The crowd was buzzing, the vibe was warm, and the feelings were fuzzy at Best Gay Bar 2017 The Stud on Tuesday, December 5, as this year’s Bay Guardian Best of the Bay winners gathered to celebrate.
Delicious food from Best Mediterranean Restaurant winner Old Jerusalem and perennial 48 Hills favorite Casa Sanchez kept everyone happy, and Powerhouse performance by the dholrhythms dancers from Best Dance Party Non Stop Bhangra had everyone on their feet dancing along.
48hills is proud to host the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay 2017!
Welcome back to the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay! This is our 42nd edition of Best of the Bay, and it comes out on the Bay Guardian’s 51st anniversary. That’s a lot of Bests of the Bay! We here at 48 Hills are proud to host this annual tradition. An incredible THANK YOU to the thousands of people voted in our Best of the Bay Readers Poll this year — you know what you love!
In this year’s Readers Poll — with more than 150 winners — you’ve helped us discover some incredible new things, celebrated some classics, and inspired us to continue exploring all the wonders of the Bay Area with an open mind and the feeling of living in the best place on Earth.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian itself stopped publishing as a weekly paper in 2014, but it lives on through Best of the Bay, our election endorsements issues, and now a new book called Saving San Francisco’s Heart from the just-launched Bay Guardian Press. Through 48 Hills, we continue to report on all the news, politics, arts, culture, nightlife, and more that are vital to the Bay Area. We couldn’t do it without you!
This year we chose a beloved Bay Area native as our Best of the Bay mascot — the Mission Blue butterfly. This tiny but radiant species symbolizes the great beauty (and fragility) of our hometown, and it was lovely to have a winged inspiration fluttering around our imaginations as we put this issue together.
In 1974, Esquire magazine asked the Bay Guardian for ideas for its Best of the USA issue, which led us to publish the original Best of the Bay, the very first its kind for a local publication. Forty-two issues later we are still going strong, with the support of tens of thousand of devoted readers and voters. This is 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).
As usual, we will also be including a list of Editor’s Picks (coming soon!), of businesses and organizations that we think deserve special mention this year for their accomplishments.
Thunderous applause goes out to our fantastic staff and all of our incredible advertisers and community supporters. We’re a completely independent, locally produced, community-supported nonprofit organization, become a 48 Hills member and get a free t-shirt!
Much has been written about the dark times we’re living in and the changes the Bay Area has been seeing. As we worked on this issue, our friends in the North Bay and Wine Country were suffering from loss caused by huge fires. But our community continues to come together, to be there for one another, and to celebrate the things that make it so very special. We hope you read this year’s edition in that spirit, and support the businesses and community organizations that make the Bay the best.
Best Burrito. Best Party. Best Shoe Store. Best Street Fair. Best Cannabis Club. Best Politician. Best Politician You Love To Hate….
It’s back! The nation’s original “Best of” — and the first and best Best of the Bay — returns for its 42nd year to celebrate all the people, places, and things that make living in the Bay Area the best!
And tell your friends and favorite businesses — voting continues through September. The winners will be revealed on October 18. And stay tuned for details about our fabulous Best of the Bay party! Sign up for our newsletter here!
The first, the biggest, the BEST! Voting for the 42nd Bay Guardian Best of the Bay — hosted by 48 Hills — starts Tuesday, August 15! Voting will continue through September, and results will be published here on 48 Hills on October 18.
Come back to 48 Hills next Tuesday to start voting. Tell your friends, neighbors, and favorite businesses! There is no nominating process — anyone is eligible to win in the appropriate Readers Poll category. You can check out the categories here.
For 42 years, the Guardian’s Best of the Bay issue has been the ultimate guide to the Bay Area, listing winners chosen by our readers, in categories like Best Overall Restaurant, Best Live Music Venue, Best Hotel, Best Specialty Store, Best Burrito, Best Dance Party, Best Politician, Best Bike Repair, Best Cannabis Club, and many more!
Join us as we continue to celebrate all the people, places, and things that make living in the Bay Area THE BEST!