Best of Boston

2014 Best Music Venue, Jazz/Blues

Wally’s Café

At the crossroads of the next John Mayer and the original Bleeding Gums Murphy stands a music club that could only live in Boston. Still going strong after 67 years, Wally’s is famously where the city’s old-guard musicians meet the new kids, forging a musical alchemy exclusive to the South End. It’s where the Berklee kids drop in before they inevitably drop out, and jazz and blues fans are the beneficiaries. Any night, no cover and a chance to catch greatness on the cusp—how do you argue with that?

427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-424-1408,