Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Don’t let Halcyon’s small size fool you: This one-room outpost roars louder than most mega-clubs around. Opened in 2016, the venue boasts the perfect formula for late-night revelry: a powerful Pioneer XY soundsystem, advanced lighting and a 24-hour license. The team behind Halcyon goes the extra mile to create a unique experience week in and week out, including décor that alternates weekly and a rotating roster of world-class artists often new to the city. Past bookings include Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber and Skream. Halcyon also champions San Francisco’s burgeoning electronic scene, which has earned the club a strong local and international following.
Here at DJ Mag, when we celebrate the class of a techno DJ, we really like to go all in.
Following his UK appearance at The Arch, Brighton, on Friday 6th October (get tickets), this month's UK cover star will also appear at Halcyon, San Francisco, on Thursday 9th November. Tickets are on sale (here) for $25 and doors open 10pm – 4am.
With a regular spot in our DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll, it’s no wonder Brooklyn’s favorite techno outpost, Output, clinched out a Best Of North America win. As one reader commented, “The sound system is hands down one of the best in the five boroughs.” Having spent more than one night immersed inside its Funktion One laden walls, we are hard-pressed to disagree. The 12,000-square-foot venue is a converted warehouse, with unvarnished concrete and exposed steel beams lending a vibe that suits its regular line-ups – think residents like Horse Meat Disco, Bonobo and Seth Troxler.
Exchange sits in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles, in what was formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange building. Brokers vacated in 1986 when the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange shut down, and the space remained empty until 2008, when a two-year renovation began to turn it into Exchange nightclub. It currently spans 25,000 square feet over four floors, with care towards preserving as much as the original interior as possible. While the architecture might harken back to a different time, the tech and music within are future-forward.