Call for Nominations: Category 5: 2013 Best Place for Local Music

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?


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8 Responses to Call for Nominations: Category 5: 2013 Best Place for Local Music

  1. Moe November 13, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    First Avenue. Other smaller clubs can be great, but hard to beat the most important venue in town.

  2. Sam Rockwell
    Sam November 13, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    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.

  3. Stellq November 13, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    The MN Zoo.

  4. Dan November 13, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Artist Quarter

  5. Nathaniel M Hood
    Nathaniel November 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Amsterdam (good, new-ish venue)

  6. Matt Steele
    Matt November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    From a musician’s perspective:
    – Aster Cafe
    – Harriet Brewing
    – Icehouse
    – Lee’s Liquor Lounge

    Over in St. Paul:
    – Amsterdam
    – Turf Club, as long as you never have to enter the bathroom.

  7. Chris Iverson
    Chris Iverson November 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    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!

  8. Reuben Collins
    Reuben Collins November 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Quest was great. I was sorry to see it go.

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