Arts & Music

Best Festival

  1. Forecastle
  2. St. James Court Art Show
  3. Kentucky Derby Festival

Best Art Gallery

  1. 21c
  2. Tim Faulkner Gallery
  3. Revelry

Best Live Music Venue

  1. Headliners Music Hall
  2. The Louisville Palace
  3. Mercury Ballroom

Best Live Theater Venue

  1. Actors Theatre
  2. The Kentucky Center
  3. The Louisville Palace

Best Local Comedian

  1. Amiri King
  2. Tom Mabe
  3. Keith McGill

Best Local Band / Musician

  1. My Morning Jacket
  2. Petar Mandic
  3. The Villebillies

Best Museum

  1. Frazier History Museum
  2. Speed Art Museum
  3. 21c

Best Performing Arts Group

  1. Va Va Vixens
  2. Kentucky Shakespeare
  3. Louisville Ballet

Best Theater Production

  1. Dracula
  2. Shakespeare
  3. Wicked

Best Visual Artist

  1. Antonio Pantoja
  2. Damon Thompson
  3. David Schuster

Attractions

Best Place to
Have an Event / Party

  1. Mellwood Arts Center
  2. Ice House
  3. Copper and Kings

Best Local Landmark

  1. Churchill Downs
  2. Big Four Bridge
  3. The Slugger Bat

Best Neighborhood

  1. Highlands
  2. Germantown
  3. Crescent Hill

Best Place to Take Your Dog

  1. Cherokee Park
  2. Morton Avenue Dog Park
  3. Iroquois Park

Best Parade

  1. Kentucky Derby Festival
  2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  3. Pride Parade

Best Park

  1. Cherokee
  2. Parklands at Floyd’s Fork
  3. Seneca

Best Place to Take Kids
 in the Summer

  1. Kentucky Kingdom
  2. The Louisville Zoo
  3. The Kentucky Science Center

Retail

Best Adult / Erotic Store

  1. Cirilla’s
  2. Adam and Eve
  3. Love Boutique

Best Antique Store

  1. Crazy Daisy
  2. Derby City
  3. Crescent Hill Trading Co.

Best Clothing Boutique

  1. Dot Fox
  2. Evolve Consignment
  3. Urban Attic

Best Comic Book Shop

  1. The Great Escape
  2. The Zone
  3. Destination

Best Instrument Shop

  1. Doo Wop Shop
  2. Guitar Emporium
  3. Mom’s Music

Best Jewelry Store

  1. Shane Company
  2. Davis Jewelers
  3. Genesis Diamonds

Best Liquor Store

  1. Old Town Liquors
  2. Liquor Barn
  3. Party Mart

Best Local Bookstore

  1. Carmichael’s
  2. Half Price Books
  3. Barnes and Noble

Best Local Hardware Store

  1. Brownsboro Hardware
  2. Keith’s Hardware
  3. Oscar’s Hardware

Best Local Record Store

  1. Guestroom Records
  2. Better Days Records
  3. Underground Sounds

Best Place to Buy
a Unique Gift

  1. Work the Metal
  2. Regalo
  3. Revelry

Best Smoke Shop

  1. Cox’s Smoker’s
  2. Up-N-Smoke
  3. Puff Puff Pass

Best Tobacco Store

  1. J. Shepherd
  2. Cox’s Smoker’s
  3. Kremer’s Smoke Shoppe

Best Vintage Clothing Store

  1. Nitty Gritty
  2. Acorn
  3. Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire

Best Farmers Market

  1. Douglass Loop
  2. Beargrass Christian
  3. Bardstown Road

Services

Best Barbershop

  1. Derby City Chop Shop
  2. Market Street Barbers
  3. Underground Classic Cuts

Best Local Bank

  1. Republic Bank
  2. Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  3. PNC

Best Bicycle Shop

  1. Parkside
  2. Schellers
  3. Bicycle Sport

Best Caterer

  1. Masterson’s
  2. Wiltshire
  3. Lady Fingers

Best Dry Cleaner

  1. Holiday Cleaners
  2. Highland Cleaners
  3. NuYale Cleaners

Best Gym / Fitness Club

  1. YMCA
  2. Baptist East Milestone
