RANKED: Top 10 Party Cities in America

Vacationing in a city known for its party scene can be an incredibly enjoyable experience. With a vibrant nightlife, energetic atmosphere, and endless entertainment options, party cities offer a unique vacation experience for vacationers looking to add a little excitement to their itineraries. 

A recent study conducted by BonusFinder.com has revealed the top party cities in the country. The research considers several factors, such as the number of bars, hotels, music events, nightclubs, casinos, and late-night food venues in each city, compared to the population size and time of last orders. By analyzing this data, BonusFinder.com has compiled a list of the top ten party cities for those who love to let loose and have a good time. 

“The study’s top 10 has a real mix of established locations which are known for going wild and some places which are a little more off the beaten track but no matter what you’re looking for, they all have plenty of options to choose from,” says Fintan Costello, Managing Director of BonusFinder.com

10 – Reno, Nevada

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Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno, NV, offers a lively nightlife with casinos, nightclubs, bars, and music venues open late into the night. You can enjoy everything from top-notch concerts and shows to an endless selection of slot machines, table games, and poker rooms. 

The downtown area, known as the Riverwalk District, is a popular spot for nightlife, with bars and clubs lining the streets. During the summer months, Reno hosts a number of outdoor festivals and concerts, including the popular Artown festival, which offers a mix of music and art events. 

9 – Key West, Florida

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Key West, FL’s nightlife centers around Duval Street, a famous stretch of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants open until the early morning. The street has live music venues, dance clubs, and outdoor bars, making it a popular spot for bar hopping and partying. The city also hosts fun festivals and events throughout the year, including the annual Fantasy Fest, known for its colorful costumes and parties.

8 – Jersey City, New Jersey

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The Jersey City, NJ, downtown area features bars and nightclubs, many offering live music and entertainment. Grove Street is a popular spot for nightlife, with bars and restaurants offering a mix of local and international options. Vacationers can also enjoy rooftop bars with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. The city hosts events throughout the year, such as the annual All About Downtown Street Fair, which offers food and drink vendors, live music, and a beer garden. The city’s proximity to New York City also provides access to nightlife options, from Broadway shows to nightclubs. 

7 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge, LA, is known for its lively music scene, with a variety of blues, jazz, and rock venues showcasing local talent. Vacationers can enjoy live music at a number of bars and nightclubs throughout the city, such as the Varsity Theatre, which offers a mix of live music and entertainment. The downtown area is also home to bars and restaurants, and during the summer, vacationers can enjoy lots of outdoor festivals and events.

6 – Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, NV, is known for its casinos, hotels, nightclubs, and bars, many open 24 hours a day. The Las Vegas Strip is a popular destination for party-goers, with high-end nightclubs and celebrity DJ performances. Vacationers can also enjoy live entertainment, including shows by world-famous musicians, magicians, and comedians. The city also hosts events throughout the year, such as the Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the world’s largest electronic dance music festivals. 

5 – Miami, Florida

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Miami, FL, offers a vibrant and eclectic party scene that draws vacationers from around the world. The city is known for its beaches, which provide the backdrop for many daytime parties and events. Vacationers can enjoy live music, celebrity DJ performances, and dance clubs that cater to a range of music tastes, from Latin beats to EDM. 

Maimi also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival. Additionally, you can explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, each with unique atmosphere and entertainment options, from Little Havana to Wynwood

4 – Sarasota, Florida

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Sarasota, FL, is a vibrant Gulf Coast city offering a more laid-back party scene than some of its more famous neighbors like Miami. The city is known for its great beaches, allowing vacationers to enjoy daytime parties on the sand with beachfront bars and restaurants. Downtown Sarasota is also home to a number of bars and nightclubs, many of which have live music. Sarasota hosts a range of festivals and events, including the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival.

3 – Hoboken, New Jersey

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Hoboken, NJ, offers a lively party scene with a mix of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. The city is known for its bar scene, mainly along Washington Street, which features everything from sports bars to speakeasies. Hoboken is also home to a number of nightclubs that feature top DJs and offer a variety of music, from hip-hop to EDM. Additionally, the city provides a range of culinary experiences. Vacationers can enjoy outdoor events, such as the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, which features live music and street performers during the summer. 

2 – Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Atlantic City, NJ, is a well-known party destination on the East Coast. The city is famous for its casinos, live entertainment, and bars and nightclubs. Vacationers can enjoy a variety of music performances, from top DJs to live bands, at venues like the Borgata Event Center and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The city also hosts a range of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival.

1 – Miami Beach, Florida

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Miami Beach, FL, is known for its iconic beaches, with bars and restaurants offering drinks, food, and live music. South Beach is a popular destination for nightlife, with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants lining Ocean Drive. Vacationers can enjoy a variety of music styles, from electronic dance music to hip-hop, at venues like LIV and STORY. One of the most popular events is Miami Swim Week, which takes place in July and features runway shows, parties, and events showcasing the latest swimwear fashion.

Top Ten Party Cities in America

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Vacationing in a party city can be an exciting and memorable experience for travelers seeking a little adventure and excitement. Whether it’s the nightlife, music festivals, or culinary offerings, these destinations offer a unique vacation experience.

This article RANKED: Top 10 Party Cities in America originally appeared on Wander With Alex. Study by BonusFinder.com.


Alexandrea Sumuel - Groves is a nationally syndicated travel writer and founder of the Wander With Alex travel blog. Her work has appeared on MSN, YAHOO!, Euronews, and FOX, ABC, and NBC affiliates across the United States. 

Alex travels to experience, eat, explore, and occasionally escape! She collaborates with destinations, vacation property management companies, and hospitality technology firms to provide her readers with exclusive insights and information.