13 Best Party Destinations in Europe (& Beyond)

It's that time of year when we're looking for a New Year getaway. And where better than one of the best party destination in Europe. If you're unsure where to spend New Year's Eve and need some solo trip ideas on destinations are ideal for the party solo, I've included my favourite destinations below. 

For those who really love to party, there are some great hot spots to get dolled up, out on those clubbing shoes, and party until dawn. This list includes 13 best party destinations in Europe and other worldwide destinations that are just perfect for a night out. 

Best party destinations in Europe

Pacha in Ibiza (photo @ Ajay Goyal)

Best Party Destinations in Europe

1. Ibiza, Canary Islands

It’s not called the Party Isle for nothing. If it’s more clubbing and dance music that you’re into, then the White Isle is the place to go. The largest club names in the industry descend upon Ibiza each summer for a season of clubbing and adulterated fun.

With clubs like Pacha, Space and Amnesia, this is definitely the place to be seen. Chill during the day at the famous Cafe del Mar and party hard at night. My favourite club is Es Paradis. With beautiful decor and famous water Es Paradis is the club to dress in your best bikini and get ready to party. * Check rates for Ibiza boat party

Best party destinations in Europe

Manic, Bar Street, Marmaris (photo @Mark Lofthouse)

2. Marmaris, Turkey

If you thought Turkey was just for families then think again. The beachfront of Marmaris is a dancing delight, and you’ll be spoilt for choice as you wander along the promenade, deciding which club you want to go into first. Most here don’t have an entrance fee so you’re free to come and go as you please.

Bar Street rivals any of the famous clubs with open air bars and clubbing. Here you can find people dancing to anything from trance to RnB. But don’t venture out until 10pm as the real partying happens after dark. Club Areena is the biggest open air nightclub in Marmaris and open every evening with laser shows and foam parties. * Check rates for Marmaris bar crawl

Best party destinations in Europe

The Matrix in Berlin

3. Berlin

Old disused warehouses and clubs underneath metro stations, Berlin is where it is at and it isn’t just for the ‘house’ market. Warschauer Strabe is the heart of party city and whether you prefer the underground rock bar of Silver Fish, a roof top club aptly named ‘Weekend’ or the famous Watergate club which is more like someone’s house than a dancing establishment, there’s a club here for everyone. Germans are proud of their club scene too.

The Kit Kat club and the Bergan club even boast they have the best sound system in the world. This is definitely a home for super clubs. My favourite is Berghine, a former power station that has been transformed to a famous techno club. The best time to party here is 2pm on a Sunday. * Check rates for Berlin bar crawls 

Best party destinations in Europe

4. Croatia

Croatia is fast becoming known for its great nightlife, and Hvar is the favourite for partying. Take a boat taxi to the tiny party island with one exclusive nightclub upon its shores or just do a bar crawl along the main strip. You can always stay on the mainland and visit EastWest beach bar in Dubrovnik for some nighttime throbbing beats on the beach.

There are no superclubs here but a great scene that is fast becoming the new Ibiza. My favourite is Pink Champagne, an exclusive club tucked away from the main strip with swanky decor and a very surprising lift. * Check rates for Croatia boat parties

Best party destinations in Europe

Amsterdam has amazing nightlife!

5. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to amazing dance festivals, nightclubs and events. Whether you like pop, techno or R&B, there is a place in Amsterdam. The main areas for a night out in Amsterdam are Dam Square, Leidseplein and Rembrandtpleint.  For the best parties in Amsterdam, head to De School and Canvas. * Check rates for Amsterdam bar crawls

Best party destinations in Europe

A concert at a nightclub in Manchester

6. Manchester, UK

Manchester is recognised as the best destination for a night out in the United Kingdom. You can find anything from warehouse parties and epic live music to unique hidden bars across the city. There is a wide variety of nightclubs for everyone.

If you love Latin music like reggaeton and salsa, head to Revolución de Cuba, whereas if you are a rock and metal lover, Satans Hollow is one of the best alternative nightclubs. A good place that throws incredible parties is Hidden. This club has plenty of rooms for dancing, from the courtyard, perfect for those warm summer evenings, to its warehouse-style basement. * Check the best clubs in Manchester

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

Coco Bongo, Cancun in Mexico.

