For some, visiting a new city is all about experiencing new cultures, seeing the sights and mingling with locals. But for others, taking time off work for a holiday is all about letting loose with a few boozy beverages.
Europe has no shortage of towns and cities with thriving nightlife scenes. And thanks to the diversity of the continent, there’s a perfect party destination for all travellers regardless of budget.
Without further ado, let’s dive into some of the best party cities in Europe.
London is the largest capital city in Western Europe, making it no surprise that it boasts some of the best nightlife around. Undeniably, a raucous session in the British Capital can cost a pretty penny, but a night out in an area like Shoreditch, Soho, Brixton or Camden guarantees to be unforgettable (depending on your alcohol consumption).
Before we leave the UK, we need to give Edinburgh a mention, especially since it rarely appears on ‘best nightlife’ lists despite being so deserving. Swanky clubs, traditional pubs and even late-night ping pong halls all remain open until the early hours in the Scottish capital. It’s also less pricey than its English counterpart in London, making it an ideal place to embrace bohemian boozing on a budget.
Berlin boasts one of Europe’s – nay, the world’s – best nightclub scenes. It’s at the forefront of the electronic music movement. And we can confidently say the Germans know how to party. Head to a beer cellar and enjoy a 1-litre jug of pilsner or lager (because a pint just isn’t enough when you want to let your hair down). Or, head to a district such as Friedrichshain to rave to the very best of techno.
Prague is one of Europe’s top destinations for stag and hen dos. And with its abundance of world-class pubs, clubs, bars and party atmosphere, it’s easy to see why it has quickly becomes of one of Europe’s best places to party. Karlovy Lázně is the largest club in the Czech Republic. In fact, it claims to be the largest nightclub complex in Central Europe. You’ll certainly leave the Czech capital with a hangover, but it’s a small price to pay for the weekend of a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a party town that’s even more budget-friendly than Prague, head over to Poland to embrace the vodka-swilling culture of Krakow. Stay in a hostel to make your finances stretch as far as possible. Almost all hostels in this nightlife capital offer pub crawls, vodka tastings and boozy get-togethers. You won’t be limited to one or two-party districts in Krakow; there’s vibrant bars, cellar taverns and clubs on just about every corner.
With its historic towns, beautiful beaches and affordable prices, Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination in Europe. And the nightlife scene in Split certainly won’t fail to impress. Popular with backpackers, Split is a city that bursts into life when the sun goes down. From waterfront bars to bustling inner-city clubs, Split has it all.
Last but not least, let us drift you away to a picture-perfect Greek island where you can dance until sunrise with the sand between your toes. Mykonos Island has cemented its reputation for being the best party island in the Aegean Sea. With its plethora of ‘bare-all’ beaches and thriving LGBT scene, it’s a welcoming nightlife retreat for all.
If you’re interested in really getting a taste for London’s drinks scene, make sure to check out our Borough Market and Gin Distillery tour. You’ll even get a free tasting!