Best of Boston

2013 Best Music Venue, Small

The Sinclair

Superstar chef Michael Schlow may have brought initial buzz to this new restaurant/music club, but now its lineup of stellar performers—postpunk legends such as the Feelies and Wire, Gen-X faves such as DJ Shadow, and Pitchfork-approved titans like Fucked Up and Rogue Wave—makes the food almost an afterthought. For the first time in a long time, Harvard Square feels like the place to be.

52 Church St., Cambridge, 617-547-5200,