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A neon gauntlet of clubs, pubs and fast-food outfits, Playa’s Veronicas Strip is strictly for the young, free and single. Think glammed-up teens teetering between shot bars, groups of lads getting on it and dance floors packed with kids doing things that would put their mothers in an early grave.
A den of no-strings-attached debauchery, it’s a potential heaven for under 25s and possible hell for everyone else (hey, who are we to put an age limit on partying hard?).
If you’re in Playa, over 25 and looking for a laugh, make a beeline for ‘The Patch’. Here, you’ll find a string of jumping live-music bars cranking up classic rock, Motown and soul after nightfall.
For something a little more offbeat, try one of Tenerife’s world-famous cabaret shows, where scantily clad drag queens whip audiences up into a nightly riot. On Sundays, your best bet is the Music Hall Tavern (Av. Rafael Puig), where, over a three-course meal with free-flowing booze, you’ll be dazzled by a flurry of sequins, feathers and eyebrow-raising songs.
Playa isn’t the only place that knows how to party. Next door in Los Cristianos, the scene is still buzzing but far less tinged with chaos, making it the perfect foil to its shot-necking neighbour.
Catering for all ages and set against the twinkling harbour, it’s a mix of karaoke joints, Irish pubs, late-night music haunts and traditional tapas bars. Whether you’re after something refined or a little rough around the edges, Los Cristianos has something up its sleeve.
If you’re seeking sophistication, it’s all about Costa Adeje. This slinky new resort is the rising star of Tenerife, packed with glitzy cocktail bars, top-notch restaurants and Ibiza-style lounges. Far more exclusive than its older cousins, Costa Adeje still manages to strike a balance between casual and too-cool-for-school, so don’t feel intimidated by its chi-chi reputation.
Up in the north, Puerto de la Cruz is home to a far more eclectic party scene that actually sees tourists mixing with locals.
Wiggle the night away in steamy Latino clubs to a mix of salsa and reggaeton, duck into sizzling Cuban bars or stick to what you know in pie-and-pint pubs. It’s totally up to you. Puerto de la Cruz also has the closest thing to a gay district you'll find on Tenerife, with rainbow flags flying from bars along Avenida Familia Betancourt y Molina.
With something for everyone and buckets of local flavour, it’s a refreshing change from the hard-house clubs of the south.