Top 16 Party Cities In Asia

After looking at some of the best party cities from around the world, including the top 21 party cities in the USA, the top 18 party cities in Europe, and the top 19 party cities in Canada , it’s time to head East onto another continent and check out the top 16 party cities in all of Asia.

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1. Koh Phangan, Thailand

full moon party koh phangan samui Thailand

People say that strange and exciting things happen on nights where there is a full moon; well this is certainly true of the monthly full moon parties in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Each month on the night of the first full moon, thousands of people from all over the globe descend on Koh Phangan to experience the wildest and most lively party under the sun…or, moon.

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Songkran Festival

If you’re looking for a new years party where you can get extremely wet and extremely wild, then look no further than Chiang Mai, Thailand. The New Years celebrations here consist of one huge water party throughout the country. Chiang Mai is the destination for anyone interested in being targeted by explosive water balloons, drenched at random by strangers wielding water buckets, hosed down like you were a person on fire, or simply splashed repeatedly by puddle jumpers in the streets. Whatever you choose, you can count on getting wet and having one of the best New Years experiences of your life.

3. Vang Vieng, Laos


Do not let the size of this small little town in Laos fool you – people here know how to have a good time. Tubing and rafting are favorite party activities in Vang Vieng as many locals and tourists like to cruise down the rivers with a beer (or two or three) in hand. After enjoying a relaxing coast on the water, you can stop off at one of the many bars and local watering holes that serve up a variety of specialty drinks unique to Laos culture (Lao Whiskey is great); or, for the less adventurous types, you can simply opt for a standard rum and coke – but at least make it a double. Either way, there are plenty of friendly, sociable people looking to mingle and have a great time in Vang Vieng.

4. Phuket, Thailand (Patong Beach)

Sharkys bar

Patong Beach is known for its incredible nightlife and revelry. With hundreds of bars and clubs to choose from, this beautiful party paradise is one of the hottest spots in South East Asia – a must see for anyone interested in turning it up a notch in Thailand.

5. Osaka, Japan


Well know for its bustling business and technology culture, Osaka has fallen under the radar as a main party destination in Asia. But don’t let the tailored suits and shiny shoes fool you, there is more to this city than business meetings and cell phones – Osaka is home to some of the best night life in all of Asia.

6. Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkokis widely known as one of the best places to party in Asia. The fast paced, energetic lifestyles of the people spill over into the nightlife where tourists and locals mingle together to enjoy some of the best revelry in the world. What else is there to say about Bankok? The drinks are cheap, the food is great, and the underground music and DJ’s are rocking – it’s the perfect place to party anytime of year.

7. Seoul, South Korea

Electro Circus @Club Volume

You will not have to travel very far to find a place to party in Seoul. Virtually every district in this soulful city has ample opportunity to order up some hot food and cold drinks well into the night. Most bars and clubs in Seoul stay open until the sun comes up so ‘last call’ is never an issue. The famous beverage, soju, is a local favorite and a staple for anyone wanting to drink on a budget.

8. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Welcome Drink - Lombok

There is something for everyone in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. The parties in this part of the world are well organized and heavily marketed around the city, making it easy for any local or tourist to end up in the right place at the right time.

9. Goa, India

Anjuna Beach Trance Party

Located on the west coast of India, Goa is by far
one of the best party places in Asia. With amazing festivals, hot clubs and
huge beach parties there is a little something for everyone. North Goa is the best place to
go bar hopping, but if you are looking for beach parties, head to south to Anjuna beach.
With a huge Christams and New Year’s Eve festivals, winter is one of the best times to
party in Goa.

10. Kuta, Bali

Partying in Kuta

If you’re looking for a party in Bali, then Kuta is the place to go. This is a popular destination for world travelers looking to mingle with locals and meet other adventurers. It seems everyone in Kuta is interested in and capable of partying all the way through the night.

11. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Party Time (vodkatronic dj set)

As expensive as it may be, Tokyo is still one of the best places to party in Asia. It’s the NYC of the Orient with absolutely no shortage of bars, clubs, dance halls, underground music scenes, restaurants, and all sorts of other types of entertainment. Tokyo is an electric whirlwind of adventure — the definition of a city that never sleeps.

12. Island of Kecil, Malaysia

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Kecil is one of the best party islands in Asia. It’s a popular intersection for backpackers traveling from all over the world and makes for a great place to party once the sun goes down. The island has many bars that are well stocked with food and drinks. But if you’d rather BYOB over from the mainland, that’s fine as well. Either way there are plenty of opportunities to drink and party amidst the beautiful scenery and wildlife on the island of Kecil.

13. Singapore

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This city-state is a bustling cosmopolitan that features many exciting party spots. The variety of ethnicities and cultures in Singapore is what make it such a unique place to visit. There are plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, each with their own unique flavor and vibe.

14. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to get a taste of the beauty and vibrancy that defines Vietnam. With a plethora of bars and clubs lining the city streets, this is a great place to drink all kinds of unique beverages while enjoying the equally unique culture and nightlife of a truly incredible city.

