The Mead Center for American Theater

1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

Kick off 2017 by getting into the holiday spirits all night long at Drink the District’s Cocktail Countdown. Multiple open bars throughout, plus imbibe on signature cocktail libations every hour on the hour crafted by the best local mixologists. Before you hit the dance floor and take in live bands and DJs spinning sonic revelry, nosh on tasty tidbits, sip your favorite drink from the open bar, and puff a hand rolled stogie at the cigar bar.

To elevate your evening, we’re offering special VIP entry to avoid the lines and a VIP lounge with a private bar where you can hang with friends in style. All guests will enjoy a champagne toast in a complimentary flute at midnight. Join us to celebrate the end of 2016 and to welcome in 2017 in style!

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Ticket Packages




Open Bar

Signature Cocktails on the Hour

Live Entertainment

Access to the Bling Bar

Grand Dance Floor

Cigar Bar featuring hand rolled cigars

Rotating Buffets including Mashed Potato Bar

NYE Countdown

Party Favors

Midnight Champagne Toast

Commemorative Flute

Complimentary Coat Check

Special Limited Time Offers: $99 | $129 | $149

Now only: $169


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Early Admission and Entry

Exclusive VIP List Line

Private Open Bar in VIP Lounge

Signature Cocktails on the Hour

Espresso Bar

Live Entertainment

Grand Dance Floor

Cigar Bar featuring hand rolled cigars

Rotating Buffets Including Oyster Bar

NYE Countdown

Party Favors

Midnight Champagne Toast

Commemorative Flute

Coat Check

Access to the Bling Bar


Special Limited Time Offers: $139 | $159 | $179

Now only: $199

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DJ Julian

Drink the District’s own party starter is back to get us all dancing into the new year.

No genre, No types, No limits…DJ Julian Rivera a.k.a. DoYoThAnG, caters to ALL and many. DJ Julian Rivera performs at venues, clubs, concerts and events all around the country. His unique style of live remixing, quick drops, scratching and blending classic party anthems, spans every genre from Gun’s N Roses to Jay-Z, 80s to House, Top 40 to Pop, just to name a few. DJ Julian Rivera has worked with Pharrell Williams, Diplo, DJ Pauly D, Timberland, Missy Elliot, Sean Paul, Doug E Fresh, 112, Gucci Mane, Daya, 50 Cent J Cole, Juicy J and many more. He is the Official Tour DJ for Comedian Jay Pharaoh formally of Saturday Night Live. With a passion for playing the best music and the ability to read ANY crowd, he will always have the PARTIES ROCKING!” Expect nothing but greatness from DJ Julian Rivera!!!

Dale & the ZDubs

A fresh rock-reggae vibe is flowing out of the nation’s capital and its name is Dale and the ZDubs.

Their songwriting delves into the relationships, dreams, failures, and people that have inspired or slept with the band. DZD’s hard hitting rock tone combined with their reggae groove makes you want to jump up and move yo’ body!


Are there age or ID requirements to enter the event? Can children accompany a parent?

All attendees must be over 21 to attend. Children will not be permitted in the event. You need to provide a government issued photo ID card verifying your age to receive admittance into the event.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Our recommendation is to take the Green line to the Waterfront (SEU) station. The event is located one block from the metro station.

We highly encourage all attendees to take a car share or taxi service.

Street parking is scarce around Arena Stage due to the extensive construction nearby on the Wharf. Water Street is no longer an option for parking at all. Please allow yourself extra time if you plan to park on the streets. Please read signage carefully and observe parking restrictions.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

There is a contact link below, above the map. Send us a question through the link and we’ll be happy to help.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You will need to either bring your printed ticket or you will need to pull up your ticket on your phone.

Are dogs or other pets allowed?

Dogs are not permitted into the venue. Service animals are always welcome.

Can I bring my baby/toddler/child?

Cocktail Countdown is a 21+ event. Children are not permitted into the venue.

What is your entry/exit policy?

The event has a no re-entry policy. Please make sure to bring everything you need with you into the event.

What is your smoking policy?

Smoking is permitted at the event in designated areas. Be sure to grab a hand rolled cigar to enjoy in the outdoor lounge.

What is the refund policy?

All sales are final. There will be no refunds issued for the event.