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Old 10-27-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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Bumpin' this thread; I'm in the same exact boat

In my personal experience, Chicago is a pretty fun place to be. I've heard NYC has great nightlife (makes sense since it's huge; it probably has lots of everything). I also know that Miami is pretty proud of its party culture.

I think a big distinction to make will be between a "bar city" and a "club city", as those two scenes are very different and attract different crowds.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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I think a big distinction to make will be between a "bar city" and a "club city", as those two scenes are very different and attract different crowds.
I agree with this. When I was in my early twenties I preferred nightclubs but now I prefer low-key, neighborhood bars.

Most cities of a decent size will have both types of nightlife.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Right here in Huntington Beach, CA. It is not uncommon to see 50 year olds riding skateboards, playing in punk bands, surfing or just generally enjoying life.
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Old 10-28-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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Second vote for Scottsdale. Sounds like EXACTLY what you've described.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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Second vote for Scottsdale. Sounds like EXACTLY what you've described.
Have fun dealing with that Arizona weather though.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:39 PM
 
Location: The City
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Austin
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:37 PM
 
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Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ. Tons of people in their 20s getting drunk and living above their means.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Man I am in the exact same "life stage" if you will (mid 20's, no wife gf or kids and like to party on a bit more scaled back than in college but none the less still like to party). Its that awkward place where you don't want to be at the college bar with $1 Fireball shots on Thirsty Thursdays until 4am, but you also don't want to be at Ruths Chris either for a dinner than head home either.

IMO (and this depends on what your style is) I would avoid the hipster cities. Hipsters can be much more exclusive and cliquish than the former fraternity and sorority folks, especially once we all graduate and don't have our crew of fraternity brothers around but we still want to have a good time in a bit more of a refined way than we did in college (I was in a fraternity). Hipsters just from my experience, tend to be much more "adult" than they may come off as and in some cases, can be very snobby to someone who still wants to hold on to their adolescence a bit longer.

Also what is the point of not holding on to your adolescence if you can do your job well and don't have a wife and kids? Sure the 6am Thirsty Thursday nights or toga parties may need to be a thing of the past, but other than that, there is really no reason to feel like you have to be all "grown up" unless you have said wife and kids or it has a negative impact on your job (which it wont), thats the next life stage and there is no need to move on until those things come into play. So find a cool, laid back, not-snobby city, replace thirsty Thursdays with happy hour and Saturday Day Drinking by the pool, and enjoy!
I can relate to where you are, as I spent my 20's in college (and was in a frat, though you'd never know it if you met me) and after graduation remained in NC until my early 30's, when I moved to CO, then WA.

I have to say your assessment of hipster cities is way off IMHO, though you are right that it depends on your style. But from my experience, hipster cities (loosely defined, of course) are actually the places where you're much more likely to find adults in their 20's, 30's, and 40's that are not nearly as traditional as in other places, and are willing to party in more creative and refined ways.

When I hit 30 and was still single and didn't have children, I realized that living in the South was driving me crazy, and even "big" cities like Charlotte that are geared towards young professionals are pretty traditional when it comes to the pressure to have kids and get married. My workplace, everyone around me, and the dwindling pool of people still single at that time inspired me to investigate greener pastures.

When I moved to Denver, it was refreshing that no one cared that I was a single guy in my 30's, and as I made friends, my options of other interesting people to go out with increased substantially. Of course, it's always going to get a little more difficult as you get older- and it's tough to transition out of your "crew" that you had in college and immediately afterwards. And I understand the snobbiness that you mention in hipster places, though by and large the exclusivity you speak of is very limited to a few establishments. Anyway, I've spent a good amount of time in SF, Seattle, Portland, and Denver, and from my experience, there's way more of a focus on the happy hour culture that you speak of in those places than most other metro areas I've spent time in. Contrary to your assertion, the norms are, in fact, somewhat varying across different regions and metros.

If you're single and don't want to feel the pressure right now to get married and have kids, I'd probably move to a new area-probably out west or to bigger cities, especially past 30. 30 is just a number and you shouldn't have to feel bad about not being settled down by then.
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