15. Hong Kong, China

crowded Lan Kwai Fong - Hong Kong

Wherever you go in Hong Kong you will find ridiculous revelry and excitement. This is a city that is home to literally thousands of bars, clubs, restaurants, hostess bars, karaoke spots, etc. Anything you could possibly want out of a city is here. Bars do not close and entertainment is ubiquitous. If you can handle a few sleepless nights, Hong Kong is worth the trip.

16. Manila, Philippines

Philip Morris VIP Party

Manila is one of those cities that can be all things to all people. Whatever your personal penchant is for fun, you will find it here: from expensive uptown clubs to small cozy drinking dens, Manila caters to each and every party goer and never disappoints in providing great places to experience local culture and entertainment.

Enjoy partying in Asia!

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The Complete Guide For Throwing A House Party On A Budget

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From posts about the best party cities around the world, to tips on how to party frugally, we are here to help you not only find party, but also how to party on a budget.

There is nothing better than a good old-fashioned house party, both for the party atmosphere and for saving some money. You might think hosting a house party is as simple as inviting over a few friends and opening up a bag of chips, but to throw a good house party takes planning, organization and some skill.

In order to help you throw your very own house party, one that will be talked about for weeks, we have put together this simple guide, which will help you with everything from choosing a guest list to coming up with a few party games.

So without further adieu, here is the Complete Guide For Throwing A House Party On A Budget:

#1 – Choosing A Guest List

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Before you even begin deciding on who you want to invite, you first need to think about the amount of people your budget can accommodate. The larger the guest list obviously means the more the expense, and usually the bigger the party.

Besides budget, you’ll want to ensure you have adequate space for the amount of people you are planning to invite. You will need enough room for everyone to fit, while still having space for people to break off into groups, and walk around to get food and drinks. And don’t forget about an area to dance!

A large house party would consist of more than 25 guests. With the large group you can afford to diversify your guests, inviting people from different aspects of your life. With a large group of people your hosting duties are usually minimal when it comes to getting conversation going. As mentioned, large parties can be quite expensive, so you can cut the costs by making it a BYOB.

A medium sized party will comfortably fit between 10 to 15 guests. With the smaller group you can afford to offer some drinks and a few finger foods without going over budget. If you get creative with the menu your guests will appreciate the effort.

A smaller house party would consist of fewer than 10 guests. These house parties are usually a little more intimate and work well where everyone knows each other. If you still want to invite guests from different groups in your life, choose wisely. Having people that do not feel comfortable mingling with strangers can make for an awkward party, one where you as the host will be doing a lot of the work keeping the conversation going. Small parties are also a great way to show off your culinary skills without breaking the bank.

#2 – Picking A Theme

3rd Annual Masquerade Party

Theme parties are a fun way to bring friends together and have a few drinks. The right theme can get everyone excited and allow your guests to really let go of any of their inhibitions – beer also helps too. However, picking the wrong theme can be a disaster. With the wrong theme you may find that your guests are not as enthusiast about the party as you are, and some may not participate or even show up.

Try running your theme idea by a few of your closest friends on your guest list to get a feel for how they are going to take it. Definitely pick something that does not require guests to go out and spend an inordinate amount of money looking for a costume, and certainly do not pick anything too obscure that those on your guest list will not be familiar with.

Once a theme has been decided you can use that to help you plan the other aspects of your party, from lighting and décor, to music and even the menu. The more creative you make it, the more memorable the party will be.

#3 – Creating The Proper Lighting

Tea Lights

Even though the theme may dictate your lighting choice, creating ambiance in your house party is one of the most essential aspects, besides the booze of course, at making your guests feel welcome and at ease with their surroundings. Even without a theme, lighting will play an essential role in creating a party atmosphere.

The most inexpensive way to create some ambiance is by dimming the lights. If you don’t have a dimmer switch, you can try using tea lights, making sure of course they are located out of harms way – i.e. from being knocked over during the crazy arm-flailin’, booty bustin’ dance off.

#4 – Arranging The Music


Besides lighting, one of the other most important aspects of creating a memorable house party is music. Whether the music coincides with your theme or not, you should create a playlist, or ask one of your more capable guests to play DJ.

A good DJ always plays to the energy of the crowd, so knowing what your guest are into before hand will help you to create a playlist that will work well for your house party. Start with something light but upbeat to create the atmosphere, and work up to songs with more energy that will get the party jumpin’.

#5 – Planning A Menu

planning the menu

The size of your guest list will really determine your menu. As previously mentioned, the larger the party, the more the expense. So when it comes to planning a menu there are a few options to not blow your budget, as well as having to spend all day in the kitchen preparing.

With a large house party guests will not expect to be served food, but it is still a good idea to have a few munchies prepared. The classic chips n’ dip and other types of fingers foods, like fresh cut veggies, pitas and hummus, always go over well.

For the medium sized party you may want to throw in a few additional items, such as some canapés along with a cheese and fruit platter.

