6 Cities in the world that never sleep: Staying at home until dawn has been quite difficult in recent years, but the days of going to clubs and bars are making a comeback for many around the world.
So, if you want to stay up until dawn, what are the best cities to do so? While New York is historically known as “the city that never sleeps,” there are many other contenders for the crown now.
To find out which cities in the world are the best for night owls, SimpleGhar compiled statistics for 50 global destinations using data from OpenStreetMap and TripAdvisor.
Whether you’re looking for the hottest clubs or the tastiest midnight snacks, these are the best cities for nightlife.
- Moscow, Russia
In sixth place is the capital of Russia. Moscow scores a very decadent 82.6 out of 100 on the nightlife scale, with the average closing time for bars and clubs around 1 am. The restaurants are open until almost 11 pm, so you will have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat in the late evening before hitting the dance floor.
If you feel liberated, then you should visit the oldest Moscow club and restaurant Night Flight. However, don’t forget to dress up as the club has very strict entry rules. Once you’re inside, drinks will be quite pricey too, but this is an important place for dedicated party-goers.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Close behind Russia is Dubai, which is the world’s center for luxury shopping and entertainment, with a score of 84.9 out of 100 possible. Cafes in the city remain open until 10:36 pm on average, while bars and nightclubs are usually open until 1:36 am. While respect for tradition is important here, many hotel bars serve alcohol.
Expect rooftop lounges, well-chosen cocktail menus, and unparalleled glamour. All of this will help you forget how much you spent while shopping earlier in the day.
- Istanbul, Turkey
The capital of Turkey has earned a very respectable 86.1 points and you will find here everything you need for every taste. From jazz bars to cool elegant patios and dingy basements, Istanbul knows how to keep the party going until dawn.
As a city spread over two continents, there are many different neighborhoods, each offering a unique look at Turkish life after hours. Kadikoy and Beyoglu are just two areas to visit if you’re hoping to sample what the city has to offer after sunset.
- Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is in the top three with an impressive 88.6 points. The city is proud of its club scene and has a deep love for electronic, techno, and house music.
During the warmer months, many clubs move to the floating coastal halls, known as alloys, which are scattered along the Danube and Sava rivers. These large halls mean that people can go outside when temperatures rise and enjoy all that a Serbian evening has to offer.
- Athens, Greece
The long summer nights are meant to be enjoyed, so it’s no surprise that the Greek capital of Athens came in second. Dinner in Greece usually starts around 20:00, but due to a large number of excellent meze dishes, restaurants here can stay open until midnight.
Once you’ve had your fill, you can dance in one of the many bars and clubs scattered throughout the ancient city. The clubs and bars here are open until 2:26 a.m. on average, so you’ll have plenty of time to grab another shot of ouzo before heading home.
- Cairo, Egypt
If you really want to stay up all night, head to Cairo. The world’s newest cafes and restaurants are opening in the Egyptian capital. Together they make Cairo the most open city in the world.
The hot climate has made nighttime hours the norm here, with entertainment venues open until dawn and shops open until at least midnight.
If you like live music, head to the famous Cairo Jazz Club. Despite its name, it is more known for indie and hip hop than real jazz. If this doesn’t sound like your scene, then ZigZag in downtown Cairo is another hotspot for alternative beats.