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Bar


It ain't the fanciest bar in town, but by God, do you people love the Courtside.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

Club for folk


For the folksiest of folks, only tree-hugging vegetarian restaurants/venues for the shaggy-haired guitar strummers will do.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

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Art museum


It's probably no surprise that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts took top honors in this category.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

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Art-film house


The battle continues for the Brattle Theatre, whose ambitious campaign to raise a half-million dollars has allowed them to continue operating.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

Art gallery


Axiom Gallery is antithetical to the old-school Back Bay art galleries that peddle tranquil landscapes to buttoned-up Brahmins.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

After-hours spot


We live in the nerdy little tag-along of cities.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010



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Place to buy new and used books


Both Brookline Booksmith and the Harvard Bookstore consistently rank among readers as best in new and used books.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy electronics


Typically, we think of buying electronics as being more complicated than buying food.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Bike shop


Bikes aren't hard to come by, but bike shops like Broadway Bicycle School, which has blue paint on the outside and bike parts hanging from the walls and ceiling on the inside, sure are.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Sporting-goods store


City Sports is the best sporting goods store. It’s so good that we’re wondering if it’s even worth spilling ink over.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy art supplies


Shoot, Dick Blick art stores are so cute that they even paint their windows.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Sex shop


Ninety dollars at Good Vibrations gets you the Luminous, a pink glass dildo that is “elegant with muted colors and a delicate feel . . . “
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy jewelry


We like to think of So Good as a grown-up version of Claire's, the store that outfitted ear-pierced pre-teens in post-backs and plastic-hoop earrings.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy men's shoes


We didn't know men's shoes were a thing, until we started telling men we didn't know their shoes were a thing.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

Place to buy women's shoes


We’re not sure why it is, but the small Cambridge shoe store Berk's  shoes manages to hold its own against mega shoe warehouses every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy men's clothing


"There is no good Italian food in Boston," Riccardi, owner of Riccardi's Boutique, swears.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010



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Place to buy vintage clothing


Sure, the Garment District wins this category every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy women's clothing


Sam Mendoza, in his cobalt-blue sweatshirt and black skinny jeans, looks good enough to work in New York (there we said it).
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Place to buy musical instruments


Brian King of the band Oranjuly works in professional audio and keyboard sales at Guitar Center.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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New and used CDs


The independent, New England–based music retailer Newbury Comics wins best-in-Boston for CD shopping every year.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 26, 2010

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Vietnamese restaurant


A steaming bowl of Pho, the beef-broth noodle soup from Vietnam, has to be at least as good for the soul as pedestrian, predictable chicken noodle.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 25, 2010


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