6 Affordable Things to do in Europe for New Year’s Eve
A New Year’s Eve spent in Europe doesn’t have to mean blowing all your money in one night (don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest staying sober). To prove it, we’ve put together some options in a selection of European cities to help you decide where to lose your dignity for the final time in 2017 but also to say welcome to 2018 in the best but most affordable way possible.
1) See in 2018 with a bang in London
Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2NS, United Kingdom
Spending New Year's Eve in London really doesn't have to be as expensive as you think. If you’re only in the capital for New Year’s Eve once, you can’t miss the most spectacular display of fireworks in the country. Exploding right over the London Eye and twinkling over the city’s stand-out skyline, for only £10 a ticket it is a must to see in 2018 in London. If you don’t fancy getting in with the crowd (or paying for the ticket), why not set up camp on Primrose Hill with a flask of your favourite tipple and a big blanket and watch the display for free?
End the night in Belushi’s bar with drinks that will not only taste delicious but also won’t be a pain in the wallet. This year they will be hosting a ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme for the night, so, if you can, don a top hat, some feathers and beat all your friends at a game of Prosecco Pong.
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2) Be in awe of the Brandenburg Gate under explosions of colour
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate will once again be a haven of new year celebrations. The huge open area behind this mega tourist attraction will cater for foodies and party-goers and the live acts will make it a night to remember. On the strike of midnight, fireworks will burst the sky into colour so all the lucky ones there can welcome the new year in with a bang. Fighting the crowds for a spot is worth it when entry is free but you could even make a visit the afternoon before New Year’s Eve as some of the acts will be practicing their performance from 2-8pm and this means avoiding the masses of people!
Once you snapped some insta-worthy pics of the fireworks over the gate, either head to the world famous nightclub Tresor to begin 2018 with some techno music or wander down to Belushi’s for a more cheap and cheerful night to remember. It’s a 35 minute walk but we would hope you’d have your beer jacket on by then.
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3) Party in the street at Champs-Elysees in Paris
Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Be at the heart of the NYE action at Paris’ Champs-Elysees famous street party. Find a beautiful French man or lady and grab a good spot to watch the Eiffel Tower from afar as it dances into 2018 with glistening lights. You’ll feel like the most romantic traveller in all the land. Alcohol is not permitted in the Champs-Elysees area so don’t make the mistake of bringing your own or you’ll get smacked with a fine. You can, however, find plenty of alcohol and hours of music in the bars and clubs that line the avenue. You might find you’ll spend a little more as this is the 8th arrondissement after all, however the drinks will be sure to send you into a delightful coma when the night eventually draws to a close. La Cordonnerie is a cheaper option however you’ll have to stroll a little longer from Champs-Elysees to get there than you might want to post-midnight.
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4) Groove into the new year at a free party in the heart of Amsterdam
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to go to a free party with BYOB available? Oosterdok just east of Central station hosts the official countdown to the new year and will have DJs playing from 11pm with a backdrop of the VOC-ship replica at the Maritime Museum to make the setting extra special. Beer tents and DJs will get you in the mood for the biggest countdown in Amsterdam and set you up for the best NYE ever. Don’t forget to decant your champagne as glass is not allowed into the venue… Worth it for a free party though.
If you reckon you’ll be ready to move the party elsewhere after the fireworks pop, make sure you buy an Amsterdam Nightlife ticket for only 10 euros so you can party into the early (or late) hours of the new year until you can barely stand up. This ticket will give you unlimited entry to twelve different nightclubs in Amsterdam AND free drinks included at clubs like Winston Kingdom, Club Amsterdamned and Candela. It can’t get much better than that but hurry up as they’re nearly sold out for NYE! If you're staying at our St Christopher's Hostel, or the Flying Pig hostels you will get free entry to the Winston Kingdom.
5) Smash some bottles in Barcelona
Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
See the new year in a little differently as Barcelona’s Placa Catalunya is cleared to allow crazy crowds to take part in the majorly impressive, yet fairly terrifying, midnight bottle toss. Arrive at about 11pm (or close enough to midnight that you will have an empty bottle by then), and when the clock strikes, you’ll see bottles fly into the air and smash into pieces on the ground. Once the fun and games are over, spend your first few hours of 2018 stumbling around a bar crawl in the Gothic Quarter. Remember to wear your red undies as this is tradition in Barcelona for their Vispera de Ano Nuevo (or New Year's Eve). Then head to Belushi’s for Barcelona’s biggest New Years Eve bash.
Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CLDC) and many other on-shore bars are just a little walk up the beach if you want to dance the night away right by the ocean after a few too many drinks. The beach will be buzzing all night so definitely make this one of your stops.
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6) Party like a Scotsman at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Throughout Edinburgh city centre, Castle Street
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is back again to help celebrate not only the coming of 2018, but also its own 25th birthday which means it is gonna be the usual enormous party, but even bigger. A ticket will cost £26 but it will be worth it for all the fire eaters, acrobats and live music you could ever want to celebrate the end of the year in carnival-style. Musicians, including Rag n Bone Man, as well as DJs will take to the 3 stages from 7pm and once the ultimate fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle, there’s no doubt you’ll be in the mood for a dance. Head to Belushi’s which is a 15 minute walk away to down some jagerbombs and yummy cocktails, but make sure you look the part for their ‘Around the World’ theme.
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Article by Darcy King
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