On December 31st we will say Goodbye! to 2016 and Hello! to 2017. The night of the New Year’s Eve has something magical, it’s the moment when we review everything that has happened to us during a whole year: good stuff, bad stuff, what we’d like to improve or keep the same. 2016 New Year’s Eve in Barcelona will surely be an experience to be remembered and to make it possible we’d like to suggest you what to do and where to go to welcome 2017 as it deserves!
Celebrate 2016 New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
New Year’s Eve dinner
Locals use to spend New Year’s Eve dinner with friends at someone’s place. There is no tradition on what to eat, the usual dish is Pà amb Tomaquet (bread spread with tomato) with Iberian ham and other cold meats; seafood, Stuffed chicken or another meat, of course accompanied with wine and Cava or Champagne for the toast to the coming year.
In addition, Barcelona has a great range of restaurants with all sort of prices where you can welcome 2017. From top range restaurants awarded with Michelin stars, to informal and off-tradition ones. Many of them offer packages that include the dinner and a New Year’s Kit with grapes, a glass of champagne and open bar during the celebration.
The lucky 12 grape grains
The arrival of the new year is celebrated in Barcelona and throughout Spain with a very special ritual: the famous Lucky 12 grape grains. They must be eaten at midnight, one by one, following the 12 chimes of the nearest bell tower or the ones broadcasted on TV. This marks the passage between the ending and the coming years and brings good fortune for the next 12 months.
Accommodation for New Year’s Eve
If you’re looking for accommodation for the New Year’s Eve, Pere Tarres Youth Hostel is the best option in town. Located at the district of Les Corts it’s just 10 minutes away by Metro from the city’s New Year’s Eve public celebration at Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain. Check availability and come to celebrate the New Year 2017 in Barcelona!
The big celebration at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Barcelona’s New Year’s eve public celebration is held at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. All along avinguda Maria Cristina and the stairs at the lower side of Palau Nacional are an excellent spot to enjoy the show and celebrate the arrival of the new year.
From 9:30 PM you can enjoy music and entertainment activities that will last until 12:30 AM. New Year’s Eve celebration starts at 11:30 PM with a live multimedia show of light, fireworks, music and water. If you want to enjoy this great party, you should not wait until 11:30 to get there, as it gets packed with people. And the most important thing, access is free and you must not forget your 12 grapes!
Recommendation: Once the show is over don’t rush to take the Metro, relax and wait for a while to avoid the crowds at the station Espanya (L1, L3 , L8). The other option is to walk towards the stations Tarragona or Poble Sec (L3) or walk to Hostafrancs or Rocafort (L1). Metro opens all night.
Start 2017 with some dancing!
At Poble Espanyol, really close to the Magic Fountain, you’ll find the oldest New Year party of the ones that take place in city and the favorite one for university students. From 10:00 PM you can wait for the 12 bell chimes, eat the lucky grapes and the enjoy three atmospheres performing music hits from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. In advance tickets cost €35 or €55 if you buy them the same day at the box office. VIP passes are also sold at €55 in advance or €75 at the box office.
The rooms of Apolo club invite you to burn your shoes to dance. In the main room you’ll find the New Year’s Eve Nitsa Club party with DJ Fra, Shelby Gray, DJ Cosmos and Dafoe. In La , DJ Coco, Indiescabreados DJs, Meth & Zack Djs, Dj Pegatas and Graham wait for you to dance the night out. A safe bet to spend New Year’s Eve from €15.50 in advance to €18 at the ticket office.
Sala Bikini is a legend of Barcelona’s nightlife, just 5 minutes walk from Youth Hostel Pere Tarres, at Les Corts neighbourhood. This club offers a night of music by its resident DJs. Advance tickets cost from €35 to €45 including from 3 to 5 drinks.
An underground temple of Barcelona’s Indie music, which has recently celebrated its 5000 concerts. This year proposes a different party with early entry plus consumption for €15 and €18 if you buy at the box office the same day. Good indie-rock to start the New Year.
Poblenou’s Razzmataz club opens its 5 rooms for the New Year’s Eve. This must be the place party can be a night to be remembered. Resident DJs Amable & Gato wait for you to celebrate the arrival of 2017 in the main room. Advance tickets cost €40 and grant access to the club’s 5 rooms from 0:01 or €50 with the New year’s Eve kit included, this includes the countdown to midnight DJ session by Dirty DJs & dancers and grants you access to all rooms from midnight on.