Visiting the city on this special night? Wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona? Whether you are looking for traditional with family, party time with friends or fun with kids, we’ll show you where to find it!
So what do the locals do for Nochevieja (New Year)? Well, the evening of the 31st is usually spent feasting with family. Possibly the most traditional dish is escudella amb carn d’olla, a clear broth made with a whole array of meat cuts and served with giant pasta shells.
When the New Year arrives, the tradition is to eat 12 grapes in time with the 12 dongs… It’s a lot harder than it sounds! If you manage, without choking that is, they say you will be blessed with good luck the following year!
Toasting the New Year with a gold ring in your glass of cava will bring wealth and prosperity. Sporting red lingerie is also considered a good thing, though more linked to love than money.
After finishing the grapes and cava, the locals will often 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 this New Year in Barcelona!
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- Street events for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2018-2019
- Barcelona Clubs to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018-2019
- Rooftop Terraces to welcome the New Year
- Restaurants for a special night
- And for something a bit different…
Street events for New Year’s Eve in Barcelona 2018-2019
Once again the Magic Fountain of Montjüic is hosting Barcelona’s official New Year’s Eve celebration. This is a FREE event with music, lights and a wonderful pyrotechnic display around the Magic Fountain.
A family friendly event that is hugely popular with the locals. They head over in the thousands so make sure you get there early to claim a decent spot. The show itself begins around 11.30 pm and lasts 30 minutes.
OUR TIP: Use Tarragona metro station afterwards if at all possible. It is a little further but it will be a lot less crowded than Espanya metro station.
Due to its central location, Plaça Catalunya gets absolutely packed on New Year’s Eve. It’s perfect though if you’re looking for a cheap option to celebrate the New Year.
Be warned however. The party revellers do more than just congregate swigging cava. They take part in a rather wacky tradition that will take you by total surprise if you’re not expecting it. With the final dong of the bells, thousands of people haul their cava bottles into the centre of the square. A nightmare for the health & safety conscious!
OUR TIP: 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 2018-2019
Most clubs organise the party of parties for New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking to dance the night away, there’s plenty on offer and we definitely recommend buying tickets in advance. Here are some of the most popular options:
This will be their 30th year hosting a very special New Year’s Eve party. They claim to host the “biggest and the best” party in Barcelona
You will enjoy grapes, novelties, drinks and good music until dawn. Poble Espanyol offers 3 different spaces: Plaza Mayor, a large and comfortable outdoor space; the Marquee; and the VIP area lounge area.
The night kicks off at 10:30 pm and ends at 6:00 am. Tickets cost €40/€60 (VIP) before January 26th and €45/€70 (VIP) for tickets bought after that date. It includes 4 drinks and the traditional grapes. Remember to wrap up warm as it is an outdoor party.
This is the biggest club in town in the trendy neighbourhood of Poble Nou.
It has 5 rooms to choose from with different DJs plus a roof terrace. They brag something for absolutely everyone.
Ticket prices depend on what time you enter the night club:
- Entrance from 10:30 pm: €54.50 (includes 2 drinks + Razz’’19 T-shirt (while supplies last) + Party Bag + Lucky grapes + Glass of cava)
- Entrance from 12:01 am: €44.50 (includes 2 drinks+ Razz’’19 T-Shirt (while supplies last)
Sala Apolo is Barcelona’s second largest club and the only one in the city to keep its prices even for New Year. Here you’ll enjoy techno, hip-hop, house and UK bass.
Last year the party started at 12:30 am and cost a very reasonable €25 (discounts for Plastic Club members & holders of Primavera Sound 2017 card).
This year you can choose between two events: Nitsa Club and Astin (tickets allow entrance to both clubs). The parties start at 12:30 am and cost a very reasonable €25 pre-sale, € 15 for Plastic Club members & holders of Primavera Sound 2018 card and €30 box office.
This huge name requires no introduction. All you need to know is the International party starts minutes before midnight and closes at 6:45 am.
Tickets range from €30-€200 (cheapest tickets do include one drink).
This year’s line up includes Marshall Knight, Alberto Herrera, and Gerard Serra.
Close to the beach and where you can enjoy a sophisticated restaurant dinner with a view of the sea and later the opulent New Year party in the club.
The party begins just before midnight and closes at 6 am. Tickets start at €50.
Close to Shoko, Opium will kick things off a little earlier at 10:30 pm.
They claim you will be “stunned by the ostentatious decoration of the club” Tickets start at €50.
If you like 80’s music and want to feel like a real winter Christmas, there is no better option that what the people at IceBar Barcelona have prepared. They have teamed with the nearby Touché restaurant to offer a party in two venues. You can start with a cocktail dinner and live music at the restaurant and then welcome the new year dancing away at any of the two locations.
Luz de Gas
A former cabaret theatre and a little more old school, Luz de Gas is one of Barcelona’s oldest and best loved night clubs. It offers a slightly more relaxed New Year’s Eve club experience.
Rooftop Terraces to welcome the New Year
If you fancy seeing the New Year in from above, then check out the city’s many rooftop terraces.
High-end options include the Mandarin Oriental, Casa Fuster and the Majestic La Dolce Vitae. Something more affordable would be 1881 Sagardi on top of the Catalan History Museum by the port and B-Hotel.
For views looking down into the whole city check out Mirablau club on Tibidabo Hill.
Restaurants for a special night
Many restaurants will offer a special menu for New Year that will naturally cost a little more than usual. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Why not precede that rooftop drink at midnight with a delicious dinner at Restaurant Galaxó? This is considered one of the best restaurants in town. Whilst soaking up magnificent views over Passeig de Gràcia, you will enjoy a seasonal modern Mediterranean kitchen.
Els 4 cats
For something a little more bohemian and relaxed we suggest booking a table here. This was after all where Picasso used to hang out. They offer live music and an elegant 8-course menu and it is well located in the town centre for after dinner fun.
And for something a bit different…
You could blend culture with gastronomy this New Year and try out Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. For €225 a privileged group of 80 guests will enjoy dinner & show. If you want to party on into the night, there is a club downstairs.
The metro runs all night so there is no excuse to go out 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!
Main photograph by Jacinta Lluch Valero