▷ Barcelona NEW YEAR’S EVE 2023 – 2024 Spain Celebrations party
Updated Mar 21 2023
Without a doubt, one of the most eagerly anticipated celebrations of the year is that of New Year’s Eve, known as ‘Nochevieja’ in Spanish. In spite of the fact that Barcelona might not be as well-known for its celebrations as, for example New York’s Times Square, London’s Big Ben, Paris’s Avenue de Champs Elysées or Madrid’s Plaza del Sol, this has changed as recently as 2013, when Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain started to host the city’s official New Year’s festivities.
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If you’re going to be spending New Year in Barcelona, we’re sure that you would be interested in knowing a bit more about the traditions and customs of the city, as well as those of the rest of Spain, so that you can make this most of the festival.
How and where do people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
If you’re on holiday in Barcelona for New Year’s we hope that you’ll find this up to date information useful. It touches upon how best to enjoy New Year’s in Barcelona, with the full details on the official party to welcome the arrival of the New Year, as well as some recommendations and advice on how to make the most of all that the city has to offer on this special night.
1. Going to the official event 2023 / 2024
Organised next to the Montjuïc fountain, New Year’s in Barcelona is officially celebrated from the 31st December 2013. From 9.30pm the so-called pre-Show starts, which features the Montjuïc Magic Fountain show
Together with other events it allows all spectators to forget about the cold and enjoy the hours and minutes before the New Year arrives. The actual New Year’s Eve show starts at 11.45pm, with a show where the performing arts and fireworks are the main stars.
At exactly midnight 12 bells ring, when traditionally 12 grapes are eaten along with the strike of each bell and people, both Barcelona residents and the many tourists present, celebrate the New Year.
The show lasts until 12.20am (approximately), with the pyrotechnics show in full swing. Here, the vast majority of people leave the area to head to a bar or club which they have previously bought the ticket for to keep the party going.
Map and how to get there
Place: At pl. (square) Buïgas (next to the Magic Fountain at Montjuïc).
Date: 31st December 2023.
Magic Fountain Show starts: From 21:30.
End of show: 00:15.
Metro: ESPANYA (lines 1 and 3). The Metro runs all night on New Year’s Eve.
Day Buses: lines 9, 13, 37, 48, 55, D20, h22 (which all usually run until around 22:30-23:00), and the tourist bus.
Night Buses: N0, N1, N2, N13, N14, N15, N16, N17 (these buses usually run from 23:00, throughout the night).
On foot: if you’re already in the Poble Sec or Sants-Montjuïc area, the best way to get there is on foot.
After watching the fireworks, if you were planning to catch the Metro straight away we’d recommend waiting a bit, as there are often queues due to the sheer amount of people travelling at the same time. Another option, if you’re catching Line 3 of the Metro, is to walk up to the nearby stop of Tarragona, where the queue won’t be anything like as long.
Another option is to walk until Tarragona metro stop (Line 3) or Hostafrancs (Line 1), where there will be less of a queue, these won’t be as busy as the nearby stop Espanya (Lines 1 and 3).
2. At a hotel or other Accommodation
The night of December 31, most hotel restaurants organise a New Year’s Eve dinner and sometimes a party so that all their guests can celebrate this special night. Sometimes they even include a small show or a place to dance to keep the party going into the New Year after the 12 bells ring out.
It’s certainly an excellent idea, given the convenience of staying in the hotel and enjoying the celebrations all under the same roof. Although every hotel will have a different way of organising and charging for their events, they will all charge you extra if you’d like to join in their celebrations.
Hotels for the New Year’s Eve
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3. Night venues, clubs and New Year’s Eve Parties
Most clubs organise a New Year’s Eve party (usually from 0:30/01:00 onwards). We recommend you buy the tickets in advance to avoid being without a ticket and you can also get a discount for most venues. It is also common to celebrate parties in some of the most iconic public places in the city, such as Poble Espanyol.
Sometimes, and depending on the year, a big fiesta will be organised in different spaces around the city that have enough room for a big crowd of people. In any case, we recommend you to buy the ticket in advance.
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Book in advance
It’s always best to book your New Year’s Eve entertainment in advance, whether it’s dinner in a restaurant, a party in a bar or nightclub, or an organised event. This means you’ll be sure to celebrate New Year’s Eve the way you want to, and by doing so you might also save money. Now the opportunity to spend a fantastic New Year’s Eve in Barcelona just depends on you, so don’t hesitate any more and get planning – we’re waiting for you!
