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.
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.
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve lunch or dinner aboard the Odyssey cruise ship—each meal comes with favors, live entertainment, and Champagne. Lunch, from 12:15 to 2:15, is $48.90 per person. Dinner, from 9 to 12:30, is $199.90 and includes an open bar, a Viennese dessert table, and a chocolate fountain.
National Press Club New Year’s Swing 2010
Big-band music from the ’20s and ’30s, courtesy of Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra, is playing at the National Press Club’s New Year’s soirée, held in its ballroom (529 14th St., NW) from 8 to 1. Press Club members are attending, but the party—along with the special New Year’s menu being served at the downstairs Fourth Estate Restaurant—is open to the public. Tickets, $100 per person, include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and a midnight toast; you’ll also get a 10-percent discount at the Fourth Estate. Reservations can be made online or by calling 202-662-7501; pay in advance.
Party on the Potomac on the Spirit of Washington
Cruise the Potomac and take in the waterfront on the Spirit of Washington cruise ship, where the party includes an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet, a DJ, and party favors. Boarding starts at 8:30; the cruise lasts from 9 to 12:30, and there’s a dockside party until 1. The cruise is $149.90 per person; call 866-302-2469 or click here.
The annual gala at this Arlington venue includes a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres, seven drink tickets, and Champagne, balloons, and party favors at midnight. The Philadelphia-based band Kristen & the Noise will perform, and DJ Lil Fos will spin tunes between sets. 8 PM to 2 AM. Tickets are now $95, and the price will rise as it gets closer to the event. Buy tickets at the bar or call 703-469-2244.
K Street Lounge
This five-hour, open-bar party, which features a DJ spinning Top 40 and house tunes, costs $50 per person or a table for six for $400 to $500. 9 PM to 4 AM.
A Night of Masquerade at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge
New Year’s revelers have five party options at the Hudson’s Night of Masquerade, cohosted with Art Soirée. For $140, you’ll get a four-course dinner (reservations between 8 and 11), an open bar with premium alcohol, party favors, and a midnight Champagne toast. For $80, you can opt out of either dinner or the open bar. If you’d just like an early dinner, a three-course chef’s menu is being served between 5 and 7; it’s $50 per person. And if you’re just looking for a party, the lounge bash, where the jazz band the Bridge starts performing at 10, has a $30 cover. You can enter to win a weekend for two in Manhattan while you’re there.
Masquerade Ball at Muse Lounge
Come early to Muse Lounge to pick up your mask before the three-floor, four-bar party starts here at 8. From 8 until 9, there’s an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, and the rooftop level is open, heated and covered. At midnight, you can watch the Times Square ball drop amid balloons. Advance tickets are $35, and three levels of VIP tables ($500 to $1,000) offer bottle service and Champagne along with admission. Get tickets by calling the lounge or e-mailing.
18th Street Lounge
Emceed by Zeebo from the DC reggae band See-I, the 18th Street Lounge has two floors of celebration on New Year’s Eve. Brazilian Beat Brooklyn, with Brazilian funk selected and spun by Brooklyn DJs Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, is in the main room, where they’ll be introduced by local DC Thomas Blondet. On the second floor, you can hear bossa nova, samba, and Afro-Cuban tunes by the Donvonte McCay Sextet. 9 pm to 3 AM. Tickets are $30; get them here.
Lucky Bar Champagne Gala
After you’ve hit the open bar, available from 9 pm until 1 AM, hit the dance floor—the dancing at Lucky Bar’s gala lasts until 3. Tickets, $80 per person, also include a buffet, midnight Champagne toast, and party favors. Get tickets online here.