Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2004

Bars

2004 Best Sports Bar

A reverential silence descends on this spartan tap room whenever the Sox play. The patrons and bartenders alike are true fans, and their passions are readily apparent on the slew...

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2004 Best Irish Pub

Even discounting the countless plastic-Paddy pubs that have sprouted all over Boston, our city boasts a wealth of genuine Celtic hangouts. But for all their fiddling, their crowds, and their...

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2004 Best Hotel Bar

There could be a raging nor’easter outside, but inside this legend in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, it’s always 70 degrees, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean and the...

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2004 Best Pickup Bar

Being single has its perks; getting hit on in a sweaty bar on a Friday night is not necessarily one of them. But before you resign yourself to that, seek...

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2004 Best Lounge

Lucky’s easy-to-miss subterranean location in the Fort Point area and its lack of signage do little to thin the crowds that pack the retro hangout, looking to swill cocktails and...

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Entertainment

2004 Best Cinema, Independent

Enjoying the artistry of independent cinema doesn’t have to mean enduring drafty old theaters. The Kendall Square is as state-of-the-art as any megaplex, but with niche amenities like baked goodies...

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Entertainment

2004 Best Bowling Alley

Bowling is enjoying an indubitable renaissance as of late, with funky alleys attracting a quasi-hipster bar crowd. But as much as we enjoy our fancy drinks, bowling is at heart...

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2004 Best Pool Hall

There are some places where you feel cooler just by walking in. Such is the case with this funky pool hall, which sets the right mood with red-felt tables, an...

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2004 Best Golf Course

Most municipal courses have recovered nicely from the dastardly winter of 2002—particularly Franklin Park, which is in great shape this year—but George Wright is still something special. Established in 1938...

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2004 Best Bike Path

In a time of ever-increasing gas prices—and waistlines—the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is a perfect alternative commute or exercise route. The 11-mile path begins at the Alewife Red Line station and...

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Nightlife

2004 Best Dance Club

Even after all the new additions to the roster of Lansdowne Street clubs, Avalon remains the life of the dance party. It’s consistently packed, spotlights an endless supply of internationally...

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Nightlife

2004 Best Dance Club, Gay

You could go to Buzz just for the bartenders—they’re pure eye candy, completely unpretentious (nice, even), and they pour a stiff drink. Or, you could go for the DJs, who...

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Theater

2004 Best Cinema, Commercial

Big screens, sharp sound, stadium seating. The AMC Fenway, once again, gets top billing. And here’s why: We like our popcorn popping out of its box in Sony Dynamic Digital...

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