Saturday, January 1, 2011

Old Ebbitt Grill New Year's Eve Party a BUST

PQInsider attended Old Ebbitt Grill's New Year's Eve Party -- though pricey, we expected a great time.

We were wrong.

We got there to find that the front door staff was friendly and the coat-check staff even friendlier.  There was a framed sign saying they don't accept tips--right beside a hat full of tips

The party was minimal.  The drinks were weak.  The food sparse.  The DJ unskilled.

The "open bar" that was supposed to last until 1:00 a.m. (for $130 per ticket), ended at 12:30 p.m.

There was fake gambling, but there was no room at any gambling table.  The chips you won were supposed to be exchanged for a chance at a raffle; however, the raffle table was manned by rude hosts who made it difficult to put your ticket into buckets and most attendees were unaware any raffle took place.

New Year's Eve is expected to be a disappointment.  For that reason, many people skip the sponsored parties and went to the well-known name: Old Ebbitt Grill.  In this case, it didn't pay off.

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  1. Any New Year's event is a waste of time and money

  2. I attended BlackFinn and thought it was the best deal in town. Not too expensive for New Year's and could easily get drinks with no wait. Only problem was the coat check, I actually ended up leaving my coat there because fights were breaking out at the end of the night between people trying to retrieve their coats.