Off the beaten track: unique places for nightlife in Europe*

Nightlife in Europe

Europe is home to plenty of amazing and unusual places to party

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Whether you’re bored of clubbing in your hometown, or you’re looking for somewhere cool to dance the night away on your travels, there are plenty of unusual nightlife destinations in Europe that you might not have heard of. Sure, Ibiza is at the top of everyone’s list, but it’s possible to have equally as much fun in some of these lesser-known hotspots. From partying on a floating dancefloor, to living it up at a celebrity poolside party, these destinations will be top of your bucket list once you see the fun that’s on offer.

Hamburg, Germany

When you think of great nightlife in Germany it’s usually Berlin that tends to take all of the credit, but it’s actually Hamburg that has recently been bestowed with the title of the best place in the world for a night out. Catering to every taste, from electronic music and dancefloor jazz, to rock and alternative music, there truly is something here for everyone. Head to the kilometre-long Reeperbahn to start off your evening with a few drinks, before making your way to Sternschanze, a trendy and alternative part of town featuring clubs such as Kulturhaus 73, Grüner Jäger and the Uebel & Gefährlich, which happens to be located in an underground bunker.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The twinkling capital of Slovenia is stunning by day but as soon as night falls, the city comes alive with dancing, music and entertainment. Known as the city that never sleeps, the nightlife here ranges from rock concerts and techno nightclubs to live festivals and relaxed jazz bars. Fans of live music will love the famous Čin Čin (Chin Chin), which boasts an impressive selection of drinks, while Pritlicje Bar is a unique gallery filled with comic books that you can peruse to the sounds of urban electronic music.

Crowd in a club partying

Ibiza is not the only hotspot in Europe for a great night out

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St. Julian’s, Malta

People often head to Malta for the rich culture, ancient ruins and gorgeous climate, but the stunning seaside town of St. Julian’s is also home to some of the best nightlife this side of Ibiza. Trendy nightclubs such as Havana, Sky Club, Plush and Shadow Lounge draw large crowds, so expect to be surrounded by partygoers who are looking to paint the town red! For a super elegant and classy experience, check out some of the many places to eat and drink in St. Julian’s, before heading to Level 22 where you can take in beautiful views of the area as you sample some of the tastiest cocktails in town and dance the night away.

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade might not be at the top of your list when you think of awesome places to party, but this city has got everything you can need and much more. From upmarket cocktail joints to VIP dance halls, partying in Belgrade is an experience you won’t forget. The floating river clubs, such as Club 94 and Club Lasta are super cool places to find great music while enjoying views over the river. To get a sample of the high life, head to Hot Mess where a number of celebrities have been spotted hanging around the pool, or check out the most iconic club in Belgrade – Freestyler. In the winter Freestyler can be found in Beton Hala (Concrete Hall), while in the summer it is a floating club located on the Sava river along with the other popular nightclubs.

Prague, Czech Republic

Known for its beautiful architecture and mouth-watering cuisine, Prague is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. It is super popular with stag and hen parties due to its wild nightlife, but don’t let that put you off. If you scratch the surface, there is a diverse and vibrant scene featuring everything from secret jazz bars and trendy techno clubs, to cosy taverns and luxurious cocktail lounges. There are lots of must-do things that you should put on your list when you visit Prague, but be sure to head to Balcony Bar for amazing views as you sample the local drinks, before going to one of the world-renowned nightclubs such as Chapeau Rouge, Prah Club, EPIC Prague or OneClub.

Now you just need to work out which one to visit first – bottoms up!

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