Best Party Destinations Worldwide

7. Mexico

If you’ve ever been on spring break then you’ve probably been to Cancun but if you’re looking for somewhere a little less understated with a variety of nightlife then Playa del Carmen is a great alternative. Unlike Cancun with set entrance fees including your drinks for the night, Playa del Carmen offers clubs where you can come and go and you’ll often find bars just spilling out into the street.

From the swanky to the crazy, this happening town is a rival for its Mexican counterpart. Just go easy on the tequila. My favourite is La Vaquita, known as the inflatable cow bar. This fun nightclub serves giant drinks to get you in the party atmosphere. * Check rates for Mexico bar crawls

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

8. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nightlife in Buenos Aires is lively and vibrant, reflected in the city's diverse cultural heritage. If you are into tango, live music, amazing trendy bars and nightclubs, make Argentina your next destination.

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, so you can’t leave the city without trying some tango movements. However, if you prefer other types of music, the electronic music scene has a strong presence in nightclubs like Crobar and Niceto Club. I stayed in the Palmero district which was great for nightlife. * Check rates for Palmero bar crawl

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

A samba club in Lapa

9. Rio de Janeiro

When someone talks about Rio de Janeiro, the first thing that comes to their mind is the carnival. It hosts the best carnival in the world, but there is more than a carnival in Rio de Janeiro. 

It is also a fantastic place to enjoy the nightlife, where you can listen to different music styles, from samba and reggaeton to hip-hop. If you are looking for a popular option, Rio Scenarium is the nightclub in Rio de Janeiro to go to. * Check rates for pub crawl in Lapa

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

Dubai marina at night

10. Dubai

If you are looking for a fantastic destination for clubbing, consider Dubai. It is well-known for its luxurious nightclubs that host some of the best events and DJs. Whether you love infinity pools, rooftops with a view or premium cocktails, there is a nightclub for you. There is no chance you get bored with the nightlife in Dubai.

Some of the best nightclubs in Dubai are CÉ La Vi Dubai, with breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa, MIRAGE and The Penthouse. * Check rates for Dubai pub crawl

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

Nikki Beach, Miami (photo @Rileymoore)

Best Party Destinations in The USA

11. Miami

The swanky chain bar, Nikki Beach may be spreading across the globe but the original lives on in Miami. Influenced by Latin beats, Miami has a cool club vibe and South Beach is where you’ll find the chic dancing in their heels. You don’t even need to go to a club to be in the scene here as most of the larger hotels have dancing within their bars.

The more prestigious clubs are found in Wynwood but you need to make friends with a resident to find them. Just don’t forget to wear your most fashionable gear and take your camera for a spot of celebrity stalking. With clubbing so close to the beach – what more could a girl want. Make sure to visit the Skybar which oozes glamour within its four bars. Choose views from pool-side, beach-side or the exclusive Redroom for decadence. * Check rates for Miami bar crawls

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

New York, the city that doesn't sleep

12. New York City

New York City, known as the “city that never sleeps”, is home to many fun places to go out. You can visit rooftop bars overlooking Central Park, cosy pubs, fantastic speakeasies and nightclubs.

1 Oak is one of the best nightclubs in Manhattan. It is very popular, and there is no doubt why; it launches epic parties, the lighting is incredible, and you can hang out with famous DJs too. * Check rates for New York pub crawls

Best party destinations in Europe & worldwide

New Orleans Mardi Gras

13. New Orleans, Louisiana

Music, events and nightlife are incredible in New Orleans. It is here where jazz originated, so if you love this genre, you might want to consider visiting this vibrant destination. 

The French Quarter is a hotspot for live music, with fantastic venues like Preservation Hall and The Spotted Cat offering authentic jazz performances that transport you back in time. When it comes to nightclubs, The Metropolitan is one of the most popular clubs in New Orleans. * Check rates for New Orleans pub tours

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