Best of

the Twin Cities

The long winter of 2018 will go down in history as the one that almost broke us. Interminable snow and record low temperatures well into April had us earnestly pondering a permanent visit to the subtropics. And yet, something about this place—and not just the foot of snow blocking the door—keeps us firmly rooted here. It’s what Prince said about the cold keeping the bad people out, yes, but it’s so much more. In these pages, you’ll find 274 answers for when your neighbor, shoveling his car out of a mound of snow for the fifth time in a month, looks at you and asks, “Why do we live here again?”

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom'

Best Museum Paisley Park

Best Theater Troupe Sheep Theater

Best Fashion Designer Winsome Goods

Best Public Art United Crushers

Best Choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis for TU Dance

Best Local Comedy Podcast 'Profession Confession' with Gabe Noah

Best Theater Penumbra Theatre

Best Mural CTUL Building

Best Place to Do Yoga Common Ground Meditation Center

Best Clothing Store for Women Roe Wolfe

Best Boutique Cake Plus-Size Resale

Best Clothing Store for Men Buffalo Exchange

Best Lingerie Store Room No. 3

Best Tattoo Parlor Sea Wolf Tattoo Company

Best Salon Cocoon Salon

Best Place to Buy Makeup Target in the Quarry

Best Furniture Store SouthSide Vintage & Quality Goods

Best Vintage Shop Bearded Mermaid Bazaar

Best Bakery Black Walnut Bakery

Best Brunch Lush Drag Brunch

Best Diner Al’s Breakfast

Best Breakfast Day By Day Cafe

Best Cafe Cafe Alma

Best Doughnuts Sleepy V’s

Best Bagels Common Roots Cafe

Best Coffee Roaster Wesley Andrews

Best Coffee Shop Spyhouse

Best Pancakes Hell’s Kitchen’s Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes

Best Vocalist Stokley

Best Songwriter Dylan Hicks

Best Live Artist Hippo Campus

Best Stage Style Dizzy Fae

Best Album 'Down So Long' by Greg Grease

Best Album Cover 'A Sheik’s Legacy' by Thomas Abban

Best Single “SGL” by Now, Now

Best Cover Song 'Hi Bich (FreeWifi Trap Remix)' by FreeWifi

Best Hip-Hop Verse 'Dear Black Son' by Brother Ali

Best Earworm 'Know About It' by Allan Kingdom

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

Best Twins Player Byron Buxton

Best Timberwolves Player Jimmy Butler

Best Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey