Best Concert Venue

Variety Playhouse

Staff Pick

You can get to the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE early and find a comfortable seat where you can see, or you can get there late and join the standing-room-only crowd right against the stage. Either way, the sound is consistently clear, the bar has decent beer on tap at fair prices, and management pushes smokers out in the alley where they belong. You can even dodge the Ticketmaster charges and buy direct from the box office Monday through Friday, noon-6 p.m. It doesn’t get better, only bigger — and, as they say, size isn’t everything.

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