, Berlin , Londres et Paris . As the end of the year approaches and it will soon be time to make your resolutions for 2012, you may already be looking for ideas to celebrate the New Year are. If one likes to be in family to celebrate Christmas, New Year lends itself more to getaways and parties with friends! Get tips for partying in Amsterdam , Barcelona , Berlin , London and Paris .
If your thing is partying with friends until the end of the night, then look no further than Amsterdam. This is the ultimate festive destination whatever the time of year, but of course at the New Year's atmosphere is just crazy. If you want to stay outdoors and mingle with the crowd, one of the best places is the Nieuwmarkt, overrun with people having a drink to warm background music and firecrackers. A show definitely worth out!
Museumplein side, several bands and DJs will succeed to heat the atmosphere. It is ideal for a first part of the evening, because everything happens on the outdoor plaza and everything is free. Just bring your drinks and you are sure to have a good time! On Dam Square, tents are erected and shows are organized to entertain the tourists.
Chez Georges is another cozy establishment that serves Belgian cuisine simply delicious. Ideal for a quiet early evening, thanks to the attentive service and intimate setting. Menu 5 or 7 courses are offered, and the dishes are fantastic as each other. But make sure you book well in advance as this is a small and places are expensive!
If once full, you decide to put you in search of a cozy bar to continue the evening, it may be an opportunity to venture into one of the famous brown cafes in the capital. At the edge of the Red Light District 't Loosje is an old traditional brown coffee with lots of character close to the Nieuwmarkt. Frequented mainly by locals and students, this is the perfect place to discover a more authentic Amsterdam face sipping one of the many beers on offer.
Also in the Nieuwmarkt area, but in a different genre, the Lime Bar is a lounge bar where you can sip cocktails while listening to good music and managed the knack of being in both the shot and unpretentious.
If you're more box, you will be spoiled for choice in Amsterdam. Paradiso will run a sort of masquerade modern, in collaboration with the group Burlesque Freakout ... You will be transported in Las Vegas in the mid 50s, starting with a telling ball in 3D (3D glasses included!) Together with best DJs. Do not forget your mask and soak up the last hours of 2011!
Want something even more extravagant thing? Go to the circus! For Eve, P60 in Amstelveen turns into a black and red circus with special issues, an uninvited guest, a bar and of course the best music from the 70s to today. So you can expect to listen to both Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown and Nirvana and Prodigy. If you feel like it'll just put your circus costume and go!
Both parties are among the most important planned for the New Year, but of course almost all other clubs provide for a special evening on the occasion where you might spend a great time. These include Maloe Melo Bitterzoet, Boom Chicago, Melkweg ... you're spoiled for choice!
At midnight, fireworks are spectacular from everywhere, giving a magical air to the capital. The best places to see are the Leidseplein, Dam Square, Nieuwmarkt and Rembrandtplein, but it is advisable to get there very early to get a good seat.
For those who prefer to stay warm, there is no reason to start the evening in a nice restaurant before going to have a few drinks in a bar. At the heart of the Red Light District, Blauw aan de Wa the restaurant is a quiet and pleasant environment (contrary to what you might think!) That serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine. A little pricey, but definitely worth it!
The New Year's Eve, or Silvester, is taken very seriously in Berlin. Every year, the Brandenburg Gate hosts an amazing party that has nothing to envy to those organized by cities such as London or New York ... More than a million people gather there every year! Music, dance and fireworks are planned, and you can prepare to party until dawn.
Many scenes are installed, as well as dance floors and tents with live music, shows and international DJs. Laser and light shows and specialties from around the world are also on the program, and most importantly you can enjoy free. The biggest stage is on Pariser Platz with the Brandenburg Gate in the background, while behind the Brandenburg Gate begins the "Party Mile" where dance floors and bars successive scenes for several kilometers along the boulevard Straße des 17. Juni to the Victory Column.
Concerts begin at 18:30, and as event hosts, you said, more than a million visitors each year, needless to recommend you go early. The countdown and the fabulous fireworks successor is definitely a highlight of the evening time, but the party does not stop there and celebrations do not end before dawn.
Good to know the safety rules are strict! No fireworks, no glass or bottle, no sharp objects, etc. ... Of course you can buy something to drink in and these measures will help you avoid the fireworks, which are very popular among Berliners and are handled with more or less skill, which is pretty scary when you have not used. And of course it is very cold, so no need to recommend you to cover you!
