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Possibly the most misleadingly named club on the planet, a journey to Amnesia is still one of the most unforgettable experiences around. Ibiza's original hedonistic wonderland, the venue's magic has been rooted in acid house folklore ever since 1987. For it was then, on Amnesia's star-lit terrace, that the London rogues of Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway and Johnny Walker were first seduced by the Balearic charms of open-air raving, virginal Ecstasy experiences and a certain Alfredo blending early acid house classics, Chicago tracks and songs like Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' and even Phil Collins' epic rock anthem 'In The Air Tonight'.

Well documented, the experiences inspired the quartet to export the Balearic vibe to the capital with Danny Rampling's Shoom! and Paul Oakenfold's Spectrum becoming London's first legendary acid house clubs.

But whilst those names exist in legend, San Rafael's Amnesia remains at the heart of today's scene. With guests like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos and Mathew Jonson, Sven Väth's Cocoon (Monday nights) remains one of the most hedonistic big room techno celebrations you can find, whilst Cream (Thursday nights) caters for the populist rushes of trance and electro-house from Above & Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and The Swedish House Mafia.

As for the venue itself, the magic is still in the air. Amnesia's atrium-like terrace might now be covered but it still possesses that uniquely Balearic vibe thanks to its verdant plumage and stoned Finca-styled walls. Refurbished last year with a relocated DJ booth at the head of its epic 2000-capacity space, the terrace has been described by Pacha resident Erick Morillo as the best room on the island.

Contrastingly, the main room is now a space-age surge of LED screens, booming custom-built sound and the most intense dry-ice cannons on the planet.

"There's so many things that make playing Amnesia what it is," explains Above & Beyond's Jono Grant. "It feels like an international meeting point for the dance music community. You go there every summer and see people that you've been seeing all year from all corners of the globe."

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BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
Le Bataclan