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Barcelona New Year’s Eve 2019-2020: Events and Tips

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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 2019-2020.

Spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

What to Do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2019-2020

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.

For New Year’s Eve 2019 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 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 3:00 am.

Options to add a three course gourmet dinner also exist.

Show + drink: €75.00 (kids €22.00)

Dinner + drink: €150.00 (kids €32.00)

Interested? Simply click the blue button below:

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:

Bodega Joan

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 €75.00 for adults and €20.00 for children.

The 2019-2020 highlights include mains of cumberland beef tenderloin or monkfish medallions with octopus skewers, classic Iberian ham de bellota (the best quality), and 5 more dishes.

Click the blue button below for direct booking (€15.00 deposit pp) to hold your table – it’s deducted from your bill at the restaurant.

BODEGA JOAN NYE
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Please keep in mind Bodega Joan is closed January 1st.

Louro

This Galician restaurant found right in the heart of La Rambla takes traditional Spanish tapas to a whole new, modern level.

For 2019-2020 the restaurant has a €100.00 set menu including:

  • Oysters with kimchi, mango, and codium seaweed
  • Cambados scallops with Albariño béarnaise and tomato confit
  • Fake morel mushroom risotto and San Simon carbonara
  • Grouper with red shrimp and baby veg
  • Intermission: cava and lemon sorbet
  • Oxtail with glazed lobster and sweet potato
  • Textured piña colada
  • Tocino de cielo egg and syrup pudding

Tables can be booked in advance clicking the button below:

LOURO
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Traditional Dishes

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

I’ve updated this article super early for 2019-2020.

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.

Razzmatazz

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.

If you buy in advance online (button below) it costs €44.50 (two drinks + t-shirt) to enter after midnight and €54.50 for early entry at 10:30. The 10:30 onward tickets include 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.

Time: 10:30 pm to 7:00 am.

RAZZMATAZZ NYE PARTY
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Pacha

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 2019-2020 version features a line up of Marshall Night and Alberto Herrera. Tickets can be bought in advance online using the button below.

Entrance: €50.00 to €60.00 with one drink (no-line entry before 4 am).

Time: 11:55 pm to 6:45 am.

PACHA NYE PARTY
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Opium

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 7:00.

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City Hall

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.

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IceBar

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.

6 international DJs will treat you to a night of locura and best of all at €25.00 euros for entrance and a drink it’s one of the best value parties in the city.

Not a fan of the cold? Then spend the night in the hot bar! Simple as 🙂

Time: 11:00 am till late.

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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.

The festivities kick off at 10:30 pm and end at 6:00 am and costs €35.00… with grapes, ‘novelties’, chocolates, good vibes, and 4 drinks included! If you purchase after December 22nd they’ll cost €40.00 (€60.00 on the door).

This is the best Barcelona New Years deal – for this reason I suggest buying the tickets in advance online.

SHOKO

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 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.

SHOKO NYE PARTY
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Sala Apolo

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 2019-2020 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:

Elrow

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 €40.00 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 31/10/2019: Last year they didn’t celebrate Elrow and this year it is TBA. If there is any information to add I will be putting it here ASAP.

Harass Me Into an Early Grave in the Comments

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.

