Phonox

Clubs, House, disco and techno Brixton
4 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)
Phonox

A new Brixton club focusing on underground, high-quality house and techno

Brixton club Phonox looks to be kind of a big deal for south London nightlife, and in fact London clubbing as a whole. After the team behind acclaimed nightspots including XOYO, The Nest, the Old Queen's Head and the Blues Kitchen franchises purchased the site of former Brixton club Plan B when it shut down, they wasted little time in transforming it into Phonox. The club has a similar feel to both XOYO and the Nest: a sleek, dark dance cavern with plenty of space for dancing, and the programming leans very much towards the leftfield side of dance music – don't expect cheesy '80s nights here, it's quality, underground house, techno, disco and bass all the way.

HAAI is the permanent resident DJ, and will curate Saturday nights at Phonox. He'll also be bringing in guest DJs, all of whom will be unannounced, but don't worry, you're in safe hands with James's on-point tastes. Elsewhere, Friday nights will feature acclaimed selectors playing all-night-long or back-to-back sets, from top names like Gilles Peterson, Julio Bashmore, DJ Sneak, The Bug and Horse Meat Disco leading the way. It's free entry before 9pm every Friday, and before 10pm every Saturday.

RECOMMENDED: Read an interview with Phonox co-owner Andy Peyton

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Phonox says
We welcome a community of like-minded clubbers who want to share a great experience week in, week out – we hope you’ll feel at home.
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Venue name: Phonox
Address: 418 Brixton Rd
London
SW9 7AY
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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tastemaker

This was my first visit so I'm open to being more impressed next time! I can definitely see the potential of this club. We went on the hottest day of the year to see a disco choir with full band which was phenomenal. The actual dance area felt quite compact, the view of the stage was limited and obviously it's underground which always feels a bit pokey, but perhaps the nature of the event was wrong for the venue. I guess you don't need to 'watch' a DJ so I can imagine it's a great space for club nights. Watch out that drinks are poured in doubles as standard, I got caught out with a hugely expensive round and felt duped having not been asked if I wanted doubles.

tastemaker

Hosted by birthday party there, it was actually really fun we had the VIP area and service was good! Music was also pretty cool! will come back! thanks 

Tastemaker

I went to Phonox to attend an Ajunadeep event. The sound system throughout the small, intimate venue was incredible. Every beat and bass note was amplified, the DJ deck was low enough to see the DJ's in action (as well as take photos!) The lights were great, adding to the atmosphere and music.


The downstairs bar was a nice bonus, providing a more chilled and relaxed environment. The only problem is they had immediately ran out of draft lager (on a bank holiday Sunday), so the other option was a light pale ale. Slight poor organisation. Staff were very friendly, including the security staff.


Transport links were great, allowing us to get home with ease. 


Okay, it's owned by Colombo group, who treat their staff terribly, but it's a great club with cheap nights (or free if you get down early enough, though the bar is dead expensive). The lighting is also some of the best I've seen in London.


Phonox has become a regular South London favourite of mine since it's opening last year. A far cry from it's former residence 'Plan B', Phonox boasts a world-class soundsystem, impeccable DJ bookings, brilliant aesthetics and an all round great party. The bouncers can come across a little strict, and the no phones on the dancefloor policy gives off a bit of a pretentious feel, but once you're in there it's a completely different vibe. The club has an intimate feel and the crowd is always up for a good time. The only negative is the extortionate drinks prices, so drink up beforehand! 


Phonox has a great vibe to it! Every element has been finished to an impeccable standard. From the aesthetics, to the soundsystem and even to its DJ bookings. Great night out


Great booking policy, great production and also a good vibe with good people. Rate it!


Spent NYE in phonos and was one of the best decisions i have made. enough space for the clubbers to move around and dance compared to packed out clubs where its hard to move. lighting is on point. people talked of problems with the levels of volume but once i attended the club was bouncing from start to finish. 

Tastemaker

A great new addition to Brixton's nightlife from the people behind The Nest and XOYO. Went to see Sam Gellaitry and the use of lighting (switching from blue/red/white every so often) and the smokey room added to the feel of being in an secret underground club even though you're five minutes walk from Brixton tube station! Sound system seemed fine and just as powerful as other clubs when I was there and the bar in the basement with booths to hang out in before the djs come on is a nice touch. Get there before 9pm on Fridays or 10 on Saturdays and it's free entry!


Not too sure about this place just yet. Seen a lot of people comment on the sound system. When I went to Horse Meat Disco on Friday it didn't ever feel that loud. I could hear the crowd chatting away to each other most of the time. Not quite as bad as a festival with sound restrictions, but it was noticed. 


Also, at times, the whole place felt like a thoroughfare, making it difficult to dance anywhere without having to get out of the way of someone trying to get past. I know a lot of places can be like that, but I never seemed to find an area where I could just put my head down and dance. 


Got served at the bar quickly every time I went to get a drink. Staff were friendly. Liked the fact the security quickly stopped people trying to film or take photos on the dancefloor; it was refreshing. 


As noted below, the system of letting people out to smoke in waves got a little frustrating, but I guess some sort of system is needed otherwise the back area would be packed. 


All this being said, I'll be back! I reckon I would much prefer to techno or dnb night down there. Different kind of crowd. Nice to have a venue with these line-ups on the door step. 



I had some reservations about Phonox before i went for Jonas Rathsman a few weeks ago because i didn't enjoy plan b but i had nothing to worry about, it's a completely different venue! The crowd is lively and there's a great atmosphere. There's an intimate feel to the place and you can get so close to the dj. can't wait to come back for joy orbison on new years eve!


went to see move d there recently and was refreshed by this club. good space and complemented by sweet lights/smoke. sound certainly does the trick. 5 stars


This club is killing it!!! I went once for Jasper James birthday with Artwork and then Move D last weekend. Both nights smashed it. Sound system is one of the best I've heard. Nice crowd, friendly staff and the downstairs chill out is a nice touch. This is my new stomping ground for sure


 New second home! Can't get enough of Phonox. Lighting and sound system are so good, the crowd is fun and the staff are all really friendly and professional. Jasper James' residency is becoming our Saturday institution and their bookings on Fridays are varied and on point. Such a welcome addition to London's nightlife. 


Went last week for Jasper James and previously for Giles Peterson, such a sick venue! Sound is on point, lights are unbelievable, overall one of the better clubs in London. With the people who they've got to come to the club, its got to be one of the best things to happen to brixton in aggggesss


Undoubtedly the best club in London. On point bookings, excellent lighting and great soundsystem. What more could you want?

Tastemaker

If you're looking for an intimate, dark venue with a better-than-average sound system, and want to get away from the Central/East rave caves, head to Phonox. Went to see Mr. Ties play. (Obviously he never disappoints.) Had my preconceptions about the club as I don’t really rate XOYO, but Phonox felt like a breath of fresh (techno) air in the middle of Brixton.

 

Tastemaker

I have to say that I really enjoyed Phonox - I went to see TEED last Friday, and I get that this place has been open a while now. It's a decent place, it's been overhauled by the same guys who run XOYO - it was fairly quiet in the bar area, because most of the people there were upstairs. I'd say get advance tickets for a Friday/Saturday - the queue was pretty special when I rocked up about 11.30pm. Atmosphere was good - room to dance, though a bit later on, they were letting people out to smoke in waves - which was a bit odd. It's a decent place for a rave in brixton.


I was really looking forward to go to this club and got there on a Saturday to find bad music, bad vibes, emptyness and very agressive bouncers. Gonna stick with my friendly south London parties that are really community based. Don't believe what they say on the website.