When it comes to hostel culture in the United States don’t expect to find the same atmosphere that you may experience in other places, say like European Backpackers Bars, or even Canadian Backpackers Bars.
The social aspect tends to be a little more reserved and the rules can be a little stricter, since believe it or not many US hostels are dry hostels! I know, crazy right? Even though the US hostel scene may be lacking the friendly open traveler culture right now, according to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal things are about to change.
That being said, there still are plenty of party hostels in the US, that is if you know where to look for them. To help you with your search we’ve put together a list of five of our favorites for the Best Backpackers Bars In The United States:
San Francisco International Hostel
140 Mason Street, San Francisco, California
It’s cheap. It’s a bit run down, but hey, it is a hostel after all. When staying in a cheap hostel there are some things you have to get used to, but as a seasoned traveller you probably already know what I am talking about. We’ll leave the reviews for the accommodations for other websites. What makes the San Francisco International Hostel a great party hostel is, wait for it… free beer! That’s right, every single night of the week they open up the bar to their guests. Add some free beer, mix in an in house club with a sprinkle of travellers and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a party.
1247 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
The Bikini Hostel in Miami Beach is billed as a boutique hostel. With a party atmosphere that includes everything from free BBQ’s and pizza nights, to poolside and Jacuzzi parties, it is no wonder that this is one of the best party hostels in all of Miami. It’s close to the beach and everything South Beach has to offer, so when the onsite party is just not enough, which rarely happens, staff will always have an outing planned to keep the party going well into the wee hours of the morning.
AWA Seattle Hostel
4000 University Way Northeast, Seattle, Washington
If you are looking for a party hostel in Washington than look no further than the AWA Seattle Hostel on University Way. As the location implies, this party hostel is located in the University District, and if that doesn’t make it a party atmosphere enough their Top Quality bar located right on site will.
Backpackers Hostel & Pub
13 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts
If you are looking for a more refined party hostel, one that isn’t over-crowed or too loud, well then Boston’s Backpackers Hostel & Pub is the place for you. Located in a quite area of Boston, there are many great, not to mention cheap, places to find a bite to eat or a pint to drink. But hey, it’s a Hostel AND Pub, so if you are looking for the laid back party, good news, you don’t even have to leave the building.
Equity Point New York @ Times Square
206 West 41st Street, New York, New York, USA
Located right in the heart of Manhattan, at Times Square, is New York’s best party hostel, Equity Point New York @ Times Square. Not only are they located smack right in the middle of everything that is New York City, but this hostel also has a great onsite bar called Bar Catalonia. And best of all, Bar Catalonia is also open to the public, which is always a good sign of a great place to party.
About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.