Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1994

Bars

1994 Best Cocktail, New Bubbly

Forget California. Now you can toast that special occasion with New England’s own sparkling wine. It was uncorked July 3 by vineyard owners Bob and Carol Russell...

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1994 Best Pub

Could be the largest cozy tavern in town. The Old Willy India Pale Ale is heavenly, especially when used to wash down the grilled sausage...

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1994 Best Irish Pub

When a local film company needed a bar in Ireland for a scene, they came to the Brendan Behan. The Guinness is well drawn, and the pub offers readings from...

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1994 Best Bar, Neighborhood

The only people unhappy with the Sevens are those standing in line when a regular patron walks by them and through the door. Some of the regulars should have their...

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1994 Best Bar, Outdoor Drinking

And they mean on the waterfront. Tia’s is the place-to-be-outside. A large, open barroom sprawls out to the patio, which is usually full of young professionals trying to tie one...

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1994 Best Cocktail, New Drink

Take 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 1 fennel stalk with leaves, 6 sun-dried tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves, 8 black Italian olives, 1 dry hot red Italian pepper, 1 small red...

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Entertainment

1994 Best Magician

Asked to describe himself, Mike Bent says he prefers to be thought of as a human oddity rather than a magician. bent, who practices a unique brand of comedy-magic with...

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Entertainment

1994 Best Comedian

Call it “lawyer’s revenge.” By day Paul Murphy is a hardworking attorney in Wakefield. By night his other persona—Paul D’Angelo—will make you cry with his jokes...

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Music

1994 Best Music Group, Country

Blood Oranges crosses many musical boundaries, which is part of its appeal. Vocalist/mandolinist Jimmy Ryan comments on the band’s sound, “Country people think we play rock; rock people think we...

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Music

1994 Best Music Group, Folk

Singer/songwriter Kevin Connolly’s soulful voice (reminiscent of that of Van Morrison) has taken us to Italy and other faraway places via his “musical postcards.” His next record—inspired by his childhood...

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Music

1994 Best Musical, Lineup

Whether you’re upstairs in the “Bakery” taking in the music while dining on hummus and falafel or downstairs grooving in the spacious club, you’re in heaven at the Middle East....

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1994 Best Performer, Dance

Kids have so few good role models in the entertainment industry today. A Few Good Girls, a four-woman hip-hop dance group from Boston and Newton, is dedicated to dancing—and to...

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Music

1994 Best Rock Band

The retro-bluesy rock of Black Number Nine will appeal to anyone who counts the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” or anything by the Black Crowes among their favorite albums...

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Music

1994 Best Stage Show

When this funky band performs, many items are forcibly ejected form the prop-laden stage—among them pineapples, bananas, pinatas, and even a rubber raft (for crowd surfing)...

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1994 Best Band, Funk

The band counts one Berklee and five Wesleyan grads among its members, but don’t be deceived by such lofty credentials—these guys are out to have some serious fun...

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Music

1994 Best Jazz Club, Back-to-the-Roots

Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie have all played this small, dark, and smoky landmark. It’s no wonder the owners have had to defend themselves against complaints of overcrowding;...

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1994 Best Music Group, Power Pop

These local alterna-popsters take their name form lead singer Kay Hanley’s long lost childhood pen friend. It is perhaps a good thing that Cleo never wrote Hanley back. Jokes guitarist...

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Nightlife

1994 Best Dance Club

Thursday through Sunday the 1,200-1,300 capacity club flashes, glitters, pulsates, and gyrates to house, techno, and the occasional plain old pop...

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1994 Best Piano Bar

Talk about a makeover. This former vault of Boston’s old Federal Reserve Bank is adorned with massive oil paintings and one of the most elegantly decorated ceilings in town. A...

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