Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Don’t let Halcyon’s small size fool you: This one-room outpost roars louder than most mega-clubs around. Opened in 2016, the venue boasts the perfect formula for late-night revelry: a powerful Pioneer XY soundsystem, advanced lighting and a 24-hour license. The team behind Halcyon goes the extra mile to create a unique experience week in and week out, including décor that alternates weekly and a rotating roster of world-class artists often new to the city. Past bookings include Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber and Skream. Halcyon also champions San Francisco’s burgeoning electronic scene, which has earned the club a strong local and international following.
Location: Guangzhou, China
Although there is a focus on table hire and VIPs at Catwalk, the club also also caters to serous dancers. Huge LED screens surround the dancefloor, with a raised DJ Booth at the far end and plenty of high spec lights and lasers beaming down from all angles, including from a hanging spaceship style rig in the centre of the room. Musically, house, techno and hip-hop are the main staples, and outside the club is a space that has vendors BBQing meat skewers if you need to re-fuel.
Location: London, UK
Studio 338 have had a turbulent few years. Following a gutting fire in 2016, they spent a year rebuilding before re-launching in late 2017 with a whole new design and upgraded sound and layout infrastructure to host the likes of Sven Väth, Loco Dice, Guti, Marco Carola and more. Despite being known for its dance music programming, 338 is also a functioning arts space, opening most days and nights hosting events across the art spectrum. It’s the weekends though when it comes alive, with 2018 seeing parties from Music On, Sankeys, ABODE, Defected, Zoo Project and many more dance music institutions.
Location: Paris, France
Tucked away just behind the Champs-Élysées, Zig Zag was responsible for some of Paris’ most legendary house and techno parties between November 2013 and January 1 this year. Now closed, with the team behind it currently running the city’s hyped new AAA parties, Zig Zag remained a hot ticket right until its last event. Key DJs to command the less-is-more room and its fine-tuned Funktion One soundsystem in its last year included Etienne De Crécy, Agoria, Sven Väth, Pleasurekraft, Amine Edge & DANCE, and Rodriguez Jr. While its physical presence didn’t last too long, Zig Zag’s stamp will be imprinted on the city’s soundscape for years to come.
Location: Foshan, China
In a country that does little on a small scale, Club Galame is a fitting venue. The huge main theatre room, boasting equally massive background lighting and stacked system, was built to make an impression.
Understatement of the century, having first welcomed revellers in 2009, 2015 meant all-change for the address, with a complete redesign looking to celebrate the building’s heritage, while bringing the place bang up-to-date technically. A job well done, with recent sets from Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Oliver Heldens, Paul Van Dyk, Steve Aoki, and Don Diablo testament to how powerful this place is.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Though Tokyo and Seoul dominate the map in East Asia, Jakarta aims to put its own pin in the chart with Colosseum Club. Formerly a hotel venue, when the hotel closed, Colosseum’s founders took the whole lot over. Conducting a renovation was a Herculean task, thanks to the club’s size (over 10,800 feet); something they rose to with a Madrix LED chandelier, CO2 cannons and more pyrotechnics. Yet all this bang and bluster would be meaningless without DJs to fill the space. “The Top 100 DJs in the DJ Mag list are what we aim to have every Friday,” says Ayu Anindita from the venue. “Next up we are going to have Zedd, Andrew Rayel, Tujamo and many more.”
Location: Miami, FL, USA
Twenty-four/seven superclubs aren’t just for Europe anymore. The stereotype that America still has some serious catching up to do when it comes to clubland has been challenged in Miami with E11EVEN, a swanky, top-of-the-line, celebrity-laden venue that is open around the clock. The one-of-a-kind ultraclub has reimagined entertainment by splitting its 20,000-square-foot space into part lounge, part show-experience, replete with performance artists and dancers. Featuring four 24-hour full service bars, the $40 million award-winning venue books stars to match: in the past year, its stage has hosted Drake, Lil Wayne, P Diddy, Diplo, Zedd, Ludacris, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Halsey, Dada Life, Future, Carnage, Dash Berlin, A-Trak, Markus Schulz and more. There’s something every day for those with a taste for it.
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Home is Sydney’s only real super-club. It has views overlooking Darling Harbour and is spread over three floors that are constantly renovated and updated. A broad music policy sees r&b sit next to electro nights, house parties next to techno raves and plenty in-between. Production levels are high at each event and Nima Gorji, Clive Henry, Archie Hamilton, Fred P and London Elektricity have all played in the last year, making this a sure bet if you’re looking for a party down under.
Location: Miami, Florida
A longtime Miami staple — and fixture on our Top 100 Clubs list — Space Miami has been under new ownership for a little over a year, and the 24/7 club now feels like a fresh, inspired reboot of the iconic Ibiza outpost we all knew and loved. Space's new parents are a trio of locals who have been passionately pushing Miami's underground electronic music scene for years: Davide Danese, Coloma Kaboomsky and David Sinopoli know how to bring the world's greatest underground and indie acts to town. A highlight of 2017 was the addition of a new live music venue on the club’s ground floor (aptly named The Ground), which has already hosted the likes of HVOB, Front 242, r&b starlet SZA, and an Anjunadeep label showcase.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Located in the Shin-Kiba bay area in Tokyo, AgeHa has become renowned for its impeccable sound. With a 2,400 capacity on the main dancefloor alone, it’s Tokyo’s biggest club with a cavernous interior where you can expect to hear techno and electro from Tokyo’s best residents. In the summer, a purpose-built beach and outdoor pool stage expand the club further, making the shuttle bus trip to get there a little more bearable. Musically, it’s mostly Japanese DJs with the odd international guest, including Lost Frequencies and Etnica. With the venue seeing 200,000 people a year through its doors, it often feels more like a festival than a traditional clubbing experience.