Bob Waugh, program director at WRNR and former DJ at WHFS, is not surprised by the music magazine’s selection.
“It is really something we’ve known about for a long time,” he says. “The thing that makes the new 9:30 Club so great, quite simply, is the sound. For a room that holds 1,200 people, it’s the best-sounding nightclub I’ve ever been in.”
The club opened in 1980 at 930 F Street and moved to its current location in 1996.
The 9:30 Club was originally known for attracting punk, alt-rock and hardcore bands, but has since expanded to include more mainstream acts, according to Rolling Stone.
The club is also known for the perks it offers visiting artists.
“The dressing rooms are coveted by the artists, because they have bunk beds and a private balcony to watch the performers on stage,” Waugh says.
Here’s the full list of the best big-room music venues, as profiled in Rolling Stone.
9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
The Fillmore, San Francisco
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Stubbs, Austin, Texas
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
Tipitina’s, New Orleans
Beacon Theatre, New York
Webster Hall, New York
The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Fox Theatre, Atlanta
The Tabernacle, Atlanta
Toad’s Place, New Haven, Conn.
Radio City Music Hall, New York
Norva, Norfolk, Va.
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
House of Blues, Chicago
Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia
Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein and Rachel Nania contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP and @WTOPliving on Twitter.