Shake Your Money Maker
This Austin nightclub rakes in cash like the best in the U.S.
Las Vegas, Miami and New York City might be the country's nightclub meccas, but according to a new report, a local club is bringing in some serious money.
Nightclub & Bar Media Group released its annual top 100 list, which ranks based on dollars, and Austin's Rio ranks No. 80 in the country. According to the report, the West Sixth Street club — complete with rooftop pool — raked in more than $5 million in gross revenue in 2014.
Texas has 14 clubs in the top 100. Dallas has the most clubs on the list for Texas with seven. Dallas' Levu is the top Texas club and No. 13 in the nation, with more than $20 million in gross revenue. Levu is joined in the top 20 by Uptown spot and Johnny Manziel favoriteAvenu Lounge, which comes in at No. 20, with more than $15 million in revenue.
The other five are Plush (No. 30), Thrive at the Downtown Crowne Plaza (No. 34), Round-Up Saloon (No. 85), Sisu Uptown (No. 91) and Luxx Nightclub (No. 99).
Fort Worth's Landmark Bar & Kitchen (No. 35) is the only other Texas spot to make the top 50. Houston places lower than Austin with Whiskey River (No. 86), Proof Rooftop Lounge (No. 90) and Drink Houston (No. 93). Southern Junction in Royse City ranks No. 96, and San Antonio's Wild West lands at No. 98.
The top 10 clubs include seven from Las Vegas, two from Miami Beach and one from New York City. Las Vegas has the most clubs with 15 in the top 100. In total, the top 100 generated more than $1.36 billion in revenue in 2014.