New Year's: What's happening where in the neighborhood (updated!)

by Yuliya Panfil

Looking to party in Petworth this New Years Eve? Whether you’re planning to hit the sack by 9 or gearing up to rage until the wee hours, local establishments have got you covered. You can even see the ball drop right in Petworth. Here’s a look at some of the best New Years Eve goings on. (Know of others? Email us!)

For those Starting Early

Who: Hank’s Cocktail Bar, 819 Upshur St NW
What: Happy hour from 5 to 8 pm, perfect for pre-gaming your New Year’s Eve plans, or grabbing a buzz before waking up in 2017.   
More Details: No cover all night, passed snacks from 9 pm, and a sparkling toast at midnight. Plus free party hats!
 

For the Throwback

Where: Red Derby, 3718 14th St NW
What: A “Decades of Decadence” 70s and 90s-themed dance party, featuring a serious set list of Studio 54 hits, and cocktails to match. Think Bee Gees, Bowie, Kamikaze and SoCo lime shooters. 
More Details: No cover, all night. 70's upstairs and 90's music downstairs. For parties of 6 or more who make a table reservation, Red Derby is throwing in a free bottle of bubbly.

 

For parties of 6 or more who make a table reservation, Red Derby is throwing in a free bottle of bubbly. 
 

For the Foodie

Where: Little Coco’s, 3907 14th St NW
What: Choose from two dinner seating options. The first starts at 5 pm and features three courses for $45; the second starts at 8 pm and features five courses for $65. Check out the menu on Little Coco’s Facebook page.  
More Details: Management will be debuting several special dishes, including a Maine lobster salad made with burrata, a lasagna with lamb bolognese sauce, and a Kobe beef ribeye. Even if you aren’t up for dinner, come by for the midnight champagne toast: “It’s not gonna be our cheap stuff,” management promises.  
 

For the Splurge

Where: Ruta del Vino, 800 Upshur St NW
What: A first dinner seating at 5:30pm offers four courses and passed hors d’oeuvres for $69 (beverages a la carte). The second seating at 9:30 pm includes a four-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, unlimited paired wines and spirits and a midnight toast for $130.
More Details: Expect beats, Brazilian bubbly… and perhaps a little mescal. RSVP for the night ASAP.
 

For the Happy Medium

Where: Homestead, 3911 Georgia Ave NW
What: Get a three-course dinner and open bar for $85, from 8 pm to 12:30 am; or just opt for the $50 open bar from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am.
More Details: Grab tickets through Homestead’s website. Management is keeping the menu under wraps, but the restaurant specializes in comfort food with a Southern influence, and plans to offer plenty of veggie and vegan options to cater to everyone in the neighborhood. A DJ playing Top 40, 90’s hip hop, and everything in between will also be on hand.
 

For the Chill, No Frills Sake Way

Where: Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Avenue NW)
What: No cover, no dress code. Bar opens at 5pm, upstairs opens at 9pm. 21+ only.
More Details: Join us for a no gimmick, no costumes, and no ridiculous cover charge New Year's Eve celebration. Just straight up great food, drinks, and music. A roster of great DJs ready to go. Sake toast at midnight.

 


For the Dance Party

Where: Safari Restaurant and Lounge, 4306 Georgia Ave NW
What: Safari will stay open until 3 am, with a DJ spinning hip hop and East-African tunes in the upstairs dance area. Samosas, sausages, and chicken wings promise to fuel the party until late into the night.  
More Details: Before the party gets going, Safari will also serve its normal dinner menu, comprised of East-African favorites like Mishikaki, Nyama Ya Kuchoma, and Chapati. 
 

For the Ain't No Party Like a New Year's Pizza Party

Where: Timber Pizza Co., 809 Upshur St. NW
What: $100 for all you can eat pizza, empanadas, wine and beer, from 8 pm until 1 am
More Details: Timber is clearing away tables to make room for a dance floor, so come prepared to gorge on pizza and then dance off the dough. Tickets are available online.
 

For Some Rock 'n Roll

Where: Slash Run, 201 Upshur St. NW
What: A New Years Eve Metal Bash, with DJs spinning punk and metal from 9 pm until 1 am.
More Details: Get your Black Sabbath on at this rockin’ burger joint. $50 gets you open bar, dinner and a champagne toast – or just pay a la carte, as you go. 
 

For an Elvis' Birthday Fight Club (New Year's Eve Edition)

Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW
What: $50 gets you a guaranteed crazy evening of Elvis pugilistic impersonations, burlesque, 1950s cover bands, a DJ and more. 
More Details: Punch 2016 in the face! Tap your blue suede shoes to music from The Wopbops, DC's only 50's rock cover band; Toast the new year with champagne at midnight; and get on stage with the cast and crew for a dance party with DJ P.VO as he spins mashups and dance tunes to cap off this Jail House Rockin' New Year's Eve. Doors at 8 pm. Show will conclude by 12 am with dancing to follow. Tickets on Eventbrite.


See the Ball Drop in Petworth

Where: 1 Sherman Circle NW, 11:45pm through 12:30am
What: New Year's Eve Ball Drop in the front yard
More Details: Join neighbors Chris and Curtis in their front yard for their annual NYE ball drop as they transform their yard into Petworth's own version of Times Square. (This is the same house that puts up the awesome Halloween display with the pirate boat.)
 

For the New Year’s Day Hangover

Where: Slim’s Diner, 4201 Georgia Ave NW
What: Regular hours all weekend. That means Slim’s will be open starting at 7 am New Year’s Day. Hello, comfort food and hair of the dog (maybe an early morning spiked milkshake to ring in the new year?)
More Details: In addition to regular offerings, Slim’s will be serving New Year’s specials like Hoppin’ John and traditional beer braised pork and sauerkraut all weekend. 

Have fun, be safe and Happy New Year from all of us at Petworth News!

Yuliya Panfil

Yuliya is a new member of the Petworth community, but has already fallen in love with the neighborhood's vibe and offerings. She's a former journalist and recovering lawyer, now working in international development. When she's not working, Yuliya loves to travel, try new food, drink red wine, and write (preferably at the same time!).  Yuliya and her husband, Michael, chronicle some of their adventures through their blog, Window 3.  You can email Yuliya with any story ideas, particularly human interest stories about interesting area residents. 



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