Best Music Venue

Johnny Brenda’s

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 to treating both customers and performers with respect, the indie concert hall has more than enough good karma to go around unusual in the normally dirty business of rock-and-roll.

1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-739-9684 | Website


2012 WINNER, 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 WINNER, 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 »