Things to do for December 29, 2011

The Weekender

Prohibition, Masquerades and Other Ways to Ring In 2012

The weekend has forgotten where it works.

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Your Champagne, in Cupcake Form
ROCKS OFF

Your Champagne, in Cupcake Form

You may want to confine your New Year’s shenanigans to your home, away from the public’s disapproving eye. For that, PS 7’s is turning out limited-edition Angostura cupcakes by the six-pack. They’re topped with Meyer lemon frosting and Pop Rocks, and soaked in champagne. Just like you’ll be.

Available for pickup beginning at noon on Dec 31, $18/six-pack, PS 7’s, 777 I St NW, 202-742-8550 or email here

Prohibition-Era Festivities at Sonoma
UNFLAPPABLE

Prohibition-Era Festivities at Sonoma

At Sonoma, your four-course dinner of stuff like Waldorf salad, lobster Newburg and oysters Rockefeller is just a warm-up for casino games, period music and dancing, and small-batch spirits poured directly from oak casks. With no chance that the feds show up to take an axe to them.

Dec 31, 7pm and later, $95, Sonoma, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, reserve at 202-544-8088, see the menu

A Party with a Drink Every 40 Minutes
STATE SECRET

A Party with a Drink Every 40 Minutes

You should know two things about Church & State’s New Year’s party: 1) Only 50 people will get in before midnight. 2) Those 50 people will get a different cocktail every 40 minutes (vodka, gin, whiskey, moonshine) and appetizers all night. We suggest at least one appetizer every 40 minutes.

Dec 31, 7:30pm, $210/couple, Church & State, 1236 H St NE, 202-399-2323, tickets here

Headliners Ball at the Newseum
THE BIG ONE

Headliners Ball at the Newseum

Then there’s this soiree: bigger than an Iowa caucus victory party, with food from Wolfgang Puck, six hours of open bar, bands, DJs and a ball-drop countdown on the 40-by-22-foot big screen. Note: actually making headlines here is not encouraged.

Venetian Masquerade Ball at Opera
A MARVEL

Venetian Masquerade Ball at Opera

Upon entering the door here, you’ll be issued a mask. Which you’ll be encouraged to wear until midnight, when you’ll reveal your identity to the entire room. We suggest an alias to go with it. “Fidelio” should work.

Dec 31, 9pm-4am, $50 advance ($60 at door), Opera Ultra Lounge, 1400 I St NW, 202-289-1400

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