Best of Boston

Best Music Venue,

2017 Best Music Venue, Large

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Boston
Harbor views and cool summer breezes augment a listening experience that provides access to big-name acts (the coming months will bring Slayer and Diana Ross) […]
2017 Best Music Venue, Small

The Sinclair

Cambridge
With a cozy, intimate vibe and a who’s-who of trendy touring acts (upcoming headliners include Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore), the Sinclair has in short […]
2015 Best Music Venue

The Sinclair

Cambridge
With top-notch bookings (courtesy of promoters Bowery Boston) and the city’s best-designed concert experience, the Sinclair is the House of Blues, only more intimate; the […]
2014 Best Music Venue, Alt/Pop/Rock

Brighton Music Hall

Allston
The former Harpers Ferry has spent the past few years as the intermediary step between Great Scott and the Paradise, booking national acts on the […]
2014 Best Music Venue, Jazz/Blues

Wally’s Café

Boston
At the crossroads of the next John Mayer and the original Bleeding Gums Murphy stands a music club that could only live in Boston. Still […]
2013 Best Music Venue, Small

The Sinclair

Cambridge
Superstar chef Michael Schlow may have brought initial buzz to this new restaurant/music club, but now its lineup of stellar performers—postpunk legends such as the […]
2013 Best Music Venue, Large

TD Garden

Boston
It’s a vaunted sports temple, of course, but the Garden had a banner year for music, with appearances by everybody from the current stars Museto […]
2012 Best Music Venue, Large

Bank of America Pavillion

Boston
It’s hard to beat a concert by the water, and this venue, within walking distance of the Seaport District restaurants, also comes with skyline views. […]
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. […]
2009 Best Music Venue, Small

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 […]
2009 Best Music Venue, Large

Bank of America Pavilion

Boston
Dock all the points you like for the pricey beer, seasonal setup, and occasional ‘Ya Mo B There’ booking, and this harborside venue with the […]
1993 Best Music Venue, Sometimes

Green St. Grill

Cambridge
If you’re hep and you follow local rock, you’re here, religiously, on Monday nights. Fixed-price ($8.95) menu, no cover, and happenin’ local bands playing in […]
1993 Best Music Venue, Unlikely

The Middle East

Cambridge
The best by far. There’s music in the restaurant’s back room, in the bakery, in the basement (once a bowling alley). Eclectic bookings, a much-needed […]
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 […]