Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2005

Arts

2005 Best Art Gallery

Arthur Dion’s eclectic, electric Gallery Naga has become an art lover’s Newbury Street staple. Set in a neo-Gothic stone church, the gallery showcases contemporary prints, paintings, photographs, and furniture by...

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Arts

2005 Best Dance Studio

Walk past this aging Central Square building and you’ll hear lively drumbeats and rhythmic foot stomping. Walk in and you’ll experience one giant Fame flashback. Four floors of studios allow...

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Bars

2005 Best Pickup Bar

A constant stream of stylish singles flows through the doors of Gypsy Bar on weekends, where they entertain themselves before the eye-catching glow of the video-screen wall with cocktails such...

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Bars

2005 Best Bar Food, Upscale

Unlike at many chichi restaurants, chef-owner Jamie Mammano’s entire critically acclaimed menu is served at Mistral’s bar until quite late, freeing barflies to sidle up to that sexy someone without...

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Bars

2005 Best Lounge

Rolling furniture, textured wood-grain walls, Kobe burgers: Few spots in bookish Cambridge offer West Coast atmosphere like the Middlesex. What burst onto the scene with a flurry of red-roped parties...

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Bars

2005 Best Sports Bar

We expected nothing less than a perfect score when Patrick Lyons, owner of Kings, Avalon, and Sonsie, launched the new Game On! The hopped-up, multi-media Fenway bar brings Sox fans...

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Bars

2005 Best Irish Pub

The best pubs purvey mysterious dark corners, crackling fires, and Guinness. But James’s Gate is a cut above the rest, with high-grade bar food that almost makes the selection of...

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Bars

2005 Best Hotel Bar

Most Boston hotel bars are party playgrounds for visiting movers and shakers. But for those jaded by the jet set, there’s Cuffs at the Jurys Boston Hotel, where the scene...

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Bars

2005 Best Hotel Bar

Most Boston hotel bars are party playgrounds for visiting movers and shakers. But for those jaded by the jet set, there’s Cuffs at the Jurys Boston Hotel, where the scene...

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Entertainment

2005 Best Bowling Alley

Forty-four lanes. Metal bumpers. Affordable prices. A kingpin’s dream—and now a bowling reality. The pro shop (yes, this bowling alley has a pro shop) stocks enough balls, bags, and shoes...

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Entertainment

2005 Best Pool Hall

You may not find Minnesota Fats chalking his cue at this casual Cambridge hangout, but you also won’t find the dingy ambiance and meat-market reek that spoils so many other...

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Entertainment

2005 Best Theater, Alternative

This Harvard Square spot was designed for experimentation, and that’s exactly what the American Repertory Theatre is doing with its flexible, intimate new venue. The unadorned black-box design allows the...

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Music

2005 Best Jazz Club

With its elegant low-lit atmosphere and glittering river views, Scullers is the cool king of local jazz haunts. Intimate without being overcrowded, it sports a heady roster of legends and...

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Music

2005 Best Club for Live Music, Small

The Lizard Lounge has a mellow vibe, with a quality sound system, friendly bartenders, and plenty of personality. Scattered cocktail tables, well-worn (read: ratty) area rugs, kitschy memorabilia, and standing...

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Music

2005 Best Club for Live Music, Large

This legendary live-music venue might be a quarter-century old, but its state-of-the-art sound system delivers crystal-clear beats and fuzz-free acoustic sets. Fans love being within mere feet of their favorite...

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Nightlife

2005 Best Dance Club

Not into urban clubs filled with grinding torsos and ear-splitting music? Check out Swing City. Don’t let the ’70s-era orange carpet or dark wood paneling fool you: This Friday-night dance...

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Nightlife

2005 Best Dance Club, Gay

Many area nightspots sponsor weekly gay nights, but none satisfies the masses quite like Avalon Sundays. Beautiful players sip cocktails and get groovy in superlative style to pumping tunes spun...

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Theater

2005 Best Cinema, Mainstream

It’s all in the details at this centrally located Fenway screen spot: 13 large theaters, stadium-style seating, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, climate- controlled spaces, and validated parking. Automated and online ticketing keep...

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Theater

2005 Best Theater, Mainstream

Since it reopened with The Lion King last year, the restored Opera House hasn’t drawn the most inspiring of productions. But it does look great. The 2,600-seat theater is a...

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