Whether you're a craft beer lover, a bourbon enthusiast or someone who just wants to forget about the year altogether, you can celebrate the year's end at any one of these bashes around town and pony up $50 or less. There's something for just about everyone.
This party — which has been going strong for more than 20 years — includes two floors of performances. Admission gets you access to swing classics by Peaches O’Dell and Her Orchestra as well as pop, hip-hop and soul hits from DJ Dredd. Prizes will be given out for the best red lipstick. Booze, which must be purchased separately, will include a special discounted champagne punch. 1811 14th St. NW. blackcatdc.com.
Metro-accessible, spacious and full of whiskey, Barley Mac is an ideal spot to ring in 2018. For the ticket price, the new-ish Arlington bar is offering drink tickets for three cocktails as well as passed hors d’oeuvres. Additional drinks are available for an additional cost. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne for the midnight toast. 1600 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. barleymacva.com.
Welcome 2018 at the historical theater, which is hosting a reggae party with Caribbean DJs and plenty of dancing. Black attire is encouraged at the affair, and tickets include an open bar from 8 to 11 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and festive party favors such as whistles and hats. Bottle packages are also available. 620 T St. NW. thehowardtheatre.com.
This bargain bash includes free hats and noisemakers, a champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. that includes draft and bottled beer, house wines and rail drinks. The drinks are sure to help you loosen up as a DJ plays dance hits. The regular food menu will also be available. 520 Florida Ave. NW. shawstavern.com.
Now in its fourth year, the throwback dance party at Ten Tigers Parlour includes an open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. plus appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. Explore two floors of music and glam New Year’s Eve decorations as the sounds of Ace of Base, MC Hammer and Snoop Dogg fill the air. 3813 Georgia Ave. NW. tentigersdc.com.
Arrive by 9 p.m. to this Dupont Circle megaclub for an hour-long open bar. Your ticket also gets you complimentary party favors and a toast at midnight, when a live feed of the Times Square ball drop will play. Burlesque performers provide the entertainment while the dance floor is fueled by top 40 hits. 1327 Connecticut Ave. NW. themanordc.com.
Don a pair of jeans with the widest leg possible and attend All Set’s '70s-inspired dance party. Tickets get you an open bar from 10 to 11 p.m. plus a free glass of champagne for the midnight toast. Throwback attire is encouraged, and if you’d like to eat beforehand, the restaurant is also offering a $60 prix-fixe menu. 8630 Fenton St., Silver Spring. allsetrestaurant.com.
On Dec. 31, this Shaw bar will transform into the Gatsby Room. Both of its bars will offer all-you-can-drink beer, wine and cocktails from 9 to 10 p.m. plus appetizers; at midnight, guests receive a free glass of champagne. A DJ will spin Top 40 hits and mash-ups while party favors will be distributed. Dressing up is encouraged, and sequins are definitely a plus. 2047 Ninth St. NW. 202-506-2496. satellitedc.com.
The Falls Church locale of this brewpub is ringing in 2018 with a dance party, DJ, free champagne toast and an all-you-can-eat buffet from 9 p.m. to midnight for $50. Beer will of course be available, though at an additional cost. 444 West Broad St., Falls Church. madfoxbrewing.com.
Cost: $20.18 for two-courses, $25 for three
For those who’d rather eat pizza than drink (though the two are not mutually exclusive at the Shaw restaurant), Declaration is offering a special two- or three-course chef’s tasting menu. The full menu will also be served, and drinks are available a la carte. At 9:30 p.m., a DJ will take the stage and ramp up the energy. 804 V St. NW. declarationrestaurant.com.