Have you ever wondered where the best house and techno clubs are located worldwide? If yes, consider yourself in luck. Here are some of the best clubs for house and techno in North America and across the seas in Asia or Europe. Disclaimer: Like most public establishments, all clubs are following COVID-19 protocol. Travel safely and responsibly.
Inside the Palazzo dell’Arte Antica stands the 1400 sqm, SPAZIO NOVECENTO. Spazio 900 is equipped with elegance and versatility, featuring white marble within the interior and two scenic terraces. The club is located in one of the most modern districts in the world and is a short distance from the center of Rome. The club is also connected to the airport of Fiumicino and to the GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare). Overall, the building is not only great for clubs but for events all year round.
A small, dark two-level club that has an underground feel. Neo Club features funky zones as well as a dancefloor that plays a variety of old-school house, techno, and breakbeat. Some nights are also dedicated to minimal, electro, and progressive music. Most listed DJs at Neo Club have been Marco Rea, Mauritzio, Emix, Flavio Rago, and Luca Cucchetti.
Afrobar is a beachfront venue with a dance floor that is set directly on the sand. It’s located on-premises of one of the many waterside “lido” spaces. During the day, the place is visited by beach-goers and families, but the night sees it transform into a nightclub with bonfires and fire dancers.
The Arenile di Bagnoli is open all year round with its dancing events that take place in the evening as well as live concerts. In the winter, the central structure allows attendees to enjoy the venue with indoor events; and during spring, the club is hosts more intimate brunch events by the sea. In 20 years of activity, Arenile di Bagnoli has hosted great names in the music scene such as George Benson, Dionne Warwick, Snoop Dogg, Patty Smith, Skin, Daddy Yankee, Sean Paul, Planet Funk, and many more.
Arenile di Bagnoli
Duel has been kicking out beats in the Bagnoli area of town since 2005 when this former N.A.T.O. military base church-turned-cinema was reborn with a dancefloor. Shuttered from March 2020 due to the pandemic, it has since been used for education and art projects but has reopened in October 2021 with a new nine-piece projection system, intimidating Loud Professional rig, plastic-free policy, and residents roster including Clemente Loffredo, SDN, and Rebecca Delle Piane.
Situated at one of Barcelona’s most emblematic venues – El Poble Espanyol – and with an industrial look, INPUT emerges as the perfect club to rediscover club culture in Barcelona and as the perfect chance to enjoy a cultural, fun, and vanguardist experience. INPUT is a place, where art, music, and performances mix together. The club offers a wide variety of visual and sound setups, space-boosting psychoacoustic stimulation, and various stages. Overall, quality, music, and sound are the key pillars of INPUT.
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The Garage is an electronic music club that gives a voice to the underground. The club also offers an expert engineering team that do music production (e.g., mastering, mixing, consultancy) through The Bass Valley Studios. The studio is fully equipped with technological installations within The Lab and The Room, offering the best for any music project. Overall, people get the best of both worlds: a nightclub underneath a first-class music academy.
The Garage of The Bass Valley
Open for over three decades in downtown Barcelona, Nitsa is a nightclub housed inside the Sala Apolo. Known for its cramped atmosphere, the club provides an outlet for techno, house, electro, and other types of dance music in the old theatre every weekend. Within the last couple of years, the club has also played a plethora of underground artists like Recondite, DJ Seinfeld, The Black Madonna, Red Axes, Call Super, Jayda G, Miss Kittin, Todd Terje, Charlotte de Witte, KiNK, Michael Mayer and Helena Hauff.
Pacha is described as an “exclusive and elegant” club that specializes in attracting a wide variety of people who listen to all different kinds of music. Pacha has three different areas; the main dancefloor is inside playing house and electronic music, the Red Room is inside playing traditional Spanish party music called Pachangueo, and the Terrace outside, just steps from the beach, is home to hip-hop and r&b.
La Terrrazza is an open-air club on the mountain of Montjuic in Barcelona with a focus on playing house and techno. The venue prides itself on its decor, reflected in its location in a historic part of town. The club is open for the summer season—May through until September—and is a focal point during the annual Sonar festival, with London promoters Secretsundaze traditionally staging events there, as well as follow-up parties later in the summer.
