Photo: Nick Donner
Scott Thuman

Politics & Pups Meet ABC7’s Scott Thuman

Scott Thuman isn’t just ABC7’s Emmy Award-winning Chief Political Correspondent, or a regular participant in animal and women’s rights fundraisers around town. He’s also the owner of an eight-year-old Chihuahua named Olive, a quirky little pup that he’s “semi-inseparable” from. On Tap caught up with Thuman to chat about his impressive career in broadcast journalism, his favorite things to do in the District when he’s not traveling for work and of course, what he loves most about Olive.

Thuman says he knew he wanted to become a broadcast journalist on the first day of his internship at the NBC station in West Palm Beach, Fla. when he was sent out on a story with a reporter covering a hostage situation at a hospital.

“I watched, wide-eyed, as the reporters all quickly amassed any tidbits of information they could and then lined up in a tiny, cordoned off area to all talk over each other live during the noon news,” Thuman says. “There was an instant adrenaline rush and the challenge of reporting the news so calmly and with such an intense deadline was highly impressive – even to watch.”

The Fairfax County native moved to Florida during his formative years, where he attended Florida Southern College and later worked for Jacksonville’s First Coast News and Orlando’s WFTV. Whether it was heading to Cuba to examine the conditions at Guantanamo Bay or covering a Super Bowl in San Diego, he says he was fortunate to be overwhelmed with options during those years, especially at WFTV.

“That’s where I truly cut my teeth and considered myself not just a reporter, but a journalist. There’s a big difference.”

It was also during his years in Florida that Thuman “caught a full-fledged case of political fever.” During the 2000 presidential campaign, he received a call from his boss telling him to get to Tallahassee – there was going to be a recount.

“Thirty-seven days later, I finally got to go home, and the country had a new president. I learned more about hanging chads and butterfly ballots than anyone should and also learned politics was now truly a passion.”

The journalist also developed a strong interest in international affairs during the Iraq War in 2003 while working on stories at Parris Island and Fort Stewart, where he watched Marines and soldiers prepare for combat.

“They were even learning how to inject themselves with antidotes in case of a chemical attack.”

Though intimidating, he says he knew he wanted to witness and report on the invasion firsthand.

“Eventually, I said, ‘I’ve got three weeks of vacation, a bullet proof vest and a camera,’ and off I went to freelance in Iraq. [I’ve been] hooked ever since.”

In 2005, he returned to his Northern Virginia roots and took a job with ABC’s DC area affiliate, WJLA. Thuman says the TV station seemed like a natural fit to him, with its mantra that “national news is local news.” Since then, he’s received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, as well as multiple Emmys and honors from the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

“I feel my work is well-respected by my colleagues, which is a pretty great honor, but the memories are much more fulfilling.”

The journalist says that over the years, he’s covered political unrest, terrorism and other major international stories in Beirut, Brussels, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris and Port-au-Prince, among countless other locations.

“There’s nothing like witnessing history unfold with your own eyes and having the responsibility of sharing that with the world.”

On the national front, Thuman was notably the only local broadcast journalist to land and conduct consecutive interviews with President Obama during the 2012 campaign. He says these interviews stand out to him, but being on the front lines of conflict and history top all of his other professional experiences.

“I’m especially proud of some of the pieces we’ve put together on the refugee crisis from a camp called ‘the Jungle’ in Calais, France, and the unrest and bombings in Beirut last November – followed up by the attacks in Paris,” he says. “I truly believe we’re doing what no other news team is – and that’s the kind of journalism you dream of. I’ve got great bosses and I’m very grateful.”

Most recently, Thuman has been covering the presidential campaign trail. He also just returned from a trip to Estonia, “where NATO troops are increasing in number.”

“They’re concerned that Putin and Russia could cross the border like they did in Ukraine. It’s almost like we’re looking at a Cold War 2.0. We’re just scratching the surface on that story, and I’m anxious to keep digging.”

Though the Alexandria, Va. resident isn’t home too often due to his demanding work schedule, he’s a huge fan of Union and Eastern Markets as local spots to unwind with “great food, people-watching and conversation.” Plus, he loves Union Market’s old-school drive-in movie theater showings: “nostalgic and fun, [a] solid way to spend a Friday night.”

For fine dining in the city, the Source and Rural Society are his top picks. Thuman can be found at Off the Record across from the White House for a nice drink, and Black Jack for a casual beer. When he’s back in Virginia, Carlyle in Shirlington or one of Del Ray’s hidden gems are his go-to spots. This summer, he’s planning to see Billy Joel at Nats Park in July, and may catch Fitz and the Tantrums at the 9:30 Club in June.

Thuman’s also a big supporter of local fundraisers, from On Tap’s Running of the Chihuahuas in May to the Washington Human Society’s Fashion for Paws in April. Of the latter, he says, “I mean, dogs in fancy outfits walking the runway to raise money for their less fortunate four-legged friends – you know you want to see that.”

He also attends the Tahirih Justice Center’s annual gala, which he says is a huge success every year. Of the center, he says, “They do amazing work for women in some of the most dire situations.”

