Barcelona New Year’s Eve 2022-2023: Events and Tips
So you’re planning a Barcelona New Year’s Eve: an idea as sparkling as champagne.
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.
Here’s how to do New Year’s Eve in Barcelona in 2022-2023.
Spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona
- 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 Year’s Eve is a pickpocket’s dream – take precautions.
- Make sure you find lodging in one of the best areas to stay.
- Make sure you know how to get around Barcelona on public transport first.
- Make your bookings at top hostels, value hotels, Airbnb, or luxury hotels in advance.
What to Do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2022-2023
The Official Party at Plaça Espanya
This includes a wholesome music and light show in Plaça Espanya – one of the city’s most emblematic squares. This is without a doubt the best place to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona for families.
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.
In years past the French company Groupe F typically takes the reins for an amazing night out. The firework show usually starts at 11:40 pm and lasts for 30 minutes.
The New Year’s Eve show for 2022-23 has been partially confirmed – with the Magic Fountain show starting at 9:30 pm and the New Year’s festivites to begin shortly after
Typically over 80,000 spectators attend every year make sure you arrive early (before 11:00 pm) to ensure getting a spot for the fireworks show at midnight.
Tip: to partake in the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight make sure to buy them at a supermarket or fruteria. The ones packaged specially for the celebrations will be 10 times more expensive.
Metro: Espanya (red line L1 or green line L3).
Traditional Flamenco Party
With pricey package parties being the norm it can be difficult to find value anywhere. Luckily you can get a full flamenco experience plus a traditional Spanish NYE party with DJ until the early hours
Tickets include aperitivo, a mini food tasting festival, a flamenco show, a five course gourmet Spanish dinner, and the traditional champagne (actually, cava) and grape festivities at the strike of 12.
You also get a nice little goodie bag to bring home.
The show is capped at 80 visitors to keep COVID-compliant and guarantee safety.
The cost for 2022-2023 is €225.00 per person.
For more information check out the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes.
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 11:00 pm.
Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green line L3).
Barcelona New Year’s Eve Restaurants
It’s really hard to get a table at quality places for NYE so my advice is to book well in advance and come to terms with the fact that 99% of the restaurants offer set menus.
Expect to pay between €80.00-€120.00 per person for NYE set menu.
I’ve got some of the best options below:
Local legends Bodega Joan offer a great budget set menu for New Year’s Eve – if you want great Spanish atmosphere this is it!
The cost is €90.00 for adults and €25.00 for children.
The 2022-2023 highlights include mains of beef tenderloin or monkfish medallions with clams, prawns, and mussels, classic Iberian ham de bellota (the best quality), grilled octopus, salmon tartar, and 4 more dishes.
To book simply text +34 650 203 782 or send them a WhatsApp message or email [email protected] and tell them you’d like the BARCELONA HACKS menu for NYE.
This Galician restaurant found right in the heart of La Rambla takes traditional Spanish tapas to a whole new, modern level.
There is no set menu in 2022-23 so you’ll simply be ordering a la carte, a great option for people not wanting to commit to a set menu.
Note (13-12-22): Louro is fully booked for New Year’s Eve 2022.
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).
Barcelona New Year’s Eve Clubs + Parties
Pl. Reial 17 | Metro: Fontana (green line L3)
Just off La Rambla in arguably the city’s most picturesque square is this legendary dance hall famous for for its two separate rooms playing dance music, hip hop, trap, dancehall, funk, and much more
Though the full lineup has not been announced for New Year’s 2022 we’re sure it’ll be a blow out.
Especially since at just €25.00 (€20.00 in advance using the button below) this is the greatest value NYE party in Barcelona.
This is a casual dress event where the goal is to drink and dance with the pretentiousness!
Time: 10:30 pm till late.
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 2022-23 version has different rooms with hip hop, R&B, and pop music.
Entrance: €50.00 to €100.00 depending on booking date.
Each ticket includes one drink (tickets valid for entry until 3:00 am).
Time: 11:55 pm till late.
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 Satisfashion, DJ2D2, Loli Zazou, Yibril and Downites.
Tickets for the 2022 NYE night start at €49.50 (€59.50 if booked last minute) and include:
- Party t-shirt
- Lucky New Year’s Eve grapes
- NYE accessories
- A glass of cava
Across the five different rooms expect more than 10 DJs to perform. Vaccination certificate required.
