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Location: Chengdu, China
Capacity: 2,000

This high-flying Chinese club might be called Playhouse, but they don’t play around when it comes to DJ bookings. Guests at the Chengdu venue last year included Diplo, Tiësto, DJ Snake and Armin van Buuren, so it’s safe to say this club means business.

Like some of the best clubs in the world, Playhouse is located in a converted theatre. And after several years of planning and three years in operation, it’s deservedly become one of China’s biggest and best clubs. As the name suggests, there are plenty of stylish spaces to let loose in at Playhouse, with the 2,000-capacity club split into four rooms: the Lounge, Party Room, Small Room and Main Room.

Like a lot of big clubs, Playhouse offers plenty of glamour and glitz, with recent brand tie-ins including Ferrari and Lamborghini. But look beyond the stylish surface, and there’s real substance thanks to the club’s resident DJs. The crack team includes musical director Drifter5, a 2019 EDC mainstage guest DJ, and Korean Pioneer brand ambassador SOO. And the club has one of the best soundsystems in China to play on, with L-Acoustic speakers covering every inch of the 7,500-square-metre club. Playhouse, then, takes playtime very seriously.