Above all else, the journalist prefers to spend his free time with Olive, who he inherited from a past relationship. Though initially skeptical about owning a nine-pound Chihuahua, the two are now best pals. Olive’s charm is evident in her favorite activities: “burping after every meal, having ‘relations’ with a wool sock every night and destroying every bit of mail that comes through the slot.” Thuman says she’s also the most loving dog he’s ever met.

He now fully anticipates the odd reactions he gets from people when they ask what kind of dog he has, and enjoys their funny and candid responses. He tells them how he came to be a Chihuahua owner, and how he’s unashamedly enamored with Olive.

“I can’t count how many people tell me they hate little dogs, and a half-hour after meeting her, they’re asking if they can dog sit. She’s a winner.”

Follow Scott Thuman on Twitter: @ScottThuman.
Photo: Nick Donner
capitol riverfront events

What’s Happening in the Riverfront

DC Duck Race
Saturday, April 30
Rubber ducky you’re the one! The DC Rotary Club is hosting an inaugural duck race to raise funds for the Rotary Club and community organizations. Sponsor a duck and you can race it on a closed course on the Anacostia river.  There will be prizes for the speediest ducks, music, food, artists and more. Get all the info at www.dcduckrace.org

Vinofest Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, May 7
VinoFest Wine and Music Festival is back for another great year of wine and tunes and this time they’re taking the action to Yards Park. The day features over 20 international and Virginia wineries plus a food pavilion curated by Emporiyum.  The lineup includes Jon Batiste and Stay Human, The Original Wailers and Rare Essences. www.vinofest.cofor tickets and details.

Tour de Fat
Saturday, May 21
Bikes meet beer in the traveling circus that is Tour de Fat.  Featuring a costumed bike parade, killer live music and of course, plenty of New Belgium brews. The festival is dedicated to promoting bikes as a more sustainable means of transportation and they take it seriously, so seriously in fact, there is a celebration of the car-for-bike swapper series, a program in which people swap their keys for a commitment to commute by bike. Get all the info at www.newbelgium.com/Events/tour-de-fat/washington.

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Wednesdays in June, July, August
Canal park presents a new take on the “front porch” concert. Concerts take place at the Canal Park middle block stage on a Wednesday of each summer month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature great bands, food and beverages from neighborhood restaurants, games, and more. Find details at www.capitolriverfront.org.

Canal Park Movies
Thursday at dusk June 2 to August 11
From perennial favorites to the latest Academy Award winners, the people spoke and the movies will be shown!  Join the Riverfront community for free movies at Canal Park on Thursday evenings.   The 2016 schedule is: June 2: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, June 9: Inside Out, June 16: Ocean’s 11, June 23: Hitch, June 30: Stars Wars the Force Awakens, July 7: Mean Girls, July 14: Jurassic World, July 21: Minions, July 28: Creed, August 4: Pitch Perfect 2, August 11: The Martian. Find details at  www.capitolriverfront.org.

DC JazzFest
Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday June 18 and 19 2 to 10 p.m.
DC JazzFest returns to Yards Park for three days of amazing music. The lineup includes Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet; Cécile McLorin Salvant; The Chuck Brown Band, and more on one big stage.  There will be food, beer, wine and a marketplace village to add to the entertainment.  The Friday evening concert is free and open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday tickets are required.  For a complete lineup and ticket information, visit.  www.dcjazzfest.org/jazzfest-at-the-yards.

Red, White & Brew Festival
Saturday, June 25
Raise a toast to the red, white and brew at this annual all-you-care-to-taste beer and wine event.  For tickets and to learn more, visit  www.drinkthedistrict.com.

Snallygaster
Saturday, September 17
This festival is a beast and sure to set the hearts racing of any craft beer lover.  Over 300 unique craft brews will be on-site, complemented by food from top restaurants and trucks as well as music, entertainment and games. Learn more atwww.snallygasterdc.com.

DC VegFest
Saturday, September 24
This event is free and open to the public.  Hosted by Compassion Over Killing, a DC-based animal protection charity, the DC VegFest celebrates the best of the vegetarian lifestyle in and around DC. Learn more at www.dcvegfest.com.

Wiener 500 Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 24
Kick off Oktoberfest at DC’s silliest Oktoberfest celebration. Watch Germany’s canine ambassadors race for glory and enjoy cold beer from the Sam Adams biergarten. Plus food trucks, live music and a stein hoisting competition. This event is free. Race fees are donated to Washington Humane Society. Learn more at www.wiener500.com.

