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New Year's Eve Guide: Restaurants, music, parties, family fun

Monday - 12/30/2013, 12:32pm  ET

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Whether you're looking for a nice meal at a restaurant or an all-out bash, we have some ideas for New Year's Eve. (Getty Images/WTOP)

WASHINGTON - In no time at all, it will be time to say 'so long' to 2013, while ringing in the New Year with good friends and good cheer.

Whether you prefer a romantic dinner, a low-key evening, a kid-friendly celebration, or an all-out bash, there's plenty to choose from.

Below is a list of some New Year's Eve happenings in the D.C. area -- from dinner specials, to live music, family-friendly events and the region's biggest parties.

RESTAURANTS

Fall Church's Mad Fox Brewing Company will celebrate the year from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The New Year's Eve party includes passed appetizers, a dinner buffet, a dessert buffet, a champagne toast and a live performance by the Tom Principato Band. Tickets are $75 a person.

Downtown Bethesda's Redwood will transform into a 1920s speakeasy on New Year's Eve, so be on the lookout for mobsters, flappers and gamblers. The restaurant will have a special menu for the evening, as well as music, game tables and a complimentary champagne toast. Tickets are $45 for the early birds and $78 with a reservation after 6:30 p.m.

Cafe Saint-Ex is one of many restaurants offering dinner specials for New Year's Eve. (Getty Images)

Feeling fancy? Robert Wiedmaier's French flagship Marcel's will satisfy your craving for an elegant evening with its seven-course dinner. The first seating is sold old, but the 8 p.m. seating is still available. Come hungry; dinner, which will not disappoint, is $225 per person.

If splurging on a multi-course meal isn't your style, Alba Osteria, a new restaurant in town, is offering a traditional a la carte Piemotese menu for New Year's Eve, with meats, cheeses, house-made pastas and Neapolitan pizzas priced from $5 to $19. Plus, the restaurant will supply guests with a complimentary glass of Prosecco at midnight.

Café Saint-Ex is throwing a lavish, Gatsy-themed New Year's Eve fete, but you won't have to empty your wallet for dinner. The 14th Street staple will offer a three-course menu with a bottle of champagne for $65 per couple. After dinner, head downstairs for a dance party and some more libations.

If spending the last night of 2013 indulging in an intimate dinner in a Georgetown townhouse is your ideal New Year's Eve, 1789 has you covered. The restaurant is offering a five-course tasting menu for $125 per person ($175 per person with wine pairings). The menu includes caviar service, foie gras, truffles with gnocchi, prime rib and Maine lobster. Don't forget to save room for dessert.

In Old Town Alexandria, Columbia Firehouse will serve holiday hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Entertainment for the evening includes music and movies. Tickets are $60; admission includes food.

BARS AND PARTIES

U Street's British pub The Brixton will have an "Alice in Wonderland"-themed New Year's Eve celebration, spanning three different floors. The first floor will serve dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., the second floor will feature burlesque performances from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and DJ John Johnson will spin music on the heated roof from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $20 and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Meridian Pint is getting started early, with rare beer pourings at 3 p.m. (Courtesy Brian Hussein Stanton)

Feeling a little less like "Alice in Wonderland" and a little more like Alice in Chains? The Satellite Room's New Year's Eve bash will welcome 2014 with more of a punk rock style. There's no cover charge for the evening, which includes a menu of signature cocktails, a DJ and a midnight champagne toast. The restaurant's dinner menu will also be available.

Ring in the New Year with dinner and a masquerade ball at a mansion. Sounds like it's right out of an episode of "Gossip Girl." But really, it's just on O Street. The Mansion on O Street will offer all three on Dec. 31. Dinner will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., and the masquerade will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Clarendon Ballroom will have a dinner buffet, live music, a balloon drop and a champagne toast on New Year's Eve. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets are $65.

Old and Sour: Meridian Pint is serving up rare drafts for its New Year's Eve party, which gets started early at 3 p.m. The event features pours from 10 vintage drafts and a fixed menu to compliment the specialty drinks. Certified Cicerone and Cellarman at Meridian Pint Tim Prendergast will also walk the guests through the history of each beer. Tickets are $30.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

Several cities and towns in Maryland and Virginia offer family-friendly First Night parties. The events include everything from live entertainment, to food, storytelling and children's activities. Check out some of the area's First Night celebrations:

You don't have to buy tickets to the night clubs to catch a great local rock band on New Year's Eve. D.C. area kid favorite Rocknocerous is playing at Jammin Java in Vienna, Va. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., the party starts at 11. And there's even an after party in the lobby.