The smaller house party is where you can let your culinary skills shine. You don’t have to treat your guests to a full course dinner, but even making something as simple as handmade burgers for the BBQ will go a long way to impress your guests.

An additional way to save some money is to plan a potluck for the party, or even get everyone to chip in on some pizza, because remember, pizza and beer always goes hand-in-hand.

#6 – Coming Up With Party Games

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If done incorrectly, a house party can be a dime a dozen. Anyone can simply invite over a few friends, turn on some music and have a few laughs while enjoying a favorite cocktail or three. But these ‘parties’ are really just boring old get-togethers. With your house party you want to do something memorable. Something creative. Something fun that will have your guests talking about it for weeks.

Your theme can go a long way to helping you create this memorable experience, but with or without a theme, it really comes down to the party games that will get your guest involved. Party games work for all sizes, from large parties to smaller intimate ones.

When designing activities remember to be creative, make them fun, and know when to initiate them. If the party is already in full party mode it might be best to shelf the game until the party dies down a bit.

With the right mix of guests, a fun and engaging theme, lighting to set the ambiance, a playlist to get the party moving, some food, and a few party games, you can easily create a memorable house party, while still staying on budget.

Author: Corey Rozon

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Top 19 Party Cities In Canada

At the beginning of the year we provided you with not only the Top 18 Party Cities In Europe, but we also listed the Top 21 Party Cities In The USA.

Today we’re looking at the best party cities in the Canada. Since the drinking age for the majority of Canadian cities is 19 years of age, in the province of Quebec it is 18, we’ve decided to focus on the top 19 party cities.

You can also click on the Country/City names to see listings and reviews of actual bars and clubs which you can go to! stop by and review some venues yourself if you have the chance, or leave us your thoughts below

#1 Montreal, Quebec

montreal city

The number one party destination is, with out a doubt, Montreal. With the legal drinking age being only 18 and the bars and clubs serving until 3am, the party never stops in this beautiful city. On weekends there are also many after-hours clubs where the dancing lasts until dawn. Even the residents of the biggest and most beautiful cities in Canada head to Montreal to party.

Girls at Tribe Hyperclub

#2 Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Night

The largest city in Canada, Toronto, is also one of the best party cities the country has to offer. With its eclectic mix of cultures and neighbourhoods, Toronto also has a vast array of party places. From an immense and thriving live music scene to electronic clubs that go to the early hours of the morning, Toronto is one city where you wont have to search too hard, or too long, for a party.


#3 Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver @ Night

Although the Vancouver lifestyle is suited to the more casual establishments, bars and pubs, there is still a pretty good club scene here. But even in the bars and pubs, there is always a party. Some of the best areas to party in Vancouver are Yaletown, Gastown and of course, Granville Street and Downtown.

Cut & Paste Saturdays (Tonic Nightclub, Vancouver)

#4 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax City Night Lights

In Halifax the festival season never seems to end, and with their influx of live music, and plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from, this small maritime town is one of the best party cities in Canada.

MSTRKRFT - HPX2009 @ The Palace

#5 Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa by night

The capital city of Canada may be smaller than the other major cities on this list, but this town knows how to party just as hard. From live music to electronic dance clubs that are open until the wee hours of the morning, Ottawa has some of the best partying spots, all within a few blocks of each other. It is an easy city to get around at night and the close proximity to practically everything makes bar hopping a breeze. Best of all, when the bars close at 2am in Ottawa the party doesn’t have to end. Just a short jaunt across the river is Quebec, where the bars are open until 3am.

Rusko at Ritual

#6 Québec City, Quebec

Quebec City at Night !

The jewel of Quebec is without a doubt its capital city, Quebec City, or Quebec as the locals refer to it. Over looking the St. Lawrence River, this Old World European styled city is much more than meets the eye. It is also an incredible party town. For the best nightlife head on over to Grande-Allée Street or Boulevard Laurier.


#7 Sudbury, Ontario

Friday Night ROW on Elm Street

Known for its nickel, both the mining operations and the giant nickel that adorns the city, this small Ontario town is an oasis of hipster hangouts, trendy dive bars and all night dance clubs. So whether it is a stop-over for a longer drive to one of our other party cities, or a destination in itself, Sudbury has earned its place in the top 19 party cities in Canada.

SRO Nightclub, Sudbury,Ont

#8 Charlottetown, PEI

Charlottetown, PEI

From brewpubs, like The Gahan House Brewery, Pub & Mercantile, to nightclubs, dive bars and lounges, such as Baba’s Lounge; this quaint little capital city is much more than meets the eye. Think small town appeal meets big town party.

You say party, we say die.

#9 Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria Harbour Night

The famed capital city of British Columbia is hidden away on the province’s island gem, Vancouver Island. With friendly and welcoming locals, the party is anywhere you end up. And with over 16,000 University of Victoria students, that can be practically anywhere, from the bar, to the club and even a beach party.