A national and international venue for culture and entertainment. Razzmatazz is located in a unique building linked to the industrial landscape of the city. Major and lesser-known artists and bands have all played at Razzmatazz since the club focuses on quality sound of any genre. Some of the best electronic artists that have performed at Razzmatazz have been Jeff Mills, Paul Kalkbrenner, Kraftwerk, and many others.
Razzmatazz / Photo credit: Sara Hernández Pons
This Side UP is a new movement based in Barcelona, which seeks to express its vision of music in a place of freedom and experimentation. This Side UP moto and belief is that electronic music is a vital cultural movement of our generation, as well as a communication channel that can convey the messages of respect, commitment and of course plenty of dancing. Overall, This Side UP is the club for unconventional parties and open minds and is affiliated with SUW (Side UP Works), Glove, and D.R.O.P Dance Society.
This Side UP
The Macarena Club is an intimate house and techno club right in the heart of the Gotico neighborhood of Barcelona. Macarena is famous for its super limited capacity—80 people—and DJ booth that is located in the middle of the dance floor. The music program is generally looked after in-house but also features guest labels and promoters. The club is usually open seven days per week.Macarena Club
Since its beginning in 1996, Moog has stood out for its comprehensive, high-level programming. The club is continuously showcasing both local and foreign names, whether established names or emerging proposals. Attendees can enjoy big names in electronics such as Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, DJ. Hell, Richie Hawtin, James Holden or Josh Wink in an almost intimate atmosphere. Under the expert DJ. Loe and with a daily opening policy from Monday to Sunday, Moog is quickly establishing itself as a temple for those who enjoy dancing to the most electronic and synthetic rhythms.MOOG Club / Photo credit: Mikel GMZ Photography
With its underground atmosphere, Disco City hall is known as one of the top venues that specialize in techno and house music. Without losing its original construction, the club’s building has been restored to create a more modern and sophisticated environment with theatre elevators and velvet curtains. Disco City hall has also paid special attention to the technical side by featuring a “MARTIN AUDIO” sound system, 48 channel digital mixer, 14 illumination mobiles, high-level microphones, and a rear cyclorama.
Disco City Hall
Also known as its previous venue Kaos Klub, Eden is considered the cornerstone of Ibiza with Defected, Paul van Dyk‘s Shine, Wndrlnd, and Terminal 4 Presents Tronic. With its current owners at the reins since 2013, they’ve been steadily building the world-renowned brand that started in 1999. Although the club took a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Eden is coming in strong in 2022 with events during February (Eden Presents De La Swing), April (Eden X Coalition, Lola Lo X Eden — Jess Bays, Defected Opening Party), and May (Defected #2).
Considered one of Ibiza’s notable, ‘underground’ clubs. While many clubs choose to promote, DC-10 has a different approach by always managing to keep things a little secretive.DC-10 relies on an ‘in-the-know’ ethos. Holding particular favor with locals and international clubbers, the club’s opening and closing parties are considered legendary. Since taking a hiatus from the pandemic, the club has made a great return with their 2022 New Years Day lineup that featured: FJAAK, Shubostar, Lau.ra, Indria Paganotto, Luuk Van Dijk, Chloé Caillet, La La, Adam Beyer, Cici, Interstellar Funk, Jimi Jules, Tania Vulcano, Bambounou, TSHA, Butch, and Adriatique.
Among Spain’s largest and most celebrated clubbing experiences. Fabrik is comprised of six rooms with differing vibes — but all boasting top-notch soundsystem. The club has become a staple in the European clubbing scene. Among the crowning achievements of Fabrik is techno night and CODE that turned 18 years old in November 2021. CODE has played host to all the top names over the years, from Carl Cox, Aphex Twin, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Richie Hawtin. On March 19th, 2022 Fabrik introduces a strong lineup that will consist of: Cesar Almena, Dax J, Fatima Hajji, Gabriel D’or & Bordoy, Jacidorex, Jan Vercauteren, Jeff Mills, Ken Ishii, Luigi Madonna, Luke Slater, Marco Bailey, Nuke, Oscar Mulero, and many more.
