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Arts + Culture BEST OF THE BAY 2016

BEST OF THE BAY 2016

The Bay Guardian's annual celebration of all things "Best" is back -- check out all the winners here!

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48hills is proud to host the SF Bay Guardian 2016 Best of the Bay. Please see www.sfbg.com for Bay Guardian election endorsements and more. 

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay! This is our 41st edition of Best of the Bay, and it comes out on the Bay Guardian’s 50th anniversary. Here and in print at more than 350 shops, cafes, and stores throughout the Bay Area, you’ll find the results of our Readers Poll and our exclusive Editor’s Picks. Thanks to the more than 9,000 people voted in our Best of the Bay Readers Poll this year – an incredible number!

BEST OF THE BAY 2016

READERS POLL WINNERS: CITY LIVING

READERS POLL WINNERS: FOOD AND DRINK

READERS POLL WINNERS: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

READERS POLL WINNERS: SHOPPING

2016 EDITOR’S PICKS

For half a century, the Guardian has been “on guard” — speaking truth to power and keeping a watchful, progressive eye on politics while also supporting local small businesses and vital artists and arts organizations. That’s a lot of decades!

Along with you, we’ve discovered incredible new things, dusted off some classics, and continued exploring all the wonders of the Bay Area with an open mind and the feeling of living in the best place on Earth.

The Bay Guardian stopped publishing as a weekly paper in 2014, but the seeds of its revival were sown almost immediately afterwards, first with the publication of a Guardian commemorative edition in January 2015 and then when Guardian editors and publishers expanded our sister daily news publication, 48hills.org. Last November, we regained the rights to the Bay Guardian and relaunched www.sfbg.com, which was covered nationally as an example of how the alternative press could be revived.

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Now we’re back in print! This month we published our Clean Slate election endorsements issue (you can read them online here). And now here comes the 41st Best of the Bay, brimming with all the good stuff you’ve come to expect. This is the issue where your voice is heard on everything from Best Burrito and Best Live Music Venue to Best Shoe Store and Best Politician (and Best Politician You Love to Hate).

Over 9,000 people voted in our online Best of the Bay Readers Poll. As a result, there are a few significant shakeups in some of the major categories, and the return of several familiar names in others. That’s very cool — not only are there still some great legacy businesses holding on in the city, there’s lots of healthy competition to be the best.

As usual, we’ve also included some Editor’s Picks, of businesses and organizations that we think deserve special mention this year for their accomplishments. We’d also like to thank all of our advertisers and supporters this year. Without you, we wouldn’t be here.

We’re hoping our return signals a new era of progressive open-mindedness, civic engagement, small business support, and artistic exploration, especially in San Francisco, where it can sometimes seem like our greatest moments may be behind us. But you only need to flip through the pages of this edition to see that the Bay Area is still best — and so are our loyal readers.

— Marke B, Best of the Bay 2016 Editor

Editor

Marke B.

Designer

Aaron Joseph

Original artwork

Diego Gomez, illustrator

Antonia J Lopez, photographer

Bay Guardian Editor

Tim Redmond

Sales/Project Coordinator

Emily Forster

Sales Representatives

Veronica Guevara

Steve Indig

Bay Guardian Publishers Emeritus

Bruce B. Brugmann and Jean Dibble

Special Thanks

Hunky Beau

www.sfbg.com

Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.

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  1. […] 48 Hills is proud to host the Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2016. Every year, our Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Editor’s Picks highlight people, places, and things that fall outside the regular voting categories and that we feel deserve special attention. For more Bay Guardian best of the Bay 2016 categories, please click here. […]

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