Best Places For Graduation Parties In Washington DC

May 3, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Sax Lounge via Facebook

Congratulations, you just reached a major milestone in your life: graduation. Whether you prefer the complete VIP experience or a more intimate affair, celebrate this huge achievement at one of these best places for graduation parties in DC.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-2338

With its weekly budget friendly food and drink specials and fun events, like flip cup tournaments and celebrity-hosted parties, it makes sense to celebrate a momentous occasion like graduation at this college hotspot. McFadden’s offers a variety of party, drink and catering packages for parties of up to 500 people. Reserve the private loft bar for the ultimate VIP experience or arrange for a special private section for you and your guests. The popular restaurant and bar features more than 20 high-definition plasma televisions, traditional American fare and a DJ and dancing Tuesday through Saturday nights. Garage and street parking are also available.

734 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-0101

From the elegant decor to the extravagant menu, your graduation party celebration is sure to be uber-stylish at Sax. The restaurant and lounge boasts gorgeous gold fixtures, red velvet curtains and luxurious seating. Nosh on delicious treats like truffle fries, pan-seared striped bass or the bittersweet molten chocolate cake. Sax offers a variety of party planning packages, which include pre-planned meals and drink specials and even gifts for up to 350 guests. Or, work with a Sax personal celebration coordinator to create the event of your dreams. Sax also features electrifying entertainment nightly including acrobats, burlesque and contemporary dancers via the 20-foot enclosed infinity stage.

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1310 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 861-1310

Not a fan of the frou-frou stuff? Book your graduation party at Firefly and enjoy mouthwatering meals, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent customer service without all the fuss. This hip Dupont Circle restaurant and bar features a handful of private dining packages, whether you wish to host a cocktail reception for a handful of friends or a formal sit-down dinner with 40 of your best supporters. Firefly features a contemporary take on traditional American fare, like the macaroni and cheese with shrimp and bacon or the deviled eggs with garlic chips. Firefly also features locally grown produce and meats, hand-picked wines and recycled decor.

901 New York Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-8848

For a New Orleans-inspired graduation celebration, head over to the only restaurant in town serving the best in Louisiana cuisine with the utmost level of excellence and customer service. Acadiana offers southern food favorites like gumbo, cornbread-crusted pork chop and fried green tomatoes, with rich flavor and flair. Choose from a variety of private dining options, including private and semi-private arrangements, for up to 100 guests. Acadiana offers pre-planned, three- or four-course meals or work with the Acadiana party planner to create your own menu. The restaurant and bar also offers special bar and wine packages as well.

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212 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 956-6650

Make your graduation party a sophisticated affair at Urbana, home to one of DC’s hottest restaurant and bar scenes. The restaurant and bar boasts urban cool decor, a breezy atmosphere and a bold menu. Book a party here for up to 170 guests and enjoy a fabulous meal, delicious hand-crafted drinks and stunning reception services. Pick and choose from the pre-planned expansive catering or the prix-fixe menus. Or, let the catering manager create the perfect graduation party experience for you and your friends. Urbana features Mediterranean and Italian-inspired meals as well as offers the best in vegetarian and gluten-free dining. Enjoy daily food and drink specials.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at