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    Gazzarri's

    Gazzarri's was a nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, United States. It is most notable as the location where The Doors and Van Halen were featured house bands for long stretches before being discovered. It was also the LA club featured in Huey Lewis and the News MTV video for their hit "The Heart of Rock and Roll." The club reached its peak of popularity in the late 1960s, featuring Jim Morrison's young new group, along with other LA talent such as The Bobby Fuller Four, Buffalo Springfield, and the Walker Brothers. It then achieved major LA relevance again in the late 70's, featuring the David Lee Roth-led Van Halen nightly for months on end, and then into 1980s as one of the top LA glam metal nightclubs. It was owned and operated by the "Godfather of Rock and Roll", Bill Gazzarri. Gazzarri himself was known for dressing up as a Chicago-style gangster and frequenting the club on performance nights. Located near the corner of Doheny and Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, and just several dozen yards from both the Rainbow Bar and Grill and The Roxy Theatre, Gazzarri's became famous as a launching pad for future rock and roll stars. Along with The Roxy
    7.00
    9 votes
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    Dante's

    Dante's

    Dante's is a nightclub and live music venue in Portland, Oregon, United States, that opened in February, 2000. Since opening, the club has hosted numerous internationally-famous bands, solo-acts, troupes and performance artists. Many now-famous performers honed their acts at Dante's including the "lounge-core/mash-up" band Storm & The Balls featuring Storm Large. The band had a regular Wednesday night show at the club for nearly five years. In addition, the SuicideGirls Burlesque Troupe and The Porcelain Twinz neo-burlesque act both performed regularly at Dante's well-known Sunday night "Sinferno Cabaret." Dante's is popular locally, and has received numerous "people's choice" awards, such as Best Live Music from AOL.com, "Favorite House of Rock" from Willamette Week, and "Best Live Music Venue" from Portland Citysearch.com. Dante's located in downtown Portland near Old Town and is housed in one of Portland's many historic buildings. Dante's opened in February 2000 by Frank Faillace, and is currently owned and managed by Frank Faillace and Paul S. Park. The club has staged well-known acts, like Bo Diddley, X, Big Star, Nina Hagen, Lemmy of Motörhead, George Clinton & P-Funk, The
    7.13
    8 votes
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    Rive Gauche Nightclub

    Rive Gauche Nightclub, open late 1999 to mid 2005, was a popular nightclub located in the River West district near Chicago's Greektown neighborhood, and the Loop. Rive Gauche is a French title meaning Left Bank, an appropriate name for a nightclub that had a unique Parisian theme, despite it being located on the right bank of the Chicago River. Rive Gauche is simply known as Rive by Chicago’s nightclub enthusiast community. Before Rive opened as a nightclub that eventually catered to a crowd of Chicago's young Polish population, it was known as a predominantly male homosexual venue dubbed The Generator. It is true that the owners of The Generator and Rive's owners are the same. Rive was the place to be for European tourists and celebrities at the height of its popularity. Its visitors included the founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner . Rive was undoubtedly an adult playground where only female patrons were allowed to dance on stripper poles and the miniature Eiffel Tower statues, sometimes three or four at a time. Some young women would eagerly participate in these stripper-like activities to gain attention from young male patrons, and the house-sanctioned photographers. Early
    7.13
    8 votes
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    Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n Roll Laundry & Bar

    Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n Roll Laundry & Bar

    Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n Roll Laundry & Bar was a music venue in the Corryville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, across the street from Bogart's near the University of Cincinnati. John Cioffi was the owner and Jam Stryffeler was the booking agent. Cioffi opened other clubs including Sudsys in Louisville. Stryffeler brought in alternative acts and also booked the Plaza (Cincinnati) and brought some shows to the Jockey Club (Covington, Ky). The site often showcased many indie music and punk music bands. As the name suggests, the bar also housed a laundromat. The site had difficulty staying in business over the years, closing and reopening its doors several times, finally closing for good in 2008. Many established musicians and bands have played the site, including Over the Rhine, Rigor Mortis, Betty Blowtorch, Vains of Jenna, Michale Graves, Beneath the Sky, New Found Glory, Beck, Morphine, Apples in Stereo, Jesus Lizard, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nirvana, The Afghan Whigs, The Atomic Fireballs, Dink, Everclear, Smashing Pumpkins, L7, El Vez, Combustible Edison, the Toasters, Mustard Plug, Ass Ponys, Yo La Tengo, Stereolab, Unrest, Guided by Voices, Wednesday 13, Dr Chuds X-Ward, Pretty Boy
    7.50
    6 votes
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    Playboy Club

    The Playboy Club initially was a chain of nightclubs and resorts owned and operated by Playboy Enterprises. The first club opened at 116 E. Walton Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States, on February 29, 1960. Each club generally featured a Living Room, a Playmate Bar, a Dining Room and a Club Room. Members and their guests were served food and drinks by Playboy Bunnies some of whom were featured in Playboy magazine. The clubs offered name entertainers and comedians in the Club Rooms and in the Living Rooms were local musicians and the occasional close-up magician. Starting with the London and Jamaica club locations, the Playboy Club became international in scope. In 1991, with changing times, the club chain became defunct. In 2006, a few new clubs were re-launched and as of 2012, there are operating clubs in Macao and Cancun. (The Las Vegas club closed on June 4, 2012.) Hugh Hefner was inspired by Burton Brown's Chicago chain of Gaslight Clubs. The Gaslight Clubs opened in 1953, featuring women dressed in velvet, one-piece "bunny" type costumes, and had live entertainment. The first Playboy Club opened in Chicago in 1960, and later there were clubs in New York,
    7.33
    6 votes
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    Clermont Lounge

    The Clermont Lounge is Atlanta's first and longest continually operating strip club, opened in 1965. Located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel at 789 Ponce De Leon Avenue, in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. The Clermont has survived multiple attempts at being closed by the Atlanta city government, and has established a nationwide reputation for its kitschy atmosphere and unusual dancers. The Clermont has been featured on an episode of Insomniac with Dave Attell, and celebrities including Marilyn Manson, Ashton Kutcher, Kid Rock and Bombay Bicycle Club have been known to visit the Clermont when in Atlanta. Visitors to the Clermont usually alternate between a few handfuls of regulars and large numbers of college students, newcomers to town, and tourists lured in by tales of the Clermont's myriad charms. The Clermont does not serve food or draft beer. The single stripper's stage is located in the middle of a circular bar, and the dancers choose their own songs on the in-house jukebox, as the club normally does not have an actual DJ, except for Saturday nights when DJ Romeo Cologne packs the club spinning Dance Party Funk since 1995. The Clermont is perhaps best known for
    6.43
    7 votes
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    Knitting Factory

    The Knitting Factory is a music venue and concert house with locations in Brooklyn, Boise, Reno, and Spokane. The club originally specialized in jazz and experimental music and has expanded to showcasing all genres of music, performing arts and comedy. The Knitting Factory was opened in 1987 by Michael Dorf and Bob Appel, both from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The original location was in Manhattan on Houston Street, almost equidistant between CBGB and the Bottom Line. Initially, the venue was supposed to be an art gallery with a performance space and cafe, as well as a home for experimental music. The club quickly emerged as a home for the sounds that did not neatly fit into the categories of jazz or rock. Artists including Sonic Youth, Sound of Urchin, Cassandra Wilson, Gil Scott Heron, Yo La Tengo, Carl Hancock Rux, Cecil Taylor, Cluster, and Bill Frisell played there. The musicians who would end up forming the band Soul Coughing first met at the Knitting Factory, where Mike Doughty, who would become the lead singer, worked as a doorman. Soul Coughing played many of their early shows there. As demand grew for recordings of the live performances at The Knitting Factory, Dorf and Appel
    7.17
    6 votes
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    Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater

    Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater

    The Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre is a striptease club at 895 O'Farrell Street near San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. Opened as an X-rated movie theater by Jim and Artie Mitchell on July 4, 1969, the O'Farrell remains one of America's oldest and most notorious adult-entertainment establishments; by 1980, the nightspot had become a major force in popularizing close-contact lap dancing, which would become the norm in striptease clubs nationwide. The late journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a longtime friend of the Mitchells and frequent visitor at the club, claimed to be its night manager in 1985. He called the O'Farrell "the Carnegie Hall of public sex in America" and Playboy magazine praised it as "the place to go in San Francisco!" The O'Farrell Theatre is open seven days a week and nearly every evening of the year. Customers must pay a comparatively steep admission price ($20–$50, depending on the time of day) and no alcoholic beverages are served, although a snack bar operates on the premises. The O'Farrell's main showroom is New York Live!, a continuous striptease show where one performer dances on stage while the others offer lap dances by asking customers, "Want some
    7.00
    6 votes
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    Bowery Ballroom

    Bowery Ballroom

    The Bowery Ballroom is a music venue in the Bowery section of New York City. The structure, at 6 Delancey Street, was built just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. It stood vacant until the end of WWII, when it became a high-end retail store. The neighborhood subsequently went into decline again, and so did the caliber of businesses occupying the space. In 1997 it was converted into a music venue. It has a capacity of 550 people. Directly in front of the venue's entrance is the Bowery Station on the BMT Nassau Street Line (J Z trains) of the New York City Subway. The club serves as the namesake of Joan Baez's Bowery Songs album, recorded live at a concert at the Bowery Ballroom on November 6, 2004. It is also appears in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly as well as the 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
    6.00
    7 votes
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    The Saint

    The Saint was an American gay superclub, located in the East Village neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City, that operated from 1980 to 1987. It opened in the old premises of the Fillmore East, a 1926-built, former-theater-turned-classic-rock-and-roll venue of the late 1960s and early 1970s, at 105 Second Avenue at 6th Street. The Saint was opened by Bruce Mailman and his business partner and his architectural designer, Charles Terrell. The original opening date was set for July 30, 1980, but construction delays forced a deferral to September 20, 1980, with Alan Dodd as disc jockey. The nightclub was a success even before it opened. Membership packs with floor plans were distributed and before the club opened 2,500 memberships had been sold at $150 each for the first 700 members and for $250 for the rest, with a waiting list established. It was financed in large part by Mailman's other gay venture, the nearby New St. Marks Baths – a gay mecca at the time. The nightclub's renovation cost $4.5 million, being $2 million over budget ($11.5 million at 2011 prices). Money was spent repairing the roof, paying six years of back taxes to the city and fitting out the
    6.83
    6 votes
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    Laugh Factory

    Laugh Factory

    The Laugh Factory is a comedy club with locations on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, Long Beach, California, Chicago, and inside the Tropicana Las Vegas. In 1979, after a dispute over club owners refusing to pay comedians, a then 16 year old Jamie Masada recognized the need for a new venue for comedians to perform. After obtaining a loan of $10,000 from Neal Israel, he opened the Laugh Factory in a building formerly belonging to Groucho Marx. Recognizing his passion for comedy, Richard Pryor was the first comedian to perform on the now famous Laugh Factory stage. When Jamie attempted to pay him, Pryor instead handed him a $100 bill and wrote on it, "You need this for your rent, boy." From that point on the Laugh Factory has grown to be one of the most famous comedy clubs in the world. USA Today has cited it as being the #1 comedy club in the country. Mr. Masada still comes in almost every day and attends Tuesday Open Mic Nights to screen possible comedians for the Laugh Factory stage. The Laugh Factory now has four locations. Two are located in California: Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California and Long Beach, California. The Laugh Factory also has locations in Las Vegas inside of
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Spearmint Rhino

    Spearmint Rhino

    Spearmint Rhino is a chain of strip clubs that operates venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. The club opened in 1989 as a supplement to the existing Peppermint Elephant Restaurant. This first Spearmint Rhino was located in Upland, California. John Gray is the founder & CEO of Spearmint Rhino. His company owns the trademark of Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's clubs, Rouge Gentlemen's Club, and Blue Zebra Adult Cabaret. In 2010, the Spearmint Rhino opened its first non-adult night club in downtown Los Angeles, named 1616 Club. Each club location is independently owned, operated and licensed. The company's worldwide headquarters is located in Norco, California. The London club is the flagship club in the UK. The name Spearmint Rhino is not a codename or reference to anything; the company was simply aiming for a noticeable, memorable and catchy name. In Episode 19 of Season 5 of the TV series Supernatural, the Archangel Gabriel makes reference to the club when describing the positive aspects of humanity, saying "And you should see the Spearmint Rhino." In the TV series South Park, there is a parody of the club called the "Peppermint Hippo" that is featured in
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Palomino Club

    The Palomino Club is a landmark North Las Vegas strip club with a series of infamous owners, ranging from accused and convicted murderers to a prominent cardiologist. Since 2006 the club has been owned by Adam Gentile. It was built in North Las Vegas in 1969 by the Paul Perry family. One of the notable differences between the Palomino and other Las Vegas strip clubs, is that it is allowed to have both a liquor license, and totally nude dancers. Other clubs with liquor licenses are restricted to topless dancers. This difference, according to 2003-2006 owner Luis Hidalgo Jr., is because the club was grandfathered until approximately 2025 with the different rules. In 2000, a high-profile murder trial involved the Palomino Club owner's son, Jack Perry, who had shot and killed one of the employees he thought was trying to buy the club. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison. In November 2001, the Palomino, along with two other nearby topless clubs, was bought by Dr. Simon Stertzer, a Stanford University interventional cardiologist who performed one of the first coronary angioplasties in the United States. Dr. Stertzer said he bought the club through a holding
    5.71
    7 votes
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    Womb-Future Style

    Womb-Future Style

    Womb is a nightclub in Tokyo, Japan. It was recently voted one of the top nightclubs in the world by djmag magazine. Womb opened in the spring of 2000 with a Junior Vasquez party. It is located about 15 minutes' walk from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station in the love hotel district of Dogenzaka. As with most nightclubs, the exterior of the club may be misleading to first-time visitors; It is plain in appearance with no obvious indication of the activity inside. The name of the nightclub is only discreetly displayed on the exterior. On leaving the club during the early hours of the morning, security staff instruct patrons to maintain a low level of conversation, so as not to disturb the local residents. The entrance on the ground floor leads to lockers and a small chill-out lounge. The main floor, with its giant mirror ball, is on the second internal floor. A small bar is found at the back of the dance floor. Depending on the artist, the DJ booth may be on the dance floor, as well. The main DJ booth overlooks the main floor. Beside the DJ booth is another bar with open windows that look down onto the floor. On the fourth internal floor is another bar, chill-out lounge and a DJ
    5.71
    7 votes
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    West End

    West End was one of the early group of Chicago punk rock clubs that included La Mere Vipere and O'Banion's. Operated in the late 1970s and 1980s. Sue Miller of Lounge Ax was the club's booking agent and helped develop the early independent music scene in Chicago by her support of local and touring punk and indie bands of the day. She booked many unknown bands at West End that later became highly influentional in the punk, alternative, and indie scenes of today.
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Gatecrasher 1

    Gatecrasher 1

    Gatecrasher One was a nightclub in city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The club was a converted warehouse owned by the Gatecrasher dance music brand. The nightclub was originally named The Republic, but this was changed in 2003 after a £1.5 million refurbishment. On 18 June 2007 the venue caught fire and partially collapsed. The building was later demolished. Gatecrasher One started life as the Roper and Wreaks works, on Matilda street, and was constructed around 1910. The building was a two story brick built warehouse and remained an industrial building until 1986. In 1991 a planning application to convert the building into offices was submitted. These plans were never carried out and a number of applications were submitted to convert the building into a nightclub. The conversion took place in 1996. The club was initially a financial failure, failing to attract the numbers expected. The fortunes of the club were changed when, in 1996, the Gatecrasher night started to use the building for Saturday night events, initially as a few one off events, eventually becoming Gatecrasher's permanent home. The rise in success of the Gatecrasher brand coincided with financial troubles
    6.33
    6 votes
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    (Le) Poisson Rouge

    (Le) Poisson Rouge

    (Le) Poisson Rouge (often referred to as LPR) is a music venue and multimedia art cabaret in New York City founded in 2008 by Justin Kantor and David Handler on the former site of The Village Gate. The performance space was designed and engineered by John Storyk/WSDG. It has become a known venue for its focus on artistry, bring contemporary classical music into the club setting, and offering a variety of set ups so that a seated classical performance can be followed by a standing set by a rock band or a DJ. Responding to a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time featuring pianist Bruce Brubaker at LPR, the Wall Street Journal reported: "The crowd -- many of whom wouldn't even have known who Messiaen was -- sat in rapt silence, and roared their approval at the end." Kantor and Handler, both graduates of Manhattan School of Music, founded LPR with the stated desire of creating a venue that would foster the fusion of "popular and art cultures" in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art. The venue is home to a myriad variety of genres focusing on classical, new music, avant garde music, indie rock, and jazz, but also playing host to readings, comedy, film, DJs,
    5.43
    7 votes
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    New York Friars' Club

    New York Friars' Club

    The Friars Club is a private club in New York City, founded in 1904 and famous for its risqué celebrity roasts. The club's membership is composed mostly of comedians and other celebrities. It is located at 57 East 55th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in a building it calls the Monastery. In 2004 the City of New York named the southeast corner of 55th street where the clubhouse stands "Friars Way". The organization traces its roots to 1904 when representatives of the Broadway theatres working with New York publicists organized the Press Agents' Association to exchange lists of people who were fraudulently receiving complimentary passes to shows. Shortly thereafter it began its tribute dinners to theatrical celebrities with the first being Clyde Fitch; impresario Oscar Hammerstein was toasted in 1908, the year the Friars moved into a club house at 107 West 47th Street. The first Friars Frolics were held in 1911, with Abbott George M. Cohan working with Will Rogers, Irving Berlin (who wrote "Alexander's Ragtime Band" for the event), and Victor Herbert; the money generated by the Frolics enabled them to purchase 106-108-110 West 48th Street. Under Abbott Cohan it laid a
    7.00
    5 votes
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    Rainbow Room

    Rainbow Room

    The Rainbow Room was an upscale restaurant and nightclub on the 65th floor of the GE Building in Rockefeller Center, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The food was loosely northern Italian, and there were cocktails, wines, liqueurs, cognacs, and other drinks available. The Rainbow Room was designed by French architect Jacques Carlu. He had also designed the Carlu (known then as Eaton's, Seventh Floor) several years earlier, an event space/lounge/venue located on the seventh floor of College Park in Toronto. The Carlu is known as one of the world's best surviving examples of the Art Moderne period, where many famous performers of the time, such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra performed. It also features a painting by the architect's wife Natacha. The Rainbow Room draws its inspiration from the Round Room in the Carlu. The Rainbow Room featured a revolving dance floor, a live big band orchestra, and a view of the New York City skyline. Private events were hosted in several banquet rooms. On New Year's Eve, for example, the price of admission included caviar, truffles, champagne, and mixed drinks, and access to the Rainbow Room from dinner through breakfast the
    7.00
    5 votes
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    The Establishment

    • Musical genre: Jazz
    The Establishment was a London nightclub which opened in October 1961, at 18 Greek Street, Soho and was famous in retrospect for satire although actually more notable at the time for jazz and other events. It was founded by Peter Cook and Nicholas Luard, both of whom were also important in the history of the magazine Private Eye. The name "The Establishment" is a play on the meaning of "establishment" as in "institution," i.e. the club itself, and the broader definition meaning the prevailing social order of the time, which the satirists who founded, funded and performed at the club typically undermined. Peter Cook called it "the only good title I ever came up with." The venue allowed the opportunity for budding comedians and satirists to perform new material in a nightclub setting, outside the jurisdiction of the Lord Chamberlain, whose censorship of language and content was a problem for many performers. Some who appeared included Lenny Bruce, Barry Humphries (as Edna Everage), and musically, The Dudley Moore Trio. A second club was established in New York in 1963. However, both folded after only a few years. The Establishment in London closed in 1964. In March 2008, the site of
    7.00
    5 votes
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    The Sound Factory

    • Musical genre: House music
    The Sound Factory was a nightclub located at 21 West 21st Street in New York City. Promoted by several promoters, including Barbara Tucker, who was also a recording artist for Strictly Rhythm Records, the club featured DJs Little Louie Vega, David DePino and was the sister club of THE ORIGINAL SOUND FACTORY, one of the most influential venues for house music in New York during the 1990s. The Sound Factory Bar
    7.00
    5 votes
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    Bar None

    Bar None is a chain of bar/nightclubs located throughout the United States. The original location, Bar None NYC, a dive bar located in New York City, still exists. It has been a meeting place for East Village locals and New York University students since 1993. The bar is located at 98 Third Avenue, between East 12th and East 13th Street. The building's previous tenant was The Space at Chase, a live music venue where bands such as Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers played in the early 1990s. Controversial Punk rock artist GG Allin gave perhaps his most violent performance at The Space at Chase on December 7, 1991. A riot ensued during the show after Allin defecated on the floor, mutilated himself, threw feces and his own blood into the crowd, and began attacking audience members, severely injuring a female fan. Most of that infamous show appears in the documentary film Hated. Allin died two years later of a heroin overdose. From 1978-1984, the space was home to The Nursery, a notorious after-hours bar, whose regulars included celebrities such as John Belushi, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger, as well as porn stars, drug dealers, bikers, and other colorful characters from the New York
    9.33
    3 votes
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    Laurie Beechman Theatre

    Laurie Beechman Theatre

    The Laurie Beechman Theatre (formerly the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar) is an 80-seat dinner theatre in the basement of the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street in the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex just west of Times Square. The theatre is named for cabaret performer Laurie Beechman. The theatre opened in 1983 by West Bank Cafe owner Steve Olsen. The Cafe/theatre was in Manhattan Plaza that had been built specifically to house those active in New York's theatre scene. Bruce Willis was a bartender in the restaurant. Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Sean Penn were regulars. Olsen experimented with the venue offering it as jazz and cabaret. Lewis Black, Rand Foerster, and Rusty Magee proposed staging plays at what was then called initially the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar. Over a course of 14 years Black was the playwright in residence and would author 40 plays there and Magee was the musical director. More than 1,500 one-act plays have been performed at theatre. Initially the theatre was strictly drinks only. However it has evolved to include dinner before the show. Joan Rivers and Karen Finley often perform there.
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Zanzibar Blue

    Zanzibar Blue was a jazz club located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known for its live jazz each night and for Sunday brunch, it branded itself as "Philadelphia's Premier Jazz Club". Owned by brothers Robert and Benjamin Jr. Bynum, the club was located in Center City, Philadelphia below the Bellevue on the Avenue of the Arts. Zanzibar Blue opened in 1990 on 11th Street, between Spruce and Pine Streets and later moved to the Bellevue in 1996. The club closed on April 29, 2007, Robert Bynum stating "we didn't think it was in our best interests to renew [the lease]. We'd rather own [our] building than lease." WJJZ, Philadelphia's smooth jazz radio station broadcasted Sunday brunches from Zanzibar Blue, and performers such as Lou Rawls, Chick Corea and Chuck Mangione have played there.
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Masquerade

    Masquerade

    The Masquerade is a mid-sized concert venue located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It comprises the interior and exterior grounds of a former excelsior mill on North Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The venue has both indoor and outdoor concert space, and the live music mostly consists of alternative music styles, such as Indie rock, Metal, Punk Rock, Rockabilly, and Electronic. The Masquerade's three principal interior stages are named after the destinations of the afterlife: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell. The building was once the Dupre Excelsior Mill (the actual name as of 1911 was "Du Pree Manufacturing Company Excelsior Factory"), and may have been built as early as 1890 by DuPre (also spelled Du Pree) Manufacturing Company. However, the mill fails to appear on Atlanta city maps in 1892 and 1899, which both show the property as vacant. The first possible reference to the mill exist in the report of the death of Hubert Neal on July 17, 1899. According to the report, his accident occurred at the Atlanta Excelsior Works (which may or may not be the same facility since a the time there were 3 excelsior factories in Atlanta). The earliest concrete confirmation of the
    6.00
    6 votes
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    Great American Music Hall

    Great American Music Hall

    The Great American Music Hall is a concert hall in San Francisco, California. It is located on O'Farrell Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood on the same block as the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater. It is known for its decorative balconies, columns, and frescoes and for its history of unique entertainment, which has included burlesque dancing as well as jazz, folk music, and rock'n'roll concerts. The hall was established in 1907 during the period of rebuilding that followed the 1906 Earthquake. Its interior was designed by a French architect. It was originally called Blanco's, after a notorious Barbary Coast house of prostitution. In 1936, Sally Rand, known for her fan dance and bubble dance acts, acquired the property and branded it the Music Box. After World War II, the venue went into a long decline that nearly ended in the destruction of the building in a fire. In 1972, newly refurbished and painted, the building was renamed the Great American Music Hall. In 1974, the new line-up of Journey debuted there, also Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead debuted and recorded a live album with Legion of Mary, his jazz influenced rock band in 1974, and again later with the Jerry
    6.80
    5 votes
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    Manray nightclub

    Manray was a club in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. It was named for Dada artist/photographer, Man Ray. Originally Simeone's Restaurant, in 1983 the location was turned into a gay club called Campus. In 1985, a second part of the location was opened as Manray. Eventually the two places merged into the modern day Manray space. The club billed itself as an "art bar" and often featured gallery shows by local artists in its lounge area. It initially gained national attention when featured in Life Magazine and a televised segment by Geraldo Rivera. The club catered to a variety of alternative lifestyles. Its longest-running night was Campus, a night "for gay men and their friends". Also popular was New Wave Night every Saturday, which featured DJs Chris Ewen and Gary Conzo playing New Wave and Disco anthems, respectively. Manray also hosted live music acts such as Alien Sex Fiend, Peter Murphy and Nirvana. Manray gained a reputation as a hotbed of strangeness in the early 1990s when it became home to the Goth and Fetish/BDSM scenes in the Boston area. Alternating Friday night events would be geared to one, the other, or both subcultures, resulting in a
    6.80
    5 votes
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    The Fillmore

    The Fillmore

    The Fillmore Auditorium is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California, made famous by Bill Graham. Named for its original location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition and the Pacific Heights neighborhoods. In 1968, Graham moved his concerts to a different venue in San Francisco, formerly known as The Carousel Ballroom and El Patio at Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, that he renamed Fillmore West. The original Fillmore Auditorium continued under the name The Elite Club. Graham began presenting concerts at the original Fillmore Auditorium again in the 1980s, but it was closed due to earthquake damage in October 1989. After much structural work, in 1994 the original Geary Boulevard location reopened as The Fillmore. As of 2008, The Fillmore is leased and operated by Live Nation. In the mid-1960s, The Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with such acts as John Mahon, The Grateful Dead,The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company,
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Latin Casino

    The Latin Casino was a Philadelphia-area nightclub that first opened as the Latin nightclub in 1950 at the corner of 13th and Walnut in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many top entertainers performed at the Latin including Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Durante, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and Joey Bishop. The Latin was a very popular Center City nightclub for a decade. In 1960, Owners Dallas Gerson and Dave Dushoff, relocated to nearby suburban Cherry Hill and built the plush 1,500-seat, Vegas-style dinner theater renamed from the "Latin" to the Latin Casino {Casino gambling was not included}. It was considered one of the fanciest, hippest dinner nightclubs experiences of that time featuring dinner, drinks and a showcase of top entertainment. Following a period of strong popular success, the Latin Casino finally closed in the summer of 1978 as an indication of an end of era and a symbol of the evolutin of Pop culture. Five months later, at the height of the disco craze, it reopened as an exotic disco club, Emerald City (inspired by the Wizard of Oz fabled city Emerald City ). Success was short lived and
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    Le Queen

    Le Queen

    Le Queen is a nightclub in Paris, located on the avenue des Champs-Élysées. Once a gay nightclub, Le Queen was formerly known as "Le Central" until its closing in early 1991. It was more or less the sequel to the infamous Parisian club, "Le Boy" as it was owned by the same person. The golden age of the club was between 1993 and 1996; while entrance was extremely selective (Sandrine was the Physionomiste), it was in fact free on most nights (excluding Fridays and Saturdays). Mondays were, and still are, one of the most crowded evenings for the nightclub. As the log running disco night was a carry over from the days of "Le Boy" where it was also tremendously popular. The original "Directeur Artistique" was none other than David Guetta. Dj's at that time (1993-1995) included David Guetta, Rony, Nick Nice, Claude Monnet as well as many guest dj's such as Laurent Garnier, Derrick May, Sasha and many more. Many world famous DJs have taken the stage at Le Queen over the years, including DJ Dimitri who helped popularize the club with a weekly club-night called Paris is Burning. This opened Le Queen up to a substantial heterosexual following, taking it from a Paris gay club to a Paris mega
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    Hollywood Athletic Club

    Hollywood Athletic Club

    The Hollywood Athletic Club is an office buidling in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Since it was built in 1924, it has had a varied history as a health club, bar, music venue and billiard room. It is located on Sunset Boulevard. The building at 6525 Sunset Blvd has been known as the Hollywood Athletic Club, University of Judaism, Berwin Entertainment Complex, and Hollywood Landmark. It was built in 1924 by Meyer & Holler, the same architectural firm that built the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. At the time is was the tallest building in Hollywood. When the Hollywood Athletic Club was first built in 1924, Hollywood was entering its greatest and most productive period. The building was the tallest building in Hollywood and loomed above Sunset Boulevard. Membership was originally $150 for initiation fees and $10 for monthly dues. During its early years as a health club, its membership included Johnny Weissmuller, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Walt Disney,John Ford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr, Mary Pickford, Cecil B de Mille, Cornel Wilde, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Frances X. Bushman, Howard Hughes, Joan Crawford and Rudolph
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    Rawhide 2010

