How to Ring in 2017 in D.C.

New Year’s Eve specials throughout the District

Happy New Year from HOH. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Happy New Year from HOH. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted December 29, 2016 at 5:00am

2016 has been a long year for everyone and a tough year for many.

While you just now might be getting a chance to think about plans for New Year’s Eve, Roll Call found some great specials in D.C. to make planning easier for you.

Congress doesn’t return until Jan. 3, so finish 2016 on a high note and have some fun.

Union Pub

The Senate side favorite is hosting its very own “Formal Kegger House Party.” Union Pub’s (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE) party goes for 6½ hours starting at 8 p.m. It’s $50 for the open bar and they want you to dress up. Special features include pour-your-own-beer keggerators, trashcans full of canned beers, bar games, select liquor, appetizers, entertainment by DJ Dow Jones and a champagne toast. Buy tickets online.


On the House side, Barrel (613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) is hosting a “New Year’s Eve Pig Roast.” The party goes from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and includes “Pigs, Fried Chicken, Lobster Mac, and many more gut busting sides.” Tickets are $100 and the open bar includes premium spirits, bourbons, house cocktails, draft beer, wine and bourbon tasting stations throughout the evening. The event suggests to “dress as nice as you can and still be comfortable.” Buy tickets online.


In Shaw, Kyirisan (1924 8th St. NW) is hosting an “Au Revoir 2016” party, complete with Prince music and people dressed in funky and festive attire. The party goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For your $120 ticket you can enjoy an open bar, champagne tower and a toast at midnight — there’s also food, including dumplings from Kyirisan’s new menu. For tickets, call (202) 525-2942.

Ocean Prime

Located downtown, the new restaurant Ocean Prime (1341 G St. NW) is offering specials for New Year’s Eve. The usually very pricey restaurant will have specialty cocktails for $15, crab bisque for $15, a lobster appetizer for $21, and a short rib entrée for $42.

The Ritz-Carlton

In Georgetown, the Ritz-Carlton (3100 South St. NW) is hosting an “Usher 2017 in Style” party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event includes champagne and food from risotto, oysters and sushi to sliders and mac and cheese. Tickets start at $95. Call (202) 912-4121 to make a reservation.

In Tysons Corner,  the Ritz-Carlton (1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, Va.) is bringing a five-piece jazz band into the Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge. The event starts at 9 p.m. and although tickets aren’t required, a $100 food and beverage minimum per person is in place.