When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when it comes to partying, Europeans seem to be pretty close. From the countries where the night starts and ends early to those where you leave late in the night and return the next day after the sun has risen, here are the 20 best European cities for nightlife! Make sure, you stop by at some of them if you want to really have fun without putting the brakes on your own experiences.
NB: This ranking is a result of a survey that involved over 10,000 travelers. Each participant was asked to choose 3 preferred destinations. The cities that follow are those that scored the highest.
20. Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki is undoubtedly the Greek capital of entertainment: from locals to students, everyone experiences the night in an intense way. You don’t have dinner before 10 pm and then go wild to the sound of music: from traditional Greek to jazz, from rock to pop, in Thessaloniki, it’s easy to find places that play live music. During the winter season, the discos and nightclubs are concentrated in the Ladadika, Aretsou, Nea Krini, and Mylos districts, while during the summer they move to the east coast of the city, close to the airport. The entrance fee to the clubs is around €15 and includes the first drink, while the subsequent drinks cost around €8. Thessaloniki also has a Casino for gambling lovers.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €31.98
Accommodation: from €49 per night
19. Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp’s nightlife is so eclectic that it beats Amsterdam: apart from offering plenty of trendy clubs, you’ll find the biggest gay and lesbian club in the Benelux! Full of life and students, Antwerp has a wide range of largely inexpensive accommodation located in the historic city center, such as the central youth hostel and the student hostel, both with bars where you can meet people and make new friends.
Low-cost flights: cheap return starting from € 56.60
Accommodation: from €40 per night
18. Copenhagen, Denmark
If you love electronic music and underground style you can’t miss the nightclubs of Copenhagen, such as the Culture Box which hosts internationally renowned DJs and offers all you can drink from 11 pm to midnight. The Meatpacking District of the Danish capital has nothing to envy to the much more famous New York one. The nightlife in Copenhagen is overwhelming and will make you entertain more than traditionally popular destinations.
The best way to immerse yourself in this frenetic atmosphere is by participating in a tour of the Pubs, bars, and nightclubs with drinks included. You can party until dawn and have fun getting to know locals and tourists visiting the city.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €94.46
Accommodation: from €64 per night
17. Krakow, Poland
Krakow seems to have been built specifically for partying! At every corner, you can find a bar packed with people ready to drink vodka and have fun; hostels also have pubs where travelers can hang out to socialize and stay up late. Beer is very cheap and every part of the city is full of life and music. In addition, Krakow is the favorite destination of young Poles.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights from €41.24
Accommodation: €54 per night
16. Novalia, Island of Pag, Croatia
On the beautiful island of Pag, Croatia, Novalia offers unbridled fun at any time of day and night. The Zrce beach offers six different clubs, each with a unique style. During the day, there are bathing establishments for young people that offer parties and aperitifs by the pool. If you are looking for a holiday that combines sea and unbridled fun in one place, Novalia is the right city for you!
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €154.98
Accommodation: from€50 per night
15. Warsaw, Poland
Just like in the capital of the Czech Republic, in Warsaw, too, the nights are very long and very cheap: a shot of vodka costs around €1. The night starts from the old town and branches off through the streets of the historic center. You can’t miss the Przekąski Zakąski and Makulatura, where foreigners and homosexuals are also very welcome.
Whether you are traveling alone or are part of a large group of friends, consider taking part in an exciting tour of the best pubs in the city. You can enjoy a unique evening, drink beer, wine, and unlimited drinks for free for 1 hour and visit the hottest clubs!
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €40,98
Accommodation: from €35 per night
14. Lagos, Portugal
Lagos is the funniest city in Portugal, especially during the summer. The beaches are beautiful and the cocktails are affordable; this is also the reason why the bars in the city are full of Australians and Brits who have drunk a little too much, but the atmosphere is really overwhelming.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights to Faro starting from €116.25
Accommodation: from €46 per night
13. Stockholm, Sweden
If you have a lot of money to spend, don’t miss out on Stockholm nights! Here, the evenings start early and end around 3 in the morning, great music is danced and perfectly mixed by internationally renowned DJs but the drinks are very expensive: that’s why the locals get drunk at home and arrive at the disco after having already drunk the entire alcohol in private parties.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €59.44
Accommodation: from €74 per night
12. Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is certainly cheap and the Serbs are hospitable and friendly. Summer parties are engaging and fun and the city offers varied entertainment, with music played by excellent DJs and high-quality alcohol. Some of the bars you can’t miss are the Manufaktura in the old city and the Mikser Garden located in the external space of a redeveloped industrial warehouse. Summer parties take place on the river and among the funniest are Club Lasta and Freestyler; some of the winter clubs you can’t miss are Dragstor Play Club and The Tube Club.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €119.78
Accommodation: from €30 per night
11. Island of Hvar, Croatia
Famous for its yacht parties, Hvar is a favorite destination for young people in the Mediterranean. Many beach parties start at noon and run all night. Some of the most famous places for long drinks and beautiful views are Carpe Diem Beach and Hula Hula.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights to Split starting from €74.98
Accommodation: from €44 per night
10. Mykonos Island, Greece
If you are looking for wild fun, you absolutely can’t miss a holiday in the queen of excesses: Mykonos. The atmosphere is crazy, you start drinking before noon and continue until the next morning. The clubs are surrounded by wonderful beaches and parties practically on the seashore. Some of the places you can’t miss on the Greek island are Paradise Beach and Pinky Beach at Super Paradise Beach.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €94.98
Accommodation: from €65 per night
9. Prague, Czech Republic
Drinking in Prague is no longer as cheap as it was 20 years ago but it’s always super fun and within everyone’s reach. The city is easily reached with low-cost flights and offers a wide range of night parties and various kinds of entertainment. The discos always host DJs of the highest level and the bars offer a wide choice of superior quality beers. For a good drink with a great view, don’t miss the Letná Beer Garden.
