Best of

the Twin Cities

Best New Nightclub


Though it's been open since 2009, Honey has been the Cities' best kept nightclub secret, and to many it's still considered new. If it weren't for the thumping sidewalk beneath your feet on weekend nights, you could walk right by this underappreciated gem. Hidden in a basement underneath Ginger Hop, Honey is known for its exclusive feel and look inspired by the lounges of Manhattan's Lower East Side. New York native and nightclub renaissance man Jon Provenzano owns the lounge, and also tends bar and handles the live music booking. He books music that best fits the vibe of the lounge: jazz in the early evenings to keep it calm and cool as you taste the impressive menu, then, as the night goes on, it gets louder and louder, mostly with DJs that practice in the arts of party rocking, dub step, and hip hop. Popular parties such as Hands High, House Party, and Turnt Up! sell out the lounge most nights before midnight. Apart from First Avenue, Honey has the best constant roster of DJs and musicians every month. Provenzano has built a solid reputation in town with artists for his professionalism, easiness to work with, and vision. If the music doesn't win you over, you always have the bar, with working-man prices any break dancer can appreciate.

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) (2014) Flip Phone at Honey

Best Dance Club (2013) Honey

Best Club Night (2013) House Proud at Honey

Best Dance Night (2017) All 90s Dance Night at Honey

Best Dance Club (2019) Honey

Best Party Bar (2020) Honey

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 Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

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

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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 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

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