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#10 Calgary, Alberta

Calgary City

Known as ‘Cowtown’, this Albertan city is much more than cowboy boots and country music. One of the fastest growing cities in Canada, Calgary has a thriving nightlife to match. From comfy pubs to all night dance clubs, and everything in between, partying in Calgary is “the most fun you can have with your boots on”.

Creative Masterminds November 21 Calgary Party

#11 Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton City

Know for their giant mall, Edmonton is much more than Alberta’s shopping mecca. This place knows not only how to party, but how to attract the country’s most beautiful women with the annual indie arts and cultural festival, the Fringe festival, held each year in August.


#12 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg Night 889

Winnipeg is one Canadian city that many do not assume to be a party town, and those people have most likely never been. With it’s thriving music scene, and such events as the Winnipeg Folk Festival, this city, nestled in the heart of the prairies, is not only a great place to stop on your way West or East, but it is also a party destination in itself.

Skrillex | Republic Nightclub

#13 St John’s, Newfoundland

St. John's City Lights

With its steep roads adorned with multi coloured homes that end in a harbour, St. John’s has been described as a miniature San Francisco. This capital city may have the look of an American metropolis, but it definitely doesn’t have the attitude. Newfoundlanders are a welcoming bunch that love to party. So whether you are throwing back a few pints at one of the many George Street pubs, or have been invited to a kitchen party, this maritime city is one hell of a place to party.

White Party

#14 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon at night

Saskatoon, known to some as the Paris of the Prairies, is a party destination in itself. With a growing live music scene and lively downtown area that is populated much of the year with students from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon knows how to throw a party.

Top Billin' Live @ Scratch - Saskatoon

#15 Fredericton, New Brunswick

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This capital city may look like a quaint sleepy little village by day, with its well-maintained flowerbeds and Georgian and Victorian homes, but come nightfall, when the bars and clubs open their doors, it is another story altogether. With over 50 bars, lounges, and nightclubs, and new ones opening all the time, you won’t have any trouble finding a place to party.

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#16 Regina, Saskatchewan

Get pushed 2! ~Day 124~

It should be no surprise that the city that rhymes with fun knows how to party. Whether it is clubbing in the iconic Old Warehouse district or throwing back a few craft beers at some of the original brewpubs, Regina is more than just a stop-over city. It’s a party town worthy of a destination.

Silver Bullet Bikini Contest

#17 Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton City at Night 2

Some may refer to Hamilton as, the armpit of Canada for it’s unappealing smell – if you have ever been, you know what I mean – but this hard-working steel town still knows how to party. With students from McMaster University and Mohawk College partying it up each and every night, there is a little something for everyone, from the club district to Hess Village you are bound to find your party destination.


#18 Kingston, Ontario

Kingston Nightscape

Although Kingston may be a rest stop for those travelling between Toronto and Montreal, and vice versa, those who do not stay for the party are definitely missing out. During the school year Kingston is jammed packed with university students attending Queen’s University, who set out each weekend to party it up in the many bars, pubs and clubs sprinkled throughout the city. In the summer, one of the best music festivals in Canada, the Wolfe Island Music Festival, which sadly did not make our Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012, is just a short ferry ride away.
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#19 Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls City by night

Home to one of the natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls is more than just a tourist destination, it’s also a party spot. Featuring everything from dive bars to strip clubs and everything in between, Niagara Falls is a miniature Vegas. After a night of partying, head on over to one of its two casinos that are open 24/7/365, and try to win back some of your drinking money.


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Top 10 College Party Towns In The USA


We have already discussed the Top 10 Spring Break Destinations as well as the 32 Best Party Cities in The World, today we will let you know where the best college party towns are located.

So without further adieu, here are the Top 10 College Party Towns In The USA:

You can also click on the Country/City names to see listings and reviews of actual bars and clubs which you can go to! stop by and review some venues yourself if you have the chance, or leave us your thoughts below

#1 – Tempe, Arizona – Arizona State University

ASU Undies Run

With a population of over 161,000, Tempe, Arizona is also home to over 68,000 Arizona State University students, and the number keeps growing. The university bar district is located on Mill Avenue, with some famous, long-standing, establishments such as the Cue Club and Rula Bula Irish Pub being found there.

#2 – Madison, Wisconsin – University of Wisconsin

Mifflin Street Block Party 2011

Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin, has a population of over 233,000 people. Home to the university of Wisconsin, the university party district can be found on State Street. Madison is also home to many events, including the Waterfront Festival and the famous Mifflin Street Block Party.

#3 – Iowa City, Iowa – University of Iowa


With a population just below 68,000, Iowa City is the home to the University of Iowa. Located right in the downtown proper the University is surrounded by nothing but bars and clubs, 52 within a one-mile radius. Iowa City is also home to a nationally renowned jazz festival, which occurs every summer.

#4 – Austin, Texas – University of Texas

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With a population of close to 800,000, Austin, Texas is the home to the University of Texas. If you are looking to party in Austin, look no further than Sixth Street. Besides the multitude of bars and clubs, Sixth Street also hosts a wide range of music festivals, such as South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits.

