Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 1998

Arts

1998 Best Art Gallery

Toale wins this year not just for his keen eye but for his moxie. When all five gallery owners at 11 Newbury Street were forced to leave in April because...

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Bars

1998 Best Margarita

To complement his “Adventurous American Cuisine,” chef and owner Andy Husbands shook up an Adventurous version of the classic cocktail as a signature drink. As with any great margarita, the...

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Bars

1998 Best Martini

The only difference between one cold glass of gin and another is where it’s served and how (assuming, of course, it’s good gin to begin with). The Bristol takes the...

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Bars

1998 Best Pub, Brew

No matter how much they tinker with the menu, the food never gets beyond adequate, not to mention over-priced. But Tod Mott still brews the best damn small-batch beers. His...

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Bars

1998 Best Beer Bar

True medical fact: If you sat down at the bar at Sunset and drank only four ounces of each beer in stock, you’d die a horribly painful death, probably by...

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Bars

1998 Best Sports Bar

If you leave your own couch, bathroom, and refrigerator to enjoy a sporting event, then Good Times (aka The House of Fun) is the place for you. Huge TVs— 12...

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Bars

1998 Best Hotel Bar

Dark, woody, and intimate, the bar at the Ritz is exactly the sort of watering hole weary travelers and high-end drinkers demand. The martini menu is extensive and intriguing, and...

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Bars

1998 Best Lounge

Who needs comfort food when you have comfort drink? Lurking beneath the floorboards of the stiff-backed, black-attired glam scene at the Wonder Bar is a comfortable lounge downstairs. It has...

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Entertainment

1998 Best Pool Hall

There’s something refreshingly different about this joint— starting with the fact that, with 22 tables the color of champagne and mahogany furniture, it’s way too upscale to be called a...

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Entertainment

1998 Best Cinema

Culture and film buffs thank the celluloid gods for this place to see all the idiosyncratic flicks that get reviewed in The New Yorker and The New York Times. Still...

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Entertainment

1998 Best Golf Course, Urban

Tight fairways, manicured greens, and well-marked tee boxes make this inner-city gem a pleasure and a challenge. Nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood, this par 7 course designed...

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Music

1998 Best Busker

With a restless slide on a molted guitar, Roland Tumble, who frequently perches in the Park Street Red Line station, plays rubbery melodies with all the melancholy of a heavy-hearted...

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Music

1998 Best Jazz Band, Upstart

The Miracle Orchestra is made up of six guys who look like they’re in high school; actually, they’re in college— Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of...

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Music

1998 Best Rock Band

Maybe because they’ve changed with the times, but somehow remain the same. Or maybe it’s their type, or insistent lack of it. Could be it’s ferocious, snapping beats of drummer...

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Music

1998 Best Scene, Jazz

As the new host to The Fringe’s (Best Jazz Band) Monday night jams— and occasionally to delights from the free-form experimental acid-jazz group Club d’Elf (Best Cutting-Edge Band)— this lounge...

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Music

1998 Best Jazz Club

Some may complain that it’s a bit pricey, but it still delivers the highest-caliber jazz acts in town. From Sonny Rollins to Herbie Hancock, Don Byron to Tito Puente, you...

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Music

1998 Best Jazz Band

Led by the thunderous cascade of sound created by drummer Bob Gullotti, the group doesn’t play compressed standards or dance tunes but always leaves its audience rapt and astonished. Each...

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Music

1998 Best Band, Cutting-Edge

The sound of the future is here. The band’s deeply hypnotic trance-grooves combine jazz, world, and electronica. Bass wizard Mike Rivard, percussionist Jerry Leake, sampler Jere Faison, and driving drummers...

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Music

1998 Best Band, Ska

Two acts ostensibly playing the same style, but each with a unique sound. The former’s catchier doubletimes tunes rocket you from your seat; the latters more sluggish, sparse style digs...

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Nightlife

1998 Best Bar, Business

Ink the deal over well-mixed drinks served by a superb waitstaff. The bar’s high ceilings and oak-paneled walls provide an elegant setting for serious business chatter, and the spacious table...

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Nightlife

1998 Best Bar, Cigar

Points off for being a dark cavern in the corner of one of the city’s ugliest hotels (the Back Bay Sheraton). But the cushy chairs and cozy nooks lend a...

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1998 Best Irish Pub, Food

How serious are we? Put it this way: Without Matt Murphy’s, this category ceases to exist. True, the recent explosion of Celtic pubs has dragged Irish food into respectability and,...

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Nightlife

1998 Best Irish Pub, Food

The name means “Land of Eternal Youth” in Gaelic, which is a fine motto for any drinking establishment. It’s small and boxy, with only a few tables squeezed around the...

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