Party Animals

Austin lands on ultimate list of places to party in the U.S.

Austin lands on ultimate list of places to party in the U.S.

Summer Skip Day W Austin Hotel
Austin knows how to party. [Pictured: W Austin’s Wet Deck pool party June 10] Photo by Ben Porter

Variety isn't just the spice of life; it seems it's also the key to partying like a rock star. And thanks to a plethora of places to drink, listen to music, and just have a good time, Austin ranks among the top cities to party in the country.

That's according to Wanderu, a booking agency for train and bus travel, which surveyed the Yelp API and added up the number of grown-up entertainment venues to determine the cities with the most options, which Wanderu translated into the biggest party hubs in the U.S.

With 667 bars, 137 music venues, and 52 dance clubs, Austin ranks the 12th best party town in the nation. We've also got a handful of beer gardens, 6 country dance halls, 18 jazz and blues venues, 10 pool halls, 31 karaoke bars, and a few piano bar for good measure.

But we're not the biggest party animals in Texas. That distinction goes to Houston, which ranks sixth on the list. Dallas also edges us out, at No. 9. 

Claiming the number No. 1 spot, based on variety of options, is New York City, followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and San Diego.

"The race for the top spot was tough and, as expected, it came down to the age-old question of what city is better, New York or Los Angeles," according to Wanderu.

"While LA came out as the top destination for dance lovers, karaoke enthusiasts, live music fans, and pool shooters, NYC’s almost-double number of bars gave it a significant boost, making it the top party hub in the United States."