Free New Years Eve parties and uncovered bars around DC


DC bars are ringing in 2022 with uncovered fees and plenty of great drinks. We’ve rounded up some of the places where you can hang out with friends without a set price or a pay open bar. We also have guides for the New Year dine out, restaurants with fun take-out and delivery, and New Years Day brunch. Note that some of these sites require proof of vaccination.

PLEASE NOTE: The DC area is currently experiencing a record number of new cases of Covid due to the Omicron variant. Attending events in person could now be much riskier, even for people who have been vaccinated. You can find more information here and stay up to date with Covid-related changes and cancellations ahead of the holidays.

1550 7th St. NO and 1309 5th St. NE
Mark New Years twice, on Washington and Paris time, with wine and cocktails as well as platters of cold cuts and cheeses. La Jambe will ring in the New Year with the festivities on French television at 6 p.m. For a midnight reminder, participate in a raffle with prizes including bottomless French crémant, do-it-yourself punch and French specialties.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. make reservations here.

Boundary stone
116 Rhode Island Ave.
Bloomingdale Bar is heading into 2022 with a happy hour of $ 5 beers, $ 6 wines, and $ 7 sandwiches until 10 p.m. Guests can also order from the pub’s extensive menu of wings, burgers and fries throughout the night.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. make reservations here.

The Boardwalk Bar DC
507 7th St. NO
This beach-inspired underground Penn Quarter bar is perfect for an evening of drink specials, games, gifts, and a midnight champagne toast.
Regular hours apply; no reservations required.

Jack Rose Dining Room
2007 18th St. NO
Sample some of Jack Rose’s “Must-Try Before the Ball Falls” Whiskeys on their laid-back New Years Eve. Sample bourbon, mezcal and Jamaican rum before the midnight toast. Dinner will be available until 11 p.m. and includes a special celebration plate with Rockefeller oysters, a shrimp cocktail and more.
Regular hours apply; make reservations here.

1414 14th St. NW
The understated basement bar serves shots for charity, with everyone’s profits going to a good cause. He will also offer a free champagne toast once the clock strikes 12 o’clock.
Regular hours apply; no reservations required.

1232 36th Street NW
Georgetown’s chic new cocktail-centric bar and restaurant serves Peking duck burgers, wagyu ribs, and Korean chicken wings, along with festive drinks and bubbles.
Open from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. make reservations here.

Roy boys
2108 Eighth St. NW
Jam to music from the 80s and 2000s, and close this year with a free midnight champagne toast at Roy Boys. The fried chicken will also sink.
Open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. no reservations required.

American Ice Co.
917 V Street NO
Enjoy nachos and pickles at American Ice Co.’s signature barbecue on New Years Eve. Local residents can get a 10 percent discount on their orders with proof of residence.
Doors open at 5 p.m. no reservations required.

50 Blagden Alley NO
The Shaw indoor / outdoor Calico spot hosts a game night with Clue, Scattegories, Scrabble, chess and more. Hot cocktails and favorites from the restaurant’s a la carte menu will be available. Or stop by for brunch the next day with specialties like breakfast sandwiches, egg pies, and French toast made to avoid any hangovers.
Open for NYE 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. make reservations here.

Makan and The thirsty crow
3400 11th St. NW
Makan and The Thirsty Crow have food, drink, and live entertainment on their two combined floors for the New Year. Attendees can dine at Makan or The Thirsty Crow before the main event – a party with live DJ music, photo booths, $ 5 beers, $ 8 wines, and $ 10 cocktails.
Both are open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner and from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for drinks.

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


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