Top 100 Methodology

The Nightclub & Bar Top 100 is the only ranking of the leading bars, clubs and lounges in the United States based on total annual revenue. Developed in 2009 by Nightclub & Bar Media Group, the Top 100 List has become a coveted achievement for premier nightlife destinations.

The Top 100 national roster is developed through a rigorous program involving primary research and analysis of secondary sources. An online survey of operators yields primary data. Secondary research involving public databases and sources, scans of major metropolitan markets, review websites and industry resources provides additional data. Total revenues are presented in ranges for calendar year; specific ranking is determined by midpoint of annual revenue. Concepts can operate in no more than five locations under the same name and must be operating 12 months of the calendar year. Gentlemen’s Club and Dayclubs are not included in the annual ranking. 

Nightclub & Bar engaged T.G. Mayer & Co., P.C. who provided a detailed formulaic approach to review and verify the data submitted to develop the Top 100 List. Many establishments are privately held companies so their sales are not public information.  If an establishment does not provide complete information or chooses not to provide the information required by the Top 100, they are omitted from his list.