We all know Europeans know how to party. I mean, why do you think all the Aussie’s book themselves a Euro vacay as soon as winter rolls around down under? For many, a tour through the cultural continent is all about soaking up the sites, pimping out the Instagram and taking a dive in the less superior but still picturesque beaches. For the rest, it’s all about the parties. We praise the lack of lockout laws, the freedom around booze and the amazing party vibes that many European cities provide us with. Forget the obvious choices and branch out. Here’s a pick at some of my favourite cities where you’re sure to be in for a good time.
#1 Antwerp, Belgium
It may not be the Belgian capital but Antwerp most definitely hosts some max party vibes not only for its locals but for any passers-by too. The people of Antwerp are warm, welcoming and most definitely run on a 24 hour lifestyle. Be sure to head to Café D’Anvers. One of the most famous nightclubs of Belgium, hosted in a 16th century church. It brings to the stage some of the best international DJs and one of the few locations to truly preserve and honour its heritage listed location. If the bar scene is more your thing, head to the Melkmarkt and you will be inundated with an abundance of classy AF drinking locations. Be sure to swing past dogma Cocktails whilst you’re around the area.
#2 Budapest, Hungary
You wouldn’t think it upon first landing in the Hungarian capital, but putting the historical sites aside, this city knows how to party. Head to the Jewish Quarter to soak up the atmosphere of the Ruin Bars, where absolutely anything goes. Each bar features its own unique mix of music and of course bevvies won’t cost you more than a few bucks. Szimpla Kert is one of the most famous ruin bars on the strip so be sure to at least have a peep. Other notable mentions include; Tesla – boasting a killer sound system and deep house tunes and Anker’t – an outdoor club by summer invoking amazing architecture and an electric atmosphere.
#3 Berlin, Germany
This 24 hour city is certainly designed for any party lover. If techno and house music is what you vibe then head to the German capital and line up for some of the best clubs that are sure to blow your mind. Apart from the infamous Berghain, Berlin boasts an abundance of outdoor and small clubs that have incred sound systems, filled with all of Europe’s party people. A few of my faves include Club De Visionaire – a small club and bar on the River Spree, Sisyphus – an emporium filled with pumping techno and the Yamm – a chill hip hop club with cheaper than chips cocktails. The best thing about this free spirited city, once the partying is over you can stumble to any street corner and pick up a Doner Kebab. Winning.
#4 Ios, Greece
It’s famous for its nightlife, but often travellers make the mistake of booking a week on the island of Santorini over Ios, and leave a little underwhelmed. If you’re all about getting wet and wild, then this is most certainly the place to head. Head to Far Out Club for incred beach parties, where you can experience the sun set over the ocean. Make your way to the village of Chora after midnight and you’ll be in for a good time. Most bars and clubs are pretty intimate, so get ready to mingle with party people from across the globe.
#5 Belgrade, Serbia
Forget New York, Belgrade is the city that never sleeps. Despite the social collapse of Serbia in the 90s, and there continued struggle for economic reclaim, they seem to be years ahead when it comes to the organisation of their nightlife. There is a club for every party lover’s music tastes and the best bit, none of them charge ridiculous entrance fees. Be sure to spend a night at Club Lasta, one of the floating river clubs where you can leave the dancefloor and literally look out over the magical Sava river. They play everything over the four days they are open, from electronic to house and even hip hop.
Image Sources: Club De Visionaire, Far Out Beach Club.