Celebrate New Year's Eve Without Reservations at Area Clubs
Friday, December 26, 2008
New Year's Eve is Wednesday, and if you haven't made plans yet, you're not alone. A few weeks ago, these pages had details of big parties with open bars and black-tie dress codes. What follows is the Procrastinator's Guide to New Year's Eve: bars and clubs that aren't levying exorbitant cover charges for unlimited drinks, asking you to rent a tux or forcing "guests" to buy tickets by a certain date. Instead, these venues are, for the most part, opening the doors for business as usual and treating the night as one big party, no reservations needed or taken.
51st State Tavern
2512 L St. NW; 202-625-2444 or
"Open as usual," says the Foggy Bottom pub, with a midnight toast and party favors. You can also take advantage of the usual happy hour that offers $3 Dos Equis and Magic Hat. Opens at 7.
2471 18th St. NW; 202-319-9353 or
DJ Lil'E of Black Cat's Right Round dance party spins familiar party jams from the '80s, '90s and '00s. $10 cover. Opens at 5.
1330 19th St. NW; 202-331-7665 or