Best of

the Twin Cities

We’re here in the Twin Cities for different reasons. Maybe your family’s here. Or you moved for a job, or stayed for one after graduating from a local college. Maybe you made your best friends here, or fell in love.

Whatever the reason for you personally, there are also any number of undeniable enticements we all share. From world-class dining to epic happy-hour deals, from art museums to arcades, from killer dance nights to placid lakes, they’re what make us more than happy with our little slice of flyover country.

Each year, City Pages puts together our Best of the Twin Cities issue and gets a chance to dive deep into all the rad, righteous things we love about this town. Our staffers and freelancers compile a list of all the best people, places, and things; then we ask you to vote in our Readers’ Choice polls to name the popular picks in some of those same categories. Find our picks below and your picks in the Readers Choice Contest section.

Best Actor Randy Reyes

Best Actress Shelby Richardson

Best Art Crawl FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl

Best Art Gallery All My Relations Gallery

Best Art Supplies Art Materials

Best Author Louise Erdrich

Best Book (Fiction) 'Knockout' by John Jodzio

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The King of Skid Row' by James Eli Shiffer

Best Bookstore (New) Milkweed Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Adult Store Bondesque

Best Beach White Sands Beach

Best Boutique Mille

Best Bowling Alley Memory Lanes

Best Casino Mystic Lake

Best Clothing Store (Men) Martin Patrick 3

Best Clothing Store (Women) Hazel & Rose

Best Dance Club The Front Cafe

Best Dance Night All 90s Dance Night at Honey

Best Day Trip Stockholm, Wisconsin

Best Bagels St. Paul Bagelry

Best Bakery Rose Street Patisserie

Best Bar Food Iron Door Pub

Best Bar Trend Playing while you drink

Best Barbecue Big Daddy's BBQ

Best Bartender Trish Gavin

Best Beer Castle Danger's Castle Cream Ale

Best Beer Selection in a Bar Grumpy's Bar and Grill

Best Beer Trend Craft Macros

Best Beer, Limited Release Summit Keller Pils

Best Acoustic Performer Sam Cassidy

Best Album 'Wordless Wonder' by Real Numbers

Best Album Cover 'Bend Your Bones' by Fraea

Best Band Name Lazy Scorsese

Best Band to Break Up Frankie Teardrop

Best Club DJ DJ Keezy

Best Concert (Local) Communist Daughter record-release show at First Avenue (Nov. 11, 2016)

Best Concert (Touring) Kanye West at Xcel Energy Center (Oct. 10, 2016)

Best Concert Venue Palace Theatre

Best Cover Song 'Congratulations' by Dessa

Best Coach Brady Starkey

Best College Athlete Kelly Pannek

Best Columnist Lee Schafer

Best Commercial Kinetico Water Softeners

Best Construction Project Vintage on Selby

Best Dressed Emily Eaton

Best Hipster Trend The Discovery of the Razor

Best instagram @exploreminnesota

Best Landmark Turnblad Mansion

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore