The Hottest New Clubs in the World

How far would you go to cut loose? These new nightlife destinations are so stylish, sexy, and extravagant, they're worth crossing the globe for.

Photos courtesy of Social Yeti, Bacana, and respective venues

How far would you go to cut loose? These new nightlife destinations are so stylish, sexy, and extravagant, they're worth crossing the globe for.

Glass, Paris

Tucked away in the red-light district of Pigalle, this pint-size spot from the team behind the Marais' popular Mexican cantina Candelaria keeps things dark: An artist-made illuminated floor sheds a sliver of light, and a psychedelic mirror behind the bar enhances the rock-and-roll vibe. Monday nights draw Paris' most discerning nightlife arbiters and guest DJs playing New Wave classics.

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Bow, New York City

The secret lair of its more boisterous upstairs neighbor Finale evokes the hazy decadence of late-disco-era New York with furniture inspired by Chinatown and La Dolce Vita. The lacquer-finished-wood walls can be moved to accommodate either an intimate party of fashion insiders or unexpected crowds that spill onto an impromptu dance floor.

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Mono, São Paulo

Despite its name, the latest addition to the Baixo Augusta scene is a club in two parts: Up front is a chilled-out lounge with sofas and a small kitchen serving Brazilian tapas; on Saturday nights in the back room, you can dance to old-school classics at the raucous parties that have given the club its reputation among locals as an inferninho, or hellraiser.

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Mad, Beirut

This former warehouse comes alive beneath a grid of colored, diamond-patterned LED lights that create a trippy atmosphere. At the Wednesday YOLO parties, native Brit and resident DJ Devon replaces the untz-untz beats with an urban vibe, playing hip-hop and R&B until the early hours.

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Bi Nuu, Berlin

In a city known for all-night parties in gritty abandoned spaces, this renovated train station offers a classier alternative to the warehouse-club experience, hosting Wednesday-night hip-hop emcee battles and sweaty dance-floor weekends amid a massive commissioned mural, artist-designed walls, and seating salvaged from the Berlin subway.

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Arkham, Shanghai

After throwing one-off parties for years, veteran local promoters have launched a lavish, labyrinthine underground club—in both a literal and a metaphorical sense. Two bars open onto the subterranean dance floor, while emerging European and American electronic acts whip the crowd into a frenzy.

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Light Nightclub: The Megaclub You Have To See To Believe

Vegas nightlife is over-the-top by definition, but Light Nightclub, opening at the Mandalay Bay on April 26, promises to make those other party spots feel quaint in comparison. The 38,000-square-foot space will feature top DJs (Skrillex has announced a residency) in an elaborate theatrical setting—think light shows and costumes—produced by Cirque du Soleil. For one night in Sin City, you can have a mind-altering experience that is perfectly legal.

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—Julie Baumgardner

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