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Best Live Music Venue 

The Ready Room

Owner/talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo and managing partner Laura Sisul.

Mabel Suen

Owner/talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo and managing partner Laura Sisul.

The Ready Room came flying out of the gate in April of last year with an inaugural show featuring revered Georgia-based indie rockers Of Montreal — an auspicious start for any venue. The next three months saw similarly impressive bookings gracing the stage: Mates of State, the Faint, the Dandy Warhols, Hoodie Allen and Swans were among the Ready Room’s earliest shows. The 800-capacity venue owes its considerable talent-buying power to its status as a big brother of sorts to the Firebird, which has long been celebrated for its ability to draw top acts. Between the Ready Room, Music Record Shop and the Demo — three establishments located side-by-side-by-side — the 4100 block of Manchester Avenue in the Grove has quickly become one of the most vital locations for music in all of St. Louis. 4195 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, 63110. 314-833-3929,

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