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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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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