Last month we gave you the Top 21 Party Cities In The USA, today we’re looking at the best party cities in the Europe. Since the average drinking age in most European countries is 18, we’ve decided to focus on the top 18 party cities:
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The beers may be cheap in Prague, but they are still quality suds. Typically the destination for Europeans to celebrate stag parties, Prague is usually jumping into the wee hours in the morning. With the influx in tourism, Prague clubs are now attracting world-class DJs.
Parisian nightlife has a little bit of something for everyone. From bars, pubs and bistros, to clubs and after-hours parties, the best districts to party in, hands down, are the Latin Quarter, which caters to the 20s crowd, and the Bastille, which offers plenty of options to dance the night away.
With a huge student population that has disposable income to burn, and no day job to wake up to, Berlin is definitely one of the top party cities in the world. The bars and clubs close when the last patron leaves, which is typically sometime during the midmorning.
This relatively inexpensive vacation destination is a great place to party. With a number of clubs and beach bars, Mykonos nightlife is a great way to unwind from a hard day of lying on the beach and soaking up the sun.
The Budapest club scene keeps partying until 4am, and afterwards there are plenty of after-hours palces, but you just have to know where to go to find them. One of the most unique clubs that attracts DJs from all over the globe is A38, which is located in an old Ukrainian stone-carrying ship that has been refurbished and permanently moored in the Danube.
When you are in Italy you have to dress to impress, and this is no different when in Florence. Even though the Florence party scene caters to the younger crowd, the huge student population, and 18-year-old drinking age can be the cause for this, you still want to wear your best club gear. The party stops around 3am in Florence, and although that may seem early by comparison, in Italy, that’s late.
If you are looking to go on a real party pub-crawl, then Dublin is your destination. With a pub virtually on every corner, you’ll not want for a good place to party. But remember, this is beer town, no fancy cocktails here.
Latvia has a huge selection of bars and clubs to choose from, with cheap drinks and late closing times this is a great place to party. Tourists flock here for nightlife, but be careful, some clubs are better than others. If you can stay away from the tourist traps, you’ll have a great time.
With bars and clubs that are open until noon the next day, live sex shows in the Red Light District, and their famous coffee shops, Amsterdam is party central of Europe. What is considered taboo in most other countries is completely legal here.
With its historical buildings and tiny streets, Krakow is one of the most up and coming party destinations in Europe. They have a great jazz scene and many clubs and bars that cater to all kind of music. There are also many after-hours clubs that last until dawn.
This beach town is the party place for booze-cruises, all night beach parties, pub-crawls and many clubs where the party goes well into the early hours of the morning. Soak in the sun the next day to cure your hangover, because come nightfall, it’s party time again.
From the busy bar scene out at the Skadarlija District to the clubs located on moored barges on the Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade is one of the most unique party cities in all of Europe. But when the bars and clubs close, the party isn’t over, you’ll just have to find yourself one of the many hidden after-hours clubs sprinkled throughout the city.
If you are not a night person, well then Barcelona is not for you. The party here doesn’t even get started until 2am, so head out to one of the many bars and bistros available and get ready to dance the morning away at one of the many clubs throughout the city. Rest up during the day, because the party doesn’t end until well past dawn.
The number one party destination of hedonists from all across Europe, and the world, is easily Ibiza, Spain. The pre-party here starts around 11pm, and just like Barcelona, the actual party doesn’t get started until 2am and goes to about 8 in the morning, just in time for the after-hours clubs to open. By noon you’ll be back in your bed, so get a good days sleep, cause the party starts again in 11 hours.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Spain pretty much dominates the best party cities in Europe. What can we say, with this much partying happening here, all over the country, we just had to give them three spots on our list. Last but not least is Pampola, famous for the annual Running of the Bulls during the festival of San Fermin. Here the clubs stay open until 6am, with many after-hours choices to seek out.
Stockholm has made Wednesday the new weekend. The party here starts mid-week and last until Sunday evening. With many clubs staying open until 5am, one wonders how productive the 9 to 5′ers are at the end of the week.
Beautiful and exotic Istanbul is a must attend party city. You’ll not only be amazed at the beauty of the city, but you will also be blown away by how hard its inhabitants can party.
In London you’ll find the best of the best, whether your tastes lean towards pubs or dance clubs with the best electronic DJs from around the globe, there is something for everyone here in London. Just one note, bring cash, lots of it, because of all our party cities on this list, London is probably the most expensive place to party.
About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.