Best of Philly

Best Music Venue

2016 BEST New Music Venue

The Fillmore

When we heard that someone was converting a former World War II munitions factory in Fishtown into a 2,500-person music venue, we pictured a drab, soulless cavern (cough, Electric Factory). Thank God we were wrong. The concert hall is sleek, the bars are well staffed (never miss three songs while waiting for a drink again!), and the sight lines are so good, you won’t find a bad seat in the house. It’s the all-grown-up-yet-totally-cool venue we’ve been waiting for.

29 East Allen Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-309-0150 | Website


2014 BEST Place to Hear Cover Bands

Ardmore Music Hall

23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA

The year-old Hall is, simply put, THE spot for any and all cover bands. Read more »

2014 BEST Place to Discover New Music

Boot & Saddle

1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

What does Philly bluegrass sound like? How about experimental klezmer jazz? Find out at Broad Street’s country-saloon-turned-musical-oasis. Read more »

2013 BEST Music Venue

Johnny Brenda’s

1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Readers’ Choice: Since opening up in Fishtown nearly 10 years ago, Johnny Brenda’s has clearly been the go-to Philly venue to hear up-and-coming artists. And why not? The sound is crystal clear, the beers are all local, and the room, which holds 250, is comfortable and has plenty of character. And thanks to a dedication… Read more »

2012 BEST Music Venue

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

The vaulted ceilings that once sheltered the red-sauce carnage of Spaghetti Warehouse are now reverberating with the beats of the city’s hottest new mostly-indie music venue. And though with three full bars, a balcony and a sizeable standing-room floor, Union Transfer may seem as cavernous as the restaurant that preceded it, the space feels surprisingly… Read more »

2011 BEST New Music Venue

World Cafe Live, Wilmington

500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE

What founder Hal Real did with the dilapidated (and that’s putting it nicely) circa-1915 Queen Theater is nothing short of spectacular. Read more »