton Washington, runs from 10:30 PM to 2 AM; it starts at 9 for VIP guests. Rooms at the Hilton are $149.
2010 Party in the Empress Lounge on New Year’s Eve
The Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave., SW; 202-787-6868) is offering New Year’s Eve packages for couples, with hors d’oeuvres and confections for two, a bottle of Champagne, party favors, and music by vocalists Sharon Clark, Dick Smith, and Nicki Parrott. The package with premium lounge seating is $240 per couple; with reserved seating in the rotunda, it’s $190. 9 PM to 1 AM.
New Year’s Eve Packages at the Park Hyatt Washington and Blue Duck Tavern
At the Park Hyatt Washington and Blue Duck Tavern, the New Year’s party includes a premium open bar from 9 PM to 2 AM, international music by DJ Neekola, and cigars and drinks on the heated terrace. Tapas are available from 10 until midnight, when a balloon drop, Champagne toast, and chocolates will ring in the new year. Admission, including drinks, is $140 per person. If you’d like to stay the night, there’s a package for $565 that includes admission to the party, a Parke Deluxe room, and valet parking. The packages can’t be booked online—call 202-419-6687 or e-mail.
New Year’s Eve Grand Ball Thrown by International Club DC
Eight international cities provide the inspiration for the music, dance, and food at this year’s grand ball. Visit Casablanca, Dublin, Havana, Chicago, and Moscow without leaving the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Live bands, an open bar, mock gambling, karaoke, and a dessert buffet are all included. Tickets have three tiers; 10:30 admission tickets are $99. For $169, you’ll receive admission at 9 plus either a three-course meal or a themed buffet. The $219 VIP tickets include admission at 7:30, a Champagne-and-appetizer reception, reserved seating, and a three-course sit-down meal. Click here for tickets. Prices will continue to rise as the event approaches.
New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel: POV Lounge and J&G Steakhouse
The swank W Hotel is throwing parties both upstairs and downstairs. Dinner at the ground-floor J&G Steakhouse will have two seatings; the first, from 5 to 7:30, is à la carte, and the second, from 8 to 9:45, features a five-course prix-fixe menu for $150 per person—and reservations are filling up fast. Call 202-661-2440 to snag a seat. On the menu: tuna tartare, Maine lobster, and filet mignon with soy-caramel sauce, and a trio of desserts. Upstairs, POV will play host to jazz keyboardist Marcus Johnson in the lounge and DJ Oz on the roof. The evening’s decor features art installations by Alex Turco, and the open bar lasts from 8 to 10. At midnight, there’s a Champagne toast, broadcasts from Times Square, and party favors. If you reserve your spot before Christmas Eve, it’s $89; after that, the price goes up to $110. Call 202-661-2455 for reservations.
To participate in both celebrations, there’s a party package for two people starting at $599. The deal includes dinner at J&G, access to the POV party, a one-night hotel stay, couple-oriented favors, and a bottle of Champagne. An extra gift: Checkout isn’t until 2. To book the package, call 202-661-2400.