Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2007

Arts

2007 Best Consultant, Art

As the longtime chair of the MFA museum school art sale, Boston’s other Barbara Lee—the art consultant, not the gazillionaire—has built it into the largest event of its kind in...

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Bars

2007 Best Sports Bar

If you’re like us, you can’t stand watching sports without the benefit of booze and high-def. At Game On, two bars amply stocked with top-shelf hooch get fans out of...

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Bars

2007 Best Irish Pub

Picking Boston’s best Irish pub is a little like picking the loveliest clover in County Kildare. Still, the Green Dragon manages to stand out from its many worthy rivals. Set...

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Bars

2007 Best Pickup Bar

“Pickup bar” may evoke images of oily, used-car guys with thatches of chest hair bursting from half-buttoned shirts, but you won’t find much of that here. With its mood lighting,...

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Bars

2007 Best Lounge

The vibe, the feel—that’s what you’re looking for when you’re with friends and dressed for a Night Out. It’s also what the Middlesex does best. The intimate space is minimalist...

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Bars

2007 Best Cocktail, Menu

No green apple martinis here. Only ingenious blends make it onto Rendezvous’s cocktail list: gin blended with kaffir lime and curry, vodka stirred with pear brandy and cardamom. Like the...

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Bars

2007 Best Bar, Berkshires

Pittsfield, once derided as the underarm of the Berkshires, has made a turnaround in recent years, thanks in part to its revitalized North Street. The hippest on the block is...

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Bars

2007 Best Dive Bar

An establishment must meet certain criteria before it can rightfully call itself a dive. It must be dark. It must be cheap. It must have spartan decor. Most critically, it...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Happy Hour

Since what’s traditionally known as happy hour is illegal in our great state, local establishments have been forced to get creative with the concept. Grendel’s, housed in a funky basement...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Theater, Alternative

A mediocre alternative theater is content to stage Brecht rip-offs and plumb the depths of existential mime. A great alternative theater like Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway hosts political fundraisers, film panel...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Karaoke

There are two kinds of karaoke-goers: traditionalists “just in it for the music” and Axl-style mike hogs. Limelight suits both. More than 5,000 songs provide variety, and an always appreciative,...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Bowling Alley

It may not have 24-hour lanes or the pervasive stench of stale beer, but Kings is nevertheless the city’s premier spot for throwing rocks. Dim lighting, dozens of flat-screens, good...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Gay Club

It’s tough to find a hangout that appeals on this many fronts. If you’re hungry, an outstanding full-service menu is available until 10 p.m., with mouthwatering entrees ranging from duck...

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Entertainment

2007 Best Club, General

While college kids and out-of-towners wait in line downtown for their overpriced martinis and bland playlists, hipsters hit Central Square for a much more appealing kind of scene. The Enormous...

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Music

2007 Best Jazz Club

A knack for luring the top names in the biz has elevated the Regattabar to its rank among the very best in the East. Far from the popular conception of...

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Music

2007 Best Club for Live Music, Small

With a capacity of only 270, this Central Square haunt has an oversize personality that defies its small scale (and always sticky floor). The volume’s appropriately loud, the drinks (served...

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