One of very few super-sized clubs in Paris, Metropolis is awesome in every regard: the five-roomed space boasts seven bars and has a main room sunken surrounded by balconies to lend it an intense, amphitheatre-styled atmosphere. Push in design and flash in finish, the club is known for its high-end VIP area, scantily-clad dancers and grand glow in the dark robots as well as more LEDs than a christmas lights factory. Musically, you can expect a showy smorgasbord of commercial dance, EDM and plenty of glossy electro beats.
A fresh new entry for 2016, say hello to one of three Chinese clubs to make the Top 100 this year, Modo Ultra.
Designed by world renowned Korean architects, Urbantainer, Modo is the most luxurious and vibrant club in Beijing to connect VIP Taiwanese, Chinese and international culture together.
Divided between two floors and spread across 4,000 sq ft, Modo encapsulates trendsetters through its commercially-orientated music policy, the latest ‘sound du jour’ of the new clubbing generation in The Orient.
With China’s economy booming in full swing, Modo has successfully capitalised on the VIP culture associated with mainstream music, booking artists such as Morgan Page, Will Sparks & Felguk in the capital, further cementing Modo's name as a top-end contributor to elite clubbing.
Opened in 2013, Paraguay’s Velvet club is the product of a global explosion in dance music that has quite literally touched all four corners of the world.
Initially built on a policy of booking EDM’s hottest acts, the club now looks towards the underground for sustenance with two new techno nights, Ologram and UnXpected, taking centre stage.
The last 12 months has seen the club earn its underground stripes with a forward-thinking booking policy that has seen the likes of Green Velvet (quite fittingly) and Brodinski playing the club alongside some of EDM’s biggest names, firmly establishing Velvet as one of South America's most exciting clubs.
Foundation has found its way onto the Top 100 list several times with good reason. Small, but mighty, they focus on a combination of state-of-the-art technology with good old-fashioned savvy booking. The lineups are varied, sporting names across genres.
From TJR to Minnesota to Black Tiger Sex Machine, their history shows the venue’s commitment to being forward-thinking not just in fancy lighting and sound rigs (of which they have both), but in the sounds they represent as well. It’s no wonder industry elites like tyDi have given them shout-outs — this warehouse-channeling room is every DJ’s dream.
Macau has always been renowned for the country's giant casinos and extravagant malls which has earned it the nickname, the 'Las Vegas of Asia', and much like sin city, Club Cubic has looked towards dance music fans to pull in the crowds too.
Club Cubic, then, is an assault on the senses; set across 30,000 sprawling square feet and two levels, the venue features everything from a lase-lit dance pool to a Gothic-style bar.
Over the last 12 months everyone from Axtone to Kryder has played the club which has seen Club Cubic become more than a worthy rival to anything Hong Kong has to offer.
Sydney institution Chinese Laundry is one of the city’s largest and longest running clubs. Once a sweaty rave den that played host to many electro nights, the venue has since diversify its line-up attracting a range of international guests. Aside from its three rooms — The Laundry, The Cave and The Sand Bar — the club also has a courtyard that is used for its outdoor parties.
In the past year, Chinese Laundry has seen sets from Scuba, Kolsch, Xxxy, Detroit Swindle and many more. Much loved local promoters Refuge also throw regular parties at Chinese Laundry, welcoming Robosonic, Weiss, Ejeca, Oliver Dollar, Jozif
If Las Vegas is indeed Sin City, then its clubs are the shepherds of after dark debauchery. LIGHT Nightclub brings some shimmer to that darkness — literally.
In true over-the-top Vegas fashion, the club boasts two story floor-to-ceiling screens featuring one of the most impressive visual effects and lighting displays in the world, constructed by none other than the genius creative minds behind Cirque Du Soleil. 2016 residents include the likes of Disclosure, Bass Jackers and Morgan Page.
It should come as no surprise then that LIGHT is now a veteran of our Top 100 Clubs list, making its third appearance in as many years.
Dragonfly’s transformation from a restaurant and bar in 2004 to an fully-fledged club in 2015 has been something of an ongoing process.
Only really finishing last year — after a major six month refit — the owners took the logical decision to double-down on the venue's potential as a fully-fledged club and it’s really paying off.
With the likes of A-Trak and Laidback Luke gracing the decks during the last 12 months, the club’s booking policy on paper is a good balance between commercial and underground, which attracts a diverse crowd made up of fashion-conscious locals, expats and music fans alike.
A mixture of panic and joy washes over newcomers to this institution as they descend underground, through a concrete-clad tunnel and into Tresor-proper.
Upstairs boasts a welcoming atmosphere and fresh house tunes, but below there is only darkness, a rabbit warren of areas somehow interlinked, thundering techno, a DJ booth behind prison-like bars, and one of the best parties in Europe.
It doesn’t matter who’s playing, or what year it is, since 1991 there has always been Tresor, a name that has helped establish big guns like Papa Sven and Ellen Allien, and long may that continue.
Climbing 11 spots since arriving as a new entry in last year's poll, the rise of Revelin has run tidily alongside the emergence of Croatia as a dance destination for clued-up tourists. The different here, however, is that in contrast to the many imported festivals along the Adriatic coast, this historic archway club is 100% homegrown.
Set within the beautific surroundings of Dubrovnik's old town — the idyllic setting of Game Of Thrones — Revelin resides inside a sandstone fort built in 1453. Over the past 12 months, the likes of Fedde Le Grand, Mark Knight and Don Diablo have rocked its colossal M.Audio stacks inside what's basically an old castle containing a mixture of tanned locals and sun-kissed tourists.