89 comments
  • December 23, 2018 at 4:16 am
    Maria
    Hi Ash, Great Blog!. Quick question do I have to get a ticket to go to THE OFFICIAL PARTY AT PLAÇA ESPANYA? Thanks! Maria
    • December 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Maria, No need for a ticket, just show up and be ready for the show! :) Ash
  • November 26, 2018 at 12:56 am
    Joanna Vourthis
    Hi What about rooftop terrace parties? I read some places saying the W and the Soho house? I guess it is mainly hotels offering these, what are your thoughts on this? Can you reserve or buy tickets in advance? We are three girls 35-38 coming to barca for nye!
    • November 26, 2018 at 11:49 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Joanna, It won't be an outdoor rooftop but more like a penthouse club type vibe at the W... on their official site it's listing the NYE festivities as 140 euros for the night. You can buy the tickets there in advance. Soho House doesn't appear to have any info up yet so not sure... but another terrace I've heard has had some pretty cool NYE parties is the Alaire Terrace Bar at Hotel Condes. You may want to see what you can dig up but I couldn't find anything for 2018-2019 :( Same goes for the Mirablau, which is at the top of the Tibidabo Funicular. Hope this helps :) Ash
      • November 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm
        Joanna Vourthis
        Amazing! Thanks so much Ash!
        • November 28, 2018 at 9:33 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem Joanna :)
  • November 19, 2018 at 6:56 am
    Jen
    loving your site :) i am 36 and heading to Barcelona solo so not sure what would be best for me on NYE? maybe the fireworks display?
    • November 19, 2018 at 10:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jen, The fireworks display would be a great option! As a 36 year old myself I kind of get what you mean though... maybe not into the big parties but not ready to hang it up either ;) Something that always helped me was to check out Couchsurfing or Meetup.com and here you can find a list of fellow solo travelers and all sorts of activities, parties etc. Ash
  • July 22, 2018 at 12:47 am
    Mia
    HI! Loving your blog super helpful! We are going to Bacelona in DEC/JAN We get there on Dec 31st and leave Jan 8. We will be traveling with out 3 boys 20, 16, 15 year olds.... and we are in our early 40's. We like to have fun, is the pueblo espanol worth going with that age group? Trying to figure out what we should do that night. I grew up in Barcelona and remember that place being a little cheesy but that was almost 30 years ago! Also, any recommendations on what to do that would be fun for that age group? I am guessing it is ok for them to go into bars and such with us, I know I did as a kid. Thanks!
    • July 23, 2018 at 10:54 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Mia, Poble Espanyol is definitely a place I'd recommend for older people, or at least people with an interest in architecture. Some of the workshops for glass blowing etc are quite fun but you'd have to time it quite well. To be honest, you'd have a much better chance at pleasing all of them by visiting Tibidabo Amuseument Park, Camp Nou, or Cosmo Caixa science museum. Even though they're a bit older I've got a list of best things to do with kids in Barcelona so you may want to check that out. Hope this helps. Ash
  • December 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    Patricia
    Hi, thank you so much for such an informative post. My 3 friends and I are coming to Barcelona from london for NYE. Literally just 24hrs, ha. We are all in our early to mid 30s. I am thinking either a really nice restaurant we an dress up for which has a NYE party countdown so we can stay in one place or a great party. Pacha sounds like it could have been fun, but all the best tables are gone and we'd prefer somewhere we can have that 'table' experience, but mostly because its nice to be able to sit down, because we are not 21 anymore ;) Thank you for your help :)
    • December 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Patricia, As somebody who just turned 36 I know exactly what you're on about ;) There are very few places I'd put my word behind that have both a great dinner and a decent party to follow... usually it's either great food no party or vice versa. I haven't included such things on my list but I've had a few readers sniff out some ideas for me and one of them is the dinner/party option at Guzzo. I've had cocktails there before and people tell me the food is good and it's a cool bar all around. Again, can't comment on the NYE stuff but it could be a good shout. My only other suggestion along these lines would be the Poble Espanyol VIP table but it's late and they've already sold out :( It's quite touristy but Opium is actually right beside Pacha and has similar offerings, a similar style, and has a ton of tables including dinner options. You can check out the tickets here. If you wanted Pacha but can't this is the closest thing. Anyway, take a look at the options and let me know how you get on! Just make sure you book those tickets ASAP because there's only a couple days left :) Ash
  • December 27, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    levo
    Hi Thanks for your blog and information, I am coming to Barcelona with my GF and a Female friend, We re mid 30s and 40s still young to party ;) We ll go for a dinner in Sensi tapas and head towards fireworks, Can you recommend nice place after? We like music type and club scene of London (lived there and enjoyed the parties), ibiza, Sasha, Solomun, Laurent Garnier, Andrew Weatherall, Ivan Smagghe etc, This is in Barca we love this kind a party scenes etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2opNYChzb8Y&t=799s
