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Top 10 nightlife destinations in the world

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From rum-fuelled Caribbean beach parties to dancing in your ski boots to Europop, this guide to the top 10 nightlife destinations in the world will prepare you for a big night out and help you choose the right hotel.


Europe’s unrivalled clubbing capital, party-mad Ibiza is one of the world’s top 10 nightlife destinations. Come summer, the Balearic island heaves with revellers, lured by Café del Mar chill-out tunes in San Antonio, and clubbing temples like Space and Pacha.

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Las Vegas

Take a stroll with lady luck through the neon-lit Sin City and you never know what you might find: your fortune in a glitzy hotel casino, the Eiffel Tower illuminated, dancing go-go girls or 1,001 living Elvises. This wild, super-sized theme park of a city entertains 365 nights a year.

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Tel Aviv

Israelis will tell you that “Tel Aviv plays while Jerusalem prays” and it’s true. The Middle East’s party hot spot rocks from midnight onwards in hip cocktail bars, people-watching lounges and lively clubs on Allenby Street. Join a good-looking crowd for sundowners on the beach in summer.

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Buenos Aires

If ever there was a place to kick up your heels, Buenos Aires is it. After dark, the sultry Argentinian capital puts on its glad rags and tangos across the dance floors in La Boca and San Telmo districts. Should your footwork not be up to scratch, check out the city’s pulsating café and club scenes.

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Anything goes in the Thai capital after dark: from drag shows to massages between cocktails and passing elephants. After a pad thai at a street-side stall, head to the throbbing rooftop clubs, live music bars and shisha lounges on hedonistic Khao San Road.

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Sweet home Chicago has been singing the blues for decades and there’s no better place to feel its soul than in a smoky jazz bar in North Halsted. You might want to head on to the city’s chic wine bars, world-class theatres, or clubs resounding to hip-hop.

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St Anton

Famous for its hairy off-piste skiing and hedonistic nightlife, St Anton in Austria’sTyrol throws some of Europe’s wildest parties in winter. Join the schnapps-fuelled après-ski fun by shuffling in your snow boots to Eurotrash and testing your stamina at MooserWirt, which sells more beer than any other bar in Austria.

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Berliners live for the night, whether they spend it in 1920s-style cabarets, retro-chic bars in Friedrichshain or convivial beer gardens. Some of Europe’s top DJs play in mega clubs like industrial-chic Berghain. In summer, relaxed open-air bars by the River Spree keep the party going all day long. 

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Trance and techno beats mingle with the pounding surf in Goa in southern India, where the nightlife scene skips from chilled-out parties to high-octane clubbing. Hippies and ravers meet by moonlight to drink Goan punch and be mesmerised by swirling fire dancers on the beaches Baga and Anjuna. 

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Montego Bay

Reggae grooves pump out from beach shacks and calypso rhythms get hips swinging at beach parties in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Nights begin with seafront sundowners and heat up in the poolside bars and crowded dance floors on Gloucester Avenue’s Hip Strip, where margaritas and good vibes flow until the sun rises over the Caribbean. 

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