If it’s your first time in Barcelona for nochevieja (New Year’s Eve), there are a few unconventional traditions you should know about—and certainly partake in. To begin the celebrations, the local population generally has dinner at home, and as the clock strikes midnight, they eat one grape for each of the 12 chimes. You can wash down this mouthful of fruit with a flute full of cava, but make sure you toast first with a ring in your glass for wealth and prosperity. Wearing red underwear is also said to bring good luck for the following year, as well as provide a little festive cheer. Then, as families part and partygoers take to the streets, the night really heats up.
If you’re looking to go out for the biggest party night on the planet, you can rest assured that Barcelona won’t disappoint. Dance until dawn, and then some, at these New Year’s Eve parties across town.
CLASSIC NEW YEAR’S EVE
One of the most popular New Year’s Eve parties in the city takes place at Poble Espanyol on Montjuïc, an open-air architectural museum by day. For the 29th year in a row, the event will feature three different spaces: Plaza Mayor, a large outdoor area; the spacious and airy marquee, which has functioned as a banquet hall, film set, catwalk and more in the past; and the VIP section, a comfortable lounge area reserved to a limited number of guests. Anywhere you go, some of the best music from the Seventies up to current hits will be playing.
From 10.30pm-6am. Tickets are €40 in advance, or €50 at the door.
For more of a club scene, head to Razzmatazz. Over 17 years, the five-room multiplex has established itself as one of Barcelona’s landmark clubs. This year’s New Year’s Eve party will be bumping indie-pop, new wave and electro-rock until the sun comes up.
Door open at 10.30pm. Tickets range from €45-€70, depending on what time you want to enter and how far in advance you book.
SHAMROCKS AND SUCH
One of Barcelona’s favourite Irish pubs, Flaherty’s, will start the countdown with a three-course meal, followed by a late night party. Highlights of the set menu are whiskey-cured salmon, Angus beef tenderloin with red wine jus, and Belgian double chocolate orange cheesecake. (The menu also has vegetarian options: black-eyed pea and flower sprout broth, and spinach and ricotta puffs in a white wine cream sauce, with honey-glazed vegetables). As the evening continues, punters will be swilling Guinness and singing along to Auld Lang Syne!
Tickets are €38, including a bottle of wine to share between two, cava and grapes.
For electrifying hip hop and R&B, join DJ Yoda and DJ Eley at Jamboree. The vaulted brick dance floor underneath Plaça Reial will have one of the coolest vibes in the city.
Tickets are €20 in advance, or €25 at the door.
There’s no such thing as too much sparkle on New Year’s Eve, so book your place at WHITEOUT, hosted by W Barcelona—the Dubai-esque, glass, sail-shaped building in the background of iconic photos taken from Barceloneta Beach. This gala dinner & show is complete with a glittering blizzard of artistic performances, culinary extravaganzas and cocktails (lots of them!). It’s winter with a W twist that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world.
€450 per person. See menu here. Tickets will be sent to your inbox once you reserve your space.
If you’re looking to carrying on the party after a dinner elsewhere, the elite Eclipse cocktail bar and nightclub on the top floor of the hotel is another option. ‘Remix your year’ with DJs BIG MIL & Krugger and Piem at one of the glitziest parties in town.
From 10pm to 6am. Access from 10pm is €100 per person, including two drinks and 12 good luck grapes, while those entering after 1.30am will pay €50 and receive one free drink. You can also reserve a VIP table for four for €800, including one bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal or house spirit and 12 grapes per person.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Ring in 2018 at Shôko, where a red carpet will lead you away from the beach and into a glamorous world of geishas and drums, colour and frills, for a night you’ll never forget. The club’s gala dinner starts at 10pm, with the sensational flavours of its Japanese fusion cuisine. The cocktail dinner, on the other hand, allows for more socialising, and offers a selection of Shôko dishes and access to its Moët & Chandon champagne bar. The doors of the club open at midnight, where Tony Storella + DJ Papis will surprise and delight those on the dance floor.
Tickets are €250 for the gala dinner, €145 for the cocktail dinner and start at €50 for the club.
A TOUCH OF CHIC
For a classy start to the year, at one of the city’s most exclusive venues, head to Le Pop, the cocktail bar in Barcelona’s five-star Le Meridien Hotel on La Rambla. You can begin with a gala dinner at CentOnze, or proceed straight to the party, where a live DJ will keep the dance floor packed until the early hours of 2018. Tickets include party favours, two drinks, and at 2am, you can indulge in the scrumptious Spanish New Year’s Eve tradition of eating churros with hot chocolate.
Dinner at CentOnze is €169 per person, with access to the New Year’s Eve party afterwards. See menu here. The Le Pop soiree is from 11pm to 3am, €50 per person, or reserve a VIP table for up to four people, starting at €250. Make your reservation here.
Enjoy the festivities! 10…9…8…7…