Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2006

Arts

2006 Best Art Gallery, South

The 17th and 21st centuries merge seamlessly in this part-museum, part-gallery that sits inside a Colonial-era landmark. Three times each season, Sparrow House holds free shows featuring American artists such...

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Arts

2006 Best Art Gallery

Veteran art dealer Bernard Toale, formerly based in the Back Bay, relocated to Harrison Avenue back when SoWa was just a gleam in ambitious real estate agents eyes. Today he...

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Arts

2006 Best Art Gallery, North

Owner Peter Alpers of six-year-old Alpers Fine Art sells paintings on a variety of backdrops (canvas, wood, Plexiglas) by an impressive stable of established artists (Ellen Granter, C. J. Phu)...

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Bars

2006 Best Pickup Bar

In this den of preppy testosterone, the open floor plan encourages circulating (the better to scope prospects), the pop soundtrack doesn’t drown out conversation (the better to initiate small talk),...

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Bars

2006 Best Bar, Berkshires

High on arts, low on nightlife, Western Mass. was never known for its cocktail scene. At least, not until Zinc arrived. Every night, Berkshire sophisticates and tourists mingle beneath a...

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Bars

2006 Best Sports Bar

Big. Small. Flat Screen. Plasma. Game On has so many TVs—70 in all—it’ll always be airing whatever sport you want to watch. The Fenway Park spot packs in Sox fans...

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Music

2006 Best Jazz Club

What this third-floor space lacks in atmospher—it’s more cruise-ship quarterdeck than smoky back-alley haunt—is more than overcome by the quality of its acoustics and the pedigrees of its bookings. The...

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