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Old 11-14-2016, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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Why are you including LA with these other cities? Chicago should take the spot of LA.
I always thought it was crazy how California has such an early last call. It's California!! I get small states without big cities/nightlife culture having early last calls, but California really deserves a later last call.
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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I always thought it was crazy how California has such an early last call. It's California!! I get small states without big cities/nightlife culture having early last calls, but California really deserves a later last call.
haha preach. LA last call is at 1:30 at a lot of bars and clubs. I just traveled to Chicago to visit some friends. I was shocked when I heard that they wanted to head out at midnight seeing as in LA if you decided to head out at midnight you would only have an hour-hour and a half to really enjoy your night out.

In terms of cities with the best nightlife...from my experience, this goes to New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans. I was BLOWN AWAY by the nightlife scene in Chicago. I wasn't expecting what I got. One thing that I really appreciated about the nightlife in Chicago was that everything was so close togeather....this alongside the fact that the diversity of the different nightlife scenes is awesome in Chicago for example, we went to a country bar, hip hop bar/club, high end bar,a dive bar and then an edm basement club all within the same day and never once had to take an uber.

Nightlife in LA is definitely not lacking in the slightest but it's not top three. DC and Scottsdale aren't to shabby either.
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Why are you including LA with these other cities? Chicago should take the spot of LA.
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I always thought it was crazy how California has such an early last call. It's California!! I get small states without big cities/nightlife culture having early last calls, but California really deserves a later last call.
I'm usually biased for Chicago (consider it my adopted US hometown) and while it offers great nightlife I just wasn't sure if there was enough to put it into that tier. Maybe...I did think about it but I don't know...

I was never a crazy nightlife guy even before I settled down. Over the years I've had a handful of >24 hr benders in the tier 1 party cities I listed (as well as several outside of the US...Montreal, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Budapest all come to mind). So my perspective does not come from somebody who does this a lot, but it does come from (limited) first hand experience. My impression of LA and the reason for including it is the sheer abundance of options and the party culture that is pervasive. I've heard plenty of stories from friends/acquaintances about underground raves/parties and other *ahem* activities. I am pretty sure I've had very late nights (past last call time) in Karaoke clubs/KTV and I don't think there is anywhere else in the country you can find such diverse districts as Weho, downtown LA, Koreatown, Santa Monica, Silver Lake, Redondo Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach, etc or diverse options for entertainment (for instance lots of hostess clubs to choose from) When you've got the party culture of South Beach but 3 times the population of the entire South Florida metro, there are going to be lots of opportunities. And again I am assuming I just scratched the surface personally because I've visited LA for maybe 2 months total in the past decade and only gone out less than 10 times.

Anyway this is just my opinion and like I said, yes I have been lucky to have traveled a ton and experienced a lot, but I was never a huge partier so I can't share from that perspective. I know how to have a good time and at my advanced age (early 30s lol) I can still hang for a 48 hr Vegas weekend, but I don't go out frequently so my comparison points are far less nuanced than someone who does.
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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In terms of cities with the best nightlife...from my experience, this goes to New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans. I was BLOWN AWAY by the nightlife scene in Chicago. I wasn't expecting what I got. One thing that I really appreciated about the nightlife in Chicago was that everything was so close togeather....this alongside the fact that the diversity of the different nightlife scenes is awesome in Chicago for example, we went to a country bar, hip hop bar/club, high end bar,a dive bar and then an edm basement club all within the same day and never once had to take an uber.
True, this is definitely a big plus for Chicago!

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Nightlife in LA is definitely not lacking in the slightest but it's not top three. DC and Scottsdale aren't to shabby either.
Lol...it's funny how we can all form strong impressions based on limited experience. Yeah, I've only visited LA, whereas I went out often while living in Chicago and DC. Since I experienced all the good and bad of those cities while my experiences in LA were good, I formed a very favorable impression of LA's nightlife in comparison.

Also surprised you would have Chicago over Vegas.
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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the diversity of the different nightlife scenes is awesome in Chicago for example, we went to a country bar, hip hop bar/club, high end bar,a dive bar and then an edm basement club all within the same day and never once had to take an uber.
This sounds a lot like my neighborhood (Williamsburg, Brooklyn). There's a country-themed bar with a mechanical bull, a few blocks from a hip hop club, next door to a hip hop bar, next door to an edm club, with dives and higher-end bars scattered all around them, and much more, all within a few minutes walking distance from each other.

I think walkability and density is important to nightlife too. I love being able to leave my apartment and being able to walk to a bunch of different nightlife spots. Or worst case scenario, a short subway ride to LES, East Village, West Village, Bushwick, Greenpoint, or Meatpacking

I think the sprawly car-centric layout of LA doesn't help with nightlife either. Now that uber exists, it's probably a little easier, but I think a big part of nightlife areas is the pedestrian activity. Also the ability to be able to walk somewhere for late-night drunk munchies is important
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans, NYC, Miami, and Chicago

Austin is fun but I wouldn't go purely for nightlife.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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New York, Miami, New Orleans and Las Vegas would be the main party towns. L.A. has it but California cuts off alcohol at 2AM.
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:32 AM
 
Location: 352
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Nashville maybe?
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:16 PM
 
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NYC, LA, Miami, Vegas and New Orleans are in their own league for partying.

