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2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers….Read More

2015 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster

Boston

When chef Michael Serpa left Neptune Oyster to open his own restaurant, we wondered: What would happen to the overflowing lobster roll? Or the crisp “Piggyback” oysters, piled high on…Read More

2015 Best Blowout

Drybar

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Bartender

Patrick Gaggiano, Vialé

Cambridge

There are a couple of reasons to visit a bar. One is to sip masterful cocktails. The other is to savor the charms of the bartender, a pleasure you’ll discover…Read More

2015 Best Pop-up

Kitchen Kibitz

Perhaps because it aligns with our modern taste for all things fermented, preserved, and pickled, Jewish cuisine is undergoing a much-needed renaissance in these parts. Playing a big role in…Read More

2015 Best Home Accessories

Liz Caan

Newton Centre

The signature bright colors, bold patterns, and mixed textures that Liz Caan brings to her interior design also grace her personally curated Newton Centre shop. Find geometric throw pillows in…Read More

2015 Best Hair Colorist, Red

Grace McGinley, Marc Harris

Boston

Grace McGinley’s talents are rare indeed—so rare that those blessed with scarlet locks seek out her prowess with the fussiest of hues. McGinley splits her time between the two Boston…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Brighton Music Hall

Boston

At this centrally located venue, concerts span a variety of genres and give prime billing to only-in-Allston faves like Will Dailey, Shea Rose, and Bearstronaut…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South End

Mills Gallery

Boston

Open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the Mills Gallery is the perfect excuse to extend a cocktail-hour date, and a great way to check out local artists after dark…Read More

2015 Best Hipster Bar

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Somerville

The H-word may be ill defined—something about young, vaguely cool people having fun in a place where you’re not. Unless you happen to be at Trina’s. Equal parts dive bar,…Read More

2015 Best Menswear, West

Mr. Sid

Newton Centre

Mr. Sid has earned a spot in the Best of Boston hall of fame, and rightfully so. No other men’s shop offers such a luxe, Mad Men-esque shopping experience (see:…Read More

2015 Best Running Shop

Marathon Sports

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Breakfast

Sofra

Cambridge

Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of Mediterranean-inspired delights, including the luscious…Read More

2015 Best Sandwich

Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria

Boston

Generously sized and threaded with feather-light layers of mortadella, Genoa salami, prosciutto di Parma, provolone, and the requisite pickled accessories, Monica’s Italian sub won both our hearts and our stomachs…Read More

2015 Best Thai Restaurant

S & I to Go

Allston

Sometimes the most unassuming places pack the most punch. This humble haunt serves up pad see ew with ample wok char, just-sweet-enough pineapple curry, and a soulful pad gra prowRead More

2015 Best Lingerie

Sedurre

Boston

Skipping the flash and frills, Sedurre proffers soft camis from Eberjey, flowy sleepwear and tanks from Only Hearts, and, yes, a few choice flatteners from Yummie Tummie. The vibe is…Read More

2015 Best Tanning Salon

Blush Tan

Wellesley

Blush spritzes the sun-shy with a chemical-free DHA solution that’s certified organic and derived from beets. And with more than 100 shades, you’ll no doubt leave with a natural-looking glow….Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Hyde Park

Tutto Italiano

Boston

As if its gloriously stocked deli counter weren’t enough, Tutto boasts a freezer full of home-cooked pasta sauces and soups. Maria and Marilena Locilento, wife and daughter of the owner,…Read More

2015 Best Dance Troupe

Urbanity Dance

Boston

In seven years, founder and director (and former Boston Ballet teacher) Betsi Graves has grown Urbanity Dance into a thrilling, whimsical, acrobatic beast. Last year, the company collaborated twice with…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Cakes

Konditor Meister

Braintree

Whether it’s duplicating Pinterest printouts or dreaming up a wholly original confection, Konditor Meister (German for “master pastry chef”) creates wedding-cake wonders. Its tiered masterpieces have delighted couples for three…Read More

2015 Best Fitness Facility, South

Row and Ride

Hanover

Indoor cycling studios are so 2014. These days, it’s all about group rowing classes, and now New England has its very first dedicated rowing studio right here on the South…Read More

2015 Best Yoga Studio

Down Under School of Yoga

Brookline

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Coffee Shop

Dwelltime

Cambridge

What’s one way to maintain control over your coffee and espresso? Own a supply chain—which is how this Cambridge shop, from local roaster Barismo, became such a well-oiled machine. Beyond…Read More

2015 Best Pastry

Canto 6 Bakery

Jamaica Plain

Using a flaky, buttery dough as the base, the bakers at this J.P. hideaway craft thoughtful breakfast pastries—seasonal honey-ricotta-and-blood-orange square croissants; Brie-and-apricot-stuffed brioche—with all manner of creative embellishments. Prefer cake?…Read More

2015 Best Women's Clothing, Fine

Dew Luxe

South Boston

An Hermès scarf for $350? A Burberry trench for $500? This isn’t the end-of-season sale at Barneys, just the everyday deals found at Michaela Bavis’s twee luxury consignment shop in…Read More

