Showcase Of Music Night Clubs Web Designs

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The time has come for the first showcase of music night club websites here on Smashing Magazine. We’ve scanned the Web up and down to find the most original and interesting online club identities. As usual, we have Flash websites and CSS eye candy. Please notice that the aim of the post was to showcase current web designs of music night clubs, so the gallery doesn’t necessarily showcase most usable or most beautiful night club web designs out there.

As we observed in the early Showcase of Fresh and Well-Designed Online Shops1, the most obvious trend is the use of big bold pictures, either as backgrounds, headers or just side graphic elements thrown in the design mix. Most of them start playing music automatically (which is extremely annoying from the usability point of view), but in this case it’s not weird or off-putting because they are music club websites after all.

Another trend is the use of bright, vivid colors and intense color schemes, borrowed from the clubs themselves. Also, Flash clearly dominates in such web-sites, presenting some very unconventional navigation menus and very distinctive layouts that aren’t intuitive at all at the first glance.

Please feel free to use the comments area to suggest other club websites that you like.

Showcase Of Music Night Club Web Designs

Anzu Club2
Anzu radiates a great vibe that mixes fluid and electronic, with creative Flash and amazing usability.

Anzu3

Sass Vienna4
A simple yet visually rich website, with great transparency and light.

Sass5

Bar Music Hall6
At first glance, this looks like a horizontal navigation-based website, but a closer look reveals that the only horizontal thing that moves is the header. A nice original way to keep it simple yet effective.

Bar Music Hall7

Lux Fragil8
Ever wondered what kind of website Alice (of Wonderland) would want for her club? Pretty much one like this.

Lux Fragil9

Matter London10
A simple and effective design that uses the right colors.

Matter London11

T Bar London12
Okay, this one is neither Flash nor the clean modern look, but it still looks classy without any fancy makeup. Just good old text (three columns) and images (one at a time).

T Bar London13

Club Silo14
Prepare yourself for this one. Enjoy a full 3-D experience, with a cube-like menu put right in the middle of the club.

Silo15

Blondie Bar16
This one is as cheap as it gets: static HTML with a flyer and embedded Tumblr blog. Not enough for a cool club? See for yourself.

Blondie Bar17

Sugar Factory18
Some black and yellow awesomeness, with a lot of AJAX and nice blog integration.

Sugar Factory19

Sub Club20
Minimal but definitely not simple, this one has the coolest menu in this entire showcase. Text at its best!

Sub Club21

Macarena Club22
Don’t be fooled by the Latino-nostalgic name, we have a good-looking and really compact website here. The best part: fantastic player integration.

Macarena Club23

Favela Chic24
This one may be the only WordPress website in this roundup. A cool and efficient three-column theme. As visually random as the club itself.

Favela Chic25

Week End26
What if we could reduce a club website to its core feature: the schedule? We’d end up with this simple and beautiful calendar from the Week End club in Berlin.

Weekend Berlin27

Cube Club28
Very illustration-oriented, the Cube’s website must be the coolest entry by far for a CSS fan.

Cube Club29

The Esplanade30
Also known as Espy, the Esplanade Hotel is one of the coolest live music venues in Melbourne and has a mesmerizing Flash website, with strong black and white graphics and beautifully crafted animations. I really like the cloud pre-loader.

Espy31

Michelberger32
Part website, part zillion-instrument club website, this one is a Web illustration masterpiece. You can turn some knobs on the remote in the lower-right corner.

Michaelberger33

Trouw 34
A simple grungy blog website, with all the info you need stored in small post-like areas.

Trouw35

Paradiso36
The audio player look and feel of this website is truly fantastic. Just zap around.

Paradiso37

Dice Club38
This one looks more like a fashion website than a club one because the header is huge and has nice photos of the staff.

Dice Club39

Baalsaal40
Another full-screen Flash-based website, with a beautiful illustration in the background.

Baalsaal41

Flex42
This one has a practical, down-to-earth approach, but with some cool graphics as well. Highlights: the calendar-like design and grid-based multimedia archive.

Flex Club43

Beta Nightclub44
The Apple Computer of club websites. Glossy and stylish, with a great navigation system.

Beta Nightclub45

Watt Rotterdam46
Why didn’t I think of that? A full-width header that scrolls like a carousel makes this website look slick!

