famous party cities in the world
. Of course Amsterdam was going to be on this list. As a legendary tourism hub, purveyor of many light districts, and with its relaxed laws on certain party supplies, it makes sense that a good portion of the tourists headed to this capital city are looking for a party (and they dont have to look very hard).
. The birthplace of the aptly named Goa Trance, Goa in India has been a premier nightlife destination since the 1960s. And yes, theyve been going hard ever since.
. For the weekend warrior, the clubs in Copenhagen pick up on Thursdays (and usually wont even open until after midnight) and continue to rage til Sunday. Hit up places like Zefside, Rust, and HIVE for an unforgettable evening.
Buenos Aires Argentina
. The rumors are true, Buenos Aires parties hard until the wee hours of the morning. And when I say wee hours, I mean folks are heading home at 7 AM after a long night of the most cutting edge dance music heard nowhere else, and for every kind of listener imaginable. Dont believe me? Try a yoga rave, an all night dance party with electronic versions of yoga music.
New York City New York
. Foregoing the city that never sleeps reference, New York City is indeed a party place. From the ultra swanky nightclubs in Manhattan, to the raw underground shows in Brooklyn, NYC is every bit the hub of culture and music it claims to be, and will prove it to you no matter what time of night it is.
Seoul South Korea
. Whether youre inside or outside, when the sun goes down in Seoul, the lights come on. And with a culture thats centered around being ultra hip and believes that its trendy to party communally (for example, with the way friends will pour each other drinks all night long), its easy to see why Seoul is the peoples party destination.
. Home to two of the largest universities in Sweden, Gothenburg might just be one of the biggest college towns in the world. And everyone knows that if colleges are known for anything, its certainly not quiet nights and early bedtimes.
. Australia takes its drinking and partying very seriously, regardless of whether youre a headbanger, hipster, EDM junkie, or elite head nodder and drink holder. With clubs that are at capacity nearly every night of the week (some of which hold 2,000+ people), and world class talent packing stages (that happen to be owned and operated by the same team that runs a huge chunk of Las Vegas), Sydney is one hell of a place to turn up down under.
. If you can party in Moscow, you can party anywhere. Part of this has to do with how hard they go in Moscow, but the other part is their widespread and extremely discriminating face control policy (which is more or less exactly what it sounds like
. If youre going to rely largely on the notoriety of one party to put you on the map, it better be a massive party. And Popovkas KaZantip delivers. Taking over the area and forming a temporary republic, the 2 3 week party has achieved cult status, firmly planting Popovka on almost every top party place list ever made.
La Paz Bolivia
. La Paz is home to a few unique features that make its nightlife what it is, but the one thats put it on the map is Route 36, the worlds first international cocaine bar.
. One of the worlds greatest Spring Break destinations, the party in Cancun starts when the sun is out, and only ends when youre too tired to keep going. Geared toward the college crowd, party amenities include the infamous beer bucket, and Mexican Bulldog cocktail. Plus, who doesnt love tacos after a long night out?
. Its easy to get distracted once the sun goes down in Marrakech, since not only does the Djemaa el Fnaa becomes quite the nighttime spectacle, but also the nightlife you might be looking for is a bit trickier to find in Morocco than in some other places. Once you find the right venues, however, youll see that the old city of Marrakech parties hard and properly in the modern age.
. Montreal has recently stepped its party game way up, and is now considered to be one of the top party spots in the world. One of the major contributing factors to this is the sheer quantity of people traveling up from NYC for such events as Topless Beer Pong, which are actually refereed by a little person.
. As one of the northernmost cities in the world, the people of Reykjavik are left with only one option party, and party hard. Bonus Theyll even set up a DJ booth in the middle of the famous Blue Lagoon. And yes, its really that blue.
Cabo San Lucas Mexico
. You know youre in for a wild night when the guy in your hotel lobby hands you a map outlining your nightlife options and sends you off with a good luck. Another premier Spring Break destination, Cabo is considered by some to be classier than its Tijuana and Cancun counterparts, but the party itself is just as raucous.
. If youre going to go out after hours in Rome, youd better have your both your finest clothes and your game face in tip top shape. The city is known for its ultra swanky club scene overflowing with expensive cocktails, rooftop views, and world renowned musicians and DJs.