If you prefer to spend New Year's Eve warm, you can choose between countless bars, clubs and restaurants (for clubs, read our article on the Best Nightclubs in Berlin). For example you can start the evening at Prater, a restaurant that serves regional cuisine in generous portion. The rustic decor is that of a traditional German beer hall, and the warm and cozy atmosphere is perfect to start the evening.
If you are looking for something more sophisticated, why not dine at Margaux? Frequented by politicians and other actors Berlin, this elegant place in an institution of the capital. Black marble floors, antique mirrors and comfortable sofas create a refined and intimate atmosphere where guests can enjoy delicious French cuisine revisited. Little more, this property is close to the Brandenburg Gate, which puts you in the heart of the action.
Level clubs, you can try the Adagio, a large nightclub beautiful setting that is in the area of Potsdamer Platz. Chic and glamorous, the period decor regularly serves as a framework for amazing theme nights and you can be sure they'll concoct something exuberant thing for fitting welcome the year 2012 ... The music is excellent quality and this place is the rendezvous point for all night owls and revelers in the capital.
The 40 seconds is another great place to celebrate Christmas Eve. Located in a building, you can enjoy incredible views of the city and the fireworks balconies lights. The decor is minimalist and futuristic, with white walls and soft lighting. Spacious, you will find three rooms for a drink before letting you on the dance floor and tireless will enjoy a beautiful sunrise through the large windows.
Spain's second largest city is a city proud of its cultural identity and artistic ferment. But it is also the ultimate party town, which has a lively nightlife.
The Spanish prefer to be outside to celebrate the new year, drinking champagne and eating the traditional twelve grapes at the rate of twelve strokes of midnight. These gatherings take place mainly on Las Ramblas, the main artery connecting the city center to the beach.
The best solution is to book a restaurant on the harbor or city (there is not necessarily special menus Eve at home), and finished his meal to 23 hours to take advantage of the incredible ambience outside until midnight and later. You can also watch the fireworks which is drawn on the port or on the Plaça de Catalunya at the top of Las Ramblas.
Traditionally, the Torre Agbar, in the district of "Glories," which serves as a benchmark for the countdown. After announcing the countdown to lighting up gradually (los cuartos), it turns on each stroke of midnight (and you're supposed to eat a grape with each stroke) before displaying a message of good years. Hint: do not fall into the trap and wait out the first stroke of midnight before start eating your grapes. Even the Spaniards sometimes wrong and start at the cuartos! Do not forget to make a wish before you start, it will come true if you happen to eat twelve grapes in time ...
Side restaurants we can recommend Negro / Rojo restaurant whose concept and offer two different and completely separate environments. Above, Negro offers international cuisine in a modern atmosphere and turns into club spent some time with music and DJ until 2am. Downstairs Rojo is a Japanese tavern where the atmosphere is young and friendly. Here, tables are shared and the opportunity to engage in conversation with his neighbor enjoying Japanese dishes.
Another option, the Fondo do Mar Restaurant is a reputable restaurant that offers quality cuisine and impeccable service. His acclaimed chef and quality products are used in a place of choice for an early evening with friends or head to head.
If you want, there are also many places to go out in neighborhoods like Montjuïc Exeimple or Plaça Reial, and if you like to dance you will find easily your happiness, whatever your style of music. Most bars, clubs or even concert halls (basically all the places that can accommodate people in droves!) Organize special events on occasion.
In any case, know that in Barcelona the party in full swing all night and that many people are still there to witness the first sunrise of the year. And what better way to start the year with churros and a creamy hot chocolate?
In the City of Light, the New Year's Eve is one of the busiest of the year. No wonder, as many tourists choose to go there on this occasion, and on the evening of December 31 there is a crowd in the streets of Paris. There are no fireworks held in Paris fire, but people gather on the Champs Elysées, the Champ de Mars or the Trocadero to watch the light show of the Eiffel Tower.
That said, if you want to avoid the crowds and clichés, it is wise to avoid these areas and out into other areas. Whatever your choice, you will not likely be difficult to find what you want, provided you are ready to pay the price. In fact most schools offer evening or menus for the occasion, but often this is not really given (see overpriced)! However, some places offer either open bar or more drinks with the price of entry, so it's worth comparing. Of course, it is best to book your tickets in advance, especially for the evenings of popular bars and clubs in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise.
