Best of Boston

BEST Music Venue

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 about 10 bucks a night, the club gets music geek nation on its feet with… read more»

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 graceful sail-like tent and stunning skyline backdrop still posts the winning score. Wide aisles give… read more»

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 the small, stageless dining room. Plus the occasional big name swooping in for an unadvertised… read more»

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 showcase for local rock and jazz musicians, and not a milliliter of yuppie pretension. 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»

1992 BEST Music Venue, Large

The Orpheum Theatre

Boston

It’s stuck at the end of an alley, but the 90-year-old Orpheum, which usually hosts rockers, is fit for the eyes and ears of a king. Just try topping the acoustics in this place, or its lineup of performers. read more»

1991 BEST Music Venue, Concert Hall

Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory

This 1,019-seat hall, with its rich gilt-and-oak stage, is as intimate a medium-size hall as you’ll find. Jordan Hall is surrounded, in part, by practice rooms, so a little wandering allows you to hear students playing everything from jazz trumpet… read more»

1983 BEST Music Venue

Symphony Hall

Those Brahmins knew what they were doing. read more»