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

    I swear to god I was at the sass club vienna last saturday :D

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  2. 2

    Oh dear, some of those website are pretty bad.
    Spash pages, flash navigation, iframes?
    It’s cool to see how different all of them are though. I love the design of cubeclub-chemnitz.de

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  3. 3

    Cool selection.

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  4. 4

    Have never really ventured into this part of the web before. Interesting results.

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  5. 5

    Great post, I was just looking for music webdesigns for my new website about free music. Thanks!

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  6. 6

    Sorry to say but only two of them are good designed :[

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  7. 7

    some styles are a little doubtful. It’s a very controversial list.

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  8. 8

    cool :) there are loads of more examples ofc as clubs around the world seem to be more careful then other entities in relation to it’s online presences. thx.

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  9. 9

    It’s cool to see those. A lot of those site are pretty poor in terms of the techniques, like mentioned by Marlou – but it also reminds us of something that has imho gotten lost in the last years of the blog-era and that is, i think, way more present in music-related websites (clubs, festivals, bands):
    a lot of people still don’t really care about accessibility & good practices, but want a website to be some kind of entertaining experience no matter how much flash & splashes they are going to encounter. This is still very dominant in websites that don’t really need to produce a lot of traffic, but rather represent someone already widely or locally known.

    A lot of those designs would be unthinkable for a magazine or a company site, but they do just fine for a local night club.

    Also cool to see Vienna’s Flex website up there, this one is really well done!

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  11. 11

    cube club rulez!

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  12. 12

    i’m glad to see this because this leads me to a question:
    i’m really interested in portfolio designs for audio professionals, being a musician myself, I was wondering if there are any plans to put up a list of good practices for a portfolio that is based around audio?

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  13. 13

    Lately most of smahingmagazine’s articles suck. They really suck. Look at this article fgs.
    You can create this in 15 minutes

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  14. 14

    I agree with Marlou, some of these sites are bad. The T Bar site drives me crazy with their links that look like text and text that look like links. The week-end-berlin is my fave, purely because it gets the point across without doing anything silly.

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  15. 15

    Huge resource, keep it up Smashing!

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  16. 16

    I like Club Noa’s site: http://www.club-noa.nl

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  17. 17

    You may want to add this one to the list. http://www.asylumafterhours.com Its a late night club in hawaii. I designed and produced the entire project. Enjoy. It was built using WordPress, no flash, lots of JQuery.

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  18. 18

    bah.. only 2 of those are well designed. BAD LIST!

    But good effort anyway!

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  19. 19

    Some of them are very cool.

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  20. 20

    Wow, time to re-design. Those are horrible.

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  21. 21

    If anything, this gives designers a hint of where to go looking for work… most of these need to be redesigned.

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  22. 22

    lol @ the ‘bad design’ comments.

    Clubbing isn’t about standards, or convention or ‘keeping it nice and tidy’ it’s about fun, flair and extravagance.

    Flash navigation? Splash screens? Bring it on. The more visually outrageous it is the better. Think about the intended market these sites are designed for.

    Have to say that I think you guys have been looking at it from a designers perspective and not the end users perspective.

    @jon: it took me far less time to figure out the convention on the tbar website than the weekend berlin site. tbar: links are in bold and not underlined. weekend berlin: links are underlined but, uhm, so are some ‘non links’ – there’s no distinction.

    I expect to be slated for having the audacity to state that I like these sites, but just remember, before launching a scathing attack, that I am the target market for these sites.

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    • 23

      If they are looking at it from a designers perspective then they are not good designers because they totally missed the target audience…they are prob looking at it from a web developers…new web 2.0 style perspective (I hate the term web 2.0)..Unless what they mean by bad design is not the Flash/Intros etc… but more the general layout..color schemes etc..

      The FWA.com has some really cool sites…all flashy and most cost quite a bit of $$$

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  23. 24

    …actually, I stand corrected – not all the links on the tbar website are in bold.

