Free New Year’s parties and bars without coverage in DC

Bars in DC are ringing in 2022 with no charge and lots of great drinks. We have gathered some of the places where you can relax with friends without an expensive prix-fixe or open bar with tickets. We also have guides for New Year’s Eve eat out, restaurants offering fun takeaway and delivery options, and brunch on New Year’s Day. Note that some of these sites require proof of vaccination.

PLEASE NOTE: The DC area is currently experiencing a record number of new Covid cases due to the Omicron variant. Attending personal events can now be significantly more risky, even for vaccinated people. You can find more info here and stay updated on Covid-related changes and cancellations going into the holiday.

1550 7. St. NW and 1309 5th St. WHAT
Mark the New Year twice – in DC and Paris time – with wine and cocktails along with spiced meat and cheese plate. La Jambe will ring into the new year with French TV parties at. 18.00. Participate in a raffle with prizes for a midnight supplement, including bottomless French Crémant, make your own punch and French specialties.
The doors open at 16.00; Take precaution here.

Boundary stones
116 Rhode Island Ave.
The Bloomingdale’s Bar is heading into 2022 with a happy hour with beer at $ 5, wines at $ 6 and $ 7 sandwiches until 6 p.m. 22.00. Guests can also order from the full pub menu with wings, burgers and french fries throughout the night.
The doors open at 16.00; Take precaution here.

Boardwalk Bar DC
507 7. St. NW
This underground Penn Quarter bar, inspired by the beach, is ready for an evening of drinks, games, party gifts and a champagne toast at midnight.
Regular hours apply; no reservations required.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
2007 18th St. NW
Taste some of Jack Rose’s “Whiskeys to Try Before the Ball Drops” on their casual New Year’s Eve. Try some bourbon, mezcal and Jamaican rum before the midnight toast. Dinner will be available until 23.00 and offers a special party plate with oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail and much more.
Regular hours apply; Take precaution here.

1414 14. St. NW
The simple basement bar serves shots to charity, and the proceeds go to a good cause. It will also offer a free champagne toast when the clock strikes 12.
Regular hours apply; no reservations required.

1232 36th Street NW
Georgetown’s new chic cocktail-centered bar and restaurant dishes up Peking and burgers, wagyu short ribs and Korean chicken wings along with festive drinks and bubbles.
Open 17:30 to 22:00; make reservations here.

Roy Boys
2108 Ottende St. NW
Jam to music from the 80s and 2000s, and end this year with a free midnight champagne toast at Roy Boys. The fried chicken will also float.
Open 16.00 to 01.00; no reservations required.

American Ice Co.
917 V St. NW
Enjoy American Ice Co.’s distinctive barbecue nachos and picklebacks on New Year’s Eve. Local residents can get a 10 percent discount on their bookings with proof of residency.
The doors open at 17.00; no reservations required.

50 Blagden Alley NW
The indoor / outdoor Shaw venue Calico hosts a game night featuring Clue, Scattegories, Scrabble, chess and more. Hot cocktails and favorites from the restaurant’s à la carte menu will be available. Or stop by for the next day’s brunch with specialties such as breakfast sandwiches, tater toasters with eggs and French toast designed to ward off any hangovers.
Open to NEW 16.00 to 01.00; Take precaution here.

Makan and The Thirsty Crow
3400 11th St. NW
Makan and The Thirsty Crow offer food, drinks and live entertainment across their combined two floors for the New Year. Participants can dine at Makan or The Thirsty Crow before the main event – a party with live DJ music, speed cameras, beer for $ 5, wines for $ 8 and cocktails for $ 10.
Both are open 5pm to 10pm for dinner and 10pm to 2am for drinks.

Zach Bright

Zach joined the Washingtonian in October 2021. He has previously written for The Colorado Sun, The Nevada Independent and SRQ Magazine.

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