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BEST Bar for Live Music

2003 BEST Bar for Live Music

Wally’s Café

Boston

Nowhere else in this town are you more apt to find pink Izods and gangsta colors in such proximity. This joint, nestled between the gentrified South End and Roxbury and opened in 1947 by Joseph “Wally” Walcott, is a classic… read more»

2002 BEST Bar for Live Music

Kendall Café

Cambridge

In addition to its popular Tuesday Night Music Club—a music series featuring unplugged sets by leading local musicians—the Kendall introduced a new program this year, Earfull, pairing local musicians with authors reading from their works. It’s the kind of thing… read more»

2001 BEST Bar for Live Music

The Kendall Café

Cambridge

As the many framed posters around the bar can attest, big named have played this small room situated on a Cambridge backstreet, among them Jewel and Elvis Costello. This year, the Kendall bolstered its currency with local talent, creating a… read more»

1992 BEST Bar for Live Music, Blues

Harper’s Ferry

Allston

That long bar. Those jam sessions. Lots of blue notes here but no blue listeners. read more»

1989 BEST Bar for Live Music, Rock

Man Ray

Cambridge

Neither new wave nor yuppie, and the best of the small names. Don’t be uncool; get there at about 11 o’clock. read more»

1985 BEST Bar for Live Music, Rock

The Paradise

Boston

Manager Seth Greenberg has turned the club around. read more»

1983 BEST Bar for Live Music, Rock

Inn-Square Men’s Bar

Cambridge

Another new arrival in the Hall of Fame. read more»