5 Zouk – Singapore
Since opening its doors in 1991, Zouk has been the premier club of the island city-state of Singapore. In a land known for strict laws and a rigid code of conduct, Zouk is the place to go to cut loose (AKA be wildly hedonistic). In 2006, 2007 and 2010 Zouk made it into the top ten of “DJ Magazine’s” 100 best clubs on earth. Perhaps the allure comes from the fact that Zouk is really four clubs in one complex. It features spaces named Velvet, Phuture, The Wine Bar and Zouk, each with their own décor, music, drinks and clientele type.
4 Studio 54 – New York
Studio 54 remains an icon of hedonistic revelry even today, more than thirty years after it closed down. Amazingly, the place was open for fewer than five years. In that time, it was the haunt of celebrities and stars from all walks of life: Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson, Lionel Richie and on and on. The famed club might have had a longer run had not its owners been caught embezzling millions of dollars, evading tax payments and using improper permits.
3 Encore – Las Vegas
This may be hard to wrap your mind around, but dance clubs actually surpass gambling as money makers in Las Vegas. The multiple clubs housed in the Encore club complex, owned by billionaire developer Steve Wynn, often gross well over a million dollars a night in door fees, drinks, food and sundries. In fact, the alcohol bill alone is well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars each and every night at Encore.
2 Webster Hall – New York
The craziest thing about Webster Hall is its amazing longevity. This place opened its doors back in ’86 and it’s still going strong. And no, we don’t mean 1986, even though nearly three decades of success is a great run for the nightclub industry. We mean 1886. A fixture of the (on-again off-again) popular East Village, Webster Hall features a dance club, a concert venue and space intended for private parties. The operators of WH claim that more than half a million people revel there each year. Considering it is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, that’s one packed house.
1 Privilege – Ibiza, Spain
The honor of the biggest nightclub on earth” goes to a spot located on the Spanish island of Ibiza, a place widely considered the party capitol of the world. Privilege is the club’s name, and it has been at the center of the club enthusiast’s world for two decades now. More than ten thousand people can fit into the massive complex, which regularly hosts the largest names in the music industry: everyone from Madonna to P Diddy to whomever happens to be wildly popular as you read this.