We know the 9:30 Club is the best, and now so does Rolling Stone

It's no secret to D.C. that the 9:30 Club rules. For more than 30 years, it has been the local music scene's most consistent provider of top-flight talent in a venue that manages to make a crowd of 1,200 feel intimate. It throws a mean birthday bash, serves a delicious panini and has legions of loyal fans. But it's not enough to say that the 9:30 Club is one of the country's top music venues anymore, as Billboard has been saying for years.

That's because Rolling Stone magazine has just realized what we all know: The 9:30 Club is the country's top large music club, according to a poll of industry folks and musicians, beating out the likes of San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, First Avenue in Minneapolis and Chicago's Metro. Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin rounds out the top five.

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(Mark Finkenstaedt for The Washington Post)

It's serious praise. Among the club's most appealing features, according to the magazine: "I can't think of any other club that gives its bands bunk beds, laundry, and a private balcony," Spoon's Britt Daniel said. Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump said: "It's got so much character, you wonder if the locals know how lucky they are."

We do, Patrick. We do.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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Alex Baldinger · May 3, 2013