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The 25 Most Popular Clubs, according to Billboard

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Billboard has released its list of the 25 most popular clubs in the United States, based on total attendance between May 1st, 2013 – April 30th, 2014. Coming in at No. 1? Of all places, the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, which drew nearly 350,000 attendees in the last year. House of Blues’ Boston location follows close behind with a total attendance of 323,000, and Washington, DC’s iconic 9:30 Club takes third place after drawing 269,000. Check out the full top 25 list below.

Interestingly enough, Billboard also released a list of the top 5 must-play clubs for up-and-coming bands, and only one of the top-grossing venues (9:30 Club) made the cut. The other four — New York’s Bowery Ballroom, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Chicago’s Metro, and Los Angeles’ Troubadour — all are much smaller venues in comparison.

Top 25 Most Popular Clubs:
01. House of Blues — Orlando, FL (339,470 attendance)
02. House of Blues — Boston, MA (322,755)
03. 9:30 Club — Washington, DC (268,727)
04. House of Blues — Dallas, TX (222,988)
05. House of Blues — Chicago, IL (211,446)
06. House of Blues — Houston, TX (209,799)
07. House of Blues — Anaheim, TX (192,424)
08. The Tabernacle — Atlanta, GA (185,769)
09. House of Blues — Los Angeles, CA (172,005)
10. House of Blues — San Diego, CA (155,938)
11. House of Blues — Cleveland, OH (155,556)
12. The Fillmore — Silver Spring, MD (152,332)
13. The Fillmore — Denver, CO (151,387)
14. Palladium — Hollywood, CA (148,555)
15. House of Blues — New Orleans, LA (145,077)
16. The Fillmore — San Francisco, CA (140,100)
17. Irving Plaza — New York, NY (135,398)
18. The Fillmore — Charlotte, NC (133,212)
19. House of Blues — Las Vegas, NV (131,208)
20. House of Blues — Myrtle Beach, SC (129,528)
21. The Fillmore — Detroit, MI (129,199)
22. Lifestyle Communities Pavilion — Columbus, OH (128,975)
23. The Paramount — Huntington, NY (127,730)
24. Stage AE — Pittsburgh, PA (124,013)
25. Stubb’s — Austin, TX (116,582)

Top 5 Must-Play Clubs:
01. 9:30 Club — Washington, DC
02. Bowery Ballroom — New York, NY
03. Mercury Lounge — New York, NY
04. Metro — Chicago, IL
05. Troubadour, Los Angeles, LA

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