Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2001

Arts

2001 Best Art Gallery

Known far and wide as Boston’s “mini MoMA,” the Krakow is Ground Zero for emerging contemporary art. The gallery’s owners consistently go out of their way to dig up new...

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Arts

2001 Best Dance Studio

Aspiring professionals, athletic young adults, and spirited beginners gather at this gem of a dance studio, tucked away in an unassuming low-rise near North Station. Seasoned performers lead each class...

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Bars

2001 Best Irish Pub

This Brookline Village pub has consistently bucked conventional wisdom by proving that “Irish cuisine” is not an oxymoron. Spicy pork sandwiches and divine French fries (with homemade anise-tinged ketchup) are...

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Bars

2001 Best Irish Pub

In Ireland, a pub is just a simple bar, not a junkyard of faux-Irish flourishes like County Cork mile markers or an imported floor. Behind the quaint red exterior of...

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Bars

2001 Best Hotel Bar

The Oak Bar is, quite simply, everything a hotel bar should be: sexy, formal, and mysterious. It’s a place to wallow in grandeur, where, even if you live right down...

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Bars

2001 Best Pickup Bar

It’s easy to strike up a conversation over a crantini (cranberry vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry juice) as you push through the well-heeled crowd and saddle up the bar...

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Bars

2001 Best Bar, Upscale

The Bristol is a refreshing respite from the cigar-chompin’ clubbier bars around town, yet it still manages—with its white-coated waitstaff, marble bar tops, and Vose Galleries art—to maintain a stately...

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2001 Best Bar Food

Walls covered in ’50s album covers, an Elvis shrine offset by Christmas lights, a crowd as thick with tattoos as with suits, restrooms wallpapered with old Eloise and Spiderman clippings—DeLux...

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2001 Best Cocktail, Classic

As a rule, hard-drinking journalist types hate—or pretend to hate—any cocktail that tastes like dessert. So the Oak Room’s version of the sidecar—a brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice concoction invented...

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Bars

2001 Best Bar for Live Music

As the many framed posters around the bar can attest, big named have played this small room situated on a Cambridge backstreet, among them Jewel and Elvis Costello. This year,...

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Bars

2001 Best Dive Bar

Neighborhood characters and bleary-eyed medical students meet beneath a permanent haze of smoke at this rough-at-edges Mission Hill haunt, where everyone seems to know everyone else’s name. On one recent...

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Bars

2001 Best Bar, Neighborhood

Maybe it’s the bull-shooting bartenders who are as comfortable serving strong martinis as they are Schlitz. Or maybe it’s the mellow, tattooed clientele that stroll in from Cambridge’s Area 3....

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2001 Best Sports Bar

Where else can you watch the Red Sox on more than 75 TVs (including one in each rest room), choose from 40 beers on tap and in bottles, eat a...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Pool Hall

Pool halls pop with American romanticism: Fast Eddie Felson, bourbon, the small-time hustle. They’re supposed to be stark, shadowy places with heroin jazz playing softly, and a slow-twirling fan in...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Stroll, Place for

Toss aside that black-on-black Newbury Street attire and pull on some comfortable clothes: Historic Charles Street is calling. And it couldn’t be a more pleasant promenade, with fresh fruit and...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Golf Course

This Donald Ross-designed course in Hyde Park is the perfect diamond in the rough. The imposing clubhouse recalls a staid Victorian manor, but the staff is downright friendly, whether organizing...

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2001 Best Bike Path

Designed as a commuter bikeway, this 10-and-a-half mile trail has won the hearts of walkers, runners, and rollers (including cyclists, in-line skaters, and people who use those bizzarre dry-land cross-country...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Picnic Spot

What more could you want in a picnic spot? There’s grass for the kids and animals, picnic tables, water surrounding you on all sides and a 2.1-mile exercise loop to...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Comeback

—especially if money is how you’re keeping score. The former Globe columnist now has a daily talk show on WTKK, a column in the New York Daily News, and a...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Reading Series

Author readings are marketing tools, pure and simple. But Brookline Booksmith’s events director, Jim Behrle, makes sure they feel more like a chance to connect with the famous authors who...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Bowling Alley

Homer Simpson’s bowling alley it’s not. First, the food is actually good: pizza from Bella Luna, not greasy hot dogs that spin around and around under a heat lamp all...

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Entertainment

2001 Best Record Label

For 30 years, Rounder has steadily churned out quality tunes from its Cambridge-based bunker. Rounder has a sixth sense for picking rising stars like Canadian folk songstress Sarah Harmer and...

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2001 Best Gay Club

Okay, so the crowd here is young. But this long-time favorite of gay and bisexual college boys and girls is still packing them in every Thursday and Saturday in Cambridge....

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Entertainment

2001 Best Lesbian Club

“Dyke Night” at the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain is, as the name so subtly suggests, geared toward lesbians. Still, it’s a credit to Dyke Night Productions, which puts on...

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Nightlife

2001 Best Dance Club

Let the Lycra-wrapped hordes swarm Lansdowne Street. The real action is around the block at Sophia’s, where a beautiful and diverse crowd can be found jumping around on any of...

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Theater

2001 Best Cinema, Indie

No local theater better represents the spirit of independents than this grande dame in Coolidge Corner. The paint may be chipped and the seats may be missing a few threads,...

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