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Showcase Of Music Night Clubs Web Designs

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 Link

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


Sass Vienna2
A simple yet visually rich website, with great transparency and light.


Bar Music Hall
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 Hall

Lux Fragil4
Ever wondered what kind of website Alice (of Wonderland) would want for her club? Pretty much one like this.

Lux Fragil5

Matter London6
A simple and effective design that uses the right colors.

Matter London7

T Bar London8
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 London9

Club Silo10
Prepare yourself for this one. Enjoy a full 3-D experience, with a cube-like menu put right in the middle of the club.


Blondie Bar12
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 Bar13

Sugar Factory14
Some black and yellow awesomeness, with a lot of AJAX and nice blog integration.

Sugar Factory15

Sub Club16
Minimal but definitely not simple, this one has the coolest menu in this entire showcase. Text at its best!

Sub Club17

Macarena Club18
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 Club19

Favela Chic
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 Chic

Week End20
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 Berlin21

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

Cube Club

The Esplanade22
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.


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.


Trouw 26
A simple grungy blog website, with all the info you need stored in small post-like areas.


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


Dice Club30
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 Club31

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


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 Club35

Beta Nightclub36
The Apple Computer of club websites. Glossy and stylish, with a great navigation system.

Beta Nightclub37

Watt Rotterdam38
Why didn’t I think of that? A full-width header that scrolls like a carousel makes this website look slick!


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

Residenz Lounge

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


Pacha Global42
Amazing Flash, with a dynamic menu and other interactive goodies.


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


Le General46
Nice communist propaganda design for Le General. You know why red is the color of choice!

Le General47

Smart Bar48
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 Bar49

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


Bourbon Street50
Great transparency and fake pop-up windows on this colorful Brazilian website.

Bourbon Street51

Ministry of Sound52
The legendary MoS club has a slick website with a glossy but clean look.

Ministry of Sound53

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

We Love Music

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

Brica Bar

Bonus: Awdio54
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).



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Catalin Zorzini is a design blogger with a content marketing background. He founded Mostash, Ecommerce Platforms and Inspired Magazine. He loves hot soup and hot jazz.

  1. 1

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

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    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

  3. 3

    Cool selection.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  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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    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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    cube club rulez!

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    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?

  13. 13

    Jules Tribuetche

    September 13, 2009 6:35 am

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

  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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    Huge resource, keep it up Smashing!

  16. 16

    I like Club Noa’s site:

  17. 17

    You may want to add this one to the list. 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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    bah.. only 2 of those are well designed. BAD LIST!

    But good effort anyway!

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    Some of them are very cool.

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

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

  23. 24

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

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    Reinier Kuipers

    September 13, 2009 11:08 am

    Cool topic. I like too, should be in this list!

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

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  28. 29 – great site and mixes!

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    What about Noxx Antwerp?

    Noxx Antwerp

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    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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    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 !!!!!

  32. 33

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

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    Some Good, Some bad .. remaining Ugly..

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    At least 50% of this sites are ugly.

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    I like also ,should be in this list!

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    I love the website of mark4 in Zetel.

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

    Sankeys –

    The Warehouse Project –

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

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    @EDi It was very inspiring, thanks

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    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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    It makes me mad. >:[

  45. 46

    and what about Space ibiza ? i think this website must be listed too


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    Hi, I working in this webproject for a brazilian site: Enjoy!

    : D

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    Vinni. Del Poço

    September 14, 2009 4:46 am

    I Tweetted the Anzu Club site :)
    Nice collection!

  48. 49

    Nice list. I really hate 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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    another great club website I thought should make the list

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    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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    This one is quite original:

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

  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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    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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    Vitezslav Valka

    September 15, 2009 11:00 pm

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

  56. 57

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

  57. 58

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

    – Bed Supperclub
    – SOUND Phuket

  58. 59

    I’m missing, one of Belgian’s best export products! ;)

  59. 60

    nice collection, one more pure with nice navigation…

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    Sebastian Becker

    September 20, 2009 2:49 pm

    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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    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.

  62. 63

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

  63. 64

    some really good stuff out there.

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

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    Gustavo Guichard

    September 28, 2009 1:20 pm

    Look at this nice Night Club Web Design to:

  65. 67

    Nice collection, thank you for sharing.

    Check this one out also:

  66. 68 – bulgarian’s Yalta club should be on the list!

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    andré felipe

    March 28, 2010 4:51 pm

    Anzuclub new website is online!!

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

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    andré felipe

    April 24, 2010 1:21 am

    finished the website 100%

  70. 73

    love the club sites look for our new one nightclub in vancouver

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    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.

  72. 75

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

  73. 76

    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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    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.



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