Time: 10:30 pm to 7:00 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 Opium. On December 31st you’ll be treated by their house Djs (NYE 2022 lineup still to be announced) 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.
To enter you must be 21+.
Entrance: €50.00-€100.00 depending on booking time, includes one drink.
Time: 11:30 pm till late.
36 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Vila 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 it that way anyway!
Shoko also sets itself apart as one of the only New Year’s Eve clubs in Barcelona that brings a classic elegance to the scene – the 2022-23 lineup includes DJ Papis and Frandsp.
Elegant dress is a must.
Entrance: €55.00 with one drink, €250.00 with dinner and champagne.
Time: 11:30 pm till late.
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.
This year they welcome 4Pleasure, Alex Pott, Andres Louzao, Angel Sani, Ion Pananides and more – for a night of techno and house music. The underground and international atmosphere never fails to disappoint.
Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 2 | Metro: Vila Olimpica (yellow line L4)
Beach weather is gone and it’s already cold so why not freeze? Barcelona’s only multi-venue party takes place in the magnificent Touche Restaurant as well as the world’s only beach side ice bar: Icebarcelona.
Last year 6 international DJs treated us to a night of locura and best of all at €25.00 euros for entrance and a drink it was one of the best value NYE parties in Barcelona.
Not a fan of the cold? Then spend the night in the hot bar! Simple as 🙂
The 2023 version is still TBA.
Fiesta Poble Espanyol
13 Francesc Ferrer i Guardia | Metro: Espanyol (green and red lines L1/L3) | Website
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.
This is the best Barcelona New Years deal – for this reason I suggest buying the tickets in advance online.
For 2022-2023 the party starts at 10:30 pm and finishes at 6:00 am.
The first 1000 tickets are on sale for €40.00 and come with 4 DRINKS (€50.00 until December 26th, and €60.00 from December 27th onward). If you buy them at the door you’ll need to pay €80.00.
As such, we suggest you buy your tickets online ASAP if you want to save money.
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 has typically been a wallet-friendly €25.00 in advance (30 euro at the door).
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.
The 2023 NYE party is now on sale.
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 2022-2023 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.
Local NYE 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 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).
For more New Year’s Eve weather in Barcelona info check the official Spanish forecast website.
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!
In past years tickets have cost €40.00 in advance before December 12th (going up to €60.00 as the day approaches). This year they haven’t announced the price but you can get on the wait/be informed list at Howler Events.
So far for 2022 the party begins at 12 pm January 1st and ends at 12 am 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.
Questions About Spending New Year in Barcelona?
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.
October 30, 2021 at 10:46 pmDo you know if they are doing the public events and fireworks at the Magic Fountain this year? We're heading to Barcelona Dec 29th - Jan 2nd and I'm looking to see what's on for New Years Eve!
November 7, 2021 at 7:14 pmHi Jo, We've been checking back on the official site periodically to see what's up and nothing has been announced yet :( It's a tough one. Given there is still a shut down of the standard shows and a reduced, bare-bones fountain display it feels like 2021 isn't going to be the year for the big New Year's comeback show. I'd love for it to be different but unfortunately we're still kind of stuck in first gear here! I'll definitely update though if something is announced. Cheers,
December 30, 2019 at 11:51 pmHi Ash, Really good guide first of all! Knowing is super late minute, me and a friend will be arriving to Barcelona tomorrow trying to get some fun for NYE. I have read all your article and other, but more than the party (plenty of options) I'm more concerned about the dinner. We are not looking for anything fancy, would it be possible to find something reasonable priced without booking? Too hopeful? Ideally we would eat something around and then head to Poble Espanyol for the grapes and the party! How do you see it? Good plan or flawed? Gracias
December 31, 2019 at 11:22 amHi Nicolás, It's quite late now so all my recommended restaurants are pretty much booked. In looking above though there are a couple slots left at Bodega Joan at 6:00 pm. This could be an option. As for walking up to restaurants without a reservation these would be the more tourist restaurants, casual restaurants etc... unfortunately I don't have any good ones off the top of my head that aren't doing set menus. We're talking about casual bars, chain restaurants, fast food etc... it's not a flawed idea if you don't mind risking having an average meal at a place you maybe didn't plan on dining at. At any rate I'm sure it'll be fine. Just go on a walk through the Gothic Quarter and I'm sure you'll find something! Cheers, Ash
