Category 5: 2013 Best Place for Local Music.
From the jester to the heir to the throne,
Minnesota is, despite all appearances, a musical place.
Where will we continue the tradition?
Minnesota, What is our best all-local new music palace?
Use the comments to argue in favor of a nominee for the Best Place for Local Music.
First Avenue. Other smaller clubs can be great, but hard to beat the most important venue in town.
Icehouse on Nicollet. It features a wide range of good music — from jazz to hip-hop to indy rock and beyond — and has a great cocktail menu. The space itself feels equally good as a Sunday brunch spot and a Friday night rock club. Last, but certainly not least, Icehouse’s location on Eat Street makes it easy to grab a bite before a show and a drink, coffee, or doughnut afterward.
The MN Zoo.
Amsterdam (good, new-ish venue)
From a musician’s perspective:
– Aster Cafe
– Harriet Brewing
– Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Over in St. Paul:
– Turf Club, as long as you never have to enter the bathroom.
Varsity Theater. Great setting in a recently(ish) renovated space by the same people from the Loring Pasta Bar. Also, host to one of the top 10 bathroom facilities in the country. Cant beat that!
Quest was great. I was sorry to see it go.