5 of the Biggest Nightclubs in the World

February 17, 2016

Want to know which clubs will offer you a night of unbridled decadence and excess? Then discover some of the biggest nightclubs in the world below.

Header photo credit: Jonatan Ferrer, Pacha.

For hedonists, nothing makes a holiday quite like a night out at a top club with your mates. We've brought you a selection of some of the biggest nightclubs in the world where you're guaranteed a night filled with thrills, decadence and excess.

1. Berghain

Inside Berghain by Marcheur1976, Berlin, Germany.

Photo credit: Marcheur1976 on Wikipedia

  • Address: Rüdersdorfer Str. 7, 10243 Berlin, Germany 
  • Capacity: 1500 
  • Good for: An elusive night out and techno beats. 
  • Dress code: No official dress code, but bouncers will approve or disapprove upon arrival. Black is suggested. 
  • Tickets: €8 – 14 on the door.
  • Stay nearby: Pegasus Hostel Berlin is less than 5 minutes' walk away.

Berghain may not look like much, being a former East German power plant. However, there's an air of mystery surrounding Berghain as it's incredibly difficult to get into. You could be standing in line for two hours only for the doormen with a quick glance to tell you to move on.

If you do get in then beware as pretty much anything goes at Berghain, where you'll see plenty of dark, secluded cubby holes around the club where you can get up to whatever forms of depravity amuse you the most. If that's not to your taste, there's also excellent techno music played by world-class DJs, people rocking up in the most ludicrous fashion and reasonably priced drinks.

We can't describe Berghain without mentioning Sven, Berghain's legendary gatekeeper. You'll definitely notice him at the door with his many tattoos. He's perhaps the only bouncer in the world who's also a distinguished photographer with three published books and a memoir. He's also done a menswear collaboration with Hugo Boss. If you want any chance to get into Berghain, you better impress Sven.

2. Karlovy Lazne

Group dancing at Karlovy Lazne, Czech Republic.
  • Address: Smetanovo nábř. 198/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia 

  • Capacity: 2500 

  • Opening times: 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. 

  • Good for: Mainstream, dance music, oldies, hip hop and chill out music. 

  • Dress code: N/A 

  • Tickets: 180 czk on the door. Or book a pub crawl which ends at Karlovy Lazne. 

  • Stay nearby: Charles Bridge Palace is a minute from Karlovy Lazne.

Standing five storeys tall, the Karlovy Lazne is not only the biggest club in Prague but the whole of Central Europe.

You'll find the Karlovy Lazne about 50 meters from the eastern end of the Charles Bridge on the bank of the Vltava River. An entrance fee of 180 koruna (approximately £4.80) allows access to the club, which features different music on each of its five levels.

You'll find everything you could possibly want from a club at the Karlovy Lazne: several floors playing different music, a plethora of bars, foos ball tables and a crowd that's a nice mix of locals and tourists. You can even get free internet access on the basement floor!

3. Pacha

David Guetta performing at Pacha Nightclub, Ibiza, Spain.

Photo credit: Jonatan Ferrer, Pacha

  • Address: Av. 8 d'Agost, 07800 Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain 
  • Capacity: 3000 
  • Opening times: 12 a.m. – 7 a.m. 
  • Good for: House music  
  • Dress Code: N/A 
  • Tickets: Ticket prices vary, and can be booked through the official website.
  • Stay nearby: The Ibiza Corso Hotel & Spa is one minute from the beach.

Pacha is one of the biggest nightclub franchises in the world, started by brothers Ricardo and Piti Urgell who opened their first club in Ibiza in 1973, which has gone on to become one of the best in the world.

When you step inside Pacha, it can be overwhelming as it has a labyrinthine feel to it. There are multiple rooms catering to all musical tastes, though it takes a few visits until you truly know your way around the place. You've got the large Main Room for house and techno; the Funky Room for disco; the Roof Terrace for lounge and chillout; downstairs features Sweet Pacha for retro pop; and finally there's the Global Room for R&B and hip-hop.

Perhaps the highlight of the party calendar is David Guetta's 'F**k Me, I'm Famous' party. Brimming with glitz and glamour, you're sure to get great music and maybe even spot a celeb or two at the VIP tables.

4. Marquee Nightclub

Marquee Nightclub, Las Vegas. Photo credit Al Powers.

Photo credit: Al Powers, Marquee Nightclub

  • Address: 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA 

  • Capacity: 4000 

  • Opening times: 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. (Friday, Saturday, Monday) 

  • Good for: Celebrity sightings and top DJs in the heart of Las Vegas. 

  • Dress Code: Upscale-Casual; button-down shirts and smart shoes. No baseball hats, tennis shoes, or open-toed shoes for men. 

  • Tickets: Ticket prices vary; for cheapest options book a way in advance. Purchase through the events section of the official website.

  • Stay nearby: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is less than five minutes away, located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Marquee is one of the most profitable clubs in the world, raking in a cool $80-85 million this year and it's not hard to see why.

Marquee offers top DJs, amazing cocktails, great service and an atmosphere that can't be beaten. Yes it's expensive, yes it gets crowded and yes it can get wild but it's Vegas! What were you expecting?

Marquee also has a day-club with some truly awesome pool parties. For one of the best clubbing experiences around, you need to check out what is the hottest club in Sin City.

5. Privilege

Crowd with hands in the hair at Privilege Ibiza.
  • Address: Urbanización San Rafael, s/n, 07816 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain 
  • Capacity: 10000 
  • Good for: A dance party you'll never forget. 
  • Dress Code: N/A 
  • Tickets: Tickets vary in price and are available from the official website.
  • Stay nearby: Many properties in the area are already fully booked for 2017. Stay in the Royal Plaza close to Ibiza Town's harbour.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Privilege is the world's largest nightclub with a capacity of 10,000 people. It has an impressive main room that's the size of an aircraft hangar and a 25m high roof and a swimming pool.

Privilege hosts SupermartXé, an event which rubber stamps the club's reputation for not doing half measures. It's a night that's infamous for its performer's lack of clothing, risqué choreography and amazing visual effects. You'll also get celebrity appearances and, as you'd expect, great Ibiza club tunes to keep you moving on the massive Privilege dance floor.

The sheer scale of Privilege is jaw-dropping and a place that must be on your Ibiza club bucket list.

Ben Leach Ben's longest trip involved 15 months of backpacking around Australia and Southeast Asia, and now he shares his experiences with Travioor from London. Luckily, after spending so long staring at cheesy sunsets, drinking too much Goon and eating his weight in Pad Thai, he can still manage to put a few words together.