Top 10 party destinations in Europe

Top 10 party destinations in Europe

So you like to travel, but you also like to party? Why not live it up in Europe? Although every city has somewhere to go once the sun sets, certain party scenes stand out from the rest.

Whether you’re looking for to let loose for a weekend during your study abroad or planning a 2-week bender, these ten European cities have got you covered. Book yourself a cheap flight and pick out your hostel, then go out and enjoy the best nightlife in Europe!

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

This iconic Spanish island is pretty much the clubbing capital of the world. If you’re ready for the party of a lifetime, Ibiza is where it’s at! Even stars like Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton and more have come to Ibiza to party. Sleep in some of Europe’s best hotels, watch the sunset from a rooftop terrace and then party like a rockstar til the sun comes up. Visit the original and legendary Pacha or party away at Amnesia—with a 5,000-person capacity, you’ll be able to experience a party like never before.

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

Home to one of the most intense clubbing scenes in Europe (if not the world), Berlin is a must-see city for any international party animal. You’ll find electronic music blasting nonstop from the dance floor of Berlin’s most exclusive nightclub, Berghain. For a more affordable night, visit the Stattbad or head to Watergate for an exceptional music experience. Hit up Salon Zur Wilden Renate, a mind-blowing labyrinth of avant-garde junkyard rooms that let you dance the night away. Technohead or not, you’re sure to enjoy the city’s thrilling nightlife.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

For ‘The City of a Hundred Spires,’ Prague sure knows how to throw a party—and keep it cheap, too! The club scene may not match that of bigger destinations like Ibiza or Berlin, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have the time of your life in Prague. The Karlovy Lazne Club has five stories, each with a different theme, so you can experience it all without ever even leaving the building. Not to mention that it’s also the biggest club in Central Europe. If you ever need to go anywhere else, there’s plenty of options. Drink your way through rooftop bars (T-Anker), creative cocktail bars (like the Alchemist or Anonymous Bar) or dance clubs like Chapeau Rouge or Roxy. Even better, the drinks (and covers!) are pretty cheap ($2 beers, anyone?) so it’s the perfect city for students and backpackers who want to party hard without breaking the bank.

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona boasts an eclectic party scene, so you can try something different every night! In the Gothic Quarter, visit the Harlem Jazz Club for live music or squeeze into the Macarena for all-night techno and dance hits. Ready for a serious night out on the town? Head to Razzmatazz, a huge venue with several floors and tons of rooms, for music and all-night parties. Or head to Shoko or Opium Barcelona for a glitzy night beachside. Just keep in mind that in Barcelona, dinner runs late and the parties run even later, so get ready for some late nights. Parties tend to start picking up some serious momentum around 1 am!

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London, England

London, England

London’s nightlife offers both substance and variety, so there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for local pubs or high-end superclubs, you can be sure you’ll find it in London. And with so many places staying open all night, the party doesn’t have to end until the sun comes up. For a glitzy night out, hit up Fabric, Heaven or the Ibiza-style megaclub, Studio 338. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, try Corsica Studios or Nottinghill Art Club. Pro tip: several nightclubs in London offer student memberships to save you some cash, including Studio 338 and Egg London.

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Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

This sunny Greek island packs a real punch when it comes to nightlife! Mykonos may be a small island, but it’s a round-the-clock good time, which chic, Mediterranean venues that welcome everyone. Spend your days partying at various beachside bars and then explore the dozens of Mykonos’ bars and clubs all night. Paradise Beach is one of the most famous beaches and a popular party spot, so be sure to hang out here for a good time. Paradise Beach Club, Super Paradise Beach Club and Tropicana Beach Bar and Restaurant (open all day!) are three happening places to hang out.

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Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

Munich might be best known for the iconic Oktoberfest celebrations each fall, but Munich can host a good time all year long. Head to Neuraum for all-night dancing on the weekends or MMA or Bob Beaman to dance the night away with the locals. Of course, while you’re in Munich, you’ll also want to check a few biergartens—Augustiner-Keller and Aumeister are two popular spots, but it’s hard to go wrong with a beer in Munich.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Home to world-famous house DJs like Avicii and Steve Angello, it only makes sense that Sweden’s capital is also home to some of the best parties in Europe. And while Stockholm’s energetic nightlife might wrap up a bit earlier than London or Barcelona, you’ll find that the crowd here parties hard right ‘til the end. Enjoy a night of legendary live music at Fasching or the ever-popular Slakthuset for some EDM beats. There’s even an amazing roof terrace in the summer. Not ready to go home? Hit up the swanky Hell’s Kitchen, which is open until 4 am.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The secret’s out: Croatia knows how to party. Spend all day swimming and tanning on incredible beaches and then dance the night away at beachside bars and clubs. Whatever you like, you can find it in Croatia—and Dubrovnik has a sample of everything. Check out the famous beachside Buža Bar with insane views or the popular Cave Bar More inside of a cave. While you’re there, don’t miss out on a chance to visit Culture Club Revelin, ranked one of the best clubs in the world!

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most popular European destinations for students , and it’s not *just* for the nightlife—although that’s definitely part of it. On the weekends, most bars stay open until 3 a.m. and dance clubs will stay open all night. Rock out to techno, house and EDM music at the massive Warehouse Elementenstraat. Want to experience the best of what Amsterdam has to offer? Just hang out in the Rembrandtplein or Leidseplein neighborhoods, where a lot of the best nightlife is located.

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