Best Worldwide Locations For Public Events & Fireworks
PubClub.com prefers public parties, free ones with fireworks. Ideally ones where you can have your own drinks, too. Cities all over the world have these, and that is the top criteria for making out list.
We also have a list of the Top 10 NYE destinations, period, which are mostly cities but also other locations, including on an island in the Caribbean.
The Big Easy makes it easy to party for NYE. Start out with 3-for-1 drinks on Bourbon Street (’till 7) head over to Jackson Square for the fireworks and then back to Bourbon Street. In Nawlens, not only can you drink on the street you can buy drinks in the street.
As an added bonus there, all those college students and fun partying alumni in town for the Sugar Bowl.
This is a huge citywide party from the town square to above the city at Letna Park. We recommend to party around the Charles Bridge.
There is no better setting or NYE than the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge in The Rocks, and you probably won’t find any friendlier “mates” anywhere else in the world. You’re not supposed to be able to have your own drinks in public but it’s NYE. The party here lasts until dawn.
4.) Las Vegas
There are two party places here but by far the best is The Strip, which is blocked off to traffic and filled with tens (hundreds?) of thousands of people. Of course in Vegas you can have drinks in the street. It’s a blast to be walking up and down the middle of street, seeing the Bellagio fountain show then a great fireworks display above the casinos.
There may be more people here than anywhere; there are an estimated 2 1/2 million people on Copacabana Beach alone. If you can’t find fun people to party with – especially lively Brazilians – among 2 1/2 million, then stay home on NYE.
6.) Key West, FL
It may be a bit of a stretch to consider Key West a city – in the sense of the word on the scale of, say, Berlin or New York – but it’s not a stretch to tell you it’s a great party here for NYE.
Start with sunset at Mallory Square then go in and out of the bars until you join tens of thousands of people on Duval Street. There’s a high heel drop, a wench drop and tons of people having tons of fun.
It’s like a huge outdoor nightclub at the Brandenburg Gate with DJs and then fireworks. Nearly a million people turn out for the event and they stay in the streets partying well after the fireworks.
This is a crazy city to begin with, and at midnight everyone spills out into the streets with bottles of champagne, drinking it themselves and sharing with strangers. The two best places to be are the squares surrounded with the most bars, the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein.
9.) New York City
Why so low? The weather is freezing and there are so many people it’s shoulder-to-shoulder crowded. PubClub prefers to be comfortable on NYE. Still, it’s quite the scene and probably a place to do once, if nothing else to say you experienced it. And survived.
You can’t argue with being in paradise, and at midnight people spill out onto Waikiki Beach for a fireworks show. Technically, you can’t drink in public in Hawaii. So if you have a concealed cocktail (you can buy mini bottles and mixers in any one of the seemingly 10,000 ABC Stores), keep it concealed.
BONUS FOR 2015: College Football Playoff Cities
For better or worse (it’s the latter if you ask PubClub.com, but the Rose Bowl would not budge from its traditional New Year’s Day time slot), the College Football Playoff is taking place on New Year’s Eve. And it’s always party where college football students, fans & fun alumni can be found.
The cities are Dallas and Miami.
Dallas has the Big D public party in Victory Park with two stages of bands, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and fireworks. There is a smaller, in downtown Fort Worth (a pretty good party city in its own right) in Sundance Square. Both events are free.
Miami has a big, open fireworks party downtown at Bayside which is pretty good. You can buy drinks but nobody is going to stop you if you (discreetly, of course) take your own. Then you walk around Bayside Marketplace, which has a band, people partying on yachts and a few bars.
Or you can cruise up and down Collins Ave., in South Beach, where there’s also a fireworks show. You’l have no problem finding a bar in South Beach, tho getting into the bigger and best ones is a challenge.