Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Celebrity Sighting

Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Have you heard the one about the identity thief? It goes like this: A Madonna impersonator walks into a bar, but not just any bar. Our bar, our hometown bar, our Turf Club, and all the Twin Cities forgets for a moment that she's a mere copycat, a charlatan in corsets and dead animal flesh. When Lady Gaga, fresh from her show at the Xcel early in the morning on the First of September, walked into the Turf Club, she made us forget that the storied bar and venue is about rock music—real rock music, 45s in an ancient push-button jukebox, not digital downloads and highly processed pop. Allegedly, a member of her crew had suggested the bar as a good place to take in the local culture, and in turn, we took in Lady Gaga. A few Twin Citians reported having brief (but very meaningful) conversations with her, and the next day everyone from the local music press to celebrity gossip Perez Hilton was abuzz with the news. But before she got back in her Escalade and drove off into a land where Little Monsters sleep, we locals posed with this drunken swindler for photo booth portraits, we Tweeted her arrival, then her departure, and somewhere on University Avenue, a Midway drunk cried a single tear.

Best Rock Club (2015) Turf Club

Best Country Music Venue (2013) Turf Club

Best Karaoke (2013) Hairy Karaoke at Turf Club

Best Punk Rock Literary Series (2011) Riot Act Reading Series

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2011) Mark Mallman's Marathon 3 at the Turf Club

Best Hipster Hangout (2011) Turf Club

Best Bathroom Graffiti (2011) Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

BEST ROCK CLUB (2006) Turf Club

BEST JAZZ CLUB (2010) The Turf Club's Clown Lounge on Mondays

BEST ROCK CLUB (2008) Turf Club

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 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 Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Politician Amy Klobuchar

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski