The Bottleneck 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence 785-841-LIVE
Gala and XO (tie)
No one books more diverse acts than The Bottleneck, which features an unbeatable assortment of early all-ages concerts and adults-only nightcaps, standout local acts, almost-famous buzz bands, high-volume rock, and subtle singer-songwriter showcases. Whether the sounds emanating from the stage are death-rock riffs or hip-hop beats, the crew of experts behind the boards keeps the songs sounding clear, and the poster-packed club offers plenty of history and an absorbing atmosphere. Other venues offer a similarly enjoyable setting for listening to live music, and a few match The Bottleneck in night-to-night quality, but none can approach this club's variety.