Tired of going into DC for overhyped hipster New Year's Eve bashes? Entertainment that just wasn't worth the Metro or taxi fare? Cheap-quality food and drinks, but outrageous ticket prices that go up every hour as December 31 approaches?
Or just panicked because you waited too long and have no idea where to go Saturday night?
Then this guide is for you!
BlackFinn's party sold-out last year, and just might again this year. This time the theme is the Roaring Twenties, and they are turning the saloon into a speakeasy. But Prohibition won't be a problem here, especially during the hours the open bar is available! Can you beat the rush? You just might if you hurry and use this handy link to order tickets you can claim at the door:
Union Jack's is hosting a Little Black Dress Ball. Your ticket will get you 3 drink tickets, heavy Hors D'oeuvres (8-10 PM), Champagne Toast at Midnight, Continental Breakfast after Midnight, Party Favors, and "DJ Powered Dance Excitement," until 2 AM! Breakfast included? They've thought of everything!
It's not too late! Order tickets online right here:
Bobby Vickers is a chef deserving of more attention in the DC area. For New Year's Eve, he's pulling out all the stops with a grand menu for only $50 a person. Are you going to pick Filet Mignon in Cabarnet Wine Butter with Crab-Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, confetti vegetables, and Pancetta-White Cheddar Potato Croquettes... ...or the Grilled Cape Swordfish? I'd have to pick the Warmed Guinness Gingerbread with Bailey's Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Caramel Sauce for dessert.
Check out the full menu selections here:
And call American Tap Room at Bethesda Row to make reservations: 301-656-1366.
New to Bethesda Row in 2011, Newton's Table (just named of the Top 100 restaurants in Washington!) is offering a five-and seven-course tasting menu, priced at $75 and $95. Wine pairings will also be available, plus an a la carte menu.
They had only 12 seats left at last check! Are there any left? Hurry and call 301-718-0550 to find out.
Redwood - located right on Bethesda Lane at Bethesda Row - may have the most creative party in town: a James Bond 007 Casino Royale night! Complete with (legal-and-just-for-fun) gaming tables. Order your tickets while they last:
Just around the corner from Redwood, Lebanese Taverna bids to match 007 with "endless mezza," belly dancers, party favors and a champagne toast.
$65 per person. Seating starts at 9 PM. Call 703-841-1511.
If you compare the New Year's Eve TV fare on the Spanish-language networks with the American networks, you might reach the conclusion that Latin America celebrates the new year better than anyone.
So why not head to the premiere Latin fusion restaurant in Bethesda? The Parva! You won't just be partying, but also enjoying fine cuisine prepared by Chef Andy. He hasn't gotten much attention from the DC area food critics yet, so he's still one of the best-kept secrets in town. And he'll be working in the kitchen until 3 AM New Year's Morning! Limited table service also available!
Get all the details here:
They know how to celebrate occasions in Spain, and Chef José Andrés knows how to provide you with the freshest and most innovative Spanish cuisine in all of the world, right here at Bethesda Row! Make reservations and check out the stellar menu here:
Magnifique! Who wouldn't like to celebrate New Year's in the City of Lights, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower? Can't quite stretch the budget this year? Give Mon Ami Gabi a ring today at 301-654-1234 and reserve your table for Saturday night! You will be transported to the Continent with "savory French fare, fabulous wine and the best of company." Not to mention a FREE glass of champagne to toast with at Midnight.
For only $45, you get all-you-can-eat lobster, and they have a kids menu (and half-price for kids, too!). Click here for all of the details:
5 Courses for $85, Optional Wine Pairings $30 or $50.
Call (301) 986-9592 today to inquire if reservations are still available.
Think it's ridiculous to pay any ticket price just because it's New Year's Eve? So does Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Mussel Bar. No entry fee! Order what you like from the NYE menu, a la carte at normal prices. But affordable is high-end in this case, because you're dining at the restaurant Zagat recommends you take friends from out of town to in Bethesda!
Mussel Bar will be open from 10 AM - 1 AM Saturday. At 10 PM, Sean Chyun and the Deceivers will perform live, and Chef Wiedmaier's outstanding Happy Hour menu will be available. Great deal!