Celebrate Those You Love, San Francisco

That gorgeous Will Sliney artwork from Marvel Comics’ FEARLESS DEFENDERS above really just fills your heart with smiles, doesn’t it? (sigh) I loved that series.

Speaking of things we love, it’s time to give a little thanks to the wonderful San Francisco Bay Area and to take a moment to celebrate what makes it such a fantastic place to live… it’s time to vote in the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay reader’s poll. As much as the city changes, it’s great knowing that there are still so many of the businesses, personalities, places to go, and unique events that continue to make SF special. Let’s show those folks we adore them, they will no doubt appreciate being told how much it means to us to have them around. So join us, dear friends, in honoring the people and places that make our home the greatest city on Earth.

Celebrate those you love, San Francisco! Vote here:

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2014

Here’s some of mine and the Isotope family’s personal favorites:

CITY LIVING

Best Street Fair – BYO Big Wheel
Best Hotel – SF Sleep
Best Tourist Attraction – Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Best Tour – Localite Foodie Walking Tours
Best Event or Venue for Kids – Chabot Space and Science Center
Best Overall Website – sfbg.com
Best Style Website – Curbed SF
Best Nonprofit Organization – Build SF
Best Locally Produced TV Show – Check Please!
Best Radio Station – Radio Valencia
Best Tattoo Parlor – Body Manipulations
Best Tattoo Artist – Tex
Best Local Animal Rescue – Rocket Dog Rescue
Best Pet Groomer – All Creatures Healing Network
Best Veterinarian – Dr. Rao @ Nob Hill Cat Clinic
Best Alternative Healing – Jaden Rose Holistic Bodywork
Best Motorcycle Repair – TokyoMoto
Best Bicycle Repair – Matt Aimes @ Market Street Cycles
Best Salon – Hair of the Gods
Best Hairstylist – Donnelle @ Hair of the Gods
Best Massage – Justin Hall Massage
Best Gym – Live Fit Hayes Valley
Best Amateur Sports Team – Bay Area Derby Girls
Best Public Sports Facility – Trapeze Arts Oakland
Best Beach – Baker Beach
Best Public Park – Golden Gate Park
Best Campground – Point Reyes
Best Park for Dogs – SoMa West Skate Park and Dog Play Park
Best Skate Spot – SoMa West Skate Park and Dog Play Park
Best Surf Spot – Ocean Beach
Best Place to Watch the Sunset – Camera Obscura of SF

FOOD AND DRINK

Best New Restaurant – Papito West Mexican Restaurant
Best Splurge Restaurant – Opaque
Best Late-Night Restaurant – Sauce
Best Romantic Restaurant – First Crush
Best Food/Drink Festival – Domingo de Piña @ Smuggler’s Cove
Best Food Truck – Cosmic American Voodoo Van
Best Farmers Market – Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
Best Pizza – Patxi’s Pizza
Best Sandwiches – Fatted Calf
Best Burritos – Gordo Taqueria
Best Burgers – Jardiniere (shhh… it’s a secret!)
Best Barbecue – T-Rex
Best Sushi – Nojo Sushi
Best Seafood – Oyster Happy Hour @ Waterbar
Best Soul Food – Brenda’s French Soul Food
Best Indian – Chutney
Best Mexican – Nido
Best Thai – Jitlada Thai
Best Vegetarian – Greens Restaurant
Best Breakfast – Lunchpad
Best Brunch – Straw SF
Best Lunch – B Restaurant @ Yerba Buena
Best Appetizers – Alligator Tail @ Boxing Room
Best Dessert – PB&J @ Sauce
Best Food/Drinks Website – EaterSF.com
Best Cup of Coffee – Blue Bottle Coffee
Best Cup of Tea – Samovar Tea Lounge on Page
Best New Bar – Muka Hayes Valley
Best Dive Bar – Molotov’s
Best Swanky Bar – Smuggler’s Cove
Best Wine Bar – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Brewery – Speakeasy
Best Creative Cocktails – Kirsten Baldock @ Isotope
Best Butcher Shop – Fatted Calf
Best Cheese Shop – Gourmet & More Store
Best Chocolatier – Christopher Elbow

ARTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Best Movie Theater – Kabuki Theater
Best Rep Film House – Vortex Room
Best Performance Space – SF Jazz
Best Film or Arts Festival – Noir City Film Fest
Best Museum – The Exploratorium
Best Art Gallery – Cartoon Art Museum
Best Artist or Collective – Comic Strip Club
Best Filmmaker – Jesse Kerman
Best Author – Jason McNamara
Best Zine – Wuvable Oaf
Best Publishing House – Image Comics
Best Arts or Music Website – brokeassstuart.com/sf
Best Record Label – Prank Records
Best Band – Deathtrap America
Best Singer-Songwriter – Bob Mould
Best DJ – DJ Bearzbub
Best Music Festival – San Francisco F*ckFest
Best Overall Dance Party – Breakfast of Champions
Best Rock Club – Thee Parkside
Best Jukebox – Tosca Cafe
Best Overall Queer Party – Pride Week
Best Gay Bar or Club – The Eagle
Best Lesbian Bar or Club – Lexington Club
Best Club for Trans People – Divas Nightclub
Best Drag Show – Daytime Realness
Best Drag King or Queen – Art Kahn
Best Burlesque Act or Show – Pickles Kintaro & the Hubba Hubba Review
Best Magician – Victor Van Scoit
Best Open Mic Night – The Riptide
Best Literary Night – Writers With Drinks

SHOPPING

Best Overall Bookstore – Borderlands Books
Best Used Bookstore – Green Apple Books
Best Comic Book Store – Isotope
Best Magazine Selection – Kayo Books
Best Record Store – Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
Best Clothing Store (Women) – Acrimony
Best Clothing Store (Men) – Artful Gentleman
Best Local Designer – Autumn Adamme
Best Shoe Store – Gimme Shoes
Best Furniture Store – Zonal Home Interiors
Best Toy Store – JPN Toys
Best Bike Shop – Market Street Cycles
Best Gift Shop – True Sake
Best Staff – Pirates Press
Best Quirky Specialty Store – Costumes on Haight
Best Sporting Goods – Purple Skunk Skate Shop
Best Flower Shop – Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear – Dark Garden Corset Shop

Please do feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section below, I always want to know about the amazing people and places that we might be missing out on! And check out our recommendations from previous years too for even more people and places to love in SF. Don’t delay on making your voice heard, voting ends on Wednesday, September 24th.

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2014

UPDATE: I added a couple more great businesses to this list on 9/23




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