Covet’s Autumn Clayton
Photos: Jody McKitrick

Covet’s Autumn Clayton

Autumn Clayton is the impossibly stylish and creative entrepreneur behind Arlington boutique Covet, where she sells the cutest and quirkiest items – from home décor to jewelry. She’s also an avid animal lover who frequently fosters pups through local non-profit Mutts Matter Rescue, most of whom get to hang out with her at the shop to greet customers. On Tap caught up with Clayton to see what she’s up to this spring, both in the shop and around the DMV.
On Tap: What’s new at Covet this spring?
Autumn Clayton: I’ve added quite a few new lines, from hilarious cards and super stylish ombre dog leashes from New England to a beautiful line of hand-thrown pottery from Falls Church. We also have an amazing collection of abstract paintings from artist Anne Marie Coolick that are perfect for updating your décor for the spring and summer.
OT: Any plans to refresh your designer/vendor lineup? 
AC: I aim to have something completely new in at least once a month, so that keeps me on the lookout pretty much all of the time. Covet is comprised of more than 50 vendors from around the country, all working in their small studios trying to carve out a career from their own hands. I like being part of that.
OT: What events do you have in the queue for customers in the coming months?
AC: We are planning a “meet and greet” for a special rescue dog [Violet]. Covet has been donating to her care, and our customers and vendors have generously made donations as well, so we are going to bring her into the shop so she can meet her fans.
OT: Where do you head for brunch on the weekends?
AC: If all the stars are aligned, then I head straight to Le Diplomate. The food is amazing (hello, radish crudité!) and the atmosphere just engulfs you and makes you part of the entire scene. It’s brilliant.
OT: As a huge Nats fan, what are you most looking forward to this season?
AC: I like to watch the chemistry between the players – how it affects their game – and getting swept up into it. Of course, we are all wondering what Harper will do this year. It’s been great watching him mature and live up to his potential.
OT: What are some of your favorite pre-or post-game spots?
AC: Garrison is definitely a favorite for dining and Beuchert’s Saloon hits the spot for great cocktails and people-watching (my other favorite sport).
Covet: 5140 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA; 703-247-9797; www.covetarlington.com

Photos: Jody McKitrick

DC’s Fashion Scene

The Inside Scoop on DC’s Fashion Scene

Stow that winter coat and refresh your wardrobe with new styles from chic to street this month when the work of nine local designers makes its way to the runway at Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City on April 14. Expect to see leather and silk, lace and velvet – from edgy to sweet and flirty to androgynous. Big trends this spring include flared silhouettes, slightly cropped tops, stripes and denim. This eclectic group of designers has a range of experience – from fresh off their first fashion week to vintage scouters who search far and wide for just the right mix of old and new. On Tap chatted with some of the talent behind the show to see what they’re up to this season.

Mila & Fire

Mila & Fire are long-time best friends who combined their educations, skills and passion to create a clothing and lifestyle brand that is playful, sexy and vibrant. Two-piece printed outfits, shorts and bold patterns prevail. For inspiration, they look to street fashion.

“Many of our closest friends are incredibly stylish and fashion-savvy without trying too hard,” Kelcie Glass, a.k.a Fire, says. “They have such a strong understanding of who they are as people, often mixing feminine looks with androgynous pieces.”

Fans will see something a bit more “grown-up” on the runway this spring.

“Our aesthetic has changed dramatically since our start four years ago, and so has the style of our long-time clients, customers [and] supporters, so we want our new look to be reflective of that,” Fire says. They’re especially into shoulder-baring pieces, denim, metallic accents, lingerie for daywear and timeless dresses.

Learn more: www.milaandfire.com

Michelle C. Gibson

Michelle C. Gibson’s four-season collection, “The Bold & Beautiful,” is inspired by Lana Del Ray’s haunting track “Young & Beautiful,” as well as the “lush perfection” of the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Md. Flowy fabrics in neutral creams and bright pops of color are draped in sheer capes and full skirts. Silk in crepe, velvet and cotton sateen gives garments a luxurious look and feel, while crop tops add a flirtatious touch. The Serenity Print Faille Top & Skirt in black and cream would flatter any body type. Gibson combined her love of art, computer graphics and Vogue to pursue a degree in fashion merchandising at Howard University, and she first showed her work during her senior year at New York Fashion Week. The results are sophisticated and fun with the aim to “open opportunity to become the best version of you,” Gibson says.

Learn more: www.michellecgibson.com

Beyond The Velvet Rope

The women behind Beyond the Velvet Rope, March Bell-Daniels and Katina Robinson-Wright, founded their company on the premise that “fashion is not exclusive.” Their pieces are approachable and affordable for all shapes, sizes and incomes.

Bells-Daniels says, “We have a quest to open the world of boutique shopping. All of the pieces are carefully selected from a wide array of distributors, manufacturers and independent designers, and in true boutique style, limited quantities of each item are stocked and once an item is gone, it’s gone.”

This spring, they’re focusing on soft denim, bright coral, bold stripes and Victorian inspiration, which take the form of draped tops with details like fringe, studs and full-printed skirts.

Learn more: www.bvrboutique.com

Brown & Williams

H. Brevard Brown III and Christopher Williams are Sartorial Anglicans: “That is, we like all things British fashion,” says Brown. Together, they created Brown & Williams, a collection of vintage menswear sourced from across the pond.

“We grew weary of the same old offerings,” he says.

They wanted to give men more unique options, but also “allow them to mix truly unique and amazing vintage pieces with their already existing wardrobes and trends.” Inspired by the likes of Guy Ritchie, Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, Brown describes their aesthetic as London street meets country chic, combining classic finds with edgy, modern pieces. On the runway, you’ll see plenty of summer scarves, ascots, safari jackets and vests.

Learn more: www.brownandwilliamsclothiers.com

Carrie Rockwell

Carrie Rockwell’s designs are soft and feminine. Using luxurious fabrics with lace details, floral prints and flared silhouettes, she creates an air of sophistication and elegance that would make a splash at any wedding or garden party. Rockwell looks to nature for ideas.

