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Poll Clubs 2021: Rex Club


Location: Paris, France

Capacity: 800

The history of the Rex Club spans decades. The iconic building known as the Grand Rex originally opened its doors as a cinema in 1932, and 40 years later, the downstairs area that was once home to the orchestra became a new home for dancers — Rex Club was born. In the mid-’80s it became the best spot in town for alternative music, from rock and funk to punk and new wave, and its first electronic music night came about in 1988.

Rex Club is synonymous with the legendary Laurent Garnier and his Wake Up parties that ran from ’92 to ’99, and the venue still regularly showcases the cream of the crop of local Parisian talent nowadays. Key club nights include Club Téton, DELIGHTED, Mézigue and Folamour’s resident club nights, and D’julz’s long-standing Bass Culture parties. Other residents include Molly, Chloé, Traumer, DJ Deep, Leo Pol, and some new artists joining the line-up this year, including Marina Trench, Raphael Top Secret and Miley Serious.

The club boasts an impressive d&b audiotechnik soundsystem, and now that it's set for re-opening this September, it’ll be all systems go for France’s go-to clubbing destination.



Poll Clubs 2020: Rex Club

Location: Paris, France
Capacity: 800

The story of Rex Club has been told countless times. Occupying a space in Grand Rex, one of the most iconic cinemas in Paris, which itself is among the most filmic cities in the world, dance events were first held here in the aftermath of World War II, although it was Laurent Garnier’s decision to use the venue for his Wake Up party series in 1992 that marked the beginning of the venue’s current life.

Refusing to stop for breath since then, or veer from a policy of underground electronic beats, over the last 12 months a complete refurbishment has taken place, but the history and legendary atmosphere are still prominent from the moment you arrive. Hosting regular soirées with the likes of D’Julz, Chloé, DJ Deep, Acid Arab, Folamour and Traumer at the helm, Rex remains the French capital’s go-to spot for house, techno, electro and disco, with added heritage.

Praslea, Sonja Moonear, Ellen Allien, Octave One, Raresh, Mr. G and Daniel Avery are among the luminaries to have stopped by since DJ Mag last compiled this poll, all making the most of a world-class, crisp and commanding 56-speaker d&b audiotechnik rig.


Poll Clubs 2016: REX CLUB

Nothing has changed at the most legendary club in France during the last 12 months. And why should it? Let’s start with the basics. One of the oldest venues on the nocturnal map, with a past that goes back further than the 28 years of electronic music Laurent Garnier jump-started, Rex Club is a mecca for Parisians and global clubbers in the know. 

The proud home of nights such as Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant, D’Julz’s Bass Culture, Deeply Rooted — lead by DJ Deep — and the Didier Allyne and Phil Weeks soiree, Get Underground, based on residents alone — which also include Djebali, Chloe, Ivan Smagghe, Seuil and Le Loup — you could happily come here week in, week out, and never get bored. This is before we mention the constant stream of major guests — Seth Troxler, Lil’ Louis, Derrick May, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Ellen Allien, Apollonia, Mr. G, Peter Van Hoesen, and Matias Aguayo to name but a handful from recent times. Still one room only, still sporting a mighty D&B system so everyone can hear everything crystal-clear, no matter where they are inside, its status as a permanent fixture on our Top 100 Clubs list should surprise nobody.