If you love to party and to travel, there’s only one thing you need to know: the world’s top party cities of course!
And who would know better than the crazy, party-loving, international Party with a Local community?! No one (we’re pretty sure..!). So if you’re wondering which party destination to hit next, check out this list curated by users of the Party with a Local app.
10. São Paulo (Brazil)
Eternal summer in the concrete jungle
Best for: street bars, beer with locals, samba and hip-hop
If you have chance to be in Latin America, São Paulo is the spot to hit. The variety of night clubs with pop/rock/country local music (mostly samba rock) will make your head spin. Vila Madalena is definitely the neigbourhood to be on a Friday/Saturday night. Colourful caipirinha bars, beer gardens and small traditional bakeries that offer delicious late night snacks are spread all over, inviting you to get in and be a part of the real Brazilian experience. The places Party with a Local suggests over there are:
• Zeppelin (has a huuuge variety of cachaças and beers and of course some utterly delicious and traditional food)
• Astor (a very crowded, but at the same time, very cozy bar with some awesome draft beers)
• São Cristovão (for real football fans and cod fish cakes lovers!)
• Alberta #3 (young/hip& rock/tasty cocktails, people & music. Top pick if you wanna shake your hips!)
• Choperia Liberdade (awesome for some great karaoke)
• Lions (hosting different parties from hip-hop to pop and the most important – has an amazing rooftop with a breathtaking view of the Sampa city).
To discover some other cool places, check our recent post – 5 best bars in São Paulo.
Alex, Party with a Local Super Local, lived in São Paulo for 7 years.
9. London (UK)
If you are tired of London, you are tired of life!
Best for: pretty much everything, because it’s London!
London is good any time of the year and at any weather. The city is huge enough to fit 8 Amsterdams in it and this is pretty much why it has all types of places to visit, enjoy and experience. Jharda, a London local, actually suggests a Brazilian bar – Spiritual. It is located in Camden Town and serves the tastiest and the strongest caipirinhas in town. Apart from this, it has the best live music including open mic and jam nights. “There’s always heaps of arty people hanging out, so if you are looking for some inspirational company, it is definitely your place!”, says Jharda.
Jharda, a local from London, but currently lives in Amsterdam
8. Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Party Party Party
Best for: all night parties, clubs, dancing
South American’s have a passion for partying and dance like no other! This modern and incredibly fashionable city boasts huge nightclubs by the waterfront, swanky bars and underground low-lit venues hidden in the less touristy areas that only the locals know about. Party all year round in a city that really comes alive at night in Frank’s Bar, Ocho7ocho and Pache to name a few. But make sure to get a good night’s sleep before heading out – these party people start late (2am if you’re lucky!) and will likely still be partying strong till the sun comes up!
Gemma Trounce (Recently travelled & partied in Buenos Aires)
7. Warsaw (Poland)
Choice of music & party style in the Polish capital
Best for: variety, music, party on a budget
As an experienced party-goer I would definitely say that Warsaw is the best city in the world to party. Here you have great choice of music and style. You can go to fancy club in the city centre, where in the long queue you will see successful and perfectly dressed people. Or you can go across Wisla and visit less mainstream and less fancy places like Sen Pszczoły and chill out. Polish people are quite open-minded, and up for meeting travellers, so I am sure they will show you where and how to party.
First you can drink vodka with herring and talk, but later you should check at least 2 bars/clubs/parties to find the best one. Lately Warsaw is getting much more laid-back and open, so perhaps soon the underground scene will become more mainstream.
One local bar to check out is Przekąski Zakąski (pictured) – it has the atmosphere of an elegant 1950′s bar, where Alcohol costs 4 zł and every food dish costs 8 zł, yet it’s open all night and is known as the place to party when everything else closes. Another one of great advantages of partying in Warsaw are the low prices and beautiful people (though maybe I am biased being a Warsaw local myself!).
Anastazja Zygmantowicz, Warsaw local
6. Melbourne (Australia)
The cultural and party capital of Australia
Best for: Bars, bars, and more bars… oh and rooftop bars
Melbourne has always been the cultural capital of Australia and has in recent years cemented itself as the party capital of the land down under. With a labyrinth of lane ways within the city walls, and hundreds of bars and venues that continue to pop-up what feels like daily, there is never a shortage of a watering hole. 1806, Cookie, Section 8, the Town Hall (pictured) and the Carlton Club are forever impressing locals, and with clubs like The Mercat Basement, New Guernica, The Liberty Social, and the almost 24hr Revolver you are sure to always find a party.
Gemma Trounce (Melbourne local)
5. Oakland (USA)
Arty party city across the Bay
Best for: alternative/arty bars, bar crawling, diversity
Sure, everyone knows there’s always a party going on in San Francisco, but hop across the Bay and you’ll find a more diverse, funky, wild and underground scene to explore. A good day to hit up Oakland for a party is on the first Friday of the month for the local “Art Murmur”. Throngs of hipster/hip-hopper/artsy-fartsy/punk/fashionista kids hit the streets for a monthly ramble through the many art galleries and bars of the Uptown neighborhood (read more). But much of the real action and revelry is on the sidewalks and blocked off streets where impromptu rap battles, band performances, and dance parties are commonplace. Food trucks, vintage car rallies, and outdoor movies are also on the roster. One Oaklandite called it “Mardi Gras of the West”.
