Top 5 places to party in Europe
Between the Mona Lisa’s smile and the Acropolis’ Parthenon lies a world that – although not mentioned in your high school history books or uni course curriculum – will most certainly take pride of place in your personal history. Yep, we’re talking about the clubs, the bars, and the world-renowned parties and music festivals of Europe where the good times are plentiful; the drinks are hella potent (ouzo and absinthe, anyone?); and the memories - lifelong #yolo. Sound good? Check out our top 5 places to party in Europe.
If we were playing a game of word association, ‘Ibiza’ would be the first word that comes to mind, following ‘Europe’ and ‘party’. And with good reason, mega clubs are all the rage in Ibiza with venues like Space in Playa d’en Bossa holding up to 5,000 clubbers on any one night. Top tip: Seek out the yacht parties - big-name DJs often warm up on a boat before their headlining sets at the superclubs, and the tickets are cheaper!
Outside of Ibiza, Madrid and Barcelona also have a vibrant nightlife with bars and clubs that are open so late, we really should say they’re open early. And no matter where you go in Spain, you’ll find a welcoming, all-inclusive party culture.
While travelling around Italy, you’ll find each city has its own unique take on nightlife. In Venice, expect a touch of class with live jazz music, prosecco and stunning interiors. Sicily has everything from classy cocktail joints to ultra-hip, open-air, ‘aperitivo’ beach bars. Enjoy Florence’s bustling club culture that includes both ultra-glam, more exclusive hotspots and rowdy spaces that don’t close their doors until the wee hours of the morning.
Much of Rome’s nightlife happens out in the open, in bars and piazzas. And it’s very likely that cafe you visited at lunch will have morphed into an evening hangout by the time the sun has set.
Aside from the simple fact that seeing Germany’s awe-inspiring landscapes by night is a must, this country’s nightlife is as much a necessary cultural experience as its museums and architecture.
It goes without saying that Berlin, the birthplace of techno, is the first stop for keen partiers. Berlin’s best spots are often, both figuratively and literally, underground and only around for a matter of weeks and most pop-up hotspots don’t open their doors until 11pm. Our best tip? Make friends with the locals and keep your eyes and ears open to uncover the parties you’ll never stop talking about.
Beer is plentiful at any time of year around Germany, but nothing beats Munich’s Oktoberfest. Yes, it’s an obvious one, but if you’re around Germany in late September, don’t miss it.
Like Italy, a lot of the partying in France takes place in small bars and live music venues around the cities, many of which double as a cafe by day.
Although clubbing culture isn’t as big in Paris as obvious as is in other European cities, it is most definitely there. Generally speaking, nothing really gets started until after midnight. Don’t be too offended if the Parisian bouncers at some venues don’t let you in — there are a few places around the city that pride themselves on their exclusivity.
Nice is very much about Champagne bars, jazz bars, and cocktail bars, however you will find a few large lively clubs, like High Club on the Promenade des Anglais.
With one of the most multi-dimensional nightlife scenes in all of Europe, Greece really does have something for everyone. The party atmosphere on the Greek Islands is legendary and goes all day, not just at night.
In downtown Athens, you can choose your own adventure as many venues go all night. Check out Karitsi Square for a circle of bars and live music venues; Agia Irini Square where Neo-classical buildings are shouldered by some of the most modern bars in the city; and Exárhia to soak up a bit of Athens’ own breed of hipster culture.
Outside of Athens, Thessaloniki has a lot to offer when the sun goes down, including relaxed cafes and bars and a few mega clubs. Patras, being home to a huge university and therefore a whole lot of students, has a vibrant scene with a strip of clubs and pubs galore.