Top 10: New Year’s Eve Destinations


No, the couch in your living room is not one of them.
By Steven Shaw,
Once again, the calendar has moved inexorably around to New Year, a celebration renowned throughout the world as an excuse for a great big party. At least, that’s what tradition dictates. However, for many, New Year’s Eve turns into a bit of a nonevent, as people are too tired from partying in the buildup to Christmas. As such, people often find themselves stuck watching rubbish TV and contemplating the fact that, once again, New Year’s Eve has been a bit of a let-down.Help is at hand; AskMen.com has scoured the globe to find 10 of the biggest and best New Year’s parties from around the world. These are the places that really know how to throw a party, where big events attract multitudes seeking a truly memorable way to see in the new year. If you want to experience a New Year’s Eve unlike any of those you have before, get yourself on a plane, train, boat, car, bicycle, unicycle, camel — heck, whatever it takes to get to one of these shindigs. Trust us; it will be well worth it.


1) Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas
Sin City gets just a little bit more debauched (if that were possible) as the strip is pedestrianized for a massive party, complete with fireworks, sound and light shows, and more clubs than you could visit in a dozen trips. Hundreds of thousands of revelers turn up in the evening, and you can be sure the party is going to get a little crazy — it isn’t called

Sin City for nothing. At midnight, a massive fireworks display will grab your attention. And for once, it’s cool to drink on the streets; everyone else will be doing it.


2)
Champs-Elysees, Paris
From around 9 p.m., this is the place to be in Paris. People flock from across France bringing drinks with them. From there, you can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower being turned into a giant pyrotechnic display, as well as the inevitable fireworks show. With an atmosphere described as “bon enfant” (harmless) it’s going to be a typically refined celebration by the French. It may lack the unadulterated hedonism of
Las Vegas, but if there is a more romantic and refined way to celebrate the new year with thousands of other people, we couldn’t find it.


3) Central World or Sanam Luang, Bangkok
We know

you shouldn’t visit Bangkok alone — everyone back home will draw the wrong conclusions. However, if you want to discover how a New Year’s party is thrown in Asia, this is a pretty good place to be with friends. Bangkok is unique, as it celebrates New Year three times every year between January and April — Western, Chinese and Thai.Central World explodes with concerts, food stalls and beer gardens, while Sanam Luang, located opposite the Grand Palace, has an authentically Thai experience with traditional food, music and dancers. Whichever location you choose, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. Just remember to take a mate.


4) London Eye fireworks display, London
Almost one million people attended last year’s firework display, which was watched by millions more via television globally. And where better to spend New Year than

London, home of Greenwich Mean Time, and therefore the epicenter of international timekeeping? As the main event in a city which has hundreds of New Year’s celebrations to choose from, we felt the London Eye was the place to be. With so many people gathering in one place after a few hours of drinking, you can guarantee an electric atmosphere and the sort of amicability which means you can start chatting to a beautiful stranger and see where the night takes you.


5) Shibuya, Tokyo
As the heart of the entertainment district, Shibuya is unquestionably the party heartland of

Tokyo. With a traditional countdown outside the train station (so you know it will be on time) you are within walking distance of a myriad of bars and clubs in the area — in particular, check out Center Gai, which is the birthplace of many of the fashion trends of Japan’s young people.For a more traditional Japanese New Year, check out the shrine of Meiji Jingu, where thousands of Tokyoites gather at New Year’s Eve. It’s within walking distance, or a short train ride, of Shibuya.


6) The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
If Paris and London are the refined parents at New Year’s Eve, then

Berlin is the drunken uncle. Over a million people gather for this overwhelming celebration, with a massive fireworks display, music, dancing, light shows, international food stands, and beer tents (it is Germany after all). Behind the Brandenburg Gate is the 1.2 mile-long “Party Mile.” The name says it all. Strasse des 17th Juni (17th June Street) turns into one huge open-air disco, replete with international DJs, laser and light shows and performing artists. It’s also open-ended, so no matter how big a party animal you are, there will be someone there to party with.


7) Frenchmen Street, New Orleans
Forget Bourbon Street — New Orleans locals head to Frenchmen Street when they want to party. Frenchmen Street has a much more bohemian quality than what we’ve seen so far, and is famed for its bars and cafes filled with great musicians and bands. Expect dancing in the street, impromptu brass bands parading through, lots of drinking, and it being New Orleans, you’ll probably see a few eccentric costumes, too.


8) Sydney Harbor, Sydney
As one of the first major cities to celebrate

New Year’s Eve, Sydney ensures that the rest of the world has a tough act to follow. With a midnight fireworks display witnessed all around the world, the “Harbour of Light” parade and plenty of drinking establishments combine to make this a world famous event. It starts at 1 p.m., with the first firing of the harbor cannon, and goes on into the early hours of January 1st. Over a million people are expected to attend this year, and given it is summer in Sydney, you won’t have to wrap up to stay warm.


9) Times Square, New York City
Of course, this is the most famous New Year’s Eve event in the world. The big ball descending in

Times Square is watched by a million people in the flesh, and a billion more around the world. Star-studded musical performances, pyrotechnics and myriad bars and clubs in close proximity make this as big a party as they come. It is so firmly etched into popular culture that many people feel it is something which has to be experienced at least once in your life. Times Square is always throbbing with energy, and on New Year’s Eve it could power the entire Eastern seaboard.


10) Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
As something memorable, a New Year’s Eve beach party in

Brazil is hard to beat. Beautiful women, fireworks, a carnival atmosphere, an incredible setting on the most famous beach in the world, and you have all the ingredients you need to have the most incredible New Year’s experience of your life. Known locally as “Reveillon,” the entire beach turns into an all-day party, with several musical stages, dancing, and everyone dressed in white (it’s tradition). Over two million people turn up along the four kilometers of sand, making this the ultimate New Year’s party, which you simply mustn’t miss.

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