Location: Offenbach, Germany
While many of the venues in the Top 100 Clubs poll opt for ostentatious presentation — retina-searing lasers, more screens than Time Square, and confetti cannons that blow their load more than a teenager left home alone for the weekend — Robert Johnson provides an stripped-back vibe that, without sounding too cliché, really is all about the music.
Comprised simply of a tiny main room that barely holds 100 people, with a ground-level DJ booth, and a few cathode ray tube TV monitors mounted above playing vintage video clips, it really is one of the most intimate clubbing experiences around. A balcony area looking across the Main river towards neighbouring Frankfurt adds to the romance, while a renowned Martin Audio system and truly discerning booking policy means underground sounds of the highest calibre. The last 12 months have seen the likes of Gerd Janson, Marcel Dettmann, Bicep, dBridge and March cover star, The Black Madonna, play, with talent such as Dr Rubinstein, Function, Mano Le Tough and Red Axes booked in for the next few weeks. A million miles away from the club-cum-festival nights on offer elsewhere, Robert Johnson holds it down for the heads — more power to it, we say!