When it comes to partying, Europeans take the crown. With world-renowned clubs, scenic venues and incredible live music events, many partygoers won’t even consider leaving the continent. As the autumn months come rolling in, party destinations like Ibiza, Magaluf and Ayia Napa begin to shut down their strips – but that doesn’t mean that the party has to stop in Europe. Here, we’re taking a look at the top 10 party destinations in Europe for you to visit throughout the colder months this year, so you don’t have to experience the holiday party blues.
Looking for some of the quirkiest, wildest parties in Europe? Then Berlin should be your first stop. This outrageous city is at the forefront of house music, with nightclubs playing host to world renowned DJ’s. With cheap beer and a wild atmosphere all year round, this is the perfect destination for a European party!
With siestas during the day, Barcelona truly is a destination for night owls. The locals eat at midnight and the parties start at 2am in this sprawling city – but you’ll soon pick up this new sleeping pattern. With world class clubs and free-flowing shots, wine and Sangria, Barcelona really is a party destination to remember.
If you’re looking for an affordable party destination, then Copenhagen probably isn’t at the top of your list – but that doesn’t mean that the Danes don’t know how to party. All you need to know about Copenhagen is the presence of their ‘morning bars’. These are bars that open at 3am and stay open until 10am! If you can last until morning, you certainly won’t regret it.
Prague, Czech Republic
This popular Stag and Hen do choice has grown to be one of Europe’s greatest party destinations. With cheap flights and hotels still in the picture, Prague remains a hugely popular party city. While the price of drinks has steadily climbed over the years, it is still an affordable party destination compared to the likes of Ibiza and Majorca – particularly during the colder winter months.
Budapest used to be a destination solely for backpackers and the more adventurous, but since word got out about the amazing Hungarian nightlife in the capital, you can be certain to find a whole heap of partygoers heading to this city, all year round. Whether you’re heading along the Danube on a boat party, exploring the Ruin Bars on a bar crawl, or donning your Thomas Royall swim shorts at the best parties in the Széchenyi Thermal Bath on a Saturday night, you can be certain you’ll have a night you will never forget.
No matter what time of year, you can enjoy the beautiful city of Krakow. While you might spot sightseers during the day, as soon as dusk begins to fall, the partygoers come out of hiding. With vodka tasting sessions, plenty of pub-crawls and a bar on almost every corner, you are certain to have a wild time in Krakow.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Thessaloniki could be the perfect choice. This is a city full of students, meaning you’re certain to find plenty of cheap, friendly bars, pubs and clubs to enjoy. No matter the time of year, the city never sleeps and there’s always a party somewhere to dance all night at. Whether you want live music, or a trendy cocktail bar, Thessaloniki has it all.
Belgrade isn’t the prettiest of European capitals, but its outrageous, adventurous and gritty nightlife scene is certain to get the juices flowing. In Belgrade, every night is a Friday night, so you’re certain to never run out of parties to attend! With floating lounges known as Splavovi along the Danube and Sava rivers open all year round, you can be certain to enjoy the party of a life-time in this often-overlooked European city.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
One thing’s for sure about Amsterdam – it’s the perfect location if you’re a lover of electronic music. Not only do the clubs, bars and pubs pay homage to this particular music genre, there are a huge number of annual dance music festivals like Loveland and Electronic Family throughout the year to enjoy too. Don’t worry though – you haven’t missed the music festival season just yet. Innovation In The Dam is set to take place at the end of November in the city, and this Drum’n’Bass weekender is certain to be messy for those who love a party.
While you might see Reykjavik as having a small-town vibe, Iceland really does know how to party. While the clubbing scene may be smaller than what you’d expect in most European capitals, nightlife in this particular city is all about hopping from bar to bar. With plenty of live music, bars like Vegamot featuring some of the world’s best DJs, and parties starting late and finishing even later, you are certain to be dancing on the tables in this European capital.