Harvard Square is known for its quaint shopping and proximity to the internationally-known university, but around the corner from the T-stop lies another Cambridge institution: The Sinclair. Since opening its doors in late 2012, it has become a one-stop destination for delicious food and killer concerts. The Kitchen’s menu features unique twists on classic American favorites, like the “Disco Fries,” which are sure to delight music lovers’ taste buds (if not wallets). Fortunately, the concert ticket prices are far more reasonable than those of the entrees at The Kitchen. The venue itself is no-frills industrial chic, a perfect atmosphere for the underground and up-and-coming music it showcases. But don’t let the simplicity fool you — there’s not a bad seat in the house. Concertgoers are treated to big-show energy with the intimacy you’d expect from a smaller venue. Its tiered arrangement is strikingly similar to the House of Blues system of balconies, but on a smaller scale. The most sought-after space in the house is the mini-balcony directly across from the stage, a perfect vantage point at which to watch the show and the crowd below. For the best energy, though, the floor offers both space to dance and a good view of the stage. Because of its size, The Sinclair doesn’t host the same big-name artists you’d find at the Blue Banks Pavilion or House of Blues, and some shows can lack the appeal necessary to draw a large crowd. But the fans who come to this indie venue are truly there for the music and are often wildly passionate about the artist performing. Bands like New Politics, Milk Carton Kids, Grouplove, RAC, and Sam Smith have all graced the stage of The Sinclair and have since gone on to larger (and more expensive) venues. You might not always find chart-topping artists here, but you will get up close and personal with the chart-toppers of tomorrow. Venue Specs Price: Most ticket prices range between $15-20, with lower prices in advance online Closest T Stop: Harvard Square (Red Line) What it is: An intimate, inexpensive location to catch up-and-coming artists What it’s not: A large venue to see internationally known pop artists Most likely to: Hear a band in high quality Least likely to: Suffer uncomfortable physical contact with masses of sweaty strangers Map Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) One Response Our Punk Rock Phase: The Pack A.D. - Sound of Boston October 16, 2014 […] better suited for the ‘90s age of Nirvana grunge rule; it’s a step back in time to walk into the Sinclair and hear the Pack A.D.’s set. I stood in the back with my RBF on to try to fit into the crowd. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.