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Old 05-28-2005, 06:22 AM   #1
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Hi,

i'm a first time backpacker and will be making my first trip to europe over the christmas\new years period.

I plan on partying up and hitting all the coolest clubs/pubs whilst i am there but i have a few questions - i am 21, female

What do i wear? i've heard a lot of stories about the european dress code and keeping in mind its cold and limited space in a backpack i have no idea what to bring? i was thinkng a pair of heels, and a black skirt - but i don't want to wear that all the time. Will i be allowed in with dressy jeans??

How much do you think it would cost me a night to go out to the clubs/pubs in europe? i don't plan on drinking that much - but i'd still like to have a good time.
i am heading to basically every country in western europe as well as czech and hungary

is it difficult getting into clubs in europe - i heard they were pretty strict in Paris and only let certain people in - do they let tourists in or will we have to hook up with some locals first?

i plan on staying in hostels. DO ppl staying in hostels go out to clubs much or do they socialise in like the kitchen???? i won't be alone i am travelling in a mixed group - but i would want to go out with other ppl as well.
and how strict are hostels with curfews

AND>..... where to spend new years?

Thanks... I'm absolutely excited but these questions have been niggling me a bit

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well welcome to the boards. Your black skirt sounds fine and yes you should be able to wear dressy jeans in most clubs...clubs and pubs in Europe can be pretty expensive depending on the entry price in london and elsewhere in Britain this can be about £10
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Well, my rule of thumb for girls is "the less, the better"

Aaaanyway, like beergal said, clubbing in Europe can be expensive. Some London nights can sport a cover as expensive as £25. Lucky for you, the xmas/new years period (except NYE) is a bit slower, so cover charges may dip down a bit.

Paris IS notoriously difficult for clubbing. Not only should you find some locals to get into the bigger clubs with, but you have to be dressed UP. No jeans, no ratty shoes - everything has to be perfect in order for the physionomiste to let you in the door. And don't bother trying to flirt, because while the bouncer's a guy, the physio is usually a chick. Although, they do tend to be more lenient if you're REALLY attractive (male or female) and offer to buy a bottle (around 100€) before going in. You'll find that if you're with a group, that ridiculous price is actually a better deal then individually buying cocktails.

For more lenience, you can hit the after-hours scene, which is looser and less picky.. just know that your night won't start until at least 2 or 3, and most Paris hostels have a curfew.. So if you plan on hitting up any nightlife in Paris, find a hostel with no curfew. (At some places it doesn't matter, but the ones in Paris go on lockdown.) It shouldn't be hard for you to find people to go partying with - just look for the shorter-term travelers who have a party budget, as opposed to the long-termers (the people traveling for 6 months at a time!) who have a stricter budget and only go out for special occasions.

Cover charges in Paris and other non-London cities range from 5-15€, and not drinking much is a good idea - you will get bent over on mixed drinks (think 12€+ in Paris) in many countries, although they're pretty cheap in Spain. Don't ask for Red Bull & Vodka in France, as taurine is illegal there, although if you do find a bar who'll sell it to you, it will NOT be cheap. It also pinpoints you immediately as a tourist, and you'll start getting charged more for everything!

Most of all - have fun! See where the people at your hostels are going. Check out flyers at the clubwear and record stores (maybe get some new threads THERE). Go with the flow and end up where you end up and you're gonna have a kick-ass time.
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Good info, OMI.

About the whole curfew thing...it seems to me that if you're gonna party all night in curfew hostel, you can just go back at like 7am.

Anyone ever done that??
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I've done that plenty of times... especially in Barcelona, where the party doesn't even start to wind down 'til 8am! So that does work.. but sometimes you either get too hammered or *gulp* bored and want to come back before then.

Also, a lot of the hostels that have curfews have lockouts from, for example, 11 am to 3 pm, when they're supposedly cleaning the place up, and you can't be sleeping in
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Cheers guys!!!!

thanks for all the help - i'm sure i'll pull an all nighter at least once - for the experience at least

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