Arts + Entertainment

Staff Pick, Readers' Choice

Best Rock Club 

Saint Andrew’s Hall

431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961;

Since the 1980s, Saint Andrew’s Hall has been one of the most active and important music clubs in the city. It’s played host to household names like Iggy Pop, Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, and Adele. It’s been praised by the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell as his favorite club to play and its basement venue, the Shelter, was the backdrop for B-Rabbit’s rap battles in Eminem’s 8 Mile. These days Saint Andrew’s is still going strong most days of the week, putting on rock shows with a sprinkling of hip hop, jam bands, and indie performers in the mix. In just the last few months, the venue has hosted a diverse list of names including post-rockers Godspeed! You Black Emperor, costumed metalheads Gwar, funkier names from the jam band crowd like Papadosio and Lettuce, emo rockers Jimmy Eat World, and even Gin Blossoms for the ’90s nostalgics. A 1,000 capacity room, Saint Andrew’s is the perfect in-between venue to see your favorite performer — not too big and not too small. Get up close in the pit or watch from high atop the balcony for that Instagram-ready concert photo. —Anthony Spak

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