So you’re planning a Barcelona New Year’s Eve: an idea as sparkling as champagne.
Really, what could go wrong spending NYE in the temperate weather of one of Europe’s biggest party cities?
You’re on the right track but here’s some great things to do to make sure you don’t get derailed.
Spending the New Year in Barcelona – Basics
- Like most places it’s a time of overpriced parties and unmet expectations – make sure the festivities are in addition to some of the many attractions in a good Barcelona itinerary.
- It’s a busy time so buy your attraction tickets online to save money and avoid lines.
- Barcelona during new years is a pickpocket’s dream – take precautions.
- Make sure you find lodging in one of the best areas to stay.
- Make your New Year’s bookings at top hostels or luxury hotels way in advance if possible.
Barcelona New Year’s Eve Weather
It’s cold but not freezing and if you’re here for three days you’ll likely experience rain in some form. Leave the beach clothes at home and bring a decent jacket, a scarf, and a sweater.
- The average high/low is 14°C (57°F) and 6°C (42°F).
- There are 6 hours of daily sunshine
- Monthly precipitation is 32 mm (a 28% chance any given day, usually light rain).
What to Do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2018
The Official Party at Plaça Espanya
Here you’re treated to an extra special show at the Magic Fountain with concert stages, people doing campanadas (eating twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck), and a nice firework show.
For New Year’s Eve 2018 the French company Groupe F takes the reins so get ready for an amazing night out! The firework show starts at 11:40 pm and lasts for 30 minutes.
Since over 80,000 spectators attend every year make sure you arrive early at 11:00 pm to ensure getting a spot for the show.
Tip: to partake in the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight make sure to buy them at a supermakret or fruiteria. The ones packaged specially for the celebrations will be 10 times more expensive.
Metro: Espanya (red line L1 or green line L3).
The Plaça Catalunya Street Party
This one is more for young people wanting excitement: like the midnight bottle toss.
At midnight a large space in Plaça Catalunya is cleared and people throw their wine bottles into the square. It’s a pretty impressive (if dangerous) sight to see hundreds of bottles flying through the air and smashing into bits.
From here you’ll find rowdy crowds filtering down into the famous La Rambla and bar-heavy confines of the Gothic Quarter – if you’re not looking for an expensive club night but want a proper night out at cool bars this is the option for you.
Get there around 11 pm.
Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green line L3).
Partake in Local Traditions
We’ve talked about the grape-eating but there are a few more Barcelona New Year’s traditions tourists might want to get into. Number one, it’s tradition to wear red underwear when you celebrate the new year in Barcelona.
If you didn’t pack any there’s plenty of shopping spots to pick some up.
Secondly, when doing your midnight cheers you should be putting a ring or something gold in your cava glass. This ensures wealth and prosperity in the coming year.
Feeling adventurous? Then head down to the Playa de San Sebastián for the first swim of the year. It starts at noon sharp in front of the Club Natació Atlètic Barceloneta. It won’t cost you anything and is one of the great free things to do in Barcelona.
Barcelona New Year’s Eve Clubs
I’ve updated this article super early for 2018-2019.
When you can you’ll see buying links for all these amazing parties. Last year many waited too long and paid ridiculous last minute prices or were left out in the cold – don’t be one of them this year
Make sure to booking using the blue buttons ASAP.
Passeig Marítim Barceloneta 38 | Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica (yellow line L3)
If you’re looking to go upscale with big leather couches, VIP rooms, and a beachside sea breeze then step into one of the world’s most famous club chains that created Ibiza’s first superclub.
The 2018-2019 version features a line up of Marshall Night, Alberto Herrera, and Gerard Serra. Tickets can be bought in advance online using the button below.
Entrance: €30.00 with one drink (no-line entry before 4 am).
Time: 11:45 pm to 6:45 am.
34 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4)
If you’re a fan of EDM music than look no further than this Barcelona club classic. On December 31st you’ll be treated by their house Djs until the wee hours of the morning.
If chocolate fountains, lush white leather, and beach-side vibes is what you’re looking for then this could be for you.
Entrance: €50.00 with one drink.
Time: 11:30 to 6:00.
2-4 Rambla de Catalunya | Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green L3)
Those not looking to take out a second mortgage on the house to enjoy a Barcelona New Year’s Eve should consider City Hall with its bargain basement entrance price of just €20.00.
The super central club welcomes Djs tINI, Alexandra, and ISAbella to the stage for a night of techno and house music. The underground and international atmosphere never fails to disappoint.
Entrance: €20.00 (€15.00 early bird)
Time: 11:59 to 6:00.
Fiesta Poble Espanyol
For 29 years people have gathered in this makeshift Spanish village to bring in the new year.
Three pavilions offer tons of options: the central one hosts up to 5,000 people dancing to a mix of 70’s/80’s/90’s dance as well as current music; a smaller space hosts up to 1,500 people dancing to electronic music.
