Clubbing culture is all around us, but if we're really going to talk about the Best Nightclubs in the World it's time to ditch Vegas and Miami and get global. Vibrating dance floors, 24 hour benders, rainforest fetes, massive warehouse complexes and star-studded lineups are what we're after - so if you're ready to get serious about clubbing, read on below for the Top 10 Hottest Nightclubs on the planet.
Location: Ibiza Town, Spain
While their full-blown brand is miles above most clubs in any city they seize, the prize has to go to the one that started it all. First founded on Stiges Beach in 1967, Pacha made its arrival in Ibiza in the early '70s. Today, it is the definition of Ibiza clubbing - be-jeweled go go dancers, five massive rooms, an untouchable VIP guest list, and note-worthy talent all year round.
Weekly parties pull residencies like Sander Kleinenberg and Swedish House Mafia, plus Pete Tong's curated Friday nights, which pluck artists ranging from Bookashade to Usher to Paul Oakenfold. If you're craving a fresh party every night of the week, Pacha is where it's at.
Taking it's name from the French Creole word for "party", Zouk has single-handedly revolutionized the Asia clubbing scene. Housed along the Singapore River, the Zouk complex contains a combination of three very different warehouses-turned-clubs.
Offering everything from an artsy chill-out lounge bathed in velvet and Andy Warhol prints to their massive main dance arena, Zouk has earned recognition for avoiding the Top 40 playlists and pioneering nightly lineups to include the likes of Oakenfold, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, and John Digweed, putting Singapore on the map. Resident DJs have gained world fame and their annual festival ZoukOut pulls tens of thousands each year with headlining acts including Armin, Tiesto, PVD, and more to make this one of the most notable clubbing brands on the globe.
Location: Camboriu, Brazil
Nestled in the Brazilian rainforest amidst three picturesque lakes in the Atlantic Forest lies Brazil's largest open-air club. Weekends draw crowds by the thousands with a hand-picked lineup that boasts Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, and Ferry Corsten.
Surrounded by a patchwork of bars lining the edge of the forest and amped up by pyrotechnics (nitrogen cannons, flamethrowers, confetti explosions), this mega club is armed with enviable VIP sections, restaurant lounges, and even a ladies clothing boutique - just to cover all the bases.
Location: London, UK
Drawing a mixed crowd ranging from Euro ravers to East End hipsters, London's Fabric has maintained its global popularity by focusing on what matters most: the music.
Offering clubbers three independent rooms - one of which features a vibrating dancefloor cued to the bass frequencies blasting from the speakers - Fabric pulls together a top-notch blend of live acts, veteran DJs, drum and bass, hip hop, electro, underground house, and much more. We dare you to find a night you don't like.
Location: Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza
Dubbed the "Best Global Club" by the International Dance Music Awards not once but twice, Space has gathered close to a cult following. Sprawled across what was once an enormous parking lot and subjected to the booming engines of the nearby airport, Space's reputation lays with it's reverent DJ history and iconic daytime parties.
While newer laws have cut down the length of Space parties, their revelers are still a different breed. Arrive early to watch the sun go down, crow along with the crowds as airplanes rumble overhead, and party till you can't party anymore (seriously). Take a virtual tour of the venue here.
Berghain Panorama Bar
Location: Berlin, Germany
Situated in a former power plant behind the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station, Berghain has built its reputation on notoriety. Stripped down to exposed steel and concrete with a rigid no photo policy, the once-fetish club (until 2003) still maintains a knack for hedonism. But besides the sexual openness that still pervades there, Berghain is also one of the world's premiere techno clubs.
If you manage to get past the bouncers (there is no VIP policy and wait times can easily exceed two hours), this club's parties and its upstairs house-oriented Panorama Bar can power through for days with peak times lasting from 4am-10am and DJ sets rarely coming short of three hours. Not for the faint of heart!
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Cozy up in this cocoon and you may never want to leave. The brainchild of German DJ Sven Väth and an architect's wet dream, this futuristic club leaves no detail unattended. Explore the iridescent stretch of "membrane wall", take in the awe-inducing 360 degree honeycombed projection-screen walls, incredible light productions, or inhabit a little cocoon of your very own - complete with minibar, mood lighting, and your own personal sound system.
Add to the evening two culinary hot spots - award-winning The Micro, which offers diners the "club within a club" atmosphere beneath fiber string installations and pulsing projections and Silk, a modern gourmet restaurant that softly changes color - complete the night.
Location: Toronto, Canada
If you're on the hunt for a worthwhile club closer to home, look no further than Canada's pride and joy, Guvernment. Withstanding crowds of 10,000 with the main room packing 4,000 people, this massive complex houses nine (NINE!) decked out rooms offering guests sky high views, Moroccan vibes, and futuristic themes with more to spare.
Kool Haus, their 2,500 capacity live music venue, pulls in a range of artists including Gov't Mule, Katy Perry, NOFX, Bob Dylan, and Lady Gaga. But as far as The Guvernment's DJ focus goes, Saturday nights are where it's at - offering big name talent with notable headliners including Deadmau5, Armin, Ferry Corsten, Sasha, and many others.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Discreet from the outside, only a small sign denotes this club's existence. But for those in the know, Womb is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots to party on the globe. Located in the upscale Shibuya district, this chic four level club offers something for everyone. Dance the night away on the main floor with air jet blasters and world-class DJs, take a break in their cozy lounge, or look down on all the action from a VIP glass booth.
Focused on hard-hitting techno, house, tribal, and drum & bass with a knockout laser light show reflecting off Tokyo's largest disco ball, this Japanese hotspot has won the international crowd over.
The Halikarnas Club
Location: Bodrum, Turkey
If you're ready to ditch the heat of the clubs and get out under the stars, Halikarnas is where it's at. Operating since the '70s and still one of the largest open-air clubs in the world, this enormous beach club ignites between May and October each year as the warm weather rolls in.
Emulating Ancient Roman architecture and built along the Aegean Sea, clubbers are invited to access the club by boat or by land and guests have included Mick Jagger, Valentino, Princess Margaret, and many others. Pioneering Turkish clubbing culture, expect wild foam parties, pop star appearances, elaborate stage productions, powerful laser shows, free vodka nights, and beautiful views of the water.
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