“Nature has so many beautiful details, whether it is in the spring flowers, the fall leaves turning different shades or the beautiful sunsets each day,” she says. “I try to capture those to represent some of the feminine and beautiful details I use within my designs.” Rockwell is a brand new addition to the fashion scene. After attending Marymount University, her collection was featured in Crystal Couture Show and Sale 2015, and she premiered her 2016 line this year at the same show.

Learn more:  www.carrierockwell.com

Rosies and Rockers

Mateen Khan of Rosies and Rockers looks to pin-up and punk rock fashion for inspiration, but creates his own modern twist with today’s silhouettes. His line offers a wide range of choices for both men and women that are “flirty, aggressive, edgy and just different – so you can stand out in the best possible way in any room,” Khan says. Leather pants and tight jeans worthy of Patti Smith and Joey Ramone, sweet sweaters embroidered with kittens, and lots of leopard print are a few things you’ll see. Creative tees and leather moto jackets along with 50s dresses make for a date night role play as Danny and Sandy from Grease.

“I constantly evolved and drew inspiration from the music scene and concert costuming,” Khan says, “taking something over the edge, attention-drawing, and turning it into a wearable piece that makes you feel like a rock star!”

What’s his favorite trend this spring?

“English Rose – a romantic heroine that lends a hand for social justice.”

Learn more:  www.rosiesandrockers.com

Deborah Mdurvwa

Deborah Mdurvwa’s line is not for the shy. Her designs show a lot of skin without crossing the line. Remember those mesh tops from the 80s? Mdurvwa refines that questionable look with structured cuts in neutral tones that empower rather than expose.

“I draw a lot of inspiration from women with attitude such as Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross and Demi Lovato because they exude confidence,” Mdurvwa says. “I design for the woman who knows her strength [and] her power, and is not afraid to confront the world with those characteristics.”

Her looks include unpredictable pairings like dark, textured pencil skirts with mesh jackets. She’s looking forward to the runway experience.

“This spring, I am expecting to see a lot of mesh, velvet and crops – also a lot of chokers.”

Learn more:  www.twitter.com/mdurvwa

Ankara Streets

Ankara Streets specializes in bold, colorful African prints that are a refreshing addition to DC street fashion. These pieces are not for the red carpet, but for the busy woman who is “sexy and turns heads even when she’s going grocery shopping with a toddler on her hip,” says founder and designer Jessica Thomas. She makes dresses, separates, jackets and accessories that include jewelry, head wraps, belts and hats.

“I’m constantly on the go and need my wardrobe to flow with me, not constrict me,” she says. “My inspiration comes from real life. I’ve designed dresses based off of my favorite apron or hair accessories that were inspired by my husband’s bow ties. It comes from all over.”

Learn more: www.ankarastreets.com

These eight designers will be joined by Elite Fitz for the Hecht Warehouse Fashion Show from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a runway show and pop-up shop, plus light fare, music from DJ Stacks, beer and wine, and tours of the loft-style apartments. The show is free, but requires an RSVP via  www.hechtfashion.com. 21+ event.  Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City: 1401 New York Ave. NE, DC; 571-748-3245; www.hechtwarehouse.com
Beer & Yoga
Photo: Leah Cheston

Revive Your Chakras with Beer & Yoga

Late on a Sunday morning, a gathering of yoga enthusiasts sit with legs crossed and stretch their arms up, breathing deeply, the scent of hops and brewer’s yeast filling their lungs. That’s right. It’s time for Beer & Yoga at Right Proper Brewing Company in Northeast DC. Three times per week, the neighborhood spot opens up its immaculate brewing room, gleaming with stainless steel tanks, for an hour of gentle yoga followed by a pint of craft beer in its comfy, quirky tasting room.

“We have a huge, open space,” says Right Proper’s General Manager, Elizabeth Schnettler. “This is our fourth yoga event since we opened in December, and we’re usually full.”

Beth A. Wolfe, a certified yoga instructor who leads classes in breweries around town, including at Right Proper, says it’s a fun fit to have a yoga class in a non-traditional space. Wolfe caught on to the hot new trend early.

“The same people who are into yoga are also often into craft beer,” she says.

Beer & Yoga participant Laura Spencer had never tried yoga before.

“But Beth immediately made me feel really comfortable,” she says while sipping a fresh-brewed cold one at Right Proper.

Socially, it’s a great bet. After a relaxing class geared toward all levels of yoga ability, attendees easily meet to linger over their beers. Wolfe says even the guys like it: “Their girlfriends and wives want them to try yoga, but the beer is the thing that brings them here.”

“Yoga is for the willing,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how strong you are or if you’re flexible. In yoga, you’ll fall eight times, but you’ll get up nine.”
After all that hard work, you’ll deserve a toast to your efforts. Starting this month, Beer & Yoga will be held on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays for $15.

Right Proper Brewing Company: 920 Girard St. NE, DC; 202-526-5904;www.rightproperbrewing.com


Beer & Yoga Venues in the DMV

Sixty-minute yoga session the first Saturday of every month, plus a pint of beer, for $15 at Aslin Beer Company: 257 Sunset Park Dr. Herndon, VA; www.aslinbeer.com.

Hatha yoga for $10-$15 at BadWolf Brewing Company: 9776 Center St. Manassas, VA;  www.badwolfbrewingcompany.com.

