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the Twin Cities

Yes, we're mad about the Twin Cities. Why? Because as the TV series Mad Men has shown us, 1961 is a great time to be alive. Here in the Cities, we now have two new professional sports teams—the Twins and Vikings—playing at Metropolitan Stadium. There's shopping at Dayton's and the new indoor mall at Southdale. And we have no end of fine restaurants where you can enjoy a perfectly cooked steak and a fine cigar.

Whether you're an office secretary or a high-powered ad executive, the Twin Cities offers something for everyone. On the following pages, we tell you where to find the best martini for that big client lunch, the best tobacco shop for your pipe and Lucky Strikes, the best romantic restaurant for that steamy office affair, and the best clothes, jewelry, and haircut for the 1960s.

So grab your hat or your heels, dial up your friends, and fill up the Pontiac: It's time to live the American Dream.

Best Actor Stephen Yoakam

Best Actress Maggie Chestovich

Best All-Ages Venue Triple Rock

Best AM Radio Personality TD Mischke, WCCO-AM 830

Best Art Festival Art-a-Whirl

Best Art Gallery Cult Status Gallery

Best Band Name Ogre Smash Death Boom

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Lookbook

Best Blues Artist Charlie Parr

Best Blues Club Wilebski's Blues Saloon

Best Bagels Common Roots Café

Best Bakery Patisserie 46

Best Barbecue Big Daddy's

Best Bartender Pip Hanson, Cafe Maude

Best Beer List The Muddy Pig

Best Bloody Mary Burger Jones

Best Breakfast Zumbro Cafe

Best Brewpub Town Hall Brewery

Best Brunch Nicollet Island Inn

Best Burger Victory 44

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Adult Store Lickety Split

Best Animal Hospital Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Best Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Bike Shop One on One Bicycle Studio

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Midway Books

Best Boutique Cliché

Best CD Store (New) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (Used) Cheapo

Best Cheese Shop St. Paul Cheese Shop

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles