Summer is approaching and the big European clubs will have their opening parties soon, running until October some of the biggest nights you will find anywhere. Ibiza instantly springs to mind, however some others are still hidden treasures, with much cheaper prices per pint. One party town I wanted to highlight as the biggest disappointment was South Beach, Miami. This isn’t to say I didn’t have a great time, however the great time was based on the amazing people I met at the hostel and us all having massive parties where we were. But the clubs were overpriced, snobbish and there were pickpockets on every single road. For anyone on the hunt for the most wildest clubbing scenes and beach parties, I have listed my top ten below:
1) Ibiza, Spain
There wasn’t a chance I could make it long without mentioning the party capital of the world. Ibiza has a large amount of clubs blasting house music till about noon the next day, when the party moves to the beach. The foam parties are known to be legendary, especially at Espuma club, although be careful of the prices and make sure you buy your club entry in advance online to get massive discounts. You should also be on the lookout as a number of celebrities take to the Ibiza clubbing scene every year.
2) Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Home to Carnival, the biggest festival around the world, Rio is perfect to visit around February/March. Parties take over the streets as you let your hair down and dance like an idiot, while the nightlife is meant to be legendary. The white sandy beaches are also a perfect place to rest on a hangover day, while the people in Rio are probably the most attractive in the world! One surprising alternative to Rio De Janiero would be Sao Paulo as it is another great area to go out clubbing in Brazil, yet isn’t as filled with tourists.
3) Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
Full Moon Party is something inevitably on the bucket list, as around 30,000 people dance and drink the night away on this small island. The party doesn’t stop till midday the next day, while they will serve up buckets of booze to anyone with money. Do not take drugs if you go here, as the policing in Thailand is incredibly harsh on drugs, and the penalty can be five years in jail instantly if caught. These parties happen once a month during the full moon, so plan your trip around this date.
4) Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas, whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the quotes are infamous and the city deserves its reputation. Sin City is a dangerous place for a gambler, as you quickly forget what time of day it is when in the casinos, as they make it appear like midday when it is 3am. The club entry is very expensive, while the drinks are even more so, however my hot tip is to find the woman who walk around with small drinks on a tray in exchange for tips, and buy the lot! These worked out a fraction of the price of the drinks behind the bar and got us ridiculously drunk. Oh, and between midnight and 6am at Hooters hotel you can get 25c chicken wings, definitely my hot tip!
5) Goa, India
Still not a big name like Ibiza or Vegas, Goa is rapidly gaining pace as one of the best party locations around the world. The highlight to me is that it hasn’t been over filled like Ibiza, Magaluf and Ayia Napa just yet, so there is a feeling that you have walked onto a hidden treasure. Palolem Beach holds some of the best beach parties, many of them silent disco’s (you have headphones in playing your own music) and massive bonfire parties. Anjuna beach is also a great spot for secret parties, while the best time to visit Goa would be during the winter.
6) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a place you can be promised an amazing time all year round (as long as you know where to go), however the biggest party of the year is on Queen’s Day, on April 30th. Put on your orange clothing and join the 800,000 people dancing, drinking and smoking on the streets and on boats on the canal. The celebration is nationwide, celebrating the Queen of the Kingdom’s birthday, Beatrix. They also set up huge flea markets which you can raid through the day and find items and attire for the night ahead.
7) Ayia Napa, Cyprus
The clubbing scene and beach parties in Ayia Napa are definitely tailored to a certain group, as the beaches become filled with English people paraletic and breaking everything in their path. A number of famous guest DJ’s attend the parties at Ayia Napa every year, while you can be promised a headache by the morning. The bikini competitions alone are enough to make me consider heading to Cyprus!
8) Tel Aviv, Israel
Another place that some wouldn’t immediately put on their top ten list, yet Tel Aviv is the home of beach parties. With 16 beaches in Tel Aviv, the number one beach party takes place on Gordon Beach, while the nighclubs are open till the break of dawn, admittedly playing some unheard of electronic music, but once you’re drinking you definitely won’t care!
9) Berlin, Germany
The one key feature that really stood out for me with Berlin was that their clubs happily stayed open till 10am, where people would regularly nap in the bathrooms and wake up at 3am to continue the night. The Berlin Love parade during the summer attracts huge drunken crowds, while a number of clubs have swimming pools fitted in. One bar in Berlin also offers a beer bath, however the price is lofty, so make sure you really want to rinse in real ale. If you head to Berlin, get ready for the Jaggerbombs!
10) Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok isn’t for everyone, a definite tourist trap, but if you’re the adventurous type then it has to be ticked off the list. You can begin with a dinner of fried bugs (cockroaches and co), followed by a shot of snake blood, then head down to a thai boxing bar. There you can fight your mate in exchange for a case of beers. After that you can take to the nightclubs and spend your time debating whether he/she is a woman or a man. Of course, there is plenty more to do once you get off the tourist clique list. The acts that play live in Bangkok are becoming more high profile, while the street food available is mouth watering, albeit not the best quality.
Where is your favourite party town around the world? Let me know in the comments below!