British ‘lads’ have been on the scene since the 90s, but this culture has enjoyed a serious boom in recent years. Now one of the mainstays of laddish behaviour is the idea of taking a trip abroad with your mates, to soak up the sun, down a few beers and take home enough anecdotes for a few months’ worth of banter.
These trips vary from a weekend away playing golf, to two weeks wreaking havoc on a Greek island. Here’s our guide to the best lads holiday destinations to help you plan a trip you’ll never forget (no matter how many pints you drink).
For a short city break, you can’t beat Budapest – it’s cheap as chips (a pint costs around £2) and there’s a buzzing bar scene. Check out the quirky ‘ruin bars’ – one of the longest-running and most popular with tourists is Szimpla Kert – then make the short journey to ‘Party Island’. On the river that divides Buda and Pest (seriously), the island is home to some wicked clubs and bars. Recover the next day by taking in the thermal waters of one of Budapest’s outdoor spas – some of them even host pool parties with DJs – check out the Cinetrip Sparty website for details.
Looking for the perfect beach holiday? Gumbet in Turkey is set to become the new Magaluf, except it’s a lot cheaper for flights and accommodation. During the day you can laze around on the beach or splash out on a private boat tour. Come evening, there’s a strip of bars to choose from (aptly named Bar Street) and beer costs about £2 a pint. You can finish your night with a cracking Turkish kebab.
If you want to combine vibrant city nightlife with sun, sea and sand – Barcelona’s got it all and the Catalonian capital that parties all night has recently been named as one Europe’s Party Hotspots in some research. You can spend a day at the beach, then head to the city’s bars and nightclubs. The average pint costs around €2.50 and you can nibble free food with every drink you order in tapas bars like Bar Mingus.
Amsterdam has a lot going for it – you can cycle round the city on a beer bike, cruise down the canal and then spruce up for a night at Jimmy Woo’s – one of Amsterdam’s top clubs. Drinks aren’t that cheap in Amsterdam however – a pint of lager will set you back €5.
Still the best holiday hotspot if you and the lads want the ultimate party experience. It’s not cheap – a pint is around £8 and club entry can cost over £50 – but Ibiza is so popular for a reason. It has the best clubs in the world – Amnesia, Pacha, Space, DC10… If you want non-stop dancing and cool bars, start saving up. Everyone should go to Ibiza at least once in their lifetime.
Europe boasts some great lads holiday destinations, no matter how you and your mates want to celebrate summer.