3 Ways to Celebrate the End of the World as We Know It

How will you usher in the forthcoming apocalypse?

If you believe the Mayan calendar apocalypse is happening Saturday, best eat well by Friday. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

For believers of the 2012 phenomenon, December 21 is an important date indeed, as it signals the end of life as we know it.

As such, local restaurants and party planners are arranging various apocalypse-themed celebrations. Hey, look at it this way—at least you won’t have to pretend to like the weird jeans your mom is buying you for Christmas. (Sorry, Hanukkah celebrators: The end of times falls inconveniently after your yearly celebration.)

Here are three ways to celebrate the end of the world.

Ultra-fancy restaurant Plume in the Jefferson Hotel (famous for presenting a purse perch so pricey handbags never have to touch the floor) celebrates the end of days with an $85, six-course prix-fixe menu on December 21 and 22. (Wait. Aren’t we supposed to be dead on the 22nd?) Last-bite caviar tacos—with a potato “shell,” horseradish crème fraîche, red onion, and parsley—are on offer all month long. The tasting menu begins with those tacos, then moves on to such indulgences as seared medallions of foie gras, lobster thermidor, pave of Kobe-style beef, and Mayan chocolate cake. Call the restaurant to reserve.

Poste in Penn Quarter gets in on the action with its own decadent menu on December 21. It’s $180 with a pairing menu that includes tequila, wine, and cognac. Among the last-chance treats will be a foie gras torchon amuse bouche with elderberry compote, St. Germaine gelée, and gougères; a truffle potage; and a pan-roasted rib-eye roll. Find details on the restaurant’s website.

If you prefer to spend your final hours partying rather than eating, sign up to attend Brightest Young Things’ End of the World party, a collaboration with All Things Go. Held December 21 at—where else?—the Fallout Shelter on H Street, the party costs $16 for early-bird ticket buyers on Eventbrite.