December 28, 2019 at 9:02 pmHi Ash, My girlfriend and I decided to go on a last minute trip to Barcelona to celebrate NYE. We heard some great stories about the gala dinner shows at W Barcelona and The Great Gatsby. Sadly, it comes as no surprise that these are all fully booked. So we were hoping, that you as a true Barcelona expert, could maybe advise us some similar spots. Or if you are able to pull some strings at the W hotel, that would great as well Great seeing you respond to all these comments. Kind regards, Marcel
December 29, 2019 at 10:43 amHi Marcel, It's a tough one as normally I'd recommend the Palacio del Flamenco for the dinner/show there but I've just received word that it's sold out as well. I would try Marmalade or Firebug which both have dinner/drinks/DJ type vibes... they won't be quite as luxurious as the W but then again what is? haha. Cheers, Ash
December 29, 2019 at 7:50 pmHi Ash, Thanks for the quick respons. I will have a look at these spots. Have a great NYE! Cheers, Marcel
December 30, 2019 at 10:54 amYou too! Let me know how it all goes :) Cheers, Ash
December 28, 2019 at 10:17 amHi 1st time in barcelona on new years eve Will we be able to get drinks out in bars etc I see people book tables in advance we were hoping to grab a few beers and enjoy the fireworks etc Tony
December 28, 2019 at 11:40 amHi Tony, Clubs and bar/restaurants will indeed have expensive tickets to get in the door but as far as typical 'drink only' bars go there's no need to book any tables in advance. You'll still be able to walk around and do a mini bar crawl... my American friend who visited recently remarked "it's amazing, there's just so many bars here!" on his last visit. It's true. Just go for a walk in the Gothic Quarter or El Born and you'll find so many.
November 12, 2019 at 4:02 pmThanks for the info, Ash. Really informative. Got everything I was looking for all in this article. My wife and I together with my sister and her husband will be celebrating New Years in Barcelona this year. It’s our first time to Barca and we’ll be travelling all the way from Malaysia. Really looking forward to our trip. Happy New Year in advance! Haha
November 12, 2019 at 4:19 pmHi Kenneth, Thanks for writing in, I am so glad I can help! :) Please let me know if you have any more questions about visiting... have a nice flight and a great NYE in my city! Ash
November 13, 2019 at 1:16 pmWe’re planning to check out Plaça Espanya for the street party. Do you know if we need to purchase tickets or it’s an open street party? Same goes for Plaça Catalunya. We’re a young couple, Plaça Catalunya seems more like our kinda party. Haha
November 13, 2019 at 2:38 pmHi Kenneth, No need to pay for anything! It's all free... just walk up and enjoy :) Cheers, Ash
November 13, 2019 at 2:48 pmNice, thanks Ash!
November 13, 2019 at 2:55 pmNo problem at all :)
November 10, 2019 at 10:12 pmHi Ash We're staying in Sitges for 5 weeks over Xmas & NY. This will be our 5th winter in the area. On NY's eve we woild like to go to mass at the Segrada then eat & get to Placa Espanya for the NY celebrations. We have been to PE in previous years & were grateful that public transport was available - we were staying in Poble Nou & Exiample respectively so was really easy to get around. We have the option to either get a hotel in BCN or travel back to Sitges. Hotels appear to charge higher prices, around €160 for room only. Are you aware if renfe or the bus service run to Sitges after midnight or would we need to hire a car/order a taxi ? We have booked a hotel for the Epiphany celebrations for €75 so the increase for NY is a little disappointing. I have noted some of your restaurant recommendations & will definitely be trying them. Many thanks for any help you can offer. Best, Catherine
November 12, 2019 at 10:47 amHi Catherine, How late were you planning on staying out? Provided you don't stay out until around 5 or 6 when the trains start running again you should have a second option: Monbus. If you look at their schedule here: https://www.monbus.cat/horaris-nocturn/ It appears there will be service. That said, I have just sent a message to a contact there to check for you. If there is any change I'll let you know. Unless you were planning on a really special night out, anniversary type things, I don't see the need to shell out triple for a hotel if you can get back to Sitges. Cheers, Ash
October 24, 2019 at 11:52 pmOur first visit to Barcelona so thanks for the great tips! We have booked Cachitos Ramblas for dinner and was interested to hear if you have ever been and what you thought. I thought it seemed to be in a good location. We are two 54 year olds with a 20 year old and 23 year old who want to do some partying with others! We are happy to sit and soak in the atmosphere!
