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Nightlife

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Nightlife includes bars, lounges, nightclubs, and party events.

Venues[edit]

  • A hotel bar is usually an upscale, rather quiet, venue for drinks. They might be overpriced.
  • A dive bar is a derogatory term for a low-end bar, usually filled up by locals. These places might be a challenging but rewarding place for travellers.
  • A sport bar displays sport events on TV screens.
  • A nightclub is usually focused on dance and music.
  • A disco (some overlap with nightclubs exists) can range from a rather exclusive affair where only a select few get past the bumper and fewer still can afford the drinks to rather run down places in rural areas

Do[edit]

Talk[edit]

As bars and nightclubs are often frequented by younger, more globalized people, they are usually among the best places to find English-speakers. Don't expect too deep conversations late at night, though.

Buy[edit]

The revenue model of nightlife differs a lot between countries and venues. While some venues have a high cover charge (paid at entrance or at exit) others might be touted through discounts for newcomers. Some offer free entry but charge an arm and a leg for beverages.

Certain clubs sell costly membership cards, for a discount at subsequent visits.

Drink[edit]

While alcoholic beverages are one of the main attractions of nightclubs, each drink is usually more costly than the same drink at a restaurant.

Destinations[edit]

While the nightlife scene generally grows with city size, and most megacities and capitals have some decent nightclubs, a few destinations stand out for attracting, or deserving, party tourists from around the world.

Asia[edit]

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates; together with Abu Dhabi the most liberal and cosmopolitan of the seven Emirates, and arguably in the Arab world.
  • Hong Kong
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Tel Aviv is often considered the party capital of Israel
  • Tokyo, Japan

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Australia & Oceania[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Nightlife can involve some risks. In addition to drunk brawls and opportunistic thieves preying on drunk patrons, this is where a traveller might encounter organized crime.

  • Clip joints are venues that prey on ignorant travellers.

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