Weak economy? Yeah, right!
Despite staggering unemployment rates and a sinking middle class, the top 100 American bars, lounges, and nightclubs generated an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue last year, according Nightclub and Bar Media Group's "Nightclub & Bar Top 100."
And while Las Vegas brought in the most money (21 percent of the clubs listed are located in Sin City), Miami continues its role as a major player in the nightlife industry. And for a second year in a row, LIV cracked the top five.
Sandwiched between Las Vegas's TAO and Surrender nightclubs, LIV's estimated $45 to $60 million 2012 revenue was enough to secure the fourth spot on the N&B Top 100. That's one spot higher than last year when LIV generated between $35 and $45 million for a share of fifth place.
Ocean Drive staple Mango's Tropical Café rounded out the top 10, grossing an estimated $25-$35 million in 2012 to also push them up in this year's ranking from 14th.
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The Clevelander (22), Arkadia (31), Mansion (35), SET (38), Wall (56), Space (70), Cameo (73), and Dream (79) also made the list for at least a second straight year, further driving home the point that Miami-Dade County knows how to party.
Check out the complete at nightclub.com/top-100.