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New Year's Eve 2013 at Washington Hilton

Washington Hilton

Downtown Countdown at the Washington Hilton

5 Hour Premium Open Bar 9pm - 2am
Monday, December 31st, 2012 9PM - 2AM

Description

The Downtown Countdown, DC's largest New Year's Eve party, is returning to the luxurious Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue...Last year's move to a bigger venue, brought our biggest attendance and best entertainment to date...This year we're ramping it up even more, as we ring in 2013 with chart-toppers GROUPLOVE and G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE! We are once again happy to welcome DC101 as our radio partner and Roche as the host and emcee of the night's festivities.

With a ratio of one bartender for every 75 guests and 1 buffet station for every 250 guests, you won't spend your New Year's Eve waiting in lines. Capacity is limited to a very comfortable number.

You must be 21 or older to attend the event, with valid government issued ID... 

Remember, this event will sell out early! Plus, the earlier you buy, the less expensive it will be!


VIP Information

For those requiring something a little more special, the Downtown Countdown is offering an exclusive VIP Ticket.

Due to popularity over previous years, the VIP area will be expanded this year at the larger Washington Hilton. A limited number of tickets will be available and will sell quickly. The VIP area will offer more upscale menus with the finest array of liquors, beers, wines and champagnes and a ratio or one bartender per every 50 guests....plus an extra hour of open bar from 8pm-2am!

As a VIP ticket holder, you will also enjoy access to all entertainment in the general admission areas of the party, as well as your own private registration, will call and complimentary coat check. All VIP areas will offer full top shelf open bars and upscale dinner buffets featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres passed butler style, plus slider and carving stations. There will be VIP areas in both the International and Columbia Ballrooms. The VIP area in the International Ballroom will be located in 1/3 of the International Ballroom's massive dance floor, as well as occupy most of the balcony surrounding the entire ballroom. This will give VIP's a great sight line to the stage for all the band's performances. About 25% of the Columbia Ballroom will be cordonedoff for VIPs. Each VIP area will be fully stocked with top-shelf open bars, full buffet stations and seating for VIP guests.

 

Tickets

General Admission
Sold Out
  • 3 Bands - Main Stage - International Ballroom
  • DJ's and Dancing - Columbia Ballroom
  • Comedy Showcase - Crystal Ballroom
  • Live Karaoke - Crystal Ballroom
  • DC's Largest Balloon Drop at Midnight
  • Decorations and Party Favors
  • 6,000 of your closest friends to celebrate 2013 with!
VIP
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VIP INFORMATION
  • Private VIP registration & check in area
  • Complimentary VIP coat check
  • Preferntial entrance at 8pm
  • Extra full hour of open bar from 8-9pm
  • Private acoustical performances by headlining bands
         GROUPLOVE - 8:00-8:25pm
         G. LOVE - 8:30-9:00pm
  • Exclusive VIP Lounge in International Ballroom
  • Excluisve VIP area in Columbia Ballroom
  • Upgraded dinner menus & passed hors d'ouevres
  • Upgraded bar menu
  • 1 per 50 - Bartender to guest ratio
  • Higher percentage of seating per guest

Music Crowd

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM - Bands & Set Times Subject To Change

DC101'S ROCHE - EMCEE    9:00PM - 2:00AM

Roche re-energizes commuters during their ride home each weekday, with such popular features like "The Doo Doo Time Spectacular" and more! Roche thrives on making his show highly interactive, and keeping the listeners updated through DC101.com on everything that is important in the world of rock, pop culture, and beer!

THE LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT    9:15PM - 10:00PM

Drawing from the diverse Washington, D.C. music scene, Lloyd Dobler Effect fuses rock, percussive rhythms and vocal harmonies to create an intricate and fresh sound. LDE's multi-layered and upbeat music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. The band’s list of accomplishments is impressive: winners of the 99.1 WHFS Big Break Contest that pitted LDE against hundreds of area rock bands and led to several main stage appearances at the HFStival; headlining multiple international Armed Forces Entertainment tours; and being voted one of the top ten best bands in the DC area in a Washington Post reader’s poll.

