CNN Travel rates this South African city as one of the best party capitals in the world

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The definition of what a party capital is may vary from continent to continent, but there are a few truths that remain universal. According to CNN Travel, a superior party city is fun-oriented. The locals like to have a good time, and the nightlife scene is joyous and raucous. There needs to be a diversity of entertainment to cater to all walks of life, “ten clubs spinning the same techno beats is hardly revolutionary.”

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And it should be unique. Whether it’s Rio’s botecos or Berlin’s infamous clubs, every city on this list champions its individuality. CNN Travel scoured the globe to find the world’s best party cities, from Bangkok to Tel Aviv. And whether you’re a dance-’til-sunrise type or prefer whiling away the hours at a hidden bar, there’s something for everyone on this travel list. In no particular order, here are CNN Travel’s top picks.

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The capital of Thailand delights every sense, from its beautiful temples to its unforgettable roadside eateries. So it makes sense that the nightlife here is not a one-trick pony. Visitors can explore and discover new experiences from culture to food, local lifestyle and entertainment. One of the most popular and photogenic areas for nightlife is the Soi Nana district in Chinatown. It’s full of converted houses that have been transformed into cosy bars with fun, yet relaxing vibes. Bangkok, in general, is known for its robust bar scene. Seven establishments in the city made it onto the coveted list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2019, including Thailand’s highest ever entry, Bamboo Bar, which ranked No. 8. Those looking for dancing should make a beeline for the Thonglor district in Sukhumvit, where clubs and performing venues offer everything from karaoke to thumping EDM music.


As any student studying abroad can tell you, Barcelona’s nightlife stands out for its sheer longevity. By that, we mean they take partying until dawn quite literally. Of course, in a city where locals don’t sit down to dinner until 9 or 10 p.m., it’s little wonder that the club scene is still vibrant well into the middle of the night. The climate along Spain’s Mediterranean coast also means that Barcelonés can take advantage of outdoor revelry nearly year-round, so expect plenty of partying on terraces or rooftops. The night scene is mainly divided into two areas, the uptown area includes the famous Aribau and Tuset streets, full of bars and emblematic clubs such as Sutton and Bling Bling. Then, there’s the Ciutat Vella district, where popular clubs such as Sala Apolo and Razzmatazz are located. The city is also a hub for music festivals, such as Primavera Sound, Sonar, Tomorrowland and DGTL, which attract artists such as Miley Cyrus and the Killers.


No matter the time of day in Beirut, chances are, there’s a party happening somewhere. The Lebanese people’s love for life, complemented by Beirut’s wide offerings of trendy clubs and bars, makes Beirut’s party scene so unique. There’s is always a party somewhere – starting from brunch and beach parties, then to sunset, and then to the early morning hours, partygoers of all ages — with different tastes in music, food, and ambience are all catered to. The Beirut waterfront, littered with popular clubs and rooftop bars, maybe the city’s most popular party destination.


In Berlin, every day is a party. Whether you’re looking to go dancing on a Sunday afternoon or have a big night out on the weekend, you’ll have a choice of at least 10 clubs. The Kreuzberg area is ground zero for exploring the scene: The neighbourhood is special because it is so diverse; you can find a great mix of cultural influences and endless types of restaurants and bars. And of course, all diehard clubbers will want to make a pilgrimage to Berghain, which is as famous for its music as for its strict door policy.

Cape Town

With such beautiful surroundings, it’s no surprise that Cape Gown partying often happens outdoors. You don’t have to be constrained to a bar or club. Popular festivals include Afrika Burn (South Africa’s answer to Burning Man) and Rocking the Daisies, which is one of the largest outdoor music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. Many Capetonians also love to party in the Cape Winelands, where estates and farms surrounding the city host lively events.


Las Vegas

The glittering lights of the Strip offer a party experience for nearly every type of guest. If there is any city in the world synonymous with partying, it’s Las Vegas. But the scene here is more multifaceted than many give it credit for. Few places in the world can boast the high concentration of world-class restaurants, entertainment and nightclubs in such a short distance from one another. The combination of high-quality choices and convenience is a magnet for revellers around the world. While the glittering lights of the Strip offer a party experience for nearly every type of guest, there are a few particularly buzzy spots. The Cosmopolitan, Park MGM, Wynn, and Palms are topping the lists of what’s hot right now while Downtown Las Vegas and Chinatown are quickly emerging as must-see destinations.

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It’s got everything, all under a blazing sun and next to the ocean. What also sets Miami apart is how seriously the city takes its nightlife.  South Beach still reigns supreme as the city’s party capital, with clubs that keep the music going at all hours of the day. On any given night you’ll see some of the world’s biggest athletes, most celebrities or gorgeous models, mixed in with billionaires and anyone else who wants a peek into that lifestyle at one of the many premium nightclubs. Neighbourhoods such as Wynwood (known for its graffiti walls), Downtown and Brickell are also starting to attract crowds.

New York City

From the all-night madness of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve ball drop to Fashion Week’s most exclusive fetes, New York may be best known for its parties that revolve around its world-famous events. But the City That Never Sleeps also offers a diversity of entertainment for any type of reveller. New York’s variety makes it a world-class party city. Those looking for a good time in the Big Apple can choose anything from Afro-Latin beats at Bembe in Williamsburg, speakeasies like Employees Only in the West Village, the uninhibited neon circus vibes of the House of Yes in Bushwick, the opulence of the Top of the Standard in the Meatpacking District, to the hard-hitting beats of warehouse-like Good Room in Greenpoint.

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