Cousins managed the small speakeasy known as the Red Head in Greenwich Village in 1922. In 1925 the location moved to a basement on Washington Place and its name changed to Frontón. The next year it moved uptown to 42 West 49th Street, and became the exlusive Puncheon Club. In 1929, the construction of Rockefeller Center moved the club moved and changed its name to "Jack and Charlie's 21".
In 1920, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson opened the Cotton Club under the name “Club Deluxe” on the corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in the heart of the Harlem district. Owney Madden, a prominent bootlegger and gangster, took over the club in 1923 while imprisoned in Sing Sing and changed its name to the Cotton Club. A deal was arranged that allowed Johnson to still be the club’s manager.
An American nightclub owner and former bootlegger who was the founder and owner of New York's Stork Club from 1929 to 1965. Billingsley began buying drug stores in New York City and even started his own real estate office to help him acquire drug stores. He created and owned the Stork Club. From the time of the speakeasy until the 1960s, he held court on East 53rd Street.
In 1931, John Perona (an immigrant born Eriane Giovanni Perona in Chiaverano in the Province of Turin, Italy), with Martín de Alzaga opened El Morocco as a speakeasy at 154 East 54th Street, on the south side of 54th Street in the middle of the block between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue, where the Citigroup Center now stands. After prohibition was repealed, it became one of the most popular establishments in New York City. Its regular clientele consisted of celebrities.
The Copacabana club opened November 10, 1940 at 10 East 60th Street in New York City. While the Copacabana was still under construction, Mafia kingpin Frank Costello introduced himself to Monte Proser as his new partner, making it clear to the Broadway impresario that he had no choice in the matter. A week later Costello brought in the ex-op of Broadway's unsavory Kit Kat Club, Jules Podell.
Belgian-born French singer and night-club impresaria. She dubbed herself the "Queen of the Night". Régine became a torch singer and by 1953 was a well-known nightclub manager in Paris. She is widely attributed with the invention of the modern-day discothèque, by virtue of creating a new, dynamic atmosphere at Paris' Whisky à Gogo, with the ubiquitous jukebox replaced by disc jockeys utilising linked turntables.
In 1965, Christopher founded a nightclub in Manhattan at 154 East 54th Street, the site of "El Morocco"; numerous celebrities and well-known artists contributed. "Arthur", as the club was known, (the pre-cursor to Studio 54) became a popular nightclub for celebrities during its short tenure from 1965 to 1969. D.J. Terry Noel claimed to have invented "mixing" in the club, layering music from two separate turntables.
Founded Annabel's in 1962 at Berkeley Square in the exclusive Mayfair district of London. The club was named for his wife, the former Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, and it was the first of its kind: a member-only nightclub that catered to an exclusive clientele. In 1972 Birley opened Mark's Club and continued to expand his portfolio in the restaurant, nightclub and hotel business, where he became the owner of the Annabel's Group.
In 1964 he co-founded the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. In 1966 he co-founded The Roxy Theatre and in 1972 the Rainbow Bar & Grill.
An American record producer, manager, director, and an owner of the famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California he co-founded in 1966. In 1972 he opened The Rainbow Bar & Grill. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as the winner, alongside Quincy Jones, of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
David Mancuso created the popular "by invitation only" parties in New York City later known as "The Loft". The first party "Love Saves The Day" was in 1970. Before this, he was playing records for his friends on a semi-regular basis as early as 1966, and these parties became so popular that by 1971 he and Steve Abramowitz, who worked the door, decided to do this on a weekly basis. His parties were similar to rent party or house party.
Hurrah pioneered the use of music videos in nightclubs, placing video monitors around the club, over a year before the launch of MTV. The club was owned by Arthur Weinstein (who also created The World and the afterhours clubs The Jefferson and The Continental and his partners, who opened the club in November 1976, months before Studio 54.
Ian Schrager is an American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer. Often associated with co-creating of the Boutique Hotel category of accommodation, he founded Morgans Hotel Group. Originally, he gained fame as co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54. Steve Rubell was an American entrepreneur and co-owner of the New York disco Studio 54.
An American club owner and musician who was the owner of the iconic New York City club, CBGB, which opened in 1973 and closed in 2006 over a rent dispute. In 1966 he and Ron Delsener co-founded the Central Park Music Festival. The club became known as the starting point for the careers of such punk rock and New Wave acts as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Television, and Blondie.
Brothers Ricardo and Piti Urgell opened their second Pacha club in Ibiza, Spain, in 1973. (In 2007, musician James Blunt released a song called "1973" about the club, which was subsequently remixed by well-known DJ Pete Tong and played during his own sets at the club.) Pacha is best known for specializing in house music but has five different rooms incorporating other musical styles.
Howard Stein and Peppo Vanini founded Xenon in June 1978 located at 124 West 43rd St in the former Henry Miller Theater. Stein had been a promoter who had brought rockers such as The Who, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones to New York City. Vanini ran some of the greatest clubs in Europe including Regines. Xenon was regarded as much more of a "Fashion Crowd", while Studio 54 was more Hollywood.
An American hotelier, restaurateur, artist, filmmaker, and conservationist. He is best known as the creator of the nightclub Area, B Bar, and Bowery Hotel. In 1983, he formed the nightclub Area with his brother, Chris Goode, and friends Shawn Hausman and Darius Azari. Area merged art into the context of a nightclub, constantly changing themes and collaborating with artists of the time (Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hockney, and others).
An Australian actress and singer, best known for her role in The Rocky Horror Show. From the mid-1980s to 1998, Campbell owned two nightclubs in New York: Kiosk, E&O, and most famously lent her name to Nell's. Nell's was sold in 1998 to Noel Ashman and his business partner actor Chris Noth.
Once dubbed as the "King of New York Clubs" as owner of several New York nightclubs, including The Limelight, Palladium, Club USA, and Tunnel. Limelight started in Hallandale, Florida, in the 1970s. Following a fire in the late 1970s, Gatien chose Atlanta for his next incarnation opening in February 1980. In 1983, Gatien relocated to to New York to open another Limelight club, while his brother Maurice managed the Atlanta club.
Jon Taffer is a bar consultant, television personality, and author, best known as host of the reality series Bar Rescue. Taffer's first bar management job was at The Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood in 1978, and he opened his first bar as owner in 1989. Credited for "inventing" NFL Sunday Ticket. In 2010, he was appointed as president of the Nightclub and Bar Media Group.