Best Place to Hear Live Music

Top Hat Lounge

ALSO, BEST BAR

The Top Hat is a place where you can go on a fancy date for cocktails and grilled salmon or sit at the bar and sip whiskey with old friends. The bar’s atmosphere is stylish but rustic, a comfort zone where Deadheads feel at home listening to rare bootlegs on Monday evenings during the Grateful Dead Hour, and citizens gather to watch national political debates on a big screen. The Top Hat is for everybody. It’s also a place that Indy readers praise for live music, and no wonder. The acts that have played so far this year—Old 97s, Mandolin Orange, Blitzen Trapper and Hillstomp, to name a few—put on high-caliber shows that audiences buzz about for weeks. The upcoming lineup of artists includes James McMurtry, Turkuaz and Shooter Jennings, plus a long list of cherished Montana-made acts such as Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs and the Hasslers. How do we ever choose? Top Hat Lounge: 134 W Front St • 728-9865 • tophatlounge.com

Finalists, Best Place to Hear Live Music

2. The Wilma • 131 S Higgins Ave • 728-2521 • thewilma.com

3. Union Club • 208 E Main St • 728-7980


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