    Rawhide 2010 is the name of the oldest gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is generally simply called "Rawhide", and is named "2010" due to the humorous notion that it will be in that year that the bar will officially need full remodeling. For the past ten odd years the bar has specifically catered to a gay male crowd interested in the leather fetish scene, S&M or those in the bear community. The bar emphasizes a lack of stereotypical "gay attitude" and focuses on masculinity and aggressive male bonding. They host holiday events and special contests, including a weekly pool competition. They frequently have a "black out night" where lights are completely turned off (the suggestion being that sexual activity can occur in the dark.) The bar unofficially has a "back-room", a small area between the main bar and the restroom, where sexual activity occurs. Though not openly endorsed by management, it is only half-heartedly discouraged. The bar was the focus of a 2003 scandal during which a religious organization attempted to shut down Southern Decadence due to public sex occurring between men in bar doorways. The bar was affected by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina
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    The Abbey

    The Abbey is a bar and nightclub in West Hollywood, California. The bar originally opened in 1991 as a gay coffeehouse. Wanting more of an evening appeal, a bar area was made. Wishing to compete with the other local gay bars, the owners transformed the back stock area into a lounge area and eventually even bought out the neighboring pottery store to further expand the business's size. The Abbey has been notably featured in a number of television series of interest to the LGBT community, including being the venue of the Logo original series Wisecrack. The club and its owner, David Cooley, have also featured in the Logo series Open Bar and Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising and the Oxygen network original series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Transgender actress Candis Cayne was featured in several lip-synch shows there in 2008. Recently, it was purchased by SBE Entertainment Group and has taken on more of a mixed clientele, offering entertainment to both gay and straight patrons. David Cooley is now the president of The Abbey.
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    Tiger Tiger

    Tiger Tiger

    Tiger Tiger is a chain of British nightclubs owned by Novus Leisure. The chain has nine branches, located in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Portsmouth. Each branch has several bars, a restaurant and several dance floors; each location also has its own unique decor. The chain's flagship branch, and the first to open (in 1998), is on Haymarket in central London. It is also the largest, with four floors covering some 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m) of floor space. On 29 June 2007 it was outside this club that the first of two unsuccessful car bombs was discovered and made safe. Tiger Tiger London has one restaurant, four large dance floors, and five bars throughout their massive space. Each dance floor boasts a different type of music.
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    Spaceland

    Spaceland was an alternative rock/indie rock nightclub in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, that existed between 1995 and 2011. The club was formerly a gay disco called Dreams. Spaceland's owner announced the end of the venue in late 2010, with the space continuing to operate under the new name The Satellite. The first show ever held at Spaceland featured Beck, The Foo Fighters and Possum Dixon. The list of acts who have played Spaceland is quite long, ranging from veteran performers from the 1960s and 1970s like Arthur Lee and The Dictators to current major acts such as Supergrass, Jet, The Shore and The White Stripes. It was very important in establishing the career of Beck and the Silver Lake scene which followed in his wake. Spaceland is considered "home" for many bands in the so-called Silver Lake "scene" over the years, including Silversun Pickups, 400 Blows, Pine Marten, Radar Bros., The 88, Biblical Proof of UFOs, Patrick Park, etc. The club features as the setting for the fictional band Munchausen By Proxy (lead singer Zooey Deschanel) in the 2008 Jim Carrey movie Yes Man. One of the final bands to play there is the New York Dolls, where they
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    The Casbah

    The Casbah is a nightclub and music venue located near downtown San Diego, California. The Casbah was first opened in 1989 by Tim Mays, Bob Bennett and Peter English at the site of a former Irish pub at 2812 Kettner Boulevard. Although initially a side project for the three men (who also owned the now-defunct Pink Panther Club), the Casbah hosted San Diego bands such as Rocket from the Crypt, Lucy's Fur Coat, The Rugburns, and Deadbolt. It also hosted bands such as Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard and The Smashing Pumpkins. English later left the venture. Because the original site had a maximum occupancy of 75 people, in 1994 the Casbah moved down the street to a larger facility at 2501 Kettner Boulevard. The new location has a maximum occupancy of more than 200. The new building has a main music room with a full bar, an outdoor smoking patio, and lounge with pool tables, a bar, and arcade games from the 1980s. The club usually hosts live music six to seven nights each week. Bands that have played at the current location include: Boss Hog, Alanis Morissette, Morphine, the Amps, The Breeders, Elastica, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Royal Crown Revue, Supersuckers, Ben Harper, Liz Phair, G
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    Marquee Club

    Marquee Club

    The Marquee was a music club first located at 165 Oxford Street, London, England when it opened in 1958 with a range of jazz and skiffle acts. It was also the location of the first ever live performance by The Rolling Stones on 12 July 1962. In 1964 the club moved a short distance to what became its most famous venue at 90 Wardour Street. Here, almost every major rock band of note played over the next 25 years on the tiny stage. Residencies during the late 1960s alone included Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, Chris Barber, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Who, King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Pink Floyd (who played on Sunday afternoons as part of the Spontaneous Underground club). To find out who was playing on any given night, you could just call in at the 'Ship' pub a few doors away. In 1964 Moody Blues manager/producer Alex Murray used a homemade studio in the garage at the back of the club to produce the classic 'Go Now' single which shot to #1 at Christmas 1964 and film the first ever UK pop video promo. The development of Marquee Studios was largely financed by profits from this record. The Rolling Stones returned to the club 26 March 1971 after an
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    Strange Fruit

    Strange Fruit is an indie club night that started in Oxford, United Kingdom in November 1998, moved to London in November 2000. It ran until ending on its fifth birthday in November 2003. During the five years the club was in existence it evolved from being a straightforward club for dancing to an independent promoter putting on regular shows in London. Strange Fruit put on early shows for bands who were later to become more established such as The Futureheads, British Sea Power, The Postal Service and Motormark. Strange Fruit also organised two festivals, on its fourth and fifth birthdays. Strange Fruit was started by six Oxford based DJs, namely Paul Haswell, Verity Clarkson, Peter Vickerman, Andy Clyde, Steve Jefferis and Rebecca Shatwell. These DJs were fans of obscure independent and experimental music, and had tired of the samey nature of independent music following the Britpop boom of the mid-1990s. Naming themselves the "Strange Fruit Collective" (and taking the Strange Fruit name from a Northern Soul compilation owned by Peter, not from the John Peel-founded Strange Fruit Records as many assumed), the DJs started a small club taking place in Oxford every week playing a mix
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    Cheetah's

    Cheetah's Topless Club is a "gentleman's club" or topless bar located in San Diego, and Las Vegas, best known for being featured in the 1995 movie Showgirls, and also for having been owned by Mike Galardi, a nightclub owner who was investigated by the FBI with a controversial invocation of the Patriot Act. The Cheetah's club in San Diego is a full nude club, no alcohol is served. It has achieved notoriety for having been frequented by some of the September 11 hijackers. The Las Vegas club was founded in 1991 by Michael Galardi, and employs about 150 dancers. In 2004, Galardi admitted in a San Diego federal trial that he bribed Las Vegas officials in an attempt to influence strip club regulations. In a Las Vegas federal court, he stated that he paid between $200,000 and $400,000. The club is managed by Charles Wright, a retired professional wrestler best known for his stints in World Wrestling Entertainment as a voodoo witch doctor ("Papa Shango") and as a pimp ("The Godfather"), and was also part of the Nation of Domination under the name Kama Mustafa. In an april 2012 episode of NBC's Smash, the New York City club entrance can be seen when Megan Hilty's character Ivy Lynn walks
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    Chippendales dancers

    Chippendales dancers

    Chippendales is a touring dance troupe best known for its male erotic dancing (striptease) performances and for its dancers' distinctive upper body costume of a bow tie and shirt cuffs worn on an otherwise bare torso. Established in 1979, Chippendales was the first all-male stripping troupe to make a business performing for mostly female audiences. Through the quality of its staging and choreography, Chippendales also helped legitimize stripping as a form of popular entertainment. Today, the company produces Broadway-style shows worldwide and licenses its intellectual property for select consumer products ranging from apparel and accessories to slot machines and video games. The Chippendales perform in a ten-million dollar theater and lounge built specifically for them at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Annually, the official men of Chippendales are seen by almost two million people worldwide, performing in more than 25 cities in the U.S., 23 cities in Central and South America, 60 European cities, four Asian countries, and eight South African cities. Chippendales was founded in 1979 by Somen Banerjee, Paul Snider, and attorney Bruce Nahin. After operating a Mobil
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    Gerde's Folk City

    Gerdes Folk City (sometimes spelled Gerde's Folk City) was a music venue in the West Village in New York City. Initially opened as a restaurant called Gerdes, by owner Mike Porco, it eventually began to present occasional incidental music. It was located at 11 West 4th Street (the building no longer exists), having moved in 1970 to 130 West 3rd Street before finally closing in 1987. On January 26, 1960, Gerdes turned into a music venue called The Fifth Peg, in cooperation with Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. The Fifth Peg's debut bill was gospel folk singer Brother John Sellars and Ed McCurdy, writer of the anti-war classic "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream". Porco and Young had a falling-out, and on June 1, 1960, Gerdes Folk City was officially born with a bill featuring folksinger Carolyn Hester and Logan English. At this time Gerdes Folk City was booked by a folk enthusiast Charlie Rothschild (who later became Judy Collins' longtime manager) and English. Gerdes Folk City was suddenly one of the central music venues of the era. It became one of the most influential American music clubs, before finally losing its lease in 1987. "Rolling Stone Book of Lists"
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    London Astoria

    London Astoria

    The London Astoria was a music venue, located at 157 Charing Cross Road, in London, England. It had been leased and run by Festival Republic since 2000. It was closed on 15 January 2009 and has since been demolished. The venue is still seen today as an iconic music establishment, due to launching the careers of many British rock bands and the UK success of many international acts. Originally a warehouse during the 1920s, the building became a cinema and ballroom. The building was converted for use as a theatre in the 1970s. After further conversion, the building re-opened in the mid 1980s, as a night club and live music venue for well known musical acts. In 2009, the venue closed for the last time to make way for development of the Crossrail project. The Astoria was built on the site of a former Crosse & Blackwell warehouse and opened in 1927 as a cinema. It was designed by Edward A. Stone, who also designed subsequent Astoria venues at Brixton (now the Brixton Academy), Old Kent Road, Finsbury Park and Streatham. When first constructed, the building was four storeys tall with a decorative frieze cornice surrounding its exterior. The original interior was styled as a square
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    Scores

    Scores New York is the legendary gentlemen's club and the G-Spot (Guys’ Spot) in Manhattan, New York City. More than a strip club it became the leading gentlemen's club when it changed the face of adult entertainment in that city during the early 1990s. Still going strong the legendary gentlemen's club, made famous by the notorious radio host Howard Stern who often mentioned the club on his radio show, continues to play host to a star-studded clientele of celebrity guests and professional athletes. Who? Mums the word. A key to Scores’ longevity and success is that Scores goes above and beyond to protect the anonymity of its valued clientele so they are able to escape everyday stresses and simply enjoy. Scores New York has CHANGED OWNERSHIP and total management of the night club company. On January 27, 2009, the Company entered into a licensing agreement with I.M. Operating LLC (IMO) for the use of the Scores brand name. The renowned New York Institution Scores New York celebrated its 2nd Anniversary June 2011, since its rebirth at its current location at 536 West 28th Street (between 10th Ave and 11th Ave), New York, NY 10001. For reservations call (212) 868-4900. The extravagant
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    Friar's Inn

    Friar's Inn (also called New Friar's Inn) was a nightclub and speakeasy in Chicago, Illinois, a famed jazz music venue in the 1920s. Though some sources refer to it casually as "Friar's Club", it was not related to the Friars Club of New York. Located in a basement at 60 East Van Buren or 343 South Wabash in the Chicago Loop, the establishment was owned by Mike Fritzel, and attracted gangsters as well as fans of jazz music. Among the notable bands associated with Friar's Inn were New Orleans Rhythm Kings (originally the "Friar's Society Orchestra"), and the Austin High Gang (also known as the "Blue Friars"). Noted musicians who played at the Friar's Inn included Frank Teschemacher, Bud Freeman, Steve Brown, George Brunies, Merritt Brunies, Emmett Hardy, Paul Mares, Leon Roppolo, Bee Palmer, Louis 'Lou' Black, and Mel Stitzel. Joan Crawford worked as a dancer at the Friar's Inn early in her career.
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    Red

    Red

    Red was a nightclub located in Washington D.C.. It shut its doors on October 23, 2005, after nine years of operation. The club was owned by Farid Ali, and featured a set roster of weekly resident DJs as well as a number of guest DJs from around the U.S. and abroad. The club was located at 1802 Jefferson Place NW in Washington D.C., and was simply a basement venue with a small bar, a dance floor, painted red brick walls, and minimal seating. The sound system, however, was considered the heartbeat of the club and was often referred to as one of the better sounding systems in the city. Red was known for parties that often lasted until the early morning hours. Red was opened in 1996, and was decidedly influential in the Washington D.C. club scene. Urb Magazine named Red the 'Best intimate nightclub' in 2003. Red was officially closed in 2005, after a four-day dance marathon. The club's owner cited rising rent as the reason for the shutdown. A discussion of the club's closing by some of its patrons can be found on deephousepage.com and districtsoul.com. Donna Edwards
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    Speakeasy Club

    Speakeasy Club

    The Speakeasy Club, 48 Margaret Street, London, England, was a late-night haunt for the music industry from 1966 to the late 1970s. The club was first managed Roy Flynn, who became the manager of Yes. Tony Howard then became manager, having previously been the main artist booker for The Bryan Morrison Agency and NEMS, Howard also managed Marc Bolan & T. Rex. Later management was taken up by Laurie O'Leary (a lifelong friend of the Kray twins). Throughout the life of the club Jim Carter Fea worked on the day to night management. Known in the business as "The Speak", it included a restaurant and music room. The club took its name and theme from the speakeasies of the American Prohibition era, but in 1967 it changed its theme to an Indian pavilion. Since the club was frequented by record industry and artist agency executives it attracted bands who played for low fees in the hope of being spotted and who would form the basis of the emerging British rock scene as well as international touring bands. The Who refer to the club in their song "Speakeasy" ("Speakeasy, drink easy, pull easy") from the album The Who Sell Out (1967), as does Elvis Costello in his song "London's Brilliant
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    The Chestnut Cabaret

    The Chestnut Cabaret

    The Chestnut Cabaret was a nightclub in Philadelphia. It was located at 38th & Ludlow Streets. It is currently named the Blockley and still hosts new and innovative artists from around the country. Many famed bands played there including Albert Collins, Al Stewart, Alex Chilton, Alien Sex Fiend, Albert King, Average White Band, Beru Revue, Blue Öyster Cult, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Buddy Guy, Buster Poindexter, Butthole Surfers, Buzzcocks, Chris Whitley, Chris Isaak, The Connells, Consolidated, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, David Bromberg, De La Soul, Dead Milkmen, Dee Dee Ramone, Devo, Dizzy Gillespie, Donovan, Dread Zeppelin, Electric Love Muffin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fishbone, Hardline, Ice-T/Body Count, Jane Siberry, Jesus Jones, John Lee Hooker, John Entwistle, Judy Collins, King's X, Kitchens of Distinction, Living Colour, Meat Puppets, Mojo Nixon, Naked Raygun, NRBQ, Parliament-Funkadelic, Phish, Pogues, Psychic TV, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richard Thompson, The Roches, Schoolly D, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, The Hooters, Stanley Clarke, Steel Pulse, Steve Forbert, The Bears (featuring Adrian Belew), The Fall, The Replacements, The Tubes, They Might Be Giants, Third World, Tower of
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    Wabasha Street Caves

    Wabasha Street Caves

    The Wabasha Street Caves is an event hall built into the sandstone caves located on the south shore of the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. The caves have been home to mobsters, speakeasies, and in more recent years have begun hosting a "Swing Night" on Thursday nights with live big-band music. The Wabasha Street Caves also provide historical tours of the sandstone caves in Saint Paul and Stillwater, Minnesota. The caves, which technically are mines because they are manmade, are carved out of sandstone and date back to the 1840s. Throughout history the caves have been used for a number of different activities, including growing mushrooms, storage of food and belongings, music, and dancing. In the 1920s, the caves were used as a restaurant and nightclub venue known as the Wabasha Street Speakeasy. The speakeasy was said to have been frequented by gangsters such as John Dillinger and Ma Barker, however there is no evidence that these visits occurred; thus, these stories are considered legend. On October 26, 1933, Josie & William Lehmann opened the Castle Royal, which was built into the side of the caves. Castle Royal was closed in the late 1930s due to the start
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    5 votes
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    Balinese Room

    Balinese Room

    The Balinese Room was a well-known nightclub in Galveston, Texas, United States built on a pier stretching 600 feet (183 m) from the Galveston Seawall over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For decades a dance hall and illegal casino, the Balinese Room was remodeled and reopened in 2001 without the gambling. Operated by Sicilian immigrant barbers-turned-bootleggers Sam and Rosario Maceo, the Balinese Room was an elite spot in the 1940s and 1950s (Galveston's open era), featuring entertainment by Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, George Burns, The Marx Brothers and other top acts of the day. Patrons of the private club included Howard Hughes, Sophie Tucker and wealthy oil barons from nearby Houston. In 1997, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, the structure was completely destroyed by Hurricane Ike. The Maceos took over "Chop Suey," a small restaurant at the intersection of 21st Street and Seawall Boulevard, and in 1929 they opened "Maceo's Grotto" at that location. It was one of many entertainment venues that popped up along the Galveston Seawall around that time (along with bathhouses and dance clubs, some of
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    Hungry i

    The hungry i was originally a nightclub in North Beach, San Francisco. It was launched by Eric "Big Daddy" Nord, who sold it to Enrico Banducci in 1950. How the club's name came about is something of a mystery. According to one story, the lower-case "i" was meant to represent "intellectual." Banducci swore that it was literally Freudian and was short for "the hungry id." In another story, the sign was not finished in time for the club's opening, and next-day reviews in the San Francisco papers cemented the name for all time. In another story, artist Mark Adams came up with the name. "It (the lowercase 'i') designated the first-person singular, with all of its various cravings," he explained in a 1985 interview quoted in a 2006 obituary for him. Originally located at 599 Jackson Street on the ground floor of the International Hotel, the hungry i and Banducci were also instrumental in the careers of actor/comic Ronnie Schell, comic Bill Cosby, comic Lenny Bruce and minister Malcolm Boyd. Musically, The Kingston Trio recorded two famous albums at the hungry i, including the first live performance of their version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Tom Lehrer's final satirical album That
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    Luminar Leisure

    Luminar Leisure

    The Luminar Group is private company operating leisure and entertainment venues throughout the United Kingdom. Luminar currently specialises in nightclubs. Luminar Group Holdings plc was established in 1988 with the opening of its first nightclub, Manhattan Nitespot in King's Lynn, Norfolk. The continued growth in the discotheque division and the creation of the popular Chicago Rock Cafe concept meant Luminar became the most successful leisure company of the early 1990s. It floated on the stock exchange in May 1996. There was a large expansion of Chicago Rock Cafes in the late 1990s. Luminar also ran and owned a couple of themed Australian restaurants, Tuckers Smokehouse, which opened at Kettering in Northamptonshire and Chelmsford in Essex. From August 1999 there were discussions with Northern Leisure about a possible merger. In November 1999, Luminar bought twenty nightclubs and seven bars from Allied Leisure for £34m. This acquisition and the merger talks led to Luminar's most important point in its history when it bought Northern Leisure in May 2000 for £392m with a combined total of 237 nightclubs and late-night bars. In 2001 it opened 41 new venues, 44 in 2002, and 30 in
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    Raul's

    Raul's was a live music nightclub at 2610 Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which specialized in punk rock music. The location is very near the University of Texas campus. It was the first club of its kind in the city and consequently the only one, for a time. Originally a bar run by Hispanics Joseph Gonzales (deceased in May 1996) and Roy "Raul" Gomez, when, in late 1977, four musicians, Jesse Sublett, Kathy Valentine, Carla Olson and Marilyn Dean, approached them, looking for a venue to play, since those performers had difficulties being accepted elsewhere. The four musicians had formed a new punk band called the Violators. Jesse Sublett, along with Eddie Munoz and Bill Blackmon comprised the other new punk band in town, The Skunks. Raul's gave both bands a chance, but at first did not enjoy the new style, which they deemed too chaotic, preferring rather Tejano music. The Violators and the Skunks first played at Raul's in February 1978 to a wildly enthusiastic audience. Thereafter, the Skunks garnered a huge following, not only at Raul's but other, more conventional venues around Austin. Then there was the September 19 incident of the arrest for
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    Maple Leaf Bar

    Maple Leaf Bar

    The Maple Leaf Bar is a music performance venue in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is also a bar and hosts a variety of other events. The Maple Leaf is on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. Opened on Feb 24, 1974, it is one of the longest continuing operations of New Orleans' music clubs with live performances seven nights a week. On that first night Andrew Hall's Society Jazz Band played and were there every Saturday for seven years. Many of the old time musicians were featured including numerous members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Society Jazz Band left in the summer of 1981 but have played there several times since including the 30th birthday party in 2004. Musical styles represented include blues, funk, R&B, rock, zydeco, jazz, jam bands and any combination thereof, hosting both local performers and touring national acts. Frequent performers at the Maple Leaf have included local legends James Booker, the Rebirth Brass Band, Papa Grows Funk, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, "Money Mike" Armstrong, The Radiators and Henry Butler. Unannounced sit-ins are not uncommon; Bruce Springsteen once dropped in to jam with The
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    Copacabana

    The Copacabana (often referred to as The Copa) is a famous New York City nightclub. Many entertainers, among them Danny Thomas, Pat Cooper and the comedy team of Martin and Lewis, made their New York debuts at the Copacabana. The 1978 Barry Manilow song "Copacabana" is named after, and is about the nightclub. Part of the 2003 Yerba Buena song "Guajira" is set there. The Copa was used as a setting in the films Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Tootsie, Carlito's Way, The French Connection, Martin and Lewis, and Beyond the Sea, as well as several plays, including Barry Manilow's Copacabana. In addition the musical "Copacabana" starring Groucho Marx takes place in the nightclub. The club opened November 10, 1940 at 10 East 60th Street in New York City. Although Monte Proser's name was on the lease, he had a powerful partner: mob boss Frank Costello. Costello put Jules Podell on the scene to look after his interests; Podell had a police record and would not have been an acceptable front man for the business, and indeed, the club faced tax problems and a racketeering investigation in 1944. However, by 1948, such pressure had lessened; Proser was out, and Podell was the official owner. The
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    Stork Club

    Stork Club

    The Stork Club was a nightclub in New York City from 1929 to 1965. From 1934 onwards, it was located at 3 East 53rd Street, just east of Fifth Avenue. The building was demolished in 1966 and the site is now the location of Paley Park, a small vest-pocket park. The Stork Club was owned and operated by Sherman Billingsley (1896–1966) an ex-bootlegger who came to New York from Enid, Oklahoma. (In later years, Billingsley claimed to have been born in 1900, but this is refuted by both the 1930 census and the Social Security Death Index.) From the end of Prohibition in 1933 until the early 1960s, the club was the symbol of café society. Movie stars, celebrities, the wealthy, showgirls, and aristocrats all mixed here. Other New York City clubs had the sophistication (El Morocco) and drew the sporting crowd (Toots Shor's Restaurant), but the Stork Club mixed power, money and glamour. Unlike its competitors, the Stork stayed open on Sunday nights and during the summer months. The Stork Club first opened in 1929 at 132 West 58th Street, just down the block from Billingsley's apartment at 152 West 58th Street. Billingsley's hand-written recollections of the early days recount his working in
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    Studio 54

    • Musical genre: Disco
    Studio 54 was a popular and world renowned nightclub from 1977 until 1981 when it was sold by founders and creators Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. It was called the most famous nightclub of all time and was a sophisticated, groundbreaking multi-media visual extravaganza. It continued to operate as a nightclub until 1991 by other owners. Located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan, New York City, the space was originally the Gallo Opera House, opening in 1927, after which it changed names several times, eventually becoming CBS radio and television Studio 54. Since November 1998 it has been a venue for the Roundabout Theatre Company and is still called Studio 54, but is no longer a nightclub. In 1943 CBS Radio purchased the theatre, renaming it Studio 52. CBS named its studios in order of purchase; the number 52 was unrelated to the street it was located on. During these years, CBS used the theater for radio broadcasts. From the 1940s to the mid-1970s, CBS used the location as a radio and TV stage that housed such shows as What's My Line?, The $64,000 Question, Password, To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, The Jack Benny Show, I've Got a Secret, Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour, and
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    57

    The Empire Rock Club

    Empire Rock Club was a live music venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an important influence on the 1980s east coast glam metal music scene. Located at Tyson Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard, the Empire Rock Club was at the time of its opening, the only rock music venue in Northeast Philadelphia. In January 1985, the club began a metal music night every Sunday that was all ages. The night immediately became a success and helped start the careers of the bands Cinderella, Britny Fox, Heaven's Edge and Tangiers. Jon Bon Jovi, singer of the popular rock band Bon Jovi, discovered Cinderella at the club, introducing them to representatives of the music business. Cinderella went on to open for Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet World Tour, helping to expose them to the public. The club closed in 1990. The building that once housed the Empire Rock Club is now home to a beer distributor and a mattress & furniture store which has since replaced the Bingo parlor.
    8.00
    3 votes
    58

    Black Banana

    The Black Banana was a nightclub in Philadelphia. It began as La Banane Noire at 534 South 4th Street in 1970 by Garrick Melmeck and Xavier (ZaZa) Hussenet. In the late 1970s it moved to 3rd and Race Street and became a private club for members only ("The Crusaders Community Club"). Cafe Zaza served food while the Black Banana was known as the most decadent after-hours nightclub in town, with glass-walled unisex bathrooms featuring two-way mirrors, a private and exclusive party space on the third floor, and various nooks and crannies where mischievous customers could have their fun. The club thrived through the 80s being on the cutting edge of fashion and music: styles came and went and the Black Banana's very diverse staff and sophisticated clientele rolled with the punches. This period was marked by such legendary talent as Josh Wink, Robbie Tronco, King Britt, Dj Dozia, Jeff Gross (DJ Rush), Richie Rosati, Willyum, Stango, Suzi Miller and her Bananettes along with local legends like performers: Natasha and Coco, video artist: Nick London, Nick and Gigi Meoli, Toni Thomas, and uber Philly It-Girl, Kim Kelly. The Black Banana also played host to celebrities and sports
    9.00
    2 votes
    59

    Black Cat Bar

    The Black Cat Bar or Black Cat Café was a bar in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1921. The Black Cat re-opened in 1933 and operated for another 30 years. During its second run of operation, it was a hangout for Beats and bohemians but over time began attracting more and more of a gay clientele. Because it catered to gays, the bar became a flashpoint for the nascent homophile movement. The Black Cat was at the center of a legal fight that was one of the earliest court cases to establish legal protections for gay people in the United States. Despite this victory, continued pressure from law enforcement agencies eventually forced the bar's closure in 1964. The Black Cat opened in 1906, shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. When entrepreneur Charles Ridley acquired the bar in 1911, he turned it into a showplace for vaudeville-style acts. Over the next several years, Ridley and the Black Cat came under increased police scrutiny as a possible center of prostitution. In 1921, the bar lost its dance permit and closed down. With the repeal of Prohibition, the Black Cat re-opened in 1933 at 710 Montgomery Street, again under Ridley's proprietorship. Sol
    9.00
    2 votes
    60
    Magic Circus

    Magic Circus

    Magic Circus was one of the most famous nightclubs in Mexico City. Opened in 1982. Located in Rodolfo Gaona #3 Lomas De Sotelo Mexico. This club was the symbol of status and snob during the late 80's and early 90's Celebrities, Rock and Pop concerts with Artists as Soda Stereo, as well as upfront music by the most popular Dj's. were always the trademark of this place The club was a complex of 3 venues. Magic Circus as main club Privilege as Private membership club, and Rock Garage later named Dynamo Garage. This Club was also famous by his resident Disc Jockeys. names like Claudio Yarto, Manuel Novoa, Joaquin Diaz, Luis Gallegos, Yaxkin Restrepo, Mauricio Ponce and Luis Angel Hernandez among others. Also was one of the meeting points of many B-Boys and breakdancers like Speed Fire, Rapaz, and more,as well as famous people in the industry. Magic Circus open venues in Huatulco Oaxaca and Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo in the early 90's and closes years later.
    9.00
    2 votes
    61

