One thing backpackers have in common is our shared love for partying. Who says we can’t be cultured, and proud of our shot taking abilities? Staying at any of the world’s best party hostels will take your trip to the next level – we’re talking on-site clubs, pub crawl carnage, rooftop raves and epic pool parties. We’ve rounded up 21 of the most insane party hostels around the world, so all you need to worry about is recovering from that killer hangover.
Kabul Party Hostel – Barcelona, Spain
If you don’t already know, Kabul Party Hostel is kind of a big deal – the parties here are downright legendary. First, let’s talk about that rooftop. How does a massive sun-kissed terrace overlooking Placa Reial that hosts live DJs, drinking games and has a bar with the best happy hours around sound? Back downstairs, there are pre-clubbing parties with travellers gathering around the foosball and pool tables, getting to know each other before the night really begins. If you’re travelling solo you can’t miss their nightly pub crawls, which are known to involve copious amounts of cheap drinks and stumbling back at sunrise. Luckily their banging free breakfast will be on hand in the morning to keep that hangover at bay!
🏠 Address: Plaza Real 17, Barcelona
🏘 Neighbourhood: Gothic Quarter
- Rooftop terrace and bar
- Amazing location off Las Ramblas
- Social events for solo travellers
Flying Pig Downtown – Amsterdam, Netherlands
This riotous party hostel in the heart of Amsterdam is strictly reserved for the free spirits who are ready to embrace everything this hedonistic city throws at them. It’s got a young, sociable vibe, with backpackers from around the world sharing beers in the bar before things get rowdy. Regular DJ nights, live music and wild themed parties are on the cards, all hosted by the hostel’s friendly (and hardcore) staff. In true Amsterdam style, it’s even got a smoking room! Flying Pig’s location is unbeatable for nightlife lovers, being just 5 minutes’ walk from Centraal Station and 10 minutes from the infamous bars and clubs of the Red Light District.
🏠 Address: Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR, Amsterdam
🏘 Neighbourhood: De Wallen
- Buzzing events and parties
- 24-hour reception
- Prime location
Wild Rover – La Paz, Bolivia
The luck of the Irish comes to Bolivia in the form of Wild Rover Hostel, home to the highest Irish pub in the world at 3,600 metres above sea level. But the altitude won’t be the only thing making you lightheaded – the cheap shots and drinking games will see to that! There’s something going on every night here, with open mic sessions, ‘sing for your country’ karaoke comps, all-night glowstick raves and savage beer pong tournaments, all ensuring there’s never a dull (or sober) moment. When the sun’s shining, the beer garden is the place to be, or if you’re a sports fan you can catch global games on the pub’s big screens. Disclaimer – this is one of South America’s wildest party hostels and it isn’t for the faint hearted – don’t say we never warned you!
🏠 Address: Calle Comercio 1476, La Paz
🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown
- Irish pub on-site
- Legendary parties and themed events
- Cheap drinks
The Madhouse Prague – Prague, Czech Republic
The Madhouse’s reputation as one of Europe’s best party hostels precedes it. Every guest here is welcomed into an inclusive, social environment that immediately makes you feel part of the family. This is largely due to the amazing staff who involve every guest, starting with daily trips to the nearby beer gardens, followed by nightly communal dinners. Then there’s beer pong to get everyone mingling, which inevitably leads to one of their nightly bar crawls when everybody’s warmed up. Prepare to end the night feeling like you’ve known your new sesh-mates all your life!
🏠 Address: Spalena 39, Prague
🏘 Neighbourhood: Old Town
- Superstar staff
- Family vibes
- Raging bar crawls
Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort – Cairns, Australia
Gilligan’s Backpackers is where you’ll find Queensland’s busiest party north of Brisbane, with its themed parties hosting up to a thousand backpackers on a busy night! Their mad roster of weekly events and activities includes Cairns’ only foam party, pirate bingo nights and live DJs at their Sunday pool parties. Although, it’s basically always a pool party, thanks to their massive lagoon complete with waterfalls and inflatables, open-deck bar, huge TV screens and thumping sound system. They’ve even got an on-site nightclub which is always packed until the early hours – isn’t it everything your Aussie party hostel dreams are made of?
