Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Comedy Club

Acme Comedy Co.

If standup has a First Avenue, local and touring comedians alike will pinpoint Acme as a top candidate. And it's not just because it's one of the few dedicated Twin Cities venues to tough out two decades, through comedy boom and bust alike. The 275-strong capacity crowds are big enough to make good sets feel utterly electric without dwarfing the headliner's up-close impact, a dynamic that works to the benefit of cult favorites and comedy-connoisseur heroes like Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, and Marc Maron. It boasts a history of some now-legendary sets being recorded for posterity there — Mitch Hedberg's Mitch All Together, Doug Benson's Hypocritical Oaf, and the Sklar Brothers' Poppin' the Hood, among others — and not a week goes by without a national name of note pulling a long-weekend stand. Best of all, Acme's lack of a two-drink-minimum, coupled with an emphasis on bring-your-friends open mic and new talent showcases, reveal an enthusiasm for the art form that's built one of the most loyal customer fan bases in town.

Best Open Mic (Comedy) (2015) Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Club (2015) Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Club (2014) Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY (2006) Acme Comedy Co.

BEST COMEDY CLUB (2010) Acme Comedy Co.

BEST OPEN MIC (2010) Acme's Caught in the Act

Best Comedy Club (2018) Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Club (2019) Acme Comedy Co.

Best Actor Bradley Greenwald

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best Album of the Past 12 Months The Cactus Blossoms

Best AM Radio Personality Esme Murphy

Best Art Gallery CO Exhibitions

Best Band Name Hot Rash

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months Roma di Luna

Best Blues Club Bayport BBQ

Best Choreographer Carl Flink

Best Classical Musician Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra

Best Club DJ Plain Ole Bill

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) Doomtree Blowout 7 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) tUnE-yArDs at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue Varsity Theater

Best Country Band Cactus Blossoms

Best Country Music Venue Lee's Liquor Lounge

Best Cover Band Tramps Like Us

Best Dance Club First Avenue

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance

Best Dance Night Get Cryphy

Best Dance Performance of the Past 12 Months Storm, Zenon Dance Company

Best Dancer Eva Mohn

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Female Vocalist Brute Heart

Best FM Radio Personality Jake Rudh

Best Folk Artist Chastity Brown

Best Hip-Hop Artist MaLLy

Best Jazz Club Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Best Jukebox The Herkimer

Best Karaoke James Ballentine VFW Post 246

Best Live Artist Zoo Animal

Best Local Band Made Good Howler

Best Local Music Broadcast Radio K's Off the Record

Best Local Music Compilation Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3

Best Male Vocalist Astronautalis

Best Movie Theater The Trylon

Best Museum Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Best Museum Exhibition "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870" at Walker Art Center

Best Musical Cabaret

Best New Band Night Moves

Best New Nightclub Honey

Best Play In the Red and Brown Water

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Record Label Moon Glyph

Best Rock Band Bloodnstuff

Best Songwriter Dan Wilson

Best Tattoo Parlor Leviticus Tattoo

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best TV Newscaster Jana Shortal

Best TV Sports Anchor Joe Schmit

Best TV Station KSTC 45

Best TV Weatherperson Keith Marler

Best Writing Classes The Loft Literary Center