Best Tiny All-Ages Venue

Octopus Literary Salon

By day, the Octopus Literary Salon is a bookstore-cafe and lunch haunt for the workaday Uptown crowd, located in the bottom of a Webster Street office building that houses Pandora and engineering giant Gensler. By night, though, it’s the only thing open on the block, which allows live music to run until midnight without disturbing neighbors. The Octopus, a small room stuffed with books and curious decor, hosts literary and political events, jazz, and acoustic cafe fare, but since opening in 2015, it’s also become an easy-to-book all-ages space — with beer and wine for attendees of age — for the sort of punk, indie-rock, and experimental shows lately displaced from local underground venues.

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