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Best EDM Clubs in Montreal, Canada

As summer 19′ winds down, it’s time to go over the top EDM club in Montreal, Canada. This is not a ranking, but a compilation of what we found to be the hottest spots who earned their spot on this list by excelling at putting on the biggest shows, hosting huge underground events, and all while maintaining a loyal following. With that being said, lets get right into it.

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New City Gas

Kicking this list off, I believe its only fair to start here, with New City Gas. Located directly in the heart of Griffintown, this heritage building has become one of the hottest spots in Montreal. Originally built in 1859 the New City Gas complex would transform coal into gas for lighting Montréal’s streets and buildings. This venue literally would keep the streets of Montreal lit. Today, the heritage complex has been transformed into a multifunctional event space encompassing over 40,000 square feet on two floors. Top DJs such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike as well as other big artists continue to sell out shows at this venue. Make sure to browse upcoming events at New City Gas and get on the discounted guest list!

When New Gas City re-opened in 2012 as an event space, its existing shell was maintained and a live venue was built out with a state of the art sound and light experience, while the original vintage and historical elements were restored. New City Gas’ impressive roofs and stone masonry remain a strong and evocative presence in the urban landscape. What was once an energy source for the city’s lights is now a glowing presence in the Montreal nightlife scene; New City Gas caters to over 3,000 people each and every week. Bottle service as well as ticketing options are available for those seeking entry. House DJ Tiesto describes that the “place looks spectacular” and that the club is “big but still intimate.”

New City Gas is the #1 venue in Canada according to DJ Mag’s annual poll for the last two years

Pro Tip: 2 pieces of government-issued ID are required to enter.

Blvd44

Located inside Hotel10, Blvd44 is one of the more popular Montreal nightclubs with three distinct sections , the main room, mezzanine and terrace, each offering its own unique atmosphere. A spacious dance floor and numerous VIP booths await you at Blvd44. What’s great about this club is that besides the club like scene, Blvd44 also offers you a place you can socialize and have a drink with friends in private. Make sure to check out upcoming events at Blvd44.

Blvd44 is the perfect place to spend an exceptional evening with your gang. Impeccable bottle service, tasty cocktails and an electrifying atmosphere will be part of your unforgettable memories after your visit to Blvd44. BLVD 44 is not only a popular nightspot for locals and tourists alike, but also an excellent destination for your private events or parties, which can make the scene a little wild.

Insider Tips: Blvd 44 is located inside Hotel10 in downtown Montreal. The venue has three sections (main room, mezzanine and terrace). This is one of the hottest spots in Montreal.

Le Salon Daomé

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Located on Montreal’s trendy Mont Royal, Salon Daome provides a loungey, laidback space for clubbers and fans of electronic music of all kinds. The club is open six nights a week from Tuesday to Sunday has been established for over a decade and seeks to provide a number of different styles, from techno to house to prog to dub to more experimental artists and performances.

The reputation of Montreal’s Salon Daomé is synonymous both with a great vibe and with a crucial role in the city’s underground electronic music community. It’s been a pivotal place of creation and gathering since its founding in 2001, cementing the local scene while also acting as a an ideal host for a range of international talent.

Le Salon Daomé opened in 2001 in Montréal’s Le Plateau Mont-Royal area in a space that was previously a loft that hosted dance classes. Over time, the club gained the neighborhood’s reputation as the place for house and techno, and its reputation grew along with the emerging status of Le Plateau Mont-Royal itself. Daomé has been called everything from “infamous” to “pivotal” for its role in both supporting the local underground dance music community and as a host for an ever-expanding array of international artists. As a result, this place has transformed into a key destination for many EDM enthusiasts.

Rouge

For close to 10 years, Le Rouge Bar has been voted as one of Montreal’s best nightclubs. Since 2004, this bar has been at the heart of the action on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, a.k.a. The Main. Discover two floors and two ambiences where the city’s top DJs come and spin today’s hottest records. The venue is particularly popular among young professionals, usually aged 25 to 35. Le Rouge is open Friday and Saturday evenings and offers a large selection from their bottle menu service. Be sure to check out upcoming evets at Le Rouge.

This club caters to fans of Hip Hop as well as EDM, as two floors allow for both genres to be enjoyed by those attending. The drinks are cheap and the crowd is known to be very friendly and fun. This club also offers no cover, which is always great for those new to the scene or looking to do some exploring. With no cover, affordable drinks and a great crowd, there is no excuse not to check this place out next time you’re going out in Montreal.

Pro Tip: Must bring 2 valid forms of government ID.

Stereo

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Stereo was established in 1998 and is situated in the heart of Montreal. It’s sole purpose is pure dance floor ecstasy. Aural pleasure is what they are about. The music. Not the commercial radio stuff but the real underground, forward thinking genres. Their goal has always been to throw the best parties through carefully chosen artists, the best in visual presentations and lighting, in a room that creates such a thick energy you can almost cut through it with a knife.

