Bored of your local boozer? Fancy a change of location? There’s nothing like a night out in a new European city, foreign drinks to tsample, new international people to meet and dance floors to tear up! You’re there for a good time not a long time, so embrace the culture, do like the locals do and party on until the early hours. If that all sounds good to you, here’s the best places to do it in. Nomadic Matt has visited Europe every summer since 2006, he’s seen and done, he’s partied until the sun came up it all and he is here to reveal his party wisdom with the the best party destinations in Europe. Bring it on!
1. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a city for night owls. Nothing happens until 2 am – whether you are tourist or local. Locals here eat dinner at midnight (P.s Check out our recommendations for Barcelona’s best chap eats) party until dawn, and sleep until noon. Tourists follow the same pattern. With €1 shot bars, world class clubs, flowing wine, and wild parties, Barcelona is always a top destination for travellers in Europe looking for a good time. It never disappoints. The hostels are also awesome, check out some of the best hostels in Barcelona.
2. Ios, Greece
This Greek island of Ios is one the main summer party destinations. I’ve been here twice and each time the island captures me and keeps me longer than planned. Everyone here is in high spirits, wants to have a good time, laying in the sun all day, partying all evening, and making new friends. I left Ios with some of the closest friends in my life thanks to their awesome hostels.
And what is also great is that Ios is a very cheap place to travel with hostels costing £12.30 per night and drinks costing €2.
3. Berlin, Germany
Berlin’s nightclub scene is one of the best in the world. The DJs here are world famous and it’s a city on the forefront of electronic music with some amazing clubs. The beer here is cheap, the bars are great, and the atmosphere is awesome. During the week it’s not 24/7, but come the weekend an unrivalled rush of people makes Berlin unforgettable. The city is so sprawling and huge that it attracts everyone who spends the summer in Europe. Berlin does’t have a centre as such so we’ve created a handy neighbourhood guide, but the beautiful city always has something for everyone, including museums that will blow your mind and tasty and cheap restaurants. Oh, and variety of great hostels too, check out some of the best.
4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam isn’t a wild club city like Berlin or a crazy all night party like Ios. Here, things are much more relaxed – The Dutch are more low key and would prefer a good pub or house party to a huge rave, but with that being said, some of the best clubs in Amsterdam have 24-hour licenses. There is also a lot of fun to be had thanks to the coffee shops, red light district, pub crawls and top bars. Here’s our recommendation for the very best hostels in Amsterdam.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danes definitely know how to party. Don’t believe us? Well head to one of Copenhagen‘s “morning bars” – bars that don’t open until 3 am and stay open until around 10 am, and you’ll find the true party animals! Scandinavia is known for being quite pricey when it comes to food and drink but there are also bars that won’t break the bank if you do your research. We’ve also helped to protect your bank balance with a list of cool things to do in Copenhagen on a tiny budget. Before you head on your night out, don’t forget to check out Christiana, Copenhagen’s “free zone” – it’s a magical place unlike any other. Locals are super friendly so don’t hesitate to ask them for tips on where to go, your new hostel mates will also be on hand to make your night memorable. Here’s our recommendation for the very best hostels in Copenhagen.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Twenty years ago, drinks in Prague were pennies and because of that thousands flocked to the city turning it into one of the biggest destinations in the world. Cheap flights allowed people to come in for a weekend of partying before they departed with a sore head and some great (yet slightly hazy) memories. Those days of mega cheap booze are over but the atmosphere, pubs, bars, clubs, and cheap flights live on. Czech out our top tips of how to make the most of Prague. Be warned, any trip to Prague will leave you with a massive hangover. But you can nurse it off in any one of these awesome hostels in Prague.
7. Krakow, Poland
Krakow is a city built for parties, especially those involving travellers. All the hostels offer pub-crawls, vodka tastings, and mixers. They specialise in getting people out and having fun. All the travellers I meet come here expecting to party, which only adds to the atmosphere. Everyone is psyched and looking for a good time. And a good time is not hard to find – there’s a bar on every corner! With so much choice on offer, we’ve tried to make live easier with our list of 2o best of the best bars in Krakow, we’ve got your back! Throw in very cheap drinks, locals who like to toast vodka with everyone, and you have the recipe for a wild time. If you’re all partied out or need some activities to fill your days, check out these unmissable things to do in Krakow.
8. Budapest, Hungary
With its cheap alcohol, awesome hostels and amazing ruin bar scene, Budapest is a great place to grab a drink and dance the night away. The ruin bar scene is one of my favourite bar scenes in Europe – drinking in the ruins of old abandoned building adorned with a garage sale décor is an awesome experience. It’s fun, it’s arty, and it’s like nothing else. If you like alternative, this has to be on your list. Don’t be fooled by the bleak appearance from otuside, inside it’s like another world! Also, if you party too hard, you can always sweat it out in the Roman baths. Here’s our recommendation for the very best hostels in Budapest.
9. Lagos, Portugal
Lagos is Portuga’s premier party destination and attracts sun dwellers with its booze cruises, wild toga parties, amazing beaches, and cheap drinks. (It even features on our list of ‘best places to enjoy a pub crawl in Europe!’) Lagos is a lot like Ios – except on the opposite side of Europe. You can expect the same wild atmosphere, hangover, and tan!
About the author
Matt is a New York Times best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and founder of Nomadic Matt. Check out his adventures and money saving tipsby following him on Twitter or Facebook.
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