If you want to mingle with the locals and fully enjoy Prague’s magical nightlife, you should definitely join a pub tour!
This is a great experience that allows you to meet people and have fun all night long. It includes a 1-hour free drink local tour (beer, wine, vodka, and absinthe), plus access to an exclusive international party at the Karlovy Lazne club.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €33.98
Accommodation: from €36 per night
8. Paris, France
Known by all as the city of love, Paris has a nightlife of the highest level, which extends into the various districts of the city with a large concentration in Le Marais and includes themed clubs and bars which can satisfy any taste. Don’t miss the “Rock en Seine” summer festival: 3 days of live music in the picturesque Chateaux de Saint-Cloud park.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €36.18
Accommodation: from €40 per night
7. London, England
Every corner of London is just right for partying, from the north part of the city to the east side Dalson Strip. Those who love well-played music can’t miss the area south of the Thames, where the Corsica Studios are located, under the railway arches in the Elephant and Castle area, and the Fire, near the Vauxhall metro station.
The best accommodation for those who want to experience London nights? The Generator Hostel which, apart from offering beds at really advantageous prices, also offers a bar and a games room where you can have fun and socialize with other travelers.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €24
Accommodation: from €48 per night
6. Madrid, Spain
Always overshadowed by the capital of Catalonia, Madrid offers a wide range of nightlife, which expands from the La Latina district, definitely the best concentration of bars and clubs in the entire Spain. The list of clubs intended for homosexuals and exclusive parties is really large and long and is mainly concentrated in Chueca. Parties start really late in Spain, so you better be a real nocturnal animal!
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €86.26
Accommodation: from €50 per night
5. Ibiza, Spain
It’s no mystery that Ibiza has the largest nightclub in the world: Privilege is frequented by thousands of young people every night who want to dance to the music of the best internationally renowned DJs. The Spanish island is full of clubs and offers a wide range of styles, ranging from beach parties to exclusive disco, including Amnesia, Pacha, and Space.
But the fun starts already at dinner in the restaurants that wind through the streets of the center and continues throughout the night. This pearl of the Balearics is also home to the home of the chillout movement: anyone who wants to have fun in a more relaxing way can visit the legendary Cafè del Mar, recommended at sunset for its splendid architecture and enchanting panorama.
One of the most incredible experiences you can have during your vacation is to participate in a boat party, during which you can dance, meet young boys and girls, and consume unlimited alcohol.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €64.41
Accommodation: from €58 per room
4. Budapest, Hungary
The attraction of the nights in Budapest is certainly the “ruins bars”, places created inside old abandoned buildings that haven’t been restored, where low-cost alcohol, electronic music, and light shows are the protagonists of the party. Where to find the best clubs in the city? On Hajogyari Island, in the middle of the Danube. Also, you can’t miss the summer night parties at the Széchenyi Spa & Baths.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €19.98
Accommodation: from €37 per night
3. Berlin, Germany
World epicenter of techno music and satirical cabaret, Berlin offers nightly entertainment in every corner of the city, covering every style and taste. The parties are one of a kind and the clubs are almost inaccessible given the large number of people from all over the world who decide to party in the German capital.
But the long lines are really worth it: internationally renowned DJs and award-winning bartenders will know how to keep you entertained until dawn. Very popular are the Golden Gate, housed in an old bicycle shop, and the Berghain, the most important underground club in the world, located inside an old power plant in East Berlin.
If you want to enjoy a night at one of the most popular clubs without having to stand in line for hours, consider purchasing a Berlin pub crawl with VIP entry, which allows you to skip the line at the club and enjoy a night of pure fun.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €33.98
Accommodation: from €40 per night
2. Amsterdam, Holland
According to many, Amsterdam is the capital of nightlife. Who doesn’t know its coffee shops in which you can consume marijuana and the iconic windows of the Red Light Zone, which includes the neighborhoods of Walletjes, Singel, and Pijp?
But that’s not all, the city also offers a lively music scene, with a panorama of clubs and events ranging from rock to techno music without forgetting hip hop, deep house, and Romanesque pop.
It’s no coincidence that Amsterdam hosts important musical shows such as Electronic Family and Loveland Festival.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €66.01
Accommodation: about €64 per night
1. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona’s nightlife starts a few hours after midnight and doesn’t stop even at the crack of dawn! Electronic music lovers can’t miss the Moog underground club, located on the Ramblas, and rock fans should definitely visit the Magic Club at Passeig Picasso. Also, you shouldn’t miss the Opium, located on the beach, which also saw David Guetta at its console. The capital of Catalonia is home to two wonderful music festivals in June: Sonar and Primavera by the beach.
Low-cost flights: cheap return flights starting from €19.97
Accommodation: about €46 per night