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Best new bar/club
Over the Bar Bicycle Café
, South Side
2nd New Amsterdam, Lawrenceville
3rd Round Corner Cantina, Lawrenceville

Best dance club
Matrix, Station Square
2nd Diesel, South Side
3rd Zen Social Club, Station Square

Best hipster bar/club
Brillobox, Bloomfield
2nd Kelly's Bar & Lounge, East Liberty
3rd Belvedere's, Lawrenceville

Best strip club
Cheerleaders, Strip District
2nd Blush, Downtown
3rd Club Erotica, McKees Rocks

Best happy hour
Mad Mex, various locations
2nd Kaya, Strip District
3rd Tamari, Lawrenceville

Best lounge bar
Firehouse Lounge, Strip District
2nd Lava Lounge, South Side
3rd Red Room, East Liberty

Best karaoke bar
Nico's Recovery Room, Bloomfield
2nd Cappy's Café, Shadyside
3rd Lava Lounge, South Side

Best sports bar
Sports Rock Café, Strip District
2nd Buffalo Blues, Shadyside
3rd Carson City Saloon, South Side

Best no-bullshit bar
Jack's, South Side
2nd Gooski's, Polish Hill
3rd Dee's Café, South Side

Best bar for pub games
Silky's, multiple locations
2nd Brillobox, Lawrenceville
3rd Dee's Café, South Side

Best bar for a first date
Nakama Japanese Steakhouse, South Side
2nd Kelly's Bar & Lounge, East Liberty
3rd Dish, South Side

Best bar for a last date
Jack's, South Side
2nd Dee's Café, South Side
3rd Kelly's Bar & Lounge, East Liberty

Best bar/club to see the beautiful people
Zen Social Club, Station Square
2nd Nakama Japanese Steakhouse, South Side
3rd Firehouse Lounge, Strip District

Best LGBT-friendly bar
5801 Video Lounge, Shadyside
2nd Cattivo, Lawrenceville 
3rd Spin Bartini, Shadyside

Best local music venue
Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale
2nd Club Café, South Side
3rd Thunderbird Café, Lawrenceville

Best solo musician
Joy Ike
2nd Brooke Annibale
3rd Bill Deasy

Best blues band
Jill West & the Blues Attack
2nd The Olga Watkins Band
3rd Shot O' Soul

Best pop/rock band that isn't The Clarks
Donora
2nd Bon Journey
3rd Gramsci Melodic

Best cover band
Bon Journey
2nd Velveeta
3rd Into the Arena

Best jazz band
Opek
2nd (tie): Boilermaker Jazz Band / Etta Cox
3rd N/A 

Best themed DJ night
Dirty Disco with DJ Digital Dave
2nd '80s Night at Belvedere's with DJ Hatesyou
3rd Pandemic Global Dance Party

Best hip-hop performer(s)
Wiz Khalifa
2nd Formula 412
3rd Kellee Maize

Best art gallery
The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side
2nd The Mattress Factory Museum, North Side
3rd Wood Street Galleries, Downtown

Best local theater company
City Theatre, South Side
2nd Pittsburgh CLO, Downtown
3rd (tie): Quantum Theatre / Public Theater

Best dance company
Attack Theatre
2nd Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
3rd Dance Alloy

Best movie theater
AMC Loews Waterfront, Homestead
2nd SouthSide Works Cinema, South Side
3rd The Oaks Theater, Oakmont

Best place to take the kids for the afternoon
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park
2nd Carnegie Science Center, North Side
3rd Children's Museum, North Side

Best free outdoor cultural event
Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown
2nd Hartwood Acres concerts, Allison Park
3rd Free movies at Flagstaff Hill, Oakland 

 

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