Newport Music Hall
1722 N. High St., Campus
This town has seen lots of concert halls come and go over the years, but the Newport has hung around for a reason - lots of reasons, actually.
Being smack dab in the middle of Ohio State's campus doesn't hurt. Nor does its ideal size for getting up close with your favorite rock stars, or the old-school architecture that strikes a pleasing contrast to some of the city's slicker concert confines.
At the Newport, you're in the midst of decades of rock history. The place has the kind of personality that can't be faked, and it's managed to age in a way that seems venerable, not outdated.
Runners-up: LC Pavilion, Nationwide Arena