Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2003

Arts

2003 Best Dance Studio

Dance classes aren’t just for kids in pink tights and ballet slippers. A top-notch studio offers a variety of options that can make anyone feel footloose. The Dance Complex does...

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Bars

2003 Best Irish Pub

A real pint of Guinness takes time to pour. So while you’re waiting at the bar in this old Cambridge haunt, take a gander at the great menu (with standbys...

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Bars

2003 Best Bloody Mary

Some Sunday mornings require a little time spent catching up with our favorite sister, bloody mary. And the best place to find her in these parts is at the East...

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Bars

2003 Best Hotel Bar

Given the weather, there’s seldom much call in New England for ceiling fans. Even so, the whirring hum beneath the Oak Bar’s carved mahogany ceiling adds a touch of airiness...

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Bars

2003 Best Pickup Bar

A bit loungey, a tad yuppie, Harvard Gardens is an ideal place to meet your dress-casual mate. The bar is crowded from Wednesday to Saturday, but the low lighting and...

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Bars

2003 Best Bar, Upscale

This Back Bay nuovo Italian restaurant is as self-consciously trendy as its downtown sister, Radius, but damned if they don’t mix a thumpingly good basil gimlet here, poured with iced...

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Bars

2003 Best Bar Food

Slow-roasted pork, wafer-thin ham, and gooey Gruyère, pressed together between slices of buttery, crisp Portuguese bread and served skillet-hot with homemade plaintain chips—there may be other ways to end a...

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Bars

2003 Best Cocktail, Cool

Enough already with the fruity cocktail fads that result in sticky fingers and killer hangovers. The ultimate in cool libations is an inventive concoction so succulent it’s destined to achieve...

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Bars

2003 Best Cocktail, Classic

You can almost taste the sun rising again on the British Empire in your first sip of this bracing, gin-loaded cocktail. By the second dry sip, you’re convinced you may...

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Bars

2003 Best Lounge

If Bogart and Bacall could hop off the screen of the Brattle Theatre, they’d make a beeline for this sexy Harvard Square gin joint around the corner. There in the...

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Bars

2003 Best Bar for Live Music

Nowhere else in this town are you more apt to find pink Izods and gangsta colors in such proximity. This joint, nestled between the gentrified South End and Roxbury and...

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Bars

2003 Best Dive Bar

Generally speaking, a person’s favorite dive bar is the one closest to home. The Model is that rare specimen—a neighborhood bar that’s gained destination status for drinkers from all over...

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Bars

2003 Best Margarita

This potent champion is a mix of Cuervo Gold, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier. Too potent? No problem. Try any of the other combinations at this sister saloon to the famous...

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Bars

2003 Best Sports Bar

A moment of silence, please, for the newly shuttered Sports Depot in Allston, at one time the only true sports bar (thanks to its 70 TVs and $9.99 Sunday brunch)...

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Bars

2003 Best Martini

Something about the way the light from the fireplace hits this wood-paneled room sharpens the taste buds. And something about the cushy, tapestry-covered seating relaxes the senses. The unfettered view...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Picnic Spot

From its inauspicious beginnings as a swampy hinterland more than 150 years ago, this colorful green space at the heart of the city emerged as the country’s pioneering public botanical...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Bowling Alley

Bowling alleys don’t traditionally offer Veuve Clicquot. But then, Kings is not your traditional bowling alley. It’s part lounge, part pool hall, and all fun. Dimly lit nooks, red fluorescent...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Gay Club

Think young. Then subtract two years. That’s the average age of a ManRay patron on Thursday “Campus Nights,” which draw a 19-plus crowd of supersweet male eye candy and their...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Lesbian Club

Butches and femmes hoist their bottles together here on Saturday nights, when this Chinatown karaoke lounge and dance club becomes the closest thing lesbians have to a downtown clubhouse. Two...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Pool Hall

Who needs waitresses in jackboots or martinis with funny names? You came here to play pool, not tipple and gawk at the scenery. Johnny’s feels like a downbeat 1940s pool...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Bike Path

Last year, this award went to the Esplanade. What changed? Our tolerance for bladers. (Will they please stop kicking out so wide?) And while the Minuteman Bikeway is hardly devoid...

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Entertainment

2003 Best Running Route

Whether you’re training for the marathon or just trying to raise your heart rate, a jog along the Emerald Necklace is unrivaled. We tried them all—the Charles River Esplanade, the...

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Music

2003 Best Club for Live Music

Big venues usually mean small performers—not in terms of musical stature, but because you’re so far away the act looks like a dot with a guitar. So thank God and...

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Nightlife

2003 Best Dance Club

We like our dance clubs sexy, and nothing’s sexier than beautiful, sweaty couples twisting to Latin-flavored conga beats. Sophia’s, which has that and more, is a sure-fire fun night on...

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Theater

2003 Best Cinema, Commercial

Keeping up with Hollywood’s barrage of blockbusters, tearjerkers, and indies-gone-mainstream is less daunting when you can do it at the AMC Fenway 13. This theater’s strongest appeal is its easy...

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