Neighborhood: Kenmore Square
Address: 528 Commonwealth Ave.
Closed doors in: 1997
Famous for: Locus of Boston Rock n' Roll
Becoming known as the "locus of Boston Rock and Roll," the Rat was known for bringing in an ironclad list of burgeoning acts while still maintaining that home charm by nurturing their local talents. During its prime, the Rat hosted a number of acts including The Ramones, Talking Heads, R.E.M. The Police, Pixies, Metallica, and the Cars. Their live album Live at The Rat, featured the music of the day while documenting its importance to Boston's music scene. Even though the venue was closed down in 1997, its legacy still lives on in references through the book "All Souls" and the film All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film and in the video game Guitar Hero.