Best Club for Live Music in Boston

2011

T. T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

With so many excellent options—Great Scott, the Lizard Lounge, Middlesex—identifying the city’s best live-music venue isn’t easy. But T. T.’s tops our list thanks to the variety of acts (local…Read More

2011 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

Rare is the venue that manages to comfortably fit a mass of fans while also allowing them to make come-hither eyes at the talent. The ‘Dise does just that. With...Read More

2009 Best Club for Live Music

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

Somewhere between a band’s first roadie and their first rider, they play T.T.’s, a beer-soaked cranny in Central Square now in its third decade. For about 10 bucks a night,...Read More

2008 Best Club for Live Music, Small

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

Boston has no shortage of excellent small music venues, but T.T.’s just keeps edging out the competition. Perhaps it’s because former Clash guitarist Mick Jones chose this Central Square nook...Read More

2008 Best Club for Live Music, Small

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

Boston has no shortage of excellent small music venues, but T.T.’s just keeps edging out the competition. Perhaps it’s because former Clash guitarist Mick Jones chose this Central Square nook...Read More

2008 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

Avalon is dead; long live the ‘Dise. As Lansdowne Street is being tamed for Red Sox fans, Comm. Ave. continues to keep it real, thanks in large part to this...Read More

2007 Best Club for Live Music, Small

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

With a capacity of only 270, this Central Square haunt has an oversize personality that defies its small scale (and always sticky floor). The volume’s appropriately loud, the drinks (served...Read More

2007 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

No venue in town outdoes the ‘Dise, where stellar acoustics and a wide-open layout ensure that music lovers get both an earful and an eyeful from just about anywhere on...Read More

2006 Best Club for Live Music, Small

Lizard Lounge

Cambridge

It is with good reason that the Lizard Lounge consistently tops our live-venue list: It’s still the favorite choice for established rock acts, and, for all its renown, is still...Read More

2006 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

The Police and U2 are tough acts to follow. But night after night at the Paradise, musicians take the very same stage where those greats once played. The three-level venue...Read More

2005 Best Club for Live Music, Small

Lizard Lounge

Cambridge

The Lizard Lounge has a mellow vibe, with a quality sound system, friendly bartenders, and plenty of personality. Scattered cocktail tables, well-worn (read: ratty) area rugs, kitschy memorabilia, and standing...Read More

2005 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

This legendary live-music venue might be a quarter-century old, but its state-of-the-art sound system delivers crystal-clear beats and fuzz-free acoustic sets. Fans love being within mere feet of their favorite...Read More

2004 Best Club for Live Music, Small

The Paradise Rock Club

Boston

You wouldn’t usually think of a rock club as the place for poetry. But the Paradise’s regular habit of mixing literary readings with hard-rocking indie bands adds a welcome bit...Read More

2004 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Avalon Ballroom

Boston

In Boston, the “mists of Avalon” refer not to the foggy shores hiding King Arthur’s final resting place, but the dry ice curling around the feet of the club’s performers....Read More

2003 Best Club for Live Music, Small

The Paradise Rock Club

Boston

Who says rock is dead? With a club like the Paradise offering its stage to the kinds of acts that will never, ever get air time on MTV (and that’s...Read More

2003 Best Club for Live Music

Avalon

Boston

Big venues usually mean small performers—not in terms of musical stature, but because you’re so far away the act looks like a dot with a guitar. So thank God and...Read More

2002 Best Club for Live Music

Avalon

Boston

You probably think of Avalon as a dance club. Well, okay, it is a dance club. But it’s also the perfect venue for live music, large enough to lend an...Read More

2002 Best Club for Live Music, Small

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

If you follow the Boston music scene, you already know you can find your favorite up-and-coming rock stars on an almost weekly basis at T.T.’s, the intimate, gargoyle-adorned Central Square...Read More

2001 Best Club for Live Music

T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

Even after 25 years in business, you can’t do much better than T.T.’s, where the music is always good, you can get as close to the bands as you want,...Read More

1990 Best Club for Live Music

Johnny D’s Uptown

Somerville

Here’s a place that has it all: good food, cheap drinks, friendly surroundings, and a knack for booking the great, the near-great and the soon-to-be-great...Read More

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