The Top 5 Backpacker Party Destinations

You’re young, you’re free, and you’re looking to party. With these basic truths helping guide your travel itinerary, you should consider these tried-and-true destinations known for offering nightlife experiences like few other places on earth. So pack your bags, leave your inhibitions, and head out to some of the world’s best party locations.


New York

Along with being generally regarded as an incredible place to visit, New York has earned a reputation as a global contender for best place to party. The various boroughs of the city are packed with bars and clubs that are each trying to outdo the other on the dance and drink scale.

You can try Greenwood Park, a popular beer garden with 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space devoted to beer and revelry. This former mechanic shop has happy-hour deals inside and bocce courts out back.

For a true Manhattan skyline experience, head to La Piscine at the Hotel Americano, where the young, beautiful and restless indulge in margaritas and tapas next to a pool that becomes a big hot tub in the winter.



It would not be possible to round up party destinations without talking about Ibiza. The Balearic paradise is the global hedonistic capital. The year-round sun and never-ending clubbing season has made Ibiza the most famous European party destination of all.

The island is beautiful in its own right, so even if partying 24/7 isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do to fill your time. However, if an Ibiza holiday 2013 is your thing, then San Antonio is the place to be – the music and the dancing never end!



The river Danube cuts Budapest in two, between the historical cities of Buda and Pest. Although Budapest does not initially strike you as a great city for partying, there is a growing dance music scene in the city, and a night out at Buda beach (sometimes known as Buddha Beach) is definitely worth a look.

These ‘beaches’ lie right in the middle of the city and in the summer they open up onto the river, so you can party the night away on the banks of the Danube. The drinks are cheap, the music is loud, and the bars stay open late – it’s pretty much perfect.

full moon thailand
Full Moon – Bucket Fuelled Chaos!



If your budget for flights is a little larger, then a trip to Thailand is definitely in the cards. The cost of living in Thailand is minimal, and so any expense on the travel there is reclaimed once you head out to the bars and restaurants.

One of the best parties in the world is the once-a-month Full Moon Party in Ko Phan Ngan. Here they serve drinks by the bucket, and the balmy weather means you can party on the beach until the sun comes up.



Berlin has become the spiritual home of house and trance music in the last ten years. The number of abandoned warehouses, particularly in the eastern half of the city, means that there are a number of super clubs in the city that have become destinations in their own right.

Berghain is this kind of place-to-be club, and it has become one of the most famous techno locations in the world. Although you don’t have to be in to dance music to enjoy Berlin’s nightlife, it definitely helps. Plus, it’s difficult not to love a city that sells beer by the litre.

If you are looking for the best places to party in the world, then the only determining factor is your bank balance. Whatever your budget, you can definitely find somewhere to party until the break of dawn.


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