Best UK Superclubs
The UK – and specifically Manchester, where The HaÃ§ienda was a nightlife pillar for fifteen years – is the birthplace of the superclub. From London to Belfast, Birmingham to Liverpool, the land of Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed and Robert “Fergie” Ferguson is rife with cathedrals of dnb, house, trance, garage and every other genre of electronic music that whips beat heads into a convulsive furor. These 12 tower above the rest.
Warehouse Project, Manchester – Photo credit
77a Charterhouse Street, Smithfield, London
One of the first names in superclub lore, Fabric holds over 1,500 heads at a time and has global cred.
Where to stay: Metropolitan Hotel London
Ministry Of Sound
103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, London
Easily one of the most important brand names in world club culture (and owner of the best logo), MOS is a perennial taste and kingmaker in the fickle business.
Where to stay: The Cumberland A Guoman Hotel London
67-68 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London
Three dance floors, five bars, a spacious terrace and state of the art sound system make Area the spot to vibe in Vauxhall.
Where to stay: Mint Hotel Westminster
The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich
With a capacity of 2,600, Proud2 at The O2 is the best superclub refurb in London in recent years.
Where to stay: Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel London
180-182 Hungerford Lane, Strand, London
For electro, house, chillout or live music, The Island is a strong Strand superclub bet.
Where to stay: Baglioni Hotel London
182 Upper Broad Street, Birmingham
The name is synonymous with superclub superstardom. Gatecrasher pulls in all the top DJs, has room for 2,800 and perhaps the best club room in the infamous “Sin Bin”.
Where to stay: Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham
1 – 3 Parr Street, Liverpool, Merseyside
No clubhead pilgrimage is complete without a stop at Cream Nation in Merseyside.
Where to stay: Britannia Adelphi Hotel Liverpool
Times Square, Newcastle
The “Fabric of the North” has built a good enough reputation to stand on its own merits. Digital draws quality talent and appreciative masses to Times Square, Newcastle week in and week out.
Where to stay: The Vermont Hotel Newcastle
beneath Piccadilly Train Station, Manchester
A Manchester icon up there with Sir Alex Ferguson, Warehouse Project is a temple of techno that consistently throws the wickedest parties ever seen in a carpark below a train station.
Where to stay: The Light Boutique ApartHotel Manchester
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow
Glasgow’s best superclub concentrates on product and delivers the goods, one event at a time.
Where to stay: Lorne Hotel Glasgow
2-16 Dunbar Street, Belfast
Patrons of all persuasions pack Belfast’s most energetic and hedonistic club with nightly zeal. Mynt does it all and it does it well.
Where to stay: Ten Square Hotel Belfast
1 Bankmore Square, Dublin Road, Belfast
Belfast’s raver haunt par excellence is another DJ Alan Simms brainchild. Stiff Kitchen is underground nirvana in the Northern Ireland capital.
Where to stay: The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast