The Sinclair, a 525-person live-music venue in the heart of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., opened last week with Concrete Blonde. The gem of a room is filled with different levels and balconies, plus state-of-the-art lights and sound system. The Boston Globe says, “It has some of the best sight lines of any local venue, with three balconies of varying heights. Get here early to stake out a spot in the middle platform, which offers a prime spot to stare down the bands.” And the Phoenix calls that same perch: “the best view in a house that has no bad views.”
The Sinclair, however, isn’t just about great shows—although it will have a full calendar, highlighted by Deer Tick’s sold-out New Year’s Eve show. In addition to live music, this venue will house a Michael Schlow–helmed restaurant. “Music is inextricably linked to the dining experience,” says the acclaimed chef. And although the eatery will only have a small menu on show nights until after the New Year, once its fully up and running, concertgoers and foodies alike will want to stop in for anything from small bites and snacks to big plates and full meals. Because if you like food and music, this must be the place.