This post is for NYE 2017-18. The new article with the 2018-19 events will be published a few weeks beforehand.
Visiting the city on this special night? Wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona? Well, here we mostly celebrate Nochevieja (Old Night) at home. Typically they’ll spend the evening feasting with family, waiting for the New Year. When midnight arrives, tradition says you must eat 12 grapes in synchronicity with the dongs… it’s harder than it sounds and, if you manage it without choking, you’re supposed to have good luck the following year!!!
Toasting the New Year with a gold ring in your glass of Cava is supposed to bring wealth and prosperity. For the ladies, wearing red lingerie also helps, although this tradition is more linked to love than money.
After finishing their grapes and Cava people will head out to meet friends at various points in the city and party the night away. That said, you don’t have to wait for midnight to go out so here’s a guide of where to celebrate the arrival of 2018.
Street events for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2017-2018
Once again Montjüic, just above Plaça d’Espanya, is hosting Barcelona’s official New Year’s Eve celebration. A light filled event with music, special effects and a wonderful pyrotechnic display centered around the Magic Fountain. This family friendly event is hugely popular with the locals who head there in the thousands so make sure you get there early so as to get a decent spot. It begins at around 11 pm and is free.
Use Tarragona metro station afterwards if at all possible. It’s a little further but it will be a lot less crowded than Espanya metro.
Due to its central location, Placa Catalunya gets absolutely packed on New Year’s Eve. Though the party revelers do more than just congregate there gulping Cava. No, they enjoy a rather wacky tradition that will take you by total surprise if you’re not forewarned. Post strike of midnight, thousands of people will collectively throw their Cava bottles into the centre of Placa Catalunya. A nightmare for the health & safety conscious!
If you do forget your grapes and Cava, fear not as there will be plenty of people around ready to help you out… for a price.
Barcelona Clubs to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017-2018
Most clubs organise a New Year’s Eve party. If you’re looking to dance the night away, there’s plenty on offer though I would definitely recommend buying tickets in advance. Here are some of the more popular options:
A tradition for 27 years now, Poble Espanyol offers a party of 3 pavilions! If you’re planning on seeing the fireworks at Plaça Espanya, it’s not far to travel to this party mostly followed by young students. The event lasts from 10.30 pm to 6 am and costs €35/€55 (VIP) in advance with 4 drinks, grapes and novelties! Remember to wrap up warm as it is an outdoor party. More info and tickets.
This is the biggest club in town with 5 rooms to choose from with different DJs. They brag 10 this year so there’s absolutely something for everyone. Costs are from €40 upwards including drinks a T-shirt and a goody bag. More info and tickets
Sala Apolo is Barcelona’s second largest club and the only one in the city to maintain its prices even at New Year. Here you’ll enjoy the Nitsa Club Night, that features techno, hip-hop, house and UK bass. This starts at 12.30am and costs a very reasonable €25 (€15 to Plastic Club members & holders of Primavera Sound 2017 card). More info and tickets
This huge name requires no introduction. All you need to know is the party starts at 12.10 am and closes at 6.45 am – There are several tickets ranging from €30-€60 each including one drink. This year’s line up includes Marshall Knight, Alberto Herrera, and Gerard Serra. More info and tickets.
The metro runs all night so there is no excuse to go our and enjoy New Year’s Eve in Barcelona!
If you are in the city during the holiday, don’t miss our post about what to do for Christmas in Barcelona. Our Gothic Quarter and Gaudí Free Tours will be running as usual on December 31st. Please remember that there are no tours on January 1st so see you all on the 2nd!