Lots of locals celebrate New Year's Eve at home with a big family dinner, eating the 12 grapes with the stroke of the 12 bells at midnight for good luck, and then maybe they'll head out to meet friends. But never fear! For those who do like a big celebration to ring in the new year, Barcelona is buzzing on December 31 with loads of parties, live music, fireworks, and more, to bid farewell to the old year and move on to the new. You can celebrate with the city's official New Year's Eve party at the Montjuïc Magic Fountain, where they'll have fun and games and music starting at 9.30pm and going on until after midnight. If you're looking for something a bit more all-night-long, read on: we've selected some of the best ways to start the year, especially if you want to shake your booty on a dance floor. Here are a few suggestions for all tastes and budgets.
If you're travelling, far from home, or just don't feel like cooking, Bear on Bike are here to save the holiday season for you with their special meals at Espai EGG. You'll enjoy a feast of delcious seasonal and organic dishes with all the trimmings accompanied by local, biodynamic wines served in cosy, family-style surroundings. For New Year's Eve dinner you get canapes, a starter, an entreé, a main (lamb cutlets), dessert, cava and grapes (12 at midnight for good luck in the coming year!), as well as wines, water and soft drinks. If you're vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or have other special dietary needs, get in touch so you can be accommodated as well. Reservations are required.
The countdown to the new year is marked by the last 12 chimes of the bell at midnight, which everyone in town takes extremely seriously. It’s important to hear each chime, as you’ve got to eat one grape with each one for a total of 12 grapes in all to get yourself good luck in the new year. On December 31 Barcelona celebrates New Year’s Eve chimes of the clock eating one grape with each chime around the Magic Fountains in Montjuïc, on Av. Reina María Cristina; it’s a great time with old and new friends as you welcome in 2018. As usual the celebration features the 12 grapes, which this year are represented by giant grapevine structures and in the fireworks show, lighting design and even the soundtrack, which for the first time in an outdoor space uses a multi-channel technology to get surround sound. The party starts at 9.30pm and includes music shows and light and colour effects to make the last night of the year a singular and surprising one for all.
The Poble Espanyol New Year's Eve party has been going strong for 29 years, especially among randy university students. The traditional side includes a live countdown to midnight with grapes to eat with each chime of the bell, a goody bag, drinks and music featuring the hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s as well as current tracks to keep you moving in three different spaces. Prices: €35 in advance or €50 on the night (incl. 4 drinks, grapes and goody bag). Or get VIP treatment for €55 in advance or €70 on the night.
Boysinadisco is the stellar grouping of Mauro Dee and PJ D'Arpino, who have taken root in the music industry thanks to their many projects and collaborations. The two Italians have released material such as #SleazyDeep, #OceanTrax, #MantraVibes and #HMM, establishing collaborations with the likes of India and Orlando Johnson. This New Year's Eve they wow the revellers at Generator Hostel.
tINI is a German DJ who in 2008 started up with Desolat Records and international tours, and in 2011 released her first album, 'Tessa', produced in Ibiza. She's known for her deep tech funk and golden curly locks. This New Year's Eve, the folks at City Hall are proud to have her performing along with Audio In, Isabella, Lyonel and Denizer. Nonstop dancing into 2018!
At record label Canada they're not celebrating the new year with maple syrup, but instead with a local dancehall superstar Bad Gyal and Barcelona pop art duo Hidrogenesse at the decks. Rounding out the bill are sessions from Idi Bi Star, a Senegalese DJ who works out of Figueres with new Afrobeat, and punk-pop trio Yumi Yumi Hip Hop.
Amable & Gato + Undo + Latzaro + Mr. K! + TVMNSTR + Chicletol + Purpur + Perotutehasvisto + Will Blake + Downites
It's the biggest night of the year, are you ready? At Razzmatazz they're all-systems-go with a huge party in all five of their rooms, compiling the biggest dance favourites heard in the club in 2017. You also get your 12 lucky grapes, a glass of cava and fun favours to add to the entertainment. Amable & Gato are in charge of getting you moving in the Lolita space; Perotutehasvisto and Purpur put on a mini Dirty party in Pop Bar; and in the Rex Room it's Downites and Will Blake getting the walls shaking. Get your body moving to ring in the new year at Razz!
To celebrate this New Year's Eve, the folks at Laut have invited as special guests the owners of London's legendary Soho record shop Sounds of the Universe and the label Soul Jazz Records, who have released archaeological encyclopedias of musical power. They offer up an all-night set of funk, soul, reggae, Latin music, disco, boogie, hip hop, house and even acid. It's an eclectic and explosive mix that will keep you moving into the first morning of the year.
Prestigious local record shop Discos Paradiso, experts in quality electronic music in Barcelona, put on their fourth NYE Hou$e Party in one of the the city's favourite spaces on the alternative scene: Freedonia. With Sano, RNXRX, Troya Modet, Kendra, DJ Omega III and DJ Bruce Lee.
Want to be part of what's being billed as the best New Year's Eve party in town? If you're up for a fun night out that costs you nothing to get in, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the show. Your host Ian Savage brings a festive spirit to the wild night out with plenty of live music (in English and Spanish). The night's featured artist is musician Gifty Jones, and others will take to the stage to keep you dancing all night. Dress in costume if the mood strikes you, or if not, just dress to impress. Be sure to get in some great craft beers from the bar as well.
LGBTI New Year's Eve
The motto of this already legendary Barcelona LGBTI party is 'Funny beards, furry party', and with that you know most of what you need to. The PopAir team celebrates the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 a few days early with a party full of holiday spirit, decorated beards and hairy chests with bears and those who love them as stars of the night. Get ready for some furry fun!
The Safari Disco Club hosts the Tanga Party to welcome in the new year. This party from the Locamente group has been around for ages in both Barcelona and Madrid, and it's where those in the know go for prejudice-free fun. Now you can celebrate New Year's Eve in the same way with pop and '90s music getting you sweating on the dance floor. If you're looking for parody, shows, house and pop music, and a great goody bag, get yourself to the Tanga Party on December 31!
Time to dust of your bow tie, good checked shirt and Sunday-best trousers. This New Year's Eve, the furriest fiesta in Barcelona starts off January with the best music, the perfect ambience for bears and their fans, and a party the likes of which will leave you saying 'No regrets' until February.
What fresher way to start a new year than with a white party. That must be what the Matinée Group were thinking when they decided to celebrate the last night of 2017 with their Pervert Club, incuding music from DJs Tom Stephan and Fabio Luigi. The price of entry includes a drink, and do be sure you show up in the proper dress code: shiny, luminous and radiant!
The ladies at Carita Bonita have decided to spend New Year's Eve with family, which is why they're inviting you to their home, where you'll be in good company. Count down to midnight with the chimes from the clock on a giant screen, and spend the night dancing to hits from the past and present. You do have to call ahead to book your spot (685 999 635) but once you're there, you get dinner, a goody bag, grapes and cava, plus a warm welcome and a great night leading in to the first morning of 2018.
Allioli Olé brings you a truly Catalan New Year's Eve party, as it's the only fiesta in the centre of Barcelona where you'll dance to Catalan hits by Txarango, Bad Gyal, Doctor Prats and La Casa Azul. And not just that, but you'll drink from a 'porró', enjoy laughs courtesy of the shows, and eat 'fuet'. Allioli encourages everyone to be themselves, so the party is also heterofriendly. In the wake of this stress-inducing year, you're invited to do some serious partying with Las Teresines DJs and the usual suspects at the decks, including DJ Pam Pool and the PD Kardashians.