Vinyasa yoga on the last Monday of each month for $15 at Capitol City Brewing Company: 4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA; www.capcitybrew.com/arlington.php.

Vinyasa yoga on April 10 for $15 at DC Brau: 3178 Bladensburg Rd. NE, DC;www.dcbrau.com.

“Detox 2 Retox” every third Thursday of the month for $25 at Hellbender Brewing Co.: 5788 2nd St. NE, DC; www.hellbenderbeer.com.

Beer yoga every Tuesday for $15 at Port City Brewing: 3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria, VA; www.portcitybrewing.com.

“DETOX-RETOX w/ Eat Yoga Drink” on the first Monday of each month for $15 atSehkraft Brewing: 925 N Garfield St. Arlington, VA; www.sehkraftbrewing.com.

Photo: Leah Cheston

cherry blossoms

10 Fun Facts about DC’s Cherry Blossoms & Annual Festival

1. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki to Washington, DC.

2. The average lifespan of a cherry blossom tree is only 20 to 30 years, but nearly 100 of the original trees from 1912 still thrive at the Tidal Basin due to the maintenance of the National Park Service.

3. Over 1.5 million people attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year.

4. The first “festival” began as a small celebration in 1927, and expanded to a two-week event in 1994. In 2012, for the 100th anniversary of the trees, the festival became a five-week celebration.

5. The festival offers over 200 free performances.

6. The festival adds new cherry blossom trees to the region each spring. In 2012 and 2013, staff and volunteers planted 200 trees in DC’s Oxon Run Park.

7. The mean bloom date for cherry blossoms is April 4, and the peak bloom date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees are open.

8. There are some 3,750 cherry blossom trees of 16 varieties on National Park Service land.

9. The 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival theme is “Connecting People to Parks,” in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial.

10. The 2016 Blossom Kite Festival will celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall.

Fun facts courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival organization:www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Fund a Flight

Fund a Flight Happy Hour at Brickside Bethesda

Guests joined Flats 8300 and On Tap Magazine at Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda for a Fund a Flight Happy Hour to benefit Luke’s Wings. The donations are going to help fly Army Specialist William Thomas? family to see him at Walter Reed! Photos: Brittany Thomas

star wars trivia

Star Wars Mania in Chinatown

On Tap and Fado caught up with Star Wars fans hanging out in Gallery Place Alley waiting for last night’s movie premiere. We asked trivia questions in exchange for free pints. Find out how well fans did. Video: Nicholas Caracciolo and Nick Hardt

Ivy City Speakeasy

Ivy City Speakeasy at Hecht Warehouse

Guests at the Ivy City Speakeasy at Hecht Warehouse enjoyed a repeal day celebration with prohibition-era cocktails from Jos, A Magnus, One Eight Distilling and New Columbia Distillers. Also on tap, Atlas Brew Works and music from Justin Trawick. Photos: Adrianne Depew

New Year's Eve Guide dc

New Year’s Eve Guide 2015

New Year’s Eve Guide 2015

* The 2015 Guide is in alphabetical order by state, by venue. 

Featured Event

Big Night DC New Year’s Eve Gala
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. The biggest party in town features tons of open bars, 15 themed dance party areas, 10 dance floors, first-class cuisine, party favors and discounted hotel rooms. Some of the hottest party bands and DJs will be performing, including Go Go Gadget, The Rockets, Biz Markie, DJ Chris Styles and many more. Tickets start at $99 and will sell out. Doors open at 9 p.m., party ends at 3 a.m. Gaylord National Hotel & Resort: 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD;www.bignightdc.com  

District of Columbia

NYE at 51st State
NW, DC. 51st State Tavern will have a DJ, party favors, champagne toast, and $4.50 Yuengling all night long. There will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres. No cover. 51st State Tavern: 2512 L St., NW; www.51ststatetavern.com

New Year’s Eve with Dale and the ZDubs
NW, DC. Are you ready for New Year’s? Acre 121 is! Party like it’s 2016 with an amazing live show from rock/reggae powerhouse band Dale and the ZDubs starting at 10 p.m.! The $10 cover gets you access to the night-long dance party with complimentary champagne toasts at midnight and all night drinks specials, including $6 champagne cocktails and $5 holiday drafts. Reservations are available so book today. Acre 121:1400 Irving St. NW, DC; www.acre121.com

Year’s Eve Celebration
NW, DC. Celebrate NYE at Beacon Bar & Grill with a four-course dinner featuring multiple entree choices, a DJ, champagne and festive cocktails available as well. Book your space at www.BBGwdc.com. Tickets are $59 a person. Beacon Bar & Grill: 17th And Rhode Island Ave. NW, DC; www.BBGwdc.com

Professionals in the City’s New Year’s Eve Passport to the World Gala
NW, DC. Each year, more than 3,000 people attend this event sponsored by Pros In The City. Bring your friends, or come alone and meet new friends! There will be different color bracelets for singles and couples, so it is easy to see who is single and who is not. Event features live entertainment, delicious food and beverages, a great crowd of people with a wide variety of interests, and so much more. Tickets start at $149, doors open at 9 p.m. Capital Hilton: 1001 16th St. NW, DC; www.prosinthecity.com

Willy Wonka’s NYE Chocolate Factory
NW, DC. DC9 has NYE covered with Willy Wonka’s NYE Chocolate Factory. Enjoy four hours of premium open bar, Times Square viewing on the big screen, champagne toasts and hats and noisemakers. There will also be two floors of DJs and a raffle to win prizes including free tickets to every show at DC9 in 2016. Tickets start at $55, doors open at 10 p.m. DC9 Nightclub: 1940 9th St. NW, DC; www.dcnine.com

New Year’s Bash
NW, DC. At Fado this New Year’s Eve you are Irish, everywhere else you are just drunk. Ring in the New Year with live music, champagne toasts and more. Tickets start at $10, event starts at 9pm. Fado Irish Pub: 808 7th St. NW, DC; www.fadoirishpub.com/washington 

#RiverBash2016
NW, DC. Nick’s Riverside Grill and Tony and Joe’s have the best New Year’s Party in Washington DC. They offer live music, DJs, appetizers, top shelf open bars and a heated outdoor tent with outside bars. There is plenty of room for everyone. The best part is that it’s all-inclusive starting at just $90 per ticket. Groups of 10 or more get $10 off per ticket. Doors open at 9 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront: 3000/3050 K St. NW, DC;www.tonyandjoes.com

Pimps of Joytime 2-Night NYE Run
NW, DC. Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy. Don’t miss out on this two-night run for NYE. Tickets start at $30, show starts at 9 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s: 3401 K St. NW, DC; www.gypsysallys.com

NYE Velvet Rope 2016
NW, DC. Velvet Rope is your chance to be a celebrity and walk the Red Carpet at “the Embassy of Rock.” Event features premium open bar till midnight, unlimited party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, VIP balcony options with a personal waitress. Tickets start at $40 a person, event starts at 9:30 p.m. Hardrock Cafe: 999 E St. NW, DC; www.nyevelvetrope.com

New Year’s Eve 2016: Masquerade Ball at Howard Theatre
NW, DC. Join DC’s chic celebrants at Howard Theatre this New Year’s Eve. Couples tickets start at $80 and Include two tickets, a complimentary masquerade mask and early entry. Regular rickets start at $60 all of the above for one person. VIP bottle service table packages are available as well. The full dinner menu will be available as well. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre: 620 T St. NW, DC; www.thehowardtheatre.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2016 BASH!
NW, DC.  Ring in 2016 at Irish Whiskey Public House. Tickets start at $75 Premium and include a five hour open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and dancing all night long.  Purchase your advanced tickets at Irish Whiskey or online. Doors open at 9 p.m. Irish Whiskey Public House: 1207 19th St. NW, DC; www.irishwhiskeydc.com

NYE Social “Speakeasy Style”
NW, DC. Join Kelly’s as they transform a casual DC bar into a Prohibition style New Year’s Eve speakeasy complete with open bar until 1 a.m., beautiful event lighting, live music featuring 7Deadlies, a house DJ, hearty era-style starters such as Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers, Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip and much more. Tickets start at $69, party starts at 9 p.m. Kelly’s Irish Times: 14 F St. NW, DC; www.NYESocial.com

Bowls, Beers & Bubbly
NW, DC. Join Lou’s City Bar on New Year’s for a day and night of Bowls, Beers & Bubbly! They’ll have ALL the games on NYE including the College Football Playoffs in the Orange and Cotton Bowl, plus coverage of the Times Square 2015 countdown. Enjoy 22 ounce pints for $5 and champagne cocktails for $6 all day and night, plus a game day special on brats & tots for $10. Reserve your table now! No cover. Lou’s City Bar:1400 Irving St. NW, DC; www.louscitybar.com

New Year’s Eve Party @ Mad Fox Taproom
NW, DC. Join Mad Fox on NYE to celebrate another year of survival on this crazy planet! The first annual Mad Fox Taproom New Year’s Eve Party will be held at the brand new Glover Park location that features two floors, two bars, a dance floor and bar seating. Tickets start at $85 and include a gourmet appetizer buffet and a full premium open bar until 1 a.m. featuring timeless Mad Fox craft beers. There will be a DJ, party favors, champagne toast at midnight and a complimentary coat check. Doors open at 9 p.m. Mad Fox Taproom: 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC; www.eventbrite.com search Mad Fox NYE

11th Annual Masquerade Ball
NW, DC. The 11th Annual NYE Masquerade Ball will include a one hour open bar, MXDC catered appetizers, Miami’s own DJ Damion Daniel and a champagne toast at midnight. Masquerade masks will be provided but patrons are encouraged to bring their own as well. The Times Square ball drop will be broadcasted on all screens and music will play all night long. Tickets start at $35 and tables start at $200. Doors open at 9 p.m. MXDC: 600 14th St. NW, DC; www.dcnewyears.net

New Year’s Eve International Gala: A Cirque du 2016 International Celebration of Many Nations
NW, DC. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with top shelf open bar and food stations, ten international themed celebrations, all five of the Nationals racing presidents, multiple DJs and bands including Gonzo’s Nose. The event will also feature DC’s largest balloon drop and other surprises.  Tickets start at $112 and doors open at 8 p.m. Omni Shoreham Hotel: 2500 Calvert St. NW, DC; www.thingstodoDC.com

