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2020 Best of the Bay

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Welcome to our historic 45th annual edition of the nation’s original Best of the Bay. Thousands of you voted, here are the results. Stay tuned for our 2020 Editors’ Picks and a special group of Stories of Resilience submitted by our readers, published later this month.

We know that this year is incredible different—an economic tragedy for local businesses and workers and a time of political and social upheaval (some of it very hopeful).

We wrestled with the idea of continuing Best of the Bay this year, with so many of our favorite spots struggling, shutdown, or permanently closed. In the end, we decided that it’s essential to bring the community together to celebrate its classic resilience, pay respects to legends, and energize ourselves for the fight to continue.

Our designs throughout this issue represent new growth springing from fires, both real and symbolic, that have challenged us this year. We hope that all the protest energy, networks of support, and empathy and adventurousness of the true Bay spirit will continue to heal our communities and represent the Best of us!

Thank you to everyone who voted. Please support our mission to keep Bay Area media independent here.

Designer Aaron Joseph, Audrey Fukuman/Identafire Best of the Bay Editor Marke B. Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond Web Developer Matt Fisher Bay Guardian Publishers Emeritus Bruce B. Brugmann and Jean Dibble Special Thanks Caitlin Donohue, Hunky Beau

Muni director talks about cutting lines and changing focus

Post-COVID plans could alter the city's transportation policy in some profound ways.

BEST OF THE BAY 2020 EDITORS’ PICKS

We're highlighting some of the tremendous people, places, and things that made the Bay Area shine during one heck of a year

Best of the Bay 2020 Readers’ Stories of Resilience and Inspiration

We asked our readers for stories of Bay Area strength and celebration—your responses gave us hope for the new year.

Best of the Bay 2020: City Living winners

Best Street Fair, Best Salon, Best Politician, Best Tour, Best Hotel, Best Trainer, more in our 2020 Readers' Poll

Best of the Bay 2020: Arts & Nightlife winners

Best Art Gallery, Best DJ, Best Drag Queen, Best Arts Festival, Best Nightclub, and more in our 2020 Readers' Poll

Best of the Bay 2020: Food and Drink winners

Best Burger, Best Sushi, Best Burrito, Best Dive Bar, Best BBQ, more in our 2020 Readers' Poll

More Best of the Bay stories

Best of the Bay 2020: Shopping winners

Best Bookstore, Best Bike Store, Best Shoe Store, Best Cannabis Dispensary, more in our 2020 Reader's Poll

Best of the Bay 2019: Food & Drink winners

Best Burrito, Best Sushi, Best Brunch, Best Ice Cream, Best Bar Staff, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: Shopping winners

Best Book Store, Best Grocery Store, Best Shoe Store, Best Bike Shop, Best Flea Market, Best Dispensary, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: Arts & Entertainment winners

Best DJ, Best Live Music Venue, Best Arts Festival, Best Drag Show, Best Dance Company, and more

Best of the Bay 2019: City Living winners

Best Street Fair, Best Yoga Studio, Best Bicycle Repair, Best Plumber, Best Pet Grooming, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: City Living Winners

Best Street Fair, Best Yoga Studio, Best Bicycle Repair, Best Plumber, Best Pet Grooming, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: Arts & Entertainment Winners

Your picks for Best DJ, Best Live Music Venue, Best Film Festival, Best Drag Show, Best Dance Company, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: Food & Drink Winners

Your picks for Best Burrito, Best Sushi, Best Breakfast, Best Happy Hour, Best Bartender, and more

Best of the Bay 2018: Shopping Winners

Your picks for Best Book Store, Best Grocery Store, Best Shoe Store, Best Bike Shop, Best Flea Market, Best Dispensary, and more

Scenes from the Best of the Bay 2017 winners party

The vibe was warm and cozy at the Stud as we celebrated with everyone from Best Electrician to Best Drag Queen.

Forget the chains: Shop local with our Best of Bay Shopping winners!

From Best Bookstore to Best Place to Buy Fetish Gear, you'll find something for everyone on your nice (and naughty) list.

BAY GUARDIAN BEST OF THE BAY 2017: WELCOME!

Our 42nd edition of the Bay Area original! Thousands voted in dozens of categories -- here are the results.

BEST OF THE BAY 2017: SHOPPING WINNERS

Our readers' picks for Best Bookstore, Best Flower Shop, Best Shoe Store, Best Sporting Goods, Best Record Store, and more

BEST OF THE BAY 2017: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS

Our readers' picks for Best Music Festival, Best DJ, Best Drag Queen, Best Dance Party, Best Literary Night, and more.

BEST OF THE BAY 2017: CITY LIVING WINNERS

Our readers' picks for Best Street Fair, Best Bike Repair, Best Tailor, Best Gym, Best Pet Groomers, Best Plumber, and more

BEST OF THE BAY 2017: FOOD AND DRINK WINNERS

Our readers' picks for Best Burrito, Best Sushi, Best Cafe, Best Cocktails, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Sports Bar, and more