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As 2019 draws to a close, excitement about the “return” of the twenties is growing. The twenties of the last century were known as being a decade of debauchery, and with the troubles that have already occurred in this century, people are itching to let their hair down and let loose. Here are a few ideas for celebrating the new decade in lavish fashion, for those on a budget, those with families, to those who really want to “get down.”

For the budget conscious

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Hamilton Loft with Moonshine Society

Moonshine Society, a world-renowned blues band composed of scholars from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, is taking over the loft at the Hamilton. If you’re a fan of blues music, Moonshine Society is not to be missed! Admission is $35 each.

New Year’s Eve at Kelly’s Irish Times

With tickets ranging from $49 to over $300, Kelly’s Irish Times has options for everyone! Even the most affordable ticket can include open bars and appetizers, so don’t think you’re required to spend the max amount – unless you want to, that is! Admission begins at $49 each.

New Year’s Eve at Penn Social

Penn Social, a two-level bar in Penn Quarter, is hosting its own New Year’s Eve party. A ticket not only gets you a glass for the midnight champagne toast, but also includes a complimentary cocktail. Enjoy live music and dancing all night long! Admission is $20 each.

For those with families

New Year’s Eve Swing Dance at Glen Echo Park

This party is hosted in Glen Echo Park’s gorgeous Spanish Ballroom every year. It’s open to the entire family, and includes live music and an hour-long dance lesson before the party. Beginners are always welcome, and bringing a partner is never necessary – no more worrying about a date for New Year’s Eve! Advance admission is $25, and admission at the door is $35. Admission for children ages 11-17 is $20 at the door, while those 10 and under are $10 at the door. 

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Mola!

If your little ones are too young to make it to midnight, try celebrating a few hours earlier. Mola is hosting a party complete with a tapas buffet, cava toast for the adults, and sparkling grape juice toast for the children. There will be activities such as face painting, a game table, and more. Adult admission is $30, and admission for children under 12 is $10. 

Noon Yards Eve at the Yards

For those who need ideas to keep the family occupied during the day New Year’s Eve, look no further than Noon Yards Eve at the Yards! At this family-friendly event, activities such as trackless train rides, temporary glitter tattoos, moon bounces, balloon artistry, and more will be available. At noon, enjoy the balloon drop to celebrate the New Year. Admission is free.

Noon-Year’s Eve Celebration – Capitol View Library

If your family is composed of bookworms, consider attending the Noon-Year’s Eve Celebration at the Capitol View Library. Light refreshments and sparkling cider will be provided. Share your resolutions and ring in the new year with a balloon drop! Admission is free.

For those who want ultimate glamour

Capital Gatsby New Year’s Eve DC Gala – Black Tie

This event, a black tie affair that includes five hours of premium open bar, a midnight champagne toast, music from DC’s DJ Vicious, twenties-themed dancers and entertainment, and photographers and videographers, is not to be missed. Enjoy multiple food stations, including a mac and cheese bar, as well as a dessert bar. After the party you’ll find yourself taking home some twenties-inspired favors. Admission ranges from $174-$1,000 each. 

Washington DC New Year’s Eve Passport to the World Gala

This gala truly has something for everyone, and definitely embodies the spirit of the twenties! Besides live music, a DJ playing Top 40 hits, a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop, and party favors, there will also be palm and tarot readings, karaoke, dance lessons for couples, speed-dating for singles, a late night comedian, and casino tables. Admission prices range from $99-149 each.

Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball 2020 at UMAYA

Hosted by 360 Nightlife, this masquerade ball will take place in the luxe Umaya restaurant and lounge. Enjoy an hour of complimentary cocktails and Japanese Izakaya-inspired passed hors d’oeuvres from 9:30-10:30 PM and music spun by Miami’s DJ Q. The live countdown will be accompanied by complimentary masquerade masks and party favors, as well as a midnight champagne toast. Admission ranges from $50-300 each. 

2020 New Year’s Eve Black Tie Gala at the Luxurious Willard Intercontinental

The decor of each ballroom at this gorgeous Washington hotel will be inspired by different international destinations. There will be free-flowing champagne as well as an open bar. The Willard’s own pastry chef will provide desserts, but you can dance your calories away to live bands and DJs, and enjoy the balloon drop at midnight. Dinner will be served as a buffet of international cuisine, but the VIP option includes a three-course, sit-down dinner with champagne. Admission ranges from $129-295 each, with $135 admission for non-members.

For the party animals

Moxy New Year’s Eve Premium Open Bar

Dance and play the night away at Moxy’s New Year’s Eve Premium Open Bar! The open bar will be stocked with premium liquor and specialty cocktails from 9 PM-1 AM. Head upstairs to the second level for games like beer pong, foosball, and more. Early-bird admission is $100; regular admission is $150. 

New Year’s Eve at Ultrabar

This venue’s name is certainly fitting! With six bars, 5 floors, and four DJs, if you’re ready to really let loose, Ultrabar is the place to be for NYE! The price of admission includes the open bar from 8-9PM. Early-bird admission is $30, while regular admission is $40.

Crawl Till the Ball Falls

This bar crawl is an awesome option for the party-goer who not only loves exploring DC, but is also on a budget. Pre-purchase your wristband, which will allow you into participating bars with no cover charge, as well as drink specials (unless otherwise indicated). Admission is $20.

Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Regular 9 PM admission to this extravaganza at the Gaylord Hotel includes all drinks, whether beer, wine, liquor, or just the midnight toast. Access ten different party areas/ballrooms with a total of seven dance floors, where you can dance to the music of ten live bands and DJs. Admission ranges from $109.99-339.99. 


Whether you choose to go out, stay in, have a wild or a quiet night, or even sleep into the next year, doesn’t matter. No matter how you choose to celebrate this New Year, here at Urban Brokers we hope you achieve all your goals and have a happy and safe night and year. Have fun welcoming 2020!