Best Music Venue in Boston


The Sinclair


What better way to take in the latest indie rock than with a side of chicken-liver mousse and steak tartare? That’s the kind of rock ’n’ roll lifestyle you can…Read More

2015 Best Music Venue

The Sinclair


With top-notch bookings (courtesy of promoters Bowery Boston) and the city’s best-designed concert experience, the Sinclair is the House of Blues, only more intimate; the Paradise, without poles obstructing the...Read More

2014 Best Music Venue, Alt/Pop/Rock

Brighton Music Hall


The former Harpers Ferry has spent the past few years as the intermediary step between Great Scott and the Paradise, booking national acts on the rise and local acts on...Read More

2014 Best Music Venue, Jazz/Blues

Wally’s Café


At the crossroads of the next John Mayer and the original Bleeding Gums Murphy stands a music club that could only live in Boston. Still going strong after 67 years,...Read More

2013 Best Music Venue, Small

The Sinclair


Superstar chef Michael Schlow may have brought initial buzz to this new restaurant/music club, but now its lineup of stellar performers—postpunk legends such as the Feelies and Wire, Gen-X faves...Read More

2013 Best Music Venue, Large

TD Garden


It’s a vaunted sports temple, of course, but the Garden had a banner year for music, with appearances by everybody from the current stars Museto the stalwart Rolling Stones, on...Read More

2012 Best Music Venue, Small

Brighton Music Hall


Like its predecessor, Harper’s Ferry, Brighton Music Hall is essentially a dive bar with a big stage and cheap drinks—the perfect venue for indie headliners. The 340-person space draws remarkably...Read More

2012 Best Music Venue, Large

Bank of America Pavillion


It’s hard to beat a concert by the water, and this venue, within walking distance of the Seaport District restaurants, also comes with skyline views. Most important, though, is the...Read More

2009 Best Music Venue, Small

T.T. the Bear’s Place


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

2009 Best Music Venue, Large

Bank of America Pavilion


Dock all the points you like for the pricey beer, seasonal setup, and occasional ‘Ya Mo B There’ booking, and this harborside venue with the graceful sail-like tent and stunning...Read More

1993 Best Music Venue, Sometimes

Green St. Grill


If you’re hep and you follow local rock, you’re here, religiously, on Monday nights. Fixed-price ($8.95) menu, no cover, and happenin’ local bands playing in the small, stageless dining room....Read More

1993 Best Music Venue, Unlikely

The Middle East


The best by far. There’s music in the restaurant’s back room, in the bakery, in the basement (once a bowling alley). Eclectic bookings, a much-needed showcase for local rock and...Read More

1992 Best Music Venue, Small

The Middle East Restaurant


Best now, with its mix of jazz and international music in its back room. And better this fall, when the owners expand into the enormous basement space below the restaurant...Read More

1992 Best Music Venue, Large

The Orpheum Theatre


It’s stuck at the end of an alley, but the 90-year-old Orpheum, which usually hosts rockers, is fit for the eyes and ears of a king. Just try topping the...Read More

1991 Best Music Venue, Concert Hall

Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory

This 1,019-seat hall, with its rich gilt-and-oak stage, is as intimate a medium-size hall as you’ll find. Jordan Hall is surrounded, in part, by practice rooms, so a little wandering...Read More

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