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Best Alt-Folk/Alt-Country Band

Smokestack Lightning
Search “Smokestack Lightning” on Facebook

2nd: November Blue
novemberblueband.com
3rd: The Shiners
shinersrock.com

Best Bar (Downtown and Vicinity)

Condado Tacos
971 Liberty Ave., Downtown and 4300 Butler St., Lawrenceville
condadotacos.com

2nd: Olive Or Twist
olive-twist.com
3rd: Butcher and the Rye
butcherandtherye.com

Best Bar (East)

Kelly's Bar & Lounge 
6012 Penn Circle South, East Liberty
Search “Kelly’s Bar and Lounge” on Facebook

2nd: Spirit 
spiritpgh.com
3rd (TIE): Blue Moon Bar 
Search “Blue Moon Bar” on Facebook
and Mixtape 
mixtapepgh.com

Best Bar (North)

Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe North Park
10301 Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park
otbbicyclecafe.com

2nd: Tequila Cowboy
tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh
3rd: Park House
parkhousepgh.com

Best Bar (South)

Hitchhiker Brewing Co.
190 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mount Lebanon 
hitchhiker.beer

2nd: The Library
thelibrary-pgh.com
3rd: Smiling Moose
smiling-moose.com

Best Bar (West)

Bigham Tavern
321 Bigham St., Mount Washington
bighamtavern.com

2nd: Shiloh Grill 
harrisgrill.com
3rd: Coughlin's Law
eatatcoughlinslaw.com

Best Bar to Day Drink

Grist House Craft Brewery
10 E. Sherman St., Millvale
gristhouse.com

2nd: Federal Galley
federalgalley.org
3rd: Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe
otbbicyclecafe.com

Best Bar to Pregame

Southern Tier Brewery 
316 N. Shore Drive, North Side.
stbcbeer.com/taprooms/pittsburgh

2nd: Federal Galley
federalgalley.org
3rd: Mario's South Side Saloon
mariospgh.com/southside

Best Bartender

Lara Borrasso, Ruggers Pub
40 S. 22nd St., South Side
ruggerspub.com

2nd: Tim, Gooski's
gooskis.com
3rd: Mildred the Lunch Lady
facebook.com/mildredthelunchlady

Best Club

Spirit
242 51st St., Lawrenceville
spiritpgh.com
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2nd: Belvedere's Ultra-Dive
belvederesultradive.com
3rd: Tequila Cowboy
tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

Best Dance Company

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave., Strip District
pbt.org

2nd: Tamburitzans
thetamburitzans.org
3rd: Attack Theatre
attacktheatre.com

Best Distance Race

Pittsburgh Marathon 
thepittsburghmarathon.com

2nd: The Great Race
rungreatrace.com
3rd: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot 
pittsburghymca.org

Best DJ

TJ Harris
booktj.co

2nd: BREIS
breis.net
3rd: DJ Femi
facebook.com/djfemi

Best Escape Room

Escape Room Pittsburgh
569 Greenfield Ave., Greenfield and 145 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead
escaperoompgh.com

2nd: Enter the Imaginarium Pittsburgh 
entertheimaginariumpgh.com
3rd: 60 Minute Missions Escape Room
60minutemissions.com 

Best Fundraising Gala 

Hello Bully
hellobully.org

2nd: Bitches Ball
humaneanimalrescue.org
3rd: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
pvgp.org

Best Gallery for Local Artists

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way, North Side
mattress.org

2nd: Black Forge Coffee House 
blackforgecoffee.com
3rd: BOOM Concepts
boomuniverse.co

Best Haunted Attraction

ScareHouse
118 Locust St., Etna
scarehouse.com

2nd: Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House
hundredacresmanor.com
3rd: Phantom Fright Nights
kennywood.com

Best Independent Movie Theater 

Row House Cinema
4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville
rowhousecinema.com
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2nd: Manor Theatre
manorpgh.com
3rd: Dependable Drive-In 
dependabledrivein.com

