3 Brilliant Itineraries For The Best NYE Yet

For those of you looking to forgo a typical New Year's Eve celebration this year, we hear you. As December 31 fast approaches, we know exactly what we don't want to do: wait in line in the freezing cold, scramble our way through a overcrowded venue, pay too much for too little, or sit home and feel certifiably lame. We'll take none of the above, thanks.
Instead, we came up with three anti-NYE ideas that are so much more fun than the standard-issue debauchery or the last-minute, where-are-my-friends pathos. Want to do a low-key dinner at home followed by an epic game night? We gotcha. What about all-you-can-eat Spanish tapas and the best movie of 2013? Done and done. These clever plans will have you super stoked to ring in the New Year. Click through for three, made-from-scratch itineraries that'll please even the pickiest partygoer. We'll toast to that!
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Photo: Courtesy of Annapurna Productions/Francois Duhamel.
If You Want To Celebrate With Minimal Fuss
Start with a screening of American Hustle, easily one of the most anticipated flicks of 2013. The late '70s/early '80s-inspired film, helmed by David O. Russell, stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Christian Bale — in short, all your favorites. It's one of those movies that *everyone* is going to be talking about, so catch a late-afternoon NYE showing so you're up to speed. You might even be inspired enough by the costumes to whip up a Studio 54-esque look for later.
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Photo: Courtesy of Boqueria.
Next, enjoy an open bar and all-you-can-eat buffet at Dupont Circle tapas spot Boqueria. The restaurant is offering both an early and late pre-fixe option that includes unlimited drinks and tapas. The 6 to 9 p.m. seating is $85 and the 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. seating is $115. Do like the Spanish do and relax, sip wine, and fill up on tasty bites alongside your besties.

Boqueria, 1837 M Street NW; 202-558-9545.
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Photo: Courtesy of Looking Glass Lounge.
When it comes to low-key celebrating, there's no place like home a dive bar. After dinner, head to Petworth's Looking Glass Lounge to ring in the New Year with kindred party spirits who could care less about bottle service and expensive table reservations.

Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Ave NW; 202-722-7669.
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Photo: Courtesy of Washington Harbour Ice Rink.
If You Want The Ultimate Playtime Experience
First, bundle up and make your way to the Georgetown waterfront for an afternoon of ice skating. (Or make it a late night affair — the rink is open until 1 a.m. on December 31.)

Washington Harbour Ice Rink, 3050 K Street NW; 202-706-7666. Admission is $10 for adults; skate rental fee is $5.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burger Tap & Shake/Scott Suchman.
Okay, sure — it's cold outside, which means it's kinda crazy to crave a milkshake. But, the boozy dessert drinks at Burger Tap & Shake are well worth throwing off seasonal limitations. Grab a table inside the Foggy Bottom outpost and indulge in a grown-up treat before the rest of the evening's activities begin.

Burger Tap & Shake, 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-587-6258.
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Photographed by Kate Warren.
Finish your evening at the newly-renovated Napoleon, where All Things Go is hosting a DJ night featuring Ghost Beach and Lightwaves. The $85 ticket covers entry and an open bar promising "hassle-free" drinks until 2 a.m.

All Things Go at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, 1847 Columbia Road NW; 202-299-9630.
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Photo: Courtesy of Joy the Baker.
If You Want To Stay In, But Not Feel Lame
There's nothing wrong with keeping your NYE festivities close to home. In fact, the best parties are usually the ones that are the most off-the-grid. After you've made the guest list and prepped the bar cart, whip up a simple-yet-filling meal that'll requires minimal fuss. Our picks? Joy the Baker's avocado and edamame salad for the health-conscious, and Sweetsonian's marinated flank steak with feta and sun-dried tomatoes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cork Market and Tasting Room.
To incorporate an activity into your dinner party (one that also happens to get you a little buzzed), host a low-key wine tasting by stocking up on several varieties and giving your guests the chance to sip and savor. If you need a little guidance when it comes to selecting the right mix of libations, head to Cork Market and let a well-versed staffer walk you through the options.

Cork Market and Tasting Room, 1805 14th Street NW; 202-265-2674.
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Once dinner is finished and the wine is flowing, it's time to rope your guests into an epic game of Cards Against Humanity. Trust us — you'll definitely win "hostess of the year" and no one will forget New Year's Eve at your pad.

Cards Against Humanity, $25, available at Amazon.