When we talk about party destinations there is a tendency not to think beyond Las Vegas, Ibiza, or Rio de Janeiro as these cities have long been acknowledged as the world’s party capitals along with a couple more, perhaps. However, while they remain to be great spots on the world’s party map, they have their work cut out as some new players have joined the game and are giving them some hard competition.
With new challengers to the established party-hubs emerging across the globe, party animals are now spoilt for choice – they are no more restricted to just a few destinations where they can party the night away after a hard day of sightseeing or shopping, or whatever else tourists do. Some of the newest and hottest such locations are in countries that were not even given a second thought by travelers a decade or so ago.
There are people who just love to party whether home or away – the die-hard party animals always on the lookout for spots where they can let loose and go wild. Also, people were beginning to get tired of the same bossy bouncers, dress codes and the insanely overpriced drinks.
Keeping all of this in mind we have identified five locations that are not only great tourist destinations but promise to be all that a party animal would expect – friendly faces, great music with a difference, exotic food, ambiance, zany themes – and more.
Pag – Croatia
Dubbed the “Croatian Ibiza,” Pag is an island of Northern Dalmatia undeniably the summer party capital of the nation – and what’s more – it’s a pocket-friendly destination where you can go crazy at the numerous swinging hotspots without the guilt of overspending eating away at your subconscious.
Here are some of the best places in Pag for the incorrigible party beast:
Zrce Beach – One of the most happening party beaches in Croatia, and indeed the whole of Europe, Zrce Beach boasts five excellent clubs – Aquarius, Papaya, Noa, Kalypso, and Euphoria, open only during the summer season. Day or night, these clubs are real fun places with great music and parties that stretch till the wee hours of the morning.
Famous European DJs like David Morales, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, and Chemical Brothers alternate performances at these clubs, and the best part is – entry is free to all the clubs with the exception of special events when it can cost anywhere between €8 and €30.
Zrce beach is also known for its music festivals like the “Hideout Festival,” “Fresh Island Festival,” “Sonus Festival,” “Barrakud Croatia,” and a new festival going by the name “Croatia Rocks.”
Complete your Zrce sojourn with some real fun time on a party boat with cocktails, music, and swimming PLUS stops on the numerous sandy as well as pebbly beaches.
Club Vanga – While in Pag, be sure to enjoy an evening or two at the only disco in town, the Club Vanga, with rotating musical genres such as rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip-hop and dance, house music, and music years 70 ’, ’80 And ’90.
Reykjavik – Iceland
Reykjavik’s vibrant nightlife is concentrated around the main shopping street Laugavegur and the neighboring streets such as Hverfisgata, Bankastræti, Austurstræti, Hafnarstræti and to some extent Naustin. The music ranges from goth and punk tunes to the ‘80s and trance.
As none of the bars charge entry fees, bar hopping all through the night is a tradition in Reykjavik known as “runtur” by the locals. The city is also renowned for hosting the “Secret Solstice Festival” where you can party to top musicians enjoying three days of continuous sunshine.
Please note that entry fees may be charged if there is a live band playing or something special going on.
There are several cafés that turn into bars and dance venues as the night goes on and alcoholic beverages flow.
Most people in Reykjavik are harmless and friendly and the streets are perfectly safe late at night, even when you are alone.
Goa – India
Goa, the smallest Indian state, has become the most exciting nightlife destination in the country by far. The exciting EDM party scene in Goa has led to the creation of its own style of music called the “Goa Trance” and parties here are known to last for days together on the streets and beaches of this lovely Indian city on the Malabar coast.
Goa is ideal for hardcore partying with a great mix of people from different continents at beach-side bonfire-barbeque nights, in addition to a host of activities you can indulge in while in this friendly city.
Let’s take a look at some of the top party and rave spots in Goa.
Psy Trance Parties Hotspots
- Hilltop, Vagator
- Shiva Valley, South Anjuna Beach
- Curlies, South Anjuna Beach
Best Places for Techno Parties
- Waters, Vagator
- Chronicle, Vagator
Top spots for Commercial Parties
- Club Cubana, Arpora
- Tito’s Lane, Baga
- LPK, Nerul
The Leopard Valley is a sprawling open-air nightclub and party venue located between Palolem and Angoda. Since its opening in 2013, it has built itself the reputation of being South Goa’s biggest and best nightlife spot. Parties happen most Friday nights in season with international DJs playing EDM
Underground Parties and Raves
Want to attend some of the most exciting “hush-hush” underground parties and all night beach raves in Goa?
Well, most of them take place in the Vagator, Anjuna and Chapora areas with some happening in Morjim and by the lake in Arambol.
