City: New York
Address: 666 W. 125 St.
Closed doors in: 1936
Famous for: America's most famous nightclub in the '40s
Cotton Club was undoubtedly the most famous nightclub in the U.S. during the Prohibition era. While it was a whites-only establishment (as were many others at the time), it ironically featured a prominent number of black entertainers in the jazz and big-band industry like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong among others. The club largely suffered from the Harlem race riots in 1936, and eventually closed down for good in 1940. Even though it's been more than half a century since its closure, its legacy still continues to this day serving as the inspiration behind many films and musicals.