After-Hours Excitement: The Best Cities For Nightlife

published on December 7, 2022 by

Looking to cut loose with a few nights out on the town on your next vacation? These nightlife-centric cities are packed with after-hours excitement, whether you’re looking to dance the night away, take in a show or enjoy a refined evening with friends. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is a place that has built its reputation on extraordinary after-hours adventure, from open-all-night casinos to live entertainment spectacles. For a throwback to Sin City’s glitzy “Rat Pack” days, head over to Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge, a vintage-style spot fit for Sinatra and Dino, complete with its own swanky speakeasy. Or check out a multimedia show, including such Vegas mainstays as Cirque du Soleil and The Beatles LOVE or more recent offerings like Adele’s amazing new concert experience. And of course, there are plenty of stylish nightclubs for mixing and mingling; get above it all at the 60th floor Legacy Club, offering 360-degree views of the Strip to complement your martini. 

Where To Stay: Marriott’s Grand Chateau 

San Diego, California

San Diego is synonymous with sun and sand, but it’s also filled with excitement when night falls. The epicenter of it all is in the always lively Gaslamp Quarter, where you’ll find 16 blocks of dance clubs, restaurants, cocktail lounges, live music venues and more. World-class celebrity DJs and EDM stars get dancefloors moving at spots like Onyx and F6ix, while the Laugh Factory and American Comedy Co. showcase both the finest local and national standup comedians. Gamers should make plans to stop in for a while at the Coin Op Gaslamp, featuring a vast array of nostalgia-inducing arcade games. And the Gaslamp is renowned for its rooftop bars — the Upper East Bar is a favorite, with spectacular views, a sparkling pool … and no cover charge. 

Where To Stay: Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego

Cancun, Mexico

Located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, Cancun is a beloved vacation destination for its picture-perfect beaches, incredible cuisine and luxurious oceanfront resorts. It’s also a place that gets even more fun when the sun goes down. Coco Bongo is one of Mexico’s most legendary nightclubs, offering high-tech, interactive shows, delicious cocktails and a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere. For salsa dancing, you can’t go wrong with MamboCafé, featuring both live music and DJs, not to mention stunningly talented dancers. And for the best Cancun tequila experience, go straight to the aptly named Casa Tequila, where you’ll choose from the most extensive selection in the area. 

Where To Stay: The Royal Sands

Miami, Florida

There’s something for everyone when it comes to nightlife in Miami. South Beach’s Mango Tropical Café is a necessary visit, with salsa dancing lessons, exclusive VIP rooms and oversized tropical cocktails. In downtown Miami, be sure to hit the late-night destination LIV at the Fontainebleau or E11EVEN Miami where the jet-set go to party ‘til dawn. Or take things in a more relaxing direction with cocktails amidst the pastels and neons of the Art Deco Historic District, where chic lounges offer an alluring ambiance. Wherever you end up, the inimitable energy of Miami will fuel your after-hours adventures. 

Where To Stay: Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, South Beach

New York City, New York

They call it “the city that never sleeps” for a good reason. There’s always fun things happening 365 nights a year in New York City. For an unforgettable view of the sparkling Big Apple skyline in the evening, try the Edge — the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere — which is located on the 100th floor of the Hudson Yards skyscraper. If you’re in the mood to dance, your options are many: the retro, disco-tastic Ciao Ciao will make your Saturday Night Fever dreams come true, while Midtown’s Nebula plays the latest house music favorites. Looking for something mellower? Roll a few frames at the Brooklyn Bowl, a hipster bowling alley/music venue with great vibes and great lanes. 

Where To Stay: Wyndham Midtown 45

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