    Club Montepulciano

    Club Montepulciano was a critically acclaimed lounge and cabaret club-night institution that ran themed events across a number of venues in London, with guest appearances in the South of England and across Europe, from 1993 to 2004. Acting as a launch pad for new talent, the club influenced the emerging cabaret and burlesque scenes. As a musical event, Club Montepulciano was founded on swinging cocktail tunes from nightclubs and ballrooms of a bygone era. Its themed nights had different retro vibes, influenced by icons like James Bond and the Playboy clubs of the 1960s, with clubbers dressing in the style of each event. Venues graced by Club Montepulciano included the Hanover Grand, Café de Paris, the Connaught Ballrooms, Turnmills, the Kensington Roofgardens, Brockwell Lido, the Rivoli Ballroom, the Embassy Club, Glastonbury Festival, Glyndeborne, Pacha's flagship venue in Madrid, Dingwalls, Eastborne Wintergardens, the original Brighton Concord, The Water Rats, Madame Jojo's, the Scala club at Kings Cross, the Eve Club, the Blackheath Halls, and The Camden Centre. Club Montepulciano's cabaret and comedy acts included The League of Gentlemen (before they were famous), Mackenzie
    6.75
    4 votes
    62
    Mons Venus

    Mons Venus

    Mons Venus is a nude lap dancing strip club in Tampa, Florida. The club and its owner, Joe Redner, have frequently been engaged in legal battles with the Tampa City Council, which has tried to place restrictions on the industry for 25 years. Redner's advocacy group Voice of Freedom was originally created to chronicle these actions. Mons Venus and Redner won a large verdict in an eminent domain case when property was taken for a freeway. The Eminent Domain case did not involve the Mons; but rather another club that Joe co-owned, named Tanga
    6.75
    4 votes
    63
    Viper Room

    Viper Room

    The Viper Room is a nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. It was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. The club became known for being a hangout of Hollywood elite, and was the site where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993. The Viper Room has undergone several changes in ownership, and continues to host music of multiple genres, including metal, punk rock, and alternative rock. The space where the club is located was formerly home to another venue called The Central, which was close to shutting down before Chuck E. Weiss, who had performed there for years, suggested to Depp that they revitalize the spot and rename it "The Viper Room". Tom Waits also had a hand in redeveloping the spot. Despite the death of River Phoenix the year the venue opened, the club became and remained a hangout for Hollywood’s most popular young actors and musicians. Regulars included Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Marie Presley, Jared Leto, Christina Applegate, Angelina Jolie, Rosario Dawson, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Adam Duritz, the lead singer of Counting Crows, worked as a Viper Room bartender in late
    6.75
    4 votes
    64
    Le Duc des Lombards

    Le Duc des Lombards

    Le Duc des Lombards is one of the main jazz clubs in Paris, France. It was founded in 1984 and is settled in the rue des Lombards which hosts several other famous jazz clubs such as Le Baiser Salé and the Sunset/Sunside. The Jazz club is located on the corner of the Rue des Lombards and Sebastopol, and has been renovated in 2007/2008.
    5.80
    5 votes
    65

    Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club was a nightclub located in North Portland, Oregon. Located at 2125 N. Vancouver Avenue (and N. Tillamook Street), the club gained regional (and a bit of national) fame in the 1960s as the "only nightclub on the West Coast with wall-to-wall soul." Celebrities such as Cab Calloway, Sammy Davis, Jr., Cass Elliot, the Kingston Trio, Joe Louis, and Archie Moore would visit the nightclub when they were in town. Paul Knauls moved to Portland, Oregon in 1963 in order to purchase the club. It was located in a neighborhood where African-Americans settled after Vanport was destroyed by flooding in 1948 and Interstate 5 and the Memorial Coliseum uprooted a number of black-owned business. By the 1960s, it was part of a thriving area that include the Blue Ribbon Barbecue, Lew’s Men’s Shop, and the House of Fortune Cafe.
    7.67
    3 votes
    66

    I-Beam

    The I-Beam was a popular nightclub in San Francisco that was located in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood at 1748 Hiscotheque|disco]] (dance club). Before opening the club, Sanford Kellman had an impromptu party there and found that all the neighbors complained about the noise. Therefore, Sanford Kellman was required by the City government of San Francisco to soundproof the entire building at great expense, delaying the opening of the club for several months. On the opening night of the club in October 1977, groups of bare-chested men in jeans and construction hats carried I-Beams on their shoulders into the club. Inside the I-Beam was shaped like a giant cube about forty feet on each side. There were Mylar covered cardboard I-Beams hanging from the ceiling above the center of the dance floor. At the entrance there were framed pictures of various astronomical objects such as galaxies and planets put there by former astronomer Sanford Kellman. There was a small room in the front near the entrance with pinball machines and pool tables. Friday and Saturday nights at the I-Beam hosted heterosexual dance parties. The club hosted I-Beam Sunday Night Tea Dances, which took place from 6 p.m.
    7.67
    3 votes
    67

    Mabuhay Gardens

    The Mabuhay Gardens (aka The Fab Mab) was a San Francisco nightclub located at 443 Broadway, on the Broadway strip of North Beach, an area best known for its strip clubs. Originally a Filipino restaurant and club owned by Ness Aquino, it featured many Filipino celebrities, including Amapola aka Amapola Cabase. Aquino and Amapola also co-hosted a weekly television program, The Amapola Presents Show on KEMO-TV Channel 20. In 1976, Jerry Paulsen of Psyclone Magazine booked a few punk rock shows at the Mabuhay. Aquino then entered an agreement to have rock promoter and television producer Dirk Dirksen book punk and new wave bands there, bringing an increased level of professionalism to the venue; it soon became the premier venue for punk rock in San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 1980s (a sort of west coast CBGBs). Virtually every early Bay Area punk and new wave band performed there, and it was an important touring stop for bands from beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the bands that performed at the Mabuhay were the The Nuns, The Avengers, Crime, The Mutants, Ramones, Blondie, Devo, The Go-Go's, Dead Kennedys, Flipper, VKTMS, AlieNation, The Adaptors, D.O.A., The Germs,
    7.67
    3 votes
    68

    Ruby Skye

    Ruby Skye is a popular nightclub in San Francisco, California. The nightclub is housed in the Native Sons of the Golden West building at 420 Mason Street, built in 1890 by architect August Headman. The nightclub is housed in what was originally an auditorium/meeting hall. In the 1940s it became a USO club and was called the "Stage Door." Later it started showing films as the "Stage Door Theater" and hosted the premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo on May 9, 1958. By the early 1980s, it had become the Regency III movie theater (the Regency I and II were located several blocks away). In 1989 the theater was renamed the "Stage Door Theater" while it was used as a temporary home for the ACT theater. ACT's Geary Theater was heavily damaged in the 1989 earthquake and was being restored. According to FOH Online, Ruby Skye's sound system consists of a 5-way EAW Avalon DC1 system that has been modified by JK Sound to use EAW KF series drivers. The system includes eight EAW DC1 three-way cabinets, six DCT2 supertweeter arrays and 20 DCS2 subwoofers capable of 140db of bass energy. It was the first nightclub in the world to implement Lake Contour 26 loudspeaker processors for audio
    7.67
    3 votes
    69
    Trannyshack

    Trannyshack

    Trannyshack is a monthly drag club taking place at DNA Lounge in San Francisco. It was started by drag queen Heklina in 1996 as an offshoot of Klubstitute, and was a weekly fixture at The Stud bar in San Francisco for 12 years, drawing large crowds on a regular basis. The Tuesday night performances at The Stud ended on 12 August 2008, with Trannyshack resuming as a monthly event at DNA Lounge in March 2010. The Trannyshack stage has hosted many celebrities including Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Mary Wilson of the Supremes and more. In the early years of the club, Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters lived in San Francisco and performed frequently at Trannyshack before moving to New York in 1999. Trannyshack ended as a weekly Tuesday night show on August 12, 2008 with "The Final Tuesday". Heklina has said that she stopped presenting the show after it became so successful that it was being copied by other shows: "I felt like if everyone's trying to copy me, maybe I should try to do something different." The Trannyshack name has become so popular that Heklina has filed six cease-and-desist letters against other clubs using the name. The Miss Trannyshack Pageant is no longer held in a
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    Astoria 2

    Astoria 2

    The Astoria 2, subsequently known as the LA2 then the Mean Fiddler, was a nightclub at 165 Charing Cross Road in London, England. The venue was connected to the London Astoria such that the two venues could function as a single venue where needed. Like the Astoria, the venue was used for live music as well as night club promotions. A venue also called Mean Fiddler was previously set up in Harlesden, north west London in 1982. In June 2006, the Mean Fiddler was sold — together with the London Astoria — to property group Derwent Valley Central, who planned to convert the site into a combination of shops and offices. In January 2009, the property was compulsorily purchased for Crossrail. Astoria 2 had a closing party, headlined by rock band Open The Skies, with support from Outcry Fire, F.A.T.E and Orakai. The final club night PUSH was held the following day on 15 January 2009, with Cajun Dance Party and Good Shoes being the very last acts to play at Astoria 2. The entire venue has now been demolished.
    10.00
    1 votes
    71
    Crazy Horse

    Crazy Horse

    Le Crazy Horse Saloon or Le Crazy Horse de Paris is a Parisian cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety 'turns' between each nude show and the next. Its owners have helped to create related shows in other cities, and unrelated businesses have used the phrase "Crazy Horse" in their names. The Paris Crazy Horse occupies former wine cellars (12 in all which have been knocked together) of an impressive Haussmanian building at 12 Avenue George-V (from the British king George V, in French "George Cinq"). Alain Bernardin opened it in 1951 and personally operated it for decades until his death by suicide in 1994. Many of the original waiters (their names stitched in large letters onto the backs of their waistcoats) were also substantial shareholders in the original company. The dancers are deliberately chosen to be indistinguishable on stage in height and in breast size and shape. As of 2008, the enterprise remains a family business, now in the hands of Bernardin's three children, using the name "Le Crazy Horse de Paris" for the original, "Le Crazy Horse de Singapore" for a similar but now-defunct show in that city,
    10.00
    1 votes
    72

    Palladium

    The Palladium was a concert hall and later a nightclub in New York City. It was located on the south side of East 14th Street, between Irving Place and Third Avenue. Designed by Thomas W. Lamb and originally called the Academy of Music, it was built in 1927 across the street from the site of an earlier venue of the same name. Opened as a deluxe movie palace by movie mogul William Fox, the Academy operated as a movie theater through the early 1970s. Beginning in 1971, it was also utilized as a rock concert venue to fill a gap left by the closure of the Fillmore East. It was rechristened the Palladium in 1976, and continued to serve as a concert hall into the following decade. In 1985, the Palladium was converted into a nightclub by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, after their success with Studio 54. The Palladium closed in 1999 and was later demolished. New York University purchased the land and built a 12-story residence hall retaining the name Palladium. The residence hall typically houses 975 undergraduate and 170 MBA students. Two floors in the basement and sub-basement are dedicated to the Palladium Athletic Facility, also known to the University community by its abbreviation,
    10.00
    1 votes
    73

    The Cellar Door

    The Cellar Door was a music club at 34th and M Street NW in Washington, D.C. from 1965 through 1981. It emerged from The Shadows, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. It was one of the premier music spots in Washington and was the genesis as well as a tryout for larger markets. Many artists cut their professional teeth performing at the Cellar Door, while audiences delighted in being within a few feet of the stage at the tiny venue. Many great names in 1960s and 1970s music played there. If one browses Billboard magazine, the Washington Post, and other sources of concert listings, it appears that the real question is "Who didn't play at the Cellar Door?" Some of the performances at The Cellar Door were recorded and achieved critical acclaim when they were released. The club was the venue for the renowned The Cellar Door Sessions, a live album with Miles Davis. Richie Havens recorded most of the tracks on "Richie Havens Live at the Cellar Door" there in 1970 and the The Seldom Scene, a Bethesda, MD based bluegrass band, recorded their signature live album "Seldom Scene Recorded Live At the Cellar Door" in December 1974. Danny Gatton's famous The Redneck Jazz Explosion album was also
    10.00
    1 votes
    74

    The Purple Onion

    The Purple Onion is a celebrated cellar club in the North Beach area of San Francisco, California located at 140 Columbus Avenue (between Jackson and Pacific). With an intimate, 80-person setting, the club was a popular influence in local music and entertainment during the Beat era. Notable entertainers who either got their starts or played the club in the 1950s and 1960s include Maya Angelou, Jim Nabors, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller (who made her stand-up debut here), the Kingston Trio , and the Smothers Brothers (then a trio)--who recorded their first album, The Smothers Brothers at the Purple Onion there. Richard Pryor also performed at The Purple Onion. The last entertainer to appear at the "old" Purple Onion was singer and comedian Scott Hughes. The Purple Onion originally opened in 1952 under the management of Keith Rockwell. Rockwell’s sister and brother-in-law, Virginia “Ginnie” and Irving “Bud” Steinhoff would frequently work weekends at the club until 1960 when they took over management. Bud Steinhoff managed the Purple Onion until his death in November 1983. Virginia Steinhoff continued to operate the club until 1989. In the early 1990s, Tom
    10.00
    1 votes
    75
    Toad's Place

    Toad's Place

    Toad's Place is a concert venue and nightclub in New Haven, Connecticut, with two other short lived locations in Waterbury, CT and Richmond, VA. The building, located on York Street down the street from Ashley's_Ice_Cream and Blue State Coffee and across an alley from Mory's Temple Bar, was the original location of the Yale Co-op. During the 1960s, it was a popular restaurant called Hungry Charlie's and then the location of Caleb's Tavern. In 1974, Michael Spoerndle, formerly a student at the Culinary Institute of America, rented the building for a French and Italian restaurant, which opened in March 1975. He named it Toad's Place, after a childhood joke. He said, "When my parents were going out to dinner, they would tell me they were going to such-and-such, and I thought it would be funny if they said, 'We're going to Toad's Place.' Plus, people who didn't go out and stayed at home, we'd call them 'toads.' It was the equivalent of a couch potato." In 1976, Spoerndle turned the restaurant into a live music venue, working with a local musician named Peter Menta to bring in bands. Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Koko Taylor were some of the first performers. In 1976,
    10.00
    1 votes
    76

    Ultra lounge

    An ultra lounge is a style nightclub lounge, that came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Ultralounges tend to be small to mid-sized venues, featuring cocktails and an upscale atmosphere. Among the design details, ultra lounge-style nightclubs may have subtly changing neon and vivid-coloured lights, and seating groupings for people to socialize. Ultra lounge-style clubs sometimes create privacy around the seating areas with room dividers, sheets or curtains. Unlike most nightclubs, ultra lounges rarely have a separate dance floor. Some clubs have semi-private rooms with mattresses to lounge on and socialize. The music is often more subdued white-room or ambient house type music instead of loud dance music or techno. These clubs offer a range of cocktails and drinks, and sometimes serve bar food such as tapas-style finger food. "Ultra-Lounge" may also refer to a series of 1950s to 1960s lounge music cds released from 1997 till 2009, and from 2009 as digital-only releases from Capitol records, featuring various artists including Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Dean Martin, and Tak Shindo.
    10.00
    1 votes
    77
    Club 57

    Club 57

    Club 57 was a nightclub located at 57 St. Mark's Place in the East Village, New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was a hangout and venue for performance- and visual-artists and musicians, including Madonna, Keith Haring, Cyndi Lauper, Charles Busch, Klaus Nomi, The B-52s, RuPaul, Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf, Frank Holliday, Staceyjoy Elkin, John Sex, Wendy Wild, The Fleshtones, Joey Arias, Lypsinka, Michael Musto, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Fab Five Freddy, Jacek Tylicki, and to a lesser extent, Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was started in the basement of the Holy Cross Polish National Church on St. Mark's. Ann Magnuson, who managed the club and hosted events, described it as home to "pointy-toed hipsters, girls in rockabilly petticoats, spandex pants, and thrift-store stiletto heels...suburban refugees who had run away from home to find a new family...who liked the things we liked - Devo, Duchamp, and William S. Burroughs - and (more important) hated the things we hated - disco, Diane von Fürstenberg, and The Waltons." She describes a "Punk Do-It-Yourself aesthetic" which inspired events such as: Dany Johnson was the resident DJ of the club. Guest DJs included Johnny
    6.50
    4 votes
    78

    Ping pong show

    Ping pong shows are a staple of the sex tourism industry. The show consists of women using their pelvic muscles to either hold, eject, or blow objects from their vaginal cavity. Such objects include: long string, whistles, pens, cigarettes, candles, darts, razor blades, chopsticks and, of course, ping pong balls. A male member of the audience may be brought onto the dance platform to hold a balloon while a dart is shot at it, or the girl may do a shoot around the table at balloons tied to each customer's chair. Another activity is the shooting of goldfish into a bowl, or stuffing a rather large frog inside to see how long she can keep it in. Women and girls who perform in the ping pong shows have, in some cases, been seriously and irreparably injured. In Thailand, shows generally take place in a strip club with scantily clad girls dancing during the breaks between shows. Tourists are brought in by employees working the streets asking passersby if they want to see a show and frequently having pictures of the show in a booklet. Once in, rather than a cover charge, the drinks are 3–4 times the usual amount and a purchase is required. It has also been reported that there may be an
    6.50
    4 votes
    79
    Sundissential

    Sundissential

    Sundissential is a dance music club started in Birmingham, England, in the 1990s. Originally hosted in various venues in the city, the event started as an after normal club hours event and exploited loopholes in Licensing laws of the United Kingdom to allow alcohol to be sold on a Sunday to clubbers at this time. Commonly people arrived at the club in fancy dress or elaborate outfits making them immediately appear dramatically different from other people attending more mainstream nightclubs. The Sundissential phenomenon also spread to London during the summer of 1998, hosting an all day event at Heaven nightclub every Sunday for a duration of 8 months, before taking up a weekly Saturday residency at The Aquarium club in Old Street. The Resident DJs were Pete Wardman (Kiss FM/Trade) and Kei (Wag Club/Aquarium) joined by Boy George, Anne Savage, Lisa Lashes, Sonique and Judge Jules. The London promoters were Dan Prince and Kirk Field from Mixmag. Music played at Sundissential is primarily of the hard house subgenre - a fast and hard electronic form of music that has much in common with techno and trance. In the early days Sundissential was unusual in its promotion of this style of
    6.50
    4 votes
    80
    The Pageant

    The Pageant

    The Pageant, sometimes called The Pageant Concert NightClub, is a music venue in the Delmar Loop district. It sits on the western edge of Saint Louis, Missouri, just east of the University City part of the Loop. The Pageant is St. Louis' premier midsize venue, with ample space for the audience and stage room and lighting options for performers. It hosts touring national acts in pop, indie rock, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and more. In 2008, Pollstar ranked the Pageant ranked #4 among worldwide club venues for ticket sales. The venue has a main concert hall; the Halo Bar, a wet bar and smaller stage for smaller performances; and Suite 100, a retail shop that sells concert merchandise. It is one of the area's few handicapped-accessible venues. Named for a long-demolished movie theatre that sat three blocks to the east on Delmar Boulevard, the Pageant has a facade and marquee whose bright colors and neon lights are designed to evoke a classic movie theater.
    6.50
    4 votes
    81

    B'Ginnings

    B’Ginnings was a large musical showcase nightclub in Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, that opened in approximately October, 1974 . The principal and most well-known owner was Danny Seraphine, the drummer for the supergroup rock band Chicago, who had had a hit song called Beginnings. The club was noteworthy not only for attracting national acts, but, as the following list demonstrates, for supporting local Midwest bands and, at a time when most Chicago clubs would not book new artists, punk rock, or evenNew Wave bands, or little-known acts. With Windy City Productions, occasionally taking chances on them, at least for a warmup or audition night performance.(Eventually, Windy City dissolved, in late 1976, into Jam Productions & Celebration Flipside Productions, respectively); Jam hung onto B'Ginnings, & the Ivanhoe Theatre exclusively, along with many other venues in Chicago, along with exclusive booking rights with some of these embryonic artists, as well,(which has helped Jam maintain their overall power base, in the regional/national booking scene, still, today)!! Probably the biggest impediment to the club's longevity was its location, in a shopping mall nearly an
    8.50
    2 votes
    82

    E2

    The E2 nightclub stampede occurred on February 17, 2003, at the E2 nightclub located above the Epitome Chicago restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, in which 21 people died and more than 50 were injured when panic ensued from the use of pepper spray by security guards to break up a fight. The club's owners, Dwain Kyles and Calvin Hollins, were later convicted of criminal contempt for their persistent failure to keep the facility up to code, and sentenced to two years in prison. The stampede was triggered by club security using pepper spray to break up a fight. Several patrons close to the commotion experienced vomiting or fainting from the spray's noxious fumes. Coupled with panic from others unaware of the source of the smell, the crowd rushed towards the exits. According to witnesses, many believed the club had been hit with poison gas in a terrorist attack, while someone had said, "I'll bet it's [Osama] bin Laden." The only known exit was the steep front stairwell leading to the main entrance on the ground floor, but its narrow doors opened inward, which was a fire code violation. Additionally, while the doors were normally kept open during business hours, they had been closed after
    8.50
    2 votes
    83

    Excalibur

    The Excalibur nightclub in Chicago was first opened in 1989. It is located in the former Chicago Historical Society building which is a Chicago historical landmark. The building was constructed in 1892 and designed by Henry Ives Cobb in the Romanesque Revival style; the gothic pair of large and imposing winged gargoyles at the entrance are a more recent addition. The club was opened by Fred Hoffmann, who purchased the building in January 1989 from Peter Gatien for $3.5 million. Gatien had been the owner of the New York nightclub The Limelight and had operated a club in the Chicago building under that name as well, but closed it in 1985. Hoffman spent $1 million renovating the building, and at the time of its opening in 1989 it was the largest non-hotel entertainment facility in Chicago. The club is operated by Hoffman's company, Ala Carte Entertainment. CNN reported that on April 24, 2001, a waitress at the club, Colleen Gallagher, was tipped $11,000 by a customer on a $60 bar tab. The building is said to be haunted, as it was used as a makeshift morgue for victims of the Eastland Disaster of 1915, and has been the site of several television shows on the subject. It is the site of
    8.50
    2 votes
    84
    Latin Quarter

    Latin Quarter

    Latin Quarter (also known as LQ) is a nightclub in New York City. The Club which originally opened in 1942 featured big name acts. In recent years it has been a focus of hip hop, reggaeton, and salsa music. Its history is similar to that of its competitor the Copacabana. Lou Walters, father of Barbara Walters opened the club in 1942 at 1580 Broadway at 47th Street in a landmark three-story wedge shaped building that marked the north end of Times Square and was famed for the signs on the building's south side where Broadway and Seventh Avenue cross. Its most famous sign was the neon Coca-Cola sign. Prior to Walters, the building was home to the Palais Royale with the Moulin Rouge in the basement in the 1920s. Norman Bel Geddes had designed the interior. Following this it was occupied by the Cotton Club after it left Harlem from 1936 to 1940. Walters opened branches of the nightclub in other cities and was to sell the Boston club to Michael Redstone, father of Sumner Redstone. During Walters tenure the Club featured big name acts like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Carter Family, Sophie Tucker, Mae West, Diahann Carroll, Milton Berle, The Andrews Sisters, Frankie Laine, and Ted
    8.50
    2 votes
    85
    The Brass Rail

    The Brass Rail

    The Brass Rail is one of Toronto's most notable strip clubs. It is located on Yonge Street just south of Bloor. It is well known as a popular venue for celebrities, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival, which is based at the nearby luxury hotels of Yorkville. Stars that have been observed there include Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron, Alex Rodriguez, and Colin Farrell. The Brass Rail was one of the first venues Paul Shaffer worked in, serving as host and musician. The club has also been the site of a number of legal battles. It was the only club in Toronto to deliberately defy the city's bylaw against lap dancing. When federal laws also arrived banning lap dancing, it was one of a group of clubs that brought the issue all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which in 1999 threw out the bans on lap dancing.
    8.50
    2 votes
    86
    Trocadero

    Trocadero

    In West Hollywood, California, the Cafe Trocadero was the center of jitterbug in the 1930s. Today, a " new" Trocadero stands as a nightclub at 8610 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip. A black tie French-inspired supper club, the original Trocadero, now demolished, was considered the jewel of the Strip in the 1930s and became synonymous with stars, starlets, movie producers, and fun. Founded by William R. Wilkerson in 1934. Wilkerson was the successful publisher of The Hollywood Reporter who also owned other nightclubs nearby on the Sunset Strip like Ciro's and LaRue. It was also the scene of many famous movie premiere parties. There was a mid 1940s low-budget film about the Trocadero and its history starring Ralph Morgan which bore little with reality. Among the celebrities who frequented the Trocadero were Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Jackie Gleason, Henry Fonda, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jean Harlow, and Norma Shearer. The Trocadero was featured in the 1937 movie A Star is Born starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. That same year, vaudevillian and Three Stooges manager Ted Healy died shortly after a fight in the parking lot, allegedly at
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    Billy's Topless

    Billy's Topless

    Billy's Topless was a topless bar on Sixth Avenue and 24th Street in the Chelsea area of New York City. Operating from 1970 to 2001, it was for many years considered a neighborhood landmark. Billy's was a small establishment, more closely resembling a neighborhood bar than a strip club in both size and atmosphere; one writer described it as "no more illicit than if we had decided to go get hamburgers". Billy's contained only a small bar and a stage surrounded by about 24 chairs. The bar was fairly inexpensive, particularly for an adult establishment, and offered a modest (but free) buffet, often just a single dish over a can of Sterno, or a pile of cold sandwiches. Also, unusual for such an establishment, Billy's had no cover charge. The original owner of Billy's Topless was a man named Bill Pell. After Pell died in the 1970s, Billy's was acquired by Milton Anthony, owner of the AP Variety Talent Agency, an agency that had provided "topless go-go dancers" to numerous strip clubs in New York City since 1966. An older anachronism in the New York adult entertainment scene, Anthony (born c. 1920) claimed he held to certain principles with his agency and in his club: no breast implants,
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    Cactus Club

    The Cactus Club was a nightclub in the South of First Area (SoFA) of Downtown San Jose, California. The concept of The Cactus Club was created by Sean Galvin and Mike Trippett. It was Producer/Promoter Ric Hines who made the opening of the Cactus Club possible with his business experience and professional network. Hines recruited partner Bob Cullen who's nickname "Cactus Bob" was used to name the club. Mike's brother Calvin Trippett was brought in later as the booking agent for the club. The Cactus Club opened in 1988 and remained open until 2002. Emphasising music, the club featured many local and national touring acts as well as themed dance nights. Among the Bay Area bands that got some of their start from playing the Cactus Club are Smash Mouth, The Donnas, Papa Roach, Insolence, Upstart Crow , Ded Neyber, Torn, Diatribe, Monkey, Cafe of Regret, Green Day, Alien Ant Farm, and The Odd Numbers. The Cactus is often noted as being one of the first clubs in the Bay Area to attempt an end of pay-to-play practices that Bay Area clubs had been doing for a long time. Major touring acts such as Nirvana, Korn, Queens of the Stone Age, Deftones, MC Hammer, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly,
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    Hot Lap Dance Club

    Hot Lap Dance Club

    The Hot Lap Dance Club, a/k/a the HLD Gentlemen's Club, was a strip club in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. The private membership gentlemen's club was located on the fifth floor of a commercial loft building and provided topless and nude dancing and live erotic shows. The club was ranked as the best strip club in the world by AskMen.com. In March 2008, the club received worldwide media attention over a lap dance injury lawsuit.
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    Le Palace

    Le Palace

    Le Palace is a Paris theatre located at 8, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre in the 9th arrondissement. It is best known for its years as a nightclub where fashion, music, and underground culture intersected in a mythical blend. Created by impresario Fabrice Emaer in 1978, intellectuals, actors, designers, and American and European jetsetters adored the place for its flamboyant DJ Guy Cuevas, extravagant theme parties and performances, and Emaer's rule-breaking mix of clubgoers that threw together rich and poor, gay and straight, black and white. After Emaer's death in 1985, Le Palace changed hands and names several times before reopening in 2008 as a theater and concert space of the same name. Constructed in the 17th century , the building on rue on Faubourg Montmartre already had a modern history as theater and dance hall before Fabrice Emaer turned it into one of the hottest nightclubs in Paris. Baptized Le Palace as early as 1912 , by 1923 it served as a music hall hosted by Oscar Dufrenne and Henri Varna who had already directed le Concert Mayol, l'Empire, le Moncey Music-Hall and the Bouffes du Nord. The two changed the name to Eden en Palace in 1923, and in collaboration with the
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    Plato's Retreat

    Plato's Retreat

    Plato's Retreat was a swingers' club in New York City, owned first by Larry Levenson, and later by Fred J. Lincoln, that catered to heterosexual couples. The club was opened by Larry Levenson in 1977, and was popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel, an ornate-19th century building on the corner of Broadway and West 73rd Street (230 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Prior to Plato's Retreat, the building housed the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse where Bette Midler provided musical entertainment early in her career. Plato's relocated to 509 West 34th Street in 1980. Plato's Retreat, a members-only establishment, required everyone to follow the club's numerous rules. Levenson, determined not to permit his nightspot to become infiltrated by male homosexuals, insisted that only straight couples – and women, escorted or otherwise – be allowed to enter the premises, and once a woman left a room after a sexual encounter, her male companion had to accompany her. This rule was intended to ensure that women nearly always outnumbered men – Levenson strictly prohibited sexual activity between males but
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    The Middle East

