The World’s Best Neighborhoods for Live Music

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May 30, 2013 —  Today, global citizens are obsessed with fleeting trends. Social media allows worldwide peeps to slap a hashtag on anything to make it important for a day. But by the next morning, the tagged term grows stale and tweeters, status posters, and bloggers move on to the brand new flavor of the hour.

The fickle swings of popularity don’t affect the timeless allure of live music, however. Since the first caveman banged on a makeshift drum in front of his fellow Neanderthals – long before Facebook and Reddit – humans have been drawn to singing, acoustics, and melodies. Luckily, planet Earth houses a slew of symphonic neighborhoods that boast plenty of opportunities to experience live tunage.

In Amsterdam, Leidseplein has enough nightlife options to keep partiers out until dawn. Sugar Factory, Jazz Café Alto, and Burbon Street Blues Club all feature some of the smoothest live sounds around. Similarly, the Shoreditch/Brick Lane area in London welcomes well-established acts such as The White Stripes, Radiohead, and Kaiser Chiefs to concert halls like 93 Feet East.

Across the pond, Americans flock to Lincoln Park in Chicago or the Lower East Side in New York City to hear the reverberations of up-and-comers at joints like Kingston Mines and The Living Room, respectively.

No hashtag is needed to make these harmonious hoods cool places to be.

  • Leidseplein

    Amsterdam

    Leidseplein, Amsterdam.
  • Shoreditch / Brick Lane

    London

    Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London.
  • Lincoln Park

    Chicago

    Lincoln Park, Chicago.
  • Lower East Side

    New York

    Lower East Side, New York.
  • L'Eixample

    Barcelona

    L'Eixample, Barcelona.
  • West Hollywood

    Los Angeles

    Gateway to the Sunset Strip
  • Kreuzberg / Neukölln

    Berlin

    Kreuzberg / Neukölln, Berlin.
  • Cambridge / Somerville

    Boston

    Cambridge / Somerville, Boston.
  • Malasaña / Chueca

    Madrid

    Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid.
  • Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme

    Paris

    Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme, Paris.
  • U Street Corridor

    Washington, DC

    U Street Corridor, Washington, DC.

What is your favorite global neighborhood for live music?

Kirk B. Jun 20, 2013
I hope to visit some of these neighborhoods one day!
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