Some of the best travel adventures happen after dark. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Resident Advisor to help you party like a boss – no matter where in the world you happen to be. They’re the global authority on electronic music, so whether it’s an impromptu rave in a Parisian tube station or an app that lets you know where in the world your favourite artists are playing, they’ve got you covered.
To kick things off, we’ve put together guides for 7 of the best cities to party in the world – click on the links below to find out about the latest events, buy tickets, book an amazing hostel and start planning your next adventure. Resident Advisor will also be regularly contributing to our blog, so stay tuned for festival round-ups, party tips and more!
Where to party in Berlin
By day: From picnicking on the runway at a former airport to urbexing in an abandoned amusement park, there’s so much to do in Berlin you’ll be planning your next trip on the plane home. From fascinating history to cheap and insanely good food, this city was made for travellers on a budget.
By night: Techno has been a fundamental part of this city ever since the wall came down in 1989. Berlin’s nightlife is quite frankly legendary, from illegal raves in the cellars of a former brewery turned GDR warehouse to the infamous Berghain and its fearsome bouncers.
Read the latest tips for partying in Berlin.
Where to party in Amsterdam
By day: Oh hello pretty one. The best way to see this city is by bike – so hire one from your hostel and zip off along the canals, where you’ll find everything from eco-boat cafes with hammocks and organic grub grown on-site to amazing vintage treasure troves.
By night: Amsterdam is probably one of the most open-minded places in the world, so you can expect round-the-clock partying and all kinds of nocturnal naughtiness. It’s also home to two of the biggest events in the electronic music calendar: Dekmantel Festival and Amsterdam Dance Event.
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Where to party in London
By day: London has some of the best museums in the world that don’t cost a penny to visit. Skip the crowds at the biggies and head to the Wellcome Collection for oddities from the world of medicine, or the Horniman Museum to see a walrus that’s been stuffed by somebody who’d never seen a live one (it’s as funny as it sounds). After all that culture, you’ll want to get stuck into London’s famous foodie scene where you’ll find everything from curried goat to Cuban grilled sandwiches. YUM!
By night: London has given birth to more than its fair share of musical genres, and its diverse mix of residents means that the party scene is constantly redefining itself. From toasting London’s skyline from the top of a multi-storey car park to a street party in Shoreditch, expect the unexpected in this vibrant metropolis. And the icing on the cake? Two words: night tube.
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Where to party in Barcelona
By day: Architecture doesn’t get more feel-good than Gaudi, and the city is covered with his weird and wonderful masterpieces, from the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell. After you’ve ticked off a few essentials, ditch the guide book and just go with the flow: once you get off the main tourist strip you’ll find amazing cheap tapas and quirky little cafes. Finish up the day with cocktails on the beach = living the dream.
By night: Barcelona’s motto: go hard, or go home. The city is jam-packed with amazing venues, from the micro clubs on Las Ramblas to huge open-air clubs that feel like an adult playground. And then there’s its unbeatable festival line-up: Sonar, Primavera Sound and Piknic Electronik. No wonder all your friends want to move here!
Read the latest tips for partying in Barcelona.
Where to party in Paris
By day: The centre of Paris is compact, and very walkable so ditch the sweaty and frankly rather seedy Metro. One of the nicest places to take a stroll is the Promenade Plantée, which is the city’s answer to New York’s High Line. From here it’s a hop and a skip to Paris’s hippest hipster neighbourhood: Canal Saint Martin. Grab lunch to go and sit and eat it by the canal as you people/pug watch. For the best sunset in town, head to the nearby Parc de Belleville.
By night: Paris’s nightlife will be the ruin of you if you’re not careful. Do you know what’s worse than paying £12 for an orange juice in a mediocre little bar next to the Eiffel Tower? Nothing. Nothing is worse than that. But with a little insider knowledge, you’ll discover that beneath the city’s posh exterior lies a vibrant underground party scene that is surprisingly budget-friendly.
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Where to party in New York
By day: If you want to save your dollars for after dark, take advantage of some of the city’s very cool free events. Our fav is the free yoga in Bryant Park – the perfect way to start the day in this frenetic city. Afterwards, head to the Williamsburg neighbourhood for street art, vintage shopping and amazing coffee.
By night: The city that never sleeps has a party for every taste – whether you want a rooftop pool party with killer views, illegal rave in an abandoned factory or a boat party with the Statue of Liberty as a VIP guest. If you’re not down for a full-blown rave, the city has some very cool bars and speakeasies. Remember you’ll need to be over 21 (and have ID) to get in anywhere though!
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Where to party in Rome
By day: Hear us out here, but you have to go visit the Colosseum. Yes, there will be selfie sticks, and yes the entrance fee is something like €15, but nothing can compare to seeing this bad boy in real life – so much history and craftsmanship. After that, it’s time for carbs – head to the tiny, family-run Farine La Pizza for authentic and budget-friendly pizza goodness. And in the afternoon it’s time to up your Instagram game with two words: Trevi Fountain and gelato. Okay, that was three.
By night: Rome mixes world-class DJs with historic venues: so if you fancy partying in the grounds of a 17th century convent or a speakeasy with its own labyrinth (is that really a good idea?) then you’re in for a treat. To start the evening, why not make like the budget-conscious locals and buy a bottle of something tasty and head to a square to enjoy al fresco.
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