Techno Clubs Reviews

5 Legendary Techno Clubs in History

Explore iconic techno venues: Tresor's Berlin roots, Ostgut's influence, The Haçienda's rave era, Trouw's peak moments, and Paradise Garage's legacy.

5 Legendary Techno Clubs in History
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  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2021
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In this post, we list the temples of the techno music world that have left their mark and talk about the specialties and identities of these places.

Today, the top five epic techno venues are compiled and reviewed by us, which have become the favorite places of every fan.

Tresor | Berlin

Tresor | Berlin

Berlin’s techno temple, of course, we’re talking about the old place.

Opening its doors at midnight in a basement on Berlin Street in the early 1990s, Tresor made its debut in those years with remarkable names like Jeff Mills and Sven Väth.

The venue, which perfectly harmonized the Berlin spirit with its techno ambiance, served for 15 years, but then it had to close its doors in 2005 when the short-term agreements and aid they had were not enough.

Even though they could not find a place for themselves and tried to perform in various places for years, their names were destined to remain in the shadow of their golden age.

In 2007, they reunited with their new venue at Kraftwerk Berlin and returned to nightlife. Yet, Tresor still comes to mind with that basement scene on Leipziger Street in the ’90s. Fans who remember those days with longing could not feel inured to Tresor‘s new venue.

Tresor club exterior, Leipziger Strasse, Berlin

(Tresor, Leipziger Strasse, Berlin)

New venue, Kraftwerk Berlin interior view

(New venue, Kraftwerk Berlin)

Ostgut | Berlin

Ostgut | Berlin

The predecessor of Berghain Nightclub.

Ostgut, the predecessor of today’s Berghain Nightclub, opened its doors in 1999 and was a huge hit in its time. It is considered to be the most respected place of its period in the music world and has brought unique techniques to techno music with different approaches.

The venue, which challenges its rivals with its colorless, undesigned, and plain form, gained its freedom in the music, especially in techno, with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Ostgut, which appeals to every voice and personality, was completely destroyed in 2003 with one last and over-a-day party. It did not take long for it to become Berghain; the proto club comes to mind when talking about techno music today.

(Berghain, Ostgut Ton, Berlin)
(Berghain, Ostgut Ton, Berlin)

The Haçienda | Manchester

The Haçienda | Manchester

People’s palace where acid and rave rose on.

The venue, which was like medicine to music lovers when the British were suffering from nightclub absence, Haçienda stepped onto the stage in 1982 in a yacht warehouse. Financially supported by the New Order, the club served for many years and continued its adventure.

Although the venue hosted stage giants such as young Madonna, Mike Pickering, and The Smiths and provided financial support and agreements, it could not avoid going into debt.

On top of that, when they got involved in acts that damaged their reputation due to gang incidents and unconscious drug use, the closure of the place came to the agenda. Thus, in 1992, Haslam and Eastwick made their final appearance at the People’s Palace.

They also published a book about how the club was financially managed so badly that it went bankrupt: “The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club“.

The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club
The Haçienda: How Not To Run A Club

Trouw | Amsterdam

Trouw | Amsterdam

The nightclub finishes at the peak. A nightclub that is at the top of the list of the best clubs in the Netherlands and is worthy of an art award in the country.

It is a place that has made a name for itself with its special and magnificent weekend-themed parties and has sworn to have fun all day and all night long. So much so that it became the first club in the Netherlands to access 24-hour event hosting.

It is difficult to get into the club; you wait in line for hours, but when you think about the fun inside, that wait never makes you nervous or complainant.

Dixon, one of the artists who dedicated himself to being original, is still in mind. To avoid the monotony, Dixon turned off all the lights on the weekend, including the restrooms. The only point where you could see the light was his set.

Trouw was such a great club that inspired such ideas. But unfortunately, the club completely closed in 2015, shocking their fans and completely withdrawing from the stage.

(Olaf Boswijk, CEO & Founder of Trouw, Telekom Electronic Beats, introductory and promotional video)

Paradise Garage | New York

Paradise Garage | New York

The venue is named after the genre. Paradise Garage, which was actually a discotheque, was like a house where LGBT members could come freely and enjoy together, and DJ Larry Levan was the regular of the place. It actually got its name from Gay-rage with a pun.

The venue, which opened in 1977, reflected all dance, pop music, and nightclub culture for 10 years until 1987. The club aimed to let the dance flow more than to tell or sing.

Therefore, it is a place where dance is identified with it. It was a place so beloved by its fans in New York that it never ran out of credit. It has written its name in history as a place that has never upset its fans.

In addition to all this, they created a genre that is completely different from house music, which is, of course, the type of music that is called garage. Here, numerous artists and record companies have become famous and developed themselves on the stage.

Although the venue has been closed and demolished for years, a tributary and reunion party is held almost every year, commemorating Paradise Garage and DJ Larry Levan.

(Photo by Billy Bernstein, Entrance of Paradise Garage, in 1979 or so)
(Photo by Billy Bernstein, Entrance of Paradise Garage, in 1979 or so)

Conclusion: Top Nightclubs in Techno History

The journey through the most iconic nightclubs in techno history takes us from Berlin’s legendary basements to the pulsating dance floors of New York and Manchester. Each club, with its unique identity and contribution to the techno scene, has not only provided a sanctuary for music lovers but also played a pivotal role in the evolution of electronic music.

Tresor and Ostgut in Berlin, with their groundbreaking sounds and unforgettable atmospheres, have become symbols of techno’s enduring legacy. Meanwhile, The Haçienda in Manchester, Trouw in Amsterdam, and Paradise Garage in New York have each, in their own right, contributed to the global appreciation of techno and dance music.

These venues have been more than just nightclubs; they’ve been cultural landmarks, places where communities formed, where music history was written, and where countless memories were made.

They remind us of the power of music to unite, to inspire, and to transform. As we reflect on these temples of techno, it’s clear that their influence extends far beyond their physical walls, echoing in the beats that continue to move us today.

In celebrating the top nightclubs in techno history, we pay tribute to the pioneers who crafted the sounds and spaces that defined generations. Their stories, captured in the echoes of the past, continue to influence the future of techno music around the world. For enthusiasts and newcomers alike, these venues offer a profound insight into the soul of techno culture, inviting us to explore its depths and its ongoing evolution.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of music and nightlife, let us remember the legacies of these iconic venues. They have set the standards, challenged the norms, and paved the way for the next generation of nightclubs and music creators. The spirit of techno, embodied by these historic clubs, remains a beacon for the future, inspiring us to keep dancing, creating, and celebrating the rhythm of life.

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Welcome to Techno Airlines! I'm Dragoman, your captain of beats and curator of all things fancy, original and creative in the world of techno music. Join me as we explore mind-bending DJs, electrifying festivals, and groundbreaking sounds that will take you on a sonic adventure like no other. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to dance, dream, and discover the extraordinary.

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