Time flies when you’re having fun. Whether you prefer a wild and crazy bar crawl or a prim and proper evening at the Kennedy Center, celebrate the end of 2014 and party like it’s 2015 at one of these best New Year’s Eve party destinations in D.C.
2015 New Year’s Eve Gala
901 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Explore New Year’s Eve celebrations from all over the world without leaving the District. The 2015 New Year’s Eve Gala, hosted by the International Club of DC, features 10 thrilling destinations at the gorgeous Marriott Marquis. Party it up at the Moscow discotheque, jive to the sounds of big bands in the glamourous Gatsby New York soiree or be seduced by Latin rhythms in Havana. Other destinations include a Parisian café, mock gambling in Casablanca, an Irish Pub and a tropical Caribbean paradise. Tickets include multiple dining options, live bands, party favors, a balloon drop at midnight and a champagne toast at midnight.
A Jazz New Year’s Eve
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
For a more low-key New Year’s Eve evening, head to the Kennedy Center and listen to an award-winning saxophonist. Branford Marsalis, Grammy award winner and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, will perform a medley of tunes with his quartet, which features Ryan Hanseler on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. The eldest of the famous Marsalis family, the show will feature a 75-minute performance with no intermission. Enjoy a delicious dinner before the start of the show at either the KC Café or the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise In DC
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Wine and dine the last few hours of 2014 while cruising along the Potomac River. Reserve a table aboard the Odyssey and enjoy spectacular nighttime views of DC’s most popular monuments, a delicious three-course meal, party favors, premium open bar, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. The Odyssey features three glass-enclosed rooms, which provide a comfortable setting as you take in the panoramic views, festive dance floors and exquisitely decorated interiors. Upgrade to the platinum package and enjoy a table by a window plus a special romance package.
Crawl ‘Til the Ball Falls Bar Crawl
Fiesta Restaurant & Lounge
1327 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Why celebrate the New Year at one location when you can party it up at five different hot spots! The Crawl ‘Til the Ball Falls Bar Crawl features an over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebration with food and drink specials at different venues throughout the city, including Bread and Brew, Bier Baron, Thomas Foolery and Buffalo Billiards. Head to Fiesta Restaurant and Lounge to register for the event. Tickets to the event include admission to each location, a complimentary cup, a stylish wristband and a bar crawl map. Admission to each location is based on capacity. The party lasts until 3 a.m.
The Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Downtown Countdown is the place to be to ring in 2015 in high style. Start off the night with a five-hour premium open bar and then move on to full dinner buffets where you will find tasty treats like warm crab dip, roasted turkey with whipped potatoes and beef brisket. Downtown Countdown also features three ballrooms with live entertainment including DJs, live bands, a comedy showcase and karaoke plus the largest balloon drop at midnight. Purchase a VIP ticket and enjoy special perks including private acoustical performances by the scheduled performers, like Third Eye Blind, upgraded dinner menus and special seating.
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