The 50 Hardest Partying Cities in America

The locales that are always up for a (very) good time

The 50 Hardest Partying Cities in America

The locales that are always up for a (very) good time

If you want to have a good time in America, you probably know where to look: Vegas, Naw’lens, Charleston, Miami, etc. But if you can’t make it to one of our fine country’s premier bachelor-and-bachelorette party destinations, don’t despair. There’s plenty of partying to go around, from coast to coast.

Did you know, for example, that Shreveport has as many bars per capita as New York City? Or that Alabama’s capital city simply doesn’t employ that whole “last call” thing? Or that the folks in Eugene, OR, really get after it? Well, it’s true. We’ve analyzed the data and narrowed down the fifty destinations in America where people play very, very hard. So read on, and bottom’s up! But if you feel like you’re overdoing it these days, we’re here to help. Here’s how to know What Your Boozing Habits Say about Your Health. 

To determine these rankings, we analyzed the following data points:

Latest time you can buy a beer and the Last call at bars: according to localalcohollaws.com.
The number of bars and nightclubs per 100k people and the amount of money spent at these establishments: according to the U.S. Census.
The percent of binge drinkers per county: per County Health Rankings.
Number of events taking place per weekend: per Eventbrite.

50
Minneapolis, MN

Population:  413,651
Latest You Can Buy a Beer:   10:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars):   2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 17.16
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $83,531
Excessive Drinking (%): 21.64%
Hard Party Score: 79.19

49
Rochester, NY

Population:  208,880
Latest You Can Buy a Beer:  9:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars):  2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 37.34
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $29,791
Excessive Drinking (%): 18.96%
Hard Party Score: 80.66

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

48
Shreveport, LA

Population: 194,920
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:30 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  4:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):  23.09
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $15,655
Excessive Drinking (%):  14.65%
Hard Party Score:  80.88

St. Petersburg, Florida, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

47
St. Petersburg, FL

Population: 260,999
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 3:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 14.94
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $29,621
Excessive Drinking (%): 19.54%
Hard Party Score:  82.18

San Diego, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, flip a house, rent, property

46
San Diego, CA

Population: 1,406,630
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 13.86
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $227,704
Excessive Drinking (%):  19.73
Hard Party Score:   82.64

45
New York City, NY

Population: 8,537,673
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 4:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 16.00
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $1,128,857
Excessive Drinking (%): 23.76%
Hard Party Score:  82.87

Providence, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, house flip

44
Providence, RI

Population: 179,219
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 10:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars): 12:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 37.38
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $33,289
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.95%
Hard Party Score: 83.15

Tampa, fittest cities, drunkest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house

43
Tampa, FL

Population: 377,165
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 3:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 15.91
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $43,679
Excessive Drinking (%): 19.29%
Hard Party Score: 83.36

miami fittest cities, flip a house, longest commutes, rent, property

42
Miami, FL

Population: 453,579
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 13.67
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $92,758
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.61%
Hard Party Score:  83.68

Indianapolis, drunkest cities, fattest cities, flip, rent, property

41
Indianapolis, IN

Population: 855,164
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 3:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 19.29
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $95,762
Excessive Drinking (%): 17.61%
Hard Party Score:  84.30

Columbus, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

40
Columbus, OH

Population: 860,090
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 24.18
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($,1000): $114,161
Excessive Drinking (%): 20.27%
Hard Party Score: 85.58

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, rent, property

39
Milwaukee, WI

Population: 595,047
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 9:00PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 38.99
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($,1000): $84,670
Excessive Drinking (%): 20.66%
Hard Party Score: 86.02

fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, best singles scenes

38
Baton Rouge, LA

Population: 227,715
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 25.91
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($,1000): $29,952
Excessive Drinking (%): 17.66%
Hard Party Score: 86.55

Atlanta, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

37
Atlanta, GA

Population: 472,522

Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 11:39PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 19.89
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($,1000): $95,033
Excessive Drinking (%): 18.26%
Hard Party Score: 86.71

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

36
Toledo, OH

Population: 278,508
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 38.06
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $24,513
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.69%
Hard Party Score: 86.94

fattest cities, drunkest cities

35
Akron, OH

Population: 197,633
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 35.42
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $19,846
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.94%
Hard Party Score: 87.02

Moreno Valley, happiest cities, worst singles scenes, longest commutes, commute

34
Moreno Valley, CA

Population:  205,499
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 0.97
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $53,048
Excessive Drinking (%): 18.33%
Hard Party Score: 87.60

Eugene, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

33
Eugene, OR

Population: 16,575
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:30 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 19.21
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $23,571
Excessive Drinking (%): 19.60%
Hard Party Score:  87.94

Austin, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

32
Austin, TX 

Population: 947,890
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 9:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 22.58
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $221,435
Excessive Drinking (%): 24.35%
Hard Party Score: 89.48

Mobile, drunkest cities, fattest cities

31
Mobile,AL 

Population: 192,904
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars): no last call
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 16.07
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $8,027
Excessive Drinking (%): 15.39%
Hard Party Score: 89.78

Baltimore, drunkest cities, fattest cities, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

30
Baltimore, MD 

Population: 614,664
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 31.56
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $102,982
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.59%
Hard Party Score: 90.00

Kansas city, fattest cities, drunkest cities, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house, rent, property

29
Kansas City, MO 

Population: 481,420
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:30 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 1:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 20.77
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $93,438
Excessive Drinking (%): 18.05%
Hard Party Score:  90.14

Syracuse, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

28
Syracuse, NY 

Population: 143,378
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 10:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 40.45
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $22,087
Excessive Drinking (%): 19.07%
Hard Party Score: 90.34

