Don't Stop The Party
Selling World Travel|September-October 2016

From the nightclubs of Seoul to the ruin bars of Budapest, here’s our ultimate guide to partying across the world, one pub at a time.

Harini Sriram

Everybody loves a good party. And one of the upsides of travelling and exploring nightlife is that it opens you up to a whole gamut of experiences, whether it’s dancing like no one’s watching in a crowded nightclub or catching your favourite band live halfway across the globe. If nothing, they make for great stories, if you happen to remember them, that is. So, let the good times roll with our list of hand-picked party destinations—rub shoulders with the uber rich at Dubai’s swanky bars, hit the dance floor in Amsterdam’s clubs, party Gangnam-style in South Korea, be all hipster and cool at Berlin’s underground pubs or soak in some beach side revelry on a Greek island.

NEW ORLEANS, USA

The birthplace of jazz is one big party spot. Mardi Gras is a case in point; colourful parades fill the city for two months starting from January, and the celebrations go on until the end of February with unparalleled revelry. And if you missed it, you can still soak in the groovy vibe of New Orleans, where you’re never far away from a jazz bar. There’s music all around you, and bars here are not merely watering holes, but institutions in their own right. Such as Maple Leaf Bar which hosts The Rebirth Brass Band, among the most acclaimed brass bands from the region; Bruce Springsteen has dropped in here for impromptu performances, and Beyoncé and Jay Z even recorded a song here.

Checklist If you’re in the mood for dancing, go to Republic; for great cocktails, check out Antoine’s Restaurant and Napoleon House, and if you dig old school jazz, don’t miss Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub and Spotted Cat Music Club.

DUBAI, UAE

Let’s get this straight: partying in Dubai is not cheap. The emirate’s glamorous bars are frequented by the rich and the famous, and it’s not uncommon to catch wild parties at dizzying rooftop bars with top-billed DJs spinning their latest hits. Dubai’s chic bars cater largely to the expat crowd, and they are decidedly decadent. Take People By Crystal, for instance. This sophisticated nightclub in Raffles Dubai has a killer sound system and an unbeatable location— right on top of the pyramid-shaped hotel overlooking downtown Dubai. Head to 360 degree in Jumeirah Beach Hotel for stunning views and brilliant DJ nights; for unparalleled luxury, there’s the stylish Armani in Burj Khalifa.

Checklist Chi@The Lodge remains a hot favourite; bump into celebs at Buddha Bar, and for an unpretentious evening filled with great drinks and music, Rock Bottom Café is your best bet.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

In Barcelona, the nights kick in late, and its bars don’t start filling up until around 1 am, especially if it’s a weekend. The city clearly never sleeps, and its trendy bars make sure you’re having a good time all night long. While, like the rest of Europe, electronic music dominates the scene here, there’s also a strong indie undercurrent in Barcelona’s pubs. And nowhere is it more prominent than at Magic Club, a hipster space that spins some great indie rock tunes complete with a retro vibe. But if you want to bounce and party with the city’s hip and the young, look no further than Razzmatazz and Sala Apolo.

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