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2015 Best of Atlanta

By The Editors | April 2, 2015 | Articles

FASHION

Best New Boutique: Kane Boutique
Owner Elizabeth Kane Wing has stepped up the Westside’s style game with this burgeoning newcomer, where Vince, Tibi and Robert Rodriguez threads are lining the wow walls. Westside, @kaneboutique

Best Shop for Jeans: Bloomingdale’s
Curvy and straight-hipped ladies, rejoice. When it comes to figure-flattering denim, Bloomie’s has you covered (literally!) with a top-notch selection of only-the-best brands ranging from Paige to 7 for All Mankind. Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Fashion Blogger: Jessica Camerata of My Style Vita
From fashion tips and home decor to original recipes and beauty tutorials, this Buckhead resident has us covered from head to toe and beyond. She recently signed on as Atlanta’s brand ambassador for Trina Turk and co-founded the booming Southern Blog Society, connecting bloggers throughout surrounding states. Insider tip: Camerata partners with major brands every year to throw an invite-only three-day conference to celebrate all things blogging, and we’re vying for a spot on her list! @mystylevita

Best Shop for Handbags: Bella Bag
Bag envy is gone, thanks to the brains behind Bella Bag, a spot where you can sell or buy the most coveted satchels. From Chanel to Céline, there’s a gently used (and deeply discounted!) tote for every taste at the brand’s new Buckhead flagship. Buckhead, @bellabag

Best Fine Jewelry: Solomon Brothers
Whether you’re ready to pop the question or looking for a just-because gift, this dazzling Atlanta staple carries Tacori, Verragio, Movado and Baccarat, among others, and its very own collection of earrings, bracelets, pearls and necklaces. Buckhead, @solomonbrothers

Best Lingerie: Intimacy
Thanks to the fit experts at this lingerie shop, buying your next bra will be a pleasure instead of a pain. You’ll find a selection of sexy styles along with plenty of other lacy lingerie from top brands like Chantelle, Simon Pérèle and PrimaDonna. Buckhead, @intimacybrafit

Best Women’s Clothing: Sandpiper
The Pipettes (Sandpiper’s expert stylists) have proved their worth with curated racks stocked with Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Halston Heritage and more. Plus, designer trunk shows where bubbly flows. Cheers! Vinings, @shopsandpiper

Best Fashion Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Whether it’s for a bold statement necklace or a pair of custom Color Bar earrings, this jewelry spot has become our go-to for both darling and daring designs. And did we mention that celebs like Sofia Vergara also heart Kendra’s pieces? What a gem. Alpharetta and Buckhead, @kendrascott

Best Swimwear: Everything But Water
Time to get glam for your next pool or beach date? Head to this swim stylemaker for a head-to-toe look. Think bikinis, cover-ups and sandals from A-list designers like L*Space and Mara Hoffman. Multiple locations, @ebwstyle

Best Women’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Those famous red bottoms finally have their very own home in the ATL. This less-than-a-year-old Buckhead Atlanta favorite keeps our shoe game on point—all in a chic, dedicated-boutique setting. Buckhead, @louboutinworld

Best Men’s Clothing: Onward Reserve
There’s a reason this fratty shop is the second fastest growing company owned by a University of Georgia alumnus, according to the 2014 Bulldog 100 list. Swing by to pick up curated threads from Peter Millar, Barbour, Southern Proper and more, plus the store’s own collection of lived-in button-downs, shorts and loafers. Buckhead, @onwardreserve

Best Consignment Shop: Labels
For the sweetest steals on gently worns from Tory Burch to Burberry, head to this fave find for the chicest in consignment (where there are also treats for your feet—we’re talking Manolos and Louboutins, ladies). Multiple locations, @labelsresale

Best Shopping Centers: Shops Around Lenox and Buckhead Atlanta
With two retail destinations blooming with must-shop stores, it’s a tie! Swank, Lululemon and Bevello beckon at Shops Around Lenox, while those looking for a splurge will go crazy for Intermix, Scoop NYC and La Perla at Buckhead Atlanta. Buckhead, @lenoxshopgirl; @shopbuckheadatl

Best Local Fashion Designer: Hideoki Bespoke
Local design star Dedrick Thomas, the mastermind behind this celeb-fave collection of tailored pieces, keeps guys well-suited in his private Buckhead studio. Suits, shirts, pants, sports coats and overcoats are tailored and cut by hand, a process worthy of the modern gentleman. Buckhead, @hideokibespoke

