The top 15 best party places to enjoy nightlife around the world
Enjoy our list of the 15 best party places around the world! These places have some of the best nightlife, and they all have Worldpackers work exchanges where you can work for accommodation to save money while traveling.
If you love traveling and partying, this article is for you! Enjoying the nightlife is a huge part of traveling to a new city. You get to sample different cuisines and drinks, mingle with locals and other travelers, and enjoy local music and dancing.
There are so many incredible cities around the world for partying, and this article will summarize some of the best ones!
Read on to find out more about 15 of the best party places around the world. From Barcelona to Las Vegas to Tokyo and more, there are some super fun party destinations to check out while traveling.
Because partying can often put a dent in your wallet, we’ll also recommend some Worldpackers work exchanges for each party city. These opportunities allow you to work in exchange for accommodation, so you can save money while traveling.
Most of the work exchanges are in hostels, which are the perfect places to stay if you love to party. You’ll meet lots of people and get to work in tasks such as reception, tour guiding, bartending, and videography.
If you want a more mellow work exchange to balance out your wild nights, there are some more laid-back opportunities listed as well such as volunteering with a local business or doing a homestay.
As far as cities go, few are more famous than New York City. With multiple boroughs, a multitude of local and international businesses, and all-night party spots, NYC has earned its title of “The City That Never Sleeps”.
From swanky rooftop bars, to bottle-service-only dance clubs, to all-night diners and bodegas, New York City has it all.
Hostel: Work in cleaning, housekeeping, and reception in exchange for a free stay
Hostel: Located in downtown Manhattan, this centrally located hostel needs help in reception, administration, and housekeeping
Located at the end of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is a gorgeous tropical destination with warm turquoise waters, stunning beaches, and of course, lots of incredible culture and nightlife.
Cancun is super popular among young travelers and college kids on spring break. With an abundance of international guests looking for a good time, the party scene in Cancun is unbelievable. Pair tropical weather with fun bars and clubs, and you’ll never want to leave!
Hostel: Work while you party! This hostel needs a videographer and/or photographer to capture the epic parties
Homestay: Stay in a local home and help out with daily tasks. Experience the culture and enjoy partying on your days off.
The capital city of the Netherlands is one of the best party places in Europe. Whether you want to dance the night away at thumping disco clubs or laze away a few hours just vibing in a coffee shop, Amsterdam has whichever you choose.
Hostel: Work for a few hours every morning to help with cleaning and breakfast, and then party afterward!
Hostel: This new hostel needs help with cleaning and setting up the rooms. You’ll have a more relaxed vibe here, which can be great for recovering after partying.
Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
Home of the famous Full Moon Party, this island in the Gulf of Thailand is one of the best places to party in the world. Come for the monthly festival to paint yourself in neon body paint, drink out of cheap cocktail buckets, and party on the beach under the Full Moon!
Even if you visit outside of the festival, Koh Pha Ngan still has lots of backpackers and therefore has plenty of cool bars and party hostels to check out.
Hostel: Work in guest relations and simple tasks to help keep your hosts and the guests happy.
Hostel: Volunteer at an exciting party hostel! If you never want the party to end, work the night shift here and enjoy constant fun.
Known for having some of the best nightlife in Europe, Berlin is another one of the best party spots. Germany’s capital city is packed with bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, pubs, and more. Drinks and cover fees are much more affordable in Berlin than in other places in Europe, though many people flock to Berlin for its famous, exclusive nightclubs.
Hostel: Stay in Berlin for free by helping this hostel with cleaning and working the night shift
Activist Community: For a unique experience outside of hostels, help this activist community with special projects, cleaning, and gardening. It is located in Forst Lausitz, just over an hour from Berlin.
Las Vegas, USA
Vegas, Baby! One of the best party cities in the USA is Las Vegas, Nevada. Though Las Vegas is surrounded by the Mojave Desert, nothing can stop the excitement here. The famous Las Vegas Strip is lined with bars, restaurants, clubs, and fancy hotels and casinos.
With plenty of live entertainment, things to see and do, and a constant kaleidoscope of lights, colors, and sounds, there is no wonder why the spot is nicknamed “Sin City”.
Hostel: Stay in the heart of Vegas for free in exchange for cleaning and housekeeping at this fun hostel!
Hostel: Work in reception in the afternoons for about 25 hours per week. Head out with your fellow guests and coworkers in the evenings.
Bali is the most famous island in Indonesia. Backpackers and travelers flock here from all over the world to surf, sunbathe, explore, and party.
Bali is one of the best party places in the world. It is super cheap, has gorgeous weather and beaches, and has lots of young travelers ready to party. Canggu is a particularly good area for partying in Bali.
Hostel: Help the owners out with childcare and enjoy Tel Aviv in your free time!
Hostel: Volunteer your social media, photography, and videography skills.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
One of South America’s most exciting cities is Rio De Janeiro. This city has some of the best nightlife in the world, with countless bars and clubs open every night.
Lapa is the nightlife hub of the city, where you can even find a massive street party every weekend.
But Rio De Janeiro is most famous for Carnival, the biggest carnival in the world. Hosted every year in Spring, locals and visitors wear extravagant costumes and take to the streets for one of the best parties in the world.
Hostel: Stay at this hostel for free and teach English to the locals.
Hostel: Put your outgoing personality to use and volunteer as a tour guide and party promoter.
A whirlwind for the senses, Tokyo is one of the best party places in Asia. This ultra-modern capital city of Japan has nonstop entertainment. There are tons of classic clubs and bars, but Tokyo is also known for its karaoke bars, themed restaurants, arcades, and more.
Hostel: Test out your bartending skills at this hostel!
Hostel: Help out with decorating, painting, housekeeping, and cleaning at this local hostel.
New Orleans, USA
Last but not least on our list of the best party places is New Orleans. The heart and soul of this Louisiana city is Bourbon Street, and rustic and lively strip lined with cafes, bars, clubs, shops, and more. The party never stops on Bourbon Street!
New Orleans is also an affordable city for partying, and it’s one of the best places for bachelorette parties in the USA.
Hello! I am a 25 year old from the USA with a knack for traveling on a budget. I fell in love with traveling while studying in Europe, and that love grew even more when I started volunteering abroad in South America. Since then, I've worked odd jobs and volunteered all over the globe while cultivating passions for hiking, wildlife photography, food, wine, animals, permaculture, and more!