Culture, heritage, and tradition are great things to experience when you visit a place but let’s face it, sometimes we travel just for the nightlife. From early evenings in small pubs to all-night raves, a night out can give you the real pulse of a city. Whether you’re celebrating a major milestone or just need to blow off some steam, a trip to a city with the right nightlife scene might be just what you need.
The city with 24-hour parties. Most of the dance clubs in Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam’s famous party district, don’t open until midnight and they stay busy until around 6 a.m. You will find all walks of life in one of the most well-known haunts, iT!, with everything from flamboyant drag queens, to high-society socialites, to tourists who are looking to have a crazy night out. But if 6 a.m. is too early for the party to stop, there are also a lot of after-hours clubs if you feel like dancing until noon.
Ibiza is an illuminated Balearic Island that is located just off the coast of Spain. It is renowned for the best night clubs in the world with famous DJs who gather here every summer to play at its numerous clubs. The Island is particularly famous for those who want week-long holidays dancing and having fun. Ibiza itself is a natural beauty with long stretches of beach. It is actually the home of the super club as there are so many clubs in Ibiza. In fact, clubbing is the predominant industry here. It is often called the dance music and clubbing capital of the world, as you will find here dance music fans and clubbers from all over the world. Space, Privilege, Amnesia, and Pacha are some of the famous clubs on this island.
Rio, the Carioca lifestyle is hard to not fall in love with. Spend the early day lounging on a postcard-perfect beach, maybe playing some volleyball, maybe do a little work in the afternoon when the sun’s high. Then head into town after dark to dance, drink, and party the night away with someone sexy. Rio has the perfect mix of beach life, tavern culture, and party verve. You can’t help but have fun here. A night out in Lapa or Santa Teresa will hook you deeply in your soul and you might not want to ever leave. The beer and cachaca flows. Music bumps on the streets. You will dance, you’ll say you won’t or can’t, but, once you’re in Rio, two or three caipirinhas in, you’ll dance like you’ve been dancing your whole life.
There’s a little bit of everything in Mexico City or Ciudad de México. If you want down-and-dirty street tacos with ice cold beer and shots of white lightning out of an old plastic rum bottle, they’ve got that. Fancy just sitting at a posh cocktail bar and watching a master bar chef perform alchemy right in front of you? Yes, of course, Mexico City has that too and everything in between from a craft beer scene to simple neighborhood bars where everyone might learn your name and shout it when you walk in the door. It’s a hell of a city to hang in.
While the world is busy snoozing, this is the time when party zombies in Buenos Aires, Argentina head out to paint the town red. Beginning after midnight, the revelry extends way up till the break of dawn at 6 am! The bars offer a fine blend of singers, dancers and musicians. Word on the street is that Rojo Tango is the place to go. Here, you can make merry with a tango cabaret performance, live orchestra along with a three-course meal. For something more subdued but equally entrancing, the jazz bar Notorious, that also acts as a record store and restaurant is another great option.
The capital of the United Kingdom has a good number of hot spots where fun can seem never-ending particularly in places like Mayfair, Camden, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, and South Kensington among other places. London night clubs are filled with people from all over the world. The British capital is filled with plenty of fancy cocktail bars, trendy bars, super clubs, and late-night theater bars. There is something for everyone who loves partying, clubbing and drinking in London.
Berlin, the German capital, is famous for its never-ending night clubs. No other city in the world has such a variety of clubs. Berlin’s nightlife is famed for its diversity and anything-goes attitude. You will find everything from old-school corner pubs and smart wine bars to grungy indie establishments, underground parties and live gig venues. Berlin competes with Amsterdam for having the most diverse and liberal nightlife in Europe. In addition to the myriad of rock, alternative and techno clubs that are open all night, Germany’s capital city is also home to all kinds of fetish clubs that are sure to indulge a more open-minded crowd. Whatever your itinerary is, the hotspots are endless in this party city.
If you’re talking about the best cities in the world for nightlife, then Las Vegas, Nevada has to be at your list. Las Vegas calls itself the Entertainment Capital of the World, and that is especially true when it comes to nightlife. A lot of people get their minds stuck on gambling when they think of Las Vegas, but there is so much more to do when the sun goes down. There are shows and concerts almost every day of the week. But, for a true Las Vegas nightlife experience, then you have to check out one of the huge Super Clubs. These huge entertainment complexes host some of the best DJs in the world attracting tons of people. But where Sin City really shines at night is the multitude of bars and nightclubs. There is something for whatever mood you’re in that night.
Dublin has a fantastic nightlife, and its pub-to-person ratio is the envy of many cities. The legal drinking age is 18 and a few places will ask for ID (though not nearly as many as a typical American bar, for example). Some clubs and bars don’t welcome those who are too casually dressed in battered sneakers in particular seem to annoy doormen so make a bit of an effort. Bars typically serve until about 11.00pm Mon-Wed and about midnight Thurs-Sat. There’s a veritable hub of bars for music fans, some of which are live music venues linked with traditional bars. On Camden St and neighboring Wexford St, there’s a nice selection of bars for alternative music fans.
Few cities rival Miami’s nightlife. It’s home to some of the best mega clubs in the world, including LIV and Story, which promise marquee DJs, from Tiësto to Diplo to Zedd. Expect late night dancing on high-energy dance floors, complete with light shows, confetti and aerialist entertainers, until the wee hours. Whether its club hopping in South Beach or discovering some of the more underground haunts in Downtown and Wynwood, Miami is a fun-loving city filled with partygoers who know how to turn up. The club music played on Miami’s ever-evolving social circuit is good enough to get even the most rhythmically challenged wallflowers dancing.