Monday, December 28, 2015

Bethesda New Year's Eve parties 2015/2016

Kanika Kapoor headlines a
Bollywood New Year's Eve bash
in North Bethesda
New Year's Eve events in Bethesda aren't hard to come by, but the real question is, which one is right for you or your group? That's where this guide comes in for New Year's Eve 2015.

Union Jack's Bethesda

Union Jack's is hosting a Countdown Extravaganza from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM. For $20 presale (order tickets online), you'll get the ubiquitous DJ and dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres from 7-10 PM, pool and darts, party favors, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

4935 Bar and Kitchen

Party like Jay G. himself at 4935's Great Gatsby Gala. Guests are encouraged - but not required - to dress in 1920s attire at this bash on two floors, each with their own DJ. Pose for photos with 1920s-lingerie-clad models, and enjoy Chef-owner Ashish Alfred's buffet from 9-11 PM, 2 drink tickets, and a free Champagne toast at midnight for $45. You can get in for just the dancing and toast for $20 at the low end, or call for VIP table packages. Purchase your tickets now online.

Mon Ami Gabi

Prefer Paris to Long Island? Call (301) 654-1234 to make your reservation now for New Year's Eve at Mon Ami Gabi at Bethesda Row. French cuisine and fine wines will be capped off with a Champagne toast at midnight - and who knows Champagne better than the French?

Vino Volo

Or head to Vino Volo next door, for live music starting at 9:30 PM, and fine food paired with wine selections chosen by their in-house wine experts. See the full menu and price options on their Facebook event page.

Del Frisco's Grille

Del Frisco's is focusing on the dining side of New Year's Eve, pairing its 16 oz. dry aged Prime Rib with hand-mashed potatoes for $42. Their full menu will also be available. Make reservations online now.

City Perch

Another option at Pike & Rose is City Perch, which will be offering a farm to table five-course tasting menu ($75 per person/$35 wine flight).  Menu highlights include a Yukon Gold baked potato, wild mushroom soup, pan-seared scallop and fennel salad, fillet mignon and butter poached lobster tail, and raspberry + vanilla Baked Alaska. Their full menu will also be available upon request.


For a Spanish take on New Year's Eve, head to celebrity chef Jose Andres' Jaleo at Bethesda Row. From 5:30 PM - 7 PM they will offer their full menu, along with some New Year's Eve specials. Available all night at the bar.

Their second seating begins at 8 PM, with a special tasting menu from both the holiday and seasonal menus at $85 per person.

At midnight, each guest will be presented with a glass of cava for toasting and twelve grapes per the Spanish holiday tradition. A band familiar to longtime readers, Rudy y su Locura, will be playing live starting at 9 PM.
Call now to make your reservation at 301-913-0003.

Bethesda Marriott North

Bollywood meets Bethesda at's New Year's Eve Gala at this hotel and conference center right on the Metro Red Line at the White Flint station. Bollywood playback singer Kanika Kapoor headlines the bash, which requires your choice of Indian or American formal attire. Indian cuisine will be served. Tickets are available online from $125 to $5000 for the true high-rollers.

The Barking Dog

They're keeping the draw at The Barking Dog pretty straightforward this year - the DJ and dancing upstairs, and all-you-can drink open bar from 9:00 PM to 2:30 AM. Your $60 ticket also provides appetizers, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. The dress code is "smart casual", for those who don't fancy having to rent a James Bond tux for the night.

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