. For whatever reason, Tallinn is not one of the first cities to come to mind when people think about party tourism. Its especially odd, considering nightclubs (and particularly, singles clubs) in this city in Estonia are apparently as prevalent as McDonalds or Starbucks joints in the
. Being a Las Vegas native, I can speak from experience when I say that Las Vegas is where people come from around the world to go so hard they wont remember how much they spent. Bonus After Vegas became arguably the Electronic Dance Music capital of the country (once it absorbed Electric Daisy Carnival from Los Angeles), the city declared January 2nd officially Deadmau5 Day.
. From upscale biergartens to seedy warehouse parties, Berlin has a party for every kind of animal. And the Berliners are well aware of this, which is why waiting in line to get in to the numerous packed venues is both to be expected, as well as part of the fun. Be sure to read up on your line etiquette.
. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, and the home of the infamous Moulin Rouge, Paris has one of the most elegant and exclusive nightlife scenes in the world. You may not have to be royalty to get into a good club in Paris, but youre definitely want to look like you are if you want a shot at getting in.
. No one can argue that Spain is the home to some of the finest party cities in the world, and Madrid is certainly one of Spains finest. Home to renowned clubs like Fabrik, Pacha, and Kapital, a night on the town in Madrid is practically a lesson in party history.
. Belgrade is one of the new kids on the block of the party tourism scene, but it delivers every single night of the week. Depending on the season you visit (winter or summer), you might be partying with your friends at a VIP table inside an exquisite nightclub, or you might be bouncing on an open air floating club anchored over the river.
. Another world class party destination as identified by Lonely Planet, Thessaloniki embodies the intersection between historical Greek and Mediterranean vibes, and Europes all night every night party attitude. As a result, the louder and more raucous the club, the further from the conservative historic and touristy districts youll have to travel (though itll definitely be worth it).
Prague Czech Republic
. Notoriously scandalous, the party scene in Prague hinges on two widely occurring features in its popular nightclub scene beer that flows like water, and full service staff. And yes, that means what you think it means.
. One word can describe Munichs party scene in a nutshell Oktoberfest.
. The UK was one of the worlds pioneers in viewing electronic music as a viable and legitimate genre, dignifying it with an extensive history of popular radio play. Subsequently, people from around the world flock to London to try their hand at getting into any of the world famous clubs (like Fabric), for the opportunity to hear the newest tracks from the tastemaking artists of tomorrow.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
. It takes a place that really knows how to party to throw an event like the world famous Carnival, but fortunately for the party traveler, Rio De Janeiro is no one trick pony. In fact, the rest of the year the party goes strong
. The party in Bali doesnt really pick up until 1 AM, which leaves you plenty of time to pregame. A major hit with hardcore Australian partiers and tourists, Bali is broken up into districts that are practically based on what kind of party you can expect (such as Kuta, if youre looking for a drug and prostitute addled rager for the books, or Seminyak for the more refined partygoer).
Ayia Napa Cyprus
. If youve never heard of Ayia Napa, thats probably because it was a small fishing village not too long ago, before a recent and massive rebranding that has turned it into one of the quirkiest clubbing and nightlife spots in the world. Take, for example, the Monday Night Zombie Crawl, a weekly event that is exactly what youd expect. Except with jello shots.
. After spending a long day exploring the historical architecture and ruins of Istanbul, it might be awfully tempting to crash early in your hotel room. Doing so would be a crime, however, as the city takes on a whole new and constantly changing face after dark. Where should you go? Who knows, since the next hottest club is probably being built as we speak.
. One club, 4 distinct floors featuring different music and atmospheres, rooftop access, and all you can drink beer for a couple bucks. Thats just some of the many things you can expect from a night on the town in Bankok.
. Home of one of the greatest nightclubs of all time, Tokyo (and specifically, its nightlife) is a testament to the work hard play hard mentality. To kickstart your travel plans, look into the infamous Womb nightclub, whose lineup is always a veritable whos who in the global electronic music scene.
Cape Town South Africa
. When it comes to nightlife in Cape Town, Long Street is where its at (and coincidentally, its actually a rather long street packed with bars and clubs). There youll find everything from chill bohemian hangouts to energetic live bands, and of course, wonderfully named clubs like the Purple Turtle and Fiction.
Koh Phangan Thailand
. Island paradise by day, rager to the break of dawn by night, Koh Phangan is rapidly becoming one of the worlds top destinations for its party scene. Time it around their Full Moon Party, and youll be in for an endurance test of Olympic proportions.
. The home of Ultra Music Festival, Miami has been a hub for the party and club scene since before anyone can remember. Though that lapse in memory might have something to do with having partied in Miami.