    The Middle East is a live music venue, bar and restaurant in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having featured a huge variety of musicians since 1987, the establishment, with its upstairs and downstairs rooms, "is the nexus of metro Boston's rock-club scene for local and touring bands", according to Boston Phoenix newspaper. The Middle East opened as a Lebanese restaurant in 1970. In 1975 after brothers Joseph and Nabil Sater Habib purchased the establishment they expanded into a store front at 472 Massachusetts Avenue The brothers maintained the ethnic food and keeping in the theme of the restaurant they had Arab-language bands, music and belly dancers. The area is now known as The Middle East Upstairs. In the 1980s they booked blues and jazz music. It was not until 1987 that the first rock show was played by a solo Roger Miller of Mission of Burma fame. Later that year a birthday party was thrown by local music promoter Billy Ruane at T.T. The Bear's Place, a small rock club next door. Having overbooked T.T.'s, Ruane worked with the Sater brothers to have some of his party spill over to The Middle East and allow bands to play at their establishment. Ruane was
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    The National Underground

    The National Underground

    The National Underground is a music venue chain that was launched in December 2007. It is a roots rock Americana music bar founded in Manhattan's Lower East Side, at 159 East Houston Street between Allen and Eldridge Streets. In 2011, a further venue opened at 105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201. The chain is co-owned by brothers Joey DeGraw and Gavin DeGraw, and offers music, food, and drink. Joey DeGraw is an independent artist whose first record sold 40,000 copies without any label support. Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum J Records recording artist. The New York space once was home to Martignetti Liquors, and has been decorated with hanging tapestries and a pair of Texas longhorns above the bar. The idea for the venue came about because the brothers wanted a place where they could hang out on a regular basis, and where other musicians could come in and listen and learn. "We were picky about the quality of musicians that played there," Gavin DeGraw says. "We wanted a place where the players were so good, other musicians were like, 'Wow! I really respect what they're doing.'" Musicians that have played at The National Underground include Gavin DeGraw, Joss Stone, Chris Barron, and
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    Trocadero Theatre

    Trocadero Theatre

    The Trocadero Theatre, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque. Burlesque performer Mara Gaye performed at the Troc in the 1950s. Later still, "The Troc" was refurbished for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. It is located at 1003 Arch Street, in Center City Philadelphia, located within two blocks of other attractions and key locations in Center City, including Chinatown, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Gallery at Market East, SEPTA's Market East Station, and the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal. The building was known at various time as the Arch Street Opera House (1870–1879); Park Theatre (1879); New Arch Street Opera House (1884); Continental Theatre (1889); Gaiety Theatre (1890); Casino/Palace Theatre (1892); Troc Theatre (1940); Slocum's and Sweatman's Theatre; Sweatman's Arch Street Opera House; Simmon's & Slocum's Theatre; and Simmon's Theatre. The theater, designed by architect Edwin Forrest Durang, then modified several times, was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973,
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    Turnmills

    Turnmills

    Turnmills was a London nightclub on the corner of Turnmill Street and Clerkenwell Road in the London Borough of Islington. It closed on the morning of 24 March 2008. The club was the first to obtain a 24 hour dance licence in the UK spearheading the move to all night clubbing in the 1990s. It was the home of Trade, the first after hours club in Britain and was owned by the late John Newman, the father of DJ Tall Paul. The club also hosted 'The Gallery' on Friday nights, which attracted the biggest names in progressive house, trance and techno, such as Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Judge Jules. Residents included DJ Tall Paul, Sister Bliss and Hernan Cattaneo. Since Turnmill's closure, The Gallery has made a successful move to Ministry of Sound, in Elephant & Castle. On 24 January 2008, Turnmills formally announced its closure as a clubbing venue on 23 March 2008. This is due to the expiry of the lease on the building.
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    Double Door

    Double Door is a concert hall and nightclub located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The venue was first opened on June 12, 1994, and is co-owned by Andy Barrett, Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan. On June 12, 1994, under its current ownership, the Double Door hosted its first show, Lloyd Cole; the same week, the Smashing Pumpkins played under the name the Starchildren. The venue has a capacity of 473 people. It is two floors, has a stage, separate soundboards for both main and monitor speakers, a dance floor and a bar. Pool tables and a bar are located downstairs in the Dirtroom and the venue's first open mic took place there on September 8, 2009. Notable artists who have played Double Door include local acts Emilie Autumn, The Smashing Pumpkins, Local H, Chevelle, Veruca Salt, Wilco, Liz Phair, Liquid Soul, and Cheap Trick, as well as a number of national and international talents, including The Rolling Stones. Double Door also hosted such events as MOB fest, television show and movie filmings, and events sponsored by ASCAP, Maverick Records, MTV, VH1, and Rolling Stone magazine among others. Parts of the movie High Fidelity were shot at Double
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    Phoenix Theater

    The Phoenix Theater is an all-ages club located in Petaluma, California which has been in existence since 1905, and has been subject to many changes in both structure and purpose, mostly due to severe damage caused by multiple fires. The Phoenix Theater first opened in 1905 as the Hill Opera House. Although the theater had good business, and many famous acts of the day performed there (Harry Houdini, Enrico Caruso, and Lily Langtree, etc.), it was nearly destroyed by a fire in the early 1900s. Consequently, the theater had to be shut down. By 1935, it had been restored and opened as a movie theater. The building was purchased by California Movie Theater around 1935 and was continued to be used as such. On August 5, 1957, another fire took the roof of the building. The building was restored and renamed the Showcase Theater by the Tocchini family and soon after, the first live concert was put on at the theater by Petaluma native, Jeff Dorenfeld. The Tocchinis employed a boy named Tom Gaffey, who managed to get rehired by Ken Frankel after Ken bought the theater in 1982. Gaffey was then the theater manager. He renamed the theater the Phoenix because the building seemed to ‘rise from
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    The Wendy House

    The Wendy House is a goth and alternative nightclub based in Leeds, England. It generally occurs on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9.00pm to 2.30am at Leeds University Union. The night was started in May 1998 by three graduates of the University of Leeds, who wanted the north of England to have something comparable with events at London venues such as The Slimelight and The Electric Ballroom. Originally the night was held in the (now defunct) Harvey Milk Bar of Leeds University Union. In 2001, during construction work at the Union, the event moved to the Bassment at the Merrion Centre in the city centre. In 2002, the event returned to Leeds University Union, where it has remained ever since. As in the early days, it occupies two floors, the main room being the Stylus venue while the Pulse venue (formerly known as Bar Coda) is occupied by the Mutate room, which takes a more industrial and underground electronic angle. In 2005 they also briefly featured a third "indie" room. The night claims to have become the largest event of its type in the north of England. In order to fill the larger venue, it has become less of a pure goth night (though its organisers say it was never
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    Crystal Ballroom

    Crystal Ballroom

    Crystal Ballroom, originally built as Cotillion Hall, is a historic building in Portland, Oregon, United States. Cotillion Hall was built in 1914 as a ballroom, and dance revivals were held there through the Great Depression. Starting in the 1960s, the hall has also been host to many popular pop, rock, folk, blues and jazz artists, as well as beat poetry and other entertainment. Originally owned by Montrose Ringler, the ballroom fell victim to heavy persecution of jazz and dance and Ringler lost the ballroom in the early 1920s. The ballroom was bought by Dad Watson in the mid 1920s, and largely held square dances during that period. After Watson's death in the 1930s, Ralph Farrier bought the ballroom and renamed it the Crystal Ballroom. He continued in Watson's footsteps, holding square dances through the 1950s. In the early 1960s, due to flagging revenues, new acts were brought in, such as gypsy brass bands and R&B performers, such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Ike & Tina Turner. In 1967, largely psychedelic acts such as the Grateful Dead, Blue Cheer, and The Electric Prunes performed in the ballroom. This was cut short in 1968, due to concerns about what such music was doing
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    Jackie 60

    Jackie 60 (1990–1999) was a famous weekly party held every Tuesday in New York's Meatpacking District. Founded by DJ Johnny Dynell, writer Chi Chi Valenti, fashion designer Kitty Boots and dancer/choreographer Richard Move, who were later (c. 1995), joined by Brian Butterick AKA Hattie Hathaway. It served gay, fetish-dressed, straight, transvestite and poetic clubgoers for a decade. The party was so successful that it allowed Johnny and Chi Chi to purchase the nightclub, "Bar Room 432" from Anthony DePalma in 1994. They renamed the club "Mother."
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    Metro Chicago

    Metro Chicago

    This page is about the concert hall; for the metro region surrounding Chicago, see Chicago metropolitan area. Metro is a concert hall at 3730 N. Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois that plays host to a variety of local, regional and national emerging bands and musicians. The Metro was first opened in 1982. The capacity is 1100, divided between the main floor and the balcony. The building housing Metro also houses Smart Bar. In the late 1970s, owner Joe Shanahan left his hometown of Chicago for New York City to live in the midst of the developing art, music and dance culture. One year later, he returned to Chicago with the thought of creating a club tied to the artistic scene of Chicago. After the parties he was throwing outgrew his apartment, Shanahan was directed to the Northside Auditorium Building. The building was originally built in 1927 as a Swedish Community Center. When Shanahan came across it, it was home to a jazz/folk club, Stages. Shanahan opened Smart Bar in July 1982. A dance club mixing a variety of the new genres of the time, Smart Bar was located on the fourth floor of the building, which now houses the offices of the Metro staff. Groundbreaking DJs Frankie Knuckles
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    Nightclubs in Greece

    Nightclubs in Greece

    Nightclubs in Greece are divided into two main categories: those with live Greek music, and discotheques or bars playing recorded Greek, American or European music. Nightclubs that feature laïkó music in Greece are popularly called bouzoukia (deriving from the plural of the main Greek instrument bouzouki), or sometimes pejoratively "skyladika" ("dog joints" - dog meaning here the one involved in bouzoukia). They typically have a raised stage ("pista") where singers, dancers and musicians perform, and a series of closely spaced long tables at right angles to the stage so that every guest can see the show. As there is little space between the tables, customers and waiters have trouble moving around. Food is available, but rarely ordered, since the customers usually limit their consumption to alcoholic beverages with assorted nuts or raw vegetables. Whole tables are reserved days earlier, especially when the singers are popular, and the customers are expected to spend in proportion to the prominence of their table's position. The best tables are immediately adjacent to the stage and in the center ("proto trapezi pista"), and are always reserved for rich and famous (i.e. high-spending)
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    Top of the Mark

    Top of the Mark

    The Top of the Mark is a rooftop bar located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill at California and Mason Streets in San Francisco, California. Located at the highest point of downtown San Francisco, on fog-free days the Top of the Mark features spectacular views of the financial district, Chinatown, North Beach, The San Francisco Bay, and especially of Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park. The bar was included in the original design of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, which is interesting because the hotel was designed and built during prohibition. The hotel itself was built on the site of the old Mark Hopkins mansion, which burnt down after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The Top of the Mark features over 100 variations on the martini. During World War II, when San Francisco was a major transit point for troops going to the Pacific Theater, US Navy officers traditionally had a farewell drink before shipping out while watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge. The bar remains popular today, featuring dancing and live music most days of the week.
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    Twilo

    Twilo was an American nightclub in operation from 1995 to 2001 in New York City and from 2006 to 2007 in Miami. The New York location at 530 West 27th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan regularly attracted a crowd of thousands to its warehouse-like dance floor. Playing host to dozens of legendary DJs from around the world, the club was important in popularizing international styles of house and trance music within the United States. Twilo usually kept at least one small room open most nights of the week, but the weekends were far busier. Friday nights saw a younger and alternative straight crowd. Twilo regularly featured prominent American and European DJs playing trance, techno, and house music. Sasha and John Digweed had a monthly residency at the club, playing the last Friday of every month. Early in 2001 after Sasha suffered an ear injury in a car accident and was unable to DJ, John Digweed played the entire 8 hour time slot by himself until the closing of the club in May. Other DJs would play frequently such as Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Robert Fauver, Richie Hawtin aka (Plastikman), Danny Tenaglia, Merritt, Jeff Mills, Steve Lawler, DJ Dan, and Sven Väth. Saturday
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    8BC

    8BC was a nightclub, performance space, and art gallery located in the East Village neighborhood of New York, New York, United States. Founded in 1983, the space was closed by 1985. In 1980 co-founder Cornelius Conboy purchased the building with the intentions of opening a theatre. During his time working on Theatre Row, Conboy became aware of the lack of experimental performance support in the area. He came across the space, a former farmhouse, in an area described as "Little Dresden" due to the large quantity of burnt out and abandoned buildings. Eventually, he decided to open a performance-oriented club space, intending to create a casual environment without the restraints of sitting in a theater environment. Dennis Gattra was co-partner; a member of a traveling circus and road manager for the The Flying Karamazov Brothers. The space opened on October 31, 1983 with Ucci's Circus Romanus; a four hour variety show. The small space had a capacity of 200 people and a very large stage, which was longer than the main room of the club, and allowed for large performances. Large murals decorated the exterior and interior, and rotating exhibitions were held showcasing local and regional
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    Bogart's

    Bogart's

    Bogart's is a music venue located in the Corryville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, near the University of Cincinnati, across the street from Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n Roll Laundry & Bar. The building was originally a vaudeville theater built in 1905, put out of business in 1955 due partly to the emergence of television. During the 1960s, it was a German film theater. The Bogart's venue opened in the mid-1970s as a 250-seat club, but it was expanded in 1993 to a 1,500-seat venue. Prior to its expansion, Bogarts used to host theme nights, such as the Casablanca club theme when Bogart's first opened. They hosted a wide variety of comedians, ranging from Billy Crystal to Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Bogarts showcased a variety of national recording artists. Many very successful bands gained fame and following through the shows put on at Bogart's; bands like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and so on. Through the early eighties, Bogart's was the proving ground for many up-coming metal bands of the time. The highly intimate setting offered an up-close experience, very often allowing the crowd to flow on to the stage with most of the current metal bands such as Testament, Slayer, Death,
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    First Avenue

    First Avenue

    First Avenue and 7th Street Entry are two music venues housed in the same building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The names are derived from the building's location: the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Locally, First Avenue and the 7th Street Entry are respectively referred to as The Mainroom and The Entry. They are considered to be a cornerstone of the Midwest music scene, and serve as a landmark of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The building is marked by 531 stars on its exterior along the First Avenue and Seventh Street sides. Built in 1937 as a Greyhound bus station, The Depot as it was called was noted for its art deco style and amenities of air conditioning, shower rooms, and public telephones. The floor inside was a checkered terrazzo, while the sidewalk was made of shiny blue bricks with white trim. The club got its start when the twenty-seven year old owners, Danny Stevens (who owned the class A liquor license from the Hotel Hastings) and Allan Fingerhut opened the doors on April 3, 1970 to showcase a two set evening with Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. In July 1972, the venue was renamed Uncle Sam's, becoming part of
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    Mercury Lounge

    Mercury Lounge

    The Mercury Lounge is a club/music venue, in the Lower East Side section, of New York City. The structure, at 217 East Houston Street, housed the servants to the Astor Mansion, connected to it by an underground labyrinth of tunnels. Garfein's Restaurant occupied the space in the early part of the twentieth century and from 1933 to 1993 the storefront housed a seller of tombstones. In 1993, it was converted into a music venue. It has a capacity of 250 people.
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    Pacha

    Pacha is a nightclub franchise with headquarters in Ibiza, Spain. The first Pacha club was opened in Sitges outside Barcelona in 1967. The Ibiza club, located in Ibiza Town, is the best known venue today. During 2009 Pacha acquired El Divino, near the marina of Ibiza la Nueva, which will be converted to a luxury restaurant and music bar, and its name will be changed. In a 2012 DJ Magazine poll of the world's 100 best nightclubs, Pacha rated third. Luciano Nicolet joined the team in 2010. The club was also featured in the 2004 movie It's All Gone Pete Tong. Musically, Pacha is best known for specialising in house music but has five different rooms incorporating other musical styles. DJ Steve Lawler stated in a 2006 Ministry of Sound interview that "Pacha's a great club with an amazing sound system". Every September the club is host to the annual DJ Awards. In 2007, musician James Blunt released a song called "1973" about the club, which was subsequently remixed by Pete Tong and played during his own sets in the club. In 2008, Pete Tong moved his residency away from Pacha in favour of promoting his own night, "Wonderland", at Eden nightclub in San Antonio. However, Tong has since
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    Save the Robots

    Save the Robots

    Save the Robots was an underground after hours club in New York City's East Village neighborhood. "Robots," as the venue was popularly known, operated quasi-legally from a nondescript storefront and basement at 25 Avenue B, between East 2nd and 3rd Streets, from 1983 until mid-1984, when the club was shut down for fire safety violations. After undergoing safety-related renovations and obtaining a social club license, the venue reopened in early January 1986 . "Robots" was frequented by drag performers, musicians, club kids, employees of other bars and clubs, skinheads and other denizens of downtown New York nightlife, including Dean Johnson and Lady Bunny. Save the Robots was known for its late hours of operation and sold only vodka, soda and juice. Patrons typically arrived after 4 a.m. and partied until the 8 a.m. closing time, often with the aid of recreational drugs. At one point, talk show host Craig Ferguson was a bouncer. In 1993 Save the Robots closed, due to overwhelming legal fees resulting from a series of door altercations. The space was subsequently leased to other operators, who transformed it into a fully licensed dance club, and endeavored to capitalize on the Save
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    Savoy Ballroom

    The Savoy Ballroom in Chicago, United States was opened on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23, 1927 at 4733 South Parkway. Originally featuring primarily Jazz artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Stan Kenton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, the Savoy also hosted other activities, such as boxing, figure skating, and basketball exhibitions featuring the Savoy Big Five, who would later change their name to the Harlem Globetrotters. From 1927 until 1940, there was continuous music supplied by two bands per night. When one band took a break, the other would go on. During these years, the Savoy was open seven days a week. Although most of the Savoy's patrons were black, growing numbers of white Chicagoans visited the Savoy. The Savoy closed in 1948, and was demolished in the early 1970s. The site is now home to the Lou Rawls Theater Cultural Center.
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    The Masque

    The Masque

    The Masque was a small punk rock club in central Hollywood, California which existed intermittently from 1977 to 1979. It is remembered as a key part of the early L.A. punk scene. The Masque was founded by a Scot named Brendan Mullen, and was the nexus of the Los Angeles punk subculture. It was located at 1655 North Cherokee Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue. Many L.A. bands frequently performed there, including X, The Germs, The Bags, Nervous Gender, The Screamers, Black Randy and the Metrosquad, The Alley Cats, F Word, Backstage Pass, The Wildcats, Suburban Lawns, The Mau-Mau's, The Weirdos, The Quick, Catholic Discipline, The Zeros, The Blasters, The Avengers, The Dils, The Skulls, The Controllers and others. X and The Go-Go's rented practice space there. Rhino 39, one of Long Beach, California's earliest punk rock bands played there often. At least two compilation records featuring live performances at The Masque have been released. The Masque was closed by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1978, and briefly re-opened before closing its doors permanently in 1979. The building was renovated in 2006. While most of the walls have been removed, the remaining
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    The Rathskeller

    The Rathskeller (known as The Rat for short) was a Kenmore Square live music venue in Boston, Massachusetts that was open from 1974 to 1997. As implied by its name "Rat(h)skeller" (German: "council cellar"), the Rathskeller was a dimly-lit establishment. It had a bar and restaurant on the street level and a rock club in the basement. (The restaurant, the Hoodoo BBQ, was included in Esquire magazine's 1985 list of the Top 100 Restaurants in America.) One Boston-area magazine describes: There was also a new Ground Zero for live performance in Boston at that time. Deep below freaky-funky Kenmore Square, the Rathskellar (or, as everyone called it, “The Rat”) was a dingy subterranean dive bar that would appeal to the ever-burgeoning punk movement, and that hosted shows by everyone from Talking Heads and Tom Petty to Thin Lizzy and The Ramones. Everybody played there—and would continue to do so until the club finally closed its doors in 1997 amid a movement toward gentrification. The Rat also hosted such acts as the Cars, Pixies, Metallica,the Dead Kennedys, The Police, The Replacements, and R.E.M.. The Rathskeller closed in November 1997 and was ultimately razed in October 2000 to make
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    Baker's Keyboard Lounge

    Baker's Keyboard Lounge

    Baker's Keyboard Lounge located on 20510 Livernois Street in Detroit, Michigan, is the world's oldest operating jazz club, operating since May 1934. In 1933, Chris and Fannie Baker opened Baker's as a lunchtime sandwich restaurant. In 1934, their son Clarence Baker began booking jazz pianists, but Baker's was still known at that time principally as a restaurant. In 1939 Clarence, took over ownership after Chris had suffered from a stroke. That same year, Clarence began booking pianists from outside the Detroit area, although the club featured local pianist Pat Flowers from 1940 until 1954. In 1952, the club was expanded and remodeled to the Art Deco look that it retains today. By 1954, the business had rapidly expanded, and by the following year, Baker's began featuring major jazz acts, notably Art Tatum who played the last two years of his life, including his last performance in April 1956, Dave Brubeck in 1957 and Gerry Mulligan in 1958. During the 1950s Modern jazz was less common at Baker's than in was in the 1960s, when the emphasis of the club's music changed to Hard Bop. During the 1960s Clarence leased the club out, but resumed personal control in the 1970s. Baker's is
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    Club Xanadu

    Club Xanadu was a disco club located a block from the beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. During the club's successful life, many celebrity patrons frequented the club, and MTV hosted an event there. The club was also an early hangout for Bruce Springsteen before it changed format to dance music. Bruce Springsteen debuted his "Dancing in the Dark" video live at the club in the 1980s. Until 2008 it was a gay disco, popular with New York's male gay community who travel in to Asbury Park on budget vacations. The building is currently for sale.
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    Nosturi

    Nosturi

    Nosturi (Finnish for "crane") is a culture and music hall and a nightclub in the Punavuori district of Helsinki, Finland. It is owned by the Association of Live Music (Elävän musiikin yhdistys, ELMU). The hall is located at the seaside in Hietalahti next to the Helsinki New Shipyard in an old cargo terminal building. It gets its name from the old crane (Hietalahti crane number 6) located right next to it. Many popular live music festivals are held at Nosturi throughout the year. The ELMU has its premises in Nosturi since 1999. Before that it operated in the legendary Lepakko nearby.
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    The Paddock Club

    The Paddock Club

    The Paddock Club was a dance/night club located at 1008-B Dickinson Avenue in Greenville, North Carolina which catered primarily to the gay and lesbian community of Greenville and all of Eastern North Carolina. The club was in operation for 30 years and 6 months from June 1973 until December 23, 2003 and was, at the time it closed, the oldest continuously operating LGBT club in the state. After the December 2003 closing, the club reopened for one night for a final farewell party on January 31, 2004. The Paddock Club, founded by Bill Brock, was originally a Country Western nightclub. In 1973, Brock decided to turn it into a gay club. At that time there were no places east of Raleigh for the LGBT community to gather socially without fear. The first night after the change, Brock greeted his members at the door and told them The Paddock was now a gay club and that he would be glad to refund their membership fees if they were no longer interested in coming to the club. Many accepted his offer, a few did not. The Paddock encompassed approximately 5,000 square feet (460 m) including the main club room where the dance floor and stage was located, a mezzanine level overlooking the approx.
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    Velvet Lounge

    Located on Chicago's South Side, the Velvet Lounge is one of the city's longest-running jazz clubs. Hundreds of established modern jazz musicians have played in the club, leading to its reputation as "dusty epicenter of Midwest's free form jazz scene. Until his death, saxophonist Fred Anderson kept the Chicago club going almost single-handedly for nearly a quarter century — as club owner, sometimes-bartender, and resident mentor. Passers-by would hardly suspect it, but Anderson's divey Velvet Lounge, its bleak black facade crowned by a tattered "Old Style" beer sign, is known by aficionados worldwide as one of the cradles of contemporary jazz. Dozens of acclaimed albums have been recorded at the club, including a series of live recordings featuring Anderson himself on the Delmark label. The Velvet Lounge relocated in 2006 since the old venue was slated to be torn down and replaced by condominiums. The new location is only a block away from the old venue. Many prominent musicians have honed their jazz abilities by playing at the Velvet Lounge early in their careers, particularly in the Sunday night jam sessions. Over the years, the sessions have been hosted by various prominent
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    Wigan Casino

    The Wigan Casino was a nightclub in Wigan, Lancashire, England. Operating between 1973 and 1981, it was known as a primary venue for northern soul music. It carried forward the legacy created by clubs such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), the Catacombs (Wolverhampton) and the Golden Torch (Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent). It remains one of the most famous clubs in Northern England. This England, a TV documentary about the venue, was filmed in 1977. In 1978, the American music magazine Billboard voted Wigan Casino "The Best Disco in the World", ahead of New York City's Studio 54. Russ Winstanley and Dave Nowell wrote a history of the club, Soul Survivors, The Wigan Casino Story, which was published in 1996. A stage play by Urban Expansions, written by Mick Martin about the Wigan Casino years, Once upon a time in Wigan, debuted in February 2003 at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, and has since toured nationally. Wigan Casino was the name of the last incarnation of a Wigan ballroom called the Empress. Local DJ Russ Winstanley and Wigan Casino manager Mike Walker approached lease owner Gerry Marshall to run all-nighters there. Walker brought Winstanley
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    City Life

    City Life was a small chain of nightclubs in the Chicago area. Their most well known location was in the Dixie Square Mall. It occupied the space of four stores, and was a bar and nightclub. It was also a disco and singles bar.
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    Electric Circus

    Electric Circus

    The Electric Circus was a nightclub and discotheque located at 19-25 St. Marks Place between Second and Third Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, from 1967 to September 1971. The club was created by Jerry Brandt, Stanton J. Freeman and their partners and designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. With its invitation (from one of its press releases) to "play games, dress as you like, dance, sit, think, tune in and turn on," and its mix of light shows, music, circus performers and experimental theater, the Electric Circus embodied the wild and creative side of 1960s club culture. Flame throwing jugglers and trapeze artists performed between musical sets, strobe lights flashed over a huge dance floor, and multiple projectors flashed images and footage from home movies. Seating was varied, with sofas provided. The Electric Circus became "New York's ultimate mixed-media pleasure dome, and its hallucinogenic light baths enthralled every sector of New York society." Its hedonistic atmosphere also influenced the later rise of disco culture and discotheques. Experimental bands such as The Velvet Underground, jam bands such as The Grateful Dead and avant-garde
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    Toots Shor's Restaurant

    Toots Shor's Restaurant was a restaurant and lounge owned and operated by Bernard "Toots" Shor at 51 West 51st Street in Manhattan during the 1940s and 1950s. Its oversized circular bar was a New York landmark. It was frequented by celebrities and together with the 21 Club, the Stork Club and El Morocco was one of the places to see and be seen. Joe DiMaggio often went there to eat, and that helped make it famous. Toots was said to do personal favors for Joe as well, at no cost. Jackie Gleason always ate there for free. Other notable guests included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Yogi Berra and Ernest Hemingway (Berra and Hemingway allegedly met there), While the food at Toots Shor's Restaurant was known to be “nuttin’ fancy” — standard American, sports-bar fare such as shrimp cocktail, steak, baked potato — the establishment became well known for who frequented there and how Shor interacted with them. In a famous incident, Shor outdrank Jackie Gleason and left him on the floor to prove the point. Somewhat notoriously, wives were not welcome in Toots’s saloon; it was known, in the argot of the day, as a place of "booze and broads," where ballplayers,
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    Popscene

    Popscene was the pioneering UK "indie dance" club of the 1990 Brit Pop movement. It created a template that was successfully copied around the world in many clubs over subsequent years. The founders of Popscene were Dave McCarthy and Mac Be, who were both the promoters of, and DJs for, the opening night. The pair had previously run "Happy," a successful, pre-britpop night at The Clapham Grand for the Mean Fiddler organisation. "Happy" featured the first major live London appearances by bands such as The Verve, and was contained within a club night structure along the lines of the acid house 'PA' appearance model. In 1995 the owners of the Astoria in London's Charing Cross Road asked the duo to produce Friday nights at the LA2 club within the Astoria complex. The club's opening night featured free entry, leading to a capacity crowd. Under a strict policy of "no live bands," the club went on to run with weekly capacity crowds for the next five years. The club attracted more than 300,000 customers over its lifespan; hours-long entry queues of hundreds of people were common. Popscene's DJ sets laid the foundations for the rock/dance crossover of the next decade; the tagline on many of
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    Velfarre

