The Best Clubs in America

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Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Mass.

Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA
CC Image courtesy of crschmidt on Flickr

Perhaps the world's only concert venue with a Lebanese restaurant upstairs, the Middle East opened in 1970 and began playing host to rock bands 17 years later. The site now hosts three music venues along with the restaurant; the downstairs club, with a capacity of nearly 600, is the crown jewel, attracting top indie acts to Cambridge's bustling Central Square.

Capacity: 575
Fun Fact: WBCN’s renowned “battle of the bands” has taken place at the Middle East for the last two decades.

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