Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Website


The Twin Cities' best website, MNBeer, won't win any prizes for web design or flashy graphics. It's as simple and unpretentious as a website can get—just short, text-heavy posts about a single subject. But what MNBeer lacks in flair it makes up for in comprehensiveness. Ryan Anderson's site is more than five years old now, and there seems to be no beer release, no beer dinner or local tasting, no visit by a distinguished brew master that goes unreported on his site. Is the Blue Nile tapping some obscure firkin? Is Fulton throwing a beer dinner at a local café? What's the latest on new Minnesota laws regulating brewpubs? MNBeer is where local aficionados go to find out. The site posts at least one or two bits of brew news almost every day. You won't often find reviews or opinions about beer, just an authoritative fact sheet about local beer news, plus a running tally of local events, and lists of local breweries, brewpubs, and beer-centric bars. If that's not enough info for you, MNBeer blasts even more beer news to more than 2,000 followers on Twitter.

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 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 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