Best mid-size venue: Skully's Music-Diner
Skully's lighting is top-notch, and the sound system is among the best in the city. If you're in a band, you're always going to look and sound your best when you visit this roomy-yet-intimate venue. That's a large part of the reason the Short North space has remained the ongoing home for our annual Bands to Watch showcase.
Runners-up: Strongwater Food & Spirits, Woodland's Backyard
1151 N. High St., Short North