They've showcased the newest young talent in electronic music, hosted some of the oldest clubbers in the world, and heck – they've even had an MBE spin tunes in their booth (we're looking at you, Goldie), but today – sadly – we've heard that Fabric has closed its doors for the last time.
For clubbers, electronic music heads and revellers the world over, today is a hard day – but let's try not to mourn for too long. From UK bass to Berlin techno, here are the best places to visit to get over the bad news.
1. Smartbar, Chicago
This might just be one of America's most important nightclubs. Since opening in 1982, it's been a flag bearer for the Chicago house scene that gave birth to so much modern electronic music. In its 34-year history, Smartbar's made a habit of hosting the city's best respected DJs and cultivating talents like Derrick Carter, The Black Madonna and the late, great Frankie Knuckles.
Since it moved down to the 400-capacity basement of the Wrigleyville building in 2006, the club has boasted a bustling vibe that's all about house, techno, funk and soul blasting out of the world-class Funktion One sound system, not that dodgy running man you're trying to pull off. smartbarchicago.com
2. Sub Club, Glasgow
Now nearly 30 (I know, we're feeling old, too), Sub Club has been vital to the UK house music since, well, forever. Hosting residencies in recent years from pioneering DJs and labels like Optimo and Numbers, the low-ceilinged basement venue is quite literally the beating heart of British underground music.
Chip up at opening time and get the rounds in for a more pubby vibe, then wait until the crowds arrive in full force by about midnight. subclub.co.uk
3. Berghain, Berlin
Okay, so this is no surprise to anyone that knows anything about clubbing, but Berghain's just about the next best thing to Fabric. Don't be scared by that ramshackle, imposing exterior (and even more terrifying bouncers), the so-called 'church of techno' boasts some of the world's best residents (and don't even get us started on the guests).
A mixture of house, techno and general sexiness, the only thing stopping you is the infamously selective door policy. Try not to worry, though, because once you're in you don't have to leave until Monday morning – and if you don't get in, you're still in Berlin. berghain.de
4. Womb, Tokyo
Warning: this one's not for the discerning clubber – but with classic sets from Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath in the history books, we're not exactly ones to be picky. The mammoth 16-year-old Shibuya club spreads 1,000 punters across its four floors and will blast you with lasers, strobes and the biggest disco ball in Japan – oh, and nice bit of musical eclecticism, too. Just don't get put off by the club's weird name. womb.co.jp
5. Amnesia, Ibiza
While Pacha's the oldest and Space is the craziest, nothing quite beats Amnesia – the champion of the world's clubbing mecca.
The whopping 5,000-capacity venue dovetails the cheesier side of electronic (we're looking at the classic Cream nights hosted by Paul van Dyk) and the more niche techno side of things with minimal world-beaters like Ricardo Villalobos. What's even better is that now's the perfect time to be heading to the White Isle – just watch out for those astronomical drink prices. amnesia.es