Ring in 2021 safely and in style in Alexandria. Alexandria eateries are offering crave-worthy New Year’s Eve takeout menus plus luxurious New Year’s Day brunches (many available for curbside pickup and/or delivery). Enjoy virtual entertainment, as you keep an eye on the clock, from First Night Alexandria (also a drive-in experience) to art projects from the Torpedo Factory. Read on for more ideas.
Note: The Commonwealth of Virginia is currently under a modified stay-at-home order with curfew at midnight. Please refrain from any unnecessary public activities between 12 and 5 a.m.
Savor Food and Drink To-Go Specials
This New Year’s Eve, create a cozy atmosphere at home with takeout and cocktails (or mocktails) to-go from Alexandria eateries. Try mouth-watering holiday menus such a Rus Uz – Alexandria’s dinner for two or four specials jam-packed with hearty Russian and Uzbek fare, or Taqueria Picoso’s New Year’s Eve family pack with cocktails and build-your-own taco fixings. Prefer pasta? Try Landini Brothers’ holiday menu, complete with fresh seafood flavors. Or, travel back in time as you look ahead to 2021 with Mount Vernon Inn’s New Year’s Eve to-go meals. Find more culinary inspiration for your at-home celebration here.
Watch “Wonder Woman 1984” from Home
Once you’ve settled in with a satisfying meal from your favorite Alexandria restaurant, it’s time to fill the hours until midnight with a blockbuster movie—and we’ve got just the flick. Did you know that Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 1984” was filmed in Alexandria? During the summer of 2018, stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and more shot scenes inside the West End’s Landmark Mall, transformed into a bustling 1980s shopping mall in its neon heyday. “Wonder Woman 1984” is available on HBO Max and in theaters. Peek behind the scenes of the movie’s filming at Alexandria’s Landmark Mall, learn about the large-scale Virginia is for Lovers movie prop and peruse Wonder Woman-inspired offerings from Alexandria small businesses here.
Experience First Night Alexandria’s “Night of Nostalgia”
New this year, First Night Alexandria celebrates New Year’s Eve with “A Night of Nostalgia,” a drive-in and virtual concert experience. Load up the car and celebrate the arrival of 2021 in the West End of Alexandria with a drive-in concert experience of pre-recorded music and comedy projected on the big screen. Sing along, dance and enjoy a night filled with classic hits, local food truck favorites and exciting giveaways. Or, let First Night Alexandria be the soundtrack for your at-home celebration, featuring the same great music as the live event, streamed to you virtually.
Get Creative with the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Olde Year’s Day Online
The Alexandria arts anchor is taking its beloved annual event online this New Year’s Eve. Get crafty during the countdown to 2021 with art videos and projects for the whole family to create and share.
Luxuriate in a New Year’s Day Brunch
For brunch with a view, reserve a spot at Café 44 and raise a toast to the heated balcony’s beautiful view above the Potomac River. Order from a special New Year’s Day menu during your party’s two-hour seating, available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Find more ways to savor New Year’s in Alexandria here.
Header Image Credits, left to right: Instagram account of Taqueria Picoso; Misha Enriquez for Visit Alexandria; Ben Fink for Visit Alexandria