Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Tweeter


It's tough to achieve a pitch-perfect Twitter persona. It's a tightrope walk between human but not oversharey, chatty but not irrelevant, informative but not boring, and above all keeping followers coming back for more. In fact, it's probably impossible. That's why this year's best Tweeter award goes to @NickColeman for the lowest common denominator—Twitter fights! Anyone can say something mean on Twitter, but it takes a real master of the art to get a healthy back-and-forth going. Few of the local Twitteratti are better at stirring the pot than Nick Coleman, who has flung a fair share of hashtags over the Viking stadium (@NickColeman: He LUVs me! RT @SaveTheVikesOrg: A seat next to the pisser? That spot is full. It is where your career with #Strib went to die) and in MinnPost's direction (@NickColeman: I will fight more later everyone! Gotta go make a semblance of a living! Discuss the problems at "MENPost" amongst yourselves!). With followers like that, who needs enemies?

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 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 Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski