Ring in 2015 with Panache!

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As December dwindles and the year prepares to turn, restaurants and bars around the District are icing down the Champagne and getting ready for their best New Year’s Eve yet. Here are the best places in town to ring in the New Year:

Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown adds sparkle to its annual soiree with festive holiday garlands and dazzling décor. The full dinner menu starts at 4 p.m., and the chef will feature four “Farewell 2014” dinner specials.

At Peacock Café, there will be two seatings with a special prix fixe menu. The first seating ($57) runs from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. The second seating ($69) begins at 8 p.m. and includes a glass of Champagne at midnight.

Enjoy an all-inclusive five-course prix fixe menu with a midnight toast at Café Milano. Guests can also dance to music performed by Manolito the Gypsy and other surprise entertainers. Early seating is from 4 to 7 p.m., with the regular a la carte dinner menu available.

Soak in one of the best views of Washington on New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel’s POV rooftop lounge. Amidst a stunning D.C. backdrop, some of the city’s most sought-after deejays will be spinning tunes throughout the night as the Champagne flows. Limited seating is available for bottle service. Contact POVEvents@Whotels.com for pricing.

Bistrot Lepic has organized a jazzy New Year’s Eve celebration with a three-course menu ($65) and loads of live jazz performed by Natalie Jean.

Cozy up to the big, roaring fire at La Chaumiere and delight in fine French dining in Georgetown. The chef has prepared a special New Year’s Eve menu with everything from baked onion soup and escargots to sautéed sea scallops, beef tenderloin medallions and veal piccata.

Treat yourself and indulge in caviar, oysters and lobster at Plume in the Jefferson Hotel. New executive chef Ralf Schlegel has organized a decadent seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The first seating ($165) is between 5 and 6 p.m. The second seating ($225), between 9 and 9:45 p.m., includes a glass of premium Champagne.

Joe’s Stone Crab opened downtown this year, and there’s no better place to tuck into fine crab claws. Joe’s will be featuring its full a la carte menu on Wednesday, Dec. 31, with loads of fresh stone crab. Plus, kick off your evening with complimentary sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres.

If you’re looking for a classic D.C. institution to ring in 2015, look no further than 1789. The historic restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu ($125) and a prix fixe menu with wine pairing ($175) in addition to its popular a la carte menu.

The swanky Blue Duck Tavern has two events on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant will serve a special four-course menu ($120), including a Champagne toast, from 4:30 to 11 p.m. In the lounge, a New Year’s Eve party ($180) will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will feature a premium open bar, small plates, a dessert table and live music by Karla Chisholm.

Wherever you decide to go on New Years’ Eve, the Georgetowner wishes you the best as you celebrate bringing in 2015!

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