Celebrating Midnight in Comercio Square
Thousands of people choose to be in Lisbonâ€™s largest square at midnight, when the new year is welcomed in a festive atmosphere. Thatâ€™s where youâ€™ll be able to see the cityâ€™s fireworks show more closely, with the square and the river being flooded with a variety of colors and lights.
A Michelin-Star Welcome to 2009
198 euros (per person and without drinks) gets you a Michelin-star ending to 2008 and start of 2009. Overlook Lisbon from Eleven, the restaurant standing at the top of Edward VII Park. Â If you get the right table, its special menu (at that special price) will also get you views of the fireworks at midnight taking place down by the river. On the menu youâ€™ll have both meat and fish courses and a varied selection of desserts.
Special Dinner by the Tagus
A cheaper but equally worthy alternative to Eleven is moving closer to the river and going for Virgulaâ€™s special New Yearâ€™s menu. Itâ€™s only 95 euros (without wine) and includes a special selection of two fish or meat dishes, ending with a chocolate pyramid for dessert.
Saying Good-Bye and Welcoming 2009
Last August, GoLisbon told you that the lounge-bar-restaurant-club Kubo was the place to be in the summer. Turns out it stayed open for the fall and it will only be closing its doors until the summer of 2009 on New Yearâ€™s Day. It made a few changes in its autumn season, and was no longer an open-air space, although it did it with glass, so the Tagus views are still there. The best way to guarantee a spot when midnight arrives is to go for dinner after 7PM and get ready for the New Yearâ€™s cheers which start at 10.
Where the Party is Always at
If youâ€™ve been reading GoLisbon (and its blog), you already know that Lux is Lisbonâ€™s party house, and even after a decade since it opened, it still is the club with the most happening New Yearâ€™s celebrations. Do note that itâ€™s “New Yearâ€™s,” and not “New Yearsâ€™s Eve,” as it opens its doors when itâ€™s already 2009, at 1 in the morning.
An Alternative New Yearâ€™s Party
Lisbonâ€™s Lesboa parties originally had the cityâ€™s lesbian community in mind when they first took place, but theyâ€™re now special events (taking place every couple of months or so) for every lifestyle and gender. Those looking for a more casual and cheaper (45 euros) alternative to the traditional New Yearâ€™s Eve parties, this is the one to choose, with an open bar (champagne will be served at midnight) and city views from its hilltop location (Tapada da Ajuda). DJ Ivan Pica (ranked in a magazine as Spainâ€™s #1 house music DJ) and Miss Jools (from Berlin) will mix the music, and those staying until the morning will have breakfast available (hot chocolate and cake). See the Lesboa website for more.