Now that I have a family, my party days are long gone! But that’s ok ... because I’ve been fortunate enough to experience nightlife all over the world. The best thing is to go where the locals go, so you can really get a feel for the area. One way to do this, if you don’t know anyone local, is to ask your Facebook contacts if they have any friends or recommendations in the city that you’re going to. If that’s not possible, pick up a recent guidebook, or better yet follow local Instagrammers or bloggers to get the 411.
Here are my favorite places to go for great nightlife in the United States.
New York City
New York is, in my opinion, the best city in the world, and there’s a reason why it’s called “the city that never sleeps.” I grew up just 42 miles from the Big Apple, so I know it well. When it comes to nightlife, it really depends on what you’re looking for, because there are options for every taste, from upscale to gritty.
I now live in LA, so I have to show my home city some love! Besides, if you want to rub elbows with the stars, this is the place to do it. I’ve seen countless celebrities in bars and nightclubs in La La Land ... and even danced with a few ... although after they saw my moves, they didn’t stick around too long! Bars close in LA at 2 am, but there are usually incredible after-parties in the Hollywood hills. http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/bar-closing-time-california/
There’s a reason why so many bachelor and bachelorette parties take place in Las Vegas. It’s no doubt one of the party capitals of the world, and they’ve got everything you can imagine 24/7. Choose your hotel carefully and try not to go when there’s a big convention in town, since hotel prices will be inflated.
If you love to dance, Miami is the place to be, especially since there are lots of Latin-inspired clubs and music. What’s nice about Miami is that it’s almost always hot out, and there are a lot of vacationers there, so practically everyone is happy. In Miami Beach, bars close at 5 am, so if you have a room at a hotel like the Fontainebleau, expect not to get any sleep. The most popular time to go to Miami is during Spring Break, so plan your trip accordingly!
When you think of New Orleans, you may think of Bourbon Street first, and while there are definitely some fun bars there, there are other options, too. My favorite places are away from the French Quarter. To keep New Orleans safer, the city recently passed a law for bars to close at 3 am. Tip: Avoid the crowds during Mardi Gras by planning your visit before or after.
Bonus: When it comes to international travel, I carry my Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite Mastercard® to take advantage of no foreign transactions fees on purchases made while traveling abroad. My favorite cities for nightlife are Rio de Janeiro, London, Ibiza (in the summertime!), Berlin, Bangkok, Sydney and Amsterdam. What are yours?
If upscale nightlife is more your speed, read Natalie DiScala’s blog and see which plush venues and cities she recommends for the ultimate luxurious night out: https://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Travel-Blog/Luxury-Nightlife-Venues-in-5-Cities-Around-the-Worl...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Johnny Jet has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995, and he has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about travel deals and travel tips, everything from how to find cheap flights to earning credit card points. He has hosted a television special on The Travel Channel and was recently named one of the Forbes Top 10 Travel Influencers for 2017. He now travels the world with his wife Natalie DiScala, who writes the travel + style blog Oh! Travelissima, and their son Jack.
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