Location: Miami, Florida
A longtime Miami staple — and fixture on our Top 100 Clubs list — Space Miami has been under new ownership for a little over a year, and the 24/7 club now feels like a fresh, inspired reboot of the iconic Ibiza outpost we all knew and loved. Space's new parents are a trio of locals who have been passionately pushing Miami's underground electronic music scene for years: Davide Danese, Coloma Kaboomsky and David Sinopoli know how to bring the world's greatest underground and indie acts to town. A highlight of 2017 was the addition of a new live music venue on the club’s ground floor (aptly named The Ground), which has already hosted the likes of HVOB, Front 242, r&b starlet SZA, and an Anjunadeep label showcase.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Located in the Shin-Kiba bay area in Tokyo, AgeHa has become renowned for its impeccable sound. With a 2,400 capacity on the main dancefloor alone, it’s Tokyo’s biggest club with a cavernous interior where you can expect to hear techno and electro from Tokyo’s best residents. In the summer, a purpose-built beach and outdoor pool stage expand the club further, making the shuttle bus trip to get there a little more bearable. Musically, it’s mostly Japanese DJs with the odd international guest, including Lost Frequencies and Etnica. With the venue seeing 200,000 people a year through its doors, it often feels more like a festival than a traditional clubbing experience.
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
House Of Yes bills itself as “the best venue ever” and, though a bold claim, it’s also quite convincing. The venue identifies as a temple of expression, a safe space, a creative playground and a performance-fueled nightclub, so to label it just a club is to sell this imaginative heaven short. The venue creates unique nightlife experiences via interactive theatrics, aerial circus spectacles and experience design, all powered by performance, audience interaction and music. While past DJs and artists include Todd Terry, Greg Wilson and Sharam, the magic really lives in the venue’s internal programming, which includes theatre, performance art, variety shows, burlesque nights, drag competitions and vogue balls. House Of Yes welcomes weirdos of all shapes and sizes, making it a home for everyone and anyone. Just say “yes” when the house beckons.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
What can we say about Subbie that hasn’t been said before? Three decades in and still noisier than a toddler with a megaphone mid-tantrum, its reputation for incredible atmosphere and ridiculously good bookings is known the world over.
Home to sessions like Harri & Domenic’s era-spanning Subculture and Slam’s feted Return To Mono, while 2017’s 30th anniversary offered plenty to get excited about, business as usual takes some beating; Martin Audio sonics, low ceilings, rowdy floor, and guests ranging from Honey Dijon and The Black Madonna, to Mr. G, Carl Craig, and Ben UFO. The stuff of legend.
Location: Osaka, Japan
It might be fresh to the Top 100 but Club Piccadilly has been pushing upfront club sounds in the heart of Osaka’s business district Umeda for five years. A striking and unique venue modelled on an old movie theatre, the club aspires to the classic Piccadilly Circus spirit, where all cultures and energies collide under a neon sky. Major league DJs collide there, too. Local turntablist hero B=Ball hosts LA beat-style events every Friday, while Saturday is all about the heavyweight EDM action with the likes of Will Sparks, Dash Berlin, Jillionaire, Oliver Heldens, Tujamo and many more all passing through its doors in the last 12 months.
Location: Toronto, Canada
The successor to Toronto’s long-running after-hours, Footwork, CODA took up residence on the corner of Bathurst & Bloor Street in 2014, converting an old rock venue called The Wreckroom into one of the city’s most popular underground spots. In just a few short years, the club has become a staple with a loyal following, featuring residents Nathan Barato, Carlo Lio and Jonathan Rosa alongside the biggest names in the techno and house business. The 550-capacity club is packed to the gills each week and a quick look at its drool-worthy line-ups explains why — in the past year, Coda has hosted everyone from Pan-Pot and Oliver Huntemann to Dennis Ferrer and Maya Jane Coles. Their 55,000 watt soundsystem ensures partiers hear every single snare too.