How to bring in the New Year around DC in 2022

If New Year’s Eve crept up on you this year, no worries — the D.C. area has plenty of free and cheap events for you to join in on. Here are some places where you can welcome in 2023 with a bang.

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

Comedian Ariel Ellis performs the final of a three-night run. Tickets are $25 and it includes a midnight toast and Times Square ball drop viewing on the club’s movie screen. It starts at 10 p.m.

As You Are Bar

The bar’s “New Queer’s Eve” celebration features DJ Nu Kicks and Tito’s Vodka specials, with a portion of sales to benefit local nonprofit HIPS. It starts at 9 p.m.

Astro Lab Brewing

The Silver Spring, Maryland, brewery invites you to “bring in your own fancy (or not so fancy) dinner to celebrate” with a free toast at midnight. It starts at 7 p.m.


Come enjoy free pool, shuffleboard and darts between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., with a free toast at midnight.

The Brighton

The waterfront bar features DJ Sunny and provides the option for a $120 open bar or a la carte drinks. It starts at 10 p.m.

Busboys and Poets

All nine branches of Busboys and Poets are open late with a Times Square ball drop viewing, champagne toast and party favors.

Capo Deli

Come celebrate with a DJ, party favors your favorite Capo cocktails and no cover charge. A limited number of tables can be reserved by calling or texting (202) 910-6884. No tickets are needed for this event but it is recommended to arrive early as space is limited.

Eighteenth Street Lounge

No advance tickets are needed to celebrate with Smitty D of local house legends 95 North and Martin Miguel, and Smudge and Mr. Bonkerz. It starts at 9 p.m. with a $20 cover charge.

Fight Club

Food and drinks are available a la carte at this 2000s-themed party. There are also optional all-you-can-drink punches, wine beer and cider tickets for $80. It starts at 8 p.m.

Franklin Hall

The Peach Bowl will show at Franklin Hall, and then there’s free food, a DJ and midnight toast. It starts at 8 p.m.

The Green Zone

DJ Bassam performs and Middle Eastern-inspired drinks will be served downstairs. It starts at 9:30 p.m.

Hank Dietle’s Tavern 

Ring in the New Year at this Rockville tavern with Burt the Dirt, light refreshments and a champagne toast at midnight for $20. It starts at 9 p.m.

I/O Spaces

DJ K.O. and Space FX will be performing live in this downtown Silver Spring event space. Admission is free and it starts at 10 p.m.

Ivy City Smokehouse

D.C.’s Chalyss Band performs, plus there’s a midnight toast. Tickets are $30 and it starts at 9 p.m.

Jackie Lee’s

Come enjoy drink specials that include $23 bottles of champagne.


Celebrations take place twice here — at 6 p.m., when 2023 arrives in Spain, and at midnight in D.C. It’s $120 for all-you-can-eat tapas.

La Jambe

Come celebrate two ball drops: the first at 6 p.m., midnight in Paris, then D.C.’s midnight with a $60 bottomless Crement and French cocktail deal as well as a special food menu.

Lulu’s Winegarden

There are tons of deals and discounts at Lulu’s Saturday. They will have two rounds of happy hours — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Merriweather Symphony of Lights

Come enjoy fireworks at Merriweather Post Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and $50 for a family 4-pack. Kids three years and under are free.

The Midlands

DJ the Question will spin, and there’s a choice of champagne toast or jello shot toast at midnight.

Quincy Hall

Karaoke will run until 1 a.m., and don’t miss the midnight toast. It starts at 9 p.m.

Red Bear Brewing

The New Year’s Eve Drag Ball will be followed by a DJ dance party and champagne toast. The cost is $25 and it starts at 9 p.m.

Red Derby

Bar is open for walk-in customers starting at 7 p.m., and there are free party favors and a midnight toast. A tarot reader will also be on-site for $10 per reading.

Service Bar

Make a reservation for the patio, or just show up at the bar where you don’t need one.


Vagenesis and Citrine host Trade’s party, with music by DJ Dez and a midnight toast.

Wunder Garten

The Harry New Year’s Eve features the music of Harry Styles and One Direction. It starts at 8 p.m.

Dana Sukontarak

Dana Sukontarak is a Digital Writer/Editor for She loves haiku poetry, short sci-fi stories and word games. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and currently lives in Silver Spring.

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