on A for Amsterdam to W for Vienna
The choice of magnificent dance temples in Europe is huge! To help you make your decision, here is a – admittedly subjective – Top 10 of the best cities with the best clubs, spread all over Europe.
The 10 Best Clubs in Europe
Some of them are already old hands in the business, others are still considered to be insider tips – grab a cool drink, headphones with groovy music in your ears, put on a party hat and off you go to get in the mood for club hopping through Europe:
First Barcelona – Razzmatazz:
Razzmatazz is definitely one of the hottest clubs in Europe and is located in the vibrant Poblenou district. Under the roof of a trendy factory building the party crowd dances on 3700 m2, the five floors offer space in ecstasy. Whether electro, hip hop or mainstream – here you can find the right genre for everyone’s taste. A small culinary tip: After the clubbing, you should definitely try the Spanish delicacy churros, which can be bought on every corner – and after a night of partying, they taste even better than they already did!
2nd Moscow – propaganda:
Until 11 p.m. it’s quite dignified here: In the restaurant you can fill your stomach until this time, before it’s “party time”! The audience is young and hip, the prices are moderate for Moscow, the music is even louder. The music offer itself is broadly diversified – every Tuesday at “Propaganda Got Soul”, for example, Afro-Latin American beats combined with deep house influences resound through the club, while on Mondays jazzy hip-hop sounds and electronic music rule the crowd.
3rd Amsterdam – De School:
De School Amsterdam is currently considered the pearl of Amsterdam nightlife. It lives up to its name: where once mathematics and Dutch were taught, today the dance-move basics of electro are perfected. With natural nonchalance, De School not only manages to maintain its status as a nighttime insider tip – during the day it also opens the doors of its own café, restaurant and recently opened art gallery.
4th Paris – Badaboum:
The Paris Club Badaboum is located in the heart of the Bastille district. No wonder that the location exudes a certain industrial charm. The long nights at Badaboum are introduced with rock/pop concerts; at a later hour the genre changes to techno and the dance floor opens. In addition to the main floor and a bar, the Babadoum also houses the so-called Secret Room – this can be booked for private events, where you can even play your own music. Of course on a high class sound system – if that doesn’t radiate a touch of underground!
5th Copenhagen – Culture Box:
The Culture Box in Copenhagen is an absolute El Dorado for all those who like to turn night into day. The club is divided into three different sections: White Box, Red Box and Black Box. The White Box is a popular spot for any pre-party, while the Red Box is mainly used by local DJ stars. In contrast, the Black Box regularly welcomes internationally renowned turntable acrobats such as Kollektiv Turmstrasse or Helena Hauff.
6th Vienna – Pratersauna:
The Pratersauna has been in existence since 1965. At first it served merely as a sauna club; over the decades it gained a rather shady reputation as a meeting place for the mafia and as a swingers club. However, these times are long gone. Since 2009, the following motto applies instead: nightclub meets outdoor pool. In the summer months, the Pratersauna opens the doors of the swimming pool until 10 pm; afterwards, the cool location is transformed into a club. But the advantages of the swimming pool character remain – the pool in the outdoor area, which is illuminated at night, creates an absolute holiday feeling. From here is also only a cat’s jump to the famous Casino Online. From a musical point of view, electronic basses in particular thunder through the halls of the former sauna club. Thus, the Pratersauna has become an integral part of the Viennese club scene.
7th Prague – Cross Club:
The Cross Club is anything but ordinary and impresses with its futuristic design. So when you first visit the club, you feel as if you have sat down in a time machine and landed in the year 2050 – surrounded by progressive mechanics, which – just like avant-garde sculptures – are integrated into the interior design. The music is also varied, but always alternative, and magically attracts locals and tourists alike. The Cross Club is also the venue for a wide range of other events – readings and theatre performances are regularly held here, for example, further emphasising Cross Club’s status as a cultural romping place.
8 Oslo – The Villa:
The Villa is considered THE melting pot of electro, techno and house in Oslo. Furthermore, it is not only the most popular club of its kind in Norway, but over the years it has also gained a great reputation on a global level. Weekend after weekend, nationally and internationally renowned DJs come here to play. So it’s the perfect place to dance until the early hours of the morning, so you can expect dawn and birdsong on your way home! However, for the most expensive city in the world, you should also plan on about twice the budget for going out.
9th Cologne – boathouse:
All lovers of electronic dance music simply cannot miss this club in the Rhineland metropolis of Cologne. Even international stars like Paul Kalkbrenner, David Guetta, etc. regularly make the turntables glow and the crowd quake here. Psst: On one of the three floors, the BLCKBX, you can even dance under an LED starry sky – this conjures up a festival feeling in every boozy night in the boathouse, no matter whether in summer or winter! Recently, the British music magazine “DJ Mag” interviewed enthusiastic partygoers and based on this, created a ranking of the best 100 clubs worldwide – the Bootshaus in Cologne made it to 17th place in a global comparison. That speaks for itself!
10th Berlin – Berghain/Panorama Bar:
Famous, infamous! The Bergain is probably one of the most famous techno clubs worldwide. Even the strict door policy is already preceded by their reputation – but whoever once managed to get access to the holy halls celebrates in a relaxed and free atmosphere, which makes the club so special. The Berghain is also legendary because of its fantastic sound system: although the bass hammers out of the speakers, it’s not really too loud anywhere in the club. The Berghain is visited by many party tourists, but the underground club has nothing to do with a commercial tourist club à la Ibiza.