#5 – Gainesville, Florida – University of Florida

Gator Fan

Even though Gainesville has a population of just fewer than 125,000, it is home to the United States sixth largest university campus, the University of Florida. Some of the best places to party include the Back Stage Lounge, the Salty Dog Saloon, and of course, the University Club. Go Gators!

#6 – University Park, Pennsylvania – Penn State University


Although technically not an incorporated community, University Park is home to over 92,000 students each year and is the name of the main Penn State University campus. With this many students crammed into one location the parties here are bound to be Legen… wait for it… dary!

#7 – Athens, Georgia – The University of Georgia

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With a population of just over 115,000 people, the city of Athens developed around the University of Georgia, with the first graduating class of 1804 living in a town that consisting only of three homes, three shops and a few other buildings. Today, the Frat and Sorority scene is one of the best in the country, which naturally means the best Frat parties can be found in Athens.

#8 – Knoxville, Tennessee – The University of Tennessee


With a population just under 180,000, Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee. It’s a great college party town, but it really heats up during football season when the tailgate parties are practically everywhere.

#9 – Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State University

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The capital of Ohio, Columbus has a population of just under 780,000. Home to such festivals as the Jazz and Ribs Festival and ComFest, this Ohio State University town really knows how to party. Some of the top party venues to check-out include, Village Idiot, Axis Nightclub, Ruby Tuesday and the Varsity Club.

#10 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Louisiana State University

LSU Tigers

Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana. With a population of fewer than 230,000, this city is the home to Louisiana State University and the LSU Tigers. The biggest event that takes place in Baton Rouge is a little party called Mardi Gras. However, seeing that there are over 32,000 students enrolled in LSU each year, the party pretty much never stops.

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Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Of 2012

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We have already provided you with the World’s Top 15 Beer Festivals, the World’s Top Wine Festivals, and the Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012, today we will discuss the best places to go this year for spring break.

So without further adieu, here are the Top 10 Spring Break Destinations Of 2012:

#1 – Nassau, Bahamas

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Budget is the theme for the 2012 spring break. Everyone is on one and looking for a spring break destination that meets theirs. Bahamas fits that bill with super cheap spring break packages to Nassau. The cost, plus the blue water and white sands, are sure to draw a huge spring break crowd.

#2 – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Group Chaos

The current economic conditions may be in a slump, but the snow conditions this year are at record highs. If you want to trade fun in the sun for fun on the slopes, then Whistler should definitely be your spring break destination of choice. Home to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics; Whistler has some of the best skiing conditions in North America.

#3 – European Destinations

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From Amsterdam, London and Paris, to Rome, Florence, Madrid, and Berlin, exchange rates in the whole of Europe are reasonable enough for most spring breakers to justify heading across the pond for a week of partying. Although you’ll be trading one winter for another, you’ll avoid the summer tourist crowds and be able to see and do more.

#4 – Acapulco, Mexico


Acapulco is probably Mexico’s second or third best beachside party city, with Puerto Vallarta and Cancun coming in at the top two. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of party here to go around. Whether you are looking for a quiet hideaway, like Playa Pie de la Cuesta, or crowded party central, like La Condesa, Acapulco has plenty of beaches to choose from. Since Mexico is notorious for a cheap place to party, you are bound to find a lot of like minder spring breakers here.

#5 – Cancun, Mexico

Spring Break Cancun

Mexico’s Caribbean is home to the second best party spot in all of Mexico, Cancun. With beautiful beaches, and spring breakers to match, this inexpensive party spot is a great place to get your spring break on, and on a budget. The clubs are open late and the beaches are full to capacity during the day, so the spring break party never stops.

#6 – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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This beachside, mountain city is not only the best place to party it up for spring break, but also offers the greatest all-inclusive deals. With friendly locals, gorgeous beaches and an awesome nightlife, Puerto Vallarta is the place to be this spring beak.

#7 – Miami, Florida, USA

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For those looking to save money and stay closer to home this year, Florida is going to be another top destination for spring breakers to blow off some steam. Both south Beach and Miami Beach will be hopping this year. South Beach is where you will find all the best clubs, so dress to impress if you want to get in. Miami Beach is bit more laid back and easier on the wallet.

#8 – Panama City, Florida, USA


Panama City was the mtv’s spring break headquarters in 2009, and even though this year they’ll be filming in Vegas, Panama City Beach is billed as the best beach to party at in 2012. With over 27 miles of beachfront, Panama City is a great close-to-home place to party in the sun, while still saving some money.

#9 – Puerto Rico, USA

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Even though Puerto Rico is a US territory, which means American spring breakers can attend without first getting a passport, the drinking age here is only 18. Throw in the fact that it is relatively cheap to party here, and you have a perfect mix for a fun in the sun filled spring break that you don’t want to miss.

#10 – South Padre Island, Texas, USA


Easy to get to, and none too expensive, South Padre Island is going to be one of the most popular spring break destinations spots for 2012. With hundreds of miles of beachfront, this is a great place to party and participate in almost every conceivable water sport there is imaginable.