🏠 Address: 57 – 89 Grafton Street, Cairns
🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre
- Enormous outdoor pool
- Open-air bar and nightclub
- Crazy events every night of the week
Retox Party Hostel – Budapest, Hungary
The name of this savage party hostel says it all – why detox when you could just keep partying? As soon as you step into their 24/7 roaring courtyard bar, it’s time to release your inhibitions and jump on the Jager train. On Wednesdays, compete against your fellow backpackers in drinking games at the weekly ‘Alcoholympics’. Sundays are house party nights, with guests from surrounding hostels coming over to dance till the sun comes up. On Fridays everyone heads out for a ruin bar pub crawl, and the rest of the week is made up of boat parties, karaoke nights and a LOT of Jagerbombs. What’s the price for making the craziest memories of your life you ask? Beds start at £5. You know what to do.
🏠 Address: O utca 41, Budapest
🏘 Neighbourhood: Terézváros
- No checkout times
- Cheap drinks and killer happy hours
- Amazing events and famous parties
Naked Tiger Hostel – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Do the words ‘Sunday Funday’ mean anything to you? It’s only the most famous backpacker party in Latin America, and Naked Tiger Hostel is where it all began. Every Sunday, the best party hostels in the Nicaraguan beach haven of San Juan del Sur join forces to create the ultimate backpacker pool party crawl, with a stop at Naked Tiger being one of the top highlights. The good news is, guests don’t have to wait for Sundays – every day is a party here! Their epic outdoor social space has views of the surrounding hills and ocean, a dreamy pool and an open-air bar. The fun starts from the moment you receive your free welcome drink. Don’t miss their daily sunset sessions, which involve BBQs, good tunes and plenty of free shots.
🏠 Address: k138 Carretera, Villa Borinque, San Juan Del Sur
- Half price Sunday Funday tickets
- Insane views from the pool/bar area
- $1 drinks in happy hour
Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach – El Nido, Philippines
Free drinks, a beachfront location and killer sunsets – do party hostels get any dreamier than this? Welcome to paradise, AKA Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach. Get ready to dance on the sand, as the DJ spins tunes from a booth just steps away from the sea. The night always starts with half an hour of as much free rum, gin and vodka as you can drink, then continues with free shots every hour, so you can bet things get messy. During the day it’s pure laid-back beach vibes though, with BBQs, volleyball and paddle-boarding, before everyone gathers on the beanbags out front to watch the sunset with a few beers. If you’re travelling solo, heading out on one of the hostel’s island hopping booze cruises is a must – thank us later!
🏠 Address: Nacpan Beach, Sitio Calitang, Barangay Bucana, El Nido
🏘 Neighbourhood: Nacpan Beach
- Free drinks every night
- Legendary parties and events
- Location – it’s literally steps from the ocean!
The Pink Palace – Corfu, Greece
Head down to Corfu’s Agios Gordios Bay and you’ll find The Pink Palace right on the beach. This unforgettable party hostel is up there with the best locations to let loose. Guests can explore the ocean on the Palace’s famous booze cruise boat trip, which involves a day of beer bongs and island hopping across the turquoise water – bliss! If you’re still standing when you return, dance the night away at one of the Palace’s notoriously messy toga parties in their private nightclub, the Palladium – complete with ouzo circles, plate smashing and beer races. There’s no better way to recover than chilling in the pool or hot tub all day with your new mates, with a happy hour cocktail in hand of course!
🏠 Address: Agios Gordios Beach, Sinarades, 49084, Corfu
🏘 Neighbourhood: Agios Gordios
- Daily activities like quad biking and kayaking
- Traditional Greek parties
- Private beach
Hostel One Notting Hill – London, England
With several locations around Europe, Hostel One always offers a fun, lively vibe, and this spot is no different. Solo travellers adore it because it’s so social – break the ice with your bunkmates by jumping on a daily outing to the best sights (and pubs!) in the area. Back at the hostel there are free family dinners every night, the perfect way to get to know everyone before Hostel One’s famous drinking games start – beer pong and flip club anyone? London’s nightlife is world famous, and you won’t have to worry about navigating it on your own, as the staff use their local expertise to lead nights out to the coolest bars and clubs. Come and see for yourself why it was awarded the best hostel in London at our 2020 HOSCARs!
🏠 Address: 63 Prince’s Square, London
🏘 Neighbourhood: Notting Hill
- Family vibes
- Iconic location in Notting Hill
- Free family dinners
La Brisa Loca – Santa Marta, Colombia
This Caribbean party palace is housed in a colourful colonial mansion in the heart of Santa Marta’s historic centre. With (extremely) happy hours in their Rum Junkies bar lasting a whopping 5 hours, you’re sure to be well warmed up before the drinking games start. Which is good, as you’ll need all the liquid courage you can get to take on their wheel of fortune! But don’t shy away – head up to the roof terrace for outstanding views of Latin America’s oldest cathedral, live tunes from the DJ booth and cosy hammocks and cabanas to chill out when you’ve had one too many. In the morning, cure your hangover with a dip in the pretty courtyard pool.
