The Best Clubs in America

Our insider picks for the most rocking small rooms in the country

Bowery Ballroom in New York
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1. Bowery Ballroom in New York

Opened 15 years ago in a vacant jewelry store and haberdashery on the Lower East Side, the 550-capacity club is a must-play for bands on the way to stardom. David T. Viecelli, agent for Arcade Fire, says it's "another dressing room or two shy of perfection." It's both intimate and grand, with consistently great sound and sightlines, and touches of old-school class, like 84-year-old brass rails.

Capacity: 550
Fun Fact: Joan Baez’s live album Bowery Songs was recorded during her November 2004 show at the famed venue.

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