From Vegas to Tokyo, we’ve scoured the globe to pick the top 10 nightclubs in the world, so you know what to put on your year-end wish list. If you are travelling to Miami, Amsterdam or Ibiza, then you will love our list, because these are (without a doubt) the places to put on your party-rock radar. For those who aren’t jet-setting at year-end, why not establish some early goals for next year…
DE SCHOOL, AMSTERDAM
Once upon a time, Trouw was considered the party place in Amsterdam. When it shut some years ago, party perennials mourned its closure… but not for long! Soon, the folks who’d put the cool in Trouw were back — this time offering a nightclub, restaurant and cultural complex with a 24-hour permit. Given that so many Dutch DJs are world-famous, it should surprise no one that the Netherlands party scene rocks; with De School at its pinnacle. Remember, suits, uniforms or dress shirts are not part of their dress code and “can be a basis of refusal” at the door — sounds perfect, right?
XS, LAS VEGAS
Vegas is where the party’s at — ‘throw a stone, hit a nightclub’ should sum it up. From extraordinary to excessive, Sin City has it all… and that’s why picking one club from the multitude to crown as Vegas’ top tipple spot is next to impossible. Nonetheless, if you can visit just one Vegas wonder, we’d say XS is the place to party. Part of the Wynn Las Vegas luxury resort, this 40,000 square foot wonderland has hosted everyone from Avicii to David Guetta. Have time enough for one more club? Head over to Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It was here that Kim Kardashian held her 31st birthday party and hedonistic indulgence is par for the course. The Bank at Bellagio gets a podium finish too.
Unlike the ‘excess’ that is Vegas, Tokyo does things discreetly. Womb is the perfect example. It looks entirely inconspicuous from the outside but the interiors are amazing — expect lasers, surging spotlights and a massive mirror ball that make for a party place that is anything but modest! Steve Aoki, Paul Oakenfold and The Chemical Brothers have all performed here, with Womb even featuring in the Brad Pitt film Babel.
One of the highest grossing nightclubs in the world, LIV is nestled within the luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. With 30,000 square feet dedicated to those who love to rock on, this is Miami’s hottest party spot. In fact, one year-end not too long ago, saw both Pharrell and Tiësto knocking out tunes all night! A certified celebrity hub, this is what you ‘liv’e for in fabulous Florida.
CLUB SPACE, MIAMI
For being amongst the world’s top cities to party in, Miami earns two spots on our list. Truth be told, it isn’t enough just to ‘LIV’ a little in Miami — you must check out Club Space as well. Opened back in 2000, this party hub moved to a larger venue some years ago, and has revived Miami’s Downtown dance scene significantly since then. With their 24-hour license, you can party hard here — day or night doesn’t matter!
PS: If you are in Miami and want to try another hot party spot, head on over to Groove Jet. Their theme-based evenings are fun, fun, fun!
MINISTRY OF SOUND, LONDON
Apparently inspired by New York’s acclaimed Paradise Garage, London’s Ministry of Sound opened in 1991 and soon grew to be one of the biggest names in the business. Such has been its popularity, Ministry of Sound even spawned its very own record label in 1993. The Box is their main room and partying here is considered a “pilgrimage,” with David Morales, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren being amongst those who have deejayed here over the years.
CAVO PARADISO, MYKONOS
Located on a cliff top at Paradise Bay, Cavo Paradiso is a nightclub par excellence. One may think the Greek island of Mykonos is the last place you’d expect to find a world-famous club, but this is in fact a party place that’s truly unique. Described as the jewel in the Greek clubbing crown for over 20 years, this open air mega-club has hosted the world’s most talented DJs since 1993.
Another hotspot that was founded in the early Nineties, Zouk (meaning ‘party’ in French creole) is Singapore’s most popular nightclub. Comprising of four clubs, you can sample a variety of dance music options across the Zouk complex; ensuring everybody enjoys partying it up into the wee hours.
No list of the best party places in the world can be complete without two entries from Ibiza. Touted as the largest nightclub in world, Privilege has hosted the likes of Tiësto and Armin van Buuren too; ensconced under its 80-foot ceiling. With three floors, a swimming pool and room for over 10,000 clubbers, it is truly a ‘privilege’ to party here!
Pacha now has outposts in New York and Moscow, but none can compare to the club in Ibiza — the party place where it all began, way back in 1973. Regarded by many as the ‘Mecca of house music,’ Pacha regularly plays host to the likes of Pete Tong and Steve Aoki. Prepare to spend top dollar at this spectacular Spanish club and strike it off your bucket list as soon as you can!
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