Poll Clubs 2011: Café D'Anvers
BELGIUM is steeped in rave tradition. Consider the peerless, innovative R&S Records, underground dance stable Music Man, and techno stronghold Fuse. No big surprise, then, that the country has its fair share of great clubs, and CafÃ© D'Anvers is up there with the best. Born in 1989 in a 16th century church, the club has since become shorthand for underground house and techno excellence, with the no-sell-out booking policy, knowledgeable crowd and requisite booming system that are the typical ingredients for a successful, principled space. Referring to itself as "A statue in nightlife" due to its long running stalwart status, CafÃ© D'Anvers has consistently attracted the absolute best DJs in dance music. Just look at the wall of fame on their website: Carl Craig, Derrick Carter, Laurent Garnier, Mark Broom, Steve Bug and DJ T and so on.