Best of Philly

Best Music Venue

2018 Best Way to See Big Acts Up Close

The Borgata’s Event Center

This intimate venue is relatively small–only 2,400 seats–but the acts that perform here are anything but. Last month, headliners included Britney Spears and Barry Manilow. This month: Stevie Wonder and Cher. Good luck getting tickets! View Profile »

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ | 609-317-1000 | Website

2017 Best Music Venue Revival

Dell Music Center

2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA Website

A recent much-needed rehab and a new programming push (Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly’s Maze and the War on Drugs all play this summer) make this […] Read more »

2016 Best New Music Venue

The Fillmore

29 East Allen Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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, […] Read more »

2014 Best Place to Discover New Music

Boot & Saddle

1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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

2014 Best Place to Hear Cover Bands

Ardmore Music Hall

23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA Website

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

2012 Best Music Venue

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2011 Best New Music Venue

World Cafe Live, Wilmington

500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE Website

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 »

2013 Best Music Venue

Johnny Brenda’s

1201 North Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »