cities with the best nightlife in the world

7 cities with the best nightlife in the world

Almost all major cities worldwide have bars, clubs and live music venues. However, not all are created equal, and some cities are just so much better than others for partying. But what makes a great party city? Well, a fun and friendly atmosphere is top of our list, followed by a wide variety of nocturnal options that suit different styles of parties. Also making our list are cities that offer something unique – nightlife that stands out from the rest. From Berlin’s infamous clubs to Budapest’s ruin bars, here is our guide to the cities with the best nightlife in the world.

7 cities with the best nightlife in the world

1. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is one of the best nightlife cities in all of Europe and one of the best in the world. The nightlife here is diverse, exciting, and surprising. It offers everything from progressive, rebellious spots to traditional Bavarian bars and pulsating warehouse nightclubs. When partying in Berlin, freedom of expression is extremely important. Throughout the sprawling city, you’ll find decent nightlife in every neighbourhood. However, some of the more popular areas are The Mitte district, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg. One of our favourite party places is Wrangelstrasse, right by the River Spree. It has many bars, clubs, and pubs lining the waterfront.

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2. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest in Hungry has some unique nightlife offerings. First up is its famous, fun and funky ruin bars. These bars are located in old, ruined buildings once on the verge of destruction. With eclectic decor, clientele and music, as well as cheap drinks, these are one of the most unique nightlife spots in the world. Another unique nightlife experience in Budapest is its legendary spaparties. As the name suggests, these are parties held in the city’s famous thermal bathhouses. Usually held in the summer, these parties are wild and raucous.

3. Galway, Ireland

Galway has a better party vibe than Dublin! There, we said it! So, if you are heading to Ireland for a party, head west to the vibrant city of Galway. Embodying Irish hospitality, you’ll be met with a warm welcome wherever you go in Galway. Traditional Irish music is a big deal in this city, and An Púcán is a great pub to visit as it has folk music playing daily. Traditional music bars include the Crane Bar, Taaffes Bar, and Tiġ Chóilí. Apart from traditional pubs and music, you’ll find a string of more modern establishments in the city centre near Eyre Square, including Halo, DNA, and Electric Garden.

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4. London, UK

London has a wide range of night-out places. The choice is incredible, which is why it is one of the best cities in the world for nightlife. If you like high-end clubs, legendary live music venues and atmospheric pubs, London is the place to be. SoHo is one of the best places in London for nightlife, especially ridiculously fun cabaret clubs. Camden is another great nightlife area, home to rock and indie bars and iconic music venues. Mayfair is full of fancy cocktail lounges and hotel bars. Some of the world’s best nightclubs are in London, including Fabric, Heaven, and Ministery of Sound.

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5. Bangkok, Thailand

Busy, chaotic, and crowded, Bangkok is sensory overload. It is also one of the best places in the world for a wild, debaucherous, and unforgettable night out. Khao San Road is the beating heart of Bangkok’s nightlife scene. Here is where you’ll find the legendary night markets and beer bars. This city’s red light districts of Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza, and Patpong have fun go-go bars and cabaret shows.

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6. New York City, USA

New York’s nightlife scene is diverse, fun, and buzzing, with over 600 clubs and bars across all five boroughs. With such an amazing choice, it is no wonder partygoers flock here from all over the world. There is something for everyone. Some of our favourite areas include Soho for a night of bar hopping and Brooklyn for brilliant breweries and craft beer. You’ll find excellent drag shows in the West Village, and the East Village is where you’ll find some of the trendiest nightclubs. Regarding nightlife cities, New York is huge, dynamic, unique, and exciting.

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7. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is a great city for all-night partying and glamorous clubs. It is also great for partying outdoors due to the great weather. Our favourite way to party in Sydney is to sip cocktails and dance in the bars on the harbour that promise sunset-to-late-night fun. For more casual and laid-back after-dark activities, head to Bondi for beach bar vibes.

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Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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