// PARTY your way into 2017 //
New Year’s Sturz Gala
What to expect: A night filled with electronic music, lots of booze, dark corners and deep bass that makes your blood sing, open air rave at midnight with fireworks, to see the new year in the haze, dank and sweaty smell of an underground club
Sounds like: Techno, Deep House
Where: Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12, 1090
Entry: free until midnight!
PRATERSAUNA & VIE i PEE
What to expect: 6 floors featuring international and local artists, a classic Pratersauna party, plenty of skin, quality Electro beats, people getting sentimental and maybe tears, people partying like the world is going to end
Sounds like: A mix of regular favourites of DJ talents, house, techno
Where: Pratersauna, Waldsteingartenstraße 135, 1020
NYE // The END (Cafe Leopold 2001–2016)
What to expect: a vast array of talented music artists, handsome people at the bar, dance madness, two floors of fun in one location and the official last day of Café Leopold – so make sure you have the best night you’ve ever had at ze' Poldi!
Sounds like: HipHop, House, Techno
Where: Cafe Leopold, Museumsplatz 1, 1070
Entry: 10€ < 12am > 13€
BEAT IT Silvester Special
What to expect: A long, varied lineup of DJs, plenty of sweaty bodies, a party into the New year that only the FLEX knows how to throw. Drifting off into that world where only good electronic music can take you. Grungy atmosphere resembling the insides of a cocaine addicts nostrils.
Sounds like: Dubstep/D‘n’B
Where: Flex, Augartenbrücke 1, 1010
New Year's Eve Party
What to expect: Vienna’s legendary New Year’s Eve Party on 4 floors, including a winter tent in the garden, lots of music, drunk people and booze
Sounds like: Disco/House, HipHop, Techno/House
Where: Volksgarten, Burgring, 1010
21 years and older
Loveball – Cleopatra & her lovers
What to expect: Cleopatra and her lovers live on stage, 3 international superstar DJs, 3 floors, ancient Egyptian decoration, gogo dancers mugshot photo wall, females and males liking and loving each other
Sounds like: House, Sugar Pop, Pop Trash Charts
Where: WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090
Schleich Di Oaschlochjahr! Die 2016-Abschiedsrevue
What to expect: 2016 was indeed one very awful year, and everyone who wants to show it with their middle fingers (flip 2016 the bird!) should be at brut, to wish a very loud farewell to this shitty year. Bureaulesque will offer you a great performance, the party starts afterwards and will go on until the birds get up.
Where: Brut Wien, Karlsplatz 5, 1010
Rotary Popkorn Klub III 14H Knaller Edition
What to expect: talented DJs from local DJ collectives on the decks, mixing up 14 hours of dance, while sipping on neat cocktails and drinks and enjoying life and a fun night with strangers
Sounds like: House, Minimal Techno
Where: Sass Music Club, Karlsplatz 1, 1040
Fluc & Fluc Wanne
Meat Market – Happy New Year
What to expect: 2 floors of partying so hard you won’t know who you are anymore the next day – best way to start a new year
Sounds like: Electronic, Techno
Where: fluc & fluc wane, Praterstern 5, 1020
Entry: 11€ (12€ at the doors)
Scheitern New Years Eve
What to expect: we’re not so sure what will happen at this party either, but it will feature the usual Opera Club crowd, a neat array of DJs and Techno sets that will have you move even if you don’t want to
Sounds like: Electronic music, DJ sets, Techno and Trance
Where: Opera Club, Mahlerstraße 11, 1010
Black and White Silvester-Party
What to expect: DJs Philipp Van Het Veld, Fè Vargas, Julian Joy will dish you some neat beats to dance your way into the new year, while sipping on some of the best drinks in town and enjoying a non-club atmosphere.
Plus: Special drinks at special prices all night long!
Dresscode: black and white!
Sounds like: Electronic music, DJ sets, House
Where: Omu – bar & small eats, Kolingasse 7, 1090
What to expect: 2 floors (club and basement) of music to dance to and great drinks to enjoy with thay cute guy/girl at the bar
Sounds like: Electronic music, DJ sets, House, Deep House, Techno
Where: celeste, Hamburgerstraße 18, 1050
// EAT & DRINK your way into 2017 //
DACHBODEN @ 25hours Hotel
Silvester Party / Manege frei!
What to expect: a circus themed, weird and wonky night at Dachboden, with a great view of the city and the fireworks on a rooftop, DJ sets and cocktails
And at 2am, it is still early enough to take the party elsewhere and show 2017 how it’s done!
Where: Dachboden, 25hours Hotel, Lerchenfelder Straße 1–3, 1070
Entry: 99€/person (limited tickets, be quick!), including sparkling wine and a midnight snack
Silvester am Badeschiff
What to expect
4pm: Punschdeck (outdoors on top of the ship) with Glühwein and Punsch
6pm: Gala-Buffet (including starters, all you can eat Thai-Fondue, chocolate fountain, sparkling wine for midnight and after-midnight Gulasch), 49€/per person
12am: super great view of fireworks from the sun deck
12:30am: party hard to some swing and lindy hop tunes and have some fine cocktails
Where: Badeschiff, Donaukanal, 1010
LIEBLING & GANZ WIEN
Silvester im Liebling & Ganz Wien
What to expect: a no-frills atmosphere, having 20 new friends before the night is done, great people in a good mood, cocktails you'll dream about, down-to-earth pub grub, and Prosecco!