4. New Year’s dinner and celebration in bars and restaurants
After the 12 bells chime, most of these bars and Barcelona’s restaurants play good music and sometimes a place to dance to carry on partying well into the night. If not, you can choose to end the night at one of the many clubs or music venues as almost all of them have an event on to celebrate into the early morning.
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Depending on what type of trip and which places you want to visit, the most suitable card for you will be one or the other. Those that offer just public transport (such as Hola Barcelona), those that offer free visits to some of the museums and places of interest in the city as well as transport (Barcelona Card), those that include a visit to 2 of the most important sights in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia andPark Güell, or those just for museums and Art Foundations (ArticketBCN).
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Five tradition and customs
If we were to compare the traditions of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona and the rest of Spain with those of various cities across Europe and the rest of the world, we’d find that although there are a few similarities, there are also many differences.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
There’s no traditional meal as such for New Year’s Eve in Spain, but it’s normal for the people of Barcelona to dine with family and friends, and it’s the time of year when people decide to treat themselves to something a little more elaborate or expensive, with good seafood featuring wherever the budget permits.
The chimes and the twelve grapes
The Spanish tradition of accompanying the midnight chimes by eating twelve grapes appears to have started towards the end of the 19th century, quite possibly in Madrid in 1896, when a group of people decided to go to the Plaza del Sol to re-enact, with a little irony, the custom which was observed by the bourgeoisie – that of accompanying their New Year’s Eve meal with grapes and Champagne.
Grapes and superstition
Now it’s said that whoever manages to eat the twelve grapes at the sound of the twelve chimes at midnight without choking will have good luck throughout the forthcoming year.
It gradually turned into a tradition in itself, partly due to the coverage in the press, and became an annual event in 1909 when the farmers of Levante, Murcia and Alicante decided to popularize the tradition in order to meet an overproduction of grapes that year, bringing it across Spain, including to Barcelona.
Wearing red lingerie on New Year’s Eve is more of a superstition than a tradition. It’s becoming more common, and as the colour red is seen to be synonymous with prosperity, especially in relation to love, it’s seen to bring luck in the year that lies ahead.
A ring in a glass of Cava
Another tradition is that of toasting the New Year with a ring inside a glass of Cava. It’s said to bring wealth and prosperity in the coming year.
New Year’s resolutions
Making a wish list of things to achieve or experience in the year ahead is almost an obligation, in order to approach the New Year with enthusiasm and good intentions. Of course making a list isn’t good enough in itself – it comes with the promise to make an effort to ensure that the resolutions become reality.
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New Year’s Eve Barcelona 2023
Twinkling lights, cool weather, and an atmosphere of joy and celebration best define New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. The Catalan capital springs to life with an infectious festive spirit in the month of December. If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, you’re in for a true delight. From dazzling fireworks to Flamenco shows and cozy dinners, there is something unique and exciting for everyone on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. Read on to discover the joys of Barcelona on New Year’s Eve.
Catalan and Spanish Traditions in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve
If you want an authentic New Year’s experience in Barcelona, be sure to follow these Catalan and Spanish traditions.
- Eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12 times at midnight.
- Wear new red underwear as it is believed that this color of underwear will attract passionate love in your life.
- Place a gold piece of jewelry in your glass of champagne for a better material life next year.
- Eat a national dish such as chocolate or halvah with nuts. These dishes are believed to bring wealth and happiness to your home.
More About the Weather in Barcelona during New Year’s Eve
Highest Temp: The average highest temperature in Barcelona during New Year’s Eve is 16 °C.
Lowest Temp: The average lowest temperature in Barcelona during New Year’s Eve is 8 °C.
Chances of Rain: There is a very low chance of rain and you can expect a clear and sunny sky for the most part of the day.
What to wear: The weather can be quite chilly in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve so, wear warm clothes. Carry an umbrella or a raincoat as well but don’t forget to dress for the occasion.
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Top 9 Things to do in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve
1. Visit Nightclubs
One of the best things that Barcelona is known for is its kickass New Year parties. There are many clubs and pubs hosting a New Year rager in Barcelona where you can dance and party to your heart’s content. Razzmatazz, Pacha Club & Lounge and Sala Bikini Barcelona are a few happening party places to check out on New Year in Barcelona.
