It’s only April, which means it’s too early to name the top 10 most popular nightclubs in the United States for 2016. Everyone will have a different opinion on what the “best” nightclub is, but there’s one metric that doesn’t lie — cold hard cash. So while it’s too early for 2015/2016 figures, we can look back on data from 2014/2015 to put together a top 10 list of the most popular nightclubs, which together pulled in nearly $700 million.
With electronic dance music experiencing unprecedented levels of popularity, and big name DJs like Avicii and Deadmau5 making regular appearances at nightclubs like Encore Beach Club Las Vegas, the U.S. club scene has been thriving in recent years. Today, more than 26% of all nightlife events include EDM music, a broad genre that includes things like electronic pop, house music, and dubstep.
Last year, Forbes put together a list of the Top 10 Most Successful Nightclubs in the United States, as well as the estimated revenues for each of these party destinations. Unsurprisingly to anyone familiar with the EDM scene, seven of the top 10 clubs were located in Las Vegas casinos. Only New York City and Miami managed to crack the list, even though Miami is a popular destination for DJs and EDM fans alike.
So who made the list? According to Forbes, XS Las Vegas topped the list with $105 million dollars in revenues. And it’s not easy to see why XS Las Vegas made nine figures in a year:
“A good table will cost you $10,000, and the venue even has a cocktail that will run you another $10,000. A source close to the club told Forbes that there are a few high rollers that aren’t turned off by the excessive price tags, and some of them will even order a round of those drinks for friends, not worrying about spending what some people make in a year on a few drinks.”
Clearly Las Vegas DJs and club spaces are cleaning up, as other popular clubs like Hakkasan ($103 million), Marquee, TAO, and Surrender Las Vegas ($45 million) all earned a spot in the top six.