Best Jazz/Blues Band or Performer

Afro Yaqui Music Collective
afroyaquimusiccollective.com

2nd: Phat Man Dee 
facebook.com/PhatManDee
3rd: Roger Humphries 
rogerhumphriesband.com

Best Karaoke Night

Nico's Recovery Room
176-178 Pearl St., Bloomfield
nicosbloomfield.com

2nd: Smiling Moose
smiling-moose.com
3rd: Blue Moon Bar
Search “Blue Moon Bar” on Facebook

Best LGBTQ Bar

Blue Moon Bar
Search “Blue Moon Bar” on Facebook 

2nd: 5801 Video Lounge & Café
5801videolounge.com
3rd: P Town Bar
ptownbar.com

Best Literary Event

Drag Queen Story Hour
dragqueenstoryhour.org

2nd: The Moth
themoth.org
3rd: Battle of the Books
carnegielibrary.org

Best Local Annual Convention

Anthrocon
anthrocon.org

2nd: Pittsburgh Pride Festival
pittsburghpride.org
3rd: Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival
pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com

Best Local Cartoonist

Rob Rogers
robrogers.com

2nd: Ed Piskor
edpiskor.com
3rd: Joe Mruk
redbuffalo.org

Best Local Comedian

Bill Crawford
twitter.com/dveBillCrawford

2nd: Vanessa St. Clair
vanessastclair.com
3rd: Chrissy Costa
facebook.com/1chrissycosta

Best Local Comedy Troupe

The Union at Steel City Improv Theater
steelcityimprov.com

2nd: Penny Arcade
arcadecomedytheater.com/pennyarcade
3rd: The Knights of the Arcade
arcadecomedytheater.com/knights

Best Local Hip-Hop Performer

Mac Miller
pittsburghfoundation.org/macmiller
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2nd: Walkman 
facebook.com/ItsWalkman
3rd: Benji. 
facebook.com/AvatarBenj

Best Local Movie Theater

Row House Cinema 
4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville
rowhousecinema.com
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2nd: Manor Theatre
manorpgh.com
3rd: Century Square Luxury Cinemas 
centurysquareluxurycinemas.com

Best Local Music Venue

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Stage AE 
stageae.com
3rd: Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 
librarymusichall.com

Best Local Photographer

Dave DiCello
davedicello.com

2nd: Lexi Shapiro (Pose PGH)
posepgh.com
3rd: M Philip Sam
mphilipphoto.com

Best Local Poet

Vanessa German 
facebook.com/VanessaGerman.1
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2nd: Rachel Bovier 
facebook.com/Rachel.Ann.Bovier
3rd: Indigo Baloch
motherofmugwort.com

Best Local Stage Production

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Pittsburgh Musical Theater
327 South Main St., West End
pittsburghmusicals.com

2nd: The Steel City Kitty Burlesque and Variety Show facebook.com/steelcitykittyshow
3rd: Disney's Newsies at Pittsburgh Musical Theater
pittsburghmusicals.com

Best Local Theater Company

Pittsburgh Public Theater
621 Penn Ave., Downtown
ppt.org

2nd: City Theatre
citytheatrecompany.org
3rd: Bricolage Production Company
bricolagepgh.org

Best Local Visual Artist

Vanessa German 
facebook.com/VanessaGerman.1
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2nd: Zachary Rutter
zacharyrutterart.com
3rd: Zach Brown
zachbrownart.com

Best Local Writer

Brian Butko
brianbutko.com

2nd: Damon Young 
verysmartbrothas.theroot.com
3rd: Brian Broome
brianbroome.me

Best Metal Band

The Filthy Lowdown
facebook.com/TheFilthyLowdown

2nd: Code Orange
codeorangetoth.com
3rd: Everyone Hates Everything 
facebook.com/EveryoneHatesEverything

Best Music Festival

Three Rivers Arts Festival
traf.trustarts.org

2nd: Deutschtown Music Festival
deutschtownmusicfestival.com
3rd: Millvale Music Festival 
millvalemusic.org