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World’s Top Wine Festivals

Caffè, Vino, o Me?

Last month we took a look at the World’s Top 15 Beer Festivals, as rated by BarWhiz, and today we are going to share with you a list of our most favourite wine festivals.

So without further adieu, here are the World’s Top 17 Wine Festivals:

#1 – The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – February 27 – March 4, 2012

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

By far the best wine festival in North America, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is host to over 180 wineries, who pour an astounding 791 different kinds of wine to thousands of guests each year. With winery experts on hand, you can learn about your favourite wines, discover new ones or try rare wines from wineries all over the world.

#2 – BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival
Charleston, South Carolina, USA – March 1-4, 2012

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The four-day March event is now into its seventh year. Praised as one of the top wine festivals in the U.S., the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival is a combination of home-grown cooking infused with the talent of celebrated chefs and winemakers from all over the world.

#3 – Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend
Healdsburg, California, USA – March 2-11, 2012

Spring Barrell Tasting in Grand Junction, The annual Grand Valley Winery Association Spring Barrel Tasting weekend begins with a swirl, sniff and sip.

This event is all about sampling straight from the barrel. With over 100 wineries participating, that’s a lot of barrels to taste. All you need is a $40 wristband, your trusty tasting glass, and you are off to the races… I mean cellars.

#4 – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Melbourne, Australia – March 2-21, 2012

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With more than 200 events centred on wine education, this 17-day long Food and Wine Festival has been keeping Australian wine drinkers happy for the last 20 years. Wine lovers can experience over 250 tasting events and interact with international sommeliers, chefs and wine producers from around the world.

#5 – World of Pinot Noir
Shell Beach, California, USA – March 2-3, 2012

Kathy Joseph and Dr Vincent Caggiano - WOPN 09

World of Pinot Noir will bring together over 100 Pinot Noir producers from around the world for a 2-day event featuring wine tasting and education seminars in Shell Beach, California. This is a must attend event for all the Pinot Noir lovers out there.

#6 – Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA – March 8-10, 2012

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Celebrating its 22nd year, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival has been one of the Midwest’s largest annual wine events since 1991. Hosting over 130 wineries, who pour up to 600 different kinds of wine to thousands of guests, this wine extravaganza features food, live music, auctions, and even a golf tournament.

#7 – McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
McMinnville, Oregon, USA – March 9-11, 2012

McMinnville Wine and Food Classic 2011

In the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville will host a 3-day wine festival that features 160 of the Oregon’s best wineries. Participants can take part in wine tasting events, or just purchase wine by the glass, bottle or even case.

#8 – Zinfandel Festival Paso Robles
Paso Robles, California, USA – March 16-18, 2012

Zinfandel Summit 09

With more than 50 Paso Robles wineries hosting events, the Zinfandel Festival Paso Robles is one of the largest of its kind. The event will feature tasting of the local Paso Robles Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends, as well as food from some of the region’s best restaurants. For the Zinfandel lover this is definitely a must attend event.

#9 – St. Croix Food and Wine Experience
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, USA – April 17-22, 2012

Named one of the best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel, the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience brings together local chefs, celebrity chefs, cooking show personalities and top winemakers from around the world. This wine festival sells out fast, so if you still can, you should buy your tickets now.

#10 – Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
Banff, Alberta, Canada – May 4-5, 2012

The top Banff & Lake Louise area chefs provide the cuisine to complement the wide assortment of national and international wines for you to try on at the Banff Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. With the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, there is no other place you should be this summer.

#11 – Taste of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 31 – June 3,2012

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Featuring a wide assortment of wine tasting events, demonstrations, and food oriented events, the Taste of Amsterdam drew in over 15,000 food and wine lovers for their inaugural event. The 2012 festival is shaping up to be even more spectacular then the last.

#12 – International Pinot Noir Celebration
McMinnville, Oregon, USA – July 27-29, 2012

2008 Indie Winemakers

This 3-day event is held in the heart of Oregon’s wine country and includes such things as wine tasting events at local wineries as well as educational seminars on wine aging from some of the world’s top pinot noir makers. There will also and wine-pairing seminars provided by 50 guest chefs.

#13 – GrapeFest
Grapevine, Texas, USA – September 15-18, 2012

Squisha Da Grapes!

It may surprise you, but Texas is America’s 5th largest wine-producing state, and as the saying goes, everything is big in Texas. Their annual wine festival, the GrapeFest, brings in some 250,000 people to sample both local wines and international ones alike. Oh, and there is also a grape stomping competition.

#14 – Cornucopia
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada – November 8-11, 2012

Cornucopia - Bubbles + Oceans at Araxi

This 4-night festival includes a Gala Grand Tasting event that features more than 75 different wineries as well as some of the greatest cuisine from the area’s most notable chefs. There are also plenty of hands-on seminars and fascinating winemaker dinners to attend.