What to Expect: DJs, dance, entertainment, food, alcohol
Tips: It will get crowded so arrive early or book your tickets in advance
2. Witness Fireworks at Plaça Espanya
Of course, New Year in Barcelona with fireworks is not possible. There are many individual event organizers that have their own fireworks show but nothing matches the grandeur of the fireworks blasted at Placa Espanya. Due to the current situation, 12 palm tree-shaped fireworks will go up in 10 districts of the city so that everyone can watch them from their home. There will be a countdown chime of 12 times during which you are supposed to eat 12 grapes (one after each time) and make a wish. Once this is done, the fireworks will be displayed for 15 minutes.
What to Expect: Fireworks, public celebration
Tips: Follow the guidelines and stay in if required to watch the fireworks.
3. Explore Plaça Catalunya
For those who don’t wish to stay home on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, exploring Plaça Catalunya is a good idea. This is the lively square in the heart of the city where you can go shopping or dining on New Year’s. Every year, an extensive event is held here that involves music and fun performances for the visitors to enjoy. You will also watch the fireworks display held here as the clock strikes 12 in Barcelona.
What to Expect: Live event, entertainment, shopping, fireworks
4. Attend a Flamenco Show
A Flamenco show is an integral part of Spanish culture and attending this show on a New Year in Barcelona is the best way to celebrate. This show features gypsy guitars, passionate cantes with flamboyant dresses, and castanets. There are many bars in Barcelona that offer a flamenco show with dinner and drinks on New Year’s Eve. One of the best places to watch a flamenco show is Tablao de Carmen.
What to Expect: Cultural event, dance, music, food, and drinks
Tips: Book your tickets in advance to avoid missing this traditional Spanish performance on New Year’s Eve.
5. Have a Traditional Catalan Dinner
Since Barcelona New Year tradition involves eating dinner with family, one of the best things to do on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is to have Catalan dinner at a restaurant. Els Quatre Gats, Enigmatium, Palacio del Flamenco, etc. are a few good restaurants where you can enjoy a meal during New Year’s Eve. You will get the famous Catalan cuisine at all these places and Enigmatium and Palacio del Flamenco also offer performances for New Year’s celebration.
6. Spend the Evening at a Rooftop Terrace
If partying is not your thing, then one of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is by sitting on a rooftop terrace. Watch the fireworks display from the rooftop of your Airbnb or a restaurant as you chill with your family or friends during New Year’s Eve. There are many fancy rooftop restaurants and bars that offer a stunning view of the city. A few of the popular ones are Mirablau club, 1881 Sagardi, The Majestic, Alaire Terrace Bar, and so on.
7. Have a Fine Dining Experience
If parties are not your thing, a fancy dinner might be the perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve. Head to one of Barcelona’s many Michelin-star restaurants for an evening of gourmet food and delicious drinks. Most restaurants will have a special menu for New Year’s and you can take your pick accordingly. Some renowned Michelin-star restaurants in Barcelona include El Palace and Torre d’Alta Mar which offer spectacular views of the city.
8. Enjoy Jazz Music at a Local Jazz Club
If you’re a music enthusiast and want to explore the jazz scene in Barcelona, head to Barcelona’s vibrant jazz restaurants and clubs for a musical New Year’s Eve. Harlem Jazz Club, Jamboree, and JazzMan are some of the most popular clubs in the city and are wonderful to experience on New Year’s Eve.
What to Expect: Music, entertainment, food, and alcohol
Tips: Check the line-up of performers in advance and book your tickets accordingly.
9. Participate in the First Bath of the Year
El Primer Bany de l’Any is a unique tradition in Barcelona that takes place at 12 noon on January 1st. After a night of celebrations, you could head to San Sebastián Beach and take a dip with several other locals who believe this to be an auspicious (but quite cold!) way to start the New Year. Join in if you’re up for a challenge!
Plan Your New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
Where to Eat
Where to Stay
- Taxi: The most convenient and expensive mode of transportation in Barcelona is the taxi. You can use taxis to travel around Barcelona on New Year’s Eve but you will get stuck in traffic a lot.
