Looking for a place to go that you know will be hopping after dark? Whether your poison is nightclubs, beachfront bars, parades, or even just an old fashioned beer festival, there is definitely something on this list for you.
Buenos Aires is truly a city for night owls — or anyone who thinks that the best parties don’t really start until 2AM. Nightclubs in Buenos Aires are known as boliches, and there are tons throughout the city that host events 7 nights a week. Whether your music of choice is reggaeton, electro, cumbia, hip hop, or rock, there’s something for everyone in the areas of Costanera Norte, or Monserrat.
Thessaloniki is a hopping city with a large student population, where the primary attitude is work to live, and live to party! People go out late, and stay out until 4AM. Unlike some of the other cities on the Greek islands, Thessaloniki doesn’t make the majority of its money from tourism, so the atmosphere is more relaxed. Try a local Greek beer like Mythos or Fix, and enjoy the gorgeous weather on an outdoor patio.
Although San Juan seems like a small city on an even smaller island, the variety of activities for tourists after dark is never ending. Start the evening at a casino — nearly all of the hotels in the city have one — before going bar hopping along San Sebastian Street, or through the Old City.
If you’ve never been to Montreal, drop whatever you’re doing and head straight to the place that’s often called the most European city in North America. Montreal is full of amazing food, awesome beer and wine, and interesting places to party. Every Sunday, tons of people gather in Jeanne Mance Park, and have a big communal picnic, complete with a giant drum circle which goes for hours.
São Paulo is a paradise for all manner of activities after dark. Those who want to dance can head to the baladas (clubs) where DJs spin techno and house music. The Vila Madalena area hosts many cosier bars and bohemian music venues.
Tokyo throws some of the craziest parties that the world has ever seen. The Roppongi district specifically caters to foreigners, with the parties usually going until 5am. The Shibuya area attracts mostly Japanese teens and younger tourists, and the karaoke bars cater to those who can sing, as well as those who like to try after a few pints of Sapporo.
New Orleans is a port city in Louisiana humming with activity day and night. The famous French Quarter, with Bourbon Street at its heart, is known for its huge variety of clubs and bars that keep the city hopping till the wee hours of the morning.
The party district in Munich is known as the Feierbanane (party banana), as the biggest night spots are located within a 2 mile, banana-shaped area. However, all of Munich goes crazy during Oktoberfest, a beer festival visited by millions of people every year.
There are tons of bars and nightclubs on the island, and during the day, you can soak up the sun on the beach or find an isolated cove to swim and nurse your hangover. Ibiza is a world famous electronic music capital, and DJs are known to use Ibiza as a testing ground for their newest hits of the summer.
Many festivals are celebrated in Goa, including Holi, Christmas, and Diwali, and music and art celebrations take place all year round. Beachside clubs and bars are a great place to take in some of the best parties Goa has to offer.
Dublin has long been a city that celebrates its amazing contribution to the literary world, and knows how to do it with a fantastic party. It is estimated that a whopping 50% of Dublin’s population is under 25. The biggest parties are always going down in the Temple Bar area, although many people criticize it for being touristy and fake. For a quieter scene, check out a smaller pub for some amazing beer and live music.
For 11 months of the year, Black Rock City is just another dry patch of Nevada desert. But on the last Monday in August every year, people stream into the desert for Burning Man, and create a city that lives and pulses with music, art, and radical self-expression. Although the party rages all hours of the day for a week straight, the primary focus has always been experiencing the many art installations and celebrating life as a community.