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BEST Club for Live Music, small

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»

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»

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, Small
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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, 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»

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 of boozy erudition to the local rock scene (not to… 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 club so important to the rock circuit that it might… read more»