NEW YEARS EVE ON THE ORIHUELA COSTA There is perhaps no better experience than eating out with good friends and family, and welcoming the 2020 New Year at some of the best local hot spots on the Orihuela Costa.
Every venue that has made this list of our most recommended places to be during New Year's Eve offers something special, whether you're looking for spectacular views, a traditional Spanish venue, a thoroughly sophisticated restaurant, or a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Read on, and find out what's going on over the New Year period, all the parties, all the fireworks, and don't forget the Spanish Twelve Grapes of Luck.
An Irish theme: Party at Paddys Point, La Zenia
One of the most established Irish Bar´s on the entire Iberian peninsula, Paddys Point is a much-loved local institution.
The venue celebrated 20 years of the finest Irish hospitality earlier this summer, and for New Years Eve, they're keeping things super simple.
No need to book, just turn up and enjoy seeing in 2020 in true Irish style, with their well-stocked bar and a menu that's proved popular year-round.
And from 22:00, local band “The Cages” take to the stage to rock in the new year. Find out more information from their Facebook page.
New Years Eve German-style at El Capitan, Punta Prima
El Capitan in Punta Prima is offering an authentic German-themed New Year's Eve party from 19:00 on 31st December.
The all-inclusive event includes live entertainment from Stefan of local La Zenia Siesta Radio fame, and live music and dancing with Danny Daniel and MiMi.
The renowned local restaurant will feature a free bar during the course of the evening, an unlimited cold and warm buffet, and a midnight snack to welcome in the new year.
El Capitan's New Year's Eve party costs €55 per person, with advanced ticket sales required for the night. Call +34 608 444 208 to enquire or book.
A Russian party at Ruzali Georgian Restaurant, La Zenia
Tucked away in the heart of La Zenia you might happen upon Restaurante Ruzali. One of the newer additions to the Orihuela Costa gastronomic scene, the eatery specialises in Russian influenced cuisine.
Ruzali is offering an exceptionally unique New Years Eve experience, hosting a Russian-themed dinner party complete with music and a full table service menu.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu of soups, cold appetisers, and meat and fish dishes, with a wide variety of regional Georgian dishes sure to excite any palate.
Starting from 21:00, the event is free to attend but the venue insists on table reservations prior to the evening. Call Ruzali on +34 658 319 680 to enquire, or book via Facebook.
Sophisticated and elegant, María Limón, Lomas de Cabo Roig
María Limón only opened earlier this year, but the first of their New Year's Eve menus is dressed to impress.
The comprehensive four-course signature menu is both imaginative and well-crafted, with luxurious ingredients such as red tuna, turbot, sirloin steak, and Iberian ham.
The evening includes a welcome glass of Spanish Cava, the traditional Twelve Grapes of Luck, live music, and fireworks at midnight.
The fixed-price menu costs €98 per person (including a free bar), and bookings can be made via Facebook or by calling +34 744 622 438.
Spend New Years Eve at Numbar 5, Cabo Roig
One of the highlights of the Cabo Roig Strip, Numbar 5 have earned a reputation for finely crafted food and wine, garnering a significant following both locally and online.
The restaurant has developed an exquisite bespoke menu for the ultimate New Year's Eve, with diners treated to a four-course gastronomic experience that starts with a glass of Champagne upon arrival.
The evening meal costs €80 per person, but with an accomplished culinary team in the kitchen and premium ingredients such as Canadian Lobster Thermidor, Russian King Crab, and Angus fillet steak, the venue promises something quite special.
For bookings call +34 635 373 679 or visit their Facebook page for more information about forthcoming events and dates.
Welcoming 2020 with Chameleon Gastrobar, Lomas de Cabo Roig
Another stylish find in Lomas de Cabo Roig, Chameleon Gastrobar is well worth the cost of a short taxi ride next week.
The special New Years Eve menu offers a selection of starters, a sorbet of gin and tonic palate cleanser before service of the main course, a choice of pork shank or duck breast, followed by Grandma's Cake dessert.
The three-course menu costs €50 per person including one drink, a welcome glass of Cava, and an assortment of traditional Spanish sweets to round off the evening.
Advance bookings can be made by calling +34 675 252 939 or getting in touch with Chameleon Gastrobar on Facebook.
The ultimate experience? Restaurante Nautilus, Punta Prima
Restaurante Nautilus has been providing the ultimate beachfront venue for New Year´s Eve celebrations for more than four decades.
Their opulent Spanish “Nochevieja” menu is a naturally elaborate and exclusive affair, with a selection of exotic plates to choose from and seemingly limitless courses.
The price is €130 per person, which considering the beautiful location and the quality of food on offer, does represent good value for money. The experience includes a free bar all evening, live music and entertainment, and the traditional Cava and Grapes of Luck at midnight.
Reservations must be paid in full and can be made by phone on +34 966 798 354 or via email at email@example.com.
A Spanish New Years Eve at Alejandros Bar Restaurante, La Zenia
Local favourites Alejandros celebrated their 20th anniversary earlier this year. The venue has become a regular haunt for both locals and returning visitors over the decades, a testament to the quality of the food.
For New Years Eve, Alejandros are offering an extensive six-course menu and diners are met with a glass of Spanish Cava on arrival, followed by two starters, and a sorbet palate cleanser crafted from tangerines and Freixenet Ice Cava.
Main course choices include a rack of Iberico lamb, a duet of venison and wild boar, or gilt-head bream in a béarnaise sauce, with each dish accompanied by some delicious accoutrements such as Duchess potatoes and wild mushroom ragout.
The menu costs €75 per person (including a fireworks display and the essential Twelve Grapes of Luck), and reservations can be made via Alejandro´s Facebook page, or by calling +34 966 760 623.
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