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      The 10 Best Cities For Partying in the USA

      March 9, 2017 7:30 PM

      What makes a city fun to party in? The answer, of course, is complicated—there is no straightforward formula that determines what makes one metropolis more lit than another. However, there are factors—like local drinking laws, public transport, and number of nightclubs—that have a huge impact on a city's nightlife, helping to determine whether it flourishes or flounders.

      In this *extremely* scientific study, we crunched the numbers for dozens of cities in America, based on factors that we think significantly shapes local party scenes. Below is our ranking of the top ten best cities for partying in the USA, along with the criteria we used to judge them. Feel free to boast or bitch in the comments.—Michelle Lhooq


      1. New York City

      Raw score: 6.6
      Last call: 4 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 24 HRS
      # of dance parties on an average Friday**: 22
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 1291
      Population: 8,426,743
      Clubs per capita: 0.00015
      % of people between 21 and 34: 11.75
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 24 HRS
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: Royal House (Todd Terry) - "Can You Party"

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      2. New Orleans

      Raw score: 4.7
      Last call: 24 HRS
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 24 HRS
      # of dance parties on an average Friday**: 3
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 51
      Population: 376, 738
      Clubs per capita: 0.00013
      % of people between 21 and 34:
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: 12.2%
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 24 HRS
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: NO
      Classic track: Big Freedia - "N.O. Bounce"

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      3. Los Angeles

      Raw score: 4.4
      Last call: 2 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 2 AM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 19
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 622
      Population: 3,900,794
      Clubs per capita: 0.00015
      % of people between 21 and 34: 12.05
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 3 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: Flying Lotus - "Do the Astral Plane"

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      4. Chicago

      Raw score: 4
      Last call: 4 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 24 HRS
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 8
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 270
      Population: 2,717,534
      Clubs per capita: 0.00009
      % of people between 21 and 34: 12.95
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 24 HRS
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic Track: Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle - "Baby Wants to Ride"


      5. Philadephia

      Raw score: 3.2
      Last call: 3 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 10 PM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 4
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 112
      Population: 1,555,072
      Clubs per capita: 0.00007
      % of people between 21 and 34: 9.1
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 24 HRS
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: DJ DWizz - "Get Em"


      6. Miami

      Raw score: 2.6
      Last call: 5AM / 24 HRS
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 24 HRS
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 9
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 359
      Population: 424, 632
      Clubs per capita: 0.00084
      % of people between 21 and 34: 10.8
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 12 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: NO
      Classic track: 2 Live Crew - "We Want Some Pussy"

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      7. San Francisco

      Raw score: 2.3
      Last call: 2 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 2 AM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 9
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 328
      Population: 840,763
      Clubs per capita: 0.00039
      % of people between 21 and 34: 14.2
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 1 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: Sylvester - "Do Ya Wanna Funk"


      8. Houston

      Raw score: 1.9
      Last call: 2 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 12 AM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 5
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 87
      Population: 2,217,708
      Clubs per capita: 0.00003
      % of people between 21 and 34: 12.3
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 3 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: NO
      Classic track: DJ Screw - "June 27"

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      9. Denver

      Raw score: 1.7
      Last call: 2 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 12 AM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 3
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 79
      Population: 649,654
      Clubs per capita: 0.00012
      % of people between 21 and 34: 13.9
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: YES
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 3.30 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: Pretty Lights - "Finally Moving Remix"


      10. Austin

      Raw score: 1.5
      Last call: 2 AM
      How late you can buy beer on Friday night: 12 AM
      # of parties on an average Friday**: 5
      # of bars, music venues, and clubs*: 89
      Population: 448,901
      Clubs per capita: 0.00017
      % of people between 21 and 34: 14.25
      Uber/Lyft or taxi-style app?: NO
      When public transportation ends on Friday night: 12:30 AM
      Gender-neutral bathroom policy+: YES
      Classic track: S U R V I V E - "To Light Alone I Bow"

      *Per Resident Advisor

      **Per Resident Advisor and/or local event listings (Eventbrite, Time Out)

      + Single-use stalls, excluding city halls and schools

      Runners up:

      11. Detroit

      12. Boston

      13. Atlanta

      14. Portland

      15. Baltimore

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