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Barcelona-New Years Eve

asbury park, new...
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Barcelona-New Years Eve

My husband and I will be in Barcelona on New Years Eve this year. Any suggestions on an amazing dinner (fine dining welcome) as well as a spot to ring in the new year....perhaps the popular things like New York's time square for Barcelona....along with, maybe, the lesser known things to do? Many Thanks!

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1. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

Hi, this is going to sound strange, however, it kind of says how things are in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve where ever you may find yourself, whether you’re fine dining or hanging out in a local bar, or a guest in someone’s home.

A) Wear red underwear.

B) Have at least 12 seedless grapes with you.

C) Modulate your expectations.

Meaning:

A) For some strange, and never wholly explained, reason, it is traditional for locals (men and women) to wear red underwear on New Year’ s Eve. Don’t believe it? Check out the storefronts of lingerie stores in the week or so beforehand.

B) It is traditional, in Spain as well as Catalunya, that wherever you are, and in whose ever company you find yourself amongst, that you will eat a grape on each stroke of the midnight chimes. (You can purchase small tins of seedless grapes for exactly this purpose at most supermarkets.)

C) Barcelona is not, and has never been, really known for its public New Year’s Eve celebrations. New Year’s Eve is much more a family, home centred celebration. Midnight calls, grapes are eaten, cava is downed, best wishes exchanged, and then…the younger contingent go out to party with friends in clubs…until maybe 6am and later.

However, having said that, wealthier local families will book a very expensive dinner with live entertainment at a hotel or restaurant.

Prices at some hotels and restaurants on New Year’s Eve are, in my opinion, outrageous. For example, at the Moments restaurant in the Hotel Mandarin you are looking at around 400€ per person on New Year’s Eve.

The city authorities have dabbled around for the past ten years or more, trying to create public events around New Year’s Eve — with spectaculars staged on and around the Magic Fountains. (There was even an attempt a few years ago at trying to make the Torre Agbar the public focus of New Year’s Eve celebrations.) None of these attempts have genuinely connected with residents — who, as said above, prefer to spend the occasion with family and close friends at home.

Having said all that, the city still receives thousands of Italian party seekers, many from Turin and Milan, over the New Year, and there is nearly always a contingent of drunken English, Scots, Irish and Welsh people earnestly looking for a party in and around Plaça Catalunya.

Why the lack of spirited public celebration? Well, it’s only a theory, but a theory well observed over years…New Year’s Eve is a punctuation mark, just another brief pause, in a marathon of celebratory occasions which stretch from December 6 to January 6.

Yes, we have public holidays on December 6 and December 8, December 25 and December 26, January 1 and January 6. So, New Year’s Eve is locally regarded as a mid way point, a time to collect our senses, reinforce ourselves for the week and year ahead.

Enjoy your visit.

Malaga, Spain
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2. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

El Nacional (Passeig de Gracia, 24; Tel: 935-185-053) - A big building with a very beautiful and original interior design, with 5 restaurants and one long bar. Moderately priced.

Shrewsbury
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3. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

I was aware of B) and C) but not A)! You learn something every day. Much as we love Barcelona, we also really enjoy NYE and having spent one change of year in the area, we probably wouldn't bother again. Berlin again for us, although last NYE we saved the fine dining (Nobelhart und Schmutzig) for the night of Jan 1st, preferring to join the masses for the big celebration. However if you are in the city anyway, make the most of it. For fine dining, though, book somewhere today if you can. Lots of people will have had the same idea months ago and places are limited.

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4. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

Are there many places opened on New Years day, eg places to eat, shops etc.. Thank you

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5. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

There were plenty when we were there, at least in terms of restaurants. We don't bother much with shopping. Frommy recollection, some restaurants were closed but we didn't have a problem finding somewhere.

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Thank you. We are looking for somewhere in Spain to spend 3 or 4 nights at the end of December, we enjoyed Barcelona when we were there last summer. Lovely city.

asbury park, new...
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THANK YOU for your responses! Much appreciated.....

soth east
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8. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

We were in Barcelona for New Year a couple of years ago and are returning again this year .The things that stick in my mind are the grapes and the sea swim ! I loved watching the sea swim on New Year’s Day ! So much so that we are returning this year to join in !

We booked a restaurant online for New Year’s Eve and we were made to feel very welcome . On New Year’s Day we had difficulty finding a place to eat that didn’t have a special menu . I remember Caneloni seemed to be a necessary course ! Really looking forward to returning this year

Barcelona, Spain
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9. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

Hello! I can suggest you this one: Mika Milan in Barcelona, Poblenou, good and safe district, warm welcoming site, delicious food that is a combination of local tastes and fusion food.

New year's menu at 50€/pax

welcome drink & homemade chips.

Three little Starters: medjoul bacon rolled date with Spanish sausage filling (chorizo and chistorra) and Greek yogurt, prawns' shao mai with sesame and wakame seaweed, and Spanish duchesse potatoes with black garlic sauce. First course: shrimps and hake filled pasta (cannelloni). Main course: Wellington beef with Catalan spinach and mushrooms sauce. Dessert: Italian meneghina with grand marnier and home made cream.

Also Italian is the wine to accompany the dinner and the 12 raisins are included to eat on the last 12 seconds before midnight !

Barcelona, Spain
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10. Re: Barcelona-New Years Eve

@neve85, please refrain from publicising your restaurant in this forum. That is not what TripAdvisor is about.

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