Today's Groupon gives you an excuse to get your glamour on at Professionals in the City's New Year's Eve Passport to the World gala at the Washington Hilton in Dupont Circle. For $69, you get to attend a three and a half hour gala (10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.) with two hours (10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.) of open bar. Enjoy live music, dancing, desserts, and more as you whirl around the world waiting for the ball to drop.
Show off your stylish duds in the flash of paparazzi and professional photographers as you make your way into the international gala, an event that more than 3,000 people attend each year. Freely roam from room to room, experiencing the best party culture and year-end traditions from around the world. Head to the Carnaval Rio de Janeiro room for salsa and merengue dance lessons and flaunt it on the dance floor to the live salsa band. Visit Italy's Sleepless in Venice room, where you can participate in a four-minute dating event. Color-coded bracelets for singles and couples allow you to peruse the party confident that you won't hit on someone else's date. Get a henna tattoo or origami art in the Asian Fete room, or laugh in the New Year at the late-night, R-rated comedy show in Amsterdam's Red Light District. The drinks flow freely and the toothsome dessert bar is full of sensual pairings for bubbly champagne or jovial spirits.
Note: This Groupon does not include dinner.
Professionals in the City
Seeing that DC’s professional community was in need of organized, after-work events where relaxed socializing and networking could transpire, Michael Karlan founded Professionals in the City as a unique way of uniting the community through newly forged romantic and business connections. His company's rapid-fire approach to building rapports was recently featured on the Today Show, due to its ability to quickly connect its 200,000 members at more than 1,000 events. Appropriate for singles, the romantically attached, or those accidentally attached by Velcro, the events range from intimate happy hours and theme parties to teeming galas and tours.
Speed-dating sessions move at a brisk clip in DC's most buzz-worthy bars and restaurants, where professionals are sequestered into congruous categories according to age, religious inclination, and sneaker-brand preference. Ideal for out-of-towners or patrons with first-date jitters, swift dialogue offers the chance to bypass awkward moments, and within 48 hours after events, an online-dating system connects pairs that clicked. Along with speed events, Professionals in the City also hosts outdoorsy outings, speed networking events, and a dating-centric lecture series to keep its members active, connected, and well-informed.