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.
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
House Of Yes bills itself as “the best venue ever” and, though a bold claim, it’s also quite convincing. The venue identifies as a temple of expression, a safe space, a creative playground and a performance-fueled nightclub, so to label it just a club is to sell this imaginative heaven short. The venue creates unique nightlife experiences via interactive theatrics, aerial circus spectacles and experience design, all powered by performance, audience interaction and music. While past DJs and artists include Todd Terry, Greg Wilson and Sharam, the magic really lives in the venue’s internal programming, which includes theatre, performance art, variety shows, burlesque nights, drag competitions and vogue balls. House Of Yes welcomes weirdos of all shapes and sizes, making it a home for everyone and anyone. Just say “yes” when the house beckons.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
What can we say about Subbie that hasn’t been said before? Three decades in and still noisier than a toddler with a megaphone mid-tantrum, its reputation for incredible atmosphere and ridiculously good bookings is known the world over.
Home to sessions like Harri & Domenic’s era-spanning Subculture and Slam’s feted Return To Mono, while 2017’s 30th anniversary offered plenty to get excited about, business as usual takes some beating; Martin Audio sonics, low ceilings, rowdy floor, and guests ranging from Honey Dijon and The Black Madonna, to Mr. G, Carl Craig, and Ben UFO. The stuff of legend.
Location: Osaka, Japan
It might be fresh to the Top 100 but Club Piccadilly has been pushing upfront club sounds in the heart of Osaka’s business district Umeda for five years. A striking and unique venue modelled on an old movie theatre, the club aspires to the classic Piccadilly Circus spirit, where all cultures and energies collide under a neon sky. Major league DJs collide there, too. Local turntablist hero B=Ball hosts LA beat-style events every Friday, while Saturday is all about the heavyweight EDM action with the likes of Will Sparks, Dash Berlin, Jillionaire, Oliver Heldens, Tujamo and many more all passing through its doors in the last 12 months.
With a regular spot in our DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll, it’s no wonder Brooklyn’s favorite techno outpost, Output, clinched out a Best Of North America win. As one reader commented, “The sound system is hands down one of the best in the five boroughs.” Having spent more than one night immersed inside its Funktion One laden walls, we are hard-pressed to disagree. The 12,000-square-foot venue is a converted warehouse, with unvarnished concrete and exposed steel beams lending a vibe that suits its regular line-ups – think residents like Horse Meat Disco, Bonobo and Seth Troxler.
The name Verboten has been synonymous with New York City underground nightlife for over a decade. The once-mobile party set up a permanent post in Williamsburg in 2014 and has been booking the likes of Damian Lazarus, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers ever since. The 10,000-square-foot former metal shop, featuring two rooms, multiple skylights and industrial accents, create an aesthetic perfect for peak hours.
Designed to serve the dance music lovers’ desires, The Control Room features a Martin Audio soundsystem, acoustic ceiling panels, panoramic video walls, raised seating areas and a sprung wood dancefloor. The smaller Cabaret Bar is a warmer, more intimate space with its own soundsystem, designed to function with or completely independently from the main room. Littered with overstuffed leather banquettes, soundproof curtains, neon chandeliers, and a burned concrete bar, it plays host to day parties, smaller week-night events, art shows, cabaret and [eventually] a small plates restaurant. Verboten fruits never tasted so sweet.