Best of Boston

2007 Best Club for Live Music, Large

Paradise Rock Club

No venue in town outdoes the ‘Dise, where stellar acoustics and a wide-open layout ensure that music lovers get both an earful and an eyeful from just about anywhere on the floor. National indie acts like Tapes ‘n Tapes and the Kooks frequently pop up on the bill, alongside buzzy local bands such as Bon Savants and Aberdeen City. The fact that bona fide legends (Blondie, Tom Petty, the Pixies) have performed here certainly doesn’t hurt the vintage-cool, never pretentious, vibe.

967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-562-8820,