Best New Bar (Under five years)

Spirit
242 51st St., Lawrenceville
spiritpgh.com
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2nd: Federal Galley
federalgalley.org

3rd: Tina’s 
facebook.com/tinaspgh

Best Place for a Date Night


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive, Oakland
phipps.conservatory.org

2nd: Row House Cinema
rowhousecinema.com
3rd: Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh 
axethrowingpgh.com

Best Place for a Girls Night Out

Round Corner Cantina 
3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville
roundcornercantina.com

2nd: Hidden Harbor
hiddenharborpgh.com
3rd: The Waterfront 
waterfrontpgh.com

Best Place for a Guys Night Out

PNC Park
115 Federal St., North Side
mlb.com/pirates/ballpark

2nd: Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh
axethrowingpgh.com
3rd: Industry Public House
industrypgh.com

Best Place to Celebrate Your Birthday

Mad Mex 
Multiple locations 
madmex.com

2nd: Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse
ichibanhibachisteakhouse.com
3rd: Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
montereybayfishgrotto.com

Best Place to Dance

Spirit
242 51st St., Lawrenceville
spiritpgh.com
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2nd: Belvedere's Ultra-Dive
belvederesultradive.com
3rd: Tequila Cowboy 
tequilacowboy.com/pittsburgh

Best Place to Gamble

Rivers Casino 
777 Casino Drive, North Side
riverscasino.com

2nd: The Meadows Racetrack & Casino meadowsgaming.com

Best Place to See a Local Band

Mr. Smalls Theatre 
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Club Cafe
clubcafelive.com
3rd: Smiling Moose
smiling-moose.com

Best Place to Take a First Date

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive, Oakland
phipps.conservatory.org

2nd: Mount Washington
visitpittsburgh.com/neighborhoods/mt-washington
3rd: Allegheny Wine Mixer
alleghenywinemixer.com

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

The Strip District
stripdistrictneighbors.com

2nd: Mount Washington
visitpittsburgh.com/neighborhoods/mt-washington
3rd: Randyland
randy.land

Best Pop Singer

Daya
theofficialdaya.com

2nd: Brittney Chantele
brittneychantele.com
3rd: Dylan Reynolds
facebook.com/dylanreynoldsofficial

Best Pop/Rock Band

The Clarks
clarksonline.com

2nd: Bastard Bearded Irishmen
bastardbeardedirishmen.com
3rd: Aubrey Burchell
aubreyburchell.com

Best Punk Rock Band

The Weird Paul Rock Band
weirdpaul.com

2nd: Anti-Flag
anti-flag.com
3rd: Submachine
submachinepgh.bandcamp.com

Best Small/Intimate Music Venue

Mr. Smalls Theatre
400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale
mrsmalls.com

2nd: Club Cafe
clubcafelive.com
3rd: Steamworks Collective
steamworkscreative.com

Best Sports Bar

Piper's Pub
1828 E. Carson St., South Side
piperspub.com

2nd: Sidelines
sidelinesbarandgrill.com
3rd: City Works Eatery & Pour House
cityworksrestaurant.com/pittsburgh

Best Street Festival

Little Italy Days
littleitalydays.com

2nd: Deutschtown Music Festival
deutschtownmusicfestival.com
3rd: Picklesburgh
picklesburgh.com

Best Strip Club

Cheerleaders
3100 Liberty Ave., Strip District
cheerleaderspittsburgh.com

2nd: Rick's Cabaret (formerly Blush)
blushexotic.com
3rd: (TIE) Cricket Lounge
instagram.com/cricketloungepgh
and Tennyson Lodge 
facebook.com/TheTennysonLodge

Best Trivia Night

Voodoo Brewery
Homestead 205 E. Ninth Ave., Homestead
voodoobrewery.com

2nd: Trivia Jockey
triviajockeys.com
3rd: Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia
buzzworthypubtrivia.com
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