- Metro: The best way to travel around Barcelona on New Year’s Eve is with the help of the metro. It is quick, affordable, and efficient. However, the curfew is 1 AM so, plan your travel accordingly.
- Buses: You can also use buses to travel around Barcelona but many routes might be closed during New Year’s Eve.
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Price for 2
Els 4 Gats: from €50
Bodega Joan: from €30
1881: from €40
Maitea Taberna: from €20
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Prices mentioned are for 2 people.
- Budget Hotels:
Inout Hostel: from €27
Dream Cube Hostel: from €32
Factory Hostels Barcelona: from €37
- Mid-range Hotels:
Hotel Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella: from €97
Aparthotel Silver Barcelona: from €78
- Luxury Hotels:
Hotel Condes de Barcelona: from €107
Olivia Balmes Hotel: from €107
Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel: from €123
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Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
- Make sure you wear a face mask at all times and stick to the curfew.
- Since New Year celebrations in Barcelona can become a little crowded in public spaces, be careful of your belongings.
- Hotels and accommodations get overbooked during the holiday season. So, book your hotels a few months in advance to get the best price and choice.
- For New Year’s Eve tradition in Barcelona, do carry grapes else you will have to pay a lot that day.
- December is quite cold in Barcelona. Carry warm clothes and an umbrella so that you can stay warm here.
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New Year’s Eve Parties in Barceloana
Pacha Restaurant & Lounge Club
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona at Pacha club for a night of endless entertainment. Pacha is situated on the beachfront and has a beautiful dining terrace. Internationally renowned DJs play at the club for New Year’s Eve and liven up the atmosphere.
Location: Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2, 08005 Barcelona, Spain | Find it on a map
Razzmatazz is one of Barcelona’s most popular nightclubs and concert halls. It is located in the Poblenou neighborhood and has a capacity for over 2,000 people. Head over to Razzmatazz club for an unforgettable night of partying.
Location: C/ dels Almogàvers, 122, 08018 Barcelona, Spain | Find it on a map
Opium Restaurant & Lounge Club
Opium is a trendy nightclub that has exclusive New Year’s Eve parties with the best DJs, excellent food, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Location: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 34, 08003 Barcelona | Find it on a map
Sala Bikini Barcelona
With a mixed crowd of all ages, Sala Bikini Barcelona is a happening nightclub in Barcelona renowned for its excellent parties. Head to this iconic destination for a memorable night of partying on new year’s eve in Barcelona.
Location: L’Illia, Avinguda Diagonal, 547, 08029 Barcelona, Spain | Find it on a map
Frequently Asked Questions About Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
What are the best things to do in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve?
Watch the dazzling fireworks, head to a nightclub to party, have a traditional Spanish dinner, or watch a Flamenco show in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve.
How to get around Barcelona during New Year’s Eve?
The best way to get around Barcelona during New Year’s Eve is by using the tram or metro otherwise you might get stuck in the traffic.
How is the weather during New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
It can get cold during New Year’s Eve in Barcelona with temperatures going as low as 6 degrees Celsius at night. Best time to visit Barcelona >
Where are the best parties during New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
If you would like to attend a party to celebrate New Year in Barcelona, then a few top party destinations are Opium Restaurant & Lounge Club, Pacha Barcelona, Razzmatazz Club, and more.
Is it cold during New Year’s in Barcelona?
Yes, it is quite chilly on New Year in Barcelona. The temperature can drop down to 6 degrees Celsius during the night. Barcelona in winter >
Where to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
Placa d’Espanya is the best place to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve at 11:40 PM. However, due to the Covid situation, this year you can watch the fireworks on a live broadcast or out of your window. The fireworks will be displayed this year in such a way that it is visible from all parts of Barcelona.
Does public transport run at night during New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
Yes, the metro and buses are operational throughout the night on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona. However, the curfew is usually at 1 AM so, plan your night accordingly.
What is the best place to go to on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
Under normal circumstances, one of the top places to celebrate New Year in Barcelona is Placa de Catalunya. But this year, everyone is requested to stay away from public spaces and celebrate New Year in Barcelona in a safe manner.
What are the best nightclubs in Barcelona to celebrate New Year’s Eve?
Pacha Barcelona and Razzmatazz Club are vibrant, happening party destinations and make for the ideal spot to celebrate New Year’s Eve at.
