Best of Boston

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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, […] 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, […] read more»