Staff Picks: 10 Nightclubs You Need To Experience
February 11 2015
Planning a European summer holiday? Perhaps a tour through South East Asia's Moonlight parties or South America's carnival season? Either way, Ministry of Sound has done it before and you're bound to hit some of our favourite international party spots along the way. In celebration of Clubbers Guide to 2015, we're counting down our 10 favourite nightclubs in the world. From party capitals like Ibiza to the best hidden treasures around Europe, Ministry of Sound are taking you through the best places to party where it's totally fine to drink vodka out of a coconut and wake up in the wrong hotel room. The Greek islands are always a popular party mecca in the European summer and it's to no one's surprise that everyone flocks over to Mykonos for a good summer boogie. Paradise Club is an enticing cross between beach bar and open-air terrace, perched on a cliff-top that gives it a stunning view of the Aegean Sea. The club features regular residencies from Carl Cox and Avicii who provide the perfect EDM crushing touch to a European summer. Paradise Club shares the same coastline as rival club, Cavo Paradiso which rocks a similar vibe to the Paradise Club (for anyone prone to getting kicked out of nightclubs). Zouk is one of the oldest and most prestigious nightclubs in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and is without a doubt one of the best in the world. Taking up an old warehouse space on the Singapore River, Zouk offers a spine tingling sound experience, mosaic features on the walls and the mantra of One World, One Music, One Tribe, One Dance. Read: strong vibes. Zouk hosts international performances every 2.5 days on avergae and a quarter of a million dollars is spent per year on props alone. Zouk is paving the way in Asia's nightlife scene and these guys definitely know how to throw a party. Ahhh yes, our good mates over at MoS UK opened the doors in 1991. The Ministry of Sound Club is an icon in the London clubbing scene, inspired by New York's Paradise Garage, the club was devoted to bringing the American house scenes of the 1980's New York, Chicago and Detroit to a club that was purely dedicated to sound. Today, the ex-bus garage features the biggest house, techno, trance and big room artists every week. From Kaskade and Laidback Luke, Todd Terje to Cajmere, there is nothing quite like standing in the middle of the club's main room, The Box, and hearing the award winning sound system in full swing. Also the home to club shots most likely to have you saying; " This guy!" Over the years Pacha has become a monumental club in Ibiza due to it's long history hosting some of the biggest parties in Europe. Offering a diverse combo of wider range house and nifty electronic nights, Pacha covers all bases in throwing their parties entirely for their colourful and juicy crowds, beginning from the crazy Balearic scene that kicked it off in the late 80's. Today, Pacha Ibiza has a whopping 3000 person capacity venue and has endured the test of time thanks to it's ability to transform itself from the commercial talents of David Guetta to the underground parties that welcome the likes of Solomun and Âme . Pacha has turned into one of the biggest clubbing brands in the world with venues across other major cities such as New York, Buenos Aires and of course, Sydney. Well, what more can we say about this one - we love a night on the red cherries! Another dominant nightclub fixture in Ibiza is Ushuaia, which offers up a spectacular outdoor arena, pool and of course spacious DF surrounded by the hotel itself. Ushuaia is another venue in Ibiza that accommodates for both big room electronic music as well as house and techno. Recent residencies include Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Avicii as well as Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli. Shut up and take my money! Notorious for it's strict door policy and camera ban, the Berghain is an ex-powerplant that has been converted into onto one of Europe's deepest and darkest night (and day after) spots. Housing some of the most industrial techno sounds in the world, the upstairs Panorama Bar is decorated with large scale photographs, tall windows onlooking an amazing view of East Berlin and is the avenue for all the house heads. No need to worry about touching up the make-up ladies, as the Berghain is infamous for having no mirrors or reflective surfaces of such. And if you plan on going to the Berghain any time soon, no one arrives at the venue until at least 4am, so be prepared to party well into the following day. You know EDM's big when Las Vegas mega hotel MGM Grand opens up a 3000 person capacity club that hosts Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki on the regular. If the commercial roster isn't really for you, the Ling Ling Club on the third level has pulled in line ups from the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff , Rev Run and Questlove of The Roots. This joint is the real deal when it comes to the ultimate clubbing experience and it's the next frontier in the Las Vegas nightlife, blurring the lines between music festival and night on the town. It doesn't come cheap though with a $50 entrance fee for males and $30 cover charge for females. Sorry fellas! What was once a meat storage facility near central London is now one of UK's best nightclubs which hosts the best house, techno and drum & bass parties in the buzzing party city. Fabric has three separate rooms, two often hosting live acts. But it is the bodysonic dance floor that makes Fabric different from anywhere else in the world, attached to 400 bass transducers that emit bass frequencies of what's currently playing . Recent Fabric DJ lineups include Netsky, Ricardo Villalobos, Groove Armada and Daniel Avery. Fabric is also renowned for their monthly compilations Fabric and FABRICLIVE albums that are mixed by established and upcoming artists from the greater European dance movement. Highly recommend. Hidden away in the tropical hills of Santa Caterina is one of Brazil's biggest nightclubs. With a capacity of over 6000, Green Valley hosts some of the worlds biggest DJs night after night. The club occupies a gigantic tarp covered dance floor area at the foot of a valley which is completely surrounded by rainforest, creating an energetic vibe flowing through the whole tropical venue. Talk about jungle! Brazil also hosts a number of the world's biggest and best nightclubs such as Sirena, Warung and D-Edge that are turning Brazilian nightlife into a dominant party destination.
Having recently taken the crown of Best Club at the International Dance Music Awards, Space Ibiza is at the top of the list due to the incredible venue that features six clubbing areas and a 2000 person capacity main room. It's not only the state-of-the-art look and feel of this dance consortium that pegs it as the people's favourite, as it's programming is primo with some of the strongest and diverse clubbing brands on the planet. Offering up nothing but the best techno, house and trance DJs, Space hosts some of the best club nights in the world such as Carl Cox's legendary Music Is Revolution, Richard Hawtin's Enter and one of the hottest parties in Europe right now, We Love... Sundays presented by Disclosure. Space line ups are these days steering clear of most mainstage headliners, but it's well compensated with new age legends at the tip of the scene such as Disclosure, Skream, Rudimental, Umek, Dusky, James Zabiela, Sasha and Gorgon City! Ministry of Sound approved and our number 1 pick for the Clubbers Guide to 2015. Love the nightlife? Love to boogie? Anthems House can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play now.