What are some Catalan traditions during New Year’s Eve in Barcelona?
Eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes 12 times at midnight and wearing new red underwear as it is believed that this color of underwear will attract passionate love in your life are some of the unique traditions celebrated in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve.
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They say: how you meet the coming year, so you will spend it. Why not spend it in Barcelona’s premium establishment, where you will find an unforgettable gastronomic experience from the best chefs and an atmosphere of luxury. We are talking about The Secret Q restaurant, located in the heart of the capital of Catalonia. They offer sensory gastronomic experiences from talented chefs. Haute cuisine is not the only pride of the institution, their cocktail bar also bears the title of a premium bar. Here you can choose from classic drinks and incredible cocktails created in front of you by skilled bartenders. Their lounge area delights with a combination of elegance and glamour, allowing you to relax, dance and have good fun with friends.
Official website: https://www.thesecretq.com/
Next door to Picasso – New Year’s Eve at the 4 gats restaurant
Another original option to celebrate the New Year 2017 in Barcelona is to dine in one of the most famous restaurants in the city – “Els Quatre Gats” (“Four Cats”). The institution was opened in 1897 and very soon became a favorite place for the Catalan bohemia of that era. It was here that the famous artist Pablo Picasso and his friend Antonio Gaudi, the composer Isaac Albeniz and the sculptor Julio Gonzalez often visited, the first solo exhibition of the young Picasso was held in the same walls. When choosing dishes from the menu, do not forget to admire one of the works of the founder of cubism – a drawing that serves as his cover.
On New Year’s Eve, everyone will be able not only to plunge into the creative atmosphere of this place, but also to taste the special menu of this evening and enjoy live music in the heart of the medieval quarter of Barcelona.
Official website: www.4gats.com/es
New Year’s dinner in an unusual format – Enigmatium
If you are tired of the standard New Year’s programs and you want to spend this night in an original and active way, you should pay attention to the unusual format of Enigmatium. Here, not only delicious food is prepared for guests, but also a whole cocktail of vivid impressions. The Enigmatium hosts performance dinners in which each guest takes part.
On New Year’s Eve you will have a lot of fun and solve riddles and secrets. The first of them is waiting for you even before you arrive at the restaurant. The organizers do not disclose the address of the institution where the celebration of the New Year will take place. You will be assigned a meeting near the Plaza de España, and then, as in a real quest, you will need to find the location of the restaurant yourself according to the prompts.
Official website: www.enigmatium.com/nochevieja-en-barcelona.php
New Year in Barcelona in the rhythm of disco
For those who can’t imagine New Year’s Eve without dancing until dawn, there will be plenty to do in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve. Numerous clubs and discos in the city open their doors to party-goers who want to live this night in drive mode. Sala Razzmataz club and Sala Apolo concert hall are worth highlighting among them.
Sala Razzmataz is one of the best clubs in the city, where in 5 huge halls everyone can find their own music, from pop to electro-rock. The Sala Apolo main hall will host the New Years Eve del Nitsa Club party featuring Dj Fra, Shelby Grey, Dj Kosmos and Dafoe. Entrance tickets to clubs should be bought in advance.
Official websites: www.salarazzmatazz.com, www.sala-apolo.com/es
Hotel Casa Fuster – music, dinner and magical night
You can spend New Year’s Eve in one of the most remarkable hotels in Barcelona – Casa Fuster. It is noteworthy that this particular hotel, or rather its Jazz Club, was chosen by the famous director Woody Allen for filming one of the episodes of the sensational film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The common areas of the hotel – the aforementioned Jazz Club, Café Vienés, the Galaxó restaurant and the Mirador Blue View terrace offer relaxation and entertainment for every taste. The hotel has already prepared a New Year’s Eve celebration package for guests, which includes a gala dinner, New Year’s lottery, accommodation in one of the hotel rooms and a buffet breakfast.
Official website: www.hotelcasafuster.com
Show of water, fire and light – New Year’s Eve at Montjuic
The official celebration of the New Year in Barcelona takes place in one of the city’s most iconic squares, Plaza de España (Spanish Square), next to which, on Mount Montjuic, is the world-famous Fuente Mágica de Montjuic (Magic Fountain).