    Velfarre (ヴェルファーレ, Verufāre) was a disco located in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, Japan. Velfarre was the self-professed "largest disco in Asia" with a capacity of 1,500 people, with three floors above ground and three floors below; owned by Tetsuya Komuro and Avex Trax. Velfarre was, and still is, known for Trance, Eurobeat, Techno, Para Para, and Disco related events. Velfarre held concerts for Avex Trax artists, and was able to be rented for private events. 1994: December 1994 featured the Grand Opening of Velfarre with performances by opening acts: Bananarama and trf. Featuring a live performance by Donna Summer and Cheryl Lynn. Countdown event brings in 5,000 people, hosted by DJ John Robinson. Incidentally, John was responsible for bringing the Velfarre project to Avex. Whilst at Juliana's Tokyo, he was one of "gang of six" who planned to open an even bigger, better club in a more central location. John introduced gang of six leader Mr. Origuchi to then Avex president Tom Yoda. 1995: Featuring Live performances by Big Mountain and Real McCoy. Velfarre has first OLDIE'S NIGHT which brings in 1,500 people. This year brought Earth, Wind and Fire to Velfarre. The first velfarre
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    Club DeLuxe

    Club DeLuxe is a nightclub located on Haight Street in San Francisco. Opened by Jay Johnson in 1989, it was (purportedly) the nesting ground for the swing revival of the 1990s, and hosts a wide array of jazz bands and DJs as well as a monthly burlesque show. The bar was designed in 1949. Monday nights are dedicated to comedy. Every Monday between 8PM and 9PM is Laughter On Haight. Run and Booked by Big Al Gonzales, it is a showcase of local and national talent.
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    Coyote Ugly Saloon

    The Coyote Ugly Saloon is an American drinking establishment and the namesake of a national chain of bars. It served as the setting for the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly. The original Coyote Ugly Saloon opened January 27, 1993, in New York City, after New York University alumna Liliana Lovell declined an internship on Wall Street for a career as a bartender. Lovell held several bartending jobs during college and perfected a routine of dancing on the bar, singing, and challenging customers to drinking contests. Applying a business model learned from her former boss, Tom McNeill, she began hiring young women and training them in the wild routine, which included such antics as chugging alcohol, setting light to it, then breathing fire. While some women were good at singing, others good at dancing, and others good at yelling, Lovell found that not all the women were talented in each of the three aspects, so she often paired women with complementary abilities. In 2001, the second Coyote Ugly Saloon opened in Las Vegas at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, as a franchise operation. In 2002, a new company-owned bar opened in New Orleans, Louisiana's French Quarter. In 2003, Lovell relocated
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    Cream

    Cream, based at the Nation nightclub in Liverpool, is one of the best-known night clubs in the world. Cream began life as a weekly house music night at Nation, and ran in this format for 10 years, from October 1992 to June 2002. Over the ten years of weekly Saturday nights at Nation, the club played host to many international DJ superstars, including Paul Oakenfold (who was resident DJ throughout 1997 and 1998), Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Sasha, Roger Sanchez, Graeme Park, Andy Weatherall plus early exclusive DJ sets from The Chemical Brothers. Cream was originally founded by James Barton, Darren Hughes and Andy Carroll. An early forerunner to Cream were the nights held at Club 051 where Andy Carroll and James Barton DJ'd and ran nights playing a mix of US and UK house music. Carroll and Barton held some ground breaking events bringing US legend Tony Humphries, the now legendary Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Laurent Garnier and debuting a lesser known DJ at that time Allister Whitehead to name a few. Those nights moved on and Cream was born. Paul Bleasdale was the main resident DJ at Cream from its beginnings in 1992 to the end of the weekly nights. After this, he played twice at Cream
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    Lounge Ax

    The Lounge Ax was a music venue in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. It was an important venue for live rock music -- especially indie rock. The club was opened in 1987 (Parnell, 2003) by Jennifer Fischer and Julia Adams, who were joined around September 1989 by Sue Miller, previously the booker at another Chicago rock club, the Cubby Bear. (Wyman, 1989) For most of the club's existence, it was owned by Adams and Miller. On Saturday night, January 15, 2000, the final show at Lounge Ax was headlined by the Coctails, who reunited for the show. Dianogah and M.O.T.O. opened. It was located across the street from Wax Trax Records. Lounge Ax was featured prominently in the Chicago-based movie High Fidelity as the site where John Cusack's character, Rob Gordon, and the staff from Championship Vinyl first encounter Marie DeSalle, played by Lisa Bonet. Its location across from the Biograph Theater plays an important part in the dialogue leading up to the Lounge Ax scenes. The band Phish played their first performance ever in the State of Illinois at Lounge Ax on March 30, 1990.
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    Roxy NYC

    Roxy NYC

    Roxy NYC (sometimes The Roxy) was a popular nightclub located at 515 West 18th Street in New York City. Located in Chelsea section of Manhattan it began as a roller skating rink and roller disco in 1978, it was founded by Steve Bauman, Richard Newhouse and Steve Greenberg then acquired in 1985 by Gene DiNino until it closed its doors for good in March 2007. It even hosted a party for the famed Olympic gold medal-winning USA Ice Hockey team in 1980. Beginning in the early 1980s, the owners began hosting dance nights. Referred to by many as the “Studio 54 of roller rinks,” these parties thrived for several years. Then, as the popularity of skating began to fade, the space was revamped into a dance club in 1982. Ruza Blue, a British expatriate nicknamed "Kool Lady Blue", founded an all-ages, all-races hip hop club in June 1982. Jon Baker, the future founder of Gee Street Records, worked the door. Hip hop pioneers Afrika Bambaataa began DJing there, and were soon joined by Grandmixer D.ST, Jazzy Jay, Grand Wizzard Theodore and Grandmaster Flash. The club sponsored MC battles, Zulu Nation gatherings, breakdancing competitions with the Rock Steady Crew, graffiti murals, and double Dutch
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    Sari Club

    The Sari Club was a nightclub in Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia, which was at the center of the 2002 Bali bombing. It was a popular club for tourists, especially from Australia.
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    The Bitter End

    The Bitter End is a nightclub in New York City's Greenwich Village. It opened its doors in 1961 at 147 Bleecker Street under the auspices of owner Fred Weintraub. The club changed its name to The Other End during the 1970s. However eventually after a few years the owners changed the club's name back to the more recognizable Bitter End. An earlier club, "The Cock and Bull" operated on the same premises with the same format, in the late 1950s. The poet/comedian Hugh Romney (who later became known as Wavy Gravy) read there. During the early 1960s the club hosted Folk music "hootenanies" every Tuesday night, featuring many performers who have since become legendary. During its heyday the Bitter End showcased a wide range of talented and legendary musicians, comedians, and theatrical performers. In 1968 Paul Colby, who began his career as a song plugger for Benny Goodman’s publishing company, and went on to work for Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Guy Lombardo, became the manager and booking agent at The Bitter End, and in 1974 he purchased it. In the mid 1970s, the club became known as the birthplace of Bob Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue, which featured such names as Joni Mitchell,
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    The Limelight

    The Limelight

    The Limelight is the name of a chain of nightclubs that were owned and operated by Peter Gatien with locations in Atlanta, Hollywood, Florida, Chicago, New York City, and London. Peter Gatien opened the first Limelight nightclub in Hollywood, Florida, in the 1970s. After a devastating fire in the late 1970s, Gatien chose Atlanta for his next incarnation of Limelight. The Atlanta Limelight opened in February 1980. It was housed in a strip mall in the former home of the Harlequin Dinner Theatre. In 1983, Gatien relocated to New York to open another Limelight club, while his brother Maurice managed the Atlanta club. Maurice reportedly had less talent for running a nightclub than Peter did. "Peter was the brains behind the operation," according to house photographer and publicist Guy D'Alema. "Maurice ... didn't want to spend a dime and didn't have a creative bone in his body." The Atlanta club was located next to a 24-hour Kroger grocery store, which became known widely as "Disco Kroger." The Limelight in Atlanta was more than a night spot in Atlanta next to what would become known as the Disco Kroger. It was a high profile Euro-style night club that hosted many notables and
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    The Opera House

    O2 Academy Bournemouth is a live entertainment venue in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. It is a grade-II listed building. The building was originally the Boscombe Grand Theatre, opening on 17 May 1895. Then in 1902 it became a music hall called Boscombe Hippodrome. In the 60s the building then became used as a music venue called Starkers Royal Arcade Ballrooms, which was visited by acts such as Pink Floyd, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, The Faces and David Bowie. In 1982 the building had a multi-million pound refurbishment to become the Academy Nightclub. The nightclub had one of very first watercooled lasers and the first Karaoke bar in the UK. Acts included The Sisters of Mercy, Hawkwind, Brand New Heavies, Courtney Pine, JTQ and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Other acts known to held concerts at the venue include, Deep Purple, Canned Heat, T.Rex, Colosseum, Freedom, Joe Jammer and Slade. The rise of rave culture in the 90s spawned nights such as Fantasia, Wild Turkey and Parhelion. From 1997 until 2009 the venue was called the Opera House nightclub. In 1997, the dance night Slinky was launched, which has now grown into an international dance music brand. The Opera
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    Tropicana Club

    Tropicana Club

    Tropicana is a world known cabaret and club in Havana, Cuba. It was launched in 1939 at Villa Mina, a six-acre (24,000 m²) suburban estate with lush tropical gardens in Havana's Marianao neighborhood. The Tropicana had an impact in spreading Cuban culture internationally. New York's Tropicana was a Latin music club launched in 1945 by two Cuban restaurateurs, the brothers Manolo and Tony Alfaro, who made it the most glamorous nightclub in the Bronx. On the TV series I Love Lucy, the character Ricky Ricardo (played by Cuban-born Desi Arnaz) was a singer and bandleader at Manhattan's fictional Tropicana nightclub, now recreated in reality in Jamestown, New York at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center's Tropicana Room. In 2004, the Atlantic City Tropicana opened The Quarter, which attempts to recreate the architecture, atmosphere and cuisine of Old Havana during the 1940s. In its September 1956 issue, Show magazine displayed a four-page spread on Tropicana (1957), a Mexican musical comedy filmed on location at the cabaret and featuring some of the Tropicana's performers. The spectacular showplace that became The Tropicana evolved out of a Depression-era bohemian nightclub called Edén
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    Cafe Au Go Go

    The Cafe au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of 152 Bleecker Street. The club featured many well known musical groups, folksingers and comedy acts between the opening in February 1964 until closing in October 1969. Originally owned by Howard Solomon who sold the club in June 1969, to Moses Baruch who closed the club in October 1969. Howard Solomon became the manager of singer Fred Neil. The club was the first New York venue for the Grateful Dead. Richie Havens and the Blues Project were weekly regulars. Jimi Hendrix sat in with blues harp player James Cotton there in 1968. Van Morrison, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, the Youngbloods, John Hammond, Jr., The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, The Chambers Brothers, Canned Heat, The Fugs, Odetta, Country Joe and the Fish, all played there. Blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, and Big Joe Williams performed at the club after being "rediscovered" in the '60s. Before many rock groups began performing there, the au Go Go was an oasis for jazz (Bill Evans, Stan Getz),
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    East Bristol Jazz Club

    East Bristol Jazz Club is based in Bristol, UK and was formed in 2001 with the aim of supporting and bringing new jazz and new musicians to the Bristol community. The club had a residency at Seymours Club near Old Market before it moved to St George in 2006. It moved to The Cross Hands in Fishponds in 2007 and then to The Greenbank in Easton where it has been based since November 2009. The club runs regular 'jam' nights each month, usually the second Monday, and is being run by a number of notable local musicians including vocalist Nick Langston, keyboard player John Lambert, vocalist Will Grealish, saxophonist Simon Greening and trumpet player Walter Dirks. The jam nights and other special events feature a broad cross-section of Bristol's jazz musicians and occasional guests including Dennis Rollins, Gilad Atzmon and Sotho Sounds. Special events have also included notable local musicians such as Dave Mowat (trumpet) and James Morton (saxophone) and performances by respected vocalists including Kizzy Morrell, Emma Hutchinson, Nick Langston and Will Grealish. The current rhythm section includes John Lambert on keyboards with occasional appearances by Dale Hambridge, Valere Speranza
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    Megadrome

    Megadrome is a big nightclub in Radebeul, Germany. It has an area of 4000 square metres and has two floors. Megadrome opened in 1993. Megadrome's speciality is its moveable roof, which allows open air parties in summertime. Megadrome new opening is in summer 2008.
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    The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

    The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

    The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar is a franchise of the dueling piano bar concept. The Big Bang was the brain child of a three person team of management and entertainers from The Howl At The Moon Piano Bar in San Antonio, Texas. That team consisted of Sam Leatherwood, George Leatherwood and Meredyth Muller. In the Spring of 2001 the first Big Bang opening on the Laclede's Landing near downtown Saint Louis and the Gateway Arch. As of 2009, The Big Bang has four locations throughout the United States: The Tempe location opened in November 2003, the Nashville location opened in May 2007 and the Columbus location opened in January 2009.
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    Whisky a Go Go

    Whisky a Go Go

    The Whisky a Go Go is a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, United States. It is located at 8901 Sunset Boulevard, on the Sunset Strip. In 1958, the first Whisky a Go-Go in North America opened in Chicago, Illinois, on the corner of Rush Street and Chestnut Street. It has been called the first real American discothèque. A franchise was opened in 1966 on M Street in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., by restaurateur Jacques Vivien. The spot owes its name to the first discothèque, exactly Le Whisky à Go-Go, established in Paris, rue de Seine, in 1947. This one was frequented by American sailors who, coming back home, brought the idea and popularized it during the Fifties. The Sunset Strip Whisky was founded by Elmer Valentine, Mario Maglieri.Phil Tanzini, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier and opened on January 16, 1964. In 1972, Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and others started the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. In 1966, Valentine, Adler and others founded The Roxy Theatre. Lou Adler bought into the Whisky in the late '70s. Valentine sold his interest in the Whisky a Go Go in the '90s but retained an ownership in the Rainbow Bar & Grill and the
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    924 Gilman Street

    924 Gilman Street

    924 Gilman Street is an all-ages, non-profit, collectively organized music club usually referred to by its fans simply as "Gilman". It is located in the West Berkeley area of Berkeley, California about a mile and a half west of the North Berkeley BART station and a quarter-mile west of San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of 8th and Gilman Streets. In April 1986, the founders located the building at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. In the following months, the founders, including Tim Yohannan of Maximumrocknroll, held weekly organizational meetings and posted flyers to increase involvement. On December 31, 1986, the first musical performance was held at 924 Gilman. Since then, it has been one of the longest-running independent music venues in the United States. 924 Gilman opened several months after the closing of two San Francisco punk venues: the Mabuhay Gardens and The Farm. It was founded in part to counteract the lack of punk venues in the San Francisco Bay Area during this era, particularly all-ages venues. It slowly progressed as a mecca for punk youth to get away from everyday issues at home, work, government, etc. 924 Gilman Street operates on DIY ethic, whereby
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    Bunker

    Bunker

    The Bunker (also Reichsbahnbunker) in Berlin-Mitte is a listed air-raid shelter. Originally based on plans of the architect Karl Bonatz, it was constructed in 1943 by Nazi Germany to shelter up to 3,000 Reichsbahn train passengers. The square building has an area of 1000 m² and is 18 metres high; its walls are up to two metres thick. There are 120 rooms on five floors. In May 1945, the Red Army took the building and turned it into a prisoner-of-war camp. From 1949, it was used to store textiles and from 1957, as storage for dry and tropical fruit. In the summer of 1992, it was turned into a hardcore techno club. Gabba, hard trance, house and breakbeat parties were held on four floors. However, after a raid in 1995 the events became more irregular. A further raid in 1996 placed severe building restrictions on the tenants, causing the club to close. In 2001, real estate investor Nippon Development Corporation GmbH bought the building from the government. In 2002, it was the venue of the Berlin art festival "Insideout". Christian Boros purchased the bunker for his private collection of contemporary art in 2003. He subsequently had architects Jens Casper and Petra Petersson convert the
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    Crobar

    Crobar is an awarding winning and internationally renowned nightlife brand owned by partners, and founders, Ken Smith and Callin Fortis. Originally friendly competitors in Chicago, they joined forces in 1989 to collaborate on more than a dozen successful restaurants, lounges and nightclubs in Chicago, Miami, and New York City. It was the duo’s impact on the revival of New York’s big club nightlife that earned Fortis and Smith a spot in Vanity Fair’s Spotlight spread on "The Kings and Queens of Clubs" in 2004. (Vanity Fair, April 2004) The Crobar “chain was born” in 1992 when the first location opened in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, “thus launching the brand that would become the industry standard for DJ-driven American nightclubs.” (100 Moments in Nightclub History, Club Systems International, Special Issue 2006). Followed by locations in South Beach Miami on New Year’s Eve 1999, and West Chelsea in New York City in December 2003, Crobar was recognized for its “award winning design, unsurpassed service and world-class sound, lighting and multi-media (that) invited club-goers into a kinetic, interactive scene” (NYC Official City Guide, www.cityguidemagazine.com). Crobar New
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    Gate of Horn

    The Gate of Horn was a 100-seat folk music club, located in the basement of the Rice Hotel on the southeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Dearborn Street, on the near north side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1950s and 1960s. It was opened by Albert Grossman in 1956 and was where Odetta, Bob Gibson, Roger McGuinn and others made their name. Also appearing at the club were Theodore Bikel, Josh White, Jo Mapes, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry and the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Hoyt Axton and Bonnie Dobson. In April 1961, Gibson and Bob Camp recorded their folk album Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate Of Horn at the club. The Gate of Horn was also one of the clubs at which stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce played, in December 1962, before his arrest and trial for obscenity. McGuinn later wrote the song "Gate of Horn", about the venue and the way it affected him. Bill Cosby went as a comedian on the "Gate of Horn"
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    Godskitchen

    Godskitchen

    Godskitchen is an international superclub brand which is associated with dance music and organises events, particularly in the UK and US. The company runs a club night of the same name at their nightclub AIR, in Birmingham, England and has an in-house music label. This label annually releases compilation albums, in addition to supporting new artists whom they believe bring something new to the genre. Godskitchen's roots date back to the golden era of the UK rave scene of the early 1990s. They held their first event in the UK at the Junction Nightclub in Cambridge, launching a series of sell out nights across the UK. Thereafter, Chris and Tyrone decided they would launch Godskitchen on a regular basis. In May 1996, Godskitchen began to hold weekly events in Northampton. Godskitchen sold out week after week, soon filling the 1,500 capacity Planet Nightclub in Coventry every Friday night. In 1997 Chris and Tyrone staged an event for 4,000 people at the Sanctuary Music Arena in Milton Keynes. Billed as Britain's first "stadium house music event" the party sold out in advance at a venue that fellow superclubbers Cream had failed to fill only 12 months previously. Looking for a
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    Julius

    Julius

    Julius is a tavern in the New York City Greenwich Village neighborhood. It is often called the oldest continuously operating gay bar in New York; however, its management was actively unwilling to operate as such and harassed gay customers until 1966. In fact, the distinction of being the longest continuously running gay in New York belongs to the Candle Bar (formerly the Candlelight Lounge) at 309 Amsterdam Avenue, which was openly operating as a gay bar with a gay staff before April 1966, while the Julius bar was enforcing its policy of harassing and ejecting gay men. The Candle Bar has continued operating as a gay establishment uninterruptedly to the present day. An event at the Julius bar at 159 West 10th Street in 1966, which is a block northeast of the famous Stonewall Inn, established the right of homosexuals to be served in licensed premises in New York State. This cleared the way for the opening of many new gay premises with state liquor licenses. Newspaper articles on the wall indicate it was favorite bar of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Rudolf Nureyev. According to bar lore it was established around 1867 – the same year as the Jacob Ruppert Brewery in the
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    146

    Oceana

    Oceana is a chain of nightclubs in the United Kingdom owned and managed by Luminar Group. There are Oceana venues in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Kingston, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Southampton, Swansea, Watford and Wolverhampton. Oceana nightclubs are multi-room venues with each room themed on cities from around the world, with each having a different music style. These include an Aspen Ski Lodge, a Venetian Ballroom, A Parisian Boudoir, New York Disco, Wakyama Tokyo Stock Exchange, Monte Carlo casino, Villa Tahiti, Russia Bar, Milan Bar, Barcelona and a Reykjavik Ice house. They also offer VIP suites. Oceana Birmingham became the first Oceana venue to be put up for sale in 2010, due to Luminar's continued losses. Milton Keynes was the first Oceana nightclub to be built in the new Xscape building before a chain of them was rolled out across the rest of the UK
    8.00
    1 votes
    147

    Ritz

    The Ritz was a New York City rock club in the 1980s. The Ritz was founded in 1980 by Jerry Brandt in the historic Webster Hall ballroom and concert space on 11th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. The Ritz focused primarily on live performances, often of newer acts, but also featured dancing. The Ritz was one of the first clubs to incorporate video screens into the club experience with a 30' screen and a projector which cost $120,000. MTV made its debut at The Ritz. The Ritz moved in the late 1980s to the site of the former Studio 54. In its heyday, top acts including The Birthday Party, The Pretenders, Tina Turner, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Living Colour, Prince, James Brown, The Police, Sting, KISS, The Cult, B.B. King, Slayer, Parliament-Funkadelic, R.E.M., The Cure, The Residents, Suzanne Vega and 10,000 Maniacs performed on its stage. Alternative, metal and punk-rock bands appeared, including Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugazi, Mötley Crüe, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Jane's Addiction, Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, U.S. Chaos, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth, Misfits, The Exploited,
    8.00
    1 votes
    148

    The Loft

    Built more than 130 years ago in 1874, 34c Gabriels Hill, Maidstone was once a seed and grain warehouse. In 1992 the venue was converted from a small function room into a nightclub called Warehouse 2, a reference to it being the replacement venue for the original Warehouse nightclub in Lockmeadow which was closed to make way for a new link road. Today known as The Loft, the venue has played host to many club nights including Hed Kandi, Sounds Heavenly, Babyshake, Fling, Serious and Nic Fanciulli’s ClubClass. Some of the world’s finest DJs have performed at the venue, including Erick Morillo, Deep Dish, John Digweed, Danny Howells and Pete Tong, whose set was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 in February 2005.
    8.00
    1 votes
    149
    Tresor

    Tresor

    Tresor (German for safe or vault) is an underground techno nightclub and record label. The club was founded in March 1991 in the vaults of the former old Wertheim department store in Mitte, the central part of the former East Berlin, next to the famous Potsdamer Platz, however the history of the club goes back to 1988 when the electronic music label Interfisch opened the Ufo Club in Berlin. Ufo was the original centre of Berlin house and techno, but due to financial problems that club closed in 1990. After Ufo closed, Interfisch's head, Dimitri Hegemann and some investors in the club found the new space in East Berlin. This was advantageous timing, as it was only a few months before Germany unified. The vaults under the Wertheim department store proved to be the perfect location for a club, and Tresor quickly became the place to be in Berlin. Tresor continued to be a popular club to this day, having expanded and reconstructed continuously several times to include an outdoor garden area, and a second "Globus" floor. The concept for the Tresor floor in the basement was specifically hard techno, industrial and acid music while Globus was featuring mainly more mellow house sound. The
    8.00
    1 votes
    150
    9:30 Club

    9:30 Club

    Nightclub 9:30 (originally known and still commonly referred to as the 9:30 Club) is a nightclub and concert venue in Washington, D.C.. The club originally opened in 1980 at 930 F St. NW in downtown Washington (hence the name). Co-owned by Rich Heinecke and Seth Hurwitz, it later moved to its current location at 815 V Street NW, anchoring the eastern end of the U Street Corridor. The 9:30 Club is served by the U Street station of the Washington Metro. The club has a capacity of 1200 people and is a standing-only venue. It won the Top Club awards at the 2007 through 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, except in 2008, when the award was not presented. Founded by Dody DiSanto and Jon Bowers, the 9:30 Club was the home for alternative music in D.C. during the early 1980s and was a regular stopping point for bands touring the east coast as well as local D.C. artists, such as Chuck Brown, Maiesha & The Hip Huggers featuring E.U., Root Boy Slim, and the Sex Change Band. Other performers in the early days of the venue included X, Blue Angel (with lead singer Cyndi Lauper), The Bangles, Marti Jones, Marshall Crenshaw, Mod Fun, Nash the Slash, The Go-Go's, and Betty (Alyson Palmer of Betty tended
    7.00
    2 votes
    151

    Atlantic House

    The Atlantic House (often called the A-House, even in its own advertisements) in Provincetown, Massachusetts is a drinking establishment that has been in continual operation on the tip of Cape Cod for over two centuries. Having been an openly gay-friendly establishment for half a century and discreetly so for perhaps twice that long, the Atlantic House is an excellent contender for the oldest gay bar in the United States. Frommer's calls it "the nation's premier gay bar". The oldest part of the building (now the left wing) was constructed in 1798 by Daniel Pease, Provincetown's first postmaster. Pease operated the building as a tavern although the name of the establishment at this time, if it had one, is uncertain. After Pease's death from cholera in 1834, the business was purchased by Benjamin Allstrum and became known as the Allstrum House. It served as the last stagecoach stop of the Orleans to Provincetown route until the arrival of the train in 1873. When Allstrum died in 1871, Frank Perry Smith, a Portuguese sailor who had arrived in town by sea at the age of eighteen, bought the Allstrum House. At some point, the original structure was joined with a much larger adjacent
    7.00
    2 votes
    152
    Bedford Esquires

    Bedford Esquires

    Bedford Esquires is a pub, nightclub and live music venue, located in the town of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. The venue is housed in a converted 19th century chapel. On the ground-floor is a regular pub (named Danny's Bar) and nightclub, mostly specialising in indie and alternative rock music. Both floors are used for live music. Danny's bar is generally a showcase for bands, whereas the upstairs is host to much bigger artists. Some of the more notable acts to have played include Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Libertines, Lostprophets, Editors, The View, The Feeling, Bloc Party, Enter Shikari, Biffy Clyro, Feeder, Graham Coxon and Super Furry Animals. During the Britpop era, Esquires gained a reputation for featuring bands that often broke into the music charts soon after their appearance. During this time the venue played host to the Bluetones, Elastica, Catatonia, Ocean Colour Scene, Echobelly, Shed Seven, Supergrass and Sleeper. Today Esquires features and promotes up-and-coming bands and artists touted by the likes of the NME, and is a regular venue on the Toilet circuit. It also plays host to a variety of local un-signed acts from Bedford and the surrounding area.
    7.00
    2 votes
    153
    Berghain

    Berghain

    • Musical genre: Techno
    Berghain is a Berlin nightclub, named after its location near the border between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Philip Sherburne described it in 2007 as "quite possibly the current world capital of techno, much as E-Werk or Tresor were in their respective heydays." The club is located in a former power plant (rented from the energy company Vattenfall) in Friedrichshain, near the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station. The building is distinguished by its enormous dimensions, which accommodate an 18 meter high dance floor and space for 1500 guests, and also its minimalist interior design, dominated by steel and concrete. The club contains a "cavernous" main room, as well as a smaller upstairs space called the Panorama Bar, which is decorated by enormous Wolfgang Tillmans photographs and features tall windows with a view of East Berlin. Only half of the building is currently in use. Berghain has a strong reputation for decadence and hedonism; a New Zealand Herald article describes "people openly indulging in sexual acts" inside the club, and the building contains several dark rooms specifically set aside for that purpose. Photography is strictly forbidden. The door policy is selective,
    7.00
    2 votes
    154
    Flirt!

