Some of the biggest parties in Budapest take place on the last day of the year. So we’ve collected some options for you to consider for New Year’s Eve 2014/2015. There are concerts for indie kids, parties for electronic beasts, unique events for those who want something different – you’ll surely find what you’re looking for here.
Hungarian indie stars
Every year Hangmáswelcomes the new year with a minute of silence and after it, pouring champagne on the stage and the crowd. Of course, they put on a great show too – they are known for being the most explosive band when it comes to live performances. Before them, two Hungarian indie favourites, SirVive and The Moog wave goodbye to 2014, and after the three concerts, Tesco Disco will keep you dancing to the songs of Kasabian, Foals, Arctic Monkeys and their friends.
On New Year’s Eve everybody who counts in the Budapestian nightlife will be at Akvárium – it doesn’t matter if they are into techno, house, breakbeat or rock ‘n’ roll. That also means that you will surely find something to your liking. The organisers are prominent figures in Budapest’s nightlife scene: 100% Budapest, 100% party.
Some say that 2015 is the new 2014. Maybe yes, maybe not, but one thing is sure: the band Mary Popkids had a great year. They released their first album, played at nearly all of the Hungarian festivals and on this night, they want to celebrate all of it. Run Over Dogs and Buddhasmile will help them to pop some champagne and they’ll rework the Hungarian national anthem. This will be truly special!
Another night and place of electricity is at PRLMNT: first, up-and-coming britpop band Carbovaris will play, followed by the famous Hungarian retro-rocker squad Ivan & The Parazol. Monkz will reform only for this night, and join forces with Adam Hand. After Monkz, the DJs of HiFly (PalmfooD, Sobek, James Grow, Yvel & Tristan) will spin their records – they’ll all come with extra special sets, so don’t miss out!
Tilos Selection Party, aka the official New Year’s Eve party of the oldest Hungarian (pirate) radio. The well-known music selectors at this famous radio station will guide you through the last minutes of 2014 and into a 2015. Everything can blast from the speakers from underground world music to drum ‘n’ bass or rock ‘n’ roll. Eclecticity and quality are the two keywords. Where? At Mika Tivadar Mulató.
Get jazzy on the last night of 2014, and celebrate with an all-star Hammond trio, formed by the members of Kéknyúl Hammond Band. The chef of Kocka also came-up with a trio: three different menus, to have a tasty treat before the final countdown. Good food, good drinks, good music – what else can you wish for?
After a quick look at the New Year’s Eve menu of Mazel Tov, one thing is sure: don’t eat too much for lunch, because this will be one hell of a dinner! If you don’t want to eat but dance all-night long, that’s okay too: DJ Garfield will stand behind the decks around 10pm and will keep your legs busy until 2015.
For the electronic beasts
Put on your dancing shoes, grab a Gin and Tonic and draw a big smile on your face, because the capital’s legendary deep house / nu disco party is back for the third time! The well-known NOMURI DJ-team (Blatti, Skiz, Marco Grandi, Mapple Dip, Pure Lust) is ready to give the dancefloor some work and keep you busy until 2015 arrives with a bang – and also after it. Twerk!
A night with memorable visual effects and special live act at the most beautiful club in Budapest, also where you have the highest chance of meeting the most beautiful girls in Hungary? Sounds tempting? If yes, spend the last night of 2014 at Hellobaby, where the beautiful DJane, Edo Denova will spin the sexiest records for no less than three hours. She will surely cast a spell on you.
Of spend the last night of 2014 at LOFT, where they await you with a dinner selection and live music until 11 pm, which is when the party gets started! DJs: Rony Breaker, Nikola, Chris Vice.
As in the past two years, Trafiq is organizing new year party madness in 2014 too. The best bartenders in the city, the usual company on the dance floor and of course the inevitable music leaders, Trafiq permanent resident DJs: Mr. Vasovski and IMMI V!
A more relaxed way to spend 30-31 December
If you are tied to horse-racing tracks or just want to do something special on the last day of the year, go to Kincsem Park, the most well-known racing track in Budapest. Well-known race horses, gallop and trotting races, concerts and a lot more – don’t miss the cake from 2pm!
Do you have the desire to have an exclusive dinner on the last day of 2014 or are you in the mood for a sensational New Year’s Eve party? Buddha-Bar offers both. Enjoy this unforgettable gastronomic experience: start the night with delicious oysters, caviar and Taittinger Champagne at the city’s trendiest ice bar before the gala dinner, which is accompanied by live entertainment. If you are a fan of the Buddha-Bar and Latin music, this stylish restaurant’s splendid New Year’s Eve party is the perfect choice. Bonus: DJ Mada and samba show-dancers.
The boats that rock to 2015
Beautiful panorama, the lights of Budapest and the Buda Castle in the background, who could resist that? Especially if we top that with a special New Year’s Eve dinner – on a boat. If you think this is the best way to spend the last night of 2014, Columbus Jazz Boat is your place!
Let’s say goodbye to the old year in an elegant ambiance on board the m/s Budapest and m/s Rákóczi with a special dinner menu and live music for the occasion. The ship’s bands have a wide repertoire of songs and styles. There’s also a raffle with valuable prizes.
Fifteen years of New Year’s Eve celebration with radio and club-friendly electronica, starting from 9pm at Tesla! Fifteen DJs will spin the vinyls until 1 January, noon: Lofti Begi, Kühl, Muzzaik, Goyah, Dandy, Lauer – just some highlights from the awesome lists of dancefloor dominators. If you don’t want to stop, well, here you go! Dance we said!
Fogasház, Fogaskert, Lärm and Liebling join forces to bring you the ultimate New Year’s Eve party: a pounding and happy dance floor, an upside-down circus tent, a cigarette flicking hip-hop funk shouting contest in the garden, a smiley house party with rolled up pants in our little lobby where you’ll see the ‘I don’t understand this music’ organising teams of the Madách Square-Toldi axis. Questions?
Petőfi Hall turns into an ancient Mayan city for one night: the most well-known Hungarian DJs will put on a night you surely won’t forget.