Booze cruises, toga parties, and beach bashes -- the Rising Cock will ensure your memories of this Algarve town are muddled at best. Lagos is known for its all-night party scene and this hostel is right in the middle of the action.
Queenstown, New Zealand
One word for this hostel: badass! The place has a huge, restaurant-sized kitchen, top-notch showers and toilets, and a large lounge. Plus, most rooms have balconies. Moreover, unlike other hostels in New Zealand, this one doesn’t have a bar -- which is actually a good thing because it means you can drink your own booze inside. Which, in turn, leads people to stick around and socialize at night, instead of spending money at the bars. The hostel also hosts nightly activities, including a $10 pub crawl, and has a free dinner and quiz night on Sunday!
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