  3. Planet Fitness

Best Hair Salon

  1. Z Salon and Spa
  2. Southern Comforts
  3. Neat Beat

Best Hotel

  1. 21c
  2. The Brown
  3. Seelbach

Best Local Pet Grooming

  1. The Pet Station
  2. See Spot
  3. Connie’s Groom Room

Best Massage / Spa

  1. Z Salon and Spa
  2. Massage Envy
  3. Joseph’s Salon and Spa

Best Mechanic

  1. McCormick Motorsports
  2. Reece’s
  3. St. Matthews Imports

Best Car Dealer

  1. Swope Automotive
  2. Oxmoor Auto Group
  3. Bachman Auto Group

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

  1. Ky. Humane Society
  2. Feeders Supply
  3. Animal Care Society

Best Tattoo Studio

  1. Tattoo Charlie’s
  2. Acme Ink
  3. Twisted Images

Best Yoga Studio

  1. Yoga on Baxter
  2. Bend and Zen Hot Yoga
  3. 502 Power Yoga

Best Roofer

  1. Commonwealth Roofing
  2. HKC Roofing
  3. Highland Roofing

Best Plumber

  1. BC Plumbing
  2. Tom Drexler
  3. Dauenhauer Plumbing

Dining

Best Bakery

  1. Plehn’s
  2. Nord’s
  3. Heitzman

Best BBQ

  1. Feast
  2. Mark’s Feed Store
  3. Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ

Best Breakfast

  1. Wild Eggs
  2. Highland Morning
  3. North End Cafe

Best Boozy Brunch

  1. Wild Eggs
  2. Silver Dollar
  3. Village Anchor

Best Burger

  1. Home Run Burgers
  2. Mussel and Burger Bar
  3. Grind

Best Chef

  1. Edward Lee
  2. Anthony Lamas
  3. Dean Corbett

Best Chinese Restaurant

  1. Emperor of China
  2. Cafe Mimosa
  3. August Moon

Best Coffee Shop

  1. Heine Brothers’
  2. Quills
  3. Please and Thank You

Best Deli / Sandwich Shop

  1. Stevens & Stevens
  2. Morris Deli
  3. Frank’s

Best Delivery

  1. Jimmy John’s
  2. Cafe Mimosa
  3. Cafe Lou Lou

Best Fine Dining

  1. Jack Fry’s
  2. Jeff Ruby’s
  3. Vincenzo’s

Best Fish Sandwich

  1. The Fish House
  2. The Fishery
  3. Mike Linnig’s

Best Food Truck / Cart

  1. Holy Mole
  2. El Taco Luchador
  3. Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ

Best Hot Dog

  1. Lonnie’s
  2. The Dog Haus at Holy Grale
  3. Slugger Field

Best Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt

  1. Comfy Cow
  2. Graeter’s
  3. Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen

Best Indian Restaurant

  1. Kashmir
  2. Dakshin
  3. Clay Oven

Best Italian Restaurant

  1. Volare
  2. Come Back Inn
  3. Vincenzo’s

Best Late-Night Bite

  1. White Castle
  2. Back Door
  3. Spinelli’s

Best Latin Restaurant

  1. Havana Rumba
  2. Seviche
  3. Mojitos

Best Mexican Restaurant

  1. El Nopal
  2. El Mundo
  3. Guaca Mole

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

  1. Grape Leaf
  2. Shiraz
  3. Saffron

Best New Restaurant

  1. Mesh
  2. The Post
  3. Stout Burgers and Beers

Best Outdoor Dining

  1. Captain’s Quarters
  2. El Camino
  3. Mike Linnig’s

Best Pizza

  1. Wick’s
  2. Impellizzeri’s Pizza
  3. Boombozz

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

  1. Jack Fry’s
  2. Ruth Chris
  3. Bistro Le Relais

Best Restaurant

  1. Seviche
  2. Napa River Grill
  3. Dragon King’s Daughter

Best Salad

  1. Chop Shop Salads
  2. Boombozz
  3. Sidebar

Best Steakhouse

  1. Pat’s Steakhouse
  2. Jeff Ruby’s
  3. Ruth’s Chris

Best Sushi

  1. Oishi Sushi
  2. Sapporo
  3. Dragon King’s Daughter

Best Take Out

  1. Yangkee Noodle
  2. August Moon
