Best of

the Twin Cities

These days you can’t swing a cat meme without hitting three comments or social media posts that declare something or someone the stupidest, the most offensive, the lamest. The worst.

It’s better, and a lot more fun, to turn toward the positive and spend our time debating who or what in our world is deserving of our love. The smartest, the most innovative, the most talented. The best.

In this spirit, we humbly submit the Best of the Twin Cities in the realms of art, music, sports, culture, food, and drink.

On our side, City Pages staffers and freelancers scoured their memories and the metro to compile the best people, places, and things that we think are deserving of your attention and patronage during these next 12 months.

On yours, we asked for submissions and votes on readers’ polls to name the popular picks in those same categories. You answered, and we’re happy to list the popular vote choices alongside our own.

Some of this year’s winners are standout rookies that burst onto the local scene and instantly captivated us. Others reintroduce veterans, standbys who’ve found new ways of doing things or whose old methods simply refuse to go out of style. All are a testament to why life in the Twin Cities is the best.

Best Actor Adam Whisner

Best Actress Regina Maria Williams

Best Album Cover VHS, Fury Things

Best Album of the Past 12 Months Ones and Sixes, Low

Best All-Ages Venue The Garage

Best Art Controversy The Bob Dylan Mural

Best Art Gallery Bockley Gallery

Best Band Name Ass Bastards of Mordor

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months The Replacements

Best Bar Game Trivia Mafia

Best Bagels St. Paul Bagelry

Best Bakery Patisserie 46

Best Bar Food Spoon and Stable

Best Bartender Missy at Skarda's Bar

Best Beer Selection in a Bar Republic

Best Beer Trend Crowlers

Best Bloody Mary Psycho Suzi's

Best Breakfast Fat Nat's Eggs

Best Brewery Steel Toe Brewing

Best Brunch Burch Steak and Pizza

Best Adult Store Smitten Kitten

Best Art Supplies ArtScraps

Best Bookstore (New) Boneshaker Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Once Upon a Crime

Best Clothing Store (Children) Teeny Bee Boutique

Best Clothing Store (Men) Buffalo Exchange

Best Clothing Store (Women) Cliche

Best Comic Book Store Big Brain Comics

Best Dog Daycare Dog Days

Best Gaming Shop Mead Hall Games and Comics

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake

Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Rachel Banham

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

We asked for submissions and votes on readers' polls to name popular picks in art, music, sports, culture, food, and drink. You answered, and we are happy to list the popular vote choices alongside our own.

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