Best New Venue

The Neptune

From the minute Seattle Theater Group—the nonprofit behind the Paramount and the Moore—took control of a U District theater and turned it into a venue for music, comedy, and snobby book readings (we're looking at you, Duff McKagan), The Neptune became a critical, almost universally beloved part of the local arts community. It's big enough that it feels like an occasion when up-and-coming locals play there, and small enough to provide an intimate look at old favorites like The National. Oh, and there's this killer seat in the balcony with the world's best footrest that's always free. Sorry, I'll keep that one to myself. CHRIS KORNELIS 1303 N.E. 45th St.,

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