Maybe you planned to offer a good restaurant for the occasion? Then we can recommend some institutions offering a little something extra to make your evening unforgettable. For example, why not choose a restaurant with a breathtaking view as the Shadows Restaurant on the fifth floor of the Musée du Quai Branly, which offers a breathtaking view over the Seine and the Eiffel Tower? The decor and kitchen are in line with the theme of the Museum, and the map is intended as a window on the world that makes you discover other flavors door.
Other original location, Batofar famous concert hall, offers a restaurant aboard the barge Port de la Gare in the 13th. In a modern setting, you can enjoy local cuisine with inventive flavors while watching the chef in the bustling open-plan kitchen.
If you prefer to just get a drink to start the evening, you will be spoiled for choice. One example is the Baxo, a bar lounge restaurant close to the Canal Saint Martin offers fine dining but is best known for the quality of its music programming. In a minimalist style, you can listen to all styles of music, from jazz to house through electro and funk, mixed by renowned DJs guests for the evening. Ideal for warming up in the early evening!
Another nice bar, Wake Up is a friendly bar and restaurant located between Bastille and the Marais and you no fewer than 30 cocktails. The mythical caipirinha is made from real Brazilian cachaça and goes very well with the eclectic musical background with accents of Brazil.
Once you're ready to get serious, there remains only you choose between the many events organized by various Parisian clubs. For example, the Bateau Concorde Atlantique, moored at the foot of the National Assembly and the Orsay Museum, offers a prestigious setting and is organized on three levels. There is a restaurant service for those wishing to spend the whole evening in the same place and most importantly you will enjoy a magnificent view of the huge terrace.
Located in the Palais des Congres, the Maillot's Palais nightclub trend baroque and extravagant decor. With its large heated terrace and hype customer is the ideal place to spend a night on and you're sure to enjoy a world-class music programming.
And of course the Queen, the famous Champs Elysées box can be a good option if you want to see for yourself the hustle and bustle on the most beautiful avenue in the world on the evening of New Year In this Parisian institution atmosphere is guaranteed, but for more details on the program, visit the website.
Question practice, know that public transport will be free from December 31 to January 1, 17h noon. While the network will operate until 2:15 am and some subways, buses, trains and RER work all night.
London is overrun with tourists during the Christmas season, and not without reason. With its beautiful decorations, its rinks popping up everywhere and takes care of everything, you are sure not to bore you.
Again, this is not the pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs are missing and you will not know where to turn. To help you make a choice, you'll find out some ideas of places to celebrate New Year's Eve.
To start the evening off right, nothing like a delicious meal in good company. To add a little touch of glamor, you can try the Pigalle Club, which is located close to Piccadilly Circus. The room is in the basement and you can enjoy a good meal while enjoying the show in a cozy and retro. The artists who perform there are generally very good, and there is no doubt that they will pamper you something special to celebrate the end of the year.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone and dinner in a place where you can admire the fireworks safely, you have the choice between several locations.
For example, the Tower Bridge is a restaurant serving French cuisine in a luxurious setting which enjoys a fantastic location right on the Thames. Here you can choose from a menu that showcases fish and seafood and enjoy your meal with live piano while enjoying the beautiful views of Tower Bridge and the river.
Zensai in rock Camden, is another good place to eat. Here we offer you a delicious Asian cuisine and most importantly you can also enjoy a delicious cocktail in the bar area where a dance floor is even provided for you to start to warm up!
To continue the evening, you'll be spoiled for choice and it is up to you to opt for a night in an institution such as the Ministry of Sound, where the atmosphere is guaranteed. With four bars and three huge dance floor with different styles of music, clubbers will be in heaven!
In another genre, the Peacock Bar organizes a big party for Hollywood stars celebrate New Year's Eve, with the program burlesque, cabaret, DJs and music until dawn. For the occasion, the bar and the team adopts the 30s style, 40 and 50 in Hollywood, and you are invited to do so (sambucca shots of tequila and to reward those who play the game, here that should motivate you !).
At 20h, artists come and go, with DJ sets to make you wait between two before DaveDiskoJuice take over the decks. Also: speed dating session, classes to teach you how to make cocktails ... and you can also eat on the spot!
If it is not particularly original, beautiful fireworks that are drawn along the Thames are definitely a highlight of the evening. That said, be aware that on this occasion specially equipped areas have a limited capacity, and if you do not go there very early, there is a good chance that you may not be able to access it. Find the plan areas here.
Transportation is free for part of the night, but some stations are closed, including the side of Westminster and along the Thames, because of fireworks. The safest way is to visit the site of London Transport, to get all the updated information.
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