New Year's Eve at the W Hotel
Celebrating New Year's Eve in Barcelona is very much like celebrating in most other major cities, with a few local traditions added in. With each chime at midnight you must eat one grape. That's harder than it sounds, so get your 12 seeded grapes prepared in advance. And, don't forget to wear some red undies. Generally people have dinner at home and then head out to one of the many parties going on at pubs and bars all over the city. Most clubs will charge between €20 and €40 euros for entrance, including a couple of free drinks (discounts for those arriving before midnight). The metro will be running all night.
For those who want to count down to 2017 in plenty of company, here's our list of some of the top parties in town.
Magic Fountain. Head to the Magic Fountain on Montjuic for a music and water extravanganza to bring in the new year. There will be music and activities from 9pm til 12.30am.
Sala Apolo Dance your way into the new year with Nitsa Club and Djs Fra, Shelby Grey, Dj Kosmos and Dafoe. Over in Sala 2 you'll find the 'All Stars' Dj Coco, Indiescabreados Djs, Mëther & Zacker Djs, Dj Pegatas and Graham. €18 on the door or €15.50 in advance. See here for more information.
Razzmatazz. Take your pick from five spaces to dance till the wee hours. Before midnight entry is €50 in advance or €60 on the door. The price includes two drinks + glass of champagne + Razz '16 T-shirt + party bag + lucky grapes. If you plan on going after midnight, the price is €40 in advance or €60 on the door. See here for more information.
Poble Espanyol. Possibly the city's most atmospheric party, the Poble Espanyol has been celebrating the new year for 28 years. The evening kicks off at 10.30pm and goes on until 6am. Tickets are €35 euros in advance or €50 on the door, (including four drinks, grapes and a party bag). See here for more information.
Sidecar Factory Club. Get down to a run-through of the best indie rock of 2016 at Sidecar. Tickets are just €15 in advance (drink included) or €18 on the door. The party starts just before midnight and goes on til 6.30am. See here for more information.
Opium Celebrate in style at beachside club, Opium. Kick off with dinner on the terrace, then toast in the new year and keep partying til dawn. Tickets to the party cost €50 with one drink before December 30th or €90 on December 31st. See here for more information.
Pacha Do it Ibiza-style at the Pacha, where Swiss techno star Luciano will be gracing the decks, along with Alfonso Leon, Andre Buljat and Steve Bimbelan. Entrance is €60 in advance or €90 on the door. Prices include one drink. See here for more information.
Bikini. Join the party which starts just before midnight and ends at 6am. Tickets are €35 (including three drinks) or €45 (including five drinks). The last 100 tickets will cost €50 and include three drinks. See here for more information.