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Poll Clubs 2011: Café D'Anvers
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BELGIUM is steeped in rave tradition. Consider the peerless, innovative R&S Records, underground dance stable Music Man, and techno stronghold Fuse. No big surprise, then, that the country has its fair share of great clubs, and Café D'Anvers is up there with the best. Born in 1989 in a 16th century church, the club has since become shorthand for underground house and techno excellence, with the no-sell-out booking policy, knowledgeable crowd and requisite booming system that are the typical ingredients for a successful, principled space. Referring to itself as "A statue in nightlife" due to its long running stalwart status, Café D'Anvers has consistently attracted the absolute best DJs in dance music. Just look at the wall of fame on their website: Carl Craig, Derrick Carter, Laurent Garnier, Mark Broom, Steve Bug and DJ T and so on.