AskDefine | Define nightlife

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  1. The selection of nocturnal activities, especially nightclubs
    Rio de Janeiro boasts the best nightlife in South America


Selection of nocturnal activities

Extensive Definition

Nightlife is the collective term for any entertainment that is available and more popular from the late evening into the early hours of the morning. It includes the pubs, nightclubs, bars, live music, cabaret, small theatres, small cinemas, shows, and sometimes restaurants a specific area may have. Nightlife encompasses entertainment from the fairly tame to the risque to the seedy. Nightlife entertainment is inherently edgier than daytime amusements, and usually more oriented to young adults. Under some rubrics, Nightlife also encompasses such "adult entertainment" as a red-light district.
For instance, many young people would choose to go to Berlin or other such places "for the nightlife" as there is a wide range of clubs and other such places to go, although there may not be much else on offer in the locality. Madrid is particularly well known for the range of ages that participate in the nightlife and for the extended hours that they stay out. For example, the last call in Montreal is at 3am and Afterhour clubs open at 4am to close near 11am. Dublin is also an immensely popular destination for revellers wanting to experience its vibrant nightlife, with the Irish Government crediting this with a large upturn in the city's tourism in the last 15 years.

See also

  • Cover charge, the flat fee for admission to nightclubs and bars
nightlife in German: Nachtleben
nightlife in Spanish: Vida nocturna
nightlife in Macedonian: Ноќен живот
nightlife in Portuguese: Vida noturna
nightlife in Chinese: 夜生活
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