Ibiza, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sao Paolo and more clubbing holidays
Time Out staff
Berghain, Berlin: Berlin has long been recognised as Techno's spiritual home and Berghain/Panorama Bar is Berlin’s – and thus the world’s – premier techno club. Both the main club Berghain, with its 18-metre high dance space, and the upstairs bar pump out intense techno in tune with the power generation this massive building was once used for. With large comfortable rooms and good transport links, Hotel-Pension Bregenz (+49 0 30 88 14 307, www.hotelbregenz-berlin.de) is probably the best value hotel in Berlin, leaving you with more money to spend on partying through the night. www.berghain.de.
APT, New York: New York is primarily a bar city, but the cultural capital of the USA has thousands of clubs beneath its skyscrapers. Apartment-themed club APT, with its sleek basement bar and cosier street-level room, is one of the best places in the city for hearing the sound of the underground. From the techno of Carl Craig to Zulu Nation-founder Afrika Bambaataa, an eclectic mix of DJs and sounds can be heard here. The place is rammed on weekends. For kipping down, head to the Bryant Park (+1 877 640 9300, www.bryantparkhotel.com), at a fantastic location on West 40th Street. Many rooms have terrific views of the park and all are modern and spotlessly clean. +1 212 414 4245/www.aptnyc.com.
Trouw, Amsterdam: The Amsterdam New School, pioneered by techno DJs Dylan and Shinedoe, is gaining worldwide recognition, and this is the best place to experience it. From the people who brought Amsterdam the legendary Club 11, Trouw is an industrial space – a former newspaper building – where the line-up always makes headlines. Stumble in at 9am to the award-winning Fusion Suites (+31 20 618 4642, www.fusionsuites.com), a pretty mansion next to Vondelpark; and make sure you stay up for the incredible home-cooked breakfast. +31 20 463 7788/www.trouwamsterdam.nl.
Carpe Diem, Croatia: With one of the best festivals in Europe – Garden Festival – Croatia is building up a reputation as Eastern Europe’s clubbing capital. Head for Carpe Diem on the stunning island of Hvar to dance with Croatia’s beautiful people. The beach bar doubles as a lovely restaurant – and don’t miss the fantastic full-moon parties. Carpe Noctem! It’s worth having your own apartment on Hvar, and it’s not too expensive; Ana Dujmovic is endlessly helpful and has a number of lovely well-furnished apartments to let. Contact her on +385 21 742 010, or visit www.hvarcroatia.com/dujmovic/index.htm. www.carpe-diem-hvar.com.
Razzmatazz, Barcelona: The impossibly happening Catalan capital has a dazzling array of clubs and scenes, all of which are melded together at Razzmatazz. Across several floors, music ranges from indie and pop to techno and trance. And when you need to escape the dancefloor, just head for the beautiful roof-terrace. The Raval is effortlessly edgy and the coolest area for Barcelona’s many bars; Hostal Gat Raval (+ 36 93 481 66 70, www.gataccommodation.com) is smart, clean and funky, with each room displaying work by a local artist. +34 93 320 8200/www.salarazzmatazz.com.
Mass, London: London has many overpriced and oversubscribed fashionista clubs, but to get away from the hipster hype, head to Mass. This converted church is Brixton’s house of rave-worship, with room for 1,500 people. Mass offers a variety of clubbing experiences, with none of the posers. Don’t miss DMZ – the world’s most important dubstep night. Stay local, avoiding the silly central London prices and an even sillier taxi fare. Boutiquestyle Pasha Hotel (020 7277 2228, www.hotelpasha.com), with its Turkish hammam and Kazakh cuisine, is putting south-east London on the cool tourist map. www.mass-club.com.
Tocqueville 13, Milan: The clubbing in Milan isn’t exclusively about footballers and models, though they certainly frequent Tocqueville 13. The music here is as varied as the drinks list, and the venue less aggressively pretentious than the close-by Hollywood – but just as glamorous. The absurdly modern STRAF (+39 028 909 52 94, www.straf.it) is right in the centre of the city, with every room on the fifth floor boasting a mini-spa; the ultra-hip hotel bar is a must-visit. +39 335 681 96 31/www.tokvill.com.
Space, Ibiza: Ibiza is arguably the clubbing capital of the universe, and a huge part of that universe is Space – considered by many, and with a truckful of awards to show it, to be the very best club in the world. You’ll need to take out a second mortgage just to get a sip of water here, but it’ll (hopefully) be worth it. After all that dancing, you’ll need a comfortable bed to recuperate in: Es Mitjorn (+34 971 340 902, www.esmitjorn.com) is the hidden gem of Ibiza. Fantastic value for the island, it’s in a great location, with a lovely pool and clean rooms. www.space-ibiza.es.
Gianpula, Malta: Malta is loudly making its case as the great-value alternative to Ibiza. Gianpula, housed in a converted farm, is the country’s biggest open-air club: its 4,000-clubber capacity means it can in theory accommodate one per cent of the island’s population. The music menu features everything from posh trance to R&B. The Fortina (+356 2346 0000, www.hotelfortina.com) in Sliema is a classy four-star hotel with five restaurants and two salt-water swimming pools; the company also has a spa resort on the same beach. Enjoy spending the money you saved from avoiding Ibiza. +356 9947 2133/www.gianpula.com.
Manga Rosa, São Paulo: One of the biggest cities on the planet, Brazil’s business capital has a vast number of clubs to choose from, with the best music probably at Manga Rosa. A world away from the derivative pop, rock and R&B of São Paulo’s more commercial clubs, the DJs here play progressive house, techno and other electronic music to a young, beautiful crowd who are always up for a good time. Considered one of South America’s best hotels, the Emiliano (+55 11 3068 4399, www.emiliano.com.br) is the only accommodation option if you’re not on a budget; from the elegant spa to the delicious food, this excellently located boutique hotel is the best that Brazil’s biggest city has to offer. If you’re on a budget… go to Rio. +55 11 5507 3938/www.obaoba.com.br/manga-rosa.