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P1, Munich

1 Prinzregentenstrasse
Germany 80538
Tel: 49 89 211 114 0's insider take:

Billing itself as "Munich's Noble Disco," this venue feels like a northern outpost of St-Tropez, with all its excess, cheesiness, and decadence packed into one club. Located in the desirable residential neighborhood of Lehel, it opened in 1949 as a bar for U.S. Army officers, and evolved into a fantastically expensive, notoriously tough-to-get-into celebrity hangout. That said, the club is rumored to have passed its peak and the door policy can be lax on off-nights (try Thursday). The decor, by star designer Matteo Thun, is largely out of sight, but the lighting is spectacular, a constantly shifting palette of flattering shades that encourages patrons to check each other out. That's a good thing, because the sprawling venue can feel depersonalized, a parade of beautiful party people who could be dancing the night away in a dozen other equivalent nightclubs in Europe. But for the glamour-hungry, this is the obligatory spot (just ask Tom, Diddy, or Mick, just a few on the long list of illustrious visitors).

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