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DCBeer's Guide to New Year's Eve/Day 2013 (Updated 12/28)

For those of you who go all out for New Year's Eve and also drink craft beer (and we hope there are a lot of you), you're in luck! This year there are a lot of options in the area that you can take advantage of. Tickets are available for all of these events at the time of this writing. We will do our best to update as we hear about events selling out. As we hear of more events, we'll also keep updating this post. Be safe out there on New Year's Eve and Happy New Year in advance!

New Year's Eve Events

Bier Baron

$30 gets you free drafts all night!

Bourbon Glover Park

$50 gets you an open bar upstairs from 9pm to 1am. Complimentary hors d'oeurves and champagne toast at midnight. Get your tickets here! http://bourbongloverparknye2013.eventbrite.com/

Columbia Firehouse

The fun starts at 9pm. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased here. Tickets are limited. Price of admission includes canapés, stationed hors d’oeuvres (menu subject to change), Champagne Toast at Midnight. Drinks available via cash bars throughout. Additionally, Columbia Firehouse will be offering a special New Year's Eve Three-Course Tasting Menu for $45 per person on the floor level. Reservations can be made at (703) 683-1776

TO EAT: Crispy Po' boy Sliders, Virginia Ham Biscuits with Sorghum Butter, Firehouse Deviled Eggs, Bourbon Shrimp and Grits with House Cured Bacon, Fried Green Tomato with Whipped Cream Cheese & Green Pepper Jelly, Shrimp Cocktail Shooters, Pulled Pork BBQ & Rolls, Black Eyed Pea Cakes with Braised Greens, Winter Bread Pudding, Assorted Sweet Endings from Buzz Bakery

TO DRINK: Complimentary Gala Punch To Begin The Evening, Cash Bar featuring Hand Crafted Specialty Cocktails & Fine Selection of Fine Wines & Beer, Complimentary Midnight Toast

ENJOY: Continuous Music All Night from a Live DJ, Dancing Throughout The Evening, Countdown to the Ball Drop

Crios

Crios's goal is to have an affordable party, with a good crowd, and a short line at the bar. Ticket includes a full open bar from 9:00 pm - 3:00 am, light apps, and a champagne toast at midnight.  A live DJ will be playing a mix of current hits and old school classics.  There is no dress code, but we encourage everyone to dress to impress. Tickets are $75-85 depending on when you buy them (the sooner, the cheaper). Purchase them here: http://criosnye.eventbrite.com/

Bar Menu (9pm-3am)

Spirits: Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Milagro Tequila, Seagrams Gin, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Jameson Irish Whiskey

Beer: Miller Lite, Dos Equis Amber, Flying Dog Underdog, Lagunitas IPA, Founders Breakfast Stout, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Allagash White, Bell's Two Hearted

Wine: Los Vascos Chardonnay, Cono Sur Pinot Noir

Food Menu: Light Appetizers and Dessert Bar

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Downstairs

From 8pm-1am, enjoy an open bar, dancing, and a photobooth. Doors open at 8pm, and from 8:30-9:30pm, hors d'oeurves will be passed. Champagne toast at midnight. Cigar specials and private seating are both available. $100 per person. Reserve by calling 202-588-7388 or through http://jackrosenewyearseve2013.eventbrite.com/

Upstairs

For a more affordable experience, head upstairs for Punch, Pints, and Pork, a pig roast on the rooftop bar from 6-9pm. For $35, get all you can eat and drink.  Reserve by calling 202-588-7388 or through http://jackrosenewyearseve2013.eventbrite.com/

Mad Fox Brewing Company

Enjoy New Year's Eve at Mad Fox from 8pm to 12:30am. Your $60 ticket includes appetizers, dinner and dessert buffers, and live music from the Tom Principato band. Don't foget the party favors and a midnight toast! Tickets to this will definitely sell out, so act quickly. Full menus available on the NYE events page as are instructions for how to buy tickets!

Mellow Mushroom

Tis’ the Season to Ring in a Mellow New Year. No cover. No hassles. DJ Eskimo will play a variety of funk, soul, reggae, and hiphop all night. Complimentary midnight toast with your choice of champagne or Boulevard Tank 7. Drinks specials from 9pm to close: $5 Jameson shots, $4 specialty Svedka cocktails, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat starting at $4 but price dropping like the crystal ball in Times Square until the price hits $1 from midnight until close. https://www.facebook.com/events/309614995817787/

Meridian Pint

Have a three course prix fixe menu dinner ($45 excluding tax and tip) and enjoy Meridian Pint's excellent cellar list. No tickets or cover required on the dinner, though reservations recommended by emailing info@meridianpint.com. Here's the menu:

