The results of DJ Mag’s poll for the Top 100 Clubs of 2022 have been released, and Hï Ibiza has been named The World’s No. 1 Club. Hï Ibiza, last year’s No. 3, has moved up two places, leapfrogging 2021’s winner, US club Echostage, and Brazil’s three-time champion Green Valley to reach the top spot for the first time.
Yann Pissenem, CEO and founder of The Night League, the organization in charge of Hï Ibiza, commented on the victory:
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the readers of DJ Mag and everybody who voted for Hï Ibiza as their No. 1 club. It truly is an honour for both myself and the entire team to receive this fantastic news, and to be recognised in this way.
To our incredible team; every single person at The Night League and High Scream, my brother Romain, I want to say a tremendous thank you for all the hard work and tireless dedication you give to make everything happen. To all of the fantastic artists who call Hï Ibiza their home, to my family, my partners, everyone in the industry and every single person who has supported us on this fantastic journey. Really, without all of you, none of this would have ever been possible.
Each and every year we put our hearts and souls into providing what we believe is the best experience achievable for people to come, enjoy and forget about their problems for a moment in time. This summer we are feeling the energy and excitement from all sides about returning to our magical island to experience Ibiza’s best season yet. We look forward to welcoming you all back again!
Hï Ibiza: the club
Hï Ibiza has raised the bar for the island’s nightlife since its 2017 debut. But despite their success, the club underwent a significant renovation while in lockdown. Since the stage was rebuilt, it now spans the entire width of the space, allowing for complete customization of the setup for each party. A brand new high-resolution, full-width LED screen has also been added, allowing for jaw-dropping visuals.
The Theatre, Hï Ibiza’s main room, is modeled after an Italian amphitheater. A raised terrace that houses the VIP area surrounds the dancefloor. The Theatre’s impressive technical specifications include over 300 lights covering the walls and ceilings, a custom L-Acoustic Sound System, six BB4 lasers, a CO2 Megatron, and confetti fans in the ceiling. Since the production is customized for each party, no two events are ever the same.
The Club Room follows with a gritty vibe. Its low ceiling lends it an intimate closeness, which is enhanced by a DJ booth that is at dancefloor level, and its darkness is broken up by lighting that emits hundreds of colored beams. Big-name guests frequently show up for unannounced DJ sets in The Wild Corner, a gender-neutral restroom that also has a DJ booth, and The Magic Garden and The Secret Garden are two outdoor areas for outdoor activities or just relaxing.
It is this attention to production, curation and all-around customer experience that has led Hï Ibiza to the top of DJ Mag’s annual reader vote. DJ Mag commends the entire team for a remarkable accomplishment.
Every continent on the planet, with the exception of Antarctica, is represented in the 2022 Top 100 Clubs for the first time since 2009, thanks to the return of Sydney’s Chinese Laundry and Kenya’s MUZE (currently undergoing a refurb but hosting branded nights).
Europe continues to dominate the ranking, which is determined by more than 600,000 votes cast by DJ Mag readers worldwide. It has the same number of clubs as last year—49—and has half of the 12 new entries.
This year, the poll includes locations from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The region, however, still houses all the non-movers. This time, five clubs have stood their ground, including two storied Ibiza venues, the top-five-placing Bootshaus in Cologne, as well as the fabric and Sub Club in Glasgow and London. There’s also one European re-entry in Corsica Studios, a much-loved South London venue.
Although Washington, DC club Echostage, last year’s champion, drops to No. 2, not all is lost for North America. With an impressive total of 16 clubs on the list this year, the USA reclaims the top spot as the world’s best country for clubbing from the UK (up from 13 in 2021). Four new clubs from the US have entered the poll: two from California, one from Boston (MA), and a new Zouk venue in Las Vegas (of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur fame). Zouk Las Vegas has won this year’s Highest New Entry award, in at No. 42.
Canada is also improving this year despite prolonged lockdown measures, as Montréal hotspot Stereo returns to the poll for the first time since 2019.
Things are initially not as rosy when traveling to South America, with five clubs dropping positions as opposed to four clubs moving up. However, the addition of the new Surreal Park venue in Brazil evens out the scales, boosting the region’s overall number of ranked clubs into double figures.
The rise in Asian clubs in the poll has slowed slightly in 2022, primarily down to additional lockdowns that have led to a staggered restart for the market, which is expected to rebound fast on full reopening. The poll includes seven clubs from the Chinese mainland as well as a new entry from the LOD club of Nepal.