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Panama
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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Capacity: 1,050

Website: panama.nl

Panama is an expansive warehouse space that once was a Port Authority building overlooking Amsterdam's tourist attraction, Oostelijk harbour. In the evening it serves as a fine dining restaurant, and by night invites a variety of international DJs to play by the waterfront. Over the past year the club’s invited the likes of James Zabiela, Dennis Cruz, Ferry Corsten and Rhadoo to test out their mammoth Pioneer soundsystem. Residents include Marco Bailey, Egbert, and Secret Cinema. As well as the DJ bookings that encompass house, techno and trance the venue is also a well applauded exhibition space — currently displaying art by the prolific graffiti artist Laser 3.14.

Along with the vast balconies that overlook the main dancefloor, for variation there’s also a second room that’s powered by a Martin Audio soundsystem that once graced the main stage. Panama has close ties with ADE, each year putting on a plethora of events across the conference weekend. Last year it hosted parties by Toolroom, Tram 10, Luminosity, Sudbeat and Soundgarden, plus a closing finale with Cutting Edge and Cumac. The warehouse has definitely earned its stripes amongst Amsterdam’s competitive nightlife scene, this year marking 16 years in operation.