#15 – Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival
Barbados, Caribbean – November 16-19, 2012

Barbados Food & Wine & Rum Festival

This Barbados wine festival, which also includes food and of course rum, takes place for 4 days in November. Featuring a wide variety of chef demonstrations, tasting events and interactive sessions, the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival is the must attend wine event in the Caribbean this year.

#16 – Franschhoek “Magic of Bubbles” Cap Classique and Champagne Festival
Franschhoek, South Africa – November 30 – December 2, 2012

Franschhoek "Magic of Bubbles" Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

The “Magic of Bubbles” festival is all about the bubbly. From Champagne to Cap Classique, Franschhoek will be home to all things sparkling wine for three days in December.

#17 – Boston Wine Expo
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – January 26-27, 2013

Andrew Hilliard (Beau Joubert) in foreground, next to Patricia Allen (Cape Legends) at Boston Wine Expo

Featuring over 1,800 wine tasting events from more than 300 wineries from around the world, the Boston Wine Expo is easily the largest wine festival in the continental US. There are also many educational seminars hosted by experts in wine making and pairing. If you are just hearing about this event now, unfortunately you’ve already missed the 2012 festival and will have to wait until next year, but don’t worry; you can just attend the other 16 events above. Call it training.

Author: Corey Rozon

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World’s Top 15 Beer Festivals

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Last week we shared with you the Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012, and today we’re going to let you know about the World’s Top 15 Beer Festivals.

#1 OktoberfestMunich, Germany


German peoples have celebrated the mother of all beer festivals, and easily our number one choice, since 1810. Oktoberfest has now grown into a 16-day festival attracting 6.2 million people from all over the world. This festival should be on the bucket list of any beer connoisseur, or anybody for that matter.

#2 National Winter Ales FestivalManchester, UK


Hosted by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ales, this winter beer festival has been taking place every January since 1997. NWAF, as it is commonly known, features more than 200 different types of beer and its mandate is to showcase the best winter ales, such as stouts and porters, that are produced in the UK.

#3 Great American Beer FestivalDenver, Colorado, USA

Great American Beer Festival

Boasting over 1600 different kinds of American beer, this three-day annual festival takes place at the end of September each year. Located in the Denver Convention Center, beer connoisseurs from all over the world sample the wares of over 450 domestic breweries.

#4 Qingdao International Beer Festival – Qingdao, China
Qingdao Beer Festival

This two-week long event is the largest beer festival in Asia, and features beer tasting from all over the world. Packed with both drinking, and of course karaoke, competitions, this is probably one of the best beer festivals outside of Oktoberfest.

#5 National Capital Craft Beer FestivalCanberra, Australia

National Capital Craft Beer Festival

Over 80 craft breweries get together each April in Canberra, Australia to add a touch of class to the once thought lowbrow act of beer swilling. With gourmet food and beer pairings you will never look at beer the same way again.

#6 Great British Beer FestivalLondon, UK
Great British Beer Festival 2009

The sister event of NWAF, the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), is the summer event organized by CAMRA. Offering over 450 beers from British breweries, as well as 200 foreign beers from countries including Belgium, Germany and the USA, this is a great warm up festival for those who plan on heading to Oktoberfest.

#7 Cape Town Festival of BeerCape Town, South Africa
Whale Tale Ale

This November festival celebrates “all things beer”, and features over 20 breweries, with more than 50 different kinds of beer. If you plan on attending, shell out the extra cash and go for their King Package, which comes complete with an individual draught tap, a keg, a branded mug, and you’re your own personal beer wench… but just don’t call her that to her face.

#8 Great Japan Beer FestivalTokyo (June), Osaka (July), Yokohama (August), Japan
Great Japan Beer Festival

This three-part beer festival runs over the course of three months during the summer and occurs in three different locations. Offering more than 270 beers from over 50 local and 30 international breweries; the Great Japan Beer Festival attracts over 20,000 Japanese and foreign beer lovers alike.

#9 Thai Beer Festival – Bangkok, Thailand
The Thai Festival @ Battersea Park 2010

Although when one thinks of Thailand, being a great producer of beer does not naturally come to mind. However, if you have ever had a chance to attend this annual festival, which occurs in late October, then you know that Thailand is more than just about its beautiful beaches and tasty food… their beer is pretty damn good as well.

#10 PINT Bokbier FestivalAmsterdam, Netherlands

The best-known, and largest beer festival in all of Netherlands is without a doubt the PINT Bokbier Festival. Taking place each year in late October at the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage, this beer festival hosts more than 50 varieties of bokbier.

#11 Czech Beer FestivalPrague, Czech Republic
Prague Beer Festival

This two-week long beer festival occurs each year in May and offers over 70 brands of Czech beer, all served in authentic glass pitchers by over 200 beautiful Czech barmaids wearing traditional Czech costumes.

#12 Mondial de la BiereMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Mondial de la Bière

Canada’s largest beer festival takes place every June in Montreal. Known for its beautiful women, and gourmet dishes, Montreal is the perfect backdrop for beer connoisseurs to samples beers from all over Quebec, Canada, and the World.

