Best of Boston

2000 Best Lounge

The Milky Way

The Milky Way looks the picture of a suburban basement lounge—if only a basement could be this cool. Tucked beneath Bella Luna restaurant in J.P.’s Hyde Square, the space is a study in shabby chic. Mismatched chairs, dim lighting, pool tables, and candlepin bowling set the stage for a young, hipster clientele. The funky locale is intentionally Bohemian, working to evoke the slacker-glam feel of joints on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Don’t hold its pretensions against it, though: The Milky Way is a very fun place to hang for an evening.

403-405 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-524-3740,