Nightclubs are a pretty crazy place by definition. Between the music, lights and general debauchery that goes on there, you’re most likely going to be in for a wild night regardless of which club you choose. There are, however, a few clubs a step above the rest in terms of craziness.
Nightclubs exist all around the world, and on this list you’ll learn that you can discover one of the craziest clubs in the world regardless of what continent you’re on. These crazy clubs are in Europe, America, Australia... everywhere, guys! In America, a few particular cities are more popular than the rest when it comes to the club scene. These cities are, no surprise, New York, LA, Vegas and Miami.
All the clubs on this list bring something to the table other than just the good ol’ lights, music and beautiful people dancing. Whether it is a 24-hour liquor license, being built on a hilltop overlooking a sea, or the fleet of luxury white cars to pick up VIP guests, these clubs all bring something else that sets them apart and for that, they are the craziest 14 clubs in the world.
So, if you’re looking for a wild night (or in some cases day) out, you should look into these clubs but, be warned, lines are long and bottle service is expensive.
9 Cavo Paradiso in Greece
Crazy factor: Club built on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea. It's actually a very scenic stop to listen to house music.
Most of the time when someone is going clubbing, they don’t really care about the natural beauty of the venue. Clubs can be beautiful in their own very, very artificial way. Cavo Paradiso stands out from the crowd because it is actually surrounded by a beautiful landscape. It stands on a scenic hill, looking out over the Aegean Sea and looks very peaceful, you know, if you forgot about the loud music pumping all hours of the day. It’s commonplace to watch the sunrise while still partying or to arrive at 7 a.m. to hang out by the pool area.
8 Club Space in Miami
Crazy factor: 24-hour liquor license.
Have you ever wanted to go to a nightclub at say 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.? Probably not but the cool part about Space Miami is that you can totally go there 24 hours a day. That’s right, they have a 24-hour liquor license. They don’t just rely on the seduction of being able to drink whenever you want, as they also have state-of-the-art lighting, sound and visual systems in the club. It makes sense that this club has been around for 16 years.
If you’re in Miami and hankering for some club music and a vodka club at 2:30 in the afternoon, pop by Club Space.
12. The Viper Room in Los Angeles
Crazy factor: Famous celebrity hang out, known for being the location of River Phoenix's death.
The Viper Room is just one of the many clubs along the Sunset Strip but it is also the playground of Hollywood and has some interesting stories to go along with it.
Opening in 1993, the club quickly became the hang out for many up and coming stars in Hollywood, including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Jared Leto and Leo DiCaprio. Just like any place frequented by the rich and famous, it has some dark stories, including when River Phoenix overdosed there on Halloween 1993. Yes, 1993 was the very first year it was open. Despite this devastating event, the club thrived and has become a go-to spot to see amazing live rock performances while rubbing elbows with celebs.
One last fun fact, Johnny Depp owned the club until 2004.
7 Marquee in Las Vegas
Crazy factor: The most insane pool parties in the world.
You’ve most likely heard of Marquee because the Kardashians are frequent guests. The club must be pretty cool if its earned Kim K’s stamp of approval, right? Even if you don’t like the Kardashians, Marquee is pretty freakin’ cool.
The club, complete with tiered-style tables, giving everyone a view of the DJ, is located in The Cosmopolitan and it isn’t just for night owls. They host some of the most outrageous pool parties during the day too! So, if you want to get the party started at say 2 p.m., put on a bathing suit and Marquee had you covered.
10. Ministry of Sound in London
Crazy factor: A club that is actually all about the music.
Considering that this club was founded by DJ Justin Berkmann it would make sense that it is focuses on the music above all else, which you would think that many clubs would focus on but, let’s all be honest, alcohol sales are how these places stay in business.
The space was a bus depot, which Berkmann renovated into the famous London club. The main room is complete with a high-tech sound system and a noise-containing layout. So, if you’re in the market to see some of the world’s best DJs and you actually care about the music, this is the place for you.
9. Webster Hall in New York City
Crazy factor: The club has been around since 1886 and F. Scott Fitzgerald even partied there.
This club has been around since 1886 – 1886! Like, what? That’s pretty crazy. I had no idea that clubs were even around back there. I mean, it was a much different place at that time. This was before even film so the whole visual and lighting aspect of the club scene wasn’t really accessible at this time.
After it was conceived, Webster Hall hosted many weddings, meetings, dances, concerts and fundraisers. As the ‘20s and prohibition rolled into town, the hall began hosting masquerades and other events during which alcohol was illegally served. During this time, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a regular so you know the place was cool. Due to authorities looking the other way during these parties, it was rumored that Al Capone was the owner of the venue during this time.
Finally in 1992, Webster Hall got the facelift it needed with sound, video and lighting technology. Even though Webster Hall has presented such modern acts as Wiz Khalifa, it is considered a New York City landmark.
This is one of the few legendary New York City clubs that you can still party in.
6 XS in Las Vegas
Crazy factor: The $10 million renovations, which provides DJs with options to curate their set to a certain mood.
What does it take to standout in the sea of nightclubs in Las Vegas? Apparently, $10 million! XS, the Vegas club in the Wynn Hotel, took 2 years and $10 million to give XS the facelift it needed. The renovations included new lighting and a new sound system.
The managing partner said that with the renovation, they tried to make it so that each DJ could change elements to compliment their particular set. Apparently, the DJs who were playing at XS also played at high-tech clubs in Ibiza and would be disappointed that the technology at XS wasn’t quite up to par. Well, now XS is one of the hottest clubs in the US.
5 Zouk in Singapore
Crazy factor: Five different clubs in one.
