Best of Boston

2006 Best Club for Live Music, Small

Lizard Lounge

It is with good reason that the Lizard Lounge consistently tops our live-venue list: It’s still the favorite choice for established rock acts, and, for all its renown, is still every bit as intimate as a suburban rec room. Crowded cocktail tables stand inches away from the Oriental rug-lined stage, where, on any given night, a classic jazz trio, alt-rockers, or spoken-word poets perform to no more than 105 fans. Adding to the club’s character are the laid-back punks behind the bar who dole out boutique draft beers such as Mojo IPA and Victory Golden Monkey.

1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759,