Best of Boston

BEST Music Venue

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»