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These are the world’s 10 best cities for nightlife

Big Nights Out are back – and we’ve just revealed the greatest cities in the world for clubbers

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Sophie Dickinson
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You might not have been on the dancefloor much over the last year, but exhilarating nights out are back. And if you’re after a dizzying night of techno or some obscure funk and soul, we’ve found the loudest, funnest places to head to. 

Earlier this year, we quizzed 27,000 city-dwellers as part of the annual Time Out Index. Our aim? To find out the best cities in the world, based on a combination of things like community spirit, diversity, sustainability and – of course – the nightlife.

It was a tough ask, as most of us haven’t been dancing with a bunch of sweaty strangers in a while. But in some places, the ability to have a good time never quite went away. These are the ten best places in the world – that’s right, the whole world – to have a night out.

Top of the list was Manchester, where the combination of sticky-floored, student dives and iconic LGBTQ+ venues meant 89 percent of locals said it was a great place for a night out. In at number two was Buenos Aires, while Miami came third.

Here’s the top ten in full:

1. Manchester 
2. Buenos Aires
3. Miami
4. Bangkok
5. Shanghai 
6. São Paulo
7. Madrid 
8. Tel Aviv
9. Dubai 
10. Mexico City 

And on the same subject, here’s a love letter to the Manchester clubbing scene. ‘It’s the place I felt most welcome,’ the writer says.

Want to know which city was named best in the world? See the full results of the Time Out Index here

Plus: These are the world’s 10 best cities for eating and drinking.

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