New York, London and Berlin have had the crown grabbed from their heads with the news that Hamburg is now officially the world's best city for a night on the town.
Led by online booking platform HostelWorld, a new study has drawn up a ranking of the most pumping cities around the globe based on feedback from more than 4,000 people across 40 cities and 27 countries. The participants were asked about five different categories including quality of the nightlife; openness and friendliness of the locals; how safe people feel; how easy it is to get around; and cost.
Thanks to the friendly welcome of its residents and easy access to the best spots, Hamburg came on top. As Marek Mossakowski of HostelWorld told the Independent:
"The results of this study have been fascinating, especially the performance of smaller cities – most notably with Hamburg taking top spot over Berlin."
Less tourist-packed than Berlin, Hamburg also has a great range of more reasonably priced clubs and bars. For house fans, the Halo Club, or former metro station Bahnhof Pauli will show you a good time. The Baalsaal offers up an immense sound system for techno enthusiasts while Fundbureau, found in a vaulted cellar beneath a railway bridge, will deliver up some of the best electronic music in the city.
In terms of bars, there's lively Irish bar Molly Malone in party district St. Pauli, Kleines Phi for an excellent gin and tonic, 3Freunde Cocktailbar for cocktails or Hans Albers-Eck for a more typical bar experience.
Completing the top three are Copenhagen in second place – marked down for high prices – and, of course, Berlin in third place. Maybe Berghain has finally had its day...
Surprisingly, London didn't even make it into the top ten, lagging way behind at number 26, while New York reached a not very impressive number 10. Well, we know where we're heading for our next city break.
- Hamburg (Germany)
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Berlin (Germany)
- Dublin (Ireland)
- Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
- San Francisco (United States)
- Göteborg (Sweden)
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- Warsaw (Poland)
- New York (United States)