Best V.I.P. Area Where You Can't See a Damn Thing Onstage New York 2005 - IRVING PLAZA
As one of the city's better-sounding midsize rooms, IRVING PLAZA hosts plenty of rising buzz bands (not to mention yellowing has-beens). These are the kinds of people you want to get a good look at. Act fast, though, if you plan on watching from the club's V.I.P. area: If you're not one of the first 10 to grab a spot along the balcony's railing, you'll spend all night examining the back of some overmoussed record exec's head.