#13 The Belgian Beer WeekendBrussels, Belgium
Beer festival

Hosted at the Grand Place in Brussels, this three-day beer festival occurs every September and features over 250 different kinds of beers, from pilsners to trappist beers.

#14 Oregon Brewers FestivalPortland, Oregon, USA

Over 80 craft breweries from across the United States come together each July to take part in this four-day event, one of the nation’s longest running craft beer festivals. Serving up more than 20 styles of handcrafted brews to over 80,000 beer connoisseurs, this beer festival is the best place to learn everything there is to know about craft beer.

#15 Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival – Maitland, Australia

Serving over 50 craft beers from around the globe to over 4 thousand attendants, this Australian beer festival takes place inside the ‘yard’ of an old maximum-security jail and is definitely a must attend event for any beer lover.

Author: Corey Rozon

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Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012

Here at BarWhiz we’ve covered the Top 21 Bars From Around The World, but we are more than just about the bar scene. As our slogan says, we are Your Guide to a Great Night Out… – and you can’t get a greater night out than you would when attending a music festival.

After covering the 32 Best Party Cities in the World, and after researching countless music festivals from all over the world, easily over 450 by my count, we’ve narrowed the selection down to just one music festival a month.

So without further adieu, here are the Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012:

#1 Mayday in Dortmund, Germany

April 30th, 2012


Mayday is one of the oldest and most reputed electronic music festivals in Germany. Each Mayday has a theme, and this year it is… well you’ll just have to go to find out.

#2 Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin, Ireland

January 25th – 29th, 2012

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This is Dublin’s biggest and best festival of Irish Music, and this year will celebrate their 7th annual festival. Highlights include over 200 free events, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish dance show, a rural Irish village and much more.

#3 Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki, Finland

February 17th – 18th, 2012

Sabaton at Finnish Metal Expo

Held in the dead of winter, this annual indoor heavy metal music festival and exhibition is really just a big party for metalheads. If you like your music hard and loud, and you should, then make sure you get your head-banging self to Helsinki this winter.

#4 South by Southwest in Austin, Texas

March 13th – 18th, 2012

Wildflag - SXSW Music 2011 - Austin, TX

SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 2,000 performers playing in more than 90 venues around downtown Austin. This is definitely a ‘Must Attend’ event.

#5 Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Washington

May 25th – 28th, 2012

Sasquatch Music Festival 2011

Held each year at the Gorge Amphitheatre, this four-day, four-stage music festival consists of indie rock bands, singer-songwriters, alternative rock and hip hop artists. The view alone is worth the trip.

#6 Hop Farm Festival in Paddock Wood, UK

June 29th – July 1st, 2012

July 2, 2011: Hop Farm Festival

Although they’ve had a bit of a rough start, this ‘best new festival’ will be entering its 4th year. Centered on folk and independent music, Hop Farm Festival is a “back to basics” event, with a no sponsorship, no branding, and no VIP attitude.

#7 Kazantip in Crimea, Ukraine

July 20th – August 26th, 2012

20080823-IMG_1120 Nights @ Kazantip

In order to get into the Republic of Kazantip you first need to get yourself a “viZa”, and with over 150,000 travellers joining the Republic for a 6 week party in the summer each year, you better act fast. This electronic dance music festival is the #1 ‘Must Attend’ music festival for 2012.

#8 Shambhala in West Kootenay, Canada

August 8th – 13th, 2012

Shambhala 2011 - Dusk Till Dawn Album

With its first festival in 1998, Shambhala is Canada’s largest and longest running electronic music festival. This dance party goes for four days and three nights at the Salmo River Ranch in the West Kootenay mountains of beautiful British Columbia.

#9 Pop Montreal in Montreal, Canada

September 19th – 23rd, 2012

Pop Montreal
For 5 days in September Montreal is overrun by a pop explosion. With more than 400 acts performing in over 50 venues across the city, Pop Montreal is a great way to say good-bye to summer and ring in the fall in beautiful downtown Montreal.

#10 Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík, Iceland

October 31st – November 4th, 2012

Iceland Airwaves

Beginning its life back in 1999 as a one-off event that took place in an unused airplane hangar at Reykjavík Airport, Iceland Airwaves has grown to become the #1 ‘new music’ music festival in the world, with many new acts moving on to international stardom after their performance. So if you want to see them, before the sold-out, this is the music festival for you.

#11 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas

November 2nd – 4th, 2012

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010

Focusing on indie rock, punk rock, hardcore, hip-hop and DJs, Austin, Texas is overrun for three days by many progressive and underground musicians as they showcase their talents at the Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is Austin, home of SxSW, if any one knows how to throw a music festival, they do.

#12 Clockenflap in Hong Kong, China

December TBA, 2012

Clockenflap Audience

Clockenflap is a two-day, five-stage, music festival that takes place in various locations around Hong Kong. Their inaugural festival in 2008 was a one-day event attended by 1,500 people. By 2011, it has grown to a two-day festival and was the first large-scale music event to be completely free to the public.

Author: Corey Rozon

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