  3. Simply Thai

Best Thai Restaurant

  1. Simply Thai
  2. Thai Cafe
  3. Mai Thai

Best Vegetarian Food

  1. Roots/Heart and Soy
  2. Zen Garden
  3. Ramsi’s Cafe on The World

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

  1. Vietnam Kitchen
  2. Nam Nam Cafe
  3. Annie’s Cafe

Best Wings

  1. Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings
  3. The Back Door

Drinks

Best Beer List

  1. Sergio’s
  2. Holy Grale
  3. Craft House

Best Wine List

  1. Louvino
  2. Commonwealth Tap
  3. Napa River Grill

Best Local Brewery

  1. Against the Grain
  2. BBC
  3. Apocalypse Brew Works

Best Local Distillery

  1. Copper and Kings
  2. Maker’s Mark
  3. Evan Williams

Best Bourbon List

  1. Bourbons Bistro
  2. Silver Dollar
  3. Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Best Margarita

  1. El Mundo
  2. Wild Rita’s
  3. Havana Rumba

Best Cocktail

  1. Meta
  2. Garage Bar
  3. Asiatique

Nightlife

Best Bar

  1. Commonwealth Tap
  2. The Back Door
  3. Zanzabar

Best Club DJ

  1. DJ Glittertitz
  2. DJ Sleepy T
  3. DJ Syimone

Best Dive Bar

  1. The Back Door
  2. Magnolia Bar
  3. Nachbar

Best Gay Bar

  1. Play
  2. Nowhere Bar
  3. The Planet

Best Happy Hour

  1. Napa River Grill
  2. Asiatique
  3. The Back Door

Best Karaoke

  1. Akikos
  2. Highland Taproom
  3. Nowhere Bar

Best Neighborhood Bar / Pub

  1. Nachbar
  2. The Back Door
  3. Commonwealth Tap

Best New Bar/Club

  1. 8up
  2. Kaiju
  3. Galaxie

Best Place to Dance

  1. Nowhere Bar
  2. Play
  3. Zanzabar

Best Place to Find a Date

  1. Play
  2. Zanzabar
  3. Nowhere Bar

Best Place to Shoot Pool

  1. The Back Door
  2. Diamond Pub and Billiards
  3. Barret Bar

Best Sports Bar

  1. Diamond Pub and Billards
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings
  3. Drake’s

Best Strip Club

  1. P.T.’s Showclub
  2. Trixie’s
  3. The Rustic Frog

Best Trivia Night

  1. Drake’s
  2. Molly Malone’s
  3. Magnolia Bar

Media

Best Local Blog

  1. Card Chronicle
  2. Never Nervous
  3. Insider Louisville

Best Local Writer

  1. Eric Crawford
  2. Syd Bishop
  3. Mike Rutherford

Best Local Publication

  1. LEO Weekly
  2. Insider Louisville
  3. Courier Journal

Best Local Radio Personality

  1. Terry Meiners
  2. Jesse Rasmussen
  3. Laura Shine

Best Local Radio Station

  1. WFPK
  2. WFPL
  3. WAKY

Best Local TV Personality

  1. Dawn Gee
  2. Candyce Clifft
  3. Rachel Platt

Best Local TV Station

  1. WAVE3
  2. WDRB
  3. WHAS

Best Local Website

  1. Insider Louisville
  2. Card Chronicle
  3. WDRB

Best Place to Pick up
LEO Weekly

  1. Heine Brothers
  2. Baptist East Milestone
  3. YMCA

Best Twitter Feed

  1. Lydia Burrell
  2. Amiri King
  3. Card Chronicle

Other

Best Community Role Model

  1. Dawn Gee
  2. Muhammad Ali
  3. Greg Fischer

Best Place you Wish had Never Gone out of Business

  1. 60 West Bistro
  2. Wild and Woolly Video
  3. Groucho’s

Best Thing That’s Happened
in the Last Year

  1. Gay Marriage
  2. Triple Crown Winner
  3. Big Four Bridge

Best Local Sports Person
of the Year

  1. Teddy Bridgewater
  2. Rick Pitino
  3. American Pharoah

Best Entrepreneur

  1. Emily McCay (Diaper Fairy)
  2. John Schnatter
  3. Junior Bridgeman

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