Watt47

Residenz Lounge48
Cool flashy menu, and a good overall experience.

Residenz Lounge49

Barraca50
Amazingly seamless integration of large images and small widgets: audio player, live news feed, dynamic agenda, podcast and social media shortcuts.

Barraca51

Pacha Global52
Amazing Flash, with a dynamic menu and other interactive goodies.

Pacha53

Byblos54
What’s better for a club website than moving eye candy at full screen? Great execution and creative design.

Byblos55

Le General56
Nice communist propaganda design for Le General. You know why red is the color of choice!

Le General57

Smart Bar58
Practically a one-page website, with buttons only for extra info, the Smart Bar website sports a few digital sticky notes with a very a fresh look.

Smart Bar59

Club Disco60
Another Flash production, this time in glossy-Matrix fashion.

Disco61

Bourbon Street62
Great transparency and fake pop-up windows on this colorful Brazilian website.

Bourbon Street63

Ministry of Sound64
The legendary MoS club has a slick website with a glossy but clean look.

Ministry of Sound65

We Love Music66
Great color scheme and some goofy illustration make for a simple but pleasant virtual trip to Ibiza.

We Love Music67

Brica Bar68
Here we have cool Reservoir Dogs-like characters for menu items. The colored bubbles in the back are a great choice for this.

Brica Bar69

Bonus: Awdio70
Not really a club, but one of the biggest club-related achievements of the last years, Awdio is a jukebox that plays live music from the best clubs in the world. The layout is built around a Flash-based player that features various “stations” (live music venues).

Awdio71

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/05/showcase-of-fresh-and-well-designed-online-shops/
  2. 2 http://www.anzuclub.com/
  3. 3 http://www.anzuclub.com/
  4. 4 http://www.sassvienna.com/
  5. 5 http://www.sassvienna.com/
  6. 6 http://www.barmusichall.com
  7. 7 http://www.barmusichall.com
  8. 8 http://www.luxfragil.com/
  9. 9 http://www.luxfragil.com/
  10. 10 http://www.matterlondon.com/
  11. 11 http://www.matterlondon.com/
  12. 12 http://www.tbarlondon.com/tag/swayzak/
  13. 13 http://www.tbarlondon.com/tag/swayzak/
  14. 14 http://www.silo.be/#
  15. 15 http://www.silo.be/#
  16. 16 http://blondie-bcn.com/
  17. 17 http://blondie-bcn.com/
  18. 18 http://www.sugarfactory.nl
  19. 19 http://www.sugarfactory.nl
  20. 20 http://www.subclub.co.uk/
  21. 21 http://www.subclub.co.uk/
  22. 22 http://www.macarenaclub.com/
  23. 23 http://www.macarenaclub.com/
  24. 24 http://www.favelachic.com/london/
  25. 25 http://www.favelachic.com/london/
  26. 26 http://www.week-end-berlin.de/events/roof/
  27. 27 http://www.week-end-berlin.de/events/roof/
  28. 28 http://www.cubeclub-chemnitz.de/index.php
  29. 29 http://www.cubeclub-chemnitz.de/index.php
  30. 30 http://theesplanadehotel.com.au
  31. 31 http://theesplanadehotel.com.au
  32. 32 http://www.michelbergerhotel.com
  33. 33 http://www.michelbergerhotel.com
  34. 34 http://www.trouwamsterdam.nl/en/
  35. 35 http://www.trouwamsterdam.nl/en/
  36. 36 http://www.paradiso.nl/web/show
  37. 37 http://www.paradiso.nl/web/show
  38. 38 http://dice-club.de/
  39. 39 http://dice-club.de/
  40. 40 http://www.baalsaal.com/
  41. 41 http://www.baalsaal.com/
  42. 42 http://www.flex.at/flex_frontend/
  43. 43 http://www.flex.at/flex_frontend/
  44. 44 http://betanightclub.com/
  45. 45 http://betanightclub.com/
  46. 46 http://www.watt-rotterdam.nl/
  47. 47 http://www.watt-rotterdam.nl/
  48. 48 http://www.r-esidenz.de/sites/r-esidenz/swf/
  49. 49 http://www.r-esidenz.de/sites/r-esidenz/swf/
  50. 50 http://www.barracamusic.com/
  51. 51 http://www.barracamusic.com/
  52. 52 http://www.pacha.com/
  53. 53 http://www.pacha.com/
  54. 54 http://byblos.hr/
  55. 55 http://byblos.hr/
  56. 56 http://www.legeneral.ro/
  57. 57 http://www.legeneral.ro/
  58. 58 http://www.smartbarchicago.com/
  59. 59 http://www.smartbarchicago.com/
  60. 60 http://www.clubdisco.com.br/
  61. 61 http://www.clubdisco.com.br/
  62. 62 http://www.bourbonstreet.com.br/
  63. 63 http://www.bourbonstreet.com.br/
  64. 64 http://www.ministryofsound.com
  65. 65 http://www.ministryofsound.com
  66. 66 http://www.welove-music.com/
  67. 67 http://www.welove-music.com/
  68. 68 http://hugobaeta.com/thebox/oldprojects/bricabar/
  69. 69 http://hugobaeta.com/thebox/oldprojects/bricabar/
  70. 70 http://awdio.com/
  71. 71 http://awdio.com/

