Twenty-one: The booziest birthday is also the last big, breathtaking bash before real adulthood sets in. Therefore, it is well worthwhile to go all-out in celebration of your newfound ability to drink legally and liberally. For a true 21st you won’t soon forget (after the mists of inebriation lift, that is) you should book a flight to any of these exhilarating cities for new and old drinkers alike.

11New York City

In many ways, the Big Apple was built for drinking. Public transportation around Manhattan and its sister boroughs could not be easier — trains come every five minutes or so during high-traffic times — and NYC boasts more than 2,600 bars, pubs, and taverns by most estimates. Any 21st bash in the city that never sleeps will be long, loud, and liberating. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!

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