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Best Hipster Hangout

Turf Club

New Year's Eve at the Turf Club ended with another wildly successful Cover Band Night, featuring a variety of local acts covering their favorite bands, from the Beatles to Suicide. As bands and fans cleared out at bar close, many planned to return the next night to see another potential barnburner featuring Marijuana Deathsquads. But just hours before the doors were to open, the show was called off, and staff reporting to work found the place locked, the lights out, and a sign on the front doors reading "Closed for repairs." With little notice, weeks of shows were canceled, and worries that one of the music scene's favorite venues might be no more spread like wildfire. After a brief period of silence, it was announced publicly that manager Dave Wiegardt, who for 15 years had helped shape the bar into a local institution, had been let go and replaced with new manager Joshua James, who would oversee a number of improvements while the club was temporarily shuttered. The bar eventually reopened, though with slightly more limited hours, and still maintains its place as a driving force in the local music community.

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 Celebrity Sighting (2011) Lady Gaga at the 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 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 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