Best of Boston

BEST Music Venue, small

2012 BEST Music Venue, Small

Brighton Music Hall

Allston

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 hot bands, including U.K. soul-folk sensation Michael Kiwanuka, Canadian indie-rock… read more »

2009 BEST Music Venue, Small
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T.T. the Bear’s Place

Cambridge

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, the club gets music geek nation on its feet with… read more »

1992 BEST Music Venue, Small

The Middle East Restaurant

Cambridge

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 (once a candlepin bowling alley) to create a 130-person-capacity rock… read more »