Madison, longest-living cities, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, house flip

27
Madison, WI

Population: 252,551
Latest You Can Buy a Beer:  9:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars):2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 31.68
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $47,285
Excessive Drinking (%):  26.36%
Hard Party Score: 93.40

Sioux Falls, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

26
Sioux Falls, SD 

Population:174,360
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 25.81
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $29,428
Excessive Drinking (%): 17.67%
Hard Party Score: 93.90

Cincinnati, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

25
Cincinnati, OH

Population: 298,800
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):  32.80
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $40,937
Excessive Drinking (%):  19.49%
Hard Party Score: 94.27

Anchorage, drunkest cities, happiest cities

24
Anchorage, AK

Population: 298,192
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 4:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 16.10
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $45,875
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.78%
Hard Party Score: 94.64

Des Moines, drunkest cities, happiest cities, longest-living cities, best cities to buy a mansion

23
Des Moines, IA 

Population: 215,472
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):  32.49
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):   $26,545
Excessive Drinking (%):  21.08%
Hard Party Score:  94.87

Cleveland, Ohio, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

22
Cleveland, OH

Population: 385,809
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00 AM
Last Call (at Bar): 2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):35.25
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $52,572
Excessive Drinking (%): 18.07%
Hard Party Score: 95.15

St. Louis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

21
St Louis, MO

Population: 311,404
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:30 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 36.61
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $47,461
Excessive Drinking (%): 17.80%
Hard Party Score: 99.47

Tempe, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities

20
Tempe, AZ 

Population: 182,498
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 22.47
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $40,347
Excessive Drinking (%): 16.29%
Hard Party Score: 99.63

Seattle, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

19
Seattle, WA 

Population: 704,352
Latest You Can Buy a Beer:  2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 26.41
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $132,421
Excessive Drinking (%):  22.01%
Hard Party Score:  102.68

18
Denver, CO 

Population: 693,060
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 27.70
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $170,645
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.45%
Hard Party Score: 107.73

Omaha, drunkest cities, happiest cities, best singles scenes, rent, property

17
Omaha,NE

Population: 446,970
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 1:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 A
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 38.03
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $78,449
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.27%
Hard Party Score: 107.90

Salt Lake City, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

16
Salt Lake City, UT 

Population:193,744
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars): 12:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):27.87
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $38,768
Excessive Drinking (%): 15.36%
Hard Party Score: 108.25

Buffalo, drunkest cities, best singles scenes

15
Buffalo, NY 

Population: 256,902
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 4:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 48.66
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $29,965
Excessive Drinking (%): 19.67%
Hard Party Score: 108.32

Boston, fittest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, house flip, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

14
Boston, MA

Population: 673,184
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 11:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 23.77
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $195,561
Excessive Drinking (%):  22.76%
Hard Party Score: 108.79

Orlando, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion, flip a house

13
Orlando, FL 

Population: 277,173
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 24.53
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $72,576
Excessive Drinking (%):  18.13%
Hard Party Score:  111.70

Henderson, happiest cities, drunkest cities, singles scenes, best cities to buy a mansion

12
Henderson, NV

Population: 292,969
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars):no last call
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 11.95
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $53,230
Excessive Drinking (%): 15.79%
Hard Party Score:  114.08

11
Washington DC

Population: 681,170
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars):  3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 17.76
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $197,039
Excessive Drinking (%): 26.16%
Hard Party Score: 114.28

Chicago, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

10
Chicago, IL

Population: 2,704,958
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 5:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 5:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):  23.36
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $458,546
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.11%
Hard Party Score:121.04

Honolulu, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes

9
Honolulu, HI

Population: 351,792
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 12:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars):2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 40.08
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $99,153
Excessive Drinking (%): 20.07%
Hard Party Score: 124.85

 

Grand Rapids, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

8
Grand Rapids, MI 

Population: 196,445
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 33.09
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $58,869
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.30%
Hard Party Score: 131.99

Fort Lauderdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house

7
Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Population: 178,752
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 3:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 3:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 31.89
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $60,824
Excessive Drinking (%): 17.17%
Hard Party Score: 142.12

Pittsburgh, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

6
Pittsburgh, PA

Population: 303,625
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 11:00 PM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People):  60.27
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $86,671
Excessive Drinking (%): 20.70%
Hard Party Score: 142.23

Portland, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, rent, property

5
Portland, OR

Population:639,863
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: 2:30 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:30 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 47.20
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $167,252
Excessive Drinking (%): 22.92%
Hard Party Score: 143.23

Reno, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, best singles scenes

4
Reno, NV

Population: 245,255
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars):  no last call
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 35.47
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $47,420
Excessive Drinking (%): 21.30%
Hard Party Score: 145.44

Las Vegas, happiest cities, drunkest cities, flip a house, rent, property

3
Las Vegas, NV 

Population: 632,912
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars): no last call
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 22.12
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $184,353
Excessive Drinking (%): 15.79%
Hard Party Score: 146.17

San Francisco, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, healthiest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, longest commutes, commute, rent, property

2
San Francisco, CA 

Population:870,887
Latest You Can Buy a Beer:  2:00 AM
Last Call (at Bars): 2:00 AM
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 42.03
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000):  $328,219
Excessive Drinking (%): 23.01%
Hard Party Score: 157.08

fattest cities, drunkest cities, best singles scenes, flip a house, rent, property

1
New Orleans, LA 

Population: 391,495
Latest You Can Buy a Beer: no last call
Last Call (at Bars): no last call
Number of Bars (per 100K People): 52.62
Value of Sales at Bars, Nightclubs ($1,000): $184,836
Excessive Drinking (%):  18.99%
Hard Party Score: 166.04

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