Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve

There’s hardly any party of the year for which expectations are that high. NYE is when you wear your new little black dress and expect everything to be perfect. So where should you go in order not to be disappointed?

NYE in Prague

If you’re looking forward to everything being booked out or expensive, yes. Also you should like temperatures below freezing point. Sightseeing will be so much fun in the cold. You will also have to wait in line to get into clubs and pay a fortune to get in. You were not the only one having that idea.

Karlovy Lazne

With 5 dance floors maybe the biggest club in Europe. Be prepared for long lines and higher prices for NYE.

Duplex

Chic rooftop club/ restaurant at Wenceslaw Square. We went there the day before NYE. A bit cheaper and less crowded than for NYE but since the waiting time exceeded 1 hour we went to the Zombie Bar next door for some cheap cocktails. Prague attracts mainly young groups of guys for partying – to an extent that at one point I was the only female on the dance floor. When I asked the security guard if this was a gay club, he didn’t think that was funny…

Klub Lavka

Perfectly situated at the Charles Bridge. Their terrace is perfect for watching the fireworks – even though the fireworks are not nearly as nice as on some promotional pictures. When you’re cold, you can head back inside for oldies, cheap drinks and BBQ or a more formal dinner. Luckily we got last minute tickets.

Lucerna

Music club close to Wenceslaw Square – unfortunately booked out last year.

NYE in Shanghai

After the stampede on the Bund in 2014 there were no fireworks in 2015. For safety reasons several underground stops were closed. I doubt if that helped make hot spots safer. I don’t recommend going to the Bund for NYE to avoid the crowds and chilly temperatures.

Hot spots for NYE in Shanghai are

Bar Rouge and other bars at the Bund for the skyline view

M1NT – our favourite club – for the music, the sharks, the atmosphere, decoration, people, the rooftop terrace,…

Shanghai M1NT new years eve

In Pudong’s skyscrapers in one of the highest bars

NYE in the US

NYE in NYC

Watching the ball drop from Times Square – probably everyone has seen this scene on TV. Christmas shopping in New York, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, what sounds like a dream to many proved to be a nightmare to me.

I spent christmas sleeping at La Guardia airport before picking up my friends from JFK and sleeping at a Hostel at Time Square. The cold was everywhere in NY, the associates shouting at you to get into the bus from the airport, the crowds of people bumping into you on Times Square, at every street corner and in the Apple Store, the temperature below freezing point, sun being blocked by the sky scrapers, Central Park feeling dead, I couldn’t wait to leave this cold city.

NYE in Richmond, Virginia

Instead we decided to spend NYE with friends in Richmond at the Jefferson hotel. You might recognize the stairs from the movie Gone with the wind. While the location reminds you of a prosperous area and a horse carriage stands in front of the hotel, the bar closing at midnight brought us back to reality. Partycrashing a house party of our friend’s friends. Do not expect to party till sunrise in the US, by 2-3am you are kindly reminded to head home. πŸ˜‰

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NYE in Miami

Have you spent NYE in Miami yet? I imagine it to be an awesome beach party. We went there just after NYE.

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What I’m dreaming of for NYE

NYE in Europe

Terror warnings, crowds, overpriced fees and drinks and cold temperatures are inhibitors of celebrating in European capitals but the pictures convince me to go there anyway.

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In the Alps should be a nice escape. However overcrowded and overpriced for the holidays.

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New Year’s Eve in Madeira

Funchal holds a guiness world record for their firework. Do I need to say any more?

Well yes, cruise ships full of old Europeans invade this beautiful island over the holidays.

NYE in Sydney

When a picture says more than a thousand words. Watching the fireworks over the harbour bridge, the opera from a boat.

And during day time

NYE in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay, infinity pool – Singapore invites you to spend a hot NYE.

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NYE in Dubai

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In terms of fireworks, Dubai sets new standards. While it is a complete waste of money, it is magical to watch fireworks. I wonder what they will do this year after one skyscraper caught fire when my friends were there.

NYE in Rio de Janeiro

Dancing samba at Copacabana Beach sipping Caipirinha – I know this is clichΓ©, but why not dream of this? Best would be to stay until carnival and explore the rest of the country.

NYE spent with friends – anywhere

Raclette, too strong self-mixed cocktails, your own playlist, poker, sparklers and your own firework. It’s hard to beat NYE spent in great company – anywhere.Β 

And of course as every year I have nothing booked yet. While waiting until the last minute for the perfect plan for New Year’s Eve, you’ll find out that every overpriced option has already sold out. πŸ˜€

Where would you like to go this year? Any recommendations from where you’ve already been?