    • December 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Levo, Thanks for the compliments :) Unfortunately due to weather there won't be much of an outside party like in your video, but the closest thing as far as atmosphere to that would be the biggest party at Poble Espanyol. Razzmatazz is also the city's biggest club and will have multiple rooms with different types of electro music... this would be another great choice but remember the crowd is quite young. If you want a big, big party this is the one. Pacha goes for the Ibiza vibe (you can tell by the name) and should have an older crowd in case you're worried about that kind of thing. It's also by the beach if you want to go get frozen outside during your cigarette break haha. Again, it's nothing I haven't mentioned here but these would be my top three. Ash
  • December 21, 2017 at 11:07 pm
    Jack
    Hello Ash, I am going with my girlfriend for ny and we are going to go to the display but what can we do afterwards, something fun which isn't clubbing? Thanks Jack
    • December 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Jack, Well, the thing is the fireworks display will take you towards 1 AM... there aren't a lot of events or things to do that late that don't involve going out for drinks. In fact off the top of my head I can't think of any. You may just want to get a nice cocktail somewhere at any of Barcelona's best bars. You could also just take a bottle of wine to the top of Montjuic Hill (depends on weather) and toast NYE and get a nice view of the city, but again there won't be any events to attend. Another option is walking down to Calle Blai and seeing if you can get a late night snack at any of the 1.00 pintxo bars. Again, it's going to be late so there won't be much other than partying... I wish I could suggest more but honestly I'm not finding anything along these lines. If I come across something I'll be sure to update you. Cheers, Ash
  • December 14, 2017 at 5:05 am
    Brooke O
    HI, Love your blog! I am going to be coming to Barcelona with my husband. We are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary. (we got married last NYE) We are looking for something to do on NYE dinner and then out. I am 28 and he is 32. We are from NYC. Any suggestions for an amazing place for dinner and then where to head after? Thanks, Erica
    • December 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Brooke, First off thanks for the kudos, I really appreciate it :) Since you're a married couple and past your early 20's I'm going to assume all nightclubs are out? In this case I'm going to suggest the official party at Plaza Espanya... it's gonna be a great fountain show and pyrotechnics display, so grab 24 grapes and some mini bottles of cava and toast each other there. If you wanted a nightclub/party type deal for later the Poble Espanyol one is close by and about the most wholesome fun you can get without too many youngins and too much techno haha. It's also the best value party. For a combination dinner menu and dance/music NYE you could also check out Guzzo. I haven't tried the food but the cocktails are great. I've also been recommending that people try either Arume (modern Spanish with amazing paella and cocktails) or Plata Bistro (authentic/seasonal tapas)... both are in good vicinity to the official party. Just make sure you book in advance. Again, let me know some of your preferences for what type of food, what type of party etc. and I can give you some more specific advice... in the meantime I hope these have pointed you in the right direction. Cheers :) Ash
      • December 15, 2017 at 4:18 am
        Brooke O
        Thanks so much for all the advice!! Is there an email i can reach you?
        • December 15, 2017 at 9:45 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi again Brooke, Yes, email me at ashley@barcelonahacks.com. Thanks
  • December 8, 2017 at 7:19 pm
    Benki
    Hello, First of all I would like to thank you of your great and awesome recommandation. You may be thought of a lot during th NYE party as you're helping all these people to spend a party ! We're 3friends (boys) 22-24 ya and we want to spend that awesome nice in a nice place in which we can meet some people. We're thinking about opium but we're afraid that will be only for older people haha. I would love to spend it in Razzmatazz but my friends are not into techno and nice house music. What would be your recommandation for a big - known - huge - touristic night club ? Thanks a lot ! Greetings from Paris Benki
    • December 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Benki, Thanks so much for the compliments! I hope I can help make NYE a memorable one. First off Opium is quite fancy, yes, but as a night club it's catered almost exclusively to young tourists. So I wouldn't worry about age. I would have recommended Razzmatazz for the young crowd but if your friends can't get into the music I guess that's their loss! The problem is though that almost all of the popular clubs are spinning techno/house etc... You could try the super touristy clubs in Placa Reial like Jamboree (two floors: some hip hop, RnB, pop, indie) or Sidecar (mostly indie/rock stuff, singalongs etc.)... you're guaranteed to meet people and the square is beautiful and central. Anyway, if your friends have any specific music tastes let me know and maybe I can find something else. As far as touristy stuff though that doesn't play house these would be the choices. Ash
  • December 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    Kalsi
    Hello. Wicked blog - and very informative:) What are the best places to party Friday / Saturday night in barca :) Kalsi
    • December 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kalsi, Thanks for the compliments :) Without knowing your age and likes it'll be hard to tell you the perfect thing, that said you've used 'party' as a verb so I imagine you're up for a big one :) Without a doubt I would consider the multi-room behemoth Razzmatazz or the super young and energetic Apolo. If you want something smaller and more intimate with more locals you could also look into Moog. Things get messy, in a good way, in that club. If you're looking for a local experience with cheaper drinks I would avoid tourist clubs like Opium, Catwalk, Jamboree etc... but if you're looking for an international vibe it could work. Depends what you're looking for. Again, those would be my top three but if you're looking for something more specific please let me know and I'll find something for you :) Ash
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