October 25, 2019 at 10:54 amHi Sonia, I have never been to Cachitos though looking at the photos it does look quite nice. The food looks quite authentic though generally with these big spaces that are decorated super modernly it's bound to be full of tourist... which may add to the experience! I can't say whether it'll be a big party but you can tell the youngins that they could move on to a club after dinner.... there's a massive party up at Poble Espanyol which is probably the biggest clubbing/party offering of the night. Or they could go to a nearby club like Razzmatazz or City Hall. At any rate you're super central so it'll be easy :) Cheers, Ash
November 12, 2019 at 11:40 amHello Ash Thank you so much for taking the time to help me ... We only intend to stay until the fireworks have finished so looks like we will be able to travel back to Sitges on the Monbus. We will be venturing into the city on a number of occasions during our 5 weeks stay so your recommendations are gratefully received. Thanks again. Best, Catherine
November 12, 2019 at 12:47 pmHola again Catherine, No problem at all! That's what I'm here for :) I imagined you staying out until more of a grey area time but if you're going back right after the fireworks it's very possible you'll have a train from nearby Sants Estacio. I would check the schedule here when it is announced: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/ Anyway, let me know if you need any more help! Always here :) Cheers, Ash
October 20, 2019 at 10:10 pmHi. Brilliant website and finding all the info really useful. Do you know what time the fountain shows will be on at New Years Eve? Thanks Alex
October 21, 2019 at 10:39 amHi Alex, To my knowledge the Magic Fountain show is an extension of the NYE celebration/fireworks in Plaça Espanya and goes at midnight. I have checked the official site and it says nothing of the like... I will send some messages around to see if anybody knows different! Ash
October 21, 2019 at 4:53 pmThanks Ash, that would be really useful. Do you envisage the fountains to be back running to the regular schedule from the 1st January? As its our first visit to Barcelona with baby, we are looking to do different things. Can you suggest the best value ticket that covers the Zoo, Aquarium and Park Guell? Thanks again, Alex
October 22, 2019 at 8:27 amSince this year January 1st falls on a Wednesday it will not run... the first show of 2020 (aside from the NYE stuff) will be on Thursday January 2nd. I know of no ticket that covers just the zoo, aquarium, and Park Guell. If in addition you wanted Sagrada + the Bus Turistic I would say to grab the City Pass. If not though I would just buy these attractions individually as you won't need to worry about making up value. Cheers, Ash
October 22, 2019 at 1:57 pmThanks Ash. Very helpful as always.
October 16, 2019 at 11:01 pmDear Ash, Have you heard anything about tickets for New Year’s Eve 2019 yet? I keep watching Fiesta Poble Espanyol. Please let me know. Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, Katie
October 17, 2019 at 10:23 amHi Katie, There hasn't been any info for the Poble Espanyol one... they still have the website from last year up. Typically the parties are announced in the second half (or end) of October. My only suggestion is to keep your eyes peeled as I'll have the info up here ASAP :) Cheers, Ash
September 3, 2019 at 12:19 pmHi Ash, I am landing in Barcelona on NYE with my boyfriend (he will be 21 and I will be 20) and I am looking at booking a restaurant/cocktail bar for the NYE countdown for us both. I seen you mentioned the alaire terrace bar as a good place, do you have any other reccomendations. Also, do you know a rough time as to when they release events/tickets/set menus and how far in advance I am best to book? thank you, Amy
September 3, 2019 at 4:54 pmHi Amy, I haven't been to any of these roof tops for the NYE parties but depending on budget you may also want to take a look at the W Hotel or the Hotel 1898. In general tickets for all the NYE stuff go on sale some time in November so I would start checking back then. I will be updating this article shortly and the about weekly leading up to the new year... so keep your eyes peeled! Cheers, Ash
October 7, 2019 at 9:58 pmHi Ash, do you have any information on prices/event these two hotels have done in previous years for NYE? thanks so much, Amy
October 8, 2019 at 10:38 amThese are two of the premier hotels in the city so they'll be at the high end of price ranges which would be anywhere from €150.00-€300.00 depending on VIP options etc. I will post back more when I hear.