From Studio 54 to Fabric, we’ve got together a definitive list of the world’s most iconic nightclubs. See you on the dancefloor…
Manchester’s Haçienda – which was founded by Tony Wilson with money made by New Order’s record sales – is where baggy was born. A new documentary, Do You Own The Dancefloor?, talks to the people who bought up parts of the club after it was demolished in 2002.
The glamorous Studio 54 was the place to be seen for the great and the good of late 1970s New York – if they made it past the strict door policy. On an average night, you could find Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones and Elton John dancing to decadent disco inside its hallowed walls.
New York’s seminal Paradise Garage was open from 1977 until 1987. The club’s resident DJ, Larry Levan, is credited with inventing house music, thanks to his electronic take on disco.
Sheffield’s Gatecrasher spawned an entire lifestyle in the late 1990s, a candy-rave hard house extravaganza with legions of spiky haired, dummy-sucking followers.
The Roxy in Covent Garden was the centre of London’s punk universe from 1976 until 1978. Its resident DJ was Don Letts, who played dub and reggae to a crowd that included The Clash, Sex Pistols and X-Ray Spex.
Ibiza’s Space has been open since 1989. Its outdoor terrace is the stuff of legend and it has the honour of being the first after-hours club in the world.
Europe’s biggest fetish club, London’s Torture Garden mixes fire, leather and body modifications in a former church in Brixton.
After an eye-opening trip to Ibiza in 1987, Danny Rampling opened Shoom, bringing the acid house sound to London.
One of the UK’s most respected clubs, Fabric has been going strong since 1999, based near Smithfield Meat Market in London. Never aligned with just one genre, it hosts rap, electro, techno and house nights, all making the most of its epic sound system.