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 2016 in plenty of company, here's our list of some of the top parties in town.
Magic Fountain. Head to the Magic Fountain for a music, fireworks and water extravanganza, including a giant clock, created with light technology, which will chime in the new year. From 9pm til 11.30pm there will be music and activities on the avenue, then the main show starts at 11.30pm. See here for more details.
Razzmatazz. See in the new year with El Dirty Djs at Razzmatazz then take your pick from five spaces to dance till the wee hours. Tickets for entry before midnight cost €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 for 26 years. The evening kicks off at 10.30pm and goes on until 6am. Tickets are €35 euros (including drinks and a party bag). See here for more information.
Flaherty's. Enjoy a three-course dinner with wine at this Ciutat Vella Irish pub, followed by cava, grapes and a hearty singing of Auld Lang Syne. The evening costs €35 and bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com.
Opium. Start 2016 in stylish fashion overlooking the Med. Dinner, cava, grapes and partying til the morning. The Premium menu is €150 and VIP menu is €200. See here for more info.
Marula Café. Keep the costs down by joining the crowds at Pl. Catalunya, then heading to Marula Café for their 1am party with The Presidentes and Dj Timber. Entry is €12 and includes a drink. See here for more information.
Harlem Jazz Club. End the year with some tropical sounds courtesy of Ray Cuza and the Gran Orquesta Sazonando de Cuba, from 11pm (salsa, cuban music and son), then from 1.30am til 5am DJ "Dr Latin" takes over with salsa, reggae, Cuban, Afro and Brazilian music. Tickets: €19 (including concert, grapes and DJ session). €6 (including DJ session). See here for more information.
Bikini. Join DJ Synatra and Alex Barroso for the party, which starts just before midnight and ends at 6am. Tickets are €45 in advance and €60 on the door and include three drinks and a party bag. See here for more information.