Paste Mag’s Top 40 Music Venues

Here’s one to get you talking. Paste solicited nominations for the country’s best music venues, taking their readers’ 500+ suggestions and whittling ‘em down to an unranked list of 40 “according to history, setting, sound, character, comfort, atmosphere, vibrancy, uniqueness and their roles in helping launch careers.” Here’s their list of the nation’s best listening rooms, ranging from the legendary (Fillmore) to the new(ish) kids (Allen Room at Lincoln Center). Pick your favorite region and enjoy.

Café Du Nord (San Francisco, CA)
Crocodile Café (Seattle WA)
Department of Safety (Anacortes, WA)
Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR)
The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA)
Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA)
Gorge Ampitheatre (George, WA)
Great American Music Hall (San Francisco, CA)

Continental Club (Austin, TX)
Red Rocks (Morrison, CO)
The Troubador (West Hollywood, CA)
Largo (Los Angeles, CA)
Stubb’s (Austin, TX)
Hotel Café (Hollywood, CA)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa, OK)
Schubas (Chicago, IL)
Magic Stick (Detroit, MI)
Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO)
First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN)

9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.)
Allen Room at Lincoln Center (New YOrk, NY)
Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA)
Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)
Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
World Café Life (Philadelphia, PA)
The Living Room (New York, NY)
Space (Portland, ME)

40 Watt Club (Athens, GA)
Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
The Basement (Nashville, TN)
The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA)
Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA)
The Melting Point (Athens, GA)
The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)
Southgate House (Newport, KY)
The Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA)
Tipitina’s (New Orleans, LA)
Workplay (Birmingham, AL)

Would like to see Mercury Lounge in there, but when you live six blocks away, bias is an issue. Additions, subtractions, expressions of frustrations? Have at it.