When the sun goes down and most people go sleep, some of the world´s metropolis come alive with numerous music clubs, bars, cabarets, dance clubs any many other “night attractions“. While older people seek for peaceful and quiet hotels after an exhausting day spent by sightseeing, youth usually look for the very opposite – noisy, crowded bars and clubs brimming with a vibrant nightlife atmosphere. Here is a list of 25 world´s cities that would definitely meet their expectations.
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Notable for its sophisticated and modern clubs, Bangkok is becoming one of the world´s major nightlife destinations. The city´s diverse nightlife scene features everything from excellent live music and great jazz clubs to ultra cool bars, trendy clubs and amazing restaurants. The most popular areas among party animals are Patpong, Nana or Soi Cowboy.
Rome’s nightlife starts late. It is not unusual for locals to meet up for dinner as late as 10 P.M. and after that start to decide where to go for the rest of the night. Like every other world´s metropolis, Rome is packed with bars, clubs and discos but people here often prefer to spend their fun time outside, just roaming the city streets, chatting with friends and drinking on their way.
With a population of almost 5 million people, the most populous city in Australia has a strong and dynamic nightlife. From Oxford Street; the centre of the local gay area, with hoping cafes, bars and clubs; to the established red-light districts and discos in Kings Cross, Sydney has something for all kinds of nightlife fans. The most popular bars are Grasshoper, Opera Bar and Café Sydney which boasts of spectacular views overlooking the Sydney Opera House. Live music fans should visit Annandale Hotel and the famous jazz club The Basement.
Nightlife in the capital of Germany should just be shortened to “life,” because in fact, it goes day and night. Apart from numerous great places for pub crawling (Berlin can boast of some of the best beers in the world), the city is also famous for its music clubs. Some people call Berlin “The Capital of Techno” with many of the world´s greatest electronic music events held in the city.
Sao Paolo, Brazil
As one of the largest cities in the world and an important business centre, Sao Paulo also has one of the busiest nightlife scenes in the world. The nightlife here starts late – the clubs usually will not get busy until midnight. Since Sao Paolo is a city of businessmen it’s far less casual than Rio de Janeiro. In fact, some clubs might not let you in without a suit. The most vibrant and popular nightlife areas are Vila Madalena, Vila Olimpia, Itaim, Moema, Jardins or Consolacao.
Home to world-class museums, historical monuments and brilliant architecture, Paris, sometimes referred to as “The City of Lights”, is also a major European nightlife destination. Club styles differs within city areas: The Champs-Elysées and its surroundings offer highly selective and VIP clubs; Grands Boulevards is more about music – rock, techno and funky clubs with great DJs; and Pigale features one of the most famous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge.
Seoul, South Korea
Home to over 10 million people, the South Korean capital is bustling 24 hours a day so finding some entertainment is not a difficult task. Since the Koreans love to drink, party and have fun after a day’s hard work, Seoul is literally crammed with pubs, bars, night clubs and other nightlife facilities where they can spend their past time together with expats, tourists, students and business people from all over the world. The most popular clubs and bars are in Cheongdam and Apgujeong areas.
Although Stockholm ranks among the smallest cities in this list, it is a prime European nightlife destination that every party animal should visit. The city´s night activity is divided geographically: the northern part of Stockholm is famous for its classy bars and establishments, while the south is home to louder, more bohemian locales and beer halls with incredible supply of all types of (incredibly expensive) alcohol.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
With a population of 2.7 million, Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Thanks to its thousands of renowned restaurants, and eminent architecture, the city is brimming with foreign visitors during the day but it’s at night when Chicago truly comes alive. From luxurious rooftop lounges and cocktail bars to huge dance parties and underground clubs, the city has something for everyone.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Despite the ongoing conflicts with Palestine and the unstable safety situation, Israel can also boast of some of the best known nightlife destinations. Tel Aviv, the second most populous city in the country, is definitely one of them. This international hub of nightlife activity offers numerous bars, dance clubs and discos which stay open until early morning hours. The most prominent Tel Aviv´s clubs are the Block Club, Comfort 13 and Paradise Garage.
When the sun goes down and night takes over, Tokyo turns into what many people consider one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Every night, Tokyo´s entertainment districts are crowded no matter what time it is with visitors choosing from a variety of popular nightlife spots ranging from jazz and reggae music clubs; gay bars, sex shows, restaurants, dance clubs, discos or traditional geisha bars.
London´s nightlife is among the most diverse and colorful in the world. From comedy cabarets and swanky boutique and cocktail bars to live jazz venues and bustling dancing clubs, the England´s capital is a great spot for party animals, pub crawlers and night owls of all kinds. One of the most popular areas for nightlife in London is right in the middle of the city, from Central London to Soho and Covent Garden. Places around Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are notable for numerous drinking and dancing options.
Many people say you simply have to experience Ibiza to truly appreciate and understand what it is like. Arguably nowhere else in the world comes close to matching Ibiza’s great variety of bars and clubs and the general atmosphere in the night air. Located just 50 miles off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain, Ibiza is called the “Party Island“. The most legendary and at times riotous nightlife centers around two areas: Ibiza Town, the island’s capital on the southern shore and Sant Antoni to the West. Many world-class DJs use Ibiza as an outlet for presenting their new songs within genres such as house, trance or techno.
