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Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests

Nye's Polonaise Room

Nye's is the quintessential Nordeast experience—funky, unself-conscious, and hip. The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band, the mainstay entertainment at Nye's Polonaise Stage, has been playing "Beer Barrel Polka" several times a night for charmed audiences since 1975. Every Friday and Saturday night, revelers of all stripes prance to the music on a crowded dance floor. Meanwhile, in the famed piano bar, out-of-town-guests can grab the mic and belt out their favorite tune. All this led Esquire magazine, a few years back, to name Nye's the best bar in America. Have a few dirty martinis while tucked into a gold-flecked banquette and Nye's deep wood paneling and rich red carpet spin into a weirdly wonderful place where everyone gets along and anything seems possible. If out-of-towners have seen anything like it before, the next round is on us.

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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

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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 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

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Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

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Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

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