DJ Mag readers agree that this Montreal gem is THE answer for music – house and techno, to be precise – voting it the north’s Best Venue. Founded as an afterhours club in 1998 by DJ-producer Angel Moraes, and now owned by Tommy Piscardeli, the venue has long been revered for that which it is built on and named for: its sound. Any raver who has had the good fortune to have had a spin on the Stereo dancefloor can attest to an experience of aural immersion that they’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This is Stereo.

For this reason, the club has maintained a staunch loyal following, both throughout its city and beyond. Nearly 20 years running, Stereo has seen the scene shift and grow, and has adapted in its own ways – overcoming intense fires in 2008 and 2009 which brought the partying to a temporary halt. For those interested in checking this venue out for themselves, click upcoming events at Stereo to find out more!

Pro Tips: Stereo is an after-hours venue. The venue also features a lot of up and coming talents, including international DJs.

Newspeak

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Newspeak borrowed its name from George Orwell’s famed dystopian novel 1984, but the outlook when you step into this nightlife spot is anything but dismal. With a long, well lit bar, plenty of space around for standing, and a more than sufficient dance floor, it’s a comfortable hang out spot that always has room for everyone. The amazing shows and bottle service at Newspeak are definitely a major draw, but Montrealers can always be found lingering at the bar and sharing stories even when the stage is empty.

Relatively new to Montreal’s nightlife scene, Newspeak just opened in early 2015, but it has already created quite the buzz. Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, the club looks like a speakeasy straight out of the prohibition era, but with a futuristic twist that creates a very interesting vibe. Its avant garde aesthetic is complimented by the various indie, electronic, and other alternative music artists who have played countless shows at the venue since it opened its doors.

Contrasting massive, stadium style setups that can be awesome, but completely lack an intimate feel, Newspeak was made to cater to the fan that really wants to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. The company behind the venue, SJU, is known for curating incredibly unique live events with unconventional international artists and the trend has definitely continued at Newspeak. Part of their mission to make non-mainstream music accessible to the public includes throwing all of their shows at a very reasonable price, usually ranging from $10 to $15. You are going to want to check out upcoming events at Newspeak before deciding where your night will take you, as this place is a must-stop for underground EDM lovers.

Muzique

Opening its doors in 2009, Muzique Nightclub is among some of the oldest running clubs in Montreal and has positioned itself as a flagship for all things fabulous in Montreal’s party scene. This club is known for attracting models, actors/actresses and young entrepreneurs every weekend to experience Montreal’s most extravagant and exclusive events.

Muzique Nightclub has hosted mega celebrities such as Vin Diesel, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Guns N Roses, Tiesto, Avicii, Laidback Luke, The Martinez Brothers, Cypress Hill, Deadmau5 and Drake. Muzique Nightclub has also been featured in New York Magazine. This venue is truly one of Montreals hottest spots. But make sure you bring you’re A-game, as you’re more than likely to run into someone you’ve seen on TV or heard on spotify.

La Voûte Montreal

Last but not least on our list comes La Voûte. For our non-French-speaking readers, La Voûte translates to the Vault. Why is this improtant? La Voûte is inside a bank vault. Yes, you read that correctly. The club La Voûte, is located inside a renovated bank vault orginally built in the 1920s. This club is unlike any other and offers such a unique experience that one simply must go see for themselves.

In Montreal’s first skyscraper, the vault of the old Royal Bank opens the door of its safe and turns into a mysterious and magical place. La Voûte reinvented itself into a sophisticated club and is the result of a collaboration of talents lead by the creative feeling of the place. Located in the heart of Old Montreal, at 360 Saint Jacques Street, La Voûte nightclub welcomes you in an elegant space. As soon as you step through the splendid doors of the club, you are greeted by a warm and friendly team ready to help with entry as well as bottle service. Make sure to check out upcoming events at La Voûte.

Insider Tips: They have a different theme every week. The music is mostly top 40s with house mixes. Attracts a young crowd (20s-30s)

10 Best US Venues for Every Dance Music Junkie

Whether you call it EDM or still categorize the different styles of dance music e.g deep house, tech house etc., dance music has taken over the nightlife scene and venues have recognized this by booking some of the hottest talent. Here’s our list for this year’s best venues for you dance music junkies.

#10 SmartBar – Chicago

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If you like your house deep, melodic and played ‘til the early morning, put Smart Bar at the top of your to-party-at list. Since 1982, the Chicago institution has been bringing the groove, earning a reputation as one of the best clubs in the world for house music. After all, it’s situated in the heart of the city that started it all. Residents have include: Justin Long, Derrick Carter and The Black Madonna are regular fixtures behind the decks, as was the legendary Frankie Knuckles until his death in 2014.

#9 Avalon – Los Angeles

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Avalon Hollywood has long featured on countless lists ranking the top dance clubs in the world. Since its christening in 2003, the hotspot has been booking an enviable roster of top artists from all corners of dance music – but each weekend is a near-guaranteed sell-out, no matter who’s on the bill. The club’s recent makeover includes a “totally transformed entrance and lobby,” an extended balcony, new VIP booths, multi-level lounges and the addition of 150 LED panels throughout the club. Whether you seek Skrillex’s bass barrage, Axwell’s big room euphoria or the genre-hopping underground sounds of James Zabiela, Avalon’s got you covered.