GROUPLOVE   10:15PM - 11:45PM

When the members of Grouplove met it was like a dream. The setting was a remote artist colony on the exotic, mysterious Greek island of Crete. Drummer/producer Ryan Rabin and his childhood friend and former bandmate, guitarist Andrew Wessen came from California, guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboarist Hannah Hooper traveled from New York, and bassist Sean Gadd was the lone Brit. Each member went to Greece for their own independent reasons but over time they gravitated towards each other and discovered the sound that unified them: a merging of richly narrated, intricate songs with anthemic classic pop production. It took the band the better part of a year to reunite after they left the island, but after releaseing their debut album Never Trust A Happy Song, they’re realized that what began as a fantasy has now become very real.

MIDNIGHT COUNTDOWN & BALLOON DROP   MIDNIGHT

Say goodbye to 2012 in style in the Hilton's International Ballroom while DC101's Roche emcees the count-down to the New Year with DC's largest balloon drop, and our co-headlining act will take to the stage as the clock strikes midnight!  

G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE MIDNIGHT - 1:30AM 

The enigmatically smooth Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is one of Philadelphia’s funkiest performers of laid back, alternative hip-­-hop blues  (a genre he helped define). As an insatiable musical omnivore, G. Love somehow manages to synthesize his iconic influences by shedding their layers to fin that harmonic convergence where song and listener bare their souls to each other speaking nothing but the raw-boned truth. G. Love mines the sonic ore of his heroes only to emerge with a fresh lode of precious stones.  

COLUMBIA BALLROOM - CLUB '13

MEGAWATT DJ'S   9:00PM-2:00AM 

Year after year the most popular area to dance... We will turn the Columbia Ballroom into a full fledged nightclub with more moving lights than a concert! DeeJay Jon Paul and friends will play all your favorite dance and party music. You gotta get up to get down!  

CRYSTAL BALLROOM - COMEDY LOUNGE & LIVE KARAOKE

COMEDY LOUNGE   9:30-11:30PM (SHOWS EVERY 30 MINS.)

Laugh the night away with five great comedians, performing hilarious sets every 30 minutes!

BRANDON BROADY

Growing up and attending school in Silver Spring, MD, Broady has always loved being the center of attention and humoring others. He was named “Biggest Comedian” by the Senior Class of 2004 at Springbrook High School. Making others laugh, and being the biggest comedian/class clown came naturally to him, and it was not until teachers, family, and friends suggested that he hone his skills of comedy and apply them towards acting that he found use of his talent

KANDACE SAUNDERS

Growing up on the outskirts of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD., Kandace Saunders decided she’d rather tell jokes than play with ordnance. At ten years old, Kandace began writing and performing stand up comedy routines on the playground in her neighborhood. For years, Kandace entertained classmates, friends, and family. Then one day, acting on words scribbled by a stranger in a homemade yearbook, Kandace decided to try stand up comedy.

CHIP JONES 

From featuring for the Last Comic Standing’s Reject Tour to warming up the audience for the PBS television show Money Wise, Chipp Jones’ irreverent, thought-provoking brand of comedy has audiences rolling in the aisles throughout Washington DC and up and down the East Coast.

HAYWOOD TURNIPSEED

Haywood Turnipseed Jr… or Seed 2.0 as his friends call him is a Husband, a Father, a Telephone Man, & a Stand-Up Comic. Haywood has been pursuing his calling to Comedy for the past five years, hitting various open mics’ & comedy clubs, leaving many audiences’ completely ‘dazed & confused’, in the process.

WILL HESSLER 

Will Hessler is a performer on the comedy scene that every fan of stand-up comedy should know. Born & raised in the suburbs of our nation’s capital, Will has been entertaining audiences all across the country with his smart & irreverent perspective, his rare ability to say exactly what people are thinking, but are often too afraid to say, and his absurd & acerbic take on life.

LIVE ACOUSTIC KARAOKE   11:30PM-2:00AM

You are the star! Chris & Phil of Lloyd Dobler Effect will play ANY song that you request, LIVE, and you will be the singer! Lyrics are provided on a computer, and Chris & Phil will back you up with harmony vocals! SING in the New Year with all your friends!

Dress Code

Dress is formal, creative black tie, optional...kind of like MTV Music Awards. We expect it to be fun not stuffy! So...for guys - jacket and tie or tux, funky preferred & for girls- cocktail or formal dresses, with creativity encouraged!

