Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2000

Arts

2000 Best Art Gallery

Since 1937 Childs has been a flagship of Boston’s fine art market. Specializing in pre-World War II American and European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture, Childs is where you go...

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Arts

2000 Best Photography, Organization

The collaborative is a nonprofit group for inner-city teens dedicated to fostering creativity and self-esteem through photography. The center has both summer and year-round programs for teen students, who are...

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Arts

2000 Best Art Dealer, Private

Forgoing the high rents of gallery space, private dealers use their expertise to match up high-stakes buyers and sellers discreetly. Mark L. Brock is a gem; he will happily source...

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Bars

2000 Best Cocktail, Funky

Crushed mint leaves, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, sugar, and white rum combine for the ideal mojito, a sexy Cuban cocktail. Sip it by itself for a beat-the-heat refreshment,...

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Bars

2000 Best Beer, Most Improved

After three years of winning Best Beer honors (Tremont Ale, Tremont IPA, and our favorite, Tremont’s cask-conditioned Best Bitter), the Charlestown brewery introduced its seasonal Summer Ale last year. We...

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Bars

2000 Best Dive Bar

“Cheap booze” and “rock ‘n’ roll,” those twin sacraments of a great neighborhood bar, are in high evidence at this grungy yet lovable spot on the Cambridge/Somerville border. Tattoos abound...

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Bars

2000 Best Sports Bar

It takes a lot to win the title of best sports bar in this athletically frenzied town. But from the replica Fenway scoreboard out front to the 50 TVs hanging...

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Bars

2000 Best Lounge

The Milky Way looks the picture of a suburban basement lounge—if only a basement could be this cool. Tucked beneath Bella Luna restaurant in J.P.’s Hyde Square, the space is...

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Bars

2000 Best Bar, Neighborhood

The latest addition to Brian O’Neill’s growing empire, this new Good Life is perfectly suited to its Central Square location. The decor is, as in other Good Lifes, remarkably similar...

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Bars

2000 Best Bar, High-End

In a city full of bars with loud music, weak drinks, and meat-market mentalities, the Oak Bar is an oasis of refinement, elegance, and call brands. No sneakers, please. And...

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Bars

2000 Best Bartender, Drinks

The B-Side Lounge has the feel of a real neighborhood establishment, but ever since Joe was written up in Details magazine as a great bartender, tourists have been showing up...

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Bars

2000 Best Beer, Surprise

Concord Junction Brewing Company’s Grape Ale is proof that just because it sounds icky, it doesn’t have to taste that way. We don’t know how they do it. We don’t...

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Bars

2000 Best Cocktail, Upscale

The pear martini is a revelation. A symphonic combination of Grey Goose Vodka, Belle de Brillet Poire, and pear nectar garnished with a dried pear slice, it’s dainty yet substantial,...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Record Label

Heartbeat has grown to be the definitive source for both new and traditional Caribbean, specifically Jamaican music. By gaining access to never-heard material from reggae legends like Coxsone Dodd, the...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Reading Series

The Boston literary culture may actually exist on the opposite side of the Charles, but that hasn’t kept the folks in Coolidge Corner from thinking big. Writers like Dave Barry,...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Gay Club

The owners of Chaps were so excited about last summer’s renovation that they gave their club a new name. Reincarnated as Vapor, the space has a new floor plan, a...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Lesbian Club

On Thursday nights this Jamaica Plain hotspot boasts more sexy babes than Sinead O’Connor’s coming out party. These riotous grrrls cut a rug into pieces, courtesy of deejays Chris Hinsley,...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Pool Hall

Fast Eddie Felson wouldn’t have set foot in most of the upscale pool halls that have replaced the smoky hustler haunts of old. He might have made an exception for...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Golf Course

Legendary Scottish golf architect Donald Ross designed this shotsmakers course in 1931 with an emphasis on strategy and placement instead of distance and punishment. Coures manager Bill Flynn rescued GW...

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Entertainment

2000 Best Cinema

It’s not the fresh popcorn, hot cappuccino, or high-gloss neon that draws the crowds to this megaplex arthouse near MIT. Sure, those things don’t hurt. But even if the seats...

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2000 Best Picnic Spot

A little outdoor lunch in order? Your best bet is the secluded hilltop field next to the Museum of Transportation. This public plot has all the grass and trees to...

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Music

2000 Best Website, Music

Gotta have the latest Godboy disc? Want to know where to hear The High Ceilings live? How ’bout downloading some fresh MP3’s from the likes of Double Dong and Miracle...

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Nightlife

2000 Best Dance Club

This crown jewel of Pat Lyons’ nightclub empire is the only local dance venue with the clout, and sound system, to draw superstar deejays, including in-house legend John Debo. For...

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Nightlife

2000 Best Club, Low-End

You’re only as old as you feel, so throw on some track pants and a baby-tee and join the high-energy kids at this “alternative Irish bar.” After midnight, the Phoenix...

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Theater

2000 Best Theater

History repeating: After 100 years of trap doors, fake blood, and on-stage livestock, the Colonial Theatre is still luring Broadway hits to Beantown. Armed with layers of gold paint, all...

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