. Just when you thought foam was a novel addition to your club experience, Budapest has put itself on the map with Bath Parties. And honestly, what could possibly be better than partying with a bunch of attractive Europeans in the warm comforts of a giant bath. Rubber ducky not recommended.
. Keep Austin Weird is the citys slogan, but make no mistake, theres nothing weird about how awesome the party scene is there. With hundreds of music venues touting the most exclusive lineups in everything from Jazz to Rock, EDM to Metal, youll have no problem finding the kind of night on the town youre looking for.
. Madrids other half, word on the street is that Barcelona might just go a little harder, a little longer, and a little more often than its inland sister. Make good use of that siesta, since the clubs dont really pick up until 2 3 AM and you probably wont be getting back to your hotel until about the time youd normally be heading out for work.
St Tropez France
. One of the only places in the world where that blonde girl in the club that youre certain is Paris Hilton, is actually Paris Hilton, St. Tropez is where all the celebrities go to park their yachts and party. Seriously. Just ask regulars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Brown, Rihanna, and Hugh Jackman.
Dubai United Arab Emirates
. With a place thats known for its opulence, it should come as no surprise that Dubai is home to some of the most extreme megaclubs in the world. You should probably consider pre gaming before heading out, however, since a well cocktail will run you about ~$15 each.
. The capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku as a city is a blend of modern and medieval, but when it comes to nightlife, Baku is about as cutting edge as it gets. Expect face control as stringent as any other top tier party destination, because once inside, the clubs are just as sparkly as any in Las Vegas or Paris.
Punta del Este Uruguay
. One of the better kept secrets in party travel, Punta del Este is rapidly becoming a nightlife destination to rival places like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. With gorgeous beaches to lounge at during the day, and an after hours atmosphere with a distinctly Miami esque feel, Punta del Este is poised to make a name for itself as the new party capital of South America.
. Even with rising prices discouraging the masses, Ibiza continues to be the reigning champion of parties, the king of party destinations. For the uninitiated, Ibiza is packed to the gills with clubs setting the nightlife gold standard, each featuring the absolute cream of the crop DJs playing the freshest beats in the world.
. What you need to know about nightlife in Melbourne, is that the city just got a subgenre of electronic music named after them (Melbourne Bounce, which is indeed as bouncy as it sounds), and they couldnt be happier about it. Id say they havent stopped celebrating, but the truth is that they were celebrating long before they genre was invented.
Sao Paulo Brazil
. Boasting an ultra trendy 24/7 party attitude, Sao Paulo has a scene (and an associated club) for everyone. You can party in places like converted houses (Casa 92, for example), underground hangouts (like the under the radar Love Story), or at an ultra classy theme lounge (like the nautical Club Yacht).
Los Angeles California
. Los Angeles, where you can party alongside celebrities without even looking like one. Though it does help. In recent years LA has relinquished many of its renowned large scale events to Las Vegas, but that doesnt mean the club scene there has taken a hit. In fact, without the massive raves, one might say that the Los Angeles club scene has been somewhat rejuvenated, to the benefit of locals and tourists alike.
Tel Aviv Israel
. If you like staying up past 10 PM, dancing your butt off, meeting strangers, and having a grand ol time, Tel Aviv needs to be high on your party travel bucket list. It comfortably sits among the other premier party destinations of the world, and while the internet is full of guides for finding nightlife in whatever place, the guides for Tel Aviv closer resemble survival manuals for your average night out on the town.
. A hub of legendary and unique nightlife, you have to do your homework, and know what to expect, before a night out in Phuket. After all, youve got to be prepared for gender bending, sketchy energy drinks, and possibly learning the hard way that your new friend has a price tag.
. If youre looking to get in on the ground floor of a burgeoning party city still getting its sea legs, look no further. Krakow is one of the biggest up and comers to the scene, so get there while the drinks are still strong and the lines are still short.
. If youre the kind of person who sets out in the evening looking to bring home a story to compliment the hangover, Mykonos is the place for you. The debauchery that takes place there is world class, and tales of the most outrageous evenings are a dime a dozen. Just remember, the things you see cant be un seen.
. Osakas people are known as perhaps the friendliest in Japan, which only adds to an atmosphere that is fueled by the countrys best food and drink. Osaka might not get the headlines of Tokyo, but if you want to indulge your senses in Japan then Osaka is probably the place to be.