So you have read all about New Years Eve in Amsterdam and just how good it is. What about the rest of the world you ask? Aside from our Dutch counterparts, there are a number of incredible cities you should add to your bucket list to ring in the New Year. In no particular order, we have reviewed the following:
While everywhere else in the world revellers are rugging up, Melbournians are taking it off. Traditional New Years Eve parties boast a BBQ in the backyard and generally a muggy 30+ degrees with family and friends, but of course for those who want to party until the sun comes up, those Melbournians know how to do it. The Yarra river is the place to be with Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens showcasing the best view of the fireworks at around 9.30pm, BBQ areas, rides and family fun. Public transport is free from 6pm and includes trams/trains/buses and all public areas are alcohol free zones making it family friendly. Still want to have a ‘barbie’ with mates? Then opt for one of the famous New Years Day parties in sweltering heat – Summadayze (Chemical Brothers, MIA, Knife Party, Bookashade…) or the new Let Them Eat Cake at Werribee Mansion (Theo Parish, Flying Lotis, Kerry Chandler, Tiger and Woods..)
The streets of down town Budapest come alive with Hungarians throwing confetti at everything that moves, and doing what they do best; eating and drinking! Take a riverboat along the Danube and watch the cohorts of party goers along the promenade. Head down to Kazinczy Street and discover the A38 Club, White Angel or Club Corinita for your electronic music favourites. Alternatively grab a bottle of the refreshingly cheap quality champagne and head to one of Váci utca (Váci street), Nyugati Square or Oktogon Square. All host outdoor street parties with DJs, stages with rock bands, Hungarian folk dancers and the very ambitious belly dancers in the cold!
London comes alive New Years Eve with some incredible parties that spoil clubbers, multi-million dollar fireworks from the London Eye (be careful revellers, this area fills up by 9pm at the latest!) and sophisticated dinners for those who are not into the clubbing scene. The best views for the EDF Energy fireworks are riverside of the Thames, the super keen arrive at 5pm and make sure you rug up! There will be free London travel on bus, Tube, tram and DLR from 11.45pm until 4.30am and on London Overground until the last trains. For those who want to experience some London clubs check out the events happening at Fabric, Corsica Studios and Ministry of Sound. There will be inevitable warehouse parties with “surprise special guests”.
New York is around the world synonymous with the famous ball drop which is watched by 1million people live in Times Square and telecast to over 1 billion. Public transport is by far the best way to reach the celebration, but try to stop well before 42nd Street/Times Square and walk the rest of the way. But besides that giant ball dropping from the sky (along with 2,000 tons of confetti!) what else is there to do in New York to ring in the New Year? Trance hero and DJ mag’s number 1 DJ Armin Van Buuren is playing at Pier 36 plus Moby and Lee Burridge are offering a 9hr party in Brooklyn at Williamsburg. Not up for a club night but want to stay away from the crowds? The plethora of bars and restaurants scattered around this bustling capital cater for every budget and party style are sure to satisfy.
Prosit Neujah! (Happy New Year! in German) The worlds biggest street party hits one of the world’s best cities for partying on the 31st of December. Since the wall came down the Germans have danced along with 1 million visitors and 500 journalists for over 2km between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. Lasers, pyrotechnics and stages with international bands such as Hot Chocolate entertain the crowds, steins are clinked and bratwurst devoured. The city being the Mecca for clubbing as it is, there is always an abundance of parties to attend if you do not wish to join the revellers in the streets. Old faithful clubs Watergate and the Berghain are sure not to disappoint!
Booked out since April in terms of accommodation, Prague is a must to celebrate the end of 2012 (try to stay with a local?). The spectacular fireworks can be watched from the Charles Bridge or near Prague Castle. Temperatures hit below freezing, champagne bottles are smashed in the street and fireworks let off in every direction, so ensure you wear decent shoes, rug up and watch your head! Aside from those minor technicalities the city is bustling with celebrations to entice young and old. Riverboats full of party goers congregate around the Charles Bridge around midnight and the Old Town Square is filled with revellers celebrating in style! Head to Roxy or Bukanyr Houseboat for a dance, or visit one of the many bars along Wesceslas Square.
Like Prague, Stockholm is generally covered in glittering snow and hits sub-zero temperatures, as such ensure you book in advance as all (warm) pubs, clubs and restaurants tend to sell out in the weeks prior to NYE. The official fireworks will be shot off near the eastern side of Gamla Stan. The best places to see the fireworks are along the waterfront, by the City Hall, on Fjällgatan or Monteliusvägen. Crowds hit the Skansen, which is televised in every household across the city, a Swedish tradition. Babel hosts the biggest party of the city in terms of clubs, and Kaknäs tower provides a much classier option of h’orderves in the sky tower overlooking the spectacular city.
So there you have it. Of course all of these cities will be more fun on New Years Eve if you meet and ‘Party with a Local‘. So download the App & have a Happy New Year from all the team at Party with a Local.
By Gemma Trounce