Your last-minute New Year's Eve questions answered
To help you get ready for one of the biggest nights of the year, we're updating our New Year's Eve FAQ. Every day this week, we'll answer even more questions. Today, we'll tell you about open-bar parties, special events for beer lovers, where to see fireworks and restaurants that will be open well after the ball drops.
Brightest Young Things is taking over all three floors of Bohemian Caverns. Expect Chris Burns and disco/house DJs in the Liv space upstairs, local bands (including the State Department, Laughing Man and Bellman Barker) performing covers all night in the Hominy restaurant, and DJs from the Homo Hotel Happy Hour, Mixtape and the Anthology of Booty crews spinning in the cave-like basement. All drinks are covered in the ticket price: $55 in advance and $65 at the door.
Sidebar, one of the best new additions to the area's bar scene this year, is charging $65 for an open bar and snacks beginning at 8 p.m. (For an extra $20, you can check out King Soul, a soul and R&B band performing in the back room at Jackie's.)
There's no cover required at Science Club's "Egalitarian Gala," which features DJs and a midnight champagne toast. But you can pay $25 for the optional open bar, which includes unlimited rail drinks and cans of PBR from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Love's party, featuring a live performance by singer Chris Brown, is $40, and it includes an open bar from 8 to 9 (hey, it's better than nothing) and a free dinner buffet from 8 to 9:30. Get tickets in advance.
Wednesday Update: Duffy's has canceled its open-bar party. It will still host an '80s and '90s DJ, but everyone will pay $5 to get in after 8 p.m.
DJs spinning '80s and '90s hits are featured at Duffy's, along with an open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a heavy appetizer buffet from 9 to 11 and a champagne toast. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door.
Lux Lounge offers an open bar and hors d'oeuvres from 8 to 10, a midnight champagne toast and three floors of DJs for $30 if you buy tickets in advance.
It's "Happy Firkin New Year's" at Rustico, which will have five special five cask-conditioned beers at each of its Northern Virginia branches. Oskar Blues' Old Chub and Gordon IPA are stars in Alexandria, while Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard and RCH's Old Slug Porter, a rare beer from England, are featured in Ballston.
The Brickskeller has closed, but its sister bar R.F.D. is ringing in the new year with a no-cover party. Special draft beers will be offered for $5 all night, there's a beer toast at midnight and a DJ spins all night. For $15, you can help yourself to the buffet, open from 8 to 10.
Meridian Pint marks its first New Year's Eve in Columbia Heights with a free party -- and a toast of rare beers at midnight. (Diners can check out a special three-course meal with beer pairings early and a late-night breakfast menu from midnight to 3 a.m.)
There's no cover charge at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, which will have special drafts, free hors d'oeuvres and a DJ starting at 10 p.m.
For big spenders, ChurchKey's party is $150, but that includes open bar on all beers from 9 to close, a special midnight toast from some of the bar's prized large bottles, passed hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening and music spun by a DJ.
Alexandria shoots fireworks from the George Washington Masonic Memorial as the big wrap-up of the city's First Night celebration. Not to be outdone, Annapolis' First Night has two events at the City Dock: an "early bird" fireworks display at 7:30, and a much bigger round at midnight.
There are lots of options available for a little 2 a.m. post-toast gorging, as long as you don't mind breaking bread -- and your New Year's resolution about healthy eating -- at a greasy spoon. Some of your favorite neighborhood joints for late-night food are promising to keep the grills fired late on New Year's:
ChiDogO's is serving its Chicago-style dogs and fried pickles till 4 a.m.
Get your Middle-Eastern fare in styrofoam containers at the always reliable 24 Seven (1408 U St. NW, 202-232-7108).
Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan mainstay the Diner is doing its regular thing on Friday, which means that if you can deal with the crowd, you won't have to go far for your afterparty eats.
Annie's Paramount Steakhouse is open 24 hours on Friday night, and its midnight brunch is sure to be a popular post-party destination.
If you're not looking for a greasy spoon, at Amsterdam Falafel. It will be business as usual for the go-to French fries and falafel spot.
Or you can grab your late-night meal to go at 18th Street's favorite pocket-food purveyor, Julia's Empanadas.
Busboys and Poets at 5th and K streets serves food till 2 a.m., a good option for folks heading to the Passenger or Buddha Bar, as well as all the usual Chinatown haunts.
For Chinese food, Full Kee stays open till 2 a.m., and New Big Wong keeps the light on until 5 a.m.
Yes, the Columbia Heights IHOP (3100 14th St.NW, 202-939-0500) will be serving the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N' Fruitys until long after the lights go off at Wonderland and Room 11. It's open 24 hours.
Meridian Pint isn't charging a cover for its New Year's Eve party, so you can come right in for the bar's vegetarian/vegan-friendly late-night breakfast menu. The kitchen will be open from midnight to 3 a.m.
After a night of Ned Devine's, there's only one place to go for a diner feel and unexpectedly great food: Amphora Diner Deluxe. Both locations, Vienna as well as Herndon, will be open 24 hours as usual.
Silver Diner in Rockville will be open until 3 a.m., as usual.
If you can get to Hollywood East Cafe before 1 a.m., you can chow down on Chinese at this Wheaton favorite.
Fritz Hahn, Lavanya Ramanathan and Justin Rude
| December 27, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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