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Dublin is the 5th ‘Las Vegas of Europe’ – Data Reveals Top European ‘Sin Cities’

Las Vegas holds enormous acclaim for being the city people visit to let loose. Five-star hotels, glamorous casinos, fine dining, and a famous array of nightlife characterise Sin City.

New analysis by Finnish casino review site Bonusetu has revealed which European cities best replicate the renowned gambling capital of the world.


  1. Bucharest

Romanian capital Bucharest is crowned the Las Vegas of Europe. The city has by far the most casinos with 160 at nearly 9 per 100k residents. Despite its moderate ranking for five-star hotels coming in at 17th, its top ten nightlife status alongside the huge abundance of gambling make it Europe’s Las Vegas.

  1. Prague

Prague has the most 5-star rated nightlife locations per capita of all cities in Europe with 162 across the city; equating to more than 12 per 100k of the population. The Czech capital also sports the second most casinos with 56, enough to see it comfortably in second place.

  1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam takes the top spot for restaurants featured in the Michelin Guide per capita with 70 restaurants making for more than six per 100k population. 

Ranking fifth in casinos per capita, sixth for the number of five-star hotels, and fourth for five-star nightlife locations allows the Dutch capital to make the top 3.

  1. London

London’s 163 five-star hotels put it second in the per capita rankings with this making for 1.75 per 100k people. England’s capital also features the third most casinos with 53, and an abundance of Michelin Guide restaurants put it ninth in this category with 0.57 per 100k population.

  1. Dublin

Dublin is ranked third in terms of casinos per capita of these European cities with almost two for every 100k residents. As well as this, strong rankings for nightlife and five-star hotels allow the Irish capital into the top five of the list.

  1. Rome

The Italian capital is the city with the most five-star hotels per capita in Europe with almost two for every 100k of its population. 124 five-star rated nightlife locations across the city also put it in the top ten of this category.

  1. Copenhagen

Copenhagen ranks fourth for casinos per capita with just over 1.5 per 100k, and fifth in terms of Michelin restaurants with more than four per 100k, allowing it to become the only Scandinavian city in the top ten.

  1. Antwerp

Containing the second most Michelin Guide restaurants per capita at just over five per 100k, whilst ranking 12th relatively for 5 starred nightlife locations allows the Belgian city into the eighth spot of the list.

  1. Rotterdam
  2. The Dutch city of Rotterdam comes in ninth with its relative abundance of casinos and Michelin restaurants per capita boosting it up the rankings.
  1. Lisbon

Sporting the third most 5-star hotels per capita at just over one and a half, while maintaining a reasonable rank for nightlife allows the Portuguese city to just squeeze into the top ten.

A spokesperson from Bonusetu commented: “Vegas is really the dream destination for avid gamblers; but it is not accessible to everyone, being an expensive place to travel to. This data can point casino lovers toward cities that can fulfil their lust for that high life within Europe.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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