Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Venue to Close

Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Bars come and go, and many are fondly recalled, but few create as distinctive a scene as Lee’s did in the ’90s. It was then, under owner Louie Sirian and booker Nate Dungan, that hipster couples flocked to Glenwood Avenue to dance to country, rockabilly, and other twangy sounds. After the club was sold in 2015, it became a haven for punk and metal bands. But last year new owner Craig Kruckeberg said he couldn’t go on because the city of Minneapolis would no longer allow him to use the bar’s side parking lot. For its final nights, Lee’s reverted to its former self, as Texas singer Dale Watson returned to sing the little song he’d written about the joint, “Louie’s Lee’s Liquor Lounge.”

Readers’ Choice: Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Best Country Music Venue (2012) Lee's Liquor Lounge

BEST COUNTRY MUSIC VENUE (2010) Lee's Liquor Lounge

Best Vocalist Channy Leaneagh

Best Songwriter Mary Bue

Best Live Artist The Bad Man

Best Album Lady Midnight, 'Death Before Mourning'

Best Single Lunch Duchess, 'Cry Pt. II'

Best EP niiice, 'Never Better'

Best Compilation 'Ear Coffee Charity Comp 2020'

Best Album Cover Partition, 'Prodigal Gun'

Best Record Label Shifting Paradigm

Best Song to Have Sex to booboo, 'Mango'

Best Song to Cry to Graveyard Club, 'It Hurts'

Best Cover Song Another Heaven, 'Running Up That Hill'

Best Earworm Yam Haus, 'Stargazer'

Best Hip-Hop Verse Lexii Alijai, 'Anthony'

Best Rock Band Muun Bato

Best Metal Band Obsequiae

Best R&B Artist Velvet Negroni

Best Jazz Artist Mankwe Ndosi

Best Hip-Hop Artist Taylor J

Best Producer Psymun

Best Club DJ DJ Truckstache

Best Event Promoter Flip Phone

Best Band to Break Up Sleep Debt

Best Acoustic Performer Katy Vernon

Best Band Name Dad Bod

Best New Band Vial

Best Stage Style Sophia Eris

Best Reunion Tapes ’n Tapes

Best Music Controversy The Current fires Brian Oake

Best Selling Out Lizzo’s 'Juice' in a Bounty paper towel commercial

Best Musical Act of Protest Sounds of Blackness, 'Sick and Tired'

Best Music Video Director Paul von Stoetzel

Best Music Video Gully Boys, 'New Song No. 2'

Best Local Music Podcast Back to the City

Best Music Festival Moodhouse Fest

Best Concert (Local Artist) Nur-D at First Avenue

Best Concert (Touring) Mountain Goats at First Avenue

Best Concert Venue Parkway Theater

Best Venue to Open Part Wolf

Best Jazz Club Icehouse

Best Music Residency Faarrow at the Cedar

Best Karaoke Mortimer’s Auto-Tune Karaoke