The festivities kick off at 10:30 pm and end at 6:00 am and cost €35.00… with grapes, ‘novelties’, chocolates, good vibes, and 4 drinks included! If you purchase after December 22nd they’ll cost €40.00 (€50.00 on the door).
This is the best Barcelona New Years deal – for this reason I suggest buying the tickets in advance online.
36 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4)
This Barcelona institution is for those who want a New Year’s Eve club night with hip hop, reggaeton, and R&B. This might be a bit more upscale than neighbour Pacha but maybe you want that way anyway!
Shoko also sets itself apart as one of the only New Year’s Eve clubs in Barcelona with a delicious dinner option.
Elegant dress is a must.
Entrance: €50.00 with one drink, €150.00 with cocktail show, €250.00 with dinner.
Time: 11:59 to 6:00.
122 Carrer Almogavers | Metro: Marina (red line L1)
The biggest club in the city is an electronic music temple and pit stop for famous international DJs.
Every year you’ll get down to house headliners DJs Gato & Amable and Legoteque. Last year if you bought in advance online it cost you €45.00 (two drinks) to enter after midnight and €55.00 for early entry at 10:30.
The 10:30 onwards tickets included a type of New Year’s Eve goodie bag with grapes, champagne, and a cotillon: a type of accessory. Across the five different rooms expect more than 10 DJs to perform.
The official programming has not been released for 2018 yet – keep your eyes peeled here!
Time: 10:30 pm to 7:00 am.
113 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (green line L3) | Website
Apolo is the second biggest club in Barcelona and have recently offered a 90’s revival night as part of their new year’s festivities – the price of the nostalgia is a wallet-friendly €25.00. Even today you’ll find rock music in their basement room Sala 2.
More recently they’ve run their usual Nitsa Club night featuring all the newest in techno, hip hop, house, and UK bass. This year’s artists include Dj Fra, Marc Piñol, Dj Kosmos, Dafoe, and Shelby Grey.
Time: 1:00 am to 7:00 am.
Other Barcelona New Year’s Clubs
If you’re not looking for big crowds but still want to party without paying inflated door prices you can always check out the small but potent techno club called Moog.
Last year’s New Year’s party featured DJs Uroz, 6tmä, David Lost, and Rubén Seoane and cost just €15.00! I will add any relevant information about NYE 2018-2019 here as I receive it.
Other well-known clubs rang in the recent New Year with the following prices: Sutton €50.00, Sotavento €50.00, and Catwalk €40.00.
If you’re not looking for anything in particular and want a good variety of choices just head down to the Port Olimpic: there you’ll find about a dozen (very touristy and full of young people) nightclubs in a small area.
Barcelona New Year’s Eve Restaurants
First off you can’t go wrong by choosing anything from my list of the best restaurants in Barcelona. Just make sure you book well in advance and are prepared to shell out premiums for set menus.
If you want New Year’s dinner menus then check out the Andilana Restaurant Group.
The cost is €70.00 for adults and €18.00 for children which is a good deal considering the adults get a 10 course meal with wine!
*At the moment of booking you’ll be asked for a €5.00 deposit to hold your table. This deposit will be deducted from your bill at the restaurant. Please keep in mind Bodega Joan is closed January 1st.
Another one of my favourites that won’t require you to commit to a full menu is Arume – their normal a la carte menu will paralyze your taste buds with their modern take on Spanish classics.
Traditional Catalonian foods during new years include escudella amb carn d’olla (a clear and strong meat broth with sausage, meatballs, and snail-shaped pasta shells), stuffed chicken, or roasted lamb.
You wouldn’t dare finish a meal without cava (a sparkling white wine) or turrón (a type of nougat).
New Year’s Eve After Parties
Vamos al after! For this you usually need to chat to locals.
Sometimes after parties are held at the clubs themselves, but they could also be in abandoned warehouses or overnight raves… you never know what to expect! If I hear anything you guys will be the first to know.
In the meantime you can’t go wrong with my primary after party suggestion:
For those who drank a couple coffees in addition to the New Year’s champagne I can’t not recommend the after party at elrow – without a doubt the best in Spain and maybe beyond!
It costs €40 in advance before December 12th (going up to €60.00 as the day approaches) but this is some next level stuff! It begins at 9 am and ends at 9 pm on the 1st of January in the seaside town of Viladecans.
To reach Viladecans you’ll need a shuttle. If you’re a fan of madness you won’t want to miss it.
UPDATE: Ugh! The 2017-2018 elrow New Year’s Party is being held in Madrid. You can find more information on the Facebook event page.
Here’s a video from 2015:
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I spent a lot of time researching advice for your new year in Barcelona but I always miss something. Let me know if you had a great time somewhere and it should be added to the list.
Also, don’t forget to write me if you have ANY questions about your Barcelona holiday – I’m here to help.