These 11 most exclusive private clubs in America are some of the favorite meeting places and drinking holes for the America’s (and world’s, as well) rich and famous. For the most part, these are urban clubs, designed for the city gentlemen to take a break from the often hectic lifestyle they lead on their jobs. Some of them, however, are placed outside city limits and represent a perfect getaway for when you’re tired from the urban jungle and need to relax in nature.
As you’ve probably guessed it, writers at Insider Monkey don’t earn enough to even consider becoming members in these elite private clubs. So, in order to create this list, we had to rely on Internet sources. The original idea envisioned a hefty expense account and few months of traveling, making sure to experience each of the clubs on the list, but powers-that-be declined it. A perfectly reasonable request, if you ask me, but we had to make do without it.
We curated two lists of most exclusive private clubs in America, one at Dujour and the other at Complex. Bonus points were awarded to the clubs that also appeared on the lost of most elite private clubs in the world at Fortune and Business Insider. We excluded all the clubs with a golf course since we covered them in our list of most elite country clubs in the world. Here are the final standings of most exclusive private clubs in America.