I just wanted to drop a reminder regarding the NYE party in Pittsburgh. From the comments two weeks ago, it sounds like we got a good sized crowd coming. My group alone will be in the 6-person range.
J.P. and Dave Nichols from the Capitals News Network will also be coming and will be signing autographs, womens' chests, and kissing babies.
I would plan on getting there no later than 9pm to guarantee getting in.
Regarding the venue: I went to the Caps/Pens playoff game two years ago in Pittsburgh with 6 friends. Both nights we hit the Hofbräuhaus, and it was a fantastic time. It's a huge venue so it will easily accommodate all of us. Their beer menu is nothing short of fantastic, and even better, there is no cover for New Years. It's just a normal night. They'll have live music, and it's a very similar vibe to the real Hofbrauhaus. An added bonus is they have these ski poles with 5 shot glasses fastened into them, so after you take it down in front of some Pens fans you can cross check em in the face.
ps - For those that don't know, I'm the editor for SB Nation's Redskins' website, Hogs Haven. Fun times right now!