The World’s Best Nightlife, Ranked by Closing Time
The City That Never Sleeps? Not so much.
Which city has the wildest parties? Where can you dance until dawn? Where in the world should you visit if you want to stay out late late late?
A new study has the answers to all of the above.
Traveloka compiled a whole lot of data from TripAdvisor’s ‘Nightlife’ category to rank cities by average closing time of bars and clubs - and the results might surprise you.
For example, The City That Never Sleeps apparently lives up to its nickname - because New York City is actually only number 4 on the list, with an average ‘lights out’ time of 2:20am.
Which destinations beat the Big Apple? Athens, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur take first, second and third place, actually - with closing times of 2:56am, 2:52am, and 2:23am respectively. Yes, on average you can stay out a whole 3 minutes later in KL than NYC.
As for the other end of the scale, it’s England’s very own London town that takes last place, with an average of just 12:09am. Ouch.
To put that into perspective, the study shows that 25% of bars in top-of-the-list Athens stay open until 5am, while only 2% of those in London do the same.
See the full list below - or here - and plan your next holiday accordingly, yeah?
Kuala Lumpur: 02:23am
New York City: 02:20am
Rio de Janeiro: 02:10am
Buenos Aires: 01:56am
Phnom Penh: 01:30am
Ho Chi Minh City: 1:07am
By Lizzie Cox