Washington, D.C. knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here are a few of the best places to ring in the New Year, plus a few just outside the Beltway.
Romantic Party of Two
The Hay-Adams Hotel may be the most romantic spot to bid adieu to 2014 and kick off the New Year. Start with a cocktail at the iconic insider’s bar Off the Record and then saunter down the hall to Lafayette for a classic menu that features grown up fare like Dover sole with truffle butter and poached lobster.
800 16th St., NW
9 p.m.-2 a.m., $99 -$139
One of the biggest parties in the city is at the Capitol Hilton, where 3,000 or so people gather to ring in the New Year. Multiple rooms have different themes such as speed dating, salsa dancing, and, this year, a new Bollywood’s Underground Club, where you can score a henna tattoo.
1001 16th Street, NW
9:30 p.m., $100.
The upcoming year marks 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. On New Year’s Eve, the Lincoln Cottage will throw open its doors so history hounds can come together with live music, drinks, dessert and a toast to Lincoln and his achievements.
140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW
Be Seen at the Scene
8 p.m.-2 a.m. $90.
Miami style meets DC sophistication at the “Light Up the Night” party with live DJs. The wrap-around P.O.V. Lounge at the top of the hotel offers a killer view of the White House and Washington Monument.
515 15th St., NW
Artisanal Wine and Nibbles
7 p.m., $55
ENO Wine Bar, adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, will host a DJ-fueled party featuring local wine and artisan cheeses. Best of all this New Year’s Eve, every bottle of Champagne is 20-percent off throughout the night.
2810 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Longing for Tokyo
For a fun and fresh take on New Year’s Eve, head to Daikaya, which GQ named as one of the country’s best new restaurants. There’s a prix fixe ($75) menu all night and live DJs inside the second floor izakaya, plus late night karaoke in the ramen shop on the ground floor.
705 6th St., NW
Masquerade Ball on Embassy Row
New Years Eve at the Mansion on O Street, a luxury inn with Tiffany glass and serious crystal chandeliers located in Dupont Circle, has earned a reputation for its annual sexy masquerade ball. Mingle with mysterious masked revelers and enjoy chocolate fondue, a treasure hunt and photo booth.
2020 O Street
Beyond The Beltway:
Step back in time along the genteel James River in Virginia. Kingsmill Resort, which has hosted many Washington luminaries, including President Obama, will throw a 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve with live music, a three-course meal, midnight champagne toast, an extensive dessert bar.
Virginia wine country makes a worthy setting for a New Year’s Eve party. Lansdowne Resort knows how to throw a good winter party. (It may have something to do with its famous open bar that keeps guests stoked through the night). Join locals for its annual New Year’s dinner buffet that includes a full sushi bar, live music, and copious after-hour snacks.
44050 Woodridge Parkway
On New Year’s Eve, join CNN in Easton, an historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which will be on hand to film the “crab drop,” a charming Chesapeake interpretation of the ball drop in Times Square. Steps from the event stands one of the East Coast’s finest restaurants, Bartlett Pear, where Jordan Lloyd, who honed his skills in Thomas Keller’s kitchen, presides over three dinner seatings that feature decadent treats, including oysters and caviar.
28 S. Harrison St.
Inside the Four Seasons Baltimore, Wit & Wisdom, the acclaimed restaurant that taps local ingredients fro much of its menu, will offer a pair of dinner seatings, along with a trendy after party that pumps until 2 a.m. Best of all, the floor to ceiling windows on the waterfront ensure the best view of the Domino Sugar fireworks that will alight the Inner Harbor.
200 International Drive