Best Clubs Worldwide

Apollo Theater
From the famous Apollo Theater in New York City, to the historic streets of Barcelona, to the humid back alleys of New Orleans, the spirit of soul music is alive and well in clubs and venues across the globe. From its humble beginnings in the U.S. inner cities, the spirit of soul music began sweeping the planet, and now there are venues all over the world celebrating this uniquely American art form.

In Harlem, the weekly Apollo Theater's Amateur Night launched the careers of many aspiring musicians beginning in 1934 when they offered unknown artists a crack at what was considered the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo Theater has remained a cornerstone of the soul music world, and has given itself the well-deserved title "the soul of American culture" and is still going strong today.

But if you are far from New York City and craving the excitement of the Apollo theater, you might be surprised to find that in Barcelona, Spain, they have a turned a former ballroom into a series of clubs, o­ne of which is called the Club Salon Apolo. It has attracted a multi-generational crowd who have made this re-creation of the spirit of the original Apollo Theater a very popular place to dance the night away.

If you find yourself down in Louisiana, the Howlin' Wolf has carried o­n the dynamic sounds of soul music since 1988. Named for the legendary Chester Burnett, the Howlin' Wolf celebrates the blend of gospel, blues and funk that has characterized the New Orleans music scene for decades. From contemporary revivalists artists like Harry Connick, Jr to legendary greats like Otis Redding and the "queen of soul" Irma Thomas, the Howlin' Wolf has brought the best in soul music to its adoring fans.