Finding the right New Years Eve parties / events can be a difficult task, even for native Washingtonians. NYE is a major event, and picking the right party that fits your style, vibe and budget, is at the utmost importance. For the past 14 years, 360 Nightlife has had a track record in producing great celebrations.
For NYE 2018 - 2019, we are producing 5 events that will fit the needs of any group. When figuring out what to do on this important night, it is wise to rely on event planners with experience in creating lasting and memorable moments. Afterall, December 31st only comes once a year, and it should launch you into the next year in a positive light. Ticket prices generally rise closer to the New Year's Eve, and tables sell out in advance. To get the best deals and ensure availability, it's best to act sooner than later.
Why: This is the biggest New Year's Eve event we have ever produced. The Gatsby NYE Masquerade Ball takes place at the ultra elegant and beautiful venue - The Showroom, which is one of DC's newest and most exclusive event spaces. This upscale gala features a 5 hour open bar, multiple food stations (including a Mac n' Cheese bar!), champagne toast at midnight, midnight countdown, 3 world class DJ's including Miami's DJ Damion Daniel, complimentary masquerade masks, complimentary Gastby inspired party favors, multiple photographers and stations, dancers, and so much more. This will be one of the hottest NYE tickets in DC, so act fast before this event sells out or ticket prices increase.
Audience: Professionals, Upscale Crowd
Full Info: DCNewYears.net
Why: We had such blast the last few years, we are bringing it back for 2018. New Year's Eve at SoHo features 2 floors, a heated sound equipped VIP tent (which just happens to be one of the largest in DC), an hour open bar with SoHo catered appetizers from 9:30 to 10:30 PM, champagne toast at midnight and music on 2 floors by DJ Lion L & DJ Blu. If you are looking to have a great time with a fun crowd in a welcoming yet upscale venue, this event is for you.
Audience: Young professionals & upper-level college students.
Full Info: NewYearsEvePartyDC.com
Why: Last year was a blast, but this year we are taking it up a notch with more bartenders, more staff, more lighting and Miami's own DJ Q providing the soundtrack. 360 Nightlife's Masquerade Ball does not disappoint. When you also consider this is the 13th annual Masquerade Ball, and that we have once again secured MXDC (one of DC's most beautiful and stylish venues), you can rest assure that it will be a great time. Tickets and tables sell out in advance, so plan early for the best deals.
Audience: Trendy & Upscale Professionals
Full Info: DCNewYears.net
Why: Add a twist to your NYE plans and celebrate it 90's style. Ring in 2018, but party like it's 1999 as DJ Mark-Z spins your favorite 90's jams. The fourth annual Back In Da Day party is taking place at one of DC's newest spots - Ten Tigers Parlour - with 2 floors, 4 rooms, 2 bars, outdoor patio deck, state of the art sound system, and 90's arcade games (Street Fighter anyone)? Grab your best fashion, and dance the night away to your favorite songs from the 90s. You'll hear tracks from Jay-Z, Biggie, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ace of Base, Vanilla Ice, to just name a few. This party also includes an hour open bar and appetizers, as well as a complimentary champagne toast. Don't miss out on this ultimate 90's thrown down!
Audience: Young Professionals, Professionals, Those Who Like To Get Down!
Full Info: NewYearsEveDC90s.com
Why: Transport yourself back to the decadence of the 1920's at this Roaring 20's Bash. The Gatsby Room is taking place at Satellite Room located right in the heart of Washington DC, and next door to the famed 9:30 Club. Patrons are encouraged to wear Great Gatsby inspired outfits, as one of DC's hottest DJ's spins Electro Swing alongside the best in Top 40, hip-hop, and house. Tickets include an hour open bar, appetizers, champagne toast at midnight, and 20's style party favors. Don't miss out on this classic New Year's Eve event.
Audience: Mature, Professional, Upscale Crowd
Full Info: NewYearsEveDC.us
NYE in DC is an awesome time but you definitely want to think ahead regarding transportation. Many partygoers decide to get a hotel near the party they are attending, and thus limit the amount of transportation they will need.
360 Nightlife has partnered with Lyft for the last 2 years to offer free ride credit to help patrons get to and from the party safely. You can simply follow this link and receive $10 in ride credit ($5 each way for the first 2 rides). In addition to Lyft, Uber is plentiful in Washington DC and there will definitely be no shortage of Uber drivers.
Although the 31st is busy, it is not impossible to catch plain old DC taxis. They are pretty much everywhere and will be in full force. In the past, the roads in DC are generally tame for NYE, with traffic congested in areas like Adams Morgan and Georgetown because of the concentration of venues and partygoers. Our advice is to hop out the cab and walk a few blocks if the party you are attending is in one of those areas. You will save some time.
Metro has just announced they will be keeping lines open until 2 AM for New Year's Eve. Since NYE falls on a Sunday, this is great news. Normally, the metro would close at 11 PM on Sunday, with some stations having their last train departing at 10:30. With this time extension, you can get in and out of the city easier.
When picking the right NYE party, you need to consider many things including theme, crowd and venue. Hotel parties can be great, but they can also be extremly crowded and set you up to wait in line after line. In addition, an intimate restaurant celebration might sound ideal for the big night, but it can be a bit too tame with less fun involved. We believe the sweet spot is right in the middle. Our parties are in mid-sized locations all around DC and offer a 1-hour open bar along with appetizers, some of DC's most attractive crowds, and with ticket prices that won't break your bank (unless you wait until the last minute). The goal is to give you the best of both worlds. Remember, the most important tip for a successful NYE is to stay safe and have fun!