Living in a generation of risk takers, rule breakers and ‘bucket list’ makers, we’re seeing a huge rise in people making lists of places to visit and things to do, before they reach a certain age. Therefore we’ve teamed up with stag and hen experts, Last Night Of Freedom to put together top recommendations of party destinations to tick off, before you hit the big 3-0.
Alcohol prices in and around the quirky, hipster ‘ruin bars’ of Budapest are at an all time low. This spectacular city may have the Szechenyi Thermal Baths – the largest medicinal bath in Europe – a globally-renowned nightlife and fabulous shopping districts, but it is also, officially, the cheapest location in Europe for booze. It’s no surprise it’s one of our top party destinations, really, is it?
Whilst drinks may take up a large portion of the kitty in the UK, you can sip cosmos and mojitos from 1361.36 HUF (£3.70 in Blighty), or go straight to the beer or wine at 327.73 HUF (91p).
With beautiful beaches and a picturesque port, the sheer splendour of Valencia makes it an easy selection for this list. Valencia’s growing reputation as a pulsating party city is thoroughly deserved. Amongst the handsome historical buildings and monuments – such as the 13th century cathedral – a large provision of bars, restaurants, salsa and flamenco venues and nightclubs are reliably filled with young, olive-skinned locals and enthusiastic foreign visitors.
With great sailing trips available, the city allegedly being the home of the best paella on the planet, and boasting an ultra-reliable Mediterranean climate, Valencia is definitely up there with destinations to tick off your list.
Decadent Dublin is gathering more and more popularity as a top choice hen dos and party goers, as the years roll on; offering retail therapy by the bucket load, some of the biggest nightlife zones in Europe (the iconic Temple Bar, we’re looking at you…) and more tourist attractions than you can shake a stick at – it’s no surprise why. From the tourist heavy Temple Bar, to the alternative, hipster Wexford Street, to the more traditional strip north of the River Liffey – the homeland of Guinness and whiskey never sounded so good.
The Dutch capital of debauchery is filled with far more than just tulips, clogs and windmills – the 24-hour party city boasts a relaxed ‘café culture’ by day, and by night morphs into an inhibition lacking, nocturnal playground. Amsterdam’s nightlife scene is unrivalled – with many unique, quirky and lively bars and clubs open ‘til the early hours. And, of course, it goes without saying that the illustrious Red Light District is a big draw for inquisitive visitors. The average drink will only get you back the equivalent of £2.30 average pint, fuelling those parties through the night.
For a true VIP experience, it’s all about marvellous Marbs. The sun-bleached Mecca of the Costa del Sol, is classy, glamorous and fun. From its palm-lined boulevards and pedalo-populated shorelines, to its sumptuous, softly-lit restaurants and chic cocktail clubs – it’s a magnet for the rich and famous. As it’s pretty pricey, a blow-out trip to Marbella is probably only going to happen once in your life time, so make sure you do it properly. Get yourselves a glamorous white bed in one of the top beach clubs, or maybe even go the whole hog and get yourselves to a Champagne spray party.