    Flirt!

    flirt! is the name of a nightclub brand that was started at the University of Surrey Students' Union and later sold to, and developed by the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom services for the purpose of providing a recognisable night for University students across the United Kingdom. At University of Warwick Students' Union the event was abolished due to protests from large parts of the student body. flirt! is currently a student night in 38 different Students' Unions including:
    7.00
    2 votes
    155
    Maxwell's

    Maxwell's

    Maxwell's is a restaurant/music club in Hoboken, New Jersey. The intimate venue attracts a wide variety of acts looking for a change from the New York City concert spaces across the river. The club was opened in August 1978 by Steve Fallon. When the Fallon family bought the corner building in uptown Hoboken with its street-level tavern, Steve's sisters Kathryn Jackson Fallon and Anne Fallon Mazzolla along with brother-in-law Mario Mazzola were interested in turning the factory workers' tavern (General Foods' Maxwell House Coffee factory was a block away on the Hudson River) into more of a restaurant. The Hoboken band "a" (featuring Glenn Morrow, Richard Barone, Frank Giannini, and Rob Norris; the latter three later forming The Bongos) asked if they could rehearse in an unused back room and play a few gigs in the front for the restaurant's patrons. The live music quickly caught on and Steve started booking bands into the back room. Over time, Steve's booking taste, freewheeling personality and respectful treatment towards musicians made Maxwell's and Hoboken a looked-forward-to stop on many bands' tours. By making the blue-collar mile-square city with a rough-and-tumble reputation a
    7.00
    2 votes
    156
    The Comedy Store

    The Comedy Store

    The Comedy Store is a comedy club located in West Hollywood, California, at 8433 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip. It has a sister comedy club in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Comedy Store was opened in April 1972 by comedians Sammy Shore and Rudy DeLuca. The building was formerly the home of Ciro's, a popular Hollywood nightclub owned by William Wilkerson, and later a rock and roll venue, where The Byrds were discovered in 1964. When the venue reopened as The Comedy Store in 1972, it included a 99-seat theatre, where Johnny Carson was one of the first comics to perform. As a result of a divorce settlement, Sammy Shore's ex-wife Mitzi Shore began operating the club in 1973, and she was able to buy the building in 1976. She immediately renovated and expanded the club to include a 450-seat main room. Beginning in 1979, The Comedy Store served for many years as the host location for the annual HBO Young Comedians specials. Also that year, stand-up comedians formed a short-lived labor union and demanded to be paid for their appearances at the Comedy Store. For five weeks, several famous comedians staged a protest in front of the club, while others crossed the picket line.
    7.00
    2 votes
    157

    The Empty Bottle

    The Empty Bottle is a nightclub and concert hall located at 1035 N. Western Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Located in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, this has been one of the many venues for Chicago's alternative music scene. This venue hosts a variety of forms of music, ranging from indie-rock, electronic, experimental and jazz. This venue opened by Bruce Finkelman in 1992 was originally a simple neighborhood bar. In 1993 the club moved to its current location, two blocks from its original location. The venue also owns a connected restaurant next door called Bite. The offices of indie record label Flameshovel Records are located directly above the venue. The Empty Bottle is open 7 days a week and hosts performances every night of the week. In August 2009, The Empty Bottle lost Radley, its house cat of nearly 20 years.
    7.00
    2 votes
    158

    The Loft

    The Loft is the location for the first underground dance party (Love Saves the Day) that was created by David Mancuso on February 14, 1970 in New York. Since then, the term The Loft has come to represent Mancuso's own version of a non-commercial party where no alcohol, food, or beverages are sold. Mancuso's vision of a private party is similar to, and inspired by the rent party and house party. Unlike conventional nightclubs or discotheques, attendance is by invitation only. In the early 1980s, Mancuso abandoned the generally accepted and expected practice of beatmatching, preferring to play songs in their entirety on his renowned audiophile-quality sound system, considered to be the best in New York (and among the best in the world) during the venue's heyday. When Mancuso threw his first informal house parties, the gay community was often harassed in the bars and dance clubs. At The Loft and many other early, private discotheques they could dance together without fear of police action thanks to Mancuso's legal, yet underground, business model. The initial Loft was Mancuso's own home at 647 Broadway. The collapse of a neighboring hotel forced a move to 99 Prince Street in Soho in
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    2 votes
    159

    Velvet Nation

    Velvet Nation was a gay dance event that took place at the Nation nightclub, formerly known as The Capitol Ballroom, located at 1015 Half Street, SE in Washington, D.C. The party name was derived from the venue name and "Velvet", an ode to the gay community. This event was hosted weekly on Saturday nights, 388 times over seven years, serving more than 741,000 patrons. The event ended when Nation closed its doors on July 16, 2006. The club was forced to close because of eminent domain, and the land is now part of the redevelopment program being spurred by the new Nationals Park baseball stadium in the Navy Yard/Near Southeast neighborhood. Velvet Nation was created and operated by John Guggenmos and Ed Bailey. For many years, it hosted circuit event DJs and talents such as Junior Vasquez, Victor Calderone, The Pet Shop Boys, k.d. lang, and The Village People. It was also known for its theme events such as Madonnarama, a night of all Madonna music and video, and its foam parties. In Fall 2007, Bailey and Guggenmos opened the follow-up to Velvet Nation, Town Danceboutique, a two-story, 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m) gay nightclub in Northwest D.C.
    7.00
    2 votes
    160
    Webster Hall

    Webster Hall

    Webster Hall is a nightclub and concert venue located at 125 East 11th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, near Astor Place, in Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1886, its current incarnation was opened by the Ballinger Brothers in 1992. It serves as a nightclub, concert venue, corporate events center, and recording venue, and has a capacity of 2,500 people – including the club; 1,400 for the main stage. On March 18, 2008, after a landmarks proposal was submitted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Webster Hall and its Annex a New York City landmark. Webster Hall was built in 1886 by architect Charles Rentz in the Queen Anne style and topped with an elaborate mansard roof. Six years later in 1892, Rentz was hired to design an addition to the building, occupying the site of 125 East 11th Street and designed in the Renaissance Revival style using the same materials as the original building. Throughout the early twentieth century the building was plagued by fires, which occurred in 1902, 1911, 1930, 1938, and 1949. The original mansard roof was likely lost in one these fires. Webster Hall is
    7.00
    2 votes
    161
    UNIQ

    UNIQ

    UNIQ is a nightclub in the centre of Helsinki, Finland, near the main building of the Helsinki University. It is in the basement floor (one floor underground) of an office building housing a university research centre and an independent journalism studio. The club's most noted feature is its "arctic ice bar", a separate room that is constantly kept at a temperature of about -5°C (about 23°F) and has its own bar, which, like all the other furnishings, is made of blocks of ice shipped from Lapland. The drinks at UNIQ are priced according to a "drink stock market", which updates the drink prices by increments of about 10 cents every few minutes depending on their popularity. Popular drinks become more expensive, while unpopular drinks become cheaper.
    5.25
    4 votes
    162

    Boccaccio

    Boccaccio was a nightclub in Destelbergen, near Ghent, Belgium. The club is known being the breeding ground for New Beat. It was a diamond shaped venue which was crowded at the time, with people from all over Europe wanting to hear this kind of new music. Based on electronic body music but played very slow. Popular formations "bands" were Lords of Acid (with members Praga Khan and Jade 4U), and Confetti's. Legend goes that one of the "bocca" Djs (often credited to Marc Grouls) played an EBM record on 33rpm instead of 45rpm with the pitch control set to +8 and the Belgian New Beat was born. The club was forced to close after a long series of drug problems. They sold the name and the club was re-opened in Diest, and the name was recently sold to a club in Ostend. Famous Djs at the club were Olivier Pieters, Marc Grouls and Henk. Robert De Maesschalck founded Balmoral and Boccaccio Life in 1963 at first as dance and party hall. One year later a jukebox was added and the first dancing was born. On the opening night, two cars and a hundred bicycles were parked in front! In a continuous quest for better music experience, turntables, mixing panels and better sound were integrated. Driven
    6.00
    3 votes
    163
    Club La Vela

    Club La Vela

    Club La Vela is a nightclub owned by Patrick and Thorsten Pfeffer, and is located in the resort community of Panama City Beach, Florida. It is billed as the largest nightclub in the United States. While open throughout most of the year, the club has gained most of its fame — or infamy, in the eyes of critics — during the weeks of spring break, when thousands of college students converge on the club. If "PCB" is the nation's spring break capital, Club La Vela is arguably its capitol building. Built in 1984 as La Vela Beach Club and Concert Hall, the venue was designed and built by German architect Alois Pfeffer. The original venue was much smaller than it is presently, but every year since the club has added nine so-called "theme rooms," dance floors, swimming pools, bars and more. From 1997-1999, World Championship Wrestling hosted an annual episode of WCW Monday Nitro at the venue in March. The purpose of each of the annual "Spring Break-Out" episodes was to gain favor with adolescent and young adult viewers who were not familiar with Nitro. The venue was also the site for the final episode of Nitro on March 26th, 2001. Currently, Club La Vela's capacity stands at 6,000 patrons,
    6.00
    3 votes
    164
    Club Space

    Club Space

    Club Space is a large nightclub located in the downtown area of Miami, Florida, owned by Louis Puig. In the nine years of operation, Space has resided in two buildings. The first was a one-story renovated warehouse, consisting of three rooms, as well as an outdoor patio area, which was one of the primary reasons the venue was made famous. From March 17, 2000, until April, 2003, Club Space played host to some innovative parties for the Miami dance music scene, including marathon sets from Danny Tenaglia and Paul Van Dyk. Noted Miami producer Oscar G also acquired his long-running residency at this building. Due to capacity issues, the venue was then moved to a larger warehouse and briefly renamed Space 34, before returning to simply being called Space. In its current configuration, (the building has radically changed its layout many times) Space is a 3-room, 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m) complex, consisting of a large main room with a significant VIP area, an upstairs loft, as well as a rooftop patio which plays host to daytime parties. Often, guest DJs will play the main room, and then continue their sets upstairs on the patio.
    6.00
    3 votes
    165
    Sweetwater Saloon

    Sweetwater Saloon

    Sweetwater was a bar located in Mill Valley, California with a 30 year history of live musical performances by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, The String Cheese Incident, John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana. There were typically at least 4 to 5 musical acts booked per week making it a popular local hangout. The Sweetwater also featured an open mike night on Mondays that occasionally featured surprise performances by well-known artists such as Gregg Allman, Train and others. The band Hot Tuna recorded two live albums at Sweetwater in the early 1990s featuring guest performances by local figures Bob Weir and Wavy Gravy. BBC Television shot a documentary at the club featuring John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Riatt and Ry Cooder. In 2004, the establishment faced eviction by landlords who raised the rent to more than what the owners claimed they could pay. The bar was saved through donations and its lease was renewed when the owners of the building offered new terms. It was not disputed that the new rent was fair and the owners of the Sweetwater entered into a month to month lease. In September 2007 Sweetwater closed because the landlord of the building found it necessary
    6.00
    3 votes
    166
    Teenbeat Club

    Teenbeat Club

    The Teenbeat Club in Paradise, Nevada (Las Vegas) located at 4416 Paradise Road, is believed to be the first U.S. nightclub that catered exclusively to teenagers. The club was opened in 1962 by Steve Miller and Keith Austin, both 19 at the time and Las Vegas High School graduates, where they were members of the 1962 Las Vegas High School Broadcasting Club. The Teenbeat Club ceased operation in 1968. The club grew out of the dance concerts Miller and Austin promoted, featuring live KLAS Radio broadcasts from the Knights of Columbus Hall and the National Guard Armory in Downtown Las Vegas. The broadcasts featured The Teenbeats, a local Las Vegas surf music-influenced band. When the Teenbeat Club opened, The Teenbeats, were the house band featuring vocalist and rhythm guitarist Don Frassa, lead guitarist Larry Chernoff, bassist Lyle Smith, drummer Gary Karr, and Jim Logue on tenor sax. Elliot Lieb also played drums for The Checkmates and The Teenbeats prior to Gary Karr joining the group. The Lords a local rhythm & blues band, featuring Fred Cole, sharing lead vocals with electric organist Hans Grebner (Johnny The German), and guitarist John Acquina, played the Teenbeat Club
    6.00
    3 votes
    167

    Peppermint Lounge

    The Peppermint Lounge was a popular discotheque located at 128 West 45th Street in New York City that was open from 1958 to 1965. It was the launchpad for the global Twist craze in the early 1960s, and also where Go-Go dancing originated. The Peppermint Lounge opened in 1958 at 128 West 45th Street in Manhattan, New York. It had a lengthy mahogany bar running along one side, lots of mirrors and a dance floor at the back, a capacity of just 178 people, and a gay clientele. As the Twist craze hit in 1960-1961, celebrities swarmed into the Peppermint Lounge: Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Liberace, Noël Coward, Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Annette Funicello, even the elusive Greta Garbo, to dance to the house band Joey Dee and the Starliters. Jackie Kennedy was such an enthusiast that she arranged for a temporary 'Peppermint Lounge' to be mounted in the White House. One such event even took place at a meeting of the austere Council of the Organization of American States.. A sister club was opened in Miami Beach. During 1961 Paramount Pictures filmed the movie Hey, Let's Twist, a fictional story of Joey Dee and the Peppermint Lounge starring Jo Ann
    5.00
    4 votes
    168
    Ambasada Gavioli

    Ambasada Gavioli

    Ambasada Gavioli is a nightclub located in Izola, Slovenia and named after its architect Gianni Gavioli. It has a floor space of 1,600 m2 and a capacity of 2,500 guests. The project is inspired from literature, theatre, cinema and fashion. Some themes include Italian baroque with Juliet's balcony and the Baudelaire's Evil Flowers. The architecture of the club is divided in two floors: wider main room and smaller, more intimate privee', which are connected with a glass wall, that allow visual and programming contact of rooms. The Ambasada Gavioli uses different materials like wood, white stone and copper, combined in a Mediterranean style. The music of Ambasada Gavioli is bases on a combination of several modern directions in club music, like clubbing techno futurism and modern house. The music is played by international DJs residents and other artists. These include Supa DJ Dmitry (from Deee-Lite), Tiësto (Netherlands), Sven Väth (Frankfurt), Marshall Jefferson (Chicago), Laurent Garnier (Paris), Richie Hawtin (Canada), Jeff Mills (Detroit), Takkyū Ishino (Tokyo), Westbam (Berlin), Boris Dlugosch (Germany) among others and last but not least DJ Umek. In early 1990s, a group of
    5.67
    3 votes
    169

    Glasgow Cathouse

    The Cathouse is long-established alternative music nightclub on Union Street in Glasgow. As well as regular weekly club nights, including the under 18 'Voodoo', it also hosts live gigs, with bands such as Pearl Jam, Oasis, Dragonforce, Lordi, Fall Out Boy, Zebrahead and Soil having played in the past. The club began in 1990 in the Hollywood Studios building (now demolished) in Brown St and moved to Union St in 1997, and forms part of Cathouse Promotions Limited (CPL) who also own or lease a number of other Glasgow clubs and bars: The Union St property was leased until 2005, but has now been purchased by CPL, and was thoroughly refurbished with a relaunch party at the end of October 2005, and the Cathouse celebrated its 18th birthday in November 2008, with a weekend of drink promotions and other features such as bands and pole-dancers.
    5.67
    3 votes
    170
    Iron Horse Music Hall

    Iron Horse Music Hall

    The Iron Horse Music Hall is a music venue located in Northampton, Massachusetts, west of Boston and north of Springfield, Massachusetts. Its motto is Music Alone Shall Live. The music has showcased a wide variety of musical genres and performing artists in past years, including artists such as Richie Havens, Leo Kottke, Janis Ian, Livingston Taylor, Duke Robillard, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. Jordi Herold and John Riley opened the club on February 24, 1979 as a bohemian cafe with 85 seats. The club (doubled in size in the late 1980s) is home to many kinds of music and talent ranging from popular local performers to artists of international repute. In college, Herold fantasized about opening a club and placed a bid on space in Amherst. After limited initial success, he began teaching for the Amherst, Massachusetts public school system. John Riley was responsible for bringing the first jazz shows into the club. In the early years of operation, music was really a complement to the room's ambiance as opposed to the main event, live music was limited to a strict format of classical chamber music (Thursdays), jazz (Fridays) and folk and classical (Saturdays) and the talent was mostly
    5.67
    3 votes
    171

    Mocambo

    The Mocambo was a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8588 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip. It was owned by Charlie Morrison and Felix Young. The Mocambo opened on January 3, 1941, and became an immediate success. The club's Latin American-themed decor designed by Tony Duquette cost $100,000. Along the walls were glass cages holding live cockatoos, macaws, seagulls, pigeons, and parrots. With big band music, the club became one of the most popular dance-till-dawn spots in town. On any given night, one might find the room filled with the leading men and women of the motion picture industry. In 1943, when Frank Sinatra became a solo act, he made his Los Angeles debut at the Mocambo. In the mid 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald became the first black performer at the Mocambo, after Marilyn Monroe lobbied the owner for the booking. The booking was instrumental in Fitzgerald's career. The incident was turned into a play by Bonnie Greer in 2005. Among the many celebrities who frequented the Mocambo were Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Henry Fonda, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Bob Hope, James
    5.67
    3 votes
    172

    Tunnel

    Tunnel (Russian: Тоннель) is a nightclub in St. Petersburg, Russia, generally acknowledged to be the first techno club in the country when it opened in 1993. Located in a disused bomb shelter on Zverinskaya st, the club was shut down for an extended period of time but reopened in 2002 and is, as of December 2004, operating again in its original location.
    5.67
    3 votes
    173
    Clwb Ifor Bach

    Clwb Ifor Bach

    Clwb Ifor Bach (English: Little Ivor's club, Welsh pronunciation: [ˈklʊb ˈivɔr ˈbaːχ]) is a Cardiff nightclub, music venue, Welsh-language club and community centre. It is known to the Cardiff Welsh-speaking community as Clwb (Welsh: (The) Club) and is often known by others on the Cardiff music scene as The Welsh Club. Clwb Ifor Bach is used as a social centre by Welsh speaking people in Cardiff, as well as by many non-Welsh speakers. Until recent years, the club had a number of regular members only nights. This policy has been discontinued. Clwb Ifor Bach is the focal point for many Welsh-medium organisations and events in the area: social, educational, sporting and otherwise. English and Welsh are spoken equally throughout the club, and most staff are required to be bilingual. No anti-Welsh sentiment is tolerated in the club. Clwb Ifor Bach is located in central Cardiff, halfway down Womanby Street, a lane running from the front of Cardiff Castle, parallel to High Street/St Mary Street). At either end of Womanby Street are The City Arms, opposite the Millennium Stadium, and Dempsey's Irish Bar, opposite the castle. The club faces the rear of the Wetherspoons pub 'The Gatekeeper',
    6.50
    2 votes
    174

    Crazy Horse Too

    Crazy Horse Too was a strip club located at 2466 Industrial Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nevada on Industrial Road a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip. The club was patterned after the original Crazy Horse Saloon club on Paradise Road, which was owned by Jack Galardi (father of Mike Galardi, who opened Cheetah's).The club was owned by convicted racketeer Rick Rizzolo. The club is currently owned by USA Marshalls Service Lessee. Before becoming mayor, Oscar Goodman was one of Rizzolo's lawyers. From 1984 until 2006, Rick Rizzolo was involved in an ongoing dispute over parking with "Buffalo" Jim Barrier, a well-known Las Vegas personality and a commercial tenant of Mr. Rizzolo. According to numerous newspaper and television reports, for 22 years Mr. Rizzolo engaged in an unsuccessful pattern of harassment in attempts to drive Buffalo Jim and his automotive repair business off the Crazy Horse Too property so the club could expand. On February 20, 2003, 80 FBI, DEA and IRS agents removed files, video surveillance equipment, computers, cash registers, and other materials and documents as part of a lengthy criminal investigation. One of the items under investigation was the $20,000
    6.50
    2 votes
    175
    Ground Kontrol

    Ground Kontrol

    Ground Kontrol is a video game arcade and bar in Portland, Oregon, United States. Recognized as one of the best arcades in the US, it is known for preserving games from the Golden Age of Video Arcade Games. It also serves as a venue for DJs and live music. Also of note is its collection of 28 pinball tables. A high score competition was held jointly at Ground Kontrol, Aftershock RetroGames Arcade in Madison, Wisconsin and the Houston Area Arcade Group Expo in Houston, Texas in June 2004. Twin Galaxies maintained the results of the competitions for world record consideration. Portland area resident Brandon Erickson also trained and attempted to achieve a record breaking high-score on Star Wars at Ground Kontrol in the spring of 2005. "Slugfest" is a fighting game tournament sponsored by and held at Ground Kontrol featuring a rotating selection of fighting games in a head-to-head elimination tournament. On September 2, 2008, Ground Kontrol hosted a launch party for Rock Band 2 in conjunction with Liquid Development and Someday Lounge, a venue also located in Portland's Old Town district. Attended by developers from Harmonix Music Systems, it provided a preview of the game ten days in
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    La Trastienda Club

    La Trastienda Club

    La Trastienda Club is a prominent nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The club was established in 1993 in a late 19th-century building originally housing a corner grocery in the Montserrat section of Buenos Aires. Seating 400 with standing-room capacity for another 1,000, its proximity to both downtown and the bohemian chic San Telmo section of the city has since helped make it one of the city's best known café-concerts and a leading local venue for artists in the world music, funk, jazz and other genres, featuring performers and bands from both Argentina and abroad.
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    New Frontier Hotel and Casino

    New Frontier Hotel and Casino

    The New Frontier was a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip within the unincorporated suburb of Paradise, Nevada, USA. It was the second resort that opened on the Las Vegas Strip and operated continuously from October 30, 1942 until it closed its doors for good at 12:00 A.M. on July 16, 2007. The building was demolished on November 13, 2007. A new hotel casino, tentatively titled the Las Vegas Plaza, is proposed to be built in its place. The demolition and its preparation were filmed for the National Geographic Channel and a program called Blowdown: Vegas Casino. The hotel's marquee remained standing until December 10, 2008 when it was taken down at the request of Steve Wynn prior to the opening of the Encore Las Vegas across the street. The property started as a nightclub called Pair-O-Dice that opened in 1930, then The Ambassador Night Club in 1936 and was renamed the 91 Club in 1939 for its location on US-91. It was subsequently rebuilt and renamed the "Hotel Last Frontier" in 1942. On April 4, 1955, it was renamed the New Frontier, following a modernization of the resort. The resort had the distinction of hosting Elvis Presley's first Vegas appearance in 1956, and
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    Superclub

    Superclub

    Superclub is a term used to refer to a nightclub owned and managed by a dance music record label, such as The Haçienda club, which was owned by Factory Records. The term has also been used to describe large, multistory, high-capacity high-profile nightclubs, such as Pacha in Ibiza or 1970s discotheques such as Studio 54 NYC opened in 1977, The Saint NYC (opened in 1980) and Heaven London open in 1979 were earlier versions of the genre. House superclubs such as Twilo in the United States opened in 1990, other massive House superclubs such as The Haçienda in Manchester opened in 1982, (playing house, from 1986), and the Ministry Of Sound in London opened in 1991. These clubs became more popular in the early 1990s. Examples include Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Mansion, Crobar, Paradise Garage and The End. Other high profile US Superclubs include Cielo (NYC), Pacha (NYC), Centrofly (NYC), Ikon (NYC), Bungalow 8 (NYC), Vision (Chicago), Sound Bar (Chicago), MIGHTY (San Francisco), Mezzanine (San Francisco), Myth (Minneapolis), The Church (Denver), Pure (Las Vegas),Las Vegas (Las Vegas), Tao (Las Vegas), Mansion, Prive, Opium Garden (The Opium Group) (Miami), Avalon/Avaland (Boston/Los
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    The Jazz Temple

    The Jazz Temple

    The Jazz Temple was a coffeehouse/nightclub located in the University Circle area of Cleveland, Ohio. The club’s name was chosen by the owner, Winston E. Willis, to symbolize a devout gathering place dedicated to the icons of the jazz world where these artists would be collectively enjoyed and appreciated. During its brief history, with frequent headlining appearances by jazz greats such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cannonball Adderley among others, the popular night spot was more successful than any other similar venue in the region. Opened in 1960, the Jazz Temple was the creation of 19-year-old Winston E. Willis, an African-American entrepreneur who was also a jazz enthusiast. Having operated several successful small businesses in nearby areas, he sensed that something was lacking in this upscale college community. After making a careful assessment and determining what was needed and what would be likely to work, he decided that “high quality jazz performances at a student-friendly and affordable price” was the answer. Then, quickly putting his idea into action, he secured a lease on a vacated building, a former Packard showroom, and
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    The Village Gate

    The Village Gate

    The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York. Art D'Lugoff opened the club in 1958, on the ground floor and basement of 158 Bleecker Street. The large 1896 Chicago School structure by architect Ernest Flagg was known at the time as Mills House No. 1 and served as a flophouse for transient men. In its heyday, the Village Gate also included an upper-story performance space, known as the Top of the Gate. Throughout its 38 years the Village Gate featured such musicians as John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Vasant Rai, Nina Simone, Herbie Mann and Aretha Franklin, who made her first New York appearance there. The show Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, debuted at the Village Gate in 1968. In the 1960s, radio DJ and Latin music advocate Symphony Sid hosted a regular Monday night concert at the Village Gate "Monday Nights at the Gate" featuring the best of New York's thriving Latin music scene. As salsa music began to grow in popularity, the Alegre record label began to host quite a few events at the Village Gate - many of which resulted
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    Down the Street

    Down the Street was a popular nightclub in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It opened in the 1970s under the name "Visions". The club was one of the state's first gay discos. The name was changed because it was located down the street from other popular gay clubs. It housed a dance floor, bars, light shows, and of course, drag contests. The club even earned Asbury Park the nicknames "Gay riveria on the East Coast" and "the budget Cherry Grove." When Asbury Park declined in the 1980s all of the other clubs in the city closed or were razed. However, Down the Street managed to stay open, making it the oldest and longest operating gay disco in New Jersey's history when it closed in 1999. In 2001 the abandoned club was re-opened as the chic gay bar Anybody's. The club was very popular, but met an untimely demise when the city demolished it under Eminent Domain in 2007. The website announced "Our last day of operation was June 24, 2006. The property has now been taken over under eminent domain for redevelopment."
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    Irving Plaza

    Irving Plaza

    Irving Plaza is a 1,025-person ballroom-style music venue at 17 Irving Place and East 15th Street in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The three-level auditorium has served as a Polish Army veterans' headquarters, a swing music ballroom, a rock venue and has hosted church services as well. In 1948 the building was purchased by the Polish Army Veterans of America District 2 and turned into a Polish-American community center. Generals and other distinguished Poles graced its stage including, in 1976, the future Pope John Paul II. Thirty years later, in 1978, the hall was converted to a rock music venue by future Peppermint Lounge promoters Tom Goodkind and Frank Roccio, who, after a year, began to share promotional efforts with a "Club 57" crew headed by Jane Friedman and Louis Tropia. Goodkind and Roccio brought in acts such as the B-52s, Talking Heads, the Ramones and, with Friedman and Tropia, a wealth of British bands, establishing the venue as a premier American location for punk and new wave. In October 1983 the venue was reopened by Chuck Terzella, with management by Frank Gallagher and the English DJ Andy Dunkley, presenting reggae and other ethnic
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    KitKatClub

    KitKatClub

    The KitKatClub is a night club in Berlin, opened in March 1994 by Austrian pornographic film maker Simon Thaur and his life partner Kirsten Krüger. The Kit Kat Club is said to attract patrons from all over Europe and other parts of the world because of its music selection (techno and trance music) and its sexually uninhibited parties. The motto of the club is "Do what you want but stay in communication". Guests are allowed to engage in sexual intercourse openly at the venue. A strict dress code needs to be respected in order to get into the KitKatClub door, most of the time being held by Kirsten herself, her door policy being very strict. The dress code allows fetish, latex, leather, kinky, high style, glamor. The venue consists of three dance floors and an outdoor area with a pool. It is decorated with ultra-violet light and fluorescent color paintings done by the Berlin based painter Der Träumer. In recent years, the KitKatClub tends to be less unruly. Enjoying music and dancing are now more important to the guests than coitus with their fellow patrons. The guests of the "Kitty" (as most of the Berliners like to name the club) are not only heterosexual, a large number of
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    Mudd Club

    The Mudd Club was a TriBeCa nightclub that was opened in October 1978 by Steve Mass, art curator Diego Cortez and Anya Phillips, a figure in the downtown punk scene. The Mudd Club, located at 77 White Street in downtown Manhattan, quickly became a major fixture in the city's underground music and counterculture scene, until it closed in 1983. The Mudd Club was named after Samuel Alexander Mudd, a doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. It closed in New York in 1983. In order to secure the space for the Mudd Club (a loft owned by artist Ross Bleckner), Steve Mass described the future venue as cabaret. Mass claimed to have started the nightclub on a budget of only $15,000. The club featured a bar, gender-neutral bathrooms, and a rotating gallery curated by Keith Haring on the fourth floor. Live performances included new wave, experimental music, literary icons Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, and catwalk exhibitions for emerging fashion designers Anna Sui and Jasper Conran. From the start it functioned as an “amazing antidote to the uptown glitz of Studio 54 in the '70s”. As it became more frequented by downtown celebrities a
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    Roxy Theatre

    Roxy Theatre

    The Roxy Theatre (often just The Roxy) is a famous nightclub, on the Sunset Strip, in West Hollywood, California. The Roxy is owned by Lou Adler and Adler's son, Nic, who operates the club. The Roxy was opened on September 23, 1973, by Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, along with original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher. They took over the building previously occupied by a strip club owned by Chuck Landis called the Largo. (Adler was also responsible for bringing the stage play The Rocky Horror Show to the United States, and it opened its first American run at The Roxy Theatre in 1974, before it was made into the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show the next year.) Neil Young and his band The Santa Monica Flyers played the Roxy for the first week it was open. Only three months later, the original Genesis lineup with Peter Gabriel played several consecutive days at the Roxy, a run that some band members and many fans consider to be amongst their finest performances (due partially to the intimate atmosphere and good acoustics of the venue, as well as the legendary reputation of "Hollywood" amongst performers around the world). Paul Reubens, then a struggling
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    Studio 54

    Studio 54 opened in Las Vegas in December 1997 and closed in February of 2012 at the MGM Grand. Designed to be a replica of the original club, it has most of the original elements and equipment, including the "Man in the Moon" and the spoon - however the two are never displayed together. The club was visited on opening night by Elton John, one of the most frequent guests at the original location. It has since become one of Las Vegas' most popular dance clubs, with a reputation for a strict door policy, but not as strict as the original's. However, the newer site is cause for contention amongst fans of the original location, who have charged that the Las Vegas venue is nothing more than Studio 54 in name only. The venue is mentioned in the song Vegas Two Times by the Stereophonics.
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    The Palladium Niteclub

