Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with (or without) the Kids at Dinner or These Local Events

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Every Year, kids gather to celebrate Noon Year's Eve at The Yards DC, including with a balloon drop at noon this year. Courtesy The Yards DC.

It’s soon time to bid farewell to 2021, that mixed bag of a year that brought us both a vaccine and brand-new iterations of the disease it combats. A cheer for 2022 and all the potential it brings!

Whether you want to ring in the new year at dinner, with the kids or by partying all night, there’s an event really nearby for you. Our world changes fast right now, and these events could shift with it. DC has mandated masks be worn indoors. Many venues require proof of vaccination or a recent negetive COVID test for entry. It’s worth calling to confirm details and to double-check their policy if needed.

NYE Dinner

Belga Café (514 Eighth St. SE) |

Ring in the new year at your favorite neighborhood restaurant! There festive dinner specials and magical bubbles to ring in 2022. Enjoy the regular a la carte dinner menu, along with beautiful specials. Call to make your reservation today (202)544-0100.

Bistro Cacao (316 Massachusetts Ave. NE) 

is open New Year’s Eve serving a special three-course menu for dine-in and take-out. You can see the full menu online at bistrocacao.com or call 202-546-4737

Cane DC (403 H St. NE) | 

is offering New Year’s Dinner for dine in, take out or delivery. Dine in from 5-10, and pick up starting at 11 a.m.

Crazy Aunt Helen’s Party and Dinner | starting at 10 p.m. | no party cover; Dinner $80-$100

Your crazy aunt is throwing a NEW YEARS EVE PARTY! Make a reservation and come to Aunt Helen’s on Dec 31st for dinner and a party with dancing by DJ Phil Reese and hosted by Tara Hoot. There’s no cover for the party! www.crazyaunthelens.com/events

NYE at The Point | 2100 Second St. SW | until 1 a.m. | $85

Head to The Point on New Year’s Eve for Live Music, a 4-Course NYE Dinner Special with oysters, lobster and desert. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and live music from the 7 East Band. They’re also open for regular service!

Rose’s Luxury (715 Eighths St. SE)

is doing New Year’s Dinner Delivered. Choose one or two nights of different menus —including New Year’s Day Brunch delivered at once from our Michelin-starred restaurants with instructions for reheating and assembly. Place your order by 10 a.m. the day before delivery or pick up. All deliveries and pick-ups are free within 30 miles of Capitol Hill and made between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Swiss-American Restaurant Stable (1324 H St. NE)

is bringing back their fondue prix fixe menu for the most festive night of the year. It features a bubbling pot of fondue to share; guests’ choice of appetizer + dessert; and a glass of Simonet Blanc de blancs sparking wine for toasting. Get fancy and top your fondue with shaved white truffle. They will also be open on New Year’s Day with the regular menu full of your Swiss favorites! Reservations are available via @resy or at www.stabledc.com

Party with the Kids

Noon Yards Eve | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE | Free

Ring in 2022 at Noon Yards Eve! Come enjoy complimentary family-friendly activities for kids of all ages, including train rides through The Yards, an inflatable slide, glitter tattoo artists, carnival games, music by DJ Alex Love and The Uncle Devin Show, crafts, a magician, and lots more. The event will culminate with a countdown and celebration at noon to ring in the New Year. Masks are required for everyone over 2 years of age.

Metrobar’s Before Midnight New Year’s Eve Party | 640 Rhode Island Ave NE | 4 – 7 p.m.

Jump aboard the “way-before-midnight” train at this family-friendly celebration starting at 4pm, just before the adults-only party. Ring in the new year with festive cocktails from the winter menu, kids activities and games. Countdown the New Year with a 7 p.m. toast (bubbly for the adults, sparkling cider for the kids) and watch the ball drops at midnight in London on a 20-foot screen. Don’t worry about the cold: there are firepits, heaters and a selection of hot cocktails to keep you warm as you celebrate 2022! Click here to RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/family-new-years-party-at-metrobar-tickets-221174006407

Noon Year’s Eve at Get Air | 340 S. Pickett St. Alexandria VA | 11 a.m. -1p.m. | $25 and up online
Bounce into the New Year at Get Air Sports! It’s a mid-day New Year’s party with the opportunity to literally leap into 2022 and to experience an epic balloon drop.  Games, prizes, giveaways and more —just pay your admission.

Party All Night

Belvedere Ball at Station 4 | 1101 Fourth St. SW | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. | $25-$40

Get dressed to the nines to welcome 2022 at Station 4. Anchoring the Southwest Waterfront Station, Station 4 is a Creative American Cuisine Restaurant with international flavors in a swanky setting. Tickets include open bar, champagne toast, DJ and party favors. Book a seat or a table online.

Party at Union District | 501 Morse St. NE | 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. 

Celebrate the New Year with DC Fray at Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge and say goodbye to 2021 with the open bar. Pop the champagne and start off the New Year with DC Fray’s 6th Annual NYE celebration. There are two ticket options from $49 to $89, but everyone gains access to live DJ and a champagne toast!

Midnight Train to New Years | Metrobar | 640 Rhode Island Ave. NE | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | $10

Jump aboard the outdoor patio at Metrobar starting at 8 p.m. with festive cocktails from our new winter menu and beats from DJ Noble. Your ticket gets you a glass of bubbly upon entry and at the midnight toast during the countdown to the New Year on a 20-foot screen.

The firepits, heaters and heated tent along with a selection of hot cocktails will keep you warm until the next stop: 2022. Click here for tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/midnight-train-to-new-years-party-at-metrobar-tickets-219434393177

Union Pub’s Formal NYE Kegger | 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE | 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. | $90

After a year break, Union Pub’s New Year’s Eve Formal Kegger’ is back. Get dressed in your NYE best, and enjoy AYCD select beer, select liquor, complimentary appetizers, champagne toast and televised ball drop at midnight, and more! There’s also a buffet with roast turkey, potatoes, Mac and cheese, sliders and more. Tickets online, 21+.

Wunder Garten NYE Around the World | 1101 First St. NE, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Free

Party like it’s 2022 with multiple nations! Wunder Garten’s NYE party. They’ll be celebrating NYE around the world starting with Germany at 6 p.m. Rock all night with specialty cocktails, dancing, decorations and more. A special New Year’s at midnight with the Wunder Garten ball drop.