If you're ok with something like Austin (which is certainly pretty good) then there are plenty of other spots that can offer a lot for a short trip without getting redundant.

Trying to think of some other places that you might not have considered...maybe Savannah if it's on one of the weekends where something is happening (which is rather often). Of course housing gets expensive then but still a unique experience akin to New Orleans.

In your neck of the woods I was pleasantly surprised by Baltimore. It's got several good neighborhoods for nightlife all a very short uber ride from each other. Inexpensive compared to going out in DC or NYC.
I actually do want to visit Baltimore, it's only about 4.5 hours away from me.

As for New Orleans, is Bourbon Street the best place to go?
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^^^ Idk if I would put LA in the same tier as those other cities, just because the last call is way too early.



Yes. Downtown Vegas in the actual city limits, mainly around Fremont street. It's another big nightlife area. It's older and way cheaper than the strip. Some people prefer it to the strip. If you go to Vegas you should definitely check out both.

I've never been to Austin, but I've been hearing good things about Austin too. My roommate is from there and says I would love it.

In Williamsburg some spots I like are:
Baby's all right, Bembe, Kinfolk 94 (not to be confused with Kinfolk 90. They are right next to each other), output, night of joy, and Verboten are my favorite spots.
Note: if you go to output, get list! Output has an expensive cover, but it's really easy to get on list to get in for free. They are also open 24 hours!

Also the new Brooklyn night bazaar just opened in Greenpoint at the Greenpoint avenue G station.
House of Yes in Bushwick is pretty good, but really weird. Like really really weird. I love it though. Every night has a different theme and a COMPLETELY different vibe. Also at the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, Trans Pecos is alright, but it's hit or miss

I went through a Meatpacking phase right when I turned 21. I had a friend that knew a bunch of promoters that used to get us in to all those clubs with tables and bottle service. If Meatpacking/Chelsea area is more your thing, I reccomend:
Le Bain (my favorite), Gansevoort, Phd rooftop at Dream downtown, Up and Down, 1 Oak, Electric room, highline ballroom.

I got tired of Meatpacking though. It's fun and they are probably the hottest clubs in all of NYC there, but it got too pretentious for me after a while.

Oh but there is that new club in Chelsea: Flash Factory. It's electronic/techno club, and the weird thing about this club is that it's all the way in Chelsea, and way up there too at 28th, but it attracts a lot of the Brooklyn crowd. I mean like the people that only go out in BK, and don't like to go to Manhattan. The first time I went I ran into so many people I knew from BK I was really surprised.

East Vilage and LES are pretty good too. There's a bar in st. Marks called Continental that has 5 shots of anything for $10. I like to do that, and then leave and go to a better bar lol. It's a really cheap way to get drunk.

Good spots in this area: Max fish, Pianos, Mercury lounge, Mr. purple, the delancey, ...
... God, now that I think about it, it's been a while since I've been out in LES/East Village area. I was living in lower Manhattan when I was 20/21 then I moved to BK. I just turned 23, and I'm afraid that I've become one of those people that only goes out in Brooklyn anymore. I think I'm overdue for a night out in LES or something.
Yeah I think a last call of 2 would really compromise LA being top tier for nightlife. It means you might not even be able to be any drinks by 1:30!

Thanks for all the suggestions, I've been trying to go to Williamsburg more often. I'm not that familiar with it yet so I was wondering where's a good point to start off assuming I'll be walking after that.

I'm not really into the idea of bottle service clubs so I haven't been interested in Meatpacking. But I should try it out at least once.

I always pass by the Continental and wonder what kind of liqour they would give you for that price. Does 5 shots of anything really mean anything?

And I went to Pianos on a Tuesday and I loved it, packed but no line, loud hip hop music, diverse crowd, etc. But I tried to go on a Friday and inadvertently ruined my Friend's birthday because the line was so damn long and wasn't moving! And then when we finally got in, we couldn't even go upstairs because it was at capacity. It was too late at that point for a plan B. So I'm guessing I should only go to that place on Monday thru Wednesday, on the rare occasion I would have one of those nights off.

It's awesome that you have the privilege to party in your own neighborhood! I live on Long Island and my friends always want to go to Rockville Centre, and I'm really not a fan. There's this one bar in particular they go to that I don't like it all, it's filled with d bags. I'd much rather go to Lower Manhattan or Williamsburg even if it means getting home at 6AM lol.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it! I'll be sure to check out those spots.

Glad to see there are fellow party animals on CD, haha.
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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Nashville maybe?
I think for a concentration of bars and music and food the district and broadway in nashville and 6th street in austin and of course the vegas strip are the best . Bigger cities like LA and NYC tend to be so spread out to do things, I just like walking down the street and having tons of places to choose from. Bourbon street too but new orleans is really such a screwed up city crime wise, memphis as well. Savannah is a hard drinking city as well, Ft lauderdale is fun and alot safer than Miami
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