    The Palladium Niteclub was a nightclub in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which shared the same name as the famous New York Palladium. It opened in 1986 as part of the McKenzie group and closed in 1998. The Palladium was the first night club in Christchurch city to include a full laser lightshow. It was also the largest nightclub in Christchurch with a capacity of about 800 people (this capacity was increased in 1996 after some renovation work). As the largest club in Christchurch, The Palladium was frequented by several international acts. During their 1986 tour of New Zealand, The Simple Minds spent the evening there after their show at the Christchurch Town Hall. The Palladium's sound system was purpose built through consultation with local band promoter Mel Blokhuis of Ex-Ray Staging, and was run with no major modifications through the life of the club. Unlike other clubs in Christchurch, the Palladium was open 7 nights per week and it was the first club to gain a 24 hour liquor license—though the club only operated from 9pm – 7am. From 1986 to 1996, the Palladium played host to a many of Christchurch city's leading bands and DJs. The common practice was for bands to
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    El Morocco

    El Morocco (sometimes nicknamed Elmo or Elmer) was a 20th century Manhattan nightclub frequented by the rich and famous from the 1930s until the decline of cafe society in the late 1950s. It was famous for its blue zebra-stripe motif (designed by Vernon MacFarlane) and its official photographer, Jerome Zerbe. In 1931, John Perona (born Eriane Giovanni Perona in Chiaverano in the Province of Turin, Italy), an Italian immigrant, with Martín de Alzaga opened El Morocco as a speakeasy at 154 East 54th Street, on the south side of 54th Street in the middle of the block between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue, where the Citigroup Center now stands. After prohibition was repealed, it became one of the most popular establishments in New York City. Its regular clientele consisted of fashionable society, politicians, and entertainers. Part of what made the club the 'place to be' was the photographs taken by Jerome Zerbe which were always in the news the next day. Everyone always knew from the background zebra stripes on the banquettes where the celebrities had been. The neighborhood started changing after World War II, and eventually Perona moved El Morocco to a four-storey townhouse at
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    Nell's

    Nell's (or Nells) was a nightclub located on 246 West 14th Street in downtown Manhattan. It opened in 1986 and closed May 30, 2004.(Later in 2004, another nightclub, NA—named for Noel Ashman(who was a promoter at nell's before buying it)—opened in Nell's space. Actress-singer Nell Campbell was its namesake and longtime proprietress. In early 2004, actor Mark Wahlberg was planning to buy Nell's. The painter Thomas Moller was Nell's original manager. The space now holds the nightclub Plumm opened by actor Chris Noth and his business partner Noel Ashman . At its peak of popularity in the late 1980s, Nell's was known for denying even the famous entry to the club. In the 1990s Nell's matured into a jazz and reggae showcase. Nell's came onto the scene when some clubgoers were tiring of the cavernous discothèques (e.g., Studio 54) popular in the 1970s and early 80s. Decorated as a slightly shabby 19th century English men's club, Nell's afforded its upscale patrons a place to eat, sit, socialize, and listen to live music. Other exclusive supper clubs like M.K. soon followed. In the last decade, Nell's clientele became more multicultural. Rappers made Nell's hot again. The Notorious B.I.G.
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    The EndUp

    The EndUp was founded in November 1973 and is a dance club in San Francisco, California. It is located on the corner of 6th and Harrison, in the SoMa (South of Market (Street)) district. The EndUp has two bars, a lounge with fireplace, a dance floor with mirrored columns, and a large open-air deck with a waterfall, plants and seating. The club is renowned for its powerful high-end sound system. The venue has hosted a variety of benefits, events and clubs and each night has a unique dance focus catering to subsets of the dance community. The club reflects the changing nature of gay, dance and San Francisco cultures. When the nightclub first opened in November 1973, the owner was Al Hankin. The dance floor was made of translucent plastic with flashing lights below. The sound system was a discrete 4 channel custom made creation with Cerwin Vega speakers rear loaded into the ceiling to enhance the subs. The EndUp was originally an entirely gay dance club, catering mainly to Asian-Americans and their admirers. It was famous as the location of the Sunday Afternoon Wet Jockstrap Dance Contest from about 1974 to about 1992, with host Randy Johnson and DJs—Steve Newman and Peter D. Struve
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    The Troubadour

    The Troubadour

    The Troubadour is a nightclub located in West Hollywood, California, USA, at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard just east of Doheny Drive and the border of Beverly Hills. The club was founded in 1957 by Doug Weston. It was a major center for folk music in the 1960s, and subsequently for singer-songwriters and rock. The Troubadour played an important role in the careers of Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, the Eagles, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Hoyt Axton, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Buffalo Springfield and other prominent and successful performers, who played performances there establishing their future fame. In 1961, comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested on obscenity charges for using the word "schmuck" on stage; one of the arresting officers was Sherman Block, who would later become Los Angeles County Sheriff. On August 25, 1970, Neil Diamond introduced Elton John, who performed his first show in the United States at the Troubadour. In 1974, John Lennon and his friend Harry Nilsson were ejected from the club for drunkenly heckling the Smothers Brothers. Randy Newman started out at the club and comics Cheech & Chong and Steve Martin were
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    Cotton Club

    Cotton Club

    The Cotton Club was a famous jazz music night club located in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City which operated from 1923 to 1940, most notably during America's Prohibition Era lasting from 1919 to 1933. The club was a white-only establishment even though it featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era including Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Adelaide Hall, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Lottie Gee, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters. During its heyday, the Cotton Club served as a hip meeting spot featuring regular "Celebrity Nights" on Sundays which featured celebrity guests such as Jimmy Durante, George Gershwin, Sophie Tucker, Paul Robeson, Al Jolson, Mae West, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Langston Hughes, Judy Garland, Moss Hart, and New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker, among others. In 1920, heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, opened the 400-seat Club De Luxe at the corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Owney Madden, a prominent bootlegger and gangster, took over the club in 1923 while
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    Oak Beach Inn

    Oak Beach Inn

    The Oak Beach Inn, commonly referred to by the abbreviation OBI, was a Long Island nightclub located in Oak Beach, on Jones Beach Island in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, New York. In 1969, Robert Matherson bought what was then a waterfront barrier island restaurant and converted it into an enormously popular (and controversial) nightclub. He later opened four more OBI night clubs and named them according to their geographic location. The OBI North was in Smithtown, New York, the OBI East near the Shinnecock Canal en route to The Hamptons and two OBI West locations in Island Park, New York. All five clubs were located on Long Island and were wildly successful for many years, bringing people in from all over Long Island, New York City, Westchester, southern Connecticut and New Jersey. One of the OBI West locations burned down after only a couple of years of packing in thousands on the weekends. Arson involving organized crime figures referred to in the movie "Goodfellas" was alleged but never substantiated. Over the years, the OBI was involved in many disputes with the local community over issues such as noise, parking and traffic. Finally, in 1999, Matherson sold the property
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    Sterns Nightclub

    Sterns Nightclub

    Sterns was a nightclub located at Highdown Towers on Highdown Hill in Worthing, West Sussex. The club lies off the A259 road just north of Ferring on the South Downs. It was a rare example of an early UK club boasting 4 separate rooms with DJs playing Rave, Breakbeat hardcore, Jungle music, Techno, Progressive House, Hard House and Garage. Although Sterns had played such music before, the most famous club nights were started in 1991 by a promoter named In-ter-dance run by the late Mensa. Such was the club nights' reputation that it was credited by a number of artists on their record sleeves, was one of the most well known Rave/Hardcore clubs in Europe and was regularly visited by clubbers from all over the UK. Sterns was located in an old mansion on the southern slopes of the South Downs. It was also known as "The House on the Hill". The building was based on three floors and had a number of rooms, the "Top Floor", "Garage Club" & "Underground" each playing different genres of electronic music. The main room was called the "Underground", complete with signs in the style of the London Underground logo. This was entered via 2 sets of downwards steps, with the Garage Club in between
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    Rothko

    Rothko was a small nightclub and live music venue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The club opened in a former textile factory in May 2004, and closed in 2006. It featured a number of acts who subsequently went on to major chart success, such as The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and Futureheads, as well as already successful groups such as Sum 41 and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
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    21 Club

    21 Club

    The 21 Club, often simply 21, is a restaurant and former prohibition-era speakeasy, located at 21 West 52nd Street in New York City. The Bar Room includes a restaurant, a lounge and, as the name implies, a bar. The walls and ceiling of the Bar Room are covered with antique toys and sports memorabilia donated by famous patrons. Perhaps the most famous feature of 21 is the line of painted cast iron lawn jockey statues which adorns the balcony above the entrance. In the 1930s, some of the affluent customers of the bar began to show their appreciation by presenting 21 with jockeys painted to represent the racing colors of the stables they owned. There are a total of 33 jockeys on the exterior of the building, and 2 more inside the doors. The first version of the club opened in Greenwich Village in 1922, run by cousins Jack Kreindler and Charlie Berns. It was originally a small speakeasy known as the Red Head. In 1925 the location was moved to a basement on Washington Place and its name was changed to Frontón. The following year it moved uptown to 42 West 49th Street, changed its name to the Puncheon Club, and became much more exclusive. In 1929, to make way for the construction of
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    Barcade

    Barcade is a chain of bars with locations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The bars feature a combination of classic arcade games and draft beer from local and regional American microbreweries. The original Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop at 388 Union Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and won immediate acclaim for its unique combination of vintage arcade games and rare American craft beers. The locations are owned and operated by four long time friends, brothers Kevin Beard and Scott Beard, Pete Langway and Paul Kermizian, who is also the director of the 2004 documentary film American Beer about the American craft beer industry. 25 beers are available on draft and cask at each location and are chosen exclusively from American craft breweries. The selection leans towards locals from the northeast including Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Cape Ann Brewing, Dogfish Head, Victory Brewing, Climax Brewing, River Horse Brewing Company, Southampton Publick House, Blue Point Brewing and Captain Lawrence Brewing. Some examples of the arcade games featured are Tapper, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, Tetris, Robotron: 2084, Centipede, Super Mario Bros., 1943,
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    Bimbo's 365 Club

    Bimbo's 365 Club

    Bimbo's 365 Club, also known as Bimbo's 365, is an entertainment club located at 1025 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco, California. It specializes in live rock and jazz shows. The location is one of San Francisco's oldest nightclub sites, and has operated under two names with a series of owners. The building started as Bal Tabarin in 1931, the same year that the 365 Club started at 365 Market Street. The two locations under separate ownership consolidated in 1951 to one location owned by Agostino "Bimbo" Giuntoli. Giuntoli was born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, and in 1922 at the age of 19 began to work his way to San Francisco. He labored as a janitor at the Palace Hotel and then as a cook nearby, where Monk Young, the young cook's boss, was unable to pronounce his name. Young called him bimbo instead, Italian for "boy", and the nickname stuck. The 365 Club began in 1931 as a speakeasy and after-hours gambling club, located at 365 Market Street in San Francisco, owned by Young and managed by Giuntoli. It soon became the most popular illicit drinking establishment in town. Musical artists and dancers showcased their work, including a young Rita Hayworth dancing in the chorus line.
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    Flora-Bama

    The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package (aka The Flora-Bama or "The Flo-Bam"), located on Perdido Key in Pensacola, Florida, is a beachside oyster bar, beach bar, and Gulf Coast cultural landmark, touted as being America's "Last Great Roadhouse". The Flora-Bama takes its name from its location on the Florida-Alabama border line. The bar is in fact located all within Florida, with the Alabama line being about six feet from the western outside wall. The Flora-Bama was originally constructed in 1964, two years after the road (Alabama State Route 182) connecting Orange Beach, AL with Perdido Key, FL was completed. In the early days of the Flora-Bama, the lounge was practically the only thing in the area. As traffic began to increase along the new highway, business grew and the lounge grew to match it with new construction added piecemeal to accommodate the larger crowds. At the time it was established Escambia County, Florida, in which it is located was "wet" while across the line Baldwin County, Alabama, was "dry". In 1978, the Flora-Bama was sold to Joe Gilchrist and Pat McClellan, who remain co-owners of the bar today. Widely known as a place where "you can have a millionaire sitting next
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    Madam's Organ Blues Bar

    Madam's Organ Blues Bar

    Madam's Organ Blues Bar is a restaurant and nightclub located at 2461 18th Street NW in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. A local landmark, the bar is popular for its nightly live music, especially blues and bluegrass. Regular performers include Bobby Parker, Ben Andrews, Catfish Hodge, and Bob Perilla & Big Hillbilly Bluegrass. The bar offers billiards, has a rooftop deck and serves soul food. Notable regular patrons have included Euan Blair, son of Tony Blair, and the late Soviet dissident artist Alexandr Zhdanov. Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi was not only a regular patron but also performed with his band "Coalition of the Willing" for his Washington Diplomatic farewell party attended by a Washington A-list including European diplomats, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány. Additionally, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were regulars during the filming of Wedding Crashers, and Politically Incorrect host Bill Maher always stops by when in Washington. Barbara and Jenna Bush have also been spotted there. Madam's Organ was described as a favored hangout by Playboy and Stuff (magazine), and was featured on the
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    The Empress Hotel

    The Empress Hotel, located in Asbury Park, New Jersey, is a popular gay resort. The Hotel opened as a luxury resort for vacationing families in the 1960s. It was a successful resort, attracting the likes of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. In 1980, the Empress was featured on the picture sleeve of Bruce Springsteen's hit single "Hungry Heart", which depicts a photo of Springsteen standing near a phone booth on the Asbury Park boardwalk, with the hotel visible in the background. By the summer of 1976, Asbury Park was in a state of decline, albeit the Empress Hotel remained a popular establishment. During a New York Times interview, the hotel's manager boasted: "all of our 101 rooms are taken!" Unfortunately, by 1988 the hotel was struggling for business, and closed shortly after. A strip club, Extreme Fahrenheit, opened in the building in 1993. It became notorious for drugs and prostitution, and was eventually closed because of lewd conduct. In 1998, Shep Pettibone bought the abandoned building and opened the Paradise Nightclub inside. The nightclub lured crowds of gay travelers away from Fire Island and instead to the beaches of Asbury Park. The hotel portion reopened in August
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    The Gaslight Cafe

    The Gaslight Cafe was an American coffee house located in the basement of 116 MacDougal Street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City. The Gaslight (alternatively known as "The Village Gaslight" opened in 1958 and was a well known venue for folk music and other musical acts, until it closed in 1971. There is currently (September - June, 2012) a revival of the Village Gaslight with Sheriff Bob's Gaslight Revival presenting concerts the 2nd and 4th Tuesday and Bob Porco presenting a concert series on Saturdays nights, dubbing them a "Friends of Mike Porco Production" The Gaslight was originally a "basket house" where unpaid performers would pass around a basket at the end of each set and hope to be paid. Opened in 1958 by John Mitchell, the dark, steamy, subterranean Gaslight had showcased beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso but later became a folk-music club. Clarence Hood bought the club in 1961, and he and his son Sam managed the club through the late 1960s. Ed Simon, the owner of another popular Village coffeehouse, The Four Winds, reopened the Gaslight in 1968. The club was run by Betty Smyth (who is the mother of Scandal lead
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    Ziegfeld's

    Ziegfeld's/Secrets was a dual bar located at 1345 Half Street SE in Washington, D.C. It is one of the oldest and most respected drag bars in the world. The bar was circular and divided by a wall with a bar in the middle and doors on either side. The Ziegfeld's side of the venue featured a large stage adorned on either side by a giant silver high heeled shoe. Each weekend on Friday and Saturday drag queen Ella Fitzgerald (née Donnell Robinson), who has worked at the venue for nearly 20 years, hosted her "Ladies of Illusion" for two performances a night (one on Sundays.) The shows lasted approximately an hour and feature five drag queens doing a variety of performances for packed crowds. On the Secrets side of the venue there were fully nude male dancers (catering to a mostly gay male crowd). It was one of the few venues in the United States where male strippers are allowed to dance fully nude. The bar was considered an important landmark in gay culture for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. In 2006 it the property was seized by the District of Columbia via eminent domain and torn down (along with a chain of gay-oriented businesses) to make room for Nationals Park, a new
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    Condor Club

    Condor Club

    The Condor Night Club is a striptease bar or topless bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco, in California, USA. The club opened in 1964. The club is located at the corner of Broadway and Columbus. The large lit sign in front of the club featured a picture of Carol Doda. The sign had red lights on the image of her breasts. She was the first topless entertainer there and the most famous. Her première topless dance occurred on the evening of June 19, 1964. The club went bottomless (i.e. the dancers began performing fully nude) on September 3, 1969. In 1972, bottomless nude dancing became illegal in establishments that served alcohol in California, but Carol Doda continued dancing there topless until 1986. The club closed for a while in 2000 but reopened as a sports bar/bistro. From 2005 to 2007 it was called Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood & Jazz, a scion of the proprietor's original restaurant in New Orleans. In August 2007, it again became the Condor and once more started featuring go-go dancers.
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    Max's Kansas City

    • Musical genre: Glam rock
    Max's Kansas City was a nightclub and restaurant at 213 Park Avenue South, in New York City, which became a gathering spot for musicians, poets, artists and politicians in the 1960s and 1970s. It was opened by Mickey Ruskin (1933–1983) in December 1965. Max's quickly became a hangout of choice for artists and sculptors of the New York School, like John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg and Larry Rivers, whose presence attracted hip celebrities and the jet set. Neil Williams, Larry Zox, Forrest (Frosty) Myers, Larry Poons, Brice Marden, Bob Neuwirth, Dan Christensen, Ronnie Landfield, Peter Reginato, Carl Andre, Dan Graham, Lawrence Weiner, Robert Smithson, Joseph Kosuth, Brigid Berlin, David R. Prentice, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Forakis, Peter Young, Mark di Suvero, Larry Bell, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Lee Lozano, Robert (Tex) Wray, Carlos Villa, Jack Whitten, Philip Glass, Max Neuhaus, Ray Johnson, Malcolm Morley, Marjorie Strider, Edward Avedisian, Carolee Schneemann, Dorothea Rockburne, David Budd, Norman Bluhm, Kenneth Showell, Tiger Morse, Colette Justine, Lenore Jaffee, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Marisol were just a few of the artists seen
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    Nation

    Nation (formally The Capital Ballroom) was a live music/club venue, located at 1015 Half Street SE, in the Navy Yard/Near Southeast neighborhood, of Washington, D.C. It was larger than any other club in the D.C. area, with three levels indoors and a multi-level outdoor patio. The large rooms, sound, and lighting systems made it a popular destination for the rave, goth, drum & bass and gay communities. Built in 1924, the building initially comprised the front entrance of what became Nation, serving as a carriage factory. The building later expanded as it changed hands, at one point serving as a warehouse for the military and finally as a factory for Hurley Boiler before it was ceased operations. The club first opened its doors as The Capital Ballroom in August 1995, with The Ramones, Björk and Lords of Acid being among the first acts to take the stage. The club was located near the other seminal Navy Yard club called Tracks, a large gay club at the time. The Capital Ballroom began holding "Buzz" nights on Fridays, which hosted a number of national and international talent in dance music. It eventually became one of the country's largest weekly dance party/rave hybrid. On Saturdays,
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    Sand Dollar Blues Room

    The Sand Dollar Blues Room, a blues and gambling nightclub, on Spring Mountain Road has been featured in movies, television shows and documentaries. The Nightclub and Lounge is the oldest live music venue in the city outside any hotel or casino and offers live blues music nightly, along with gambling and house drink specialties. The venue has been described as "genuine and authentic in a world of neon and plastic" and is a popular site for both locals and tourists that has hosted blues legends such as BB King, George Thorogood, and Jeff Healey. Celebrities often stop in to hear the live blues jams. Rock legend Ted Nugent recently performed an impromptu guitar duet with blues great Joe Bonamassa in front of a VH1 film crew. Billionaire founder of Electronic Arts Trip Hawkins hosted a bachelor party there. Pop star Taylor Dayne is among its recent guests, where she asked to perform a song for the crowd. The club originally opened in 1976 as an ocean-themed restaurant in a small office complex about a mile from the Strip. The venue evolved into a popular blues scene receiving numerous awards, including a "Five Star" rating from Las Vegas Today magazine, the Review Journals' "Best of
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    Arthur's Tavern

    Arthur's Tavern

    Arthur's Tavern is a nightclub in the West Village, New York City. It has been located in a designated historic building for more than 60 years. Arthur's is a live jazz and blues club. It has hosted Charlie Parker and Roy Hargrove.
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    Blues Alley

    Blues Alley

    Blues Alley, founded in 1965, is a jazz dinner-and-nightclub in an alley off Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood. As of 2008, exclusively jazz musicians are booked into Blues Alley for approximately 360 nights out of the year. Over the years many of the world's very greatest jazz musicians have performed at Blues Alley, including Monty Alexander, Mose Allison, Tony Bennett, Ruby Braff, Charlie Byrd, Mel Clement, Buck Clayton, Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Roy Eldridge, Maynard Ferguson, Rachelle Ferrell, Ella Fitzgerald, Kenny Garrett, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hackett, Roland Hanna, Clancy Hayes, Buck Hill, Earl Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Lurlean Hunter, Phyllis Hyman, Ahmad Jamal, Dr John, Stanley Jordan, Steve Jordan, Stacey Kent, Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, Taj Mahal, Pat Martino, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Mingus, Mark Murphy, Oscar Peterson, Joshua Redman, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Rushing, Gil Scott-Heron, Charlie Shavers, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Maxine Sullivan, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner, Sarah Vaughan, Grover Washington, Jr., Mary Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Teddy Wilson and Sol Yaged. Among the several jazz musicians to record a
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    Sullivan Hall

    Sullivan Hall

    Lion's Den was a music club located at 214 Sullivan Street, between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street, in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. It opened in 1990 and closed in December 2007. Performers included Ben Folds, Howie Day, Keller Williams, New Found Glory, Rachael Sage, Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Pharoahe Monch, Dashboard Confessional, Freak Seed, Page McConnell, Sister Hazel, Lady Gaga and Soulive. In January 2008, Lion's Den reopened as Sullivan Hall.
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    Trocadero Transfer

    The Trocadero Transfer was an after hours dance club in San Francisco from its opening in December 1977 to the late 1990s. It was located at 520 4th St. at Bryant in the SoMa neighborhood. In 2000, a new owner took over, the name was changed to the Glas Kat, and the club was remodeled. In late 2011, a different group of owners took over, the club was again remodeled, and the name was changed to the Grand Ballroom. The Trocadero Transfer was founded by Dick Collier. The club stayed open on Saturday nights until 6 a.m. The entire Golden Gate Business Association (San Francisco's Gay business association) had to go down to the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals to make sure that the Trocadero got its after hours license, and even then it was a while before the club was allowed to serve alcohol after hours. People came to the Trocadero after the I-Beam closed at 2 a.m., and after the Trocadero closed at 6 a.m., those who still wanted to dance could after 1980 go to The EndUp, which opened at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Somewhat off-center of the dance floor, there was a narrow metal spiral staircase with clear plastic arms that went up from the dance floor to the balcony above where
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    Kaiserkeller

    Kaiserkeller is a night club in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg, Germany, near the Reeperbahn. It was opened by Bruno Koschmider on October 14, 1959. The Beatles had a contract with Kaiserkeller to play there in 1960. A Caribbean steel band that had played at Allan Williams Jacaranda club in Liverpool took an offer to play in Hamburg. After receiving letters enthusing about Hamburg's club scene, Williams made contact with Koschmider, offering to act as a booking agent, to which Koschmider agreed. Koschmider had previously booked Derry and the Seniors after seeing them perform in London, and as they were successful in Hamburg, he asked Williams to look for additional groups. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes were Williams' first choice, but as they were committed to a season at Butlins holiday camp, they turned his offer down (as did Gerry & The Pacemakers) so Williams sent The Beatles to Hamburg instead. They were required to play six or seven hours a night, seven nights a week. The Beatles first played at Koschmider's Indra club, sleeping in small, "dirty" rooms in the Bambi Kino, and then moved (after the closure of the Indra) to the larger Kaiserkeller. After the summer season
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    Le Prive

    Le Privé was a successful Korean club or "K-Club" in Los Angeles which was believed to be the largest Asian dance club in North America. The significance of this club had been reported in a variety of news media including LA Weekly, Asianweek, KoreAm Journal and the Seoul Times. The club featured Gothic accents, gargoyles with lights piercing from their eyes, plush velvet couches, private karaoke rooms, a large dance floor with integrated floor illumination system, and marble trimmed bathrooms. The club was located on 721 S. Western Ave and opened in 2000, but closed in 2006. In 2007, it reopened under new ownership and a new name, Le Cercle. "Booking", a unique Korean club practice in which waiters introduce club patrons to each other, was common at Le Privé. Booking is a practice in which waiters bring women (sometimes forcibly) to a table to sit with men. The men can then sit and talk to the women or tell them to leave depending on interest. This is one of the few instances in Korean culture where tipping is encouraged, as waiters usually give a better effort depending on gratuity. Approximately 65% of the patrons were Koreans (Korean Americans and immigrants), 20% Chinese
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    Tavastia Club

    The Tavastia Club (Finnish: Tavastia-klubi) is a popular rock music club in Helsinki, Finland. The house is owned by Hämäläis-Osakunta, one of the student nations at the University of Helsinki, but since 1991 the club has been operated by a private enterprise renting the house from the nation. It is located in central Helsinki Kamppi district on the street Urho Kekkosen katu. The capacity is 700 people. The house was built for the Tavastian nation as "Hämäläistentalo" (Tavastians' house) in 1931. From early on, it was actively rented for entertainment purposes, including theater plays and dances. By the 1950s it had become a popular dance place and carried the slang name Hämis. During the 1960s the house started to concentrate more on rock music. In 1970 the club was given the name Tavastia klubi. The programme included weekly jazz, rock and disco concerts. During the 1970s many bands, which would later become very famous in Finland and even abroad, rose to fame from the concerts in Tavastia. These include such acts as Hurriganes, Sleepy Sleepers, Wigwam and Dave Lindholm. During this time a few popular foreign acts played in the club as well, including Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker
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    Howl at the Moon Piano Bar

    Howl at the Moon is a franchise of dueling piano bars As of January 2012, Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bars were located in or were being constructed in: The following cities were former sites of HATM: The theme driving Howl at the Moon is audience participation. Piano players take requests for songs and the audience sings along. Special contests for Armed Forces fight songs, college fight songs, country vs. rap and so on are popular. "The World's Most Dangerous Wait Staff" serves the crowd drinks and occasionally does a dance number. Nightclub and Bar Magazine named Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar as one of its 100 best of 2005. The first HATM opened in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1990.
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    Joe's Pub

    Joe's Pub at Public Theater is a nightclub that hosts live performances regularly. The venue, which is a non-profit operation, is located at 425 Lafayette Street near Astor Place in Manhattan, New York City. It is named after Joseph Papp, the theatrical producer who established the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater and the free Shakespeare in the Park program in Central Park. Joe's Pub opened in October 1998. Soon after, a reviewer for The New York Times wrote "You enter through the side door of the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Farther south on Lafayette Street, revolving doors admit patrons to the Public's various theatrical spaces, but here, on the outskirts, an iron-fenced portal offers entree to the theater's new nightclub." He continued "But Joe's Pub is a much less lofty enterprise, carved as it is from ground-floor back-office space at the theater. The $2.35 million club is the result, in part, of a construction and renovation grant to the Public from city capital funds that includes refurbishment of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There were some doubters when the club opened in October who wondered whether the Public Theater could make a theater-night
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    Ageha

    ageHa (also as 'AGH') is a nightclub and event space in Shin-Kiba, Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan. The club opened in December, 2003. The venue is also known as Studio Coast. The word Ageha is Japanese for 'Swallowtail butterfly'. The club's name has recently been presented in the 3-letter-version 'AGH' in capital letters, for instance on the official staff shirts. If the three letters are pronounced separately in German, they are pronounced as "ah-geh-ha", similar to the Japanese pronunciation of the club's name. The club has a large main dance floor, chill out space, open terrace with pool, an outdoor dance tent. It is on the waterfront in eastern Tokyo's reclaimed industrial district. The club has a capacity of over a thousand people. Entry costs depend on the line-up. Ageha runs a free bus service at night from near the east exit of Shibuya station in Tokyo. The bus takes 30–45 minutes. There is also a free return bus service. There are also a number of trains that go to Shin-Kiba Station, including the Keiyo Line from Tokyo Station, as well as the Yurakucho Line. The club has hosted DJs such as Hernan Cattaneo, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Markus Schulz Tiësto,
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    Cafe Wha?

    Cafe Wha?

