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BEST Club for Live Music

2011 BEST Club for Live Music, Small

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 pop stars the Pills and farther-reaching talent like Canadian crooner… 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 an ample balcony and a stage set in the foreground,… read more »

2008 BEST Club for Live Music, Small
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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 to showcase his new group last April. Or because it… read more »

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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 30-year mainstay. The Paradise has gotten even better lately, as… 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 the floor. National indie acts like Tapes ‘n Tapes and… 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 in plastic cups) are priced low, and the shows are… read more »

2006 BEST Club for Live Music, Large
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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 hosts both nationally recognized acts (Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson)… read more »

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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 every bit as intimate as a suburban rec room. Crowded… 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 rock stars, and even though national acts such as the… 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 room for 105 make this lounge, downstairs from Cambridge Common,… read more »