Best of Boston

2001 Best Bar for Live Music

The Kendall Café

As the many framed posters around the bar can attest, big named have played this small room situated on a Cambridge backstreet, among them Jewel and Elvis Costello. This year, the Kendall bolstered its currency with local talent, creating a “Tuesday Night Music Club” series that features a Who’s Who of Boston musicians trying out new or experimental material. Add great food and cheap beer specials, and it’s easy to see why this is the hangout of choice for local rock glitterati.

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-0993,