Top 4 Coolest Clubs Ever
Most of us were not even born while these fabulous and legendary clubs existed and were the places where celebrities were having wild parties. Today we can only hear the stories about what was happening there, watch movies about them or simply read articles like this one, or if we are luckier to hear an authentic story from someone who was alive to witness and have fun at these places.
These are some of the most popular and coolest clubs.
#1. Manhattan disco
No club is better known than New York’s Studio 54 which was in operation from 1977-1981. The place was known for its celebrity clientele, the nightly mob scene outside its doors with thousands of people waiting beyond the velvet rope and the drugs and debauchery going on inside. The stories of what happened inside are endless – from Bianca Jagger (who back in time was married to Mick Jagger) riding a white horse into the club on her birthday, to the famous crescent moon snorting coke over the dance floor… Everyone from Hollywood’s elite to world politicians were regular guests including Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Halston, Mick Jagger, Calvin Klein, Elton John, Margaret Trudeau, Truman Capote, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Ross, Cher, Salvador Dali, John Travolta, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Brooke Shields. In 1978, club co-owner Steve Rubell made the mistake of telling the press the club made $7 million in its first year and that “only the Mafia made more money.” That comment put Studio 54 on the radar of the Internal Revenue Service and it was soon raided.
#2. Café du Bagne
Themed clubs first started working in Montmartre, Paris in the later nineteenth century. In 1885, Café du Bagne (Café of the Penitentiary) was the first of its kind with a prison motif. Within a few years, the trend became worldly popular and in 1925 The Jail Cafe opened its doors on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. At the Jail Cafe, patrons were served at a table which occupied its own cell, by waiters dressed as convicts. Customers weren’t given any utensils and were encouraged to eat with their hands. The Jail opened a second location downtown, but by the time it was named one of the “seven wonders of Hollywood,” by a local newspaper, the trend of theme establishments died down and the place was closed.
#3. Cocoanut Grove
The world famous Cocoanut Grove was opened in the equally famous Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1921. The club was the place where legends like Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand had their start, but also it was a place where Frank Sinatra performed too. Gene Kelly, Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Julie Andrews all played the Grove. The club was the location for the first Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. Despite efforts to save the property over the years (along with the rest of the Ambassador Hotel), it didn’t happen and after it has been demolished was replaced by a public school.
#4. CBGB & OMFUG
While the Studio 54 was gathering the most famous artists and film stars on the upper part of Manhattan, another club made its mark on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. CBGB (founded 1973) became known worldwide as a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands including the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Talking Heads as well as countless others. The name CBGB & OMFUG stands for “Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.” The club initially catered to country, bluegrass, and blues music (along with poetry readings), but within a few years punk became its mainstay. Over the years as the neighborhood changed, the club fought to stay open, but was eventually closed due to rising rents and gentrification. In 2006, the doors to CBGB finally closed. Today, the clubs lives on in market ventures such as the CBGB Music and Film Festival, CBGB radio and countless t-shirts. The legendary music venue fostered new genres of American music, including punk and art rock, that defined the culture of downtown Manhattan in the 1970s, and that still resonate today.