Top 12 places for partying - ranked by visitors
It’s hard to miss the enormous banana on Taweewong Road in Patong, but if you do, there’s a giant effigy of an Aztec-Thai-god, bamboo scaffolding and dangling streamers with colorful lights to mark one of the oldest places for Phuket nightlife – Banana Disco. It’s similar to other clubs with dance beats, house mixes & hip-hop, but there are a few differences. The cover charge, between 200-400 baht that includes a drink or two, also acts as a deterrent to Bangla hotties & minimizes undesirable shenanigans. The bi-level non-smoking club has a massive dance floor (ruled by a gargantuan Aztec-Thai deity), is air-conditioned and has two bars with fast service ensuring happily inebriated guests. There’s live music from 10pm to midnight, then the disco continues till 2am.
There are two purple letters: KK that remain illuminated from 11PM until 6AM on Calle de Jacinto Benavente, half a block from Paseo Marítimo Rey de España –Fuengirola’s beachfront strip with bars, clubs and restaurants. The letters stand for Karbon Klub, a name synonymous with DJ Alex Icey Walker, R&B, Hip Hop, Garage, Old Skool and House as well as top international guest DJs, live music performances such as those by Monkey Tennis, and “Phat Fridays” – a weekly feature during summer 2012. Guest highlights have included FAB Fonti & Bushkin, stars of BBC 1Xtra and F.A.B Present…on Rinse.FM, the cast of Desperate Scousewives and Pacha London’s top female DJ Lucy Stone - Bam Bo Tang.
Edinburgh city is one of the most haunted places on earth. Tourists who come to relive its spine-chilling past complete their experience at the most haunted pub in Scotland - The Banshee Labyrinth in the underground Edinburgh vaults. It’s one of the no. 1 haunted pubs in the Edinburgh underground, not only renowned for frequent hauntings but also for independent bands, whiskey & rum, and free cinema screenings of contemporary & horror classics. Their “Dine with the Dead” menu consists of items named after scary movies & fantasy-gone-wild like “Psycho” mushrooms, “The Exorcist” goat cheese or “The Headless Scotsman” haggis. Haunted weekends, and eerie weeknights in Old Town, are never the same twice in the Banshee Labyrinth chambers that haunt visitors till 3am.
Eugenio’s is unlike other clubs in the Plaza de La Nogalera Torremolinos area. From the outside it looks like a Spanish villa but it’s actually a series of opulent Greco-Latin lounges and a dance hall. The lounges have lavishly upholstered armchairs, Roman statues, draperies and a padded leather bar. The disco pulses with music, high-tech lights and has hot nightlife in Torremolinos for the ladies, with male go-go & striptease shows every Tuesday and Thursday. On Fridays it’s one of the Torremolinos bars for the boys, with female striptease shows and all-night 2 for1 drinks. Eugenios is one of the clubs in Torremolinos that also caters to private parties, offering free cava - Spanish champagne - at hen parties, birthdays, weddings and other celebrations.
Lömbok Natural Beach Bar is not a chiringuito, but it’s a lot more than a night club. It’s a restaurant, café, wine bar, comedy club, place to watch sportscasts, listen to top DJs, attend theme parties and a venue for private functions - all just 50 meters from Playamar Beach in Torremolinos. At night, Lömbok caters to a youthful crowd, specializing in house and alternative, with an area for 80’s & 90’s music. Lömbok has been created as a luxury for the senses, with an Asian-influenced ambiance, décor that’s chic yet comfy, an outdoor terrace open for cocktails, wines, and international cuisine, and a uniquely lit indoor space open til dawn. It’s not surprising that Lömbok has remained one of the top places to go in Torremolinos for three years running.
Kaleido terrace is about cheese croissants for breakfast overlooking yacht-lined Puerto Marina and midday scampi & chips amidst sailboats. It’s about ice-cream and specialty coffees on the terrace; about ravioli fiorentina, tagliatelle carbonara and seafood paella for dinner. It’s also about nightlife in Benalmadena with shooters called “chupitos”, cocktails, champagne and all-night dancing. Kaleido-style Benalmadena night life is sambuca & coffee liqueur, champagne-peach shooters, blue tropic pineapple-peach drinks, mojitos, caiprinhas, piña coladas and the Costa del Sol special: Cointreau, lime, orange juice, champagne & powdered sugar. Benalmadena holidays come alive at Kaleido with coffee, brunch or cocktails on the terrace and shooters in the club.