Look out for the posters and flyers advertising such events; ask around or check out Facebook groups like Whats Up Goa, Goa Parties, and others to find out about upcoming parties and raves in the underground scene.
Nissi Beach – Cyprus
It is the ideal summer getaway with beach parties, foam parties, catwalks, and celebrity DJs churning out some fantastic beats. The crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean make a perfect backdrop for the raging parties the place is known for. As a matter of fact, the water is so clean all along the 500-meter-strecth of the beach that it has been awarded the Blue Flag designation by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Istanbul – Turkey
With over 15 million inhabitants and 10 million tourists annually, Istanbul is a huge, sprawling metropolis with several city centers. Hence, entertainment and nightlife are not just restricted to one particular area. The city boasts several party destinations including numerous bars, nightclubs, and discos.
Here are some of the party destinations in the city that are rated among the top by locals.
Anjelique – The nightclub is located on the top floor of this three-story mansion on the Bosphorus shore offering a fantastic view, broad food variety, excellent music, cocktails and a trendy vibrant ambiance.
- Address: Muallim Naci cad. Salhane Sok. No:5 Ortaköy
- Telephone: +90 212 327 28 44 – 45
- Website: www.anjelique.com.tr
Sortie – Also located by the Bosphorus, Sortie boasts six restaurants and three bars open from 6 pm until 4 am – a great place to relax and have fun all through the night.
- Address: 141 Muallim Naci caddesi Kuruçeşme Ortaköy
- Telephone: +90 212 327 85 85
- Website: www.sortie.com.tr
Blackk – Comprising a Resto-Lounge, Club, and Levendiz Greek Tavern, Blackk is another fine nightlife and party destination in this Turkish city.
- Address: Muallim Naci Cad. No:71 Ortaköy
- Telephone: +90 212 236 72 56
- Website: www.blackk.net
SuAda – The SuAda nightclub is located on an island in the Bosphorus about 165 meters away from the European shore in Kuruçeşme. A top notch venue in Istanbul known for hosting glamorous events, the SuAda houses a nightclub, six fine restaurants, and a pool.
- Address: free (15 min.) boat trip from the Kuruçeşme shore.
- Telephone: +90 212 263 73 00/33
- Website: www.suadaclub.com.tr
Al Jamal – Al Jamal offers a great view of the Bosphorus, interior harem-like design, Middle Eastern style food and a mixture of oriental and western music and belly dancing shows.
- Address: Taşkışla Cad. No:3 Maçka Demokrasi Parkı içi
- Telephone: +90 212 231 03 56
- Website: www.capamarka.com.tr
Babylon Bomonti – It features a large variety of music, including jazz, reggae, world music, electronic, Latin or Turkish vibes as well as indie pop and rock acts. Food is not available here but the place has a good watering hole for the thirsty.
- Address: Bomonti Bira Fabrikası, Birahane Sokak No:1 Bomonti, Şişli
- Telephone: +90 212 334 01 00
- Website: www.babylon.com.tr/en/
Living Indigo – Indigo is known for its spectacular light shows, state-of-the-art sound system, and an awesome projection system creating a mind-blowing visual experience – a great place to enjoy live music.
- Address: Istiklal Cad. Akarsu Sk. No:1-2-4-5, Beyoğlu
- Telephone: +90 212 244 85 67
- Website: www.livingindigo.com
Wan-na – A super escape-joint offering Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese which opens at 5 p.m. You may want to experience the after dinner bar ambiance, various cocktails and music, especially with “Wan-na Friday Parties” that host world famous DJs.
- Address: Kanyon AKM, Büyükdere Cad. No. 206, Levent
- Telephone: +90 212 353 11 80
- Website: www.wannarestaurant.com
360 –The venue is located in a penthouse of a 19th-century apartment building with 360 degrees fascinating landscape views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. The place expresses itself with four elements: cuisine, design, entertainment, and atmosphere. The club comes alive on the weekends, offering DJs and vocalists with live dancers and performances, and non-stop partying until the early morning hours.
- Address: İstiklal Caddesi Mısır Apt. Kat 8 No:311 Beyoğlu
- Telephone: +90 212 251 1042-43
- Website: 360istanbul.com
Jolly Joker Balans – Designed especially for live performers, the Jolly Joker Balans is a great place for live music addicts. It is a good opportunity to experience Turkish rock, alternative and pop music from senior and fresh popular bands and singers.
- Address: İstiklal Cad. Balo Sok. No: 22 Beyoğlu
- Telephone: 0212 251 7020
- Website: www.jjistanbul.com