But if you miss First Fridays, don’t fret; you can still work your Oakland party by bar-crawling from downtown to uptown any day of the month. Start at Radio, hit the Layover, then head to a cluster of bars up the road including Dogwood, Make Westing (indoor bocce ball!), and the not-to-be-missed Café VanKleef. To end your night with real local flair, stumble up to Kim’s Backyard and the Stork Club before some local drags you to a house-party or hidden club in a super sketchy part of town. Don’t be afraid, it’s “how we do”.
Anneka Imkamp, Oakland local
4. New York (USA)
The city that never sleeps
Best for: Monday to Sunday partying, drunk munchies, living that hipster lifestyle
The nightlife in the City that Never Sleeps caters to all colors, shapes, and sizes. Whether you dream of finding “your bar” like in the Friends gang, or dancing till the sun comes out in a warehouse in Brooklyn, seek and the City shall give.
For a lively bar and indie scene in Manhattan, head to the East Village, and find my personal favorite, the Key Bar or the speakeasy bar Angel’s Share. For hopping from club to club, head to the West side to the Meatpacking district. For upscale clubbing, go to Marquee NYC. To experience NYC’s newfound techno scene, head down to Brooklyn and visit Output. And when you’re all done dancing, don’t forget to sate your hunger with the best drunk food – Chicken & Rice on 53rd Street.
You can go out any night of the week in NYC. To help get you started, check out our Wednesday and Thursday night party guides.
Tendelle, Head of Product for Party with a Local, lived and partied her way through NYC for 3 years.
3. Barcelona (Spain)
Upbeat, energetic, cultured beach town
Best for: food/drink/party combo, culture, random nights out
BARcelona… a blend of urban energy, beach town atmosphere and upbeat culture for an unrivalled Catalonian experience (they call everything BAR is Barcelona: Cafe-bar, Restaurant-Bar, pub-bar, disco-bar…). Barcelona is known for its random nights out that might begin after a late tapas dinner, continue on in the numerous bars in the narrow winding streets and end up in one of the many ‘disco-bars’… (and then maybe onto an after party on the beach until sunrise, especially if you meet some locals!).
Some BARs the locals recommend:
• Bar Pastís (pictured) – a Bohemian Bar in BCN centrum, next to Las Ramblas, has live music and a special atmosphere.
• La Champagneria – a crazy and always packed bar near the beach where all you can order to drink is €3 bottles Cava (Spanish champagne) whilst the menu consists of tapas, many of which are very meat heavy. This ingenious concept has made La Cahmpagneria famous with locals and travellers alike.
• Barcelona Pipa Club – this is a semi ‘secret’ place in that is well known, but not obvious to find – There is a buzzer/bell near a drainpipe which they need to ring, then wait, and if the staff want to they will buzz you in.
Some recommended discotheques in Barcelona:
• Apolo Sala 2
• Luz de Gas (posh)
• And if you are into dance music, then don’t miss the Sonar festival, held in Barcelona every summer in June.
Mur Tarragona, Barcelona local
2. Berlin (Germany)
The real city that never sleeps
Best for: clubs, techno, all night partying (every night of the week)
Unlucky not to get the #1 spot. Berlin, the city that truly never sleeps, where the party never stops and where the youth culture can be seen dripping down the walls of the numerous bars, cafes and clubs.
If you’re heading to the German capital anytime soon, make sure to take a stroll down Weserstraße in Neukölln. You might want to start with a Weiss beer at ‘A‘, a cozy bar filled with an abundance of well loved and worn in couches. Opposite, you’ll find another well loved Berliner Bar, Tier, who makes a wicked Moscow mule. By this time your vision maybe slightly blurred and your speech slightly impaired, time for some food! Wonder up the street to Gaston, a fantastically cheap and delicious tapas restaurant. Make sure to get there before 10pm as the kitchen closes relatively early and trust me you don’t want to miss out on this!
Clubs and techno… there is so much amazing choice of clubs and things going on that we don’t even know where to begin. Berlin is an electric city jam packed with culture and a never ending ability to please, if you’ve been there before you know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Check our post: Where to chill in Berlin – for some other cool options.
Izaac Somers, aspiring Berliner
1. Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
World renowned party town
Best for: bars, events, bars & clubs in close proximity
Amsterdam has always been known as a party city, though often this tag has come with a seedy reputation. But there is so much more to this diverse capital than the Red Light District, coffee shops and the neon lights of Leidseplein that most tourists see or think of when they hear Amsterdam. Discover the many alternative and happening bars where DJs spin fresh tunes most nights of the week and where you are encouraged to bring your own vibe and ideas.
Some happening places where the locals hang out include: Cafe Brecht, Bloemenbar and Hannekes Boom. For more recommendations check out our recent posts on the Best Rooftop Bars, Best Waterside Bars and Best Breweries in Amsterdam.
Clubs you say? Well then, check out Chicago Social Club, a pumping club that is popular with a younger crowd, or Disco Dolly (this place has two floors, so you can actually choose between the mainstream beats and some real techno). Amsterdam also hosts some world class festivals and events, including Queen’s Day, Amsterdam Dance Event, Welcome to the Future, Lowlands … enough said.
Dan Fennessy & Gemma Trounce, current Amsterdam locals
…Do you agree with our Top 10? We’d Love to hear what other suggestions you have for the Best Cities to Party in. (add them in the comments below).