Wildest Places to Party in Europe

Posted Sep 23rd 2010 04:00 AMUpdated Jan 31st 2011 04:04 AM


When you travel, you're free of responsibilities. There's nothing holding you back. So why not throw caution to the wind and get in on these wild Europe party scenes? Whether you are in the south, the north, the east, or the west, when you travel around Europe, you'll find some the greatest and most diverse places to let loose.

The continent may be famous for its food and culture, but with all backpackers and young travelers from around the world descending here, these European cities are prime party destinations for drinking heavily and staying up until dawn.

Ios, Greece

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1. Ios, Greece
In my opinion, Ios is one of the best party destinations in Europe. In recent years, the island has tried to distance itself from its boisterous reputation for parties, but so far it has been unsuccessful. From May to September, hundreds of thousands of party goers descend on the island to compete for the world's best tan, drink heavily, and dance until the sun comes up. Bars stay open until dawn and no one wakes up until noon. Beach bars like FarOut hold day-time contests and parties. The god Dionysus would be proud with all the merriment going on here.

2. Barcelona, Spain
This is a city for night owls: No one here even goes out until 2 am and the clubs don't close until well after dawn. Start your night on Las Ramblas, which has a little bit of everything (shot bars, touristy spots, backpacker pub-crawls). When the clock strikes two, move to the clubs near the waterfront and dance until dawn. Don't feel bad about sleeping most of the day. This is the city that invented the siesta.

Lagos, Portugal

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3. Lagos, Portugal
Lagos is where you'll find young travelers heading out for booze cruises, beach parties, and late night pub-crawls. And everyone nurses his or her hangover on the beach. Bronzed limbs are of the utmost importance in this small historical seaside town, so work on that tan before heading out to the bars and clubs. Water sports or beachside drinking dominate the day, while dancing dominates the night.

Ibiza, Spain

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4. Ibiza, Spain
The reigning champ of European nightlife, Ibiza is where you go if you don't want to sleep for a week. It's like Ios or Lagos on steroids. Clubs are open until noon, being drunk is the norm, and the drug culture is obvious. Emperor Nero, famous for his orgies, would probably even be shocked at what goes on here. Ibiza is debauchery at its best.

5. Krakow, Poland
Historical Krakow is a beautiful place to visit, with its tiny streets lined with amazing cafes, clubs, and bars. The city has a sophisticated jazz scene, or seek out up-and-coming places where the parties go to the wee hours.


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6. Prague, Czech Republic
I remember when Prague was an unknown destination with very few crowds. Today, it's cheap beer and cheap rooms make it a hot spot for Europeans and Brits looking for an easy weekend getaway (flights are inexpensive as well, so you'll encounter lots of stag and hen parties). It's not out of control like Ibiza, but with clubs open until dawn and a culture that loves to cut loose, Prague rates as one of the best party towns in Europe.

7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is not a city for wild drinking parties, making it the most low-key location on this list. The city is really a stoner's party and travelers visit Amsterdam to chill out at the famous "coffeeshops." You can still find a few good pub-crawls in the Red Light district, though, with good beer and great music venues like the Winston.

Dublin, Ireland

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8. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is obviously a great place to go on a pub-crawl, especially in its famous Temple Bar neighborhood. There seems to be at least one pub (or more) on every block and the close proximity is ideal for people who live for pub nights. But remember, this is not a cocktail town: Only serious beer lovers need apply.

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Amazing videos and interesting list. thank you so much for the sharing your experience..


September 14 2013 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kash Bhattacharya

Nice list Matt, I agree with you all except the last one...Dublin

I dunno why Dublin left me so cold....

We have great pubs in Edinburgh!

Maybe because it was of the astronomical price of drinks and going out in the Temple Bar Neighbourhood.

Euro brought many benefits to Ireland in terms of jobs and money but it really inflated the costs of going on holiday for Brits, esp Dublin.

Mind you costs have come down since I visited a few years ago because of the crisis.

I am sure if I hooked up with some locals, I'd be taken to some better local pubs and away from the tourist traps.

Plus heard there was a trend of wine bars popping up all around Dublin-still that the case?


December 19 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agree with other commenter. Partying in Dublin sucks. And yeah, other than beer (and whiskey) they don't quite know how to make that many drinks / cocktails. All the pubs close early (like midnight-1AM) and little to no public transport at night with nothing else open other than McDonald's make it a horrible place for a decent NIGHTlife. Also, while there are plenty of pubs, they're more like Moe's Tavern than an actual happening place. The pubs are nearly all the same, there's a stunning lack of variety that, if you come from a place that actually has it, you'll feel it is sorely lacking. It's also incredibly loud (Irish love to yell and scream constantly) so you might not hear the company you're with. So yeah, pass on Dublin. Just because Guinness is brewed in Dublin doesn't mean they know how to throw a good party.

December 13 2010 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dublins a bit shite in fairness

October 19 2010 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Weird comment on Dublin. Live here and definitely not a beer only city...can't stand the stuff.

September 27 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I must disagree with your assessment of Dublin. Have you never heard of whiskey?

September 23 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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