Top 100 Clubs, powered by Miller Genuine Draft is the ultimate guide to the world’s best nightclubs. But many of you tell us that you also use it as a global clubbing guide too – like a bucket list of cities and cultures to experience, parties to attend and festivals to lose yourself at.
We wanted to expand on that to bring you a monthly guide to some of the world’s key dance music destinations – some that you will be familiar with, and some that could be new to you.
We begin in Canada. The nation that Richie Hawtin, Deadmau5 and A Trak like to call ‘home’ has a wealth of world-class clubbing destinations to explore.
Here are a selection of our favourite Canadian clubbing experiences. Think we have missed some? Let us know your favourites in the comments below.
CIRCUS AFTERHOURS, MONTREAL
To describe Montreal’s Circus Afterhours as a den of iniquity is an understatement. Located off the dingy backstreets of Montreal’s own gay village, these three rooms are designed with only the most hardened night owls in mind.
Kicking off at 2am and running until 10am, this club doesn’t skimp on production either, decking the halls from top to bottom with themed décor depending on the occasion, while regularly inviting fire-breathers, burlesque dancers and acrobats to take energy levels through the roof.
Montreal’s clubbers love an afterhours jaunt. Just like Circus, Stereo won’t get going until 2am. This is either a result of a city-wide insomnia epidemic or a shared appreciation of repetitive night music (we think the latter). Conceived as a reaction against VIP culture, the ethos at Stereo is that everyone is equal.The music policy is fittingly demure, as is the slick, red-laser-strip décor and underground house soundtrack.
Don’t for a second think Canada is only about high-production superclubs. With a capacity of 250, Footwork is an intimate party spot for lovers of undergorund house music. In addition to supporting local talent, Footwork has recently hosted Nick Curly, Richie Hawtin and Scuba.
OPEN STUDIOS, VANCOUVER
Open Studios is a cool warehouse space kitted out for 1200 party people. The venue is used for all sorts of events, from exhibitions to club nights and maintains that raw, underground feel of warehouse venues in London or New York. Fiitingly for this type of venue, the prevailing sound is techno, with Fred P and Drumcell recently dropping by.
Part of the monumental complex that sits on the shoreline of Lake Ontario, Guvernment welcomes a plethora of specialist socialites each weekend. Trendsetting on a multi-genre flex, nights range from prestigious awards occasions such as the Independent Music Awards to mass hordes gathering for large-scale concerts from the likes of Foals and Netsky. But of course, it’s its gritty late-night shift we’re most interested in. You’ll catch anyone from Armin van Buuren to Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold and Thomas Gold, spinning on the brick-shit-house soundsystem any given weekend.
NEW CITY GAS, MONTREAL
New City Gas is changing the image of Montreal’s nightlife scene. The deserted industrial warehouse space has been lovingly converted into a slick, yet raw arena, providing a much-needed platform for the biggest EDM acts - including Tiesto & David Guetta - to perform.