City: Athens, GA
Address: 285 West Washington St.
Coolest Feature: Aided in the advancement of the punk and New Wave movements in the South
After enduring several early iterations, one of rock's most iconic and influential concert venues finally settled into its current position in 1991. The 40 Watt Club has graduated from its humble beginnings on College Avenue as a 1979 Halloween party hosted by Pylon's drummer Curtis Crowe to playing a significant role in the development of both the punk rock and New Wave movements. It moved a few doors down during the spring of 1980, then made two more moves before finding a permanent home on West Washington Street. During those transitional years, it launched the careers of R.E.M., the B-52's, Pylon, and The Whigs, and has enlisted the talents of Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Run-DMC, Nirvana, the Black Crowes, The Killers, Snoop Dogg—er, Lion, and Gnarls Barkley.