Best known for the Red Light District, Amsterdam offers venues, dance festivals and night clubs to suit every taste. There are several areas in the city where the main action takes place. Around Leidseplein you will find theaters, lots of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, casinos, and famed cultural and music centers. Another busy area of clubs, cafes and cinemas is Rembrandtplein. Amsterdam is also notable for its leniency to soft drugs which can be bought in one of many coffee shops. Sex and Erotic museums are among other prime Amsterdam attractions.
Los Angeles, California, USA
Famous for its glitz and glamour, Los Angeles boats of unique nightlife entertainment options. Whether it’s a quiet drink with that special someone or dancing the night away with thousands of fellow party people, L.A. has something for everybody. The city´s downtown is packed with vibrant bars and clubs such as the legendary Hard Rock Cafe, Silver Lake and Echo Park (famous for their hipster parties). With so many different cool places, this city is a perfect party destination for the young and the free.
If you want to spend an unforgettable night in Asia, be sure to visit Hong Kong. It is no surprise that nightlife in such a cosmopolitan destination is very diverse and multi-layered. The city’s wide array of clubs, bars, and evening markets offer multiple opportunities for late-night fun. Apart from drinking, dancing and partying; this metropolis is also a popular spot for food lovers who cannot leave the city without checking Temple Street Night Market. The air is rich with smells of delicious Cantonese food while fortune-tellers and street acrobats vie for visitors’ attention.
Prague, Czech Republic
When it comes to nightlife, Prague is among the most sought-after cities in Europe. The historical city centre is literally seething with pubs, clubs and bars of all kinds. What makes Prague a special nightlife destination is the infinite choice of relatively cheap alcohol, especially beer. If you avoid the distastefully overpriced bars in the main tourist areas, you can have a fantastic beer for less than 2 dollars. While some pubs and restaurants usually close by midnight, most bars and clubs remain open and hopping until early (sometimes even late) morning hours. Another reason why Prague is such a popular party spot is the beautiful Czech girls.
New York City, New York, USA
The “City That Never Sleeps” cannot be missed out in any nightlife list. Although parties in the largest American city might not be as wild and celebrated as in some other world´s nightlife metropolis, New York scores big because it offers something on any night of the week. It really has something for everybody – from top dance clubs, jazz and live music venues: to all types of bars, nightclubs and lounges in Manhattan and beyond.
With a population of almost 15 million people, Istanbul boasts of a night out for all tastes, from some of the world´s hottest nightclubs, bars and discos to the city’s most outrageous gay clubs. Parties in Istanbul have very diverse populations with Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians and many other nations raging together. On the European side, Istiklal Street and its surroundings have the largest concentration of nightlife in the city while the Asian side is dominated by Kadikoy and Caddebostan areas.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The nightlife in Rio de Janeiro has so much to offer; live music, nightclubs, bars, concerts, street parties, parades and much more. Although Rio is quite expensive compared to many other South American cities, it attracts millions of tourists eager to experience the unique atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. Apart from amazing night clubs and bars, Rio is also famous for its sprawling beaches and incredibly beautiful women.
From tiny, cozy traditional Spanish bars to a lot of different amazing huge clubs, Barcelona ranks among the most vibrant European nightlife cities. What makes this city special is the high concentration of foreign students who organize popular Erasmus parties which are thrown almost every day. While Fridays and Saturdays are dominated by a cosmopolitan mix of tourists, Sunday nights are busy with locals as many shops and restaurants are closed on Mondays. Most of the action is usually centered around La Rambla, the wide boulevard stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the Port Vell.
The second largest city in Canada, Montreal has a long history of nightlife. In the days of prohibition, Americans would travel to the city to drink at the most popular Montreal nightlife spots. But Montreal is not just about drinking, it can also boast of some great cultural events throughout the year. Set in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal has been ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicknamed “The Paris of the South”, Buenos Aires is world famous for its glamorous restaurants, trendy nightclubs and fashionable bars. The choice of the city´s nightlife is so plentiful that it can often be overwhelming deciding where to go out. The nightclub fans should not miss out spots like Fiesta Bubamara, Jet, Crobar, Sitges or Angels.
Miami, Florida, USA
Combining both vibrant city nightlife and awesome beaches, Miami is one of the cities that comes to life when the sun goes down. One of the most popular spots, Nikki Beach Club is literally in the middle of the beach where visitors can enjoy their drinks from beach beds. If you are keen on dancing, Miami is world class. From glittering mega clubs to intimate lounges, Miami music clubs attract impressive lineup of musicians, performers and DJs every weekend.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Just the nickname – The Sin City – suggests that Las Vegas has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife. Vegas nightclubs and the DJs that power them are magnets for young people, while older night owls usually prefer renowned casinos and bars. If you want to dance, enjoy the music and celebrate life, Las Vegas is the right choice for you.