🏠 Address: Calle 14 N 3-58, Santa Marta
🏘 Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
- Buzzing bar and rooftop terrace
- Themed parties
- Cheap drinks
Balmers Hostel – Interlaken, Switzerland
Balmers Hostel is a Swiss institution, which over the decades has remained the top choice for backpackers who want to let loose in Interlaken. Home to the Metro Bar and Café, Interlaken’s #1 nightlife spot, this picture-perfect party hostel treats its guests to nightly happy hours, international DJ’s and sports parties centred around its massive outdoor screen. Adrenaline junkies can spend their days paragliding, rafting and bungee jumping, before coming back to get the party started with a foosball tournament and a beer (or ten). Where else can you get incredibly boozy in a Swiss chalet against a snowy mountain backdrop from £17 a night? Hit that book button.
🏠 Address: Hauptstrasse 23-25, 3800 Interlaken
- Incredible location near mountains and glaciers
- Hot tub
- Buzzing bar for backpackers and locals
St. Christopher’s Berlin Alexanderplatz – Berlin, Germany
One word: Belushi’s. If you’ve backpacked in Europe before, the chances are you’ve felt the buzz in one of these bars that are attached to the brilliant St. Christopher’s hostels. Drinking games, happy hours, pool, foosball and sports games on the massive flatscreens are on the menu here, and you can guarantee the atmosphere will be banging, as everyone comes here for a good time. The bar pumps until 2am, which in Berlin is the perfect time to head out – clubs like the legendary Berghain stay open 24 hours a day for those who are lucky enough to get in to the party utopia!
🏠 Address: Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41, Berlin
🏘 Neighbourhood: Mitte
- Bar crawls
- Guest discounts in Belushi’s
- 2 for 1 mojitos on Mondays!
Slumber Party Hostel – Phuket, Thailand
Slumber Party calls itself ‘the biggest and baddest party hostel in Thailand’ – a bold claim indeed! Expect free shots, frozen cocktails and beer pong to get you started before you embark on one of their pub crawls for total carnage. It’s located just minutes from the beach and the (in)famous Bangla Road, the very centre of Phuket’s insane nightlife scene, so you won’t have far to stumble home at the end of the night/start of the morning. If you’re travelling around Thailand and don’t want the party to end, check out their other hostels in Koh Phangan, Krabi, Ao Nang Beach and Bangkok!
🏠 Address: 27/27 Ratchapatanusorn Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket
🏘 Neighbourhood: Patong
- Pool parties
- Island tours
- Ridiculously rowdy backpacker bar
X Hostel – Alicante, Spain
If you didn’t expect to find one of the best party hostels in Europe in Alicante, you were wrong. X Hostel is a boozy backpacker’s dream, with sangria-fuelled parties on the terrace under the Spanish sun being a regular occurrence. It’s got a warm, community feel, thanks to events like family dinners, group games in the common room and regular guitar singalongs on the roof. It’s run by travellers who know the deal when it comes to partying – just join them on one of their weekly pub crawls around El Barrio to see for yourself! Beautiful weather, staff who are always up for a laugh, amazing atmosphere and gorge beaches – what more could you ask from a party hostel?
🏠 Address: Calle Tucuman, 28, Alicante
🏘 Neighbourhood: San Blas
- Sunny terrace
- Games room with beer pong
- Perfect location for nightlife AND beaches
Wake Up! Sydney Central – Sydney, Australia
Backpackers in Sydney know that Wake Up! hostel’s Side Bar is THE place to party in the city centre on a budget, seven nights a week. Its lively events – from karaoke nights to foam parties and live gigs – attract a young crowd of locals and travellers alike, so the atmosphere is always lit. The insanely cheap drinks help too – just try not to have too many before you hop on the mechanical bull or dive into the ball pit! Make sure you don’t let your hangover win the next day, as there’s too much fun to be missing out on. Walking tours, yoga classes and cheese tastings are on the itinerary before the party starts again.
