Retaining its place as Germany’s number one nightclub outside of Berlin, Bootshaus claws its way a couple more spots up the Top 100 Clubs poll this year. The brainchild of promoters and DJs U Lee and Sascha — the pair behind the country’s top alternative clubbing night, Loonyland (which is also a key event in the Bootshaus schedule) — the venue combines an industrial feel with all the latest mod cons. The space breaks down into three rooms: The large, multi-level main room packs flamethrowers, robots and CO2 cannons, giving it a festival-like feel; meanwhile, room two (otherwise known as BLCKBX) offers a trendy club vibe with rows of LED-lit ceiling fans; and finally, the third room, DREHEREI, is a pitch black sweatbox, exclusively reserved for the grittiest of techno.
Having three equally impressive if considerably different spaces enables the club to capitalise on the EDM explosion, while still offering something for the underground heads. Bookings in the past year alone have included Oliver Heldens, Diplo, DJ Snake, Paul Van Dyk, Speedy J and Nicole Moudaber, to name but a few.