Where: Zollergasse 6, 1070 & Zollergasse 15, 1070
GRAND FERDINAND HOTEL
Silvester in der Grand Étage
What to expect: enjoy an evening of luxury at the The Grand Étage of the Grand Ferdinand Hotel, sipping on Champagne, eating the finest food and patisserie you’ll find from a huge buffet, having a breath-taking rooftop view from the center of the city, and dancing to some DJ music
Where: Grand Ferdinand Hotel, Schubertring 10–12, 1010
Tickets: 390€, get them here
Silvester auf japanisch im OKRA
What to expect: A 5-course Izakaya menu featuring Beef Tartar Tokyo style, Sushi variations, Dashi-broth with pumpkin and mushrooms, grilled Yuan salt-salmon, chocolate cubes and 5-spices-chocolate-mousse with raspberry
Where: OKRA – sushi & robata grill, Kleine Pfarrgasse 1, 1020
Entry: 49€/person, make sure to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Champagner & Austern Vol. 2
What to expect: champagne, oysters, great people in a comfy atmosphere celebrating life and great food … and the end of 2016!
Where: Marktwirtschaft, Siebensterngasse 21, 1070
// CULTURE your way into 2017 //
Cabaret @ Gartenbaukino
Maschek – Das war 2016 – Die Silvestergala im Gartenbaukino!
What to expect:Maschek live – the satirical duo will offer a laugh out loud show, summing up the year 2016 and all its ups and downs in their usual manner of showing muted clips and talking over them while imitating various voices.
Plus: NYE Party afterwards, starting at 11pm, hosted by Philiale
When: 6pm & 9pm
Where: Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12, 1010
Tickets: 28€/38€/32€, reservations & ticket pickup until Dec. 28 at Gartenbaukino
Movie night @ Filmcasino
Silvester-Preview: The Happy Film von Stefan Sagmeister
What to expect: Stefan Sagmeister’s famous movie “The Happy Film” will be pre-screened at Filmcasino, go grab some popcorn, or sneak in some beer and enjoy! This is some great inspiration for the new year to keep it happy
Where: Filmcasino, Margaretenstraße 78, 1050
Tickets: 9€, get them here: +431 587 90 62 / email@example.com
Movie night @ Haydn
HAMLET – New Year's Special @English Cinema Haydn
What to expect: A 3 hour and 37 minutes remake of Shakespeare’s Hamlet featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the leading role
Where: English Cinema Haydn, Mariahilfer Straße 57, 1060
Fancy Ball @ Hofburg
Hofburg Silvesterball 2016
What to expect: 2,500 guests from 45 countries will gather to celebrate an enchanting and exceptional night with champagne, caviar and some hardcore ballroom dancing.
Dresscode: nightgown and smoking
Where: Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010
Tickets: from 155€ (680€ incl. the gala dinner), get your tickets here
// TAKE your kids out on your way into 2017 //
Silvesterparty inkl. Vorstellungsbesuch "Running Wild"
What to expect
7:30pm: dance theatre play “Running Wild”, afterwards there will be snacks from the buffet to eat, games to be played and Karaoke to be enjoyed
11pm: dance party starts to take you into 2017
Where: Dschungel, MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070
Entry: kids = 18€, adults = 36€ (including food)
// WATCH the fireworks on your way into 2017 //
The ‘From the roof of the city’ view
For an uninterrupted view, head up to one of the many hills that surround the city. Bring a bottle of champagne or Glühwein and enter the New Year on top of the world! Well, on top of Vienna anyway.
+ Höhenstraße/Sieveringerstraße (Take the bus 39A from Grinzing)
+ Cobenzlgasse (Take the 38A from Grinzing)
+ Wilhelmininberg (Take the bus 146B from Ottakring)
+ Roter Berg (Take tram 58 from Hietzing)
+ Kahlenberg (take the bus 38A from Grinzing)
To find out how to get to these destinations from your place, check out wienerlinien.at
The ‘Panorama’ view
Heldenplatz: Aim to end up here after your tour of the city’s ‘Wiener Silvesterpfad’ (New Year’s Eve trail in the city center) at around midnight and you’ll witness one of the best panoramic views of the fireworks going off around the city. It’s as if you’re surrounded by them. The main fireworks display held by the city will be happening at the nearby Rathausplatz. People are also known here to do the traditional midnight Waltz as the fireworks take to the sky. Be sure to join in.
The ‘life’s a carnival’ view
Prater Riesenrad: With the mighty old Prater Ferris wheel as a backdrop, you’ll see the city’s second largest fireworks displays here. Just find a spot on the lawns in front with a bottle of champagne.
The ‘where the hell are the fireworks!?’ view
Stephansplatz: You actually won’t be able to see much of the fireworks here, however if you’re here at midnight you’ll see another kind of spectacle – hundreds of people waltzing at midnight. And typically this is a hotspot for people letting off their own fireworks, so watch your head.
The ‘stranded on an island’ view
Donauinsel: Here you’ll be able to watch the city light up without any buildings obstructing your view. The reflection of the fireworks on the river is something worth seeing.
// CHANGE IT UP on your way into 2017 //
Are you tired of going wild every New Year's Eve, drinking litres of alcohol and waking up on the first day of the new year wondering WHY?!!! Some say it's the most overrated night of the year. Well, here's a few ways to spend your welcome the new year in a different way this year.
Head out of town, into the wild
A bottle of wine (or vodka), a sky full of stars (nature’s version of fireworks), a calm ‘Happy New Year’ to somebody you care about. Then waking up in the morning of the New Year to fresh air and the calming silence of the wild. There’s a good chance that you'll find a last minute bargain on a hotel room or a mountain cabin from where to welcome 2015. Just check out Airbnb.com, Groupon.com or Booking.com
Invite friends over for fondue
© Michael Lauridsen / flickr
This Swiss tradition of fondue on New Year's Eve is a great way of bringing you and your friends together in the perfect setting to celebrate into the new year together. The eating lasts for hours and the drinking will take over after that. Before you know it, you'll be dancing on top of the sofa, telling everybody how much you love them and the clock has hit midnight.
Bunker down and act like it never happened