Back in the Day: 90’s New Year’s Eve Bash
NW, DC. Try something different this New Year’s Eve with the Back in the Day ‘90s themed celebration at Panache. Party like it’s 1999 as a DJ spins your favorite ‘90s jams like Jay-Z, Biggie and a little Britney. Tickets start at $30 and include an hour open bar and catered appetizers from 9 – 10 p.m., tables start at $500. Doors open at 9 p.m. Panache: 1725 Desales St. NW, DC; www.newyearsevedc90s.com

NYE at Recessions
NW, DC. Celebrate 2016 at Recessions where you can get too much for your money! Tickets start at $70 and include an open bar with top self liquors and a delicious food buffet. There will be karaoke, dancing in a laid back atmosphere with a free champagne toast at midnight and free party favors. Doors at 9 p.m., group rates available. Recessions: 1823 L St. NW, DC; www.recessionsdc.com

NYE 1980s Throwback Thursday at RFD
NW, DC. Ring in the New Year at RFD 1980s style! Get your swatch watches and spandex on and come party like it’s the ‘80s. No cover, ‘80s drinks, Miller High Life Champagne Toast and classic ‘80s cuisine. ‘80s movies on the tube and all the hits playing on the speakers! RFD will show you why the 1980s won’t be like the 1980s anymore!!! RFD: 810 7th St. NW, DC; www.lovethebeer.com

New Year’s Eve Blowout 2016 at Rock & Roll Hotel
NE, DC. The Rock & Roll Hotel annual New Year’s Eve party is just around the corner! Rock & Roll Hotel is excited to announce some new additions to the party as well as three DJs. The party features all three floors, two massive dance floors with live DJs all night and an open bar. There will also be a photo booth and passed hors d’oeuvres from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel: 1353 H St. NE, DC; www.ticketfly.com search Rock & Roll Hotel

Prost! A New Year’s Eve Party
NW, DC. DJ Travis Skinner will spin dance music and local live band the Gunners Perry will play covers. Tickets start at $85 and include a full open bar all night long, access to the schnapps bar featuring rare German schnapps and fruit brandies and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres throughout the night. There will be a midnight champagne toast and passed pastries. There will also be a late night snack provided by BonChon! Doors open at 9 p.m. Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten: 1216 18th St. NW, DC;www.prostnyeparty.eventbrite.com

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Scarlet Oak: Bliss
SE, DC. Bliss NYE finds a new home at the brand new Scarlet Oak in booming Navy Yard (just a stone’s throw from Nationals Park). Enjoy a one-hour open bar and Scarlet Oak catered appetizers in this upscale venue. Dance to the hottest beats provided by DJ Lil Deville. This is Scarlet Oak’s first New Year’s Eve, so it will be an epic night. Tickets start at $32 and doors open at 9:30 p.m. Scarlet Oak: 909 New Jersey Ave. SE, DC;www.newyearsdc.net

New Year’s Eve at Southern Hospitality – A New Day
NW, DC. A New Day returns to Southern Hospitality for the ultimate New Year’s Eve throw down. Enjoy a one hour open bar and appetizers on two floors with two of DC’s hottest DJs. Add a heated outdoor tented patio to the mix, and you have one of DC’s best parties. Tickets start at $30, and tables start at $500 for 6 people. Doors open at 9 p.m. Southern Hospitality: 1815 Adams Mill Rd. NW, DC; www.newyearsevedcparty.com

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
NW, DC. Don your favorite mask and embrace the mystery of the most unique venue in the world when you ring in the new year! Explore themed rooms and secret doors. Tickets start at $125 and include a DJ, chocolate fountain, kissing booth, treasure hunt, glass of champagne for midnight toast, plasma TVs and a cash bar. Get the celebration started early with New Year’s Eve Dinner too! Event begins at 10 p.m. The Mansion on O Street: 2020 O St. NW, DC; www.omansion.com/nyeball 

Grandiose NYE
NW, DC. The 3rd Annual Grandiose New Year’s Eve Gala features DJs Alizay and Jerome Baker. There will be a massive dance floor, roaming photographers, valet parking and a live TV feed from Times Square. Dress code is semi-formal. Tickets start at $65 and include complimentary passed hors d’ouevres and a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Event begins at 8 p.m. The W Hotel DC: 515 15th St. NW, D.C;www.GrandioseNYE.com

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Zengo: Destination Rio
NW, DC. Warm up your New Year’s Eve and travel to Destination Rio for a carnival style NYE bash! Enjoy one hour open bar and Zengo catered appetizers as you dance to the hottest international beats surrounded by festive carnival style New Year’s Eve decor. Tickets start at $30 and tables start at $200. Doors open at 9 p.m. Zengo: 781 Seventh St. NW, DC; www.zengonye.com

MARYLAND 

The Roaring Twenties Speakeasy NYE Party 2016
BETHESDA, MD. Celebrate 2016 at the Fourth Annual Roaring Twenties Speakeasy NYE Party! Tickets start at $129 and include five hours of open bar, extensive food stations, multiple themes, live music, games, a professional photographer, a movie theater, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is formal and doors open at 9 p.m. Doubletree by Hilton Bethesda: 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD; www.bethesdaroaringtwenties.eventbrite.com 