🏠 Address: 509 Pitt Street, Sydney
🏘 Neighbourhood: Sydney CBD
- On-site nightclub
- 24-hour reception
- Cosy café
Long Street Backpackers – Cape Town, South Africa
Long Street Backpackers is on Cape Town’s most vibrant street, surrounded by bohemian bars and lively restaurants. Grab a drink and people-watch from one of the hostel’s massive balconies. There’s a courtyard in the middle of the hostel, where most travellers gather for a few beers. For even more social vibes, go to one of their braais – a traditional South African BBQ over a fire that’s been known to go on all night. You’ll want to explore the area’s nightlife, but don’t head out before 10:30 or you’ll miss the free shots and crazy challenges that kick off at this time every night!
🏠 Address: 209 Long Street, Cape Town
🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre
- Lively BBQs and drinking games
- Free shots every night
- Family dinners and group outings
YellowSquare Rome – Rome, Italy
Another party hostel with its very own nightclub, YellowSquare’s underground drinking den stays buzzing until morning, with local indie bands and DJs playing regularly. There’s a bar upstairs with a more chilled vibe, which has events like burlesque shows and open mic nights, plus an outdoor terrace where you can bring up your spritz and enjoy the Roman sun. And get this – they’ve even got an on-site tattoo parlour, so you can guarantee this’ll be a trip you’ll never forget! After all the mayhem, recover the next day with one of The Yellow’s more wholesome activities, like a pasta cooking class or yoga on the roof.
🏠 Address: Via Palestro 51, Rome
🏘 Neighbourhood: Castro Pretorio
- Roof terrace
- Bar and nightclub
- Unbeatable central location
Bodega Party Hostel – Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re a sociable solo traveller looking to meet new friends to get totally wrecked with, then any of Bodega’s hostels across Thailand will do the trick – but for the wildest and weirdest nightlife you’ll ever experience, it has to be Bangkok. This epic hostel is located next to the neon lights and open-all-night clubs of Soi Cowboy, but they take guests on Bangkok’s largest pub crawls to the backpacker haven of Khaosan Road every other night too. Bucket cocktails at their on-site bar are a must (this is Thailand after all), and free cocktail shots are on offer every night too. Oh, and did we mention the amazing staff and fun group activities? This is one of the best party hostels for any South East Asia backpacking trip.
🏠 Address: 120/15 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok
🏘 Neighbourhood: Sukhumvit
- Beer pong tables
- Crazy drink deals
- Amazing location for nightlife
India House Backpackers Hostel – New Orleans, USA
We all know about New Orleans’ round the clock nightlife, so is it any surprise that this is where you’ll find one of the USA’s best party hostels? India House captures the vibrant atmosphere that NOLA is famous for, with regular live bands and open mic nights to give you a taste of what’s to come in the city. Cool off from the scorching Louisiana heat with an ice-cold beer in the pool, before joining in on their lively regular events, like drinking games in the garden, true Southern cookouts and movie nights. Then, when you’re ready to hit the town, grab your new travel buddies and hop on the streetcar straight to the iconic jazz clubs and cocktail bars of the French Quarter. You’re in luck if you’re in town for Mardi Gras, as India House is located slap bang on the Endymion parade route – beads at the ready!
🏠 Address: 124 South Lopez Street, New Orleans
🏘 Neighbourhood: Mid City
- Pool parties
- BBQs and cookouts
- 24-hour reception and no curfew
Lub D – Siem Reap, Cambodia
If a party hostel and a luxury retreat had a baby, it would look a lot like Lub D. This ultra-modern spot (that was voted the best hostel in Cambodia in our 2020 HOSCARs) has a swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar, so you don’t even need to leave the water to get your next cocktail. It’s surrounded by a massive social space for drinking games and dancing under the sun, and inside there’s a common area with pool tables and old school arcade games – unleash your inner geek! Saturdays are pool party and BBQ days, with live DJs and happy hours from 2-7, and throughout the week the staff lead bar crawls along Siem Reap’s famous Pub Street. It’s only 5 minutes from the hostel, so your party never has to end!
🏠 Address: 7 Makara Street, Wat Bo Village Sala Kamreuk Commune, Siem Reap
🏘 Neighbourhood: City Centre
- All day breakfast to soothe your hangover
- Cultural activities, like Khun Khmer boxing classes and educational city tours
- 24-hour reception
Let the shots commence! If you’ve stayed in any of these unbelievable party hostels, tell us your best stories in the comments – if you remember them that is. If we’ve missed your fave party hostel, shout it out below so other travellers don’t miss out!