I saw a band perform at the Riviera earlier this fall, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a smoke-filled auditorium, tight seating, and a bunch of fans blocking my vertically-challenged view. However, there were no seats, just several tiers of open space. We secured some space at the front of one of the tiers and didn't suffer the crowd-crunch even once during the lively concert. Beer selection is pretty limited and expensive, but it's a nice plus. I'd go back to see another band perform without any hesitation.