Europe’s Best Party Cities

There are many reasons to visit Europe. Beautiful beaches, snowy mountains, stunning historical architecture and modern, cosmopolitan cities – this continent has it all.

It is also home to many famous party destinations and yearly music festivals that attract revelers from all over the world. For some, picking a place with a lively nightlife scene is a key requirement when deciding where to go on holiday.

Europe certainly has a lot to offer if this is what you are looking for.

Here are some of the best cities to consider for a party-focused trip:


The party never stops in the German capital, where events can start on a Friday evening and literally run right through to Monday.  Home to some of the finest techno music venues in the world, the industrial style nightclubs of Warschauer Strasse are popular with clubbers from all over the world.

If heavy hardcore is not your thing, the hipster bars of Kreuzberg offer low-key dining and plenty of German beer, while the Mitte area of the city has a more upmarket scene with classy nightclubs and cocktail bars.

Berlin is also famous for its awesome “Beer marathons” where drinking copious amounts is actively encouraged in some bars and restaurants. If you do get to visit the vibrant city of Berlin, be aware that you may need a holiday to get over you holiday when you return back home


The Catalan capital has plenty to offer everyone looking for fun in the sun. A city on the shores of the Mediterranean, party goers can choose from glitzy nightclubs and champagne bar crawls to grimy dive bars and tiny clubs tucked away in Gothic alleyways.

Cocktail bars, Irish pubs and fellow tourists await you in the popular central hub of Las Ramblas, but turn the corner into the Gothic Quarter and you will find stylish bars and sassy night spots. El Born has a sophisticated selection of bars, cafes and clubs while the streets of Raval are home to edgier, more bohemian venues that cater to hipsters and hippies alike.

Gorgeous Spanish weather, a buzzing vibe and lots of different parts of the city to explore, make Barcelona a hit with partygoers all year round.


Amsterdam is a 24-hour party city like no other. Famous for its liberal attitude to sex and smoking cannabis, the city is awash with bars, coffee shops and cafes and has a laid back, friendly vibe everywhere you go.

The Red Light District and nearby Leidseplein are two of the entertainment hubs of the city, offering vibrant bars, exotic sex shows and famous EDM nightclubs. If you are looking for something a little less commercial, the Jordaan has an artier feel, and is home to quirky bars, unusual nightclubs and scenic river cruises with plenty of beer on-board.


This lively city in the north east of England has gained a reputation for being one of the best places to party in the whole of Europe.

Newcastle is a relatively compact city, making it easy to get around on foot, which is great news for those partygoers who like to bar/club hop. Here you will find world-class nightclubs, upmarket cocktail bars and casinos along with traditional pubs, sports bars and microbreweries. .

Easily accessible from most other areas in the UK, Newcastle has become an increasingly popular choice for British bachelor and bachelorette groups looking to celebrate their groom or bride-to-be’s last few nights of freedom. As shown in this useful guide, it’s not only the pubs, bars and clubs that make Newcastle a popular choice amongst groups of this kind. There are numerous daytime activities to participate in such as go-karting, paintballing and ‘bubble football’, but ultimately, it’s the nightlife scene that provides the biggest draw to the city.


OK so the White Isle is technically an island and not a city, but it is also the most hedonistic party paradise that the continent has to offer, and no guide to partying in Europe would be complete without it.

The rowdy bars of San Antonio’s West End offer happy hours, drinking competitions and lots of fun for tourists, while the quieter, more scenic Sant Antoni de Portmany beach is home to some of the most famous ambient music bars in the world, and is perfect for watching the sun set with a cold beer in hand.

Ibiza is also famous for it’s International DJ scene and mega-clubs that cater for thousands.  From Ibiza Town to Playa den Bossa, the club scene here is legendary and the reason why most people travel here for a party holiday.


From the beer gardens of Old Town Square, where you can down a pint or two in friendly surroundings to the more upmarket bars of Lesser Town, cafe culture is a way of life in Prague.

If you want to hit the clubs, the city has a vibrant jazz scene with lots of tiny clubs catering for those looking for a more bohemian vibe, while the modern mega-clubs in the city are popular with the Techno crowd.

Whilst not as large or flamboyant as some other European cities, Prague offers plenty of fun at affordable prices.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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