2015 Best Hotel, General Excellence

The Liberty Hotel

Boston

Built into the former Charles Street jail, the Liberty was designed to cleverly highlight the original building’s mid-19th-century monumentality. Despite its jailhouse origins, the hotel’s rooms are captivating (in a…Read More

2015 Best Craft Spot, Kids

Muckykids Art Studio

Cambridge

Each week, director Liz Vance comes up with several new projects—from doll quilts to magnetic sculptures to homemade slime—and arranges supplies on tables in her studio. A helper or two…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Roxbury

Merengue

Boston

The walls here are painted in bright tropical colors with cocktails to match, like the fruity blended daiquiris, sangria pitchers, and creamy “Cafe Con Leche” (Patron XO Café, Bailey’s, and…Read More

2015 Best Literary Series

Boston Book Festival

Who said the Internet would bring the death of print? Clearly no one at the 2014 Boston Book Festival, where traditional media and information-age innovation collided. While crowds converged on…Read More

2015 Best Casual Restaurant, North

C. K. Pearl

Essex

Patrick Shea, son of the couple behind Essex icon Shea’s Riverside, has New England seafood in his blood. So much so, in fact, that he decided to open his own…Read More

2015 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter

Edgartown

If there’s one thing that goes well with great drinks, it’s shuffleboard. The Port Hunter, opened in 2012 by two local brothers, has both, plus a solid beer menu with…Read More

2015 Best Sommelier

Colleen Hein, Eastern Standard

Boston

A wine list heavy on bubbles, burgundy, and cru Beaujolais could be a bit overwhelming for the casual tippler. But Eastern Standard virtuoso Colleen Hein has a hands-on approach to…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Coppa

Boston

Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing over the reins to the…Read More

2015 Best Landscaping

The MacDowell Company

Weston

With decades of experience under their belts, the talented landscape architects and contractors at the MacDowell Company know a few things about exterior design. Whether creating the ultimate backyard oasis…Read More

2015 Best Day Spa

The Mandarin Oriental

Boston

This massive spa offers a steam room with star-like lights, a dimly lit “vitality pool,” and services that truly transport. For an indulgent experience, try “The Retreat,” a six-hour journey…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Charlestown

Navy Yard Bistro

Boston

Owner John Moore personally shops for many of the ingredients on his menu, which features grass-fed hanger steak served with pommes frites, a crisp roast chicken breast with rosemary pan…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Union Square

A4 Pizza

Somerville

Barstools line every possible wall at this neighborhood staple, which is so cozy you’ll want to linger all day with a pint of Pretty Things Meadowlark and a wood-fired pie…Read More

2015 Best Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne

Boston

For years now the Hawthorne, nestled inside the Hotel Commonwealth, has set the agenda when it comes to cocktails and ambiance. From the long main bar to the elegant, residence-style…Read More

2015 Best Museum, West

Rose Art Museum

Waltham

Six years ago, Brandeis University feared the recession would shutter its art museum. Thankfully, a public outcry and powerful art collectors reversed that plan, and the school hired a new…Read More

2015 Best Pet Supplies

Polka Dog Bakery

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Brunch

Tres Gatos

Jamaica Plain

The brunch at this record shop/tapas bar caters to savory seekers—and hangover chasers. Here the “put an egg on it” philosophy reigns supreme, evidenced by dinner-menu staples like the lamb…Read More

2015 Best Steak Tips

Tip Tap Room

Boston

Yes, we visited the legendary NewBridge Café, and, yes, the tips lived up to the hype. But bite for bite, the Tip Tap Room took the crown, with perfectly charred,…Read More

2015 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Life Alive

Cambridge

A new Boston staffer—a meat-loving New York transplant—recently ran into the office, excited after “discovering” Life Alive. It was then that we realized how lucky we are to have had…Read More

2015 Best Designer, Bag

Artemis Design Co.

There are “it” bags, and then there are timeless investment pieces that pack an aesthetic punch. South End designer Milicent Armstrong, an intrepid wanderer, specializes in the latter. She launched…Read More

2015 Best Indoor Cycling Studio

B/Spoke

Boston

B/Spoke, with its intense 45-minute classes, arm workouts, and free shoe rentals, gets top honors in a competitive category. The downtown location is a hit with commuters and city dwellers…Read More

2015 Best Theater, Fringe

Company One Theatre

Boston

Let’s get one thing straight: Fringe isn’t synonymous with small. In fact, the fringe companies in town are all about big ideas, big risks, and big heart, none more so…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Caterer

Forklift

Somerville

Mediterranean, Asian, classic American—this Union Square caterer will happily hop from cuisine to cuisine for your wedding spread, incorporating vegan and gluten-free menus with ease. Chefs Dennis Tourse and Jamie…Read More

2015 Best New Restaurant, South

Galley Kitchen & Bar

Scituate

When the Galley opened last year in Scituate Harbor, it bridged the gap between townie bars and white-tablecloth bistros. Locals have responded in droves, packing the stylishly weathered wooden tables…Read More

2015 Best Day Spa

Bella Sante

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

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