Best Live Music Venue in Kingston

Kingston's best small venue for live music, and entertainmentEvery so often I catch wind of a fantastic local band or out of town talent performing at one of Kingston’s small but mighty venues for live music. Name dropping aside, if you’re like me you’ll be able to recall a few times where you got to see ‘that band’ play ‘that song’, while the memory is seemingly everlasting. Save for the performers themselves, there are lots of other key factors that go into an ideal concert experience including ticket price, seating, sound quality, the mood of the crowd and the list goes on. Kingston has some pretty popular and charming small venues where one can regularly take in top quality performances. With your past experiences and ideal criteria in mind, this week’s poll seeks to answer the following query:

Kingston's best small venue for live music is:

  • The Grad Club (45%, 54 Votes)
  • The Mansion (34%, 41 Votes)
  • Some Place Else (7%, 9 Votes)
  • The Merchant (7%, 8 Votes)
  • The Toucan (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Tir Nan Og (2%, 2 Votes)
  • The Alehouse (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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While this question is geared towards an audience member’s point of view, musicians likely factor in more technical aspects of the venues, as well as perks associated with performing.  Generous benefits such as a complimentary meal, bar tab or more cash in hand may at the end of the night are bound to influence places they hold near and dear. The tireless efforts of both promoters and sound technicians should not be overlooked, as well as other key support members including bar staff and bouncers.

What venue provided the backdrop for your most memorable experience; the good and the bad? What hole in the wall trumps all others, and what sort of criteria do you use to grade local venues? Does the quality of the venue even matter so long as the talent is solid? Does bathroom cleanliness, or speed of bar service factor into the picture? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please drop off a comment or two.

Thanks to Kmeron for today’s epic concert photo, likely taken at a not so small venue.

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  1. Harvey Kirkpatrick February 28, 2011
  2. David March 1, 2011
  3. Danielle March 1, 2011
    • David March 1, 2011

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