Birmingham Music Venues (Ranked)

Inspired by @TQ, who did his list about Chicago, but I live in Birmingham so I'm doing a list about here. I'll also include the best and/or most famous act I've seen at each (when I can remember.)
  1. 22.
    R.I.P. to the following defunct venues. I had a lot good times with you: Bottletree, Five Points South Music Hall, Marty's, 22nd Street Jazz Cafe, The Boiler Room, Cave 9, Greencup, Magic City Wholesale, The Forge, Crush Warehouse, The Hippodrum, Louie Louie, etc.
    Saw the likes of Phish, Glen Hansard, Starflyer 59, David Bazan, Matthew Sweet, Pavement, etc in these spots
  2. 21.
    Places that aren't really venues but sometimes function as one: Legacy Arena, Bartow Arena, Linn Park, Birmingham Race Course, etc. Have seen folks like Radiohead, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Guns n Roses in these kinds of spaces.
  3. 20.
    Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
    This would rank higher if it were in Birmingham, but it's 60 miles down the road in Tuscaloosa. Small(ish) amphitheater that's easy to get to and back from even on a weeknight. Saw Phish here. My Morning Jacket and Wilco too.
  4. 19.
    Boutwell Auditorium
    A shithole of the highest degree. 5K seater built in 1924 and probably not renovated since. I saw Nirvana here though so that counts for something.
  5. 18.
    Wright Center
    Looks nice enough from the outside, but kind of generic 60s/70s theater design inside. Sounds fine for orchestras and stuff like that. Rock concert sound sucks in the balcony because they won't hang speakers. Saw Avett Brothers here.
  6. 17.
    Moonlight on the Mountain
    Sparse little venue in the burbs that mostly caters to suburbanites wanting to hear singer/songwriters, but they get some good stuff on occasion.
  7. 16.
    WorkPlay Soundstage
    Literally the soundstage of a film production studio that's turned into a multi-use venue for film, concerts, weddings, banquets, etc. For concerts, it has zero personality, but sounds good. Double bill of St. Vincent and Andrew Bird is probably my favorite thing I've seen there.
  8. 15.
    The Nick
    Everybody on earth of note has played here: U2, Black Flag, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Widespread Panic, Arcade Fire Maroon 5, etc. It's a dump of a roadhouse, but this place will outlast every bar/venue in town.
  9. 14.
    Not super crazy about this spot and they play everything too loud, but they get a few narrow niches of music other venues don't dabble in much (or other venues used to not dabble in them.) . Notables seen there: High on Fire, Bass Nectar, Glitch Mob, String Cheese Incident, Del McCoury Band, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Run the Jewels
  10. 13.
    Syndicate Lounge
    This place books cool stuff, but they have a ways to go on operating a venue efficiently. I've only been a couple of times so far, but both times were rife with sound problems and I've yet to have a beer served to me below lukewarm temperature. I'm pulling for them though as I have tix to 4-5 shows there this fall. Notables seen there: Mitski, Max & Igor Cavalera, Frankie Cosmos
  11. 12.
    Avondale Brewery
    Stage built outside of a local brewery that puts on a ton of shows. I haven't seen a ton there, but they do get good summer shows.
  12. 11.
    BJCC Concert Hall
    Sounds pretty good no matter where you are, but the third level feels like sitting on the moon. Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic are notables I've seen here.
  13. 10.
    Sloss Furnaces
    An old blast furnace that's been converted into art studios and a venue. Have seen some great stuff here like Sonic Youth, White Stripes, Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, Flaming Lips, etc.
  14. 9.
    Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    The big outdoor venue in town. 10K seat amphitheater. Notables seen: REM, Phish, Santana, etc
  15. 8.
    Spring Street Firehouse
    Super spartan space: bare wires, unfinished walls, exposed ceiling, etc. A spectacular DIY space to catch up and coming acts at the very beginning of their careers. I've seen some super cool stuff here.
  16. 7.
    Steiner Auditorium
    300ish seat hall in our art museum. I mostly go see Indian classical music here.
  17. 6.
    Alabama Theatre
    An absolutely gorgeous venue that sounds like ass unless you're on the first or second level. They also refuse to hang speakers here. Crowds also always sit no matter how raucous the music is. Notable acts seen here: Morrissey, Sufjan Stevens, Tom Waits, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard.
  18. 5.
    WorkPlay Theatre
    In the early 2000s, this venue opened and was the best venue around. Other spots have upped the ante and these guys have been playing a bit of catch up, but it's still a good room. Acts seen: Mastodon, Battles, Ralph Stanley, Mogwai, Russian Circles, Marcel Khalife, Galactic, etc.
  19. 4.
    Lyric Theatre
    Newly renovated theater that reopened about a year ago. Was last in use as a porno theater in the 70s/80s. Beautiful space and a cool spot to see a show.
  20. 3.
    Alys Stephens Center
    Venue is home to our orchestra, but also has all sorts of concerts there. Probably the best sounding room in town. Can be a bit stuffy in atmosphere but sounds unreal. Notables seen there: Béla Fleck, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Medeski Martin & Wood, Chris Thile, Chanticleer, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, etc
  21. 2.
    Iron City
    One of the newer venues in town. So well run. They've thought of everything. They book the full spectrum of tunes. Notables: Slayer, Trey Anastasio, Mastodon, Die Antwoord, Primus, Cannibal Corpse, Washed Out, War on Drugs, Jim James, Father John Misty, Neko Case, Julian Casablancas, Band of Horses, Arctic Monkeys, Neutral Milk Hotel
  22. 1.
    Newest venue in town. Gets tons of stuff I want to see. Best backstage area I've ever seen. Notables: Deerhunter, Low, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dungen, DIIV, Dinosaur Jr., Xylouris White, Beach House, Toro Y Moi, Kurt Vile, etc.