    Cafe Wha? is a club in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City that has been home to various musicians and comedians. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and many others all began their careers at the Wha? Although Cafe Wha? was sold by its owner, Manny Roth, in 1968, the club remains at its original location, 115 Macdougal Street, between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets. Roth is the uncle of David Lee Roth. The original Cafe Wha? closed in the late 1960s, when the room was taken over by Menachem Dworman, who ran the Cafe Feenjon in the location until 1987. The Feenjon featured Israeli and Middle Eastern music. In 1987, the room was taken over by Noam Dworman, a guitar player, who changed the room back to a rock music format. In 1986 Dworman had introduced to the Feenjon the concept of a rock music house band made up of the most talented performers in the area. The band performed for a year at the Cafe Feenjon on Wednesdays and Sundays, quickly becoming so popular that they took over the entire week. When
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    Disco Fever

    Disco Fever was a New York City dance club located in the South Bronx that operated from 1976 to 1986. After initially failing to draw very many customers, Sal Abbatiello convinced his father, the owner, to hand over the reins. Abbatiello quickly began featuring hip hop artists including a young Grandmaster Flash, and the club greatly increased in popularity and fame. Hip hop group Run-D.M.C. performed their first show at the club. The Dance Fever served as the filming location of the hip hop movie Krush Groove (1985), then closed shortly after because it operated without the proper license. The club started out as a neighborhood bar. Albert "Allie" Abbatiello, an Italian American, already operated two nightclubs in the Bronx serving primarily African Americans: the Golden Hour and Pepper-n-Salt. He reworked the old bar to be his third nightclub, aimed initially at an older crowd. According to his son Sal, "We had been lookin' for a name for about three months, and we were sitting down watchin' tv and my mom saw an advertisement for Saturday Night Disco Fever [sic]; and she says why don't you name it Disco Fever – we said, 'nah, get outta here.' The next day we got up sayin' Disco
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    Paradise Garage

    Paradise Garage

    The Paradise Garage was a discotheque notable in the history of modern LGBT and nightclub cultures and in dance and pop music . It was founded by Michael Brody, its sole proprietor, and was located at 84 King Street, in the Hudson Square neighborhood of New York City. It operated from 1976 to 1987 and was the base for DJ Larry Levan. Its name derives from its origins as a parking garage. The Paradise Garage's business model was largely inspired by David Mancuso's Loft parties: no liquor was served, there were no sales of food or beverages, and the club was not open to the general public. The sound system was developed, designed and installed by Richard Long of Richard Long & Associates (RLA), and was said by those who attended to be the best in New York City at that time. The club has been credited for its influence on the development of the modern dance club as it is today; unlike other clubs of its time, the Paradise Garage was focused on dancing rather than social interaction, and it was the first to put the DJ at the center of attention. Among those to benefit from what became known as "The Garage Sound" or "Garage Music" was West End Records, run by Mel Cheren. Among its
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    Sir Henry's

    'Sir Henry's' was a bar and nightclub on South Main Street in Cork, Ireland, which opened in 1978 and closed in June 2003 with the building subsequently being demolished. The name is derived from Henry O'Shea who was a baker and building proprietor in the South Main street area of Cork city. The club was renowned for its Dance, Trance, R&B, Hip Hop and a regular live rock. Sir Henrys was ostensibly a rock bar for many of its early years. A large video screen in front of the stage showed rock videos for customers. It also served food for a period of time from its small kitchen before this was closed in favour of additional bar space and cloakroom facilities. Many of Ireland's up and coming young bands performed here and the 'Battle of the Bands' was held there for many years where uinsigned talent competed for a lucrative recording contract. Many famous artists performed there over these years including the late Phil Lynott, John Martyn's folk-inspired electric and acoustic sets, ex-Clash Mick Jones' Big Audio Dynamite, The Pogues and The Sisters of Mercy under their pseudonym "Speed Kings". On August 20, 1991, Sir Henry's hosted Sonic Youth who were supported by the then virtually
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    Garden of Allah

    The Garden of Allah was a mid-20th century gay cabaret that opened in 1946 in the basement of the Victorian-era Arlington Hotel in Seattle's Pioneer Square. It was Seattle's most popular gay cabaret in the late 1940s and 1950s and one of the first gay-owned gay bars in the United States. Prior to becoming a cabaret, the space had been a speakeasy, during Prohibition, and then a tavern. The Garden catered to both gay men and lesbians, though hetero tourists and military personnel on leave also visited. Acts were primarily female impersonation, though some male impersonators also performed; the former sometimes included stripping. One act was the professional female-impersonation Jewel Box Revue, though that act was largely geared to and supported by hetero people. Patrons report that the cabaret became like a "family" or "support group," and Don Paulson, author of An Evening at the Garden of Allah: A Gay Cabaret in Seattle, noted that he believes the sense of community and group consciousness produced by the Garden was what made the gay rights movement of later decades possible. The Garden closed in 1956, when a combination of a rate raise from the musicians' union and a raise in
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    Jay's Upstairs

    Jay's Upstairs was a bar and nightclub which was a staple of the independent rock, punk, and grunge scene in the Pacific Northwest. The Missoula, Montana bar first opened its doors in 1984 and, after years of competing with various area hotspots, became a stopping point for every up-and-coming band passing through the northern states by the mid 1990s. The building it occupied at 119 West Main Street was one of the oldest in Montana, having been constructed in 1873. Jay's Upstairs closed its doors permanently in 2003, after nearly two decades of hosting thousands of rock, thrash, punk, and variety shows.
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    Satyricon nightclub

    Satyricon was a nightclub in the Old Town neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States, best known as a venue for local and touring alternative rock bands and referred to as the oldest rock club on the West Coast. Satyricon, located at 125 N.W. Sixth Avenue (formerly "Marlowe's Tavern, a dark, narrow barroom on a seedy stretch") opened in 1983 and operated until May 2003, with mostly indie and punk rock bands performing. The club was named by its founder George Touhouliotis after Federico Fellini's film of that name, and included a restaurant called Fellini. The Satyricon was known for being the one venue in Portland "where everyone who was or would be anyone in Northwest rock played over the course of two decades," earning the nightclub a national reputation. The club became a popular hangout for rock fans and musicians, and was a regular venue for local punk bands the Wipers and Poison Idea. It was also frequented by Courtney Love, who met friend/bandmate Kat Bjelland there in 1983. The club is also notable for being the place where Love first crossed paths with her future husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain; according to Love, she met Cobain there in 1988 at a Dharma Bums
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    Savoy Ballroom

    Savoy Ballroom

    The Savoy Ballroom was a medium sized ballroom for music and public dancing in located between 140th and 141st Streets on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York City . It was in operation from March 12, 1926 to July 10, 1958. It was owned by a Jewish gangster, Moe Gale, who some say was a front for Al Capone. It was managed by Charles Buchanon. It is estimated that the ballroom generated $250,000 in annual profit in its peak years. The normal entrance fee was 30 to 85 cents per person. The Savoy was a popular dance venue from the late 1920s to the 1950s and many dances such as Lindy Hop became famous here. It was known downtown as the "Home of Happy Feet" but uptown, in Harlem, as "the Track". Unlike the 'whites only' policy of the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom was integrated, and white and black Americans danced together. Virtuosic dancers, however, excluded others from the northeast corner of the dance floor, now referred to as the "Cat's Corner," although the term was not used at the time. A famous "Battle of the Bands" or "cutting contest" happened when the Benny Goodman Orchestra challenged Chick Webb in 1937. Webb and his band were declared the winners of that contest. And in
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    Secretroom

    The Secretroom is a nightlife and art host institution in Atlanta catering primarily to the goth, fetish, and BDSM crowd. It was formed in the mid-90s by the efforts of Jsin, a former Marine serving in Desert Storm, who currently manages Secretroom events, venues, and promotions. Secretroom has hosted in several venues in the Atlanta area, generally focusing on one or two at a time. In the mid 1990s, it found a home at 688 on Spring St., and later at The Chamber, Atlanta's premier goth nightclub at the time. After the close of the Chamber in mid-2000, Secretroom moved to The Masquerade on North Avenue for several years, hosting "SIN" nights every Friday or Saturday, further developing its trademark stage shows and cage dancers, notably the Sexual Surrealists. When Underground Atlanta opened The Future in mid-2004, an immense cyberpunk-themed club venue, Secretroom turned its attention there, holding events every Saturday night until the unexpected close of Future in December 2005. "The Scene", as it was sometimes called, drifted aimlessly for a brief period, returning to the Masquerade but without much direction, until the Chamber re-opened as The Jungle, located in the same
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    The Channel

    The Channel

    The Channel was a Boston music venue that was part of the underground arts community of south Boston (known as Fort Point). Joe Cicerone founded The Channel in 1980, choosing the name because the club sat at the edge of the Fort Point Channel, which separates South Boston from the Financial District. The club was on the other side and a little South of where the Boston Tea Party took place (old Griffin's Wharf) in 1773. Looking at the photo you can see an empty lot just South and to the right of the bridge (the exact spot of the Channel). In 1990, Harry and Peter Booras, the last owners of the club, filed for chapter 11. The authorities had revoked the liquor license several times with fines for serving minors. The doors closed on December 31, 1991. There were rumors that mob boss Frank Salemme had a foothold in the club, and these rumors proliferated after The Channel reopened its doors as an exotic dance club, which closed after less than a year. His son Frank Salemme Jr. was listed for a time as the assistant manager of the club. In the late 1990s, developers demolished the building to make way for Big Dig construction. In the mid to late 1980s, the club was in its prime. Local
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    Warehouse

    The Warehouse (or the "House" for short) was a nightclub that was established in Chicago, Illinois in 1977 under the direction of Robert Williams. It is today most famous for being what many consider to be the birthplace and heart of "house music" under its first musical director, DJ Frankie Knuckles. A broad spectrum of dance music was being played; however, first and foremost were R'n'B and Disco. Knuckles experimented with different possibilities of developing an original expression, mixing disco music with European electronic music. The Warehouse was patronized primarily by gay black and Latino men, who came to dance to disco music played by the club's resident DJ, Frankie Knuckles. It was located at 206 South Jefferson Street in Chicago. After The Warehouse doubled its admission fee in late 1982, it grew more commercial and Knuckles decided to leave and start his own club, The Powerhouse, to which his devoted followers followed. To retaliate, the Warehouse's owners renamed it the Music Box and hired a new DJ named Ron Hardy
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    Xenon

    Xenon was a popular New York City nightclub. Xenon was a popular disco in Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was located at 124 West 43rd St in the former Henry Miller Theater which prior to Xenon had been renamed Avon-at-the-Hudson and was operating as a porn house. Xenon was the only nightclub popular enough to compete with Studio 54. The site is now the Stephen Sondheim Theater. Xenon was founded in June 1978 by Howard Stein and Peppo Vanini. Stein had been a promoter who had brought rockers such as The Who, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones to New York City.Vanini ran some of the greatest clubs in Europe including Regines. He and Peppo Vanini had met at Studio 54. Madelyn Fudeman was the publicity person. Xenon was regarded as much more of a "Fashion Crowd", while Studio 54 was more Hollywood. Still, many celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Halston, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Tom Cruise, Richard Avedon, Cher, O.J. Simpson, Christopher Reeve, Elton John, Roger Moore, John McEnroe, Tony Curtis, Brooke Shields, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Robin Williams frequented the club. The walls were silver and rays of light came out
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    Yoshi's

    Yoshi's

    Yoshi's is the preeminent jazz club of the San Francisco Bay Area. Started as a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley by Yoshi Akiba, a World War II war orphan, (who came to the United States to study dance, art, and dance therapy), and her friends Kaz Kajimura and Hiroyuki Hori, the club soon moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland, California and began to feature live jazz music. It eventually gained a reputation as one of the most significant jazz venues on the West Coast. In May 1997, the club moved to Jack London Square during the revitalization of the Port of Oakland, as a 330-seat, 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m) jazz concert hall with an attached 220 seat Japanese restaurant, assisted by funding from the Oakland Development Agency. On November 28, 2007, it opened a second 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m) location in San Francisco's Fillmore District, as a flagship of the city's attempt to restore the formerly African American neighborhood (which was uprooted in the 1970s by urban renewal) as a center of black culture and jazz. Roy Haynes was the featured performer on the opening night of the new San Francisco location.
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    Bootie

    Bootie is the first club night in the United States dedicated solely to mashups and bootlegs, and is now the biggest all-mashup party in the world, with regular parties in several cities around the globe. The original party began at the Cherry Bar (now Annie's Social Club) in San Francisco in August 2003, and moved to DNA Lounge in March 2006, where it now occurs every Saturday, and is simulcast into the virtual venue Club Republik in Second Life. For over a year, it was the only club of its kind in America, and its creators, DJs Adrian & the Mysterious D (aka A Plus D), along with former resident DJ Party Ben, were instrumental in helping to popularize mashup culture on the West Coast. The club has showcased mashup DJs from around the world, including DJ Earworm, DJ Lobsterdust, Go Home Productions, Dsico, DJ Zebra, Evolution Control Committee, and dj BC, as well as featuring a live house band, Smash-Up Derby, known as "the world's first mashup rock band." Bootie SF has been regularly named "Best Dance Club" in the SF Weekly's "Best of SF" and the Bay Guardian's annual "Best of the Bay" issue. Hallmarks of the club include the infamous Midnight Mashup Show, which feature drag and
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    CBGB

    CBGB

    CBGB (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues) was a music club at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, The B-52's, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Shirts, and Talking Heads. From the early 80's until its later years, it would mainly become known for Hardcore punk with bands such as Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law, U.S. Chaos, Cro-Mags, Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick of It All, and Youth of Today becoming synonymous with the club. The storefront and large space next door to the club served as the "CBGB Record Canteen" (record shop and cafe) for many years. Eventually, in the late eighties, the record store was closed and replaced with a second performance space and art gallery, named "CB's 313 Gallery". The gallery went on to showcase many popular bands and singer-songwriters who played in a musical style more akin to acoustic rock, folk, jazz, or
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    Ciro's

    Ciro's (also known as Ciro's Le Disc) was a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8433 Sunset Boulevard, on the Sunset Strip, opened in January 1940, by entrepreneur William Wilkerson. Herman Hover took over management of Ciro's in 1942 until it closed its doors in 1957. Hover filed for bankruptcy in 1959, and Ciro's was sold at public auction for $350,000. Ciro's combined an overdone baroque interior and an unadorned exterior and became a famous hangout for movie people of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. It was one of "the" places to be seen and guaranteed being written about in the gossip columns of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons. Among the galaxy of celebrities who frequented Ciro's were Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Sidney Poitier, Anita Ekberg, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, George Raft, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Judy Garland, June Allyson and Dick Powell, Mamie Van Doren, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Peter Lawford, and Lana Turner (who often said Ciro's was her favorite nightspot) among many others.
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    Cornelia Street Cafe

    Cornelia Street Cafe

    The Cornelia Street Cafe, in New York City's Greenwich Village, first opened its doors in July 1977. It quickly became a magnet for the artistic and highly creative folk who loved their art just off the beaten path. On any given night, one might hear writers, poets, or musicians, spilling their musings to a standing-room-only crowd in the tiny cafe. Exotic and edgy art hung from freshly painted white walls. The tables and chairs were wooden. The Cornelia Street Cafe was also the birthplace of the Monday night songwriter's workshop started by singer/songwriter/and then cafe waitress Carolyne Mas, in December 1977. The group became known as The Songwriter's Exchange, and released an album on Stash Records in 1980. The one rule for the songwriters was that the song had to have been written — or at least heavily worked on — within the past week. The song was performed and then critiqued by fellow songwriters. The following week, the song was brought back in its improved-upon, and hopefully final stage. The cafe was a venue in which songwriters like Suzanne Vega, the group's most famous alumna, perfected their craft, sometimes receiving private comments from other songwriters, but often
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    Cubby Bear

    The Cubby Bear is a sports bar, eatery, and music venue . It is located at Addison and Clark Streets across from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. It was established in 1953 and is formally known as the Cubs Pub and Cubs Grill. The bar has won a few awards including Best Rock Club by the Chicago Music Awards, #1 Neighborhood Bar in Chicago by Maxim magazine and even 7th best sports bar in the United States by Sports Illustrated. The restaurant includes private rooms that overlook Wrigley Field. The management of the Cubby Bear also caters and organizes the booking of three buildings on Sheffield and Waveland which each have a Wrigley Roof.
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    Klute

    This article is about the nightclub. For other uses, see Klute (disambiguation). Klute is a nightclub located in the English city of Durham, based in a converted boathouse adjacent to Elvet Bridge. It used to be highly popular with certain sections of the student population of the University, offering a general mix of pop and dance music from the 60s to the present. In January, 2012, it was rebranded and opened up to locals as well as students, as well as becoming an extension of the nearby Boathouse bar. The club has been owned by the Ultimate Leisure Group plc since 1997, which later became 'Premium Bars and Restaurants plc', which has a substantial holding of establishments across the North East. In August 2009 BDO Stoy Hayward were appointed administrators of Premium Bars and Restaurants. Six of the seven nights during which the club opens, that is Saturday until Thursday, used to be allocated to certain Durham University colleges. This means that students received free entry if they arrived before 22:45. Since the relaunch, the venue now offers free entry to everyone before 11pm each night.
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    Largo

    Largo

    Largo is a nightclub and cabaret in Los Angeles, CA, known informally as Café Largo or Club Largo, known for its retinue of musical and comedic performers and for the Friday night "residency" of singer-songwriter Jon Brion, which has made the club a must-visit for fans and professional musicians. Cafe Largo was founded by Jean-Pierre Boccara in 1989. Boccara had previously run the Lhasa Club in Hollywood from 1982 to 1988. The location of Cafe Largo was formerly known as Budapest, a Hungarian restaurant. Boccara chose the name Largo for its musical, expansive and adventurous connotation. While changing the menu to a more contemporary Italo-French fare and strongly supported by the local arts community Boccara turned the place into a focal point for live music (Peter Himmelman, Victoria Williams, Suzanne Vega, Syd Straw, The Love Jones, Julie Christensen, Hugo Largo, Grant Lee Buffalo...), cabaret (Philip Littell, Stephanie Vlahos, Lypsinka, Barry Yourgrau...), vaudeville (Les Stevens), comedy (Nora Dunn, Beth Lapides..) and spoken word (Eve Brandstein and Michael Lally's "Poetry in Motion" notorious series). The LA Weekly named Cafe Largo "LA's Best Supper Club" in 1990. The New
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    Mississippi Nights

    Mississippi Nights

    Mississippi Nights was a music club in St. Louis, Missouri that achieved national recognition for the number of big-name acts and performers it hosted. The club was located at 914 N 1st Street, on the western bank of the Mississippi River, four blocks north of the Gateway Arch in historic Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis. Concerts at the venue, which held up to 1,000 people, were most often "all ages" events, with just over one percent restricted to patrons 21 and over. The club is the subject of a song on the They Might Be Giants album Venue Songs. George Thorogood & the Destroyers' album Live: Let's Work Together features tracks recorded at Mississippi Nights. In early 2003, rumors began circulating that the club would close to make way for a new casino development. The rumors were confirmed in early 2007, and the last show was held on January 19, 2007. The last band to play on its stage was The Urge fronted by a band member from Mudworm, which also played. The Urge sold out 93 of 100 shows at Mississippi Nights. The owners are currently looking into the possibility of re-opening in a new location.
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    Pyramid Club

    Pyramid Club

    The Pyramid Club is a nightclub in the East Village of Manhattan, New York City. After opening in 1979, the Pyramid helped define the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s. The club is located at 101 Avenue A in Manhattan. In the late 70s and early 80s, when mega-clubs like Studio 54 and The Limelight, dominated New York nightlife, the struggling artists, actors, musicians, and drag queens who lived in the East Village created their own, more intimately-scaled scene. They began taking over some of the local dive bars, such as the Holiday on St. Mark's Place, and created new clubs where there previously were none, as was the case with Club 57 (in the basement of a church), and 8BC, on a block of abandoned tenements. The club became a hangout for “a new breed of politicized drag performers” like Lypsinka, Lady Bunny, and RuPaul, whose first New York City show was at the Pyramid Club in 1982. On Labor Day 1985, Pyramid performer Lady Bunny hosted the Wigstock Festival in Tompkins Square Park. Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry dropped in the Pyramid to do a feature on the club for MTV, and Madonna appeared at her first AIDS benefit at the club. Both Nirvana and Red Hot Chili
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    Raji's

    Raji's was a rock and roll nightclub in central Hollywood, open in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was located in the Hastings Hotel building. The space had previously been a Greek restaurant called The King's Palace. It was one of the great sweaty, smoke-filled 'dives' of rock. It featured performances by bands such as Guns N' Roses, Redd Kross, Hole, Jane's Addiction, Arab and The Suburban Turbans, Dream Syndicate, The Lonesome Strangers, Snake Farm, The Billy Bremner Band, The Shades, Tex & the Horseheads, Lock-Up, Mary's Danish, The Miracle Workers, Social Distortion, The Electric Ferrets, the Mentors, GG Allin, The Nymphs, and Los Lobos, as well as out-of-town acts like Nirvana (as seen on the cover of Nirvana's 7" single, "Sliver"), Pink Fairies, Pussy Galore, Mod Fun and Kyuss. Top-draw local acts like Thelonious Monster, The Muffs, the Red Aunts, The Lazy Cowgirls, Beck, Trash Can School, Oiler, Kryptonite Nixon, Butt Trumpet, Kill Buddha, the Sacred Hearts, the Creamers, The Humpers, and many others found enthusiastic crowds as well. The club was also a hot spot for musicians, who would often come to watch bands and have drinks. Notable customers included Jonathan Richman,
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    Republic Gardens

    Republic Gardens is a nightclub located in Washington, D.C. It first opened in the 1920s and operated as a popular nighttime attraction for several decades. During its early years, notable musicians such as Cab Calloway performed at the nightclub. Republic Gardens closed and remained vacant until 1996, when club promoter Marc Barnes purchased and reopened the nightclub. During the late 1990s, it catered to a young and professional urban crowd, and was a part of the resurgence of the U Street area of Washington, D.C. Barnes operated the club for several years until he sold it in 2003 to Whitney Restaurants, Inc. Whitney Restaurants, Inc. operated Republic Gardens until October 29, 2007, when the nightclub was evicted from its building. The Republic Gardens was originally renovated in 1992 by George Saah and Bob Speidel, then sold to the Whitney brothers, who then sold to Marc Barnes.
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    Standard Theatre

    Standard Theatre

    The Standard Theatre was a theatre in Toronto that originated as the city's main venue for Yiddish theatre, and later became the Victory Burlesque, which would be the last traditional burlesque theatre in Toronto when it closed in 1975. It was located at the corner of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street. The theatre consisted of a single stadium seating screen and concession area selling snacks. Stairs from the street level on Spadina took moviegoers to the screen. The building was originally erected in 1921 as the Standard Theatre, a venue for live action Yiddish theatre. It was designed by Benjamin Brown, one of the city's first Jewish architects, and financed by the large Jewish community of Kensington Market. The theatre was home to a large number of productions of classic Yiddish works, comedy, and translations such as Shakespeare in Yiddish. It was also a centre of Jewish left-wing political activism. The centre for the activities of the Progressive Arts Club. In 1929 an event commemorating the death of Vladimir Lenin was raided by police. It remained a centre of Toronto's Jewish community until 1935 when the building was converted into a mainstream sound movie cinema known as
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    Star-Club

    Star-Club

    The Star-Club was a music club in Hamburg, Germany that opened Friday 13 April 1962 and was initially operated by Manfred Weissleder and Horst Fascher. In the 1960s, many of the giants of rock music played at the club. The club closed on 31 December 1969 and the building it occupied was destroyed by a fire in 1987. The address in Hamburg area St. Pauli was: Große Freiheit 39; Große Freiheit is a side street of the Reeperbahn. The club achieved worldwide renown through the performances of the Beatles, who played there 13 April 1962 - 31 May 1962 and started another round of performances 1 November 1962. Their last performance there was 31 December 1962; that performance was recorded on a home tape machine, and a remixed version was released in 1977 as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The Beatles' first Hamburg Club performance was at the Indra Club (also in Große Freiheit) on 18 August 1960. English musicians (alphabetical): The Beatles, Chicken Shack (featuring Christine McVie (Perfect)), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Cream, Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Earth (pre-Black Sabbath), The Graduates, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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    Starwood Club

    The Starwood Night Club was a popular club in West Hollywood, California from early in 1972 to late 1981. Many punk bands and heavy metal bands started their careers playing at the Starwood. The Starwood Nightclub and music Venue was located on the northwest corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights Ave. It had been a fashionable Jazz nightclub called PJ's in the 1960s, which attracted a large number of film and TV personalities and some old school jazz musicians. PJ's hosted such acts as The Bobby Fuller Four, The Standells, Rufus Thomas and Trini Lopez who recorded live albums there. It was managed by Elmer Valentine before he left to found the Whisky A Go-Go. By 1966 PJ's had been bought by an organized crime figure, Eddie Nash and reputed organized crime figure Dominic Lucci, and was managed by Gary Fontenot (not an organized crime figure) for many years. In 1973, after Nash bought out Lucci's ownership interest in the club, it became The Starwood. It closed in 1981, torn down by the City, after too many citations for underage drinking and noise abatement issues. Before it was demolished it caught fire, though not burning totally. This occurred while unexplained fires
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    Stonewall Inn

    Stonewall Inn

    The Stonewall Inn, often shortened to Stonewall is an American bar in New York City and the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States. The original Inn, which closed in 1969, was located at 51–53 Christopher Street, between West 4th Street and Waverly Place, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. In 1990 a bar called "Stonewall" opened in the western half (53 Christopher Street). This was renovated and returned to its original name, "The Stonewall Inn", in 2007. The buildings are both part of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's Greenwich Village Historic District, designated in 1969, and the Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Originally constructed between 1843 and 1846 as stables, the property was turned into a restaurant in 1930. It remained a restaurant until it was gutted by fire in the mid 1960s. On March 18, 1967, the Stonewall opened in the space. It was, during its time, the largest gay establishment in the U.S. and did a very good business, although, as
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    Strippergate

    Strippergate is the name of two separate government scandals and criminal investigations on the West Coast both involving strip clubs and organized crime. The 2003 scandal involving zoning laws and connections between strip clubs and organized crime. The investigation encompassed a strip club proprietor who made questionable contributions to city council members in Seattle, Albert Rosellini, a former governor and businessman, and a range of people in both Pierce and King counties in Washington state. As of March 13, 2006 a multi-agency task force has begun into racketeering, corruption, murder and organized crime activity in Washington state’s King and Pierce Counties.
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    Supper club

    A supper club, traditionally, refers to a dining establishment that also functions as a social club. The term may describe different establishments depending on the region, but in general, supper clubs tend to present themselves as having a high-class image, even if the price is affordable to all. A newer usage of the term supper club has emerged, referring to underground restaurants. In the U.S., a supper club is a dining establishment generally found in the Upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa. These establishments typically are located on the edge of town in rural areas. They were traditionally thought of as a "destination" where patrons would go to spend the whole evening, from cocktail hour to enjoying night club style entertainment after dinner. They feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Supper clubs generally feature "simple" menus with somewhat limited offerings featuring "American" cuisine. Menus included dishes such as prime rib, steaks, chicken, and fish. An "all you can eat" Friday fish fry was particularly common at supper clubs in Wisconsin. Relish trays featuring items such as crackers, carrots, pickles, radishes, and celery
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    The Echo

    The Echo is a venue/nightclub located in Echo Park in Los Angeles, California. It also hosted Arthur Magazine's yearly ArthurFest.
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    Tunnel

    Tunnel

    Tunnel was a nightclub in New York City, located at 220 Twelfth Avenue, in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, New York City, in the Terminal Warehouse Company Central Stores Building, which is now part of the West Chelsea Historic District. Tunnel was opened in December 1986 at the cost of $5 million by Eli Dayan – the founder of Bonjour Jeans – in a space which was formerly a railroad freight terminal. The club was named for the tunnel-like shape of the main room, in which train tracks from the early 1900s ran through a sunken area of the dance floor. Eli Dayan sold the Tunnel Night Club to Marco Riccota in January of 1990. These were a relic of an era in which railroad sidings from the Eleventh Avenue freight line of the New York Central Railroad ran directly into warehouse buildings in that area, so that goods could be transferred to and from freight cars which were floated across the Hudson on barges from Hoboken. Tunnel was architecturally distinctive: a long, narrow space with multiple rooms on several levels. The dance floor featured several dance cages. The decor of the club changed frequently. One room, decorated by artist Kenny Scharf, was called the Kenny Scharf Lava
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    Zouk

    Zouk

    Zouk is one of the oldest and most popular nightclubs in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The club is named after the French Creole word for 'party'. It has won the Singapore Tourism Board's "Best Nightspot Experience" award 6 times, between 1996 to 2007. Zouk is also ranked number 10 on DJ Magazine's list of Top 100 clubs in the world in 2006, 2007 and 2010. ZoukOut is an annual music dance festival held in Singapore since 2000. One of Asia's biggest music dance festivals, it is organised by Zouk Singapore. DJs that have performed at ZoukOut include Paul Van Dyk, 2ManyDJS, Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson, Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Peter Kruder, James Lavelle, Armin Van Buuren and Stereo MCs. In 2008, ZoukOut saw its largest turnout of 26,000 in attendance, an increase of 3,000 attendees in 2007. ZoukOut has also won the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Best Leisure Event Experience” award thrice, between 2005 and 2008. ZoukOut 2010 celebrated 10 years of the festival in December 2010. It was held on Saturday, 11 December at Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island from 8pm-8am. The three headline acts performed at ZoukOut 2010 were multi-platinum selling artiste David Guetta, world renowned trance DJ
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