There are a few characteristics of European clubs that set them apart from the nightlife in other parts of the world. Europe’s unrivaled party culture tends to be reflected in the creative designs emerging from many of its hotspots, which often don’t get started until after midnight and carry on long after daybreak.
Clubs in Europe also tend to boast pristine views of the scenic natural landscape around them, whether that includes mountains draped in snow or the deep-blue water of the Aegean Sea. Take a look at these 10 real clubs across Europe that make no apologies for their extravagance.
10 Concrete, Paris, France
A recent license grant by local authorities means that the top techno hot spot in Paris, Concrete, has no set closing time. Instead, it’s open until the last patrons clear out, which sometimes doesn’t happen until long after sunrise!
Housed in a boat moored on the banks of the River Seine, Concrete is a favorite among both Parisian and international electronic music lovers. It’s free before 10 p.m., so you can expect long lines for this one. But it’s worth it, especially if you catch the sunset from a coveted position on the boat.
9 Papaya, Novalja, Croatia
Croatia is known for its nightlife. Situated on the island of Pag, Papaya is one of the oldest and most popular beach clubs in the country. Often considered one of the top clubs in Europe, Papya hosts throngs of international DJs during the busy summer season.
Crowds typically swarm here from 2 p.m. to catch the world-famous sunset over the Adriatic Sea. Papaya is reopened at 10 p.m. and doesn’t close until just before sunrise at 5 a.m., so there’s plenty of opportunities to dance to the backdrop of one of the most sought-after views in the world.
8 Chlösterli, Grund, Switzerland
It doesn’t look much like a nightlife hotspot from the outside, but Chlösterli is known all over Europe for its ability to please a crowd. Located high in the Swiss Alps, Chlösterli offers dance floors adorned in LED lights and a scenic view of the mountainous landscape. After a brief closure, Chlösterli opened its doors again at the end of 2018, much to the delight of fans.
By night, patrons dance the night away in the recently reopened club. By day, it turns into a chic restaurant specializing in high-end dishes to exclusive visitors.
7 Cavo Paradiso, Mykonos, Greece
If crazy views are what you’re after, then you should check out Cavo Paradiso on the island of Mykonos, otherwise known as the party mecca of Greece. From its prime position on a rocky hill, Cavo Paradiso gives patrons one of the best possible views of the picturesque Aegean Sea.
The establishment is usually filled both during the day and at night, with many clubbers opting to stick around to watch the sunrise over the ocean. There’s also a pool area, so patrons can take their partying to the water.
6 La Fira, Barcelona, Spain
There is more than one extravagant club to check out in Barcelona, a coastal city commonly known for its fun-loving vibe. La Fira has both a traditional and modern feel since it’s furnished with pieces that reflect past eras and cutting-edge innovations from the contemporary world.
The best part about La Fira for most people is that mirrors can be found on nearly every wall. No need to spend twenty minutes lining up for the restroom just to check your lipstick! The drinks on offer include aged wine and champagne fit for the elite.
5 Privilege, Ibiza, Spain
You can’t have a discussion about extravagant European clubs and bypass Ibiza, the party capital of the world. Commonly thought to house the biggest dancefloor in existence, Privilege is a must for party animals and curious travelers alike.
In the past, Privilege has played host to the likes of Madonna and Sean Combs. With its capacity for 8000 patrons and tall ceilings, you don’t have to worry about feeling cramped in the lavish dance spot. Like the best clubs in Europe, Privilege also has a pool for when it’s time to cool off.
4 Armani Privé, Milan, Italy
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than Milan’s Armani Privé. Thought to be the place for models to hang out after hopping off the runway during fashion week, or any time, this club has a strikingly different interior from most of the major clubs in Europe. The vibe is minimalist with a sophisticated theme of red and black that closely resembles the typical designs of the fashion magnate.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Armani Privé is Beyoncé’s favorite nightclub. If it’s good enough for Queen B, it’s good enough for us!
3 Karlovy Lázne, Prague, Czech Republic
Karlovy Lázne is the biggest club in central Europe, and one of the most iconic. Stretching over five stories, this club offers an array of different rooms to cater to all musical tastes. But the top reason to go is to visit its most famous attraction: Icepub Prague.
At the entrance, visitors are given thermal jackets and gloves to keep them warm in the freezing room, where everything is made of ice—including the glasses. This is one of the best places to sip cocktails, as long as you down them before they freeze!
2 Soho Rooms, Moscow, Russia
A playground for celebrities where everything is about success, Moscow’s Soho Rooms is famous in its own right. Inside, you’ll find grand halls that closely resemble British libraries from years gone by, a disco room offering world-class entertainment, and relaxing terraces with tropical décor. Word is the party doesn’t really get going until 2 a.m., so you won’t want to get there too early.
Soho Rooms also boasts some incredible views of Moscow. Among others, Seal has been known to spend his downtime in the establishment. The space also doubles as a restaurant serving up an exclusive high-end menu.
1 Ministry Of Sound, London, England
Travelers looking for a party should definitely place London’s Ministry of Sound at the top of their itineraries. Since it was established 25 years ago, the club has only grown bigger and more extravagant.
Inside Ministry of Sound are four dancefloors and four bars, and entry tickets are often booked in advance to avoid massive lines. Today, Ministry of Sound has expanded into something of an entertainment empire, with tours, creative workspaces, music recording and publishing, and even a fitness studio falling under its umbrella.