Celebrate with your little ones a bit earlier on New Year's Eve at noon: It's the Noon Year's Eve celebration at the National Children's Museum. The party starts at 10 a.m.

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Howard Theatre: Musiq Soulchild, 10 p.m., $55-$175. Stay for the after party, free of charge, with DJ Sliink. Tickets to just the after party are $30.

The area's music venues are booked with great shows and live entertainment on New Year's Eve. (Getty Images)

9:30 Club: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Trouble Funk, 9 p.m., $75. The concert includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

The Kennedy Center: Ray, Motown, and Beyond New Year's Eve at The Kennedy Center with Ellis Hall and the National Symphony Orchestra, 8:30 p.m., $55-115. "Sheer Madness," "Elf the Musical" and "Flashdance the Musical" also have scheduled showtimes for New Year's Eve.

The Fillmore: Slightly Stoopid with special guests Passafire, 9 p.m., $49.50.

The Birchmere: New Year's Eve with The Seldom Scene, The Stray Birds, Donna Ulisse, 8 p.m., $39.50.

IOTA Club and Café: The Beanstalk Library with Derek Evry and His Band of Misanthropes and These Future Saints, 9 p.m., $15 in advance/$18 at the door. The evening includes party favors and a champagne toast.

Black Cat: New Year's Eve Ball with Peaches O'Dell & Her Orchestra on the mainstage and DJ Dredd & Grap Luva on the backstage, 8 p.m., $25.

Rock & Roll Hotel: The 8th Annual NYE Blowout, featuring 11 DJs and a silent disco party on the roof. Tickets ($80-$100) include an open bar, an appetizer buffet and entertainment.

The Hamilton: Dr. John and Wanda Jackson with Toy Soldiers, 9:15 p.m., $104/$114. Included in each ticket purchase is a gumbo dinner and champagne toast at midnight.

The State Theatre: The Legwarmers New Year's Eve Party, 8 p.m., $50.

HOTEL CELEBRATIONS

The Dupont Circle Hotel will host its White Wonderland Masquerade on New Year's Eve in the grand ballroom. The party includes DJs, a live cello performance, open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres. A ticket to the evening costs $125.

Hotels in the area will throw parties, complete with entertainment, food and open bars. (Getty Images)

The Gaylord National Resort throws what it calls "the largest New Year's Eve gala in the country." The evening, dubbed "Big Night DC," will have 15 themed party areas, five dance floors, live entertainment, food and open bars. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and tickets range from $119 to $189.

While you'll technically be in the capital of the U.S., the W Hotel will transport you to Morocco with its Midnight in Marrakesh New Year's Eve party. Tickets are $125 at the door and include music, a champagne toast and party favors.

The Washington Plaza Hotel will host a James Bond-themed New Year's Eve gala, which includes several party areas, casino tables, music, food and drink. Tickets start at $135.

The Washington Hilton , located in Dupont Circle, will host its Downtown Countdown to ring in the New Year. Several bands, including the Pat McGee Band, are booked for the main stage, and an all-access ticket includes dinner buffets and an open bar. General admission tickets are $129.

WINERIES

  • Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro is hosting a New Year's Estravaganza starting at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Its chef prepares four coureses paired with the perfect vino. Live music is included in the experience in Reston, Va. Reservations are required. Call 703-234-3550 or click the link. Tickets are $85 each.

  • NYE Celebration at Potomac Point Winery Saturday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Va., is hosting a formal costumed NYE party. The night includes wine tasting, appetizers and a full dinner and dessert buffet. Reservations are required. Call 520-446-2107 or click the link. $109 per person.

  • Veritas Winery is also hosting a masked celebration at its Afton, Va., grounds from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will enjoy hor d'oeurves and wine (of course) followed by a five-course dinner. Dancing and champagne will follow. They've thought it through and are offering breakfast starting at 12:30 a.m. for $140 per person. Reservations are required.

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