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  24. 25

    Cool topic. I like http://www.bozzini.nl too, should be in this list!

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  25. 26
  26. 27

    Having reviewed these sites I think the using word ‘Showcase’ in the title of this article is misleading…

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  27. 28
  28. 29
  29. 30

    What about Noxx Antwerp?

    Noxx Antwerp

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  30. 31

    Byblos is awesome, I really love that full screen video background in websites…is there any good tuts on how to do that? i seen some cool paper vision stuff, but christ thats rather confusing…@ smashing mag, could you guys do a feature on that? it seems to be a really cool technique…or perhaps some one could let me know where to go to find something…that would be awesome ! great post !!

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  31. 32

    Too busy! You may think it’s eye candy but it’s the kind you can get for free from the creepy guy in a van down by the park watching little kids :o !!!!!

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  32. 33

    Yeah… most of those need some serious help! All club sites usually suck!

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  33. 34

    Some Good, Some bad .. remaining Ugly..

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  34. 35

    At least 50% of this sites are ugly.

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  35. 36

    I like also http://www.clubcrush.ro ,should be in this list!

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  36. 37

    I love the website of mark4 in Zetel. http://mark4.de/

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  37. 38
  38. 39
  39. 40

    There are some amazing clubs in Manchester. With equally cool websites:

    Sankeys – http://www.sankeys.info/

    The Warehouse Project – http://www.thewarehouseproject.com/

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  40. 41

    Can anyone tell me how to create a background like the first webpage: Anzu Club?

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  42. 43

    @EDi It was very inspiring, thanks

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  43. 44

    If there was an award for least usable sites they’d win the award. Visual clutter, random background images mixed with text/navigation placed at seemingly random places make for I can image is a terrible user experience. I wouldn’t want to try to find useful information on these sites.

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  44. 45

    Sure these sights look good, BUT WHY THE RELIANCE ON FLASH FOR NAVIGATION? HOW THE FLYING FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO LINK A FRIEND TO A CERTAIN EVENT?

    It makes me mad. >:[

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  45. 46

    and what about Space ibiza ?
    http://www.space-ibiza.es i think this website must be listed too

    Chees

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  46. 47

    Hi, I working in this webproject for a brazilian site: http://www.deputamadreclub.com. Enjoy!

    : D

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  47. 48

    I Tweetted the Anzu Club site :)
    Nice collection!
    twitter.com/vinnidp

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  48. 49

    Nice list. I really hate paradiso.nl thought. Why use flash, if I wanna know what is scheduled for tonight, I don’t feel like waiting a minute before all kinds of flashy loading sequences have been loaded.

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  49. 50

    another great club website I thought should make the list http://www.dragonflynightclub.com/

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  50. 51

    These designs have always been (to me):

    1) The most obnoxious of all print design.

    2) A great excuse to use over the top lens flares and other effects (like Trapcode Shine etc.) that would get me fired from my news job.

    3) One of the HIGHEST PAYING and MOST COMMON freelance projects I get on a week to week basis.

    Anyone that thinks they can do better than what clubs already have (starting designers etc.) need only grab a handful from various clubs, do them better, then go back and make your offer. You would be surprised who they get to do them and how much they pay for them.

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  51. 52

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

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  52. 53

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

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  53. 54

    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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  54. 55

    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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  55. 56

    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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  56. 57

    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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  57. 58

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

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  58. 59

    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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  59. 60

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

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  60. 61

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

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  61. 62

    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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  62. 63

    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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  63. 64

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

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  64. 65

    some really good stuff out there.

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

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  65. 66

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

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  66. 68

    Nice collection, thank you for sharing.

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

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  67. 69

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

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  68. 71

    Anzuclub new website is online!! anzuclub.com/

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  69. 72

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

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  70. 73

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

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  71. 74

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

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  72. 75

    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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  73. 76

    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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  74. 77

    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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  75. 78

    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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