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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 12/31/2007

Getting Around on New Year's Eve

By Fritz Hahn

If you're out hitting parties tonight, don't drink and drive, no matter how "fine" you think you are. Extra police will be out in force looking for drunk drivers, and you don't want to become a statistic. Instead, here are five ways you can get around town and get home safely.

1. If you've found you've had more to drink than you planned, please take advantage of the SoberRide cab service. Dial 1-800-200-TAXI and you'll get a cab ride to any destination in the Washington area. The fare is free if it's under $50. If it's over, you pay the difference. SoberRide gets some knocks because of how popular the service is; you might have to wait a while to get a cab and have it arrive, so it's best to call about an hour before you think you'll need it. But even if it takes longer than you expect, it's better than drinking and driving.

2. Metro has extended its hours for the holiday, with trains running until 2 a.m. (It's not going to be at rush hour frequency, though -- expect Red Line trains to run every 15 minutes after midnight, and trains on all other lines to run every 20 minutes or so.) Some Metrobuses are also running past midnight. Check the Trip Planner at for more information.

3. You may have noticed those new Ciroc vodka commercials where pitchman P. Diddy proclaims the French vodka is "the official vodka of New Year's." Diddy won't be in D.C. tonight, but Ciroc has a sponsoring role at Ludacris's party at Love. Club representative Gloria Nauden says that Diddy and Ciroc are providing 15 sedans that will give patrons free rides home between 1 and 5 a.m. "They'll be running continuously," Nauden says. "We know that Love is one of the further-out clubs, so people will try to drive in from Maryland and Virginia, and this is a way to get them home safe." The cars will provide rides to anywhere in the D.C. area; ask for more information at the concierge desk on the first floor. (Also, arrive early, because there's an open bar and free dinner buffet from 8 to 9.)

4. Going to a party at the Rock and Roll Hotel, the Red and the Black, Palace of Wonders or another H Street bar? The Atlas Courtesy Shuttle will be ferrying riders to Union Station from 10 until 2:30 a.m. This service usually only runs on the weekends, but there will be an exception for New Year's Eve, says Rock and Roll Hotel owner Fritz Wood. Call 202-906-0697 to arrange a pickup, and if my past experience is any guide, you should allow about 15 minutes for the shuttle to arrive.

5. DJ Meistro's hot Dirty Bombs night at Wonderland is one of our top picks for tonight, but if the dance floor gets a little hot and heavy, consider cooling off with a well-made Manhattan at Temperance Hall. Wonderland's owners took over the Petworth hangout earlier this month, which they're renaming Looking Glass Lounge. To allow customers to compare and contrast the two, they're running a free shuttle between the bars from 9:30 to 2:30. No matter where you are at midnight, you'll get a free midnight toast and you won't pay a cover charge.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | December 31, 2007; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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