Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Reasons to visit Sofia, one of the oldest capital cities in Europe: ancient history, contemporary art and culture, and a food scene that spans the Balkans and the Mediterranean. The main reason to visit Bulgaria’s capital, however? That would be Club Yalta. Not only does has it been the beating heartbeat of the city’s club scene since 1991 — making it the oldest club in Sofia — it’s progressively moved with the times and currently books the biggest and best names in the house and techno scene, including Solardo, Richy Ahmed, Hot Since 82 and Eats Everything, as well as more alternative names like Nightmares on Wax.
Once you step inside, you’re greeted with a perfectly tuned Meyer M'elodie soundsystem and a beautiful minimal grey and black interior, perfectly offsetting the stunning views back across Sofia, which, come sunrise, flood the room in glorious rays of light as hedonistic hands usher in the new day. The real night owls will be downstairs at this point, however, lost in music in Room 2, a 500-capacity space with no WiFi or mobile reception or LED screens — making it the perfect after-hours rave space.