Who likes to party? You do. Read on for our rundown of Europe's Best Party Hostels.
Like ancient rotary dial telephones and cassette players, the details of some nights out are best abandoned to the haze of time. Book a night or two at one of Europe's Best Party Hostels though, and we guarantee you'll want to walk down memory lane again and again. From wild games to ridiculous themed events, you can expect late-night dancing, mingling, partying and more fun than you've had all year. Book a few nights in one of the hostels below and we guarantee a stay of unrestrained merriment that you won't want to forget.
1. The Pink Palace, Corfu
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Situated on one of Greece's most loved islands, this family run beachfront hostel is pretty famous on Europe's backpacker circuit. It boasts not only ravishing pink walls but also gorgeous views out across the Ioanian Sea from its chilled roof terrace, a pool size jacuzzi, a 24 hour bar and its very own nightclub. During peak season, toga nights, beer pong or pajama parties are all common with something going on every night of the week. In the day, you can soak up the sun along with other things at the beach bar or hit up a booze cruise.
2. The Flying Pig Downtown, Amsterdam
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The Flying Pig Downtown feels small in size but that helps create the buzzing atmosphere that makes it one of Europe's best party hostels. Plus, meeting new people is easy when you have the option of a 32-bed dorm. Just minutes from Central Station and the red-light district, the hostel's desirable central location is a huge draw. Cheap drinks can be enjoyed in the bar featuring top DJs and the hostel's 'happy room' is a good place to chill with friends. Surprisingly or not, those who stay here are pretty hungry after waking up from the all-night partying, so the hostel provides a free buffet-style breakfast if you can manage to crawl out of your bed.
3. St Christopher's Village, London
London isn't particularly known for its backpacker culture but with seven St Christopher hostels dotted around London, there's always a good place to stay. St Christohper's Village exceeds expectations in terms of facilities with a basement sports bar, cinema, comedy club, roof top terrace and a Belushi's bar and restaurant. Its central location places you near to some of London's biggest attractions and many of the city's top bars, providing a pull for both party-going and sight-seeing backpackers. Evening entertainment is plentiful featuring live sports and local DJs, and with pub crawls arranged by the hostel, things have a tendency to get messy.
4. The Rising Cock, Lagos
Staying at the The Rising Cock has been likened to visiting a mate's beach house. It has a relaxed feel and a party vibe and is continually packed with friendly backpackers, students and holiday-makers. Located in the picturesque Algarve, Lagos has a reputation for being a lively town and you'll find The Rising Cock at the heart of the action. With beach parties, pub crawls and its famous booze cruises, the partying never stops. Make sure you get 'Mama' to cook you up some crêpes in the morning as past guests don't stop banging on about them.
5. Kabul, Barcelona
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Arguably Barcelona's best party hostel, Kabul is a popular hot-spot for backpackers looking for a buzzing atmosphere. Its prime location behind the lively Las Ramblas in the heart of the city puts you close to Barcelona's thriving nightlife. Kabul has a good amount of facilities that include a games room complete with a pool and football table, a lounge room with Sky TV and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. However it's the Kabul bar where the hostel is at its most lively with guests getting in a few rounds before hitting the town. You'll also find a 24 bed dorm at this hostel so there's no fear of not finding someone to enjoy a few drinks with if you're travelling alone.
6. X Hostel, Varna
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The flagship X Hostel can be found in Varna, Bulgaria near to the vibrant Golden Sands resort. Staff and management know how to put on an event with foam parties, 400 people pub crawls and various themed nights pulling in party-goers from across Europe. Let's not forget that beer is almost as cheap in this country as a bottle of water is back home, so it's no wonder backpackers and budget-weary holidaymakers make time for Bulgaria. The hostel has spawned a hard-core following with devotees commonly going so far as to leave with an X Hostel tattoo. Apparently, more than 200 people have gone under the needle.
7. Wombat's City Hostel, Berlin
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You'll find Wombat's popping up in some major cities all over Europe. It's a trusted brand among country-hopping backpackers in search of Europe's best party hostels. The Berlin edition greets you with a welcome drink at check in so you immediately know you're in the right place. The WomBar is its star attraction and features in every one of the brand's hostels throughout Europe. It's best to be in here during happy hour when the booze is super cheap and guests are at their most chatty. After a few cocktails and shots of the strong stuff, you can explore Berlin's nightlife with your new roomates before returning to your dorm. The next day you can recover on the hostel's rooftop terrace chilling with its panoramic views of Berlin's skyline. That is until happy hour comes around again.