Papadosio w/ Chon
SILVER SPRING, MD. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Papadosio at The Fillmore. Tickets start at $40. VIP tickets are available that include admission to a pre-show happy hour with members of Papadosio, reserved seating upstairs, a limited edition show poster created exclusively for this date and a buffet dinner. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Fillmore Silver Spring: 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD; www.fillmoresilverspring.com 

New Year 2016 Countdown Extravaganza
BETHESDA, MD. Union Jack’s invites you to NEW YEAR 2016 COUNTDOWN EXTRAVAGANZA! You won’t want to miss this special night! Tickets start at $20. There will be a DJ, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. There will also be midnight pool and darts. Dress to Impress! Event begins at 7 p.m. Union Jack’s Bethesda: 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD; www.unionjacksbethesda.com

New Year 2016 Countdown Extravaganza
GAITHERSBURG, MD. Union Jack’s invites you to NEW YEAR 2016 COUNTDOWN EXTRAVAGANZA with the VIPs! You won’t want to miss this special night! Tickets start at $20. Event features live music by the VIPs, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast and midnight pool and darts. Dress to impress! Event begins at 7 p.m. Union Jack’s Rio/Gaithersburg; 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD;www.unionjacksrio.com

VIRGINIA

‘80s Theme New Year’s Eve at The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
ARLINGTON, VA. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Drafthouse for their ‘80s theme night. Watch New York’s Times Square celebration live on the theater screen while avoiding the hassle and expense of the city. This event sold out last year so buy early. There will be ‘80s  themed music with live DJ and party favors. Drinks and food sold a la carte. Tickets start at $15, event begins at 7:30 p.m. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse: 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA; www.ArlingtonDrafthouse.com 

Celebrate New Year’s at Bilbo Baggins
ALEXANDRIA, VA. Celebrate your New Year’s Eve with a special a-la-carte menu featuring delicious appetizers and entrees, great wines and unusual beers. Space will fill up so reserve today at www.bilbobaggins.net Bilbo Baggins: 208 Queen St., Alexandria, VA; www.bilbobaggins.com

NYE at Celtic House
ARLINGTON, VA. Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 with two toasts and no cover charge! There will be an Irish toast at 7 p.m. and a U.S.A. at midnight. There will also be dinner specials all night long. Live music starts at 9:30pm! Celtic House: 2500 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA; www.celtichouse.net

Clarendon Ballroom 16th Annual NYE Gala
ARLINGTON, VA. Clarendon Ballroom is the place to spend NYE. This event historically sells out and tickets start at $65. Admission includes two levels of entertainment, dinner buffet, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors, four drink tickets, a late night hoagie station and live music from Liquid A and DJ Bobby Hash Doors. Dress code is fashionable and fabulous! Doors open at 8 p.m. Clarendon Ballroom: 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA; www.clarendonballroom.com

Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Throw Down
ARLINGTON, VA. Celebrate 2016 at IOTA Club & Café with the sixth annual NYE Throw Down! There will be a cover free happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music from The Beanstalk Library with Uptown Boys Choir and The Backfields at 9 p.m.. Tickets start at $20 and include admission to the show, party favors, champagne toasts and special appetizers before 8 p.m. IOTA Club & Café: 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA;www.iotaclubandcafe.com

Mad Fox NYE Celebration 2016 with Tom Principato
FALLS CHURCH, VA. Ring in 2016 at Mad Fox Brewing with an evening featuring live music from award-winning Jazz guitarist Tom Principato and a special three course menu offered to revelers. Tickets start at $32.64 for the music and $80.12 for dinner and music. Both tickets include party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m. Mad Fox Brewing Company: 444 West Broad St., Falls Church, VA; www.eventbrite.com search Tom Principato

New Year’s Eve Celebration
ALEXANDRIA, VA. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Murphy’s in Old Town. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a three course meal and live music by Pat Carroll and Ronan Kavanagh. Tickets are $40 a person and include a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are encouraged. Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub: 713 King St., Alexandria, VA;www.murphyspub.com

New Year’s Eve at O’Sullivan’s
ARLINGTON, VA. O’Sullivan’s is kicking off their celebrations with an Irish Toast at 7 p.m. (midnight Irish time). Live music starts at 9.30 p.m. with Willem Dicke playing all night long. At midnight there will be a champagne toast for everyone in the bar. No cover charge all night. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub: 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington VA; www.facebook.com/OSullivansArlington

Tortoise New Year’s
ARLINGTON, VA. Looking for something to do on NYE that isn’t fancy or disappointing? Head to the Tortoise & Hare for a fun night out with your friends at the place where you’ll always feel comfortable! Great music, champagne toast and party favors will be provided. There is a $20 cover. Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille: 567 23rd St., Arlington, VA; www.hopincrawlout.com 

Whitlow’s New Year’s Eve Bash
ARLINGTON, VA. Spend your New Year’s Eve at Whitlow’s with live music from Back to Zero, a heavy appetizer buffet, coat check, and a midnight champagne toast. Event will sell out so secure your tickets now! Tickets start at $30 per person and doors open at 8 p.m. Whitlow’s On Wilson: 2854 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22201; www.whitlows.com