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So you've never been to... Phonox?

Everything you need to know about this sleek venue slap-bang in the heart of Brixton

Written by
Time Out London Music

In a nutshell...

Sharper than a Gucci Stanley knife, Phonox is a swish club focusing on two key aims: importing world-class acts and exporting world-class sound.

Where is it?

Slap-bang in the heart of Brixton. Hop off the tube, bolt up the stairs, skip past the busking soul band and you’re basically there.

What’s the vibe? 

Typically, it’s rammed full of young-ish ravers; swathes of sleek streetwear go hand in hand with fresh pairs of trainers. But it’s got broad appeal. It’s the perfect venue for anyone who likes electronic music played loudly and mixed well, with lighting and sound that mean business. A definite improvement on Plan B, the downscaled predecessor that became Phonox in 2015.


What makes it a great venue? 

Phonox is a serious club for clubbers that seriously like clubbing. DJs from across the world have graced its decks: Bicep, Livity Sound, Jon Rust, Jamie XX, Four Tet. They also pride themselves on quality resident DJs. Following initial ressie Jasper James comes the club’s new Saturday night chief – DJ HAAi. She was talent spotted after holding things down at Ridley Road Market Bar and should be an interesting departure for the venue.  

What’s the booze situation?  

Pretty swanky – Phonox also has a plush underground bar that’s perfect for twilight drinks before dancing till late. Open from 9pm, they stock a decent array of inner-city cocktails and European beers.

What makes it a great venue? 

Book ahead for some stunning Sundays coming up – helmed by some true DJ auteurs like Gilles Peterson and Herbert. 

Finally, what happens to all the coats left in the cloakroom?

According to the venue: ‘The simple answer is that they remain in the venue, on a rail outside the manager’s office. Sometimes DJs try them on and eventually they’ll be taken to a charity shop.’

Previously: So you've never been to... The Roundhouse

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