It’s hard to pin point the best city overall but depending on what you want to do it’s a lot easier to narrow it down. Are you having a stag party and planning to chase the local women? Well if you’re reading this I’m basically writing this article from the viewpoint of a single guy looking to have some fun.
I wouldn’t rule out Prague immediately even though british stag parties, italian and spanish tourists have basically made the locals a bit stand offish to foreigners. It’s still a good city but it’s true that if you’re foreigner looking to score that your value has dropped quite a lot since the iron curtain went down. Prague is the most westernised city in EE with the most tourists. Yes, the ratios in nightclubs are bad and I am going to admit I’m not the biggest expert on the nightlife scene in Prague I need to spend more time to give good reliable info but the few clubs I hit had horrible ratios with too many thirsty tourists hitting on girls. I’m definitely going to revisit this topic and write an article specifically about the nightlife in Prague when I’ve investigated the city more thoroughly but for now my impression of the nightlife has been meh.
Belgrade isn’t as destroyed as Prague when it comes to tourists pissing off the locals but the city is slowly moving towards that path. Rents here are far lower than Prague so expect both hotels and airbnb to be significantly cheaper. If you’re also looking for the whole move to EE to save money experience, Belgrade should definitely be on your list. Ratios are good enough in the clubs(considerably better than what I saw in Prague) but again I’m not a local so I can’t give the hottest hidden gems in town.
A city I like a lot that still relatively untouched by western hoardes is Warsaw. Unlike Krakow and Wroclaw where the student populations are noticeable, Warsaw has over 3 million residents the small amount of tourists it receives in comparsion to Prague is barely noticeable. If you traveling alone or with a group of guys looking to party and score with the local girls Warsaw is still a pretty decent spot but keep in mind that things are changing fast and it feels like everywhere you go in EE these days the locals are becoming more standoffish and I noticed the same trend in Poland. You will definitely notice the difference between Warsaw and other popular eastern european cities when you’re exploring the nightlife. If you hit the nightclubs and bars in Prague you will see tourists as far as the eye can see. However that isn’t to say nightlife in Warsaw is good, it’s actually pretty bad because the ratios are awful, many more men than women. Try to meet women during the day. Also another dislike about Warsaw though: logistics, Warsaw is just big enough and spread out to make logistics a bit difficult. The entire nightlife scene isn’t concentrated to one city block so you need a bit of careful planning and understanding of the venues before you go to there or you can get disappointed. Therefore, I’ve also written a guide about the best nightclubs in Warsaw.
You might think the mother of eastern european cities, Moscow and Petersburg are ridden with tourists but they are actually not. Partly because they are both big cities so tourists are not as noticeable and partly because most people doesn’t go through the hassle of getting a visa to russia just for a quick vacation. If you have the energy to get the visa, you would be pleasantly surprised to find out that both Petersburg and Moscow are relatively untouched by hoardes of tourists. Now if you’re single guy and your main objective is to chase women I should warn you that russians in first tier cities aren’t that impressed by westerners. You have better luck pulling the western guy card in Ukraine than Russia. There is a lot of new money in Moscow and Petersburg(moreso in Moscow). Honestly I would say that both Petersburg and Moscow are hidden-unhidden gems in EE. They’re known and should not be considered the off beaten path but oddly enough you just won’t see that many tourists here and nightlife is really good here. But beware scams do happen and there are stories about tourists getting drugged at clubs and their credit cards maxed out while under the influence. Be wary of women that make it a bit too easy for you.