Best Black Tie for Her: TOOTSIES
When it’s time to get all dolled up for your next black-tie affair, call on the style divas at this Shops Around Lenox staple. With looks from luxe labels like Badgley Mischka and BCBG, you’ll be red-carpet ready in no time. Buckhead, @shoptootsies

Best Black Tie for Him: Hong Kong Tailors
This black-tie specialty shop has been giving Buford Highway a dose of dapper since 1970. Using 24 measurements, suits are made to measure from a selection of high-end fabrics, then hand-cut and hand-finished. Doraville, @hongkongtailors

Continue to Best Of Atlanta: Health & Beauty >>

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Best Personal Trainer: Bill Sonnemaker at Catalyst Fitness
Pro athletes and CEOs are calling upon Sonnemaker to whip them into shape, thanks to his certified knowledge of personal training and exercise physiology. Buckhead, @billsonnemaker

Best Bike Shop: Peachtree Bikes
Ready to ride? With a little help from the top-gear pros at Peachtree Bikes—with locations in Serenbe, Buckhead and Sandy Springs—you’ll be road-(or trail-) ready in no time. Multiple locations

Best Shop for Beauty Products: Bluemercury
Look no further than Bluemercury for all the brands you covet—from La Mer and NARS to Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown—curated by expert CEO Marla Malcolm Beck. Buckhead, @bluemercury

Best Gym: The Forum Athletic Club
From the Fast Twitch program and Cyc Fitness to the best in cardio and Chaos Conditioning, it’s obvious why the fabulous flock to this fit find. Buckhead,
@forumbuckhead

Best Athleticwear: Deka
Going from the yoga studio to brunch with the girls? The sportswear stylists at Deka will provide you a studio-chic look with a little help from much-loved labels like MPG and Splits59. Buckhead, @dekaatlanta

Best Specialty Fitness Studio: Orangetheory Fitness
The name of the game here is getting into the zone—the orange zone. Interval training plus heart-rate monitoring equals a workout that provides more bang for your fitness buck. Multiple locations, @otheoryfitness

Best Spin Studio: Cyc Fitness
Thanks to Cyc’s unique approach to indoor cycling (think light weights and sports movements paired with top tunes), you’ll be counting the days till your next visit to the “cyc”ologist. Buckhead, @cycfitness

Best Hair Colorist: Celena Taylor at Vis a Vis The Salon
Trusted by JEZ editors and VIP clients alike, Taylor is an expert in blondes, brunettes and the Balayage technique, meaning your hair will look natural and shiny at any shade. Buckhead, @visavisthesalon

Best Hair Salon for Her: Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Looking for the king of color and cuts in Atlanta? Behold Steve Hightower and his talented staff. The name of the game is customization for each client—something that ensures that this crew is a cut above the rest. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Hair Salon for Him: 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons
From cuts to shaves, 18|8 is reinventing the old-school barber shop—and that’s what keeps its discerning clientele coming back. Brookhaven, @188salons

Best Yoga Studio: Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Whether you’re a newbie or a downward-dog devotee, this sizzlin’ yoga sweat spot offers up a flow class to suit any level—or state of mind. Buckhead, @yogastorm

Best Faux Lashes: Smashes Lashes
When searching for affordable lashes that make you look like a million bucks, it’s hard to beat this local line. Bonus: They’re made with 100 percent real human hair and can be worn multiple times. Buckhead, @smasheslashes

Best Hair Extensions: Kristine Jaime at Balance Salon
With over 10 years of experience creating thick, voluminous locks, this highly skilled hair extension specialist uses various methods to apply extensions for a seamless, natural look. Dunwoody, @jaimekris

Best Spray Tan: Raw Bronzing Studio
Created by melanoma survivor Tiffany Terranova, this spray studio stands out with its organic tan formula sans the orange tone or overwhelming scent. Midtown and Sharpsburg, @rawbronzing

Best Day Spa: Bliss Spa
Thanks to signature facial and body treatments that incorporate this spa’s much-loved product line, Bliss puts the “ah” in spa. Midtown and Downtown, @blissspa

Best Manis & Pedis: Sugarcoat
This spot has nailed it when it comes to luxe manis and pedis featuring essie products and specialty options like the Escape to Fiji. Multiple locations

Best Massage: David Whaley at Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
With over 15 years of bodywork experience and a healing touch, this massage therapist and reiki master incorporates a blend of such techniques as Swedish, Thai, deep-tissue and more. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Local Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green at The Green Room Agency
From acclaimed news anchors to reality stars, almost everyone has been primped by this Emmy-winning makeup artist and agency owner, who holds classes for teaching tricks of the trade. @greenroomagency

