2018 Best of the Bay

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Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay! This is our 43nd edition of Best of the Bay, and it comes out on the Bay Guardian’s 52nd anniversary. That’s a lot of Bests of the Bay, and we can’t thank you enough for your support as we keep this cherished Bay Area tradition alive. (Please consider donating or becoming a member to help us continue, or advertise to our 35,000 weekly readers eager to support local businesses and events.)

This year, thousands and thousands of you voted for what you loved in more than 150 categories. We know that was a lot to get through, but we want to shower attention on as many local people, places, and things as we can, especially in the rapidly changing city. This year, we’re also announcing the two runners up in each category, because why not? So many people voted for so many great things (including some new to us), that it made us hopeful for the city’s vibrant culture. Enjoy the results of this year’s readers’ poll, and thank you for making the Bay the Best.

— Marke B, Best of the Bay 2018 Editor

Designer Aaron Joseph Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond Web Developer Matt Fisher Bay Guardian Publishers Emeritus Bruce B. Brugmann and Jean Dibble Special Thanks Hunky Beau

Party Radar: AYBEE, Bonobo, Crystal Method, oOoOO….

Digitalism, Disco Daddy, Golf Clap, They're Here, Russell E.L. Butler, an ASMR party and more for your dance floor pleasure.

Arts Forecast: Hip-Hop Dance Fest, The Orb, Great Dickens Christmas Fair…

'Troop Beverly Heels,' a tribute to local literary great Bill Berkson, SSION, Simpsons Trivia Night, and more this week.

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

More Best of the Bay stories

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

VOTE NOW! Guardian Best of the Bay 2017

The original, biggest, and best Best of the Bay is back for its 42nd year. Tell us your favorites!

Guardian BEST OF THE BAY voting starts August 15!

The original Best of the Bay is back, for its 42nd year.

BEST OF THE BAY 2016

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

BEST OF THE BAY 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: FOOD AND DRINK WINNERS

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

BEST OF THE BAY 2016: 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 2016: EDITOR’S PICKS

From Best Artisanal Internet to Best Hamlet Roulette, here are the people, places, and things that really stood out this year.