The world's definitive list of dance venues – Top 100 Clubs, powered by Miller Genuine Draft – has made its yearly return!
This year’s poll saw a record breaking number of voters! Close to half a million of you chose your top five places to party, demonstrating your passion for the clubs that define your weekends.
We've analysed the data to explore the stories behind this year’s ranking. Which territories are dominant? Where are they emerging? Which new clubs are shaking things up? It’s all here!
Read on for our breakdown of the trends, predictions and winners of Top 100 Clubs 2016, powered by Miller Genuine Draft.
BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR
It has been another incredible year for the club scene in Brazil. With seven clubs in the top 50, the South American juggernaut's position as the most powerful emerging clubbing force in the world is safe for another year. Although last year’s winner, Green Valley, slipped to No.2, there is little doubt of Brazil’s dominance in this poll, and the global scene.
THE AMERICAN DREAM
For the first time in the poll’s history, USA, has the highest number of ranked clubs (15). Five Las Vegas venues feature in the poll, including Omnia, who are this year’s Highest New Entry.
In New York, Verboten and Output both feature, pointing to a thriving underground scene in The Big Apple. It’s not all about the traditional US cities either. Washington’s Echostage is a standout performer in 2016, climbing to No.13 in this year’s poll.
IBIZA STRIKES BACK
Ibiza is strong as ever, it seems. Three of the Island’s clubs make the top five. However the big story is around Space Ibiza, who regain the No.1 position in their final year of operation. It’s fitting that the iconic venue will bow out with a swan-song win. ‘The World’s Most Awarded Club’ have won this poll four times in the last six years, more than any other venue. They’ll be sorely missed in 2017.
NEW NATIONS & RETURNING HEROES
This year’s poll welcomes new venues in Indonesia and Thailand, while China is proving that ‘superpower’ is a term that can describe their club scene as well as their economy.
The arrival of White Club, in Dubai, means that UAE finally have a ranked club. The thriving club scene in The Emirates suggests that more clubs will follow in future.
Elsewhere, it’s a welcome return to the poll for Sydney’s Chinese Laundry. The dance music institution is one of Australia’s longest running nightclubs. Their inclusion in this year’s poll marks a return for the country, who had no ranked venues in last year’s poll.
Overall, Top 100 Clubs 2016 is more globally representative than ever. The 100 clubs come from 36 different countries and range from global temples of EDM to bastians of the underground.
These venues – and many more besides – are the lifeblood of our scene. We thank you all for voting, and helping us to celebrate them, once again!