Bowery Ballroom -- New York, NY
Why it's awesome: One of the newer venues on the list at only 15yo, what the Bowery Ballroom lacks in history it makes up for in personality (and that's not just a nice way of saying it's overweight). This standing-room-only, Lower East Side spot is intimate, boasts solid acoustics and sightlines, and has become, without argument, the de facto “must” for any budding band on the rise.
Most famous band to play here: It may be young but this place's already seen its fair share of pretty impressive acts: Metallica, Coldplay, Wilco, and The White Stripes, to name a few. Fun!
Nobody else knows: The Bowery Ballroom's building was completed weeks before the stock market crashed in 1929 and, as a result, stood vacant for decades. As a result, loads of original elements -- brass rails, iron metalwork, mahogany walls, and the coffer-vaulted plaster ceiling of the front bar -- still remain today.