Every year, on December 31, a magical spectacle of light, fire and water takes place at this place. A pyrotechnic show, music, mesmerizing dances of water jets and performances of castellers competing in the skill of building “human” towers – all this merges into a single show, followed with bated breath by tens of thousands of Catalans and tourists from all over the world. Traditionally, to the sound of the chimes, all those present must eat 12 grapes, one for each lucky month of the following year.
New Year in Barcelona… at the Open Air Museum
After an enchanting performance on the Plaza de España, you can continue the New Year’s Eve in the nearby Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). This open-air museum, created back in 1929 and combining 117 copies of buildings, streets and squares from different regions of Spain, opens its doors on New Year’s Eve to everyone who wants to celebrate the New Year in Barcelona. This year, guests will be able to enjoy rousing music and a festive atmosphere in three zones – in the comfortable open space of the main square, under the cover of a tent, or in the VIP zone, intended for a limited number of guests.
Official website: www.fiestapobleespanyol.com/fiesta-fin-de-ano
Hotel Mandarin Oriental Barcelona – New Year’s Eve with luxury
Mandarin Oriental, a luxurious hotel located on Paseo de Gracia, a 5-minute walk from Gaudí’s famous creations, invites guests to spend New Year’s Eve in luxury and comfort.
The package includes accommodation in one of the rooms, a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner at the BistrEau de Ángel León restaurant with live music and dancing until the morning, breakfast and a gift from the hotel. The hotel also offers numerous restaurants and bars, including La mesa restaurant, Moments restaurant, BANKER’S BAR, JARDÍN MIMOSA bar, Terrat bar with an open-air pool with stunning views of the city, as well as a spa center for relaxation after a bright New Year’s Eve. night.
Official website: www.mandarinoriental.es/barcelona/hotel-offers/new-year-eve
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Barcelona’s top five nightclubs for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is usually celebrated differently than in other countries. The evening usually starts with a long dinner with family or friends (for more information, see the article on Spanish Christmas traditions, link at the bottom of the page). Dinner continues until the new year. And only after that, young people begin to disperse to clubs and bars. For this reason, parties in most clubs start after 02:00. Before going to the club, you can book a table in the restaurant. Or you can choose a place where you can immediately have everything, including food. I took a close look at the different places that could be perfect for celebrating the New Year in Barcelona and chose the most interesting ones.
Moving around the city on New Year’s Eve can be difficult. The good thing is that the subway runs all night, which means you don’t have to rely on taxis alone and can travel long distances if needed.
This super club can be a good choice for New Year’s Eve. There are five halls in which different music is played, for every taste. It’s fine if you’re walking with a large group, although once you get inside there’s a good chance you won’t see anyone else for the rest of the night!
Read more about the Razzmatazz in our guide to entertainment in Barcelona.
|The public at the Razzmatazz club
08018 Barcelona, España.
(Razzclub, Pop Bar & Rex Room)
Carrer Pamplona, 88
08018 Barcelona, España.
(The Loft & Lolita)
Metro: Marina or Bogatell (Yellow Line, L4)
Shops: FNAC (the main one is in Plaça de Catalunya)
For ticket prices from abroad:
Tel: +34 90 215 0025
Dates: 22:30 – 07:00
Razz Club – indie and pop
The Loft – techno and deep house
Lolita – electro, house and dub
Pop Bar – indie
Rex Room – electronic rock
W Hotel – Eclipse Bar
On the top floor of the newest five-star hotel in Barcelona, the stylish and spacious Eclipse Bar is located. From the 27th floor where this bar is located, through its wall-to-wall windows, views of the ocean and all of Barcelona open up. If you are looking for a place in Barcelona where beautiful people will celebrate the New Year, then this is the perfect place. DJs will play house and electronica.
W Barcelona Hotel
Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents, 1
08039 Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 295 2800
Website: W Hotel
Our review of the W Hotel
If you’re looking for some real New Year’s Eve dancing, then the Apolo club is one of the best options.
Apolo is a central club in Barcelona and entry prices are pretty reasonable given the date.
Read more about the Apolo club in our guide to entertainment in Barcelona.
Nou de la Rambla 111
08004 Barcelona, España.
Metro: Paral.lel (Purple Line, L2) / (Green Line, L3)
Tel: +34 93 441 4001
Moog is well known as one of the most influential techno clubs in Barcelona.