The New Year is quickly approaching and patrons are eagerly searching for the ultimate party experience. VIP treatment, celebrity appearances, and the best drink specials are just a few accommodations party goers desire. With so many options, trying to choose the best party can become a real headache and last minute choices are always a disaster, especially when ticket prices often go up significantly the closer you get to New Years Eve and many events will sell out well in advance.
Washington DC is home for some of the best parties and celebrity events. Top promoters, premier hosts, unsurpassed DJ’s, and timeless venues make for unforgettable nights on a weekly basis so New Years Eve in the district is no different. There are over 100 New Years Eve parties being promoted in the DC area, all claiming to be the event of the year, however only one will actually live up to the hype. Venues have marketed some pretty alluring perks; open bar, happy hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, advanced ticket packages with VIP access, and of course the traditional midnight toast. But which party is getting the most buzz? Which celebration is sure to reach capacity and offer that night you’ll never forget?
Number 10 on this list is Ultrabar, the go-to venue for any nightlife enthusiast fusing the appeal of an ultra exclusive lounge and a high-energy nightclub in the Nation’s Capital. Ultrabar’s interior is unique in chic design, lavish décor and classic architecture that boast a modern look and feel while remaining both warm and inviting. (via ultrabardc.com) Bring in the New Year with six bars, five levels, and four DJ’s. General admission tickets start at $40.00 and are available for purchase now.
K Street Lounges’ “Elegant NYE Event” rolls in at number 9 and is definitely the place to be for a more exclusive and upscale soiree.An endlessly lavish bar enhances the lounges atmosphere, endorsed by a grand dance floor below a state-of-the-art DJ booth. Guests can partake in premium bottle service delivered by eye-catching cocktail waitresses to crisp white VIP tables seated with black modern leather couches. All of which compliment the clubs sleek sophistication. K Street Lounge is offering a full open bar for four hours this New Years Eve and has exclusive table packages for immediate purchase.
“Toast to Life” at Ibiza is number 8 this year. This event will feature DJ Chris Styles with a HOT 99.5 live broadcast. This exquisite 30,000 square foot venue offers four moods… the Main Room, The Lounge, The Capital Terrace and The Loft. The affair will be catered and boasts a live countdown with a traditional champagne toast. General admission starts at about $50.00 and VIP Lounge with bottle service starts at $2500.00
Number 7 is Lux Lounges’ “Black and Gold” party which will feature a lavish buffet, party favors, and a live broadcast by DC’s number one radio station 93.9 WKYS. Lux is an elegant, luxurious, cutting-edge, stylish and hip lounge in the center of Washington, D.C. Lux features three floors, two VIP lounges, and premium bottle service. The refined decor with warm wood walls, candle-lit nooks, and plush seating fuse together to create the perfect place for a sophisticated night of lounging and dancing. (via luxloungedc.com) Regular admission tickets start at about $40.00 for the New Years festivities.
Coming in at number 6 is “Harlem Nights NYE” on the Waterfront at premium lounge Bar 7. Ring in 2012 with premier promoters Tazevents and Yosef G. This exclusive event will be hosted by Bad Boy Entertainment’s starlet Dawn Richards and also includes a special appearance from Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche. Located in the heart of Downtown DC, Bar 7 is said to “exceed the boundaries of normality”. Luxurious décor and superior quality set this venue apart from others and is boasting the perfect party to bid adieu to 2011. General admission is $50.00 and VIP tickets start at $100.00.
District’s 4th Annual Masquerade Ball snatched the number 5 spot boasting four massive fully stocked bars, twenty VIP tables, and seven hours of partying to music by DJ Epx, Kevin Melito, and Loin L. With the space and design unlike any other venue in DC, District allows its clientele to experience the coziness of an upscale lounge with the space of a nightclub. District features 7,200 square feet of space on two levels, a 60 foot wrap around bar, outdoor deck, large private table areas, the most spacious VIP table areas in the city, and state of the art lighting & sound systems. (via districtadamsmorgan.com) General admission tickets have an early bird price special of $25.00 and the VIP Platinum Package starts at $1000.00.
Love Night Club made it to number 4 with its booking of top selling Hip Hop artist Gucci Mane live in concert. Said to be the most luxurious club on the east coast, Love has four lavish floors with lofty space and elevated VIP day beds, the DJ reigns over the 35 foot ceilings and extraordinary light show. The top of this party palace includes the infamous “Penthouse” appointed with a luxurious Italian marble bathroom featuring a five-person shower. (via lovetheclub.com) Packages start at about $80.00 and some include open bar access.
Brought to you by well known promotion company Jet Set DC, the number 3 spot goes to the “NYE Gala at Mood Lounge” Last year over 3,000 sexy Washington area party goers & socialites attended their New Years Eve Gala at the Hyatt in Crystal City. This year they plan to repeat history with more sex appeal & ambiance at Mood Lounge. Enjoy a Live Broadcast of Times Square Balloon Drop with a complimentary midnight toast on both levels of the venue. (via jetsetdc.com) Tickets start at $15.00 for the early bird special on general admission and cap at an exclusive package that includes a VIP table, 3 bottles of Ace of Spade, 5 bottles of Ciroc, 5 bottles of Rose, and open bar with buffet access for a grand total of $9,300.00.
In at number 2 is this New Years Eve retro soirée “Pinstripes & Pinups” at the W Hotel in downtown Washington DC. If you are seeking the ultimate VIP treatment, your search ends here. The W is where historic Italian Renaissance meets modern cool. Next to the White House and minutes from major landmarks, W-Gate is all about style, innovation and stately indulgence. With 317 rooms and suites featuring the plush W bed, fully wired technology, fabulous in-room entertainment and more, you may never want to leave. The W Washington, D.C. has breathtakingly commanding views of the National Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more. (via whotels.com) The exclusive POV Rooftop Bar escape is sure to grant your every wish for a New Years Eve to remember. Partake in a premium open-bar from 8 until 10 pm with creative twist bar bites and desserts at your fingertips. Tickets are $200.00 a person and can be purchased in advance.
Taking the number 1 spot is the most talked about event this year “Prohibition 2012 Casino Night” at the Embassy Suites hosted by Jeannie Jones and EZ Street of WKYS. Conveniently located in downtown Washington DC between the White House and the US Capitol, The Embassy Suites hotel is a perfect venue to celebrate the New Year. This full service, upscale, all suite hotel is beautifully decorated with private rooms and every suite is fully equipped with state of the art technology to meet all of your needs. The New Years Eve event will have three rooms of entertainment, two casino rooms, and live performances. This event offers three different packages that range from $575.00 to $1075.00 and includes some tempting perks such as breakfast and discounted room rates for patrons.
And there you have it! Hurry and make your 2012 New Years Eve plans now before it’s too late!