Top 10 Arlington New Year’s Eve Events

by Michael Misfeldt December 17, 2010 at 10:17 am 24,981 19 Comments

Haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet?  Forget heading into the District and waiting two hours in the cold trying to find a cab to bring you back home. Here are ten (potentially) walkable events right here in Arlington.

1. Clarendon Ballroom

The annual New Year’s Eve Gala at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd) features a large dinner buffet, four drink tickets, a champagne toast, midnight balloon drop and more.

Entertainment comes from high-energy cover band Liquid A, with DJ Image spinning party music on the lower level all night.

Tickets started at $65 and will rise in $10 increments as the date gets closer. Held from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

2. Arlington Cinema Drafthouse

If you like watching the ball drop in Time’s Square but you don’t actually want to go to NYC, this is the next best thing. Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) will be showing New Year’s celebrations in NYC and around the world live on the big screen. The 80’s themed party includes a DJ, entertainment and party favors. Admission is $14.

Food and drink must be purchased separately from the table-side wait staff. This event sold out last year.

3. Caribbean Breeze

If you want to ring in the New Year Caribbean style then the Caribbean Breeze (4100 Fairfax Dr) is the place to be. Bring in the New Year dancing to Latin beats, eating island food or just hanging out with some friends.

9PM to 3AM, $25 per person (party only) before Dec. 25th. $69 Dinner/Dance VIP Package before Dec. 25th. For more info call Padrino at 703-402-2608 or 703-812-7997.

4. Dance Factory

If you really like to dance then the Dance Factory (954 N. Monroe St) is the place to be. Join them for an elegant evening of ballroom, Latin, and swing dancing as they waltz into 2011. Singles and couples welcome, open to all. Door prizes, party favors, and much more.

$19 if paid by December 29th, $24 at the door. Held from 9:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Call 703-528-9770 for more info.

5. The Clarendon Grill

C-Grill (1101 N. Highland St.) is throwing a New Years Eve party featuring the ever-popular cover band Gonzo’s Nose and DJ 2 NUTZ, who will be spinning during band breaks. Tickets start at $45 and come three drink tickets, a champagne toast and party favors. For those who like the outdoors, the Grill’s patio will be open and heated. Event will be held from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

6. Whitlow’s on Wilson

If you would like to listen to a live band while you eat and drink the night away then head on over to Whitlow’s (2854 Wilson Blvd). Local party band Back to Zero will rock the house while you enjoy drinks and Whitlow’s appetizer buffet. Cost is $25, which includes the buffet and a champagne toast at midnight.

7. Crystal City Sports Pub

Whether you want to dance, play pool, watch sports or just hang out for New Year’s Eve, the Crystal City Sports Pub (529 S. 23rd St.) has something for everyone. The best thing is that there’s no cover, but if you want to enjoy their custom dinner deal then that will cost you a cool $39.99. The price includes a three course meal, champagne toast and party favors. Held from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

8. 3 Bar and Grill

3 Bar and Grill (2950 Wilson Blvd) is hosting a “no drama” New Year’s Eve event, featuring a DJ, a complimentary toast and party favors. There’s no cover, but reservations are suggested for the dining room.

9. The Melting Pot

Come ring in 2011 with fondue at The Melting Pot (1110 N Glebe Rd) in Ballston. They will also serve a complimentary champagne toast with the dessert course. Party favors and souvenir photo of the evening will be available.

10. Fort Myer Officer’s Club

If you’re a commissioned officer in the military or a GS-7 or higher DoD civilian, this swank party at the Fort Myer Officer’s Club (214 Jackson Ave, Fort Myer) is literally just for you. Renowned singer Nancy Scimone will lead a dance-loving crowd into a spirited new year with her Red Bird Jazz Band. Reservations are $90 for club members or $100 for non-members. There will be a cash bar starting at 6:00, followed by dinner at 7:00, music and dancing at 8:00, a champagne toast at midnight and a light continental breakfast.

Flickr photo by Dave Hunt

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  • Katie

    Any officers want to take me to Fort Myer? I clean up pretty well.

  • TotalDefense

    This is so white. How about a nod to the large Latino community? Or one of the other myriad non-white offerings? Sheesh. I’m white by the way, and a proud resident of SOUTH Arlington. 🙂

    • Bill

      It think I missed where the listed events said “Whites-Only”.

    • S. Arl

      I agree with Bill – the events are all inclusive….get real Total Defense.

      • Wolf_In_Sheep

        At least you aren’t preoccupied with the colors of people’s skin. That would make you a racist…oh wait. That being said, have you any other suggestions to make the list that aren’t so “white”? Oh wait, you just want to feel better about your inability to see beyond color of skin by accusing others of your flaw, not help select a place to have a good time. My vote is Bungalow Billiards. I have seen some non-white people there so does it pass your race test? Shameful.

        • Wolf_In_Sheep

          That comment was for Total Defense, btw.

    • TypicalArlingtonMale

      You think Caribbean Breeze is white? The two or three times I’ve been there its been 80%-90% hispanic/latino.

  • Justine

    Kristen and the Noise is NOT playing at Clarendon Ballroom. CB is having Liquid A and Kristen and the Noise will be at the Gaylord Hotel.

    • Sorry for the mix-up, we’ll correct this

  • Nothing in Shirlington Village?

    • Is Samuel Beckett’s going to be open?

      • I think that it will be open by New Year’s Eve. According to the Samuel Beckett’s Facebook page, they’re just waiting for a few inspections. Today they put up black plastic sheetings over the windows (from the inside). I’m guessing yer man doesn’t want passerbys staring in and trying to go inside while he’s doing the finishing touches and/or training staff. Surely this is the most antipated opening of any restaurant in Shirlington.

        • Kate

          I saw it last night with no black sheeting. Looks classy.

      • Update on Samuel Beckett’s: According to the same-name Facebook, they have a few more County inspections to pass. Maybe next week.

  • As far as special New Year’s Eve events in Shirlington, the only restaurant that appears to be doing one is Extra Virgin. They have a package with a prix fixe menu.

  • And there is a good list here http://www.arlnow.com/2010/12/29/morning-notes-138/ 🙂


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