Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
You can hardly find a venue in Eastern Europe as storied as Yalta Club. The roots of Sofia’s best dancefloor can be traced back to 1959, when it opened its doors for the first time. Right after the fall of communism in 1989, Yalta became the first place in Bulgaria dedicated to electronic music and has since served as a home away from home for some of techno and house music’s top names, including Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Hernan Cattaneo, and plenty more.
Sixty years since opening, Yalta remains one of the coolest spots in Sofia. The club’s chief aim is to bring top house and techno acts (and everything in between) to the Bulgarian capital. Its layout comprises two contrasting spaces: its larger, ‘big clubbing’ experience room boasts an impressive panoramic view over Sofia, and since 2014, Yalta has hosted an intimate, dark, underground room, dedicated to forward-thinking artists playing from dusk ‘til dawn. The club reports having been rendered unable to “do what we do” during the pandemic like almost every club in Europe, but also that things are slowly getting back to normal, including running its annual three-day SOLAR summer festival again in August 2021.