Best Esthetician: Kathleen Denney at Changes: A Journey to Beautiful Skin
Jennifer Lawrence and more have been flocking to Denney for more than a decade to experience her customizable facials that leave skin glowing. She’s even won a Best of Beauty award from Allure! Sandy Springs, 404.931.8399

Best Wax: European Wax Center
Looking for a hot spot to get your wax on—and off? This established org’s signature 4 Steps to Gorgeous process ensures that your waxing woes are minimized.
Multiple locations, @europeanwax

Best Sugaring Studio: Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio
Thanks to a unique sugaring paste—that sticks to hair, not skin—the hair removal pros at Sweet Peach offer up a less painful approach to getting your skin bikini-ready. Buckhead and Virginia-Highland

Best Tattoo Removal: Dermatology Associates of Atlanta
Say buh-bye to that outdated design via this comprehensive skin facility’s tattoo removal services, which use FDA-approved lasers to zap the ink in fewer sessions than others. Multiple locations, @dermatlanta

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Chynna L. Steele at Steele Dermatology
A board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Steele incorporates both health and aesthetics to treat every aspect of skin, specializing in skin rejuvenation and discoloration, liposuction, acne, scarring, hair-loss treatments and more. Alpharetta, @steelederm

Best Lasik Doctor: Thomas Eye Group
As one of the first to provide LASIK under FDA protocol, Thomas Eye Group—having celebrated its 40th anny last year—is our go-to for clear vision, offering Atlanta’s most precise, advanced bladeless LASIK technology. Multiple locations, @thomaseyegroup

Best SmartLipo: WIFH
Helmed by nationally acclaimed laser expert Dr. Jay M. Kulkin, this concierge medical center prides itself on being the top destination for locals looking to get this laser-assisted liposuction with hardly any downtime. Sandy Springs, @wifh_laser

Best Nonsurgical Procedure: CoolSculpting
Cool away fat cells without going under the knife with this FDA-approved treatment. Board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mark Beaty is our go-to provider for getting skinny mini. Alpharetta, @drmarkbeaty

Best OBGYN: North Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology
Encouraging women to take an active role in their own health care decisions, the North Atlanta OB/GYN team is our go-to for compassionate preventative care, prenatal care, gynecologic diagnosis and treatments across all life stages. Multiple locations

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Dr. David Zelby at Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Zelby and his expert team offer an exceptional level of cosmetic dentistry, noted for providing excellent veneers, restorative procedures, bondings, crowns and more. Smyrna, @newsmileatlanta

Best Breast Augmentation: Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco at DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
Utilizing 3-D imaging technology to aid patients in selecting the size best suited for them, double board-certified plastic surgeon Lisa DiFrancesco, M.D., offers the newest FDA-approved shaped implants for the most natural look. Westside, @difrancescomd

Best Medispa: AYA Medical Spa
Licensed experts here are all about state-of-the-art skincare procedures like nonsurgical fat reduction, skin tightening, laser hair removal and more. Multiple locations, @ayamedicalspa

Best Chiropractor: Buckhead Family Chiropractic
A whole-body wellness chiropractor, Dr. Karen Joanson has been aligning spines of all ages—and many on local film sets and music venues—for almost 20 years. Buckhead, @drkarenjoanson

Best Anti-Aging Doctor: Progressive Medical Center
With state-of-the-art Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), this spot is able to customize a variety of cutting-edge treatments, paving our way to the fountain of youth. Multiple locations, @progressivemc

Best Botox & Injections: Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
Put your best face forward with a little help from double board-certified plastic surgeon Theresa M. Jarmuz, M.D., who’s a pro with Botox, hyaluronic acid injections, Juvéderm Voluma XC, Sculptra Aesthetic and Cosmoderm. Buckhead, @buckheadfacial

Best Rhinoplasty: Dr. Wright A. Jones at Wright Jones Plastic Surgery
With a focus on natural nose jobs, double board-certified plastic surgeon Wright A. Jones, M.D., also specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty, improving symmetry while maintaining ethnic identity and facial harmony. Buckhead and South Atlanta, @wrightjonesmd

Continue to Best Of Atlanta: Good Eats >>

GOOD EATS

Best Group Dining Spot: Gypsy Kitchen
There’s a reason this newbie landed at No. 3 on our 100 Hottest Restaurants list. Wander in with friends and share faves like garlic shrimp or Spanish-style toasts. Buckhead, @gypsykitchenatl

Best Farmers Market: Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning from mid-April to mid-Dec., this pre-brunch go-to comes alive with seasonal veggies, cured meats and farm fresh fare. Buckhead,
@ptreefarmersmkt

Best Restaurant Bar: Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona’s bar scene is one of the best, