Run by the same people behind the Mercury Lounge, the Bowery is bigger, accommodating a crowd of 500 or so. Plus the higher stage means way better sightlines. The sound couldn’t be better, and Art Deco details give the place a sophistication that doesn’t come easy to general-admission halls. The balcony has its own bar and seating alcoves. This place is a favorite with such alt-rockers as Vic Chesnutt, Travis, Steve Earle, the Delgados, and Toshi Reagon, as well as more established acts (Neil Finn, Patti Smith, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), who thrive in an intimate setting. Save on the service charge by buying advance tickets at the Mercury’s box office