Atrévete means “I dare you”, and that’s exactly what one of the most popular dance clubs in Torremolinos is inviting couples to be: a little more daring on the dance floor with moves that sway hips and get the body swinging to salsa, bachata, merengue, Cuban rueda and all the hottest Latin rhythms with a contagious beat. Merengue, bachata, cumbia, rumba, mambo, samba, bolero, cha-cha-cha and other Latin dances are best done as a couple, but if you’re single and want a partner, there’s no place like a Latin dance party to find one, especially on a Sunday night at Atrévete, where salsa lessons are offered before the moves heat up.
Getting into Opera Club may take diplomatic finesse (and suitably stylish apparel) since the doorman takes his job seriously, but once inside the ambiance is sumptuously opulent. A labyrinth of lavish underground chambers with alluring nooks; an exotic milieu suitable for regal philandering, which if legend be true, was one of the original uses of these subterranean halls. With Polish nobility and their secret seductions in the past, the space under the National Opera is the premier venue for contemporary Warsaw night life. A maze of brick corridors gives way to the scent of incense and pan-Asian luxury: Hindu sculptures, oriental settees, Moroccan pillows, delicate lanterns, Chinese antiques, bronze statues, Moorish alcoves with sheesha pipes and… there’s a sushi bar.
Klub Ministerstwo is a subterranean hideaway in Old Town (near Rynek Główny) on Szpitalna St., down a flight of stairs, in the cellar. Although Krakow city is renowned for moody underground pubs & bars, Ministerstwo is a nightclub that (while having medieval domed ceilings & exposed brick walls) features modern décor, funky lighting and a vibrant atmosphere. Wander through the maze of chambers to discover a lounge with checkerboard floors, retro red-leatherette booths, a bar with blue mosaic tile, barstools shaped like massive hands and a dance chamber with vaulted ceilings. There’s lively Krakow nightlife in a cellar at “The Ministry” even on Tuesdays, if you’re up for partying, and on weekends catch live music & DJs mixing funk, break beats, hip-hop, rap and house.
Linekers is still a hot name on the Costa del Sol nightlife scene, and the original Linekers Bar Puerto Banus hasn’t changed what it offers: sports & drinks in a vibrant atmosphere. It’s just gotten bigger and better with twice as much space, meaning larger VIP areas, private rooms, and all the top sports events LIVE on 25 plasma screens! Linekers Group also has cocktail bars with waterfront terraces, elegant lounges, gourmet restaurants, venues for stag & hen weekends, organizational facilities for golfers and the ability to host unique events such as Sphereing®. Linekers is also the name behind the best Puerto Banus nightlife clubbing venue – Tibu.
The Game Race. The country has more World Champions at this sport than they have in any other, with boxing and ten-pin bowling close behind. But at the end of the day the population is well into this game race. Billiards definitively takes pride of place with 8-ball and 9-ball players galore. The In-Crowd The Woodmanʹs Head is set along the main strip of this popular entertainment area, which is all within a short walking distance. A regular crowd of many different nationalities frequents this place, and the easy going atmosphere makes it simple to meet new people from all walks of life, most with interesting tales to share. Locals mix in regularly with the foreign-style bar, and many of these pitch up to play a game of pool or three.
Alchemia is an unpretentious Krakow club where jazz & blues musicians, artists, writers & arts-loving bohemians gather in summer on wooden chairs facing Plac Nowy’s antique vendors & pigeon traders to listen to concerts on the market rooftop or catch theatrical performances in the square. Alchemia’s fireplace is a cozy winter place for mulling ideas and partying heartily while the basement resonates with bluesy jazz & soulful afrobeats. Amongst the club’s list of friends are New York jazz master Steve Swell, American free-jazz star William Parker, Swedish bassist Patric Thorman & German saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann. Alchemia only conjures drinkable potions like bear, wine & vodka but it summons poignant rhythms to make it one of the best Krakow jazz clubs in Kazimierz.