Best Arts & Entertainment in Boston 2009

Bars

2009 Best Sushi Bar

O Ya may have the most incomparable raw-fish dinner in town, but the reality of its special-occasion status is that we tend to reserve it for exactly that: a special...

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2009 Best Dive Bar

If you require more than two ingredients in your cocktail (ice and booze), the Silhouette is likely not for you. True to dive décor, the walls are cheaply paneled and...

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2009 Best Irish Pub

Around these parts, the authentic Irish pub is an expectation, not a novelty. Which means there’s a full-on scrum of contenders in this category—the Sligo, the Behan, Foley’s—with none stooping...

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Entertainment

2009 Best Bowling Alley

Dyke Night impresario Kristen Porter comes up a winner either way, as the only worthy contenders here are Second Saturdays (at bouncin’ Fenway nightclub Machine) and Menage à Trois, a.k.a....

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Entertainment

2009 Best Gay Club

By far the least pretentious of the Hub’s gay hot spots, this nightclub-restaurant hybrid presents a compelling case for venturing beyond the Back Bay/South End circuit. The price is right...

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2009 Best Lesbian Club

Dyke Night impresario Kristen Porter comes up a winner either way, as the only worthy contenders here are Second Saturdays (at bouncin’ Fenway nightclub Machine) and Menage à Trois, a.k.a....

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Music

2009 Best Club for Live Music

Somewhere between a band’s first roadie and their first rider, they play T.T.’s, a beer-soaked cranny in Central Square now in its third decade. For about 10 bucks a night,...

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Nightlife

2009 Best Bar, Casual

Rather than coming off as calculated quirkiness, the gothic furniture and gargoyle motif at this under-the-radar Central Square taproom are mere curiosities, something you notice briefly before they fade into...

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