If it’s your first time in Valencia just a sincere and simple ‘bienvenido’ to one of the party capitals of Europe. This unique and exclusive guide will take you through some of the best venues, parties and events related to club culture and dance music in any form.
If you decide to stay in El Carmen, the historical centre of the city, a few restaurants have strong links to the city’s club scene and you can have a supper or “aperitivo before you begin the journey into sound. Check Artico (Calle Arolas, 11) where you can enjoy a modern, well-presented and generous cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with nice background music. Right on Calle Caballeros, you’ll find Pepita Pulgarcita run by the Groovelives collective for a glass of wine or tapa. La Lola, on Subida Del Toledano 8, (www.lalolarestaurante.com), has live flamenco and DJ´s on Saturdays. One of the early club bars is now being turned into a restaurant as well. So for the full flavour, from early hours, you can soon visit 47 for supper to pre-club dancing on Calle Quart, 47.
Other early warm up sites in that area is the famous Radio City, on Calle Santa Teresa 19, www.radiocityvalencia.com. Check it for the highly popular free discos at the weekend with a cosmopolitan crowd and funky, eclectic and sometimes ethnic array of sounds pumping onto the dancefloor. Turmix (C/ Dr Chiarri, 8) is the hangout for skaters, modern rockers and other mid-twenties crowd. You get to hear all kinds of music with DJ´s from Thursday to Saturdays in a relaxed and pretty trashy atmosphere. Bigornia, on C/ Museo has a slightly artier, boho dance crowd. It’s open nearly every day and it’s definitely worth a visit.
If you decide to leave El Carmen for other pre-club experiences, try these places. The excellent Flow, placed around the University area opens from Wednesday to Saturday with a different theme each night and has anything from pop to drum´n´bass gets played out by top host DJ´s (Sais played Sonar 2007) and invites. Check their Myspace site for info (http://www.myspace.com/flowvalencia). This month’s has a few interesting dates with resident DJ´s Sais on 12th of Sept. and Le Club resident Dioni Sanchez on the Saturday 29th of September. Around that area, if you’re in to indie pop and alternative stuff, you can pop by El Tornillo on Calle Campoamor.
So, by now you’ve had your supper and a couple of drinks and you’re ready to put your foot on the real dancefloor. Here are your options. Latex on Avda Constitución 29 is a club with two areas, one aimed at smaller parties and events and gigs called the Freestyle Floor(with indie, flamenco, retro pop and more), and the Latextronic Floor which is for “4-to-the-floor” beats, like minimal, techno, house etc. It is a real favourite with the open, local clubber crowd who know their stuff. Another fave is Le Club, on Paseo Alameda by the Calatrava. It is one of the main underground clubs of the city. Get into some heavy underground music with anything from minimalistic beats to deeper house (http://www.myspace.com/leclub).
Very central and popular with clubbers in the know, Piccadilly has a varied weekly line-up with everything from pop to funk to electronica, It is barely 2 mins walk from Plaza Ayuntamiento and opens every day (C/ Embajador Vich, 7) until well past dawn.
Also, the nice thing about getting back from holidays is that many entrepreneurs execute their projects they’ve been working on most of the previous year and summer. So, we have three new fresh options in September for enjoying hot DJ led dance nights. Excuse Me? is a new poppy club which opens on 14th of September by DJ´s from Flow and Sais. It’s placed on Avenida Blasco Ibáñez, 111 (Zenith) and it’ll have to spaces where invites from Spanish and other international cities shall play their sets.
Exciting news. From the people behind Radio City and El Loco, also opening up on the 14th of September, we have Disco City, which shall open every day with residents DJ´s JaviHip (3mv), Iggy (Radio City) and Aleix playing out everything from funky breaks to house and retro-disco sounds at Disco City, Calle Pintor Zariñena, 16 in the Vicente Iborra part of the old town. Just a minute’s walk from Calle Alta, it goes on until well past dawn! Finally, the Groovelives crew is starting another clubnight in the old Hot club just off Avenida del Puerto. That´s for October though…
Looking to party from Sunday until Monday? Check out the club La Soiree. Opens from 11.30 pm till 7.00 am and it´s just a 5 minutes walk from El Carmen across the river on Calle Pepita 15 ( Paralela a C/Sagunto). Two dancefloors to chose from, one aimed at more electronic beats and the other one for more retro sounds, 80´s, ebm, idm, oldschool, hiphop, funk… Also, you get in free with the flyer!!!
If you leave the city centre Barraca, on the south coast of Valencia, is one of the most established clubs that brought us cream of the ‘Madchester’ bands back in the day. It is now a national reference for modern clubbing with some huge names on the agenda for September with a Bpitch Control night featuring Ellen Allien + Sascha Funke on the 22nd and Danny Tenaglia for the first time in Valencia on the 29th. (Http://www.barracamusic.com). Avantgarde Klub is the name for what was known as Ku Manises. (Av. País Valencià, 5 Manises) on the way to the airport. Enjoy two spaces: Up Floor with ebm, electro, detroit, disco, etc and Down Floor with minimal, tech-house, deep house.
Jordan is one of Valencia’s most well-known DJ´s and co-runs the record store & distributor 3mv disc-unit. You can check his shop at Dr. Gil y Morte 16, surf their huge online catalog with everything from hiphop to electronica or just drop him a mail for additional info or comments.