World Famous DJs Share Their Top Secret Party Locations

The best party places you don’t know about.

The best party places you don't know about.




Ever wonder where your favorite DJ goes to party after the party?

Let’s face it, the majority of clubs have a shelf life. Most launch with a line out the door, but soon after, there’s a construction worker at the door… who’s tearing it down because, well, who wants to go to a club that was popular last month? That would be, like, totes lame-o.

However, there are always some hidden gems that are able to maintain their “cool” status with a steady stream of regulars, but still remain just under the radar so as to not become overexposed.




Thanks to the folks over at Thrillist, we can now share where the place to be really is… courtesy of the top DJs in the world.

STEVE AOKI

STEVE AOKI

Steve Aoki’s party location of choice: Majorca, Spain.

He says:

“In Majorca , there’s a club called BCM. It’s wild, it’s crazy, it’s a sweat fest, and it’s really messy. It’s insane. For me, I’m a big ocean guy; I’ll go on anyone’s boat, I’ll find a guy with a boat, I’ll go on their boat, and then find cliffs to jump off of.”

We’re A-OK with his answer.

PAUL VAN DYK

PAUL VAN DYK

The “secret” party place of Paul van Dyk is in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paul told Thrillist about a club called The Stage:

“When you land, it’s just sand; like sand is the new green. And you’re there, and there’s this big complex where the club is, and you just don’t expect it to be much. It’s not the capital of electronic music, but it’s really going off. I’m pretty sure like 50% of the people had never heard of me, but somehow they got involved in the energy and in the drive and really enjoyed it. And as an artist, that’s great to see. Looking back, it was like the energy that would have been in Vegas or Miami or LA; it was just straightforward fun.”

ARMIN VAN BUUREN

ARMIN VAN BUUREN

Looking for a place to party in South America? Armin Van Buuren says Brazil’s Club Sirena or Green Valley are your answers.

Armin explains:

“Did you ever see that Bounty commercial, with the blue ocean and the coconut falling from the tree? THAT’S Maresias, (Brazil). It’s where God created paradise — literally, blue sky, blue ocean, mountains… Brazilian women. Not to mention great clubs, great events, great Brazilian fruits, and steaks. And, of course, they go crazy with parties there. During the day, they’re on the beach and at night they go crazy in the clubs. It’s massive.”

HARDWELL

HARDWELL

If you’re near Saskatoon, Canada, you’re in luck… according to Hardwell. That’s where you can find one of his favorite spots, Tequila Nightclub.

The DJ says:

With the Revealed crew — me, Dannic, and Dyro — we did a Canadian bus tour and played super small clubs. We never expected to have such a great night in Saskatoon. It was the smallest club I’ve ever seen, and the funny thing is, it wasn’t even sold out since EDM isn’t that big in Saskatoon. But we had a great night. The fans were so happy we were there because, really, what DJ is visiting Saskatoon? So they were really appreciative and the energy level was extremely high.

DESTRUCTO

DESTRUCTO

According to Destructo, if you’re ever in Boston, you’ll want to Rise to the occasion.

The man himself explains:

“I don’t know if it’s really off-the-radar, but I played this club in Boston called Rise from, like, one to seven in the morning. They turned on the lights at 7am and everyone was still there. And you’d think maybe some people would go home, it’s kinda late. No, they’re ready to go to the next place, and the next place, and the next place. They don’t have booze, but they did have a urinal in the DJ booth.”

LAIDBACK LUKE

LAIDBACK LUKE

When Laidback Luke is feeling ironic, he parties at 301 Nightlife in El Paso, Texas.

According to Luke:

“A lot of people underestimate places like El Paso. I LOVE playing there. The people are so locked in and so passionate about what we do that I can put out a track on Monday, play there on Saturday, and they would know every word of it. They’re into techno, they’re into EDM, and I really appreciate that. As a holiday destination? I don’t know about El Paso. As a DJ to play there, it’s one of my favorite places. Actually, it’s right next to Juarez, so sometimes you can [hear] what you think [are] fireworks, and it’s guns shooting across the border. But in El Paso you’re safe.”

JOHN DIGWEED

JOHN DIGWEED

With a name like John Digweed, you know this guy knows where the party’s at… and it’s at Arena Maipu in Mendoza, Argentina.

Digweed offers:

“For me, Argentina is the best place to party in the world. I’d never been to Mendoza before last year, and it was incredible. They got 5,000 people to sell out an arena on a Sunday. I went to the wineries and vineyards and had great meals there. All the Malbecs come from Mendoza so, not only do they have a great clubbing scene, but they make great wine.”

BIG GIGANTIC

BIG GIGANTIC

With Big Gigantic, you get two secret hangouts for the price of one. (Actually, the info is free so even better!)

According to Dominic Lalli, you MUST go to the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He says:

“You wouldn’t think it’s much, but Milwaukee is like a mini-Chicago. We do massive shows up there at this place called Eagles Ballroom. It’s this massive hall with four venues inside, [with] this weird, haunted style. There’s an emptied-out pool in the middle with all this graffiti that, apparently, is where Jeffrey Dahmer went and found people and, well, you know. We usually play this crazy weird, old room that holds like 3,500 people.”

However, Dominic’s partner-in-crime Jeremy Salken says that the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan can top that.

According to Jeremy:

Michigan goes really hard. Midwest people know that, but other people don’t fully realize how hard Midwesterners go. The Electric Forest [Festival] is really close to there. We played this theater that’s 1,600 seats; it was sold out in advance and all these kids were just ready to go to town. It was a really old, historic-looking theater. That’s one of those places that any time we can hit it, we try to show those kids love because they really come out.

Where are some of your favorite off-the-radar places to party?