Best All-Ages Venue - 2005
A queue starts forming outside the Pageant the afternoon of a good show, hours before the doors open, as hardcore fans geek out over the thought of being able to be close enough to feel the sweat of their favorite band. Inside, the atmosphere is hardly that of the average rock venue. Seats and tables are plentiful (if you get there early enough or buy a reserved ticket), the sightlines are impeccable, the drinks reasonably priced if you're old enough. Unlike other clubs, the under-age section doesn't involve condescending cages or roped-off areas. Plus, the all-day thrill of making friends in line and then planting yourself in the front row to scream along with every word is well worth the wait.