Located in the heart of Ibiza clubland, Playa d’en Bossa. Hï Ibiza stays true to the spirit of Ibiza, bringing together music lovers to dance. Within the club, Room One’s Italian amphitheater-inspired setup is arguably the biggest selling point, a space boasting room with technologically advanced production gear, and a custom-built Adamson soundsystem. Room Two contrasts of a more underground vibe with its lower-ceiling and sparse vivid lighting. Last but not least, the Wild Corner is an unofficial third club hidden in the club’s unisex bathroom. Decks in the round, sleek speaker stack maximize space, while a revolving door of notable faces has played often-unannounced sets: Fatboy Slim, MK, Idris Elba, and DJ Pippi, to name a few.Hï Ibiza
Led by local nightlife entrepreneurs Sacha Lord and Sam Kandel — who also run Parklife festival — The Warehouse Project has a unique approach with line-ups that reach all corners of electronic music, rotating within a limited three-month window. Events have been curated by Caribou, Annie Mac, and Jamie XX over the years, while collaborations with brands such as Rush Hour, elrow, and Defected are a core part of the brand’s appeal. For 2022, The Warehouse Project will feature DJ performances such as: Bklava, Joe Motion, Prospa, Kessler, MK, Paul Woolford, Detlef b2b Latmun, Emily Nash, DJ SEINFELD (with a special guest), Armin Van Buuren (with special guests), and SOFIA KOURTESIS (with special guests).
The Warehouse Project
From luxury imports to tech launches, Tobacco Dock has been at the center of hosting all manner of commodities for over two centuries. Since its relaunch in 2012, Tobacco Dock has developed a reputation as being the leading destination venue in London. Due to its abundance of space in various sizes, Tobacco Dock has utilized its rooftop and skylight bar for many events and exhibitions. In 2021, Tobacco Dock ran two days with LWE’s Junction 2: Inner City parties at the end of August with the likes of Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Dixon, Amelie Lens, and rising underground techno artists such as: Afrodeutsche, Jay Duncan, OK Williams, and Yu Su.
Tobacco Dock London
With three decades of dance, Ministry of Sound has stayed on top of its game by paying constant attention to the wants of its followers. A large clutch of loyal nights have been the true crowd pleasers in recent years, like sparkling house purveyors Glitterbox and Defected, Groove Odyssey, Toolroom Records, Horse Meat Disco, and Milkshake. As a world-class London landmark, Ministry of Sound features Martin Audio ground stack speakers that surround their dancefloor. It also has one of the largest outside spaces for a club in London.
Ministry of Sound
Situated by East London’s historic Tobacco Dock, bordering the quiet neighborhood of Wapping, E1 radiates calmness from the outside; inside, of course, is a different matter. The venue underwent major changes to the soundsystem and interior architecture in 2017, allowing it to be spread across two main rooms: the Warehouse and Black Studio. After a few years of garnering a name for itself, “the venue moved away from pop-up events and invested in a world-class soundsystem, installed by long-term partners Sound Services, featuring a bespoke Funktion-One system and each interior space optimized for a precise, powerful, full-frequency-range acoustic experience,” says Fraser Bush of E1. Since then, E1 has featured the likes of: Juan Atkins, My Nu Leng, Heartless Crew, Ellen Allien, Adriatique, and Solardo.
E1 Club / Photo Credit: @HAYDONPERRIOR
A hotel that now stands in place of the 1,000+ capacity venue, where Sunil Sharpe, DVS1, Helena Hauff, R.Kitt, DART, Kelly Anne Byrne, Breen, Cáit, Sam Greenwood, and Sim Simma, have all played alongside local talents such as: Cailín, Aeron XTC, and Mode_1. District 8 considers their club a dedicated space for everyone to freely enjoy music. As a judgment-free zone, District 8 views music as a power source that can unify people of all backgrounds.
Operating as a speakeasy jazz venue in the late ’50s and taking on several guises since, Sub Club has been part of the Scottish dance music establishment since 1987. It has spurted out an excess of internationally renowned residents such as: Harri & Domenic, SLAM, Eclair Fifi, and Sensu, all of which who secured the venue as a permanent fixture on the clubbing map. Despite the capacity only fitting 420 people, this doesn’t take away the strong energy that roars from a decked-out, powerful Martin Audio Soundsystem. For upcoming events, Dan Shake & Rebecca Vasmant graces Sub Club’s basement on February 18th, 2022.
