Beaujolais nouveau isn’t a very good wine. The French harvest wine is aged only a few weeks before it’s sold, which, by law, cannot be before the third Thursday in November.
So people around the world line up at midnight to drink this fruity, rough-around-the-edges red wine. In D.C., both Bistrot du Coin and 1905 will have midnight countdowns, after which you can drink as much as you want of the stuff for free. (Seriously, moderation is key with beaujolais nouveau if you don’t want a horrific hangover.)
There’s more to come after tonight, including a fancy soiree at the French Embassy and a tempting sounding combination of complimentary wine and hot jazz. Get all the details on our full list of beaujolais nouveau events.