Appetizers: Parsnip and Potato Soup with Braised Oxtail; Lobster and Squash Ravioli with Brandied Lobster Cream Sauce; Chickpea Samosa with Grilled Frisée and Curried Mango Dressing (vegan)

Entrées: Grilled Bronzini Pisaladiere stuffed with Spinach, over Caramelized Onion and Nicoise Olive Tart; Pistachio-Crusted Rack of Lamb with a Stuffed Provencal Tomato and Fingerling Potato Gratin; Hoppin' John with Jacob's Tears, Grilled Polenta and Artichoke (vegan)

Dessert: Blood Orange Tart with Orange Caramel Sauce; Chocolate Almond Roulade with Italian Meringue; Tapioca Parfait with Dried Cherry Compote and Coconut Milk (vegan)

Smith Commons

In the Dining Room, Smith is offering two seatings for thier special New Year’s Eve $60 dinner menu (detailed below): 6:30–8pm and 9–10:30pm Reservations can be made here: http://bit.ly/k1Gsnf

The Public House (complimentary admission) on levels two and three will open at 6pm with live entertainment, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, and a special cocktail menu. Live music by The Bob Butta Quartet until 10:30pm, and then DJ Flufftronix (Philadelphia) will keep the party going until 3am Complimentary Moët Champagne will be served at midnight.

Three-Course Menu - $60 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

Add ons:  $12 Glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne; $10 Glass of Newton Cabernet or Chardonnay

Starters (Choice of…)

- Pork & Veal Pâté - Roasted Royal Trumpet & Bleached Mushroom, Quail Egg, Cornichon Pickled Gherkins, Melba Toast, Dijon Mustard, Sage & Parsley, Orange Marmelade
- Lobster Bisque - Macedoine of Roasted Lobster Tail & Crema Latina
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Pan Seared Sea Scallops
- Saffron & Beet Risotto, Brunoise of Beets, Confit Baby Fennel, Fennel Pollen Spuma, Balsamic Reduction, Beet Powder
- Sous Vide Fennel Salad - Parsnip Puree, Water Cress

Entrees (Choice of…)

- Potato Crusted Halibut - Stuffed Ziti, Roasted Red Pepper Relish, Sauté Swiss Chard, Vichyssoise Spuma
- Texas Antelope - Gold Leaf, Potato au Gratin, Haricot Verts, Hibiscus Flower, Au Jus
- Sous Vide Angus Tenderloin - Black Truffles, Lobster Butter Crust, Green Yukon Gold Mash, Creamy Shiitaki Puree, Crimini Mushroom Powder, Espelette Pepper, Tellicherry Black Pepper Jus
- Roulade of Rabbit Loin - Biryani Stuffed Pimento, Red Current & Goose Berry Chutney, Cherry Peppers & Wild Berry Coulee, Brussels Sprout Petals, Moscato Cream Sauce
- Stuffed Tofu Box - Curried Quinoa, Baby Vegetables, Fried Tofu, Virgin Salad, Tom Yum Sauce

Sweets (Choice of…)
- Amano Chocolate Desert
- Raspberry Cheese Cake

New Year's Day Events

The Black Squirrel

The Black Squirrel is putting on a Let’s Get Lucky brunch on New Year's Day starting at 11:30am. As the old southern adage says, "Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold… Eat poor on New Year's Day, and eat fat the rest of the year!" Black Squirrel to the rescue.  They’ve got your good luck karma covered, both domestically and internationally. Highlights of the menu include:

 

·  Black-Eyed Peas (symbolizes wealth)
·  Collard Greens (symbolic of good fortune)
·  Cornbread (the yellow color resembles gold)
·  Pork Tenderloin (around the world, pork represents progress)
·  Long Noodle Seafood Udon Soup (In Asia, eating long noodles is said to give you a long life and eating fish is a symbol of moving forward in the new year.)
·  Beer (helps you get lucky!)

Smoke and Barrel

Do you like tacos? Is there a better way to start off the new year than with tacos? Smoke and Barrel says no. Enjoy the "Taco Tuesday" special ($5 for 3 tacos and a side) all day. Smoke and Barrel will open at 11am and be offering both brunch tacos and their regular taco line-up.

Del Ray PIzzeria

Need a little bacon in your life to start off a new year? Need a spot to have a few drinks before all the bowl games? DRP has you covered with a menu that has extreme amounts of bacon. "Every dish will be served with a side of bacon, rosemary bacon garnish for bloodies, bacon everything." Enjoy special beer and food menus as well. No reservations required.

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