Update (10/11/2021): given the limitations of the ongoing COVID-19 situation we’re expecting a late release on 2021-2022 Barcelona NYE information so please hang tight while we update them slowly.
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 2021-2022.
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 your bookings at top hostels, value hotels, Airbnb, or luxury hotels in advance.
What to Do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2021-2022
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.
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 2021-22 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 2021-2022 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:
The cost is €80.00 for adults and €20.00 for children.
The 2021-2022 highlights include mains of slow cooked lamb or monk fish medallions with cream of lobster with octopus skewers, classic Iberian ham de bellota (the best quality), grilled scallops, and 4 more dishes.
Here’s a look at the full menu.
This Galician restaurant found right in the heart of La Rambla takes traditional Spanish tapas to a whole new, modern level.
For 2021-22 the menu has yet to be announced but last year 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
We’ll be adding a direct booking link shortly.
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 2021-2022.
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.
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 2019-2020 version featured a line up of Marshall Night and Alberto Herrera. Tickets can be bought in advance online using the button below.
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 DJs Gato & Amable and Legoteque.
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 this Barcelona club classic. 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+ and have a valid COVID-certificate.
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 lineup is still to be announced so keep your eyes peeled here.
Elegant dress is a must.
Entrance: €60.00 with one drink, €150.00 with grapes, champagne, and drink.
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.
Last NYE they welcomed 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.
The 2022 version is still TBA.
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 2022 version is still TBA.
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.
This is the best Barcelona New Years deal – for this reason I suggest buying the tickets in advance online.
For 2021-2022 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.
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 2022 version is still TBA.
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 2021-2022 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).
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.