Zouk aims to provide a room styled to appease anyone’s idea of a perfect night out and it pretty much hits the nail on the head. The largest room is what one would imagine when they think nightclub, complete with lighting, a dance floor and a great sound system. Another room is for the more musically adventurous, featuring more experimental music ranging from R&B to jazz. The third room, named The Velvet Underground Dance Club, is another room made in the vain of a typical club but it is a much smaller venue, calling to mind the smaller and more intimate dance clubs of the past. The Velvet Underground Lounge is another intimate room, designed as a swanky lounge area, where one can be seen, while relaxing and having a cocktail. The last room in Zouk features (I know, there’s a ton of rooms) a wine bar with a contemporary feel. So, regardless of what you’re in the mood for, Zouk probably had a room that will satisfy your needs.
4 LIV in Miami
Crazy factor: Skyboxes to party in for super VIPs.
Guys, there was a reason Will Smith was going to Miami. They have some of the best clubs. By blending the appeal of exclusive, swanky lounges with high-energy nightclubs, LIV has anything you could possibly want in a club. Not only are there VIP tables here, there are also private skyboxes, each with their own minibars. This is perfect for the VIPs who are too cool for even a VIP bottle service table because heaven forbid that a lowly, regular guest may approach them. Of course, you’d have to drop some serious cash in order to get your own skybox for the evening but, hey, spending money to look cool is kind of the point of clubs, right?
5. Tunnel in New York City
Crazy factor: Iconic club that defined the '90s NYC club scene.
Tunnel was a nightclub in the Chelsea area of New York that was open from 1986 to 2001. That’s right; it’s closed. It still makes the list because of just how renowned Tunnel was to the ‘90s New York club scene.
With dance cages, rooms decorated like libraries and S & M dungeons, unisex bathrooms and a basement VIP room, this club was something to be seen. It is also one of the first American clubs to introduce the idea of bottle service, though they were charging around $100/bottle, which is a steal by today’s standards.
Unfortunately, the club was also the scene of some seedy deeds as well. It shouldn’t surprise anyone, as this was during the heyday of the ‘90s drug scene, that a lot of ecstasy was being done at this club. Since the club charged $5 for a bottle of water and didn't serve tap, patrons who were dehydrated (a side effect of ecstasy) took to drinking water from the sinks and, in desperate times, the toilets.
The club remains part of pop culture, as it was frequented by Patrick Bateman in American Psycho and by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. It closed in 2001 due to the rent not being paid.
Another fun little fact about this club is that Vin Diesel worked there as a bouncer.
3 TAO in Las Vegas
Crazy factor: TAO has a dining room, nightclub, pool club, and lounge area. You can have a fine dining experience before clubbing at the same spot.
TAO is another hang out spot of the Kardashians but, it really does offer more than just Kim K's stamp of approval. TAO offers a little bit of everything on to of its nightclub, which is open only Thursday through Saturday. TAO has a dining room with a full dinner menu and a full sushi bar. If you’d hankering for partying during the day, TAO has a day club pool area that is open seasonally. If you’d just like to catch a drink in a laid-back atmosphere, TAO also has a lounge area. Basically, TAO has just about every option for anything you’re in the mood for. It’s a one-stop destination for anyone looking to party.
2 Board Room in Chicago
Crazy factor: Fleet of white luxury cars to transport VIP guests to and from club.
Chicago was making strides to prove that LA, New York, Las Vegas and Miami aren’t the only cities that can throw a good party but unfortunately, this club is closed now. Though, the thing is all the best clubs seem to be short lived.
The Chicago club came complete with luxury white cars (think Porches and Lamborghinis) that would cart VIPs to the club and home. Of course, the club was complete with music and beautiful people dancing. On top of these beautiful people though, this club had Zac Efron’s abs, which are glorious. Yes, Efron was a guest at Board Room and while he was there, the son of a Russian billionaire bought ol’ Abs Efron a bottle of champagne that cost (get ready) $100,000. Yes, this club that had bottles of champs for $100,000 lying around.
After neighbors’ complaints, the doors to Board Room closed in 2014, so unfortunately, I don’t know exactly where you can hang in order to see Zac Efron’s abs.
Better luck next time, Chicago.
1 Pacha in Ibiza
Crazy factor: Favorite club of DJs all around the world.
While there are nightclubs bearing the name Pacha in quite a few major European cities, the Pacha in Ibiza is the standout. The club opened in 1973 and considering the lifespan of nightclubs, the fact that it is still standing and, on top of that, still popular, is an accomplishment in itself. It has several different rooms with different musical style, so it offers a little bit of something for all tastes. In fact, it is such a favorite among DJs that it is the host of the annual DJ Awards (yeah, there’s a DJ Awards).
1. Studio 54 in New York City
Crazy factor: Studio 54 is a club so infamous that there was even a movie made about it.
Studio 54 may be one of the most legendary clubs in the United States and perhaps the world. Only opened a short 9 years from 1977 to 1986, the club cost $400,000 to be renovated, which is roughly $1.6 million in today’s money. For this petty penny, it was transformed into a nightclub with movable sets and an elaborate lights system. This transformation allowed the area to constantly have a different looking environment.
An example of just how elaborate some of Studio 54’s parties could be is their one New Year’s Eve parties, for which the event planner had a shit ton of glitter dumped on the floor. When I say a shit ton of glitter, I'm talking a four inch layer of glitter. Could you image? You’d be up to you calves in glitter. Supposedly, the glitter was found in clothing and in homes all over NYC even months later.
Probably the most impressive thing about Studio 54 was its regulars: Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Cher, David Bowie, even Jackie O. Basically, anyone famous and chic loved Studio 54.
Studio 54 was the coolest club in the world but it's closed and, let's be honest, none of us would actually get in so we can just read about it.