You can have fun anywhere—all you need is a bottle and some good music. That being said, sometimes it’s nice to situate yourself in a place that welcomes a party. If what you're looking for in your next weekend adventure or New Year's Eve celebration is a combination of thumping beats, big crowds, and very late “last calls,” we suggest hitting up one of these celebration-ready cities.
Sure, Florida is filled with retirement homes, and swarms of families heading to Disney World. But between those two ends of the spectrum there are a few cities for those who stay up past 9 p.m. In fact, Miami is one of the wildest cities in the country. There’s a reason why people like the Kardashians and the cast of Jersey Shore are attracted to “America’s Riviera.” If your idea of the perfect night out includes plush lounges, chic nightclubs, scantily-clad women, and expensive cocktails, head to Miami’s South Beach neighborhood.
Hot Spot: Hyde Beach, South Beach
In no other city can you find revelry in a hotel lobby and a nightclub inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Seriously, if you are looking to escape the ruckus for a weekend, Las Vegas is not the place to go. Home to the most innovative nightclubs, the most famous DJs, and of course the country’s best casinos, Las Vegas is a party animal’s playground. Off the Strip, the party continues on Fremont Street.
Hot Spot: The Light at Mandalay Bay
New Orleans has more bars per capita than any other American city, and Mardi Gras isn't the only time of year when the locals get a little rowdy. The rabble-rousing goes on all year in this vibrant southern city. One of the wildest streets in the country, Bourbon Street is home to authentic local bars and unique live music. But the reason we love this city is because the nighttime activities aren’t limited to the famed Bourbon Street. Visitors can find fun neighborhood joints on Frenchman Street as well.
Hot Spot: The Spotted Cat Music Club, Frenchman Street
Not sure what kind of night you’re after? Not a problem. New York City has the widest variety of nightlife in the U.S. Within one block you can hop from a live music venue, to a bumping nightclub, to a hole-in-the-wall dive bar. There's no specific spot to let loose in NYC because the city itself is one giant party. Don't expect to get any sleep.
Hot Spot: Hotel Chantelle, Lower East Side
While Hawaii is known for its relaxing and romantic atmosphere, in bustling Honolulu the locals really know how to live it up. Whether you want to drink in a hut on the beach, dance amongst hordes of visitors and locals in Downtown Honolulu’s hot clubs, or listen to live music in Chinatown’s underground venues, you’ll be surprised by how much the city livens up after the couples and kids turn in. Be sure to check out Kaka‘ako, the up-and-coming neighborhood that's home to the city’s newest and most unique lounges and bars.
Hot Spot: Addiction Nightclub at the Modern Honolulu
Nightlife is not limited to loud dance clubs and pricey drinks. There’s nothing like quality live music to amp people up, and Nashville has some of the best venues in the U.S.—and we promise, it's not all country music. Pop into any of the bars on Broadway in the 12South area for some of the country’s best beer, friendliest locals, and talented musicians.
Hot Spot: Robert’s Western World
Chicago's known for pizza and Kanye West, but its nightlife should not be underestimated. From underground clubs to rooftop lounges, fun can be found in surprising places in the Windy City.
Hot Spot: Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
If your ideal night out is littered with celebrities, you should be partying in Los Angeles. At first glance, this city’s nightlife seems like any other, if not less exciting; wild clubs, expensive drinks, fancy clothes—but a 2 a.m. curfew. If you look closely, though, you might spot a few famous faces amongst the crowd. This is what makes the Los Angeles scene unique and desirable: Whether you’re at a dive bar or a hot new lounge, you can easily rub elbows with the rich and famous.
Hot Spot: The Standard Hotel
The live music trend continues in this laid-back Texas city. Mix that with a bustling university, shake it up, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a party town. To get a taste of the “Live Music Capital of the World,” head to 6th street or SoCo. For those of you missing your college drinking days, a bro weekend in Austin is just what the doctor ordered.
Hot Spot: Continental Club, SoCo
When a city doesn't start livening up until 11 p.m. you know it’s going to be a good night. Still, you'll spot plenty of day drinking in San Juan; it seems like the city's motto is “It’s 5 ‘o clock somewhere,” which means it’s never too early for a little Don Q. San Juan is littered with all-inclusive resorts that are actually home to some great clubs and casinos, making it possible to have an amazing stay without leaving your hotel. Stumble back to your room, sleep it off, and be ready to hit the beach the next day (or a few hours later, depending on what time you end the night).
Hot Spot: El San Juan Hotel: Club Brava and The Lobby