Looking for last minute plans to ring in 2012? Consider these fun events happening near your EYA townhouse neighborhood.
Belga Cafe had us at lobster beignet and we didn't need to read any further! For early birds, the 3-course Early Seating at 5 p.m. is $59; Those who want to hoot with the owls will go for the $89, 5-course late seating at 9 p.m. If you're looking for than just dinner, Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar's Prohibition-Style Party is hosting a prohibition-themed party through midnight. $95 will buy you the cocktail hour, hor d'oeuvres, speakeasy entertainment, 4-course dinner, dancing and midnight champagne toast. While new neighbor Boxcar Tavern won't be doing anything "special" for NYE, it will mark their second day open for business, so you may want to swing by before its 3 a.m. closing time to check out the Hill's newest watering hole.
La Tasca is offering unlimited dining from a special New Year's Eve menu ($50 or $95 depending on seating time and extras), with a champagne toast, DJ and dancing into the wee hours of 2012. If a quiet dinner is more your pace, Bastille is offering a decadent fixed price menu ($115 including tip and tax) with fois gras, lobster and veal dishes. No matter what your dining plans are, consider heading over to the First Night Alexandria celebration for a chance to win up to $500 when you capture some of the 6,000 balls they'll be dropping at midnight. For more details on how to win, check their website. (Note there will not be fireworks this year due to a new law regarding setbacks, but there will be a laser light show to correspond with the ball drop.)
Pomp and circumstance won't be making appearances at Boundary Stone in the Bloomingdale neighborhood this NYE, but perhaps you're looking for something low key. The bar may have "a little somethin' at midnight," but otherwise no DJ and no cover, just another night at the neighborhood watering hole. You can dance into 2012 by heading over to U Street with swing, lounge and modern music at Black Cat for only $25. Or head over to NoMa for a 5- or 7-course fixed price menu of Kushi's most popular dishes and seasonal specials. All diners present at midnight will receive a Prosecco Toast and Party Favors.