21+

FULL DINNER BUFFETS

(Menu subject to change)
9pm - 11pm

DIPS

Warm Crab Dip and Spinach & Artichoke Dip Served with Sliced Bread & Crispy Pita Triangles

SALADS 

Traditional Caesar Salad Served with Crisp Romaine Leaves accompanied by Homemade Croutons and Parmesan Cheese

PASTA

Penne with Zesty Marinara, Tortellini with Alfredo Served with Shaved Reggiano & Garlic Bread 

TURKEY

Roasted Turkey with Whipped Potatoes, and Pan Gravy, Brioche Buns, Mayonnaise and Cranberry Sauce

BEEF

Beef Brisket, Thin Sliced, with Homemade Barbeque Sauce, Miniature Rolls, Creamy Horseradish, Mayonnaise and Mustard

PREMIUM BAR SERVING...


Five Hour Name Brand Premium Open Bar Serving...

  • 42 Below Vodka
  • Bombay Gin
  • Jim Beam Bourbon
  • Dewars Scotch
  • Canadian Club Whiskey
  • Bacardi Superior
  • Bacardi OakHeart
  • Bacardi Wolf Berry
  • Bacardi Black Razz

  • Coors Light
  • Miller Lite
  • Miller Genuine Draft

  • House Name Brand Wines
  • Champagne

  • Soft Drinks & Mineral Waters

 

VIP DINNER MENU

8:30pm-11:30pm
(Menu subject to change)

BUTLER PASSED HORS D'OUEVRES

  • Lobster Salad Profiterole
  • Queso Fresco Spring Roll, Avocado Puree
  • Berber Chicken on Pita with Harrisa Aioli
  • Fig & Caramelized Onion Tart
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallop with Maple Syrup
  • Edamame Potstickers

FRESH TUSCANY ANTIPASTO

Fresh Mozzarella,Sliced Proscuitto, Tomatoes, Toasted Pine Nuts,Marinated Artichokes, Grilled Zucchini,Yellow Squash & Peppers, White Bean Salad, Assorted Crakers, Grissini & Baguette

SLIDER CITY STATION ON GRIDDLED BRIOCHE

Griddled Maryland Jumbo Lump Crabcake Sliders with Housemade Remoulade

Steak Sliders with Caramelized Onions & Peppers

House Smoked Pork Sliders with Southern Chipotle BBQ Sauce & Fried Cipollini Onions

CARVED TO ORDER

Herb Crusted Sliced Tenderloin of Beef, Rosemary & Cabernet Demi

Roased Fall Harvested Fingerling Potatoes

CASCADING CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN

Filled with Decadent Belgian Milk Chocolate, Surrounded with Fresh Fruit & Berries, Angel Food Cake, Sugar Cookies, Macaroons, Pretzels, Marshmallows and Bread Pudding

 

VIP BAR MENU

8:00pm-2:00am

(Brands subject to change)

The VIP areas will feature top-shelf brand bars that will serve a variety of vodka, martinis, premium wines & premium cordials.

LIQUOR AND LIQUERS INCLUDE...

  • Grey Goose Original
  • Grey Goose L'Orange
  • Grety Goose Citron
  • Grey Goose Cherry Noir
  • Bacardi Superior
  • Bacardi OakHeart
  • Bacardi Wolf Berry
  • Bacardi Black Razz
  • J&B
  • Dewars Scotch
  • Seagrams 7&7
  • Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • Canadian Club Whiskey
  • Bombay Gin
  • Jim Beam
  • Jose Cuervo Tequila
  • Grand Marnier
  • Kahlua

PREMIUM WINES TO INCLUDE...

  • Chardonnay
  • Cabernet
  • White Zinfandel
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Champagne

BEERS TO INCLUDE...

  • Coors Light
  • Miller Lite
  • Blue Moon
  • Peroni
  • Leinenkugel's winter ale

ENERGY DRINKS...

  • Rockstar Energy Drink
  • Rockstar Sugar Free
  • Rockstar Recovery Lemonade

OTHER...

  • Sodas
  • Juices
  • Water
  • Freshly Brewed Coffees
  • Specialty Teas