#8 Stereo – Montreal (honorary US venue)

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Up in Montreal, Canada you’ll find Stereo, the legendary after-hours venue and treasure trove for marathon sets. In the past few years, DJs such as Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex, Danny Tenaglia, Nicole Moudaber and DJ Koze have graced the Stereo stage; this week, German duo Ame are among the guests.

#7 Audio – San Francisco

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The world of Audio Discotech revolves around sound, and it is a danceclub that was created by sound fanatics. The layout of the nightclub, placement of the speakers, design of the 7 layered dance floor, and the Funktion One sound system were carefully crafted to create a revolutionary auditory experience. Combining retro décor with cutting edge music, Audio never sports a dress code and is an intimate venue to hear world class DJ’s without the pretension.

With great sound comes great dancing, and Audio was designed with a centrally located, spring loaded dance floor that keeps the faithful on their feet. The 1600 LED wall is custom programmed to visualize the music, and the thousands of square feet of tufted panels, drapes and acoustic paneling on the ceiling, absorb sound reverberation to create crystal clear mids and high, and punchy base. The result is a night club where the center of the dance floor sounds like a recording studio… just much louder. The innovative custom lighting incorporates thousands of LEDs, every single one of which can change into any color. 3D video projection, dancers, and disco balls round out the experience. Audio is a mecca for amazing DJ talent, focusing on underground house, techno and nu-disco.

#6 Exchange – Los Angeles

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Housed inside the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange building, Exchange LA serves as a clear indication of Downtown LA’s nightlife resurgence. With a multi level venue that fits over 1500, Exchange is Downtown LA’s go-to spot for electronic dance music.

The décor is a mix of restored Art Deco styles and distinctly modern touches, from the massive bronze doors out front to the intricately painted forty-foot ceilings and the eye-popping LED screen composed of more than one million bulbs. There’s a sofa-lined hallway and adjoining lounge at street level, but most of the trendy guests head straight up to the Trading Floor – so named because that’s what it used to be – where they let loose to trance, house, or whatever other dance-friendly beats the DJ’s spinning that night. Frequenters include Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Chus & Ceballos, Carl Cox and more.

#5 Treehouse – Miami

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Treehouse is regularly visited by some of the leading names in underground house and techno. The club brings a downtown vibe to South Beach, with a stripped-back, wood-pannelled aesthetic that resembles, yes, a real treehouse. While this is one of the busiest spots during Miami Music Week, it’s buzzing all year ‘round, thanks to visitors like the Droog crew, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, DJ W!LD and Ben UFO. Treehouse was also voted the ‘Best Small Music Venue’ by Miami New Times a few years back, so you know the locals are behind it.

#4 Output – New York

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As they claim: “Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. Output welcomes individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras and bottle service.”

With room for about 450 people in its darkened main room, Output is built for dancing. They bring in the right DJs for the job, too, via a staunch booking policy that favours the deep, dark and hypnotic. With underground heroes like Erol Alkan, Luca Bacchetti, Ame, Skepta and Tim Sweeney booked in the coming weeks, Output knows how to get the best out of its soundsystem. Throughout the summer months, you can also party on the club’s rooftop, as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline. Just be sure to keep the camera phone in your pocket.

#3 Light – Las Vegas

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Opening in 2013 with the involvement of Cirque du Soleil and ‘creators of multimedia environments’ Moment Factory, its look and feel is unlike any of its competitors on The Strip. As well as the promise of circus theatrics and high-tech visual walls behind the DJ booth, LIGHT has boasted a varied roll-call of residents, including Krewella, Sebastian Ingrosso, Baauer and A-Trak, and perhaps the jewel in the crown, Carl Cox. In the words of Cox himself, “Oh yes, oh yes…”

#2 Echostage – Washington D.C.

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Over a sprawling 30,000-plus square feet, Echostage has the world class sound and visual capabilities of a superclub with the down and dirty vibe of a warehouse. Or as Tommy put it, “You get the atmosphere of a ‘90s rave but the sound is fucking killer.” Want to hear that sound in action? Last year, Swedish mastermind Eric Prydz shared his NYE set from Echostage, belting out three hours of dancefloor-moving tunes. Listen to it here, then make a beeline to DC to experience Echostage in action for yourself.

#1 Sound – Los Angeles

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Sound nightclub is THE bastion of deep house / underground electronic music in LA. It’s a small, intimate venue with a sick Funkton One sound system that will rock your socks. As suggested in the name, the venue boasts an impeccable sound system and a killer A/V system so the visual elements are as stimulating as the audio portion. This is a great new place to go in Hollywood that actually books talents who play good deep house and more minimal/artful electro rather than your typical top 40 hits and popular house music bangers.

On occasion Sound will host some well known DJs (Kaskade, Afrojack, Markus Schulz, etc) but more often than not you’ll get the likes of Guy Gerber, Seth Troxler, EDX, Digweed, Carl Cox, Solomun etc.

To find out what’s going on at a club near you, download the Discotech nightlife app and dance the night away.