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Bit of an animal? 25 places to go partying before you die

How many of these can you tick off your list?

EVERY TRUE PARTY animal should have a party bucket list. You never really know somewhere until you’ve gone out there, right? That’s the rule by which any true craic hound lives by.

In honour of that theory, here’s a list of 25 places every partyer will should let loose in at least once.

From the yachts of Saint Tropez to the raucous clubs of Ibiza and Las Vegas, these destinations will give you a party you will never forget.

Austin, USA

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With a slogan like “Keep Austin Weird,” you can expect to find a diverse crowd of young musicians, artists, and tech and business folks traveling across the city’s many bars.

For an epic bar crawl, start on Sixth Street and make your way west through the city’s eclectic bars, seeing lots of live music along the way.

Bali, Indonesia

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Known for its prime surf waves, Kuta Beach is the top party spot in Bali, Indonesia. Hit the busy streets, late-night parties, and beach raves with thousands of backpackers and locals who flock to the Southeast Asian party circuit.

This is a great destination if you’re looking to party on a budget as cheap drinks are their specialty.

Barcelona, Spain

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If you’re looking to party hard on a small budget, Barcelona is your place. Check out Espit Chupitos, a bar dedicated to producing quirky shots like the Harry Potter that are all only €2.

After partying all night in the city’s clubs, spend the day at the beach, where crowds of clubbers take to the sands to continue the dancing.

Belgrade, Serbia

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Lonely Planet listed Belgrade, Serbia, one of the top 10 party cities in the world thanks to its eclectic Skadarlika bar district and summer river clubs, where you can party on the Sava and Danube Rivers.

Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

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Every serious partygoer knows about the epic Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.

The week-long festival is home to some of the most bizarre costumes, performances, and tents, where people mingle and party together all day and night in the middle of the desert.

Burning Man usually takes place in August or September.

Berlin, Germany

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Berlin is world-famous for its incredible nightlife scene, from its underground techno clubs to its rock and alternative venues.

No matter what time you arrive, you can always find a party happening, with the scene going all night long.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Called a “relentless, free-form party monster” by Rolling Stone, Distortion is a one-of-a-kind festival in Copenhagen that celebrates the city’s underground music and art scene.

The four-day festival, which takes place in June, comprises huge street parties, music, and a never-ending supply of Danish beer.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Last year, Dubai set the record for the biggest fireworks display during its 2014 New Year’s Eve party.

Millions of visitors come to Dubai during New Year’s Eve every year to see the incredible fireworks displays around the city. The Meydan racecourse and hotel complex hosts an epic New Year’s Eve party that lasts until 5 pm the next day.

Goa, India

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Goa has such a crazy dance music party scene that it has created its own style of dance music called Goa trance.

Parties in Goa can last for days, with partyers dancing all day and night on the city’s bustling streets and beaches. Palolem Beach is one of the hottest spots for raving.

Amid its wild parties, Goa is known for hosting some of the world’s largest silent discos.

Ibiza, Spain

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Ibiza has become known as the world’s party capital. The Mediterranean city is known for its raucous nightlife in Ibiza Town on the southern shore and Sant Antoni to the West.

Top DJs flock here from all over the world to play at the island’s hottest clubs, including Privilege, the largest club in the world, and Amnesia, famous for its foam parties.

Parties rarely stop before 6 a.m. and most clubs stay open as late as 8 am.

Istanbul, Turkey

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Turkey’s hippest and most populated city, Istanbul is known for the wild shenanigans that take place in its famous Taksim Square.

It is home to one of the most diverse populations, where Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, and Asians travel to experience some of the world’s hottest nightclubs.

Turkey, Ko Phangan

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Thailand’s Full Moon Party takes places across several cities throughout the year, but Koh Phangan is hailed as one of the most memorable.

Once a month, when there’s a full moon, partyers converge on the small Thai island to drink, dance, and jump the famed rope of fire.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is nicknamed Sin City for a reason. Here, you can start the day partying at one of the major pool parties and eventually make your way to the clubs. Oh, and there’s some wagers to be placed if you’re into that kind of thing.

Milan, Italy

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Known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan isn’t necessarily the first place you’d think of to go partying, but the posh environment offers a Miami-style clubbing scene. There are tons of trendy bars around the city.

Plus, every night of Milan’s fashion week, you’ll find after parties happening throughout the city. Dress to impress here.

Munich, Germany

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Oktoberfest in Munich is a can’t-miss celebration. The 16-day festival attracts more than 6 million people from around the world and has some of the best beer and German food.

Indulge in pints and pints of German beer while wearing a traditional Dirndl or Lederhosen. The festival usually takes place in late September to early October.

Mykonos, Greece

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Mykonos may be a small Greek island, but it’s got a larger-than-life party scene.

Every day, parties start on the beaches in the mid-afternoon and go until the next morning. Super Paradise beach is one of the best places to party, but there are also dozens of clubs and bars around the island.

There’s a huge gay party scene here too.

New York City, United States

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New York is booming with energy morning, noon, and night.

There’s a reason it’s called “the city that never sleeps,” after all.

Here, clubs are typically open until 4 or 5 in the morning, there are 24-hour restaurants where you can grab a bite afterward, and the city’s public transportation makes spontaneous partying easy.

Pag, Croatia

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Croatia is a prime spot for low-cost partying, and the island of Pag is no exception. The small island has become the Ibiza of Croatia as the new hotspot for pool and beach party lovers.

Club Papaya is the place to be in summer, when waist-deep pools and DJs keep you refreshed and partying on.

Reykjavik, Iceland


In Reykjavik you’ll find a big nightlife scene with a small-town feel, where you see everything from goths and punks to ’80s-music lovers and trance fans.

Prime for bar-hopping, Reykjavik has the tradition of the “runtur,” or round tour, where you cruise from bar to bar throughout the night.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Brazil’s Carnival is considered the most famous, and Rio de Janeiro is home to the largest Carnival celebration in the country.

During Carnival, which takes place before Easter, hundreds of bands descend on the city, women don outrageous costumes, revelers party in the streets and beaches, while groups compete for the most extravagant floats and costumes in the Sambadrome parade.

Saint Tropez, France

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Located on the French Riviera, glamorous Saint Tropez is known for its famous, fabulous, and wealthy summertime guests.

The party scene here centres on private yachts and beaches, but you can also enjoy drinks on a hidden rooftop bar while overlooking the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Tel Aviv isn’t exactly New York, but the Israeli beach city has been unofficially dubbed “the city that never sleeps” for its vibrant nightlife scene.

With its beach parties and huge club scene, Tel Aviv offers around-the-clock partying. The gay-friendly city is also home to Asia’s biggest gay parade.

Tokyo, Japan

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Neon lights, jam-packed clubs, late-night massage parlors, and scandalous fetish shows make Tokyo one of the wildest party destinations in the world.

Start the night off with karaoke, a favorite for locals, and head to the futuristic-style clubs in the late-night hours.

Valparaiso, Chile

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Valparaiso is a colorful city built into the hills on the west coast of Chile.

Here, the streets are full of colorful graffiti, the homes are painted bright colors, and the bars are full of live music, original art, and patrons who want to party. Instead of ordering premixed cocktails, bartenders in Valpo serve drinks and mixtures separately.

When you order a drink, you get about 150-350ml of alcohol and a can of soda to mix as you like.

Whistler, Canada

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Whistler may be known for its amazing skiing and snowboarding, but it also has some epic après-ski parties.

After hitting the slopes during the day, you can unwind with a beer while looking out at the stunning views of the mountains. Later, sip cocktails in posh lounges or go clubbing with international DJs.

- Talia Avakian

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