Hï Ibiza has been voted the World’s No.1 Club for the second successive year in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll, a globally respected barometer for electronic music clubs across the planet.
The Ibiza club swept to victory in the public vote for the second time, helped no doubt by the world-beating line-ups, huge production and close attention to detail they have made their hallmark.
Speaking of the win, Yann Pissenem CEO of Ushuaïa Entertainment and The Night League said:
“‘For the second year in a row, myself and the whole team are completely blown away that Hï Ibiza has been voted #1 Club in the World in this prestigious poll. We feel blessed and honoured that our relentless hard work has been well and truly recognised. Thank you to every single member of Ushuaïa Entertainment, The Night League and High Scream who work tirelessly around the clock to create the perfect musical experience every day of the week. Thank you to my brother Romain who continues to bring the impossible to life. And of course, to our incredible resident DJs and guests, my partners and family. Finally, a BIG thank you to the readers of DJ Mag, everyone who voted, and everyone who comes through our doors. It is you that make Hï Ibiza the greatest club on the planet. We can’t wait to welcome you back this summer!”
Since opening in 2017 on Ibiza’s famous Playa d’en Bossa strip by Ushuaïa Entertainment (the global entertainment company led by CEO Yann Pissenem), Hï Ibiza has prided itself on being the world’s most technologically advanced club.
A specially developed L-Acoustics system takes care of the sound, while lights illuminate in dazzling displays across the club’s various spaces.
The Theatre, inspired by Italian amphitheatres, has a dancefloor surrounded by a raised terrace that hosts the VIP area. In addition to the CO2 Megatron, BB4 lasers and confetti, each residency there takes full advantage of the high-definition, full-width LED screen to ensure no two events look the same.
The Club Room, another equally impressive room, has a low ceiling for heads-down, lost-in-the-music moments, a dancefloor-level DJ booth, and lighting installations that suffuse the space in a kaleidoscope of colours. The Wild Corner is an unofficial third room: in addition to the unisex bathrooms, it boasts a state-of-the-art DJ booth, and a ceiling lit up with vivid illuminations. Dancers who head outside will encounter The Magic Garden and the Secret Garden, great spaces to cool off for a while before diving back into the fray, plus a VIP outdoor terrace with its own private bar.
Three years on from the planet shutting down, 2023’s Top 100 Clubs poll has seen the most ever votes — nearly 700,000 — and delivered one of the most geographically diverse lists yet.
Elsewhere in the poll, one country making an impact on the world clubbing circuit this year is the USA, which after reclaiming the title of most ranked clubs in 2022, is up a further three to 19 in total in 2023. The increase no doubt reflects the growth and ongoing diversification of the mainstream US scene, with many EDM superstars moving towards tech-house, increased appreciation of the seminal house and techno sounds birthed in ’80s Chicago and Detroit, and an ever-strong bass music contingent. New York mega-venue Avant Gardner & The Brooklyn Mirage breaks into the top 10 this year, and the US is responsible for a third of the 12 new clubs — among them, two from the capital city, and 2023’s Highest New Entry, Austin’s The Concourse Project.
That’s all of the new entries from the North American continent, but Canada and Mexico are pulling their weight for the region too, with Montréal’s New City Gas returning to the poll for the first time since 2016, and Hardpop in Juárez rejoining after a 12-year hiatus from the poll. All this brings North America to a total of 23 clubs, placing it second in the continental rankings after Europe (44) and ahead of Asia, which holds fast on 20 polling clubs.
South America also remains steady with 10 entries overall, six of which again come from the region’s clubbing capital, Brazil. Green Valley — the Brazilian club which has claimed the No.1 spot five times — fails to reclaim the title again this year, but won’t budge from third place, an impressive feat considering the club was wiped out by a cyclone in 2020 and had to completely rebuild. Last year’s new entry, Surreal Park, makes the continent’s biggest gain, climbing eight places this year.
Also repping for the southern hemisphere is Australia’s Home The Venue, which ensures all clubbing continents are represented for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, South African venue And joins the poll, and Nairobi’s MUZE is up 12 places. This brings the total number of African venues to two for the first time since 2014, reflecting the continent’s ever-increasing presence on the global clubbing stage.
The majority of new entries come from Asia, a region that has often taken that title in the past due to China’s explosion of superclubs. Indonesia brings two new clubs to the list, and there’s one each from Japan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Singapore icon Zouk is also back in the top 10 after dropping out in 2022, and Hong Kong’s BOOMERANG, which rose 26 places last year, is up a further 20 to claim this year’s Highest Climber award.
Europe remains top overall, with 44 clubs making the list; however, that’s down five from last year. The UK is also down to nine total after landing 13 in 2022, but does at least claim one new entry by way of The Beams, the sister venue of Printworks London. Printworks climbed to its highest-ever ranking — No. 2 — after a huge run of closing shows ended with their final weekend in May.
On the continent proper, Italy delivers the final new entry via Venetian club After Caposile, and Amsterdam club De School re-enters the poll after reopening late last year.
In addition to Hï Ibiza’s return to the No.1 spot for the second year in a row, sister club Ushuaïa is back in the top five, and Amnesia holds steady in the top 10. There is more good news for that other Mediterranean clubbing stronghold, Croatia, which sees fresh success through Dubrovnik venue Culture Club Revelin finally breaking into the top 20, nine years after first entering the poll.
See the full Top 100 Clubs results at djmag.com/top100clubs