Best of Boston

2010 Best Arena, Rock Venue

Bank of America Pavilion

This is not the place to go to make some great new musical discovery—the Pavilion’s schedule remains heavy on well-known arena rockers. But there’s no better spot to catch your favorite ’80s band than this open-air venue, especially once the sun sets, the breeze picks up, and you settle in with a couple of frosty beers. Bonus: As Boston’s waterfront continues to develop, so do the Pavilion’s pre- and post-show drinking and dining options, such as Morton’s, Legal Test Kitchen, and Atlantic Beer Garden.

290 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-728-1600,