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  1. 1

    This one is quite original:
    http://www.barplanb.ca

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  2. 52

    Some great examples of bad design in here, well found.

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  3. 103

    Wow a lot of these looked much better in the screen caps than in the actual site. Many were cluttered and hapahazard. Each had good aspects, but overall many were terrible.

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  4. 154

    I live in Brazil near the Anzu (#1) and that club is really amazing like the website!
    You need to know!!

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  5. 205

    Southern german nightclub Creme21 with their recently redesigned new website Creme21 – Der Club | Die Partylocation in Heilbronn mit House, Electro, Soul und Hip-hop

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  6. 256

    Thank you guys! This list is great as I’m just working on something really similar and this give me a lot of inspiration!

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  7. 307

    Awesome designs!! I love designing stuff for nightclubs My portfolio

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  8. 358

    Here are 2 club websites that don’t rely on flash:

    – Bed Supperclub http://www.bedsupperclub.com
    – SOUND Phuket http://www.soundphuket.com

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  9. 409

    I’m missing http://www.versuz.be/, one of Belgian’s best export products! ;)

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  10. 460

    nice collection, one more pure with nice navigation… http://www.leclubsantaeulalia.com

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  11. 511

    Don’t forget the legendary Berghain Club in Berlin, which was voted the best club by DJ Mag and Resident Advisor.

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  12. 562

    WOW… Really a lot of haters out there. Probably stuck in a going-no-where design job where you can’t have fun and create something different…. where are the positive people in the world. Oh yeah, you aren’t featured in here so you need to complain. Nice job.

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  13. 613

    Lot of mentioned clubs are available LIVE on Awdio.com.
    Spread the word ;-)

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  14. 664

    some really good stuff out there.

    as for the people who say they need re-designed, get a grip..!

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  15. 715

    Look at this nice Night Club Web Design to:
    http://www.republicademadras.com.br/

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  16. 817

    Nice collection, thank you for sharing.

    Check this one out also: http://www.glowchi.com

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  17. 868

    http://www.yaltaclub.com – bulgarian’s Yalta club should be on the list!

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  18. 970

    Anzuclub new website is online!! anzuclub.com/

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  19. 1021

    Post a New list with these Links, which user’s submit in comments..

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  20. 1072

    finished the website 100% http://www.anzuclub.com/

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  21. 1123

    love the club sites look for our new one http://www.ginger62.com nightclub in vancouver

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  22. 1174

    Some really cool sites…Yes! These are nightclub web sites. Image matters to these businesses. They are not a newspaper or educational blog etc… so Flash works perfectly well for them.

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  23. 1225

    Check out our newest work: http://www.nieuwscafe.be/nl
    ‘t Nieuwscafé is a trendy Restaurant & Nightlife-club in Sint-Truiden (Belgium).

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  24. 1276

    This strikes me as one of those articles where the author refers to every site as having ‘amazing!’ and ‘fantastic!’ qualities in order to make them more noteworthy and interesting than they actually are. I mean, it’s an interesting topic and a somewhat interesting collection of sites… but the hyperbolic ‘hooray for everything’ tone seems excessive.

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  25. 1327

    Thank you so much for assembling this handy list. You just saved me hours of work searching for examples for a new client of mine.

    Cheers!

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