The history of the Rex Club spans decades. The historic building known as the Grand Rex originally opened its doors as a cinema in 1932, and 40 years later, the downstairs area that was once home to the orchestra became a new home for dancers; then, Rex Club was born. In the mid-’80s Rex Club became the best spot in town for alternative music, from rock and funk to punk and new wave. Rex Club’s first electronic music night came about in 1988. The Club is synonymous with the legendary Laurent Garnier and his Wake Up parties that ran from ’92 to ’99, and as of now, the club’s residents include the likes of: Leo Pol, Myd, Folamour, Darzak, Mad Rey, DJ Deep, D’Julz, Chloé, Traumer, Molly, and Mézigue.
Founded in 2004 by two seasoned promoters: Norbert Thormann and Michael Teufele, Berghain transformed into a former power plant into a soundsystem that is now known as the ‘rite of passage’ within the techno community. Popular for its strict door policy, Berghain still remains a staple for ravers and artists alike. As with many clubs that adapted from the pandemic, Berghain still shows its prevailing nature with plans for 2022.
German for Boathouse — was once exactly that, a storage facility for boats on the eastern bank of the Rhine in Cologne. The space was reinvented over 17 years ago, however, as a venue for electronic music, Bootshaus has since become a true destination club for those seeking big beats and a boisterous atmosphere. Bootshaus is known for hosting everything from EDM, techno, psytrance, and hardstyle. Throughout the years, a combination of every major artist, as well as many upcoming artists, has performed at Bootshaus. With resident DJs such as: Autodrive, Björn Grimm, Björn Torwellen, Brandon, Dave Replay, Elle Rich, Emin, Kevin Arnold, Marco Franica, Oliver Magenta, and Shippo, it’s no wonder why Bootshaus has crowds that flock there for its boisterous atmosphere.
Bootshaus / Photo Credit: @julianhukephotography
As a completely open-air, shell-like main stage, Papaya Club is considered one of the world’s most renowned beach clubs. Since opening as a sister venue to Papaya Zagreb in 2002, Papaya Club has helped put Croatia on the clubbing map by hosting famous pool parties for six hours a day. Papaya Club is also known for hosting notable festivals such as: Hideout, Sonus, and Fresh Island, alongside a killer resident team such as: Kosta Radman, Trevon, and Tony D.
Know for its historic architecture, Culture Club Revelin had its 500-year-old fortress that was transformed in 2010 into now one of the world’s most unique party spaces. The club is covered in vast, three-meter-thick walls, and grand look-out towers, all of which display high-tech lighting and a Martin Audio line array soundsystem. The residents play a combination of house, tech, and bass while headliners are world-renowned names like Roger Sanchez and Pete Tong.
Culture Club Revelin
The roots of Yalta Club can be traced back to 1959 when it opened its doors for the first time. Right after the fall of communism in 1989, Yalta became the first place in Bulgaria dedicated to electronic music. The club has since served as a home away from home for some of techno and house music’s top names, including Ricardo Villalobos, Adam Beyer, Hernan Cattaneo, and plenty more. The club’s aim is to bring top house, techno acts, and everything in between to the Bulgarian capital.
Yalta Club / Photo Credit: @lemouserat
Short for “Moulin a Danse” (dance mill), MAD has grown plenty throughout the years. Compromised of a massive five-story complex that includes four dancefloors, the restaurant: Le Chandelier, a steampunk theme, and an L-Acoustics Soundsystem, the club fuels the late nights with a hyped atmosphere. As for The main floor, it has seen sets from Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Loco Dice, and Marco Carola over the years. During February 17-19 2022, MAD graces their stage from the talents of: DJ Don Pepe, Fabian Air (Feb 17th), DJ Othello (Feb 18th), and DJ Don Pepe, DJ Nika, DJ Darka (Feb 19th).
MAD Club / Photo Credit: EL Passo
Italian for ‘hollow paradise’, the Greek club phrases their name after their impressive location space on the Aegean. Nestled on the side of a cliff above Paradise Beach, Cavo Paradiso opened its doors in 1993 as a sunset bar without a proper road to even reach the secluded setting. The club has since morphed into an internationally acclaimed venue, with artists spanning from Adam Beyer to Skrillex, with their goal to attract a diverse crowd of revelers.