Great Bars 2013: Rock & Roll Hotel

Winged guitars soar over an expansive upstairs dance floor
that’s seemingly always at capacity (and yes, the bathrooms are past the
crowd, on the opposite side of the entrance—good luck with that).
Downstairs, bands play a smaller space, but don’t expect an intimate
acoustic set: Acts trend toward punk, hardcore, and electronica. A newly
installed roof deck handles overflow—and might just give you the chance to
sit down after all that dancing. Insider tip: Live shows downstairs are
ticketed and usually top out at $20, but the upstairs bar and roof deck
don’t charge a cover—something co-owner Steve Lambert says will never
change. Open daily.

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