Best of Boston

2010 Best Venue, Intimate, Rock

Great Scott

A terrific core of rock clubs anchors Boston’s music scene, places like T. T. the Bear’s, the Middle East, and the Midway Café. But if you’re into discovering emerging bands, Great Scott is the finest; it’s been booking the best new talent for years (including early concerts from Of Montreal and MGMT). What’s more, the sound is exceptional, and the place is so tiny there’s no backstage area, leaving musicians little choice but to mingle with the crowd.

1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, 617-566-9014,