If a mega-star is looking to trade in impersonal stadium and big room shows for something more intimate, you can probably bet they’ll head to The Showbox. Carly Rae Jepsen, Lauryn Hill, and D’Angelo all performed intimate concerts at the storied 77-year-old venue within the last year, and there’s likely a reason they chose that spot over the others in town. Very few venues allow you to connect with an audience the way The Showbox does. 1426 1st Ave., 888-926-7849
First runner-up: Paramount Theatre
Second runner-up: Tractor Tavern
Honorable mention: Neumos The Neptune Theater
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