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2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fields Corner

Ronan Park

Dorchester
So maybe Fields Corner is named for colonist Zechariah Field and not for its green spaces. Still, we’d like to point out that the neighborhood […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Paradise Rock Club

Boston
Stoner dads and undergrads alike loiter outside these vaunted doors, thanks to the ’Dise’s reliably eclectic roster. The sense of égalité only continues once inside: […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Harvard Square

Oberon

Cambridge
Only in the People’s Republic will you find a venue where a donkey show—or rather, The Donkey Show—is a weekly staple. But this is no […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Inman Square

Inman Oasis

Cambridge
This oasis is no mirage—yes, even in the depths of winter, you really can float about in warm, crystalline waters without leaving town. After an […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

House of Blues

Boston
A rare space that achieves both arena-grade grandeur and club-show intimacy, our House of Blues is big enough to snag headliners like Lana Del Rey, […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

Dudley Café

Roxbury
Breathing new life into the grand old former Ferdinand building, this welcoming space is Roxbury’s new go-to spot for not only Fazenda coffee and Chef […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner Theatre

Brookline
This indie cinema manages to strike the delicate balance between new hits and cult classics. Its After Midnite series is a particular delight, recently screening […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Charles River Canoe and Kayak

Cambridge
Just past the bustle of Kendall, a watery adventure awaits. Rent kayaks and canoes by the hour or day, or take a guided tour at […] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Downtown Crossing

Barry’s Bootcamp

Boston
True Yankees maintain a healthy skepticism of anything dreamt up in La-La Land, but this Hollywood-spawned fitness empire has won us over. Claim your spot […] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, FortPoint/Waterfront

Internal Matter

Boston
Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, a mellow night of live music, or a place to decompress after boxing at George Foreman III’s gym […] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Central Square

City Hall Front Lawn

Cambridge
Only in the People’s Republic would the front lawn of City Hall be a fine place for some rest and relaxation. Leave your everyday worries […] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Washington Square

Cafe Fixe

Brookline
The square’s best brews, pour-overs, and espresso are served in a café designed for quality R & R: There’s no WiFi, so unplug and unwind with some […] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

Ramler Park

Boston
There’s more than one park in Fenway. Tucked away at the end of Peterborough Street is this diligently manicured slice of urban paradise, where lush […] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Davis Square

Davis Square Plaza

There’s no better place to hang out when the sun’s out, so grab a cone at J.P. Licks, find a comfy bench, and enjoy some […] read more»