Where better to dance in the New Year than Barcelona, the city for night owls. Here, where the locals don’t go out until gone midnight, you can be sure of to see out 2017 with a bang. The biggest party on the 31st can be found on Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, next to the Montjuïc magic fountain, where a huge firework display and musical light show takes place and thousands of people celebrate in the streets. Alternatively, clubs like Apolo and Razzmatazz and various cocktail bars throughout the city host special NYE events with reasonably priced entry tickets. Don’t spend the first day of 2018 in the dark of your hotel room, clutching a glass of water and some painkillers. Instead, head over to Milk, Firebug or Marmalade which will all be open and serving up their famous brunches – perfect for recovering on the morning after. If the recovery brunch of fruit smoothies, chorizo hash and pancakes stacks gives you a well-needed energy boost, then why not join in the unofficial Catalan tradition and carry on the celebrations into the next day! You’ll find a few bars around the city hosting New Year’s Day parties and festive meals.
The university city of Toulouse has a thriving nightlife scene any week of the year, thanks partly to its student population, making it the perfect destination for a New Year’s Eve party. Join the crowds on along the banks of the Garonne river to countdown the end of the year with a firework spectacle before heading in out of the cold to any one of the city’s bars, clubs or restaurants where there will be fiestas and dancing ‘til dawn. Zoom Club, on a narrow alley off Rue Saint-Rome, doesn’t even open until midnight and doesn’t close its doors until 6am. For a slightly older crowd, pay a visit to Le Royal’s on Rue Lucien Servanty which is serving up a very special (but very pricey) New Year’s Eve menu complete with wine and aperitifs. Or, skip dinner and go straight to their New Year’s disco with special entertainment and dancers, only 15 euros per person entry.
As the clubbing capital of Europe, Berlin is an obvious destination for anyone wanting to dance in the New Year. Join the locals (and the many visitors) Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate for fireworks, live music, entertainment and plenty of food and drinks. As the night wears on and you start to feel the chill, you know it’s time to hit the bars, parties and clubs. For the biggest party in Berlin, get yourself tickets to the New Year celebrations at Kulturbrauerei (Silvester in der Kulturbrauerei), with its 8 different clubs and 13 dancefloors, 30 different DJs, a live band and a huge range of music styles to choose from, all for 29 euros. Or for just 10 euros entry per person, why not try Humboldthain Club for its good music and reasonably priced drinks for the budget-conscious looking for a good time.
Poland’s capital is a fantastic spot for a wild start to the New Year, and with a pint costing as little as €1.70 and a shot of vodka costing only €1 in some places, it’s a very budget-friendly place to party! If street parties are your thing then join the revellers at Rynek Glowny, Krakow’s picturesque central square, for a massive street party, live pop acts and laser-and-lights show display. If you’re not into mass outdoor concerts, however, then don’t worry because Krakow’s nightlife is famously energetic and every club in the city puts on a special event to see out the year. RIN Music Club is a popular choice situated near the main square that charges 189 PLN (or £40) entry per person, however for this price you get unlimited access to the open bar for the night, buffet and snacks and (for an extra £5) a hot meal!
Hidden in the shadow of Brussels, the Belgian city of Antwerp is a major creative hub with a fantastic nightlife and underground club scene. Featuring some of the best clubs in Europe, with a great line-up of DJs, don’t overlook this Flemish city when looking for a cheap party city to see out 2017. The perfect destination for a more alternative night out, Antwerp offers some great options for NYE such as Ampere, located underneath Antwerp’s Central Station railroads and featuring Berlin-esque underground sounds. For a slightly less alternative option, head to Millennium Night in Antwerp’s dock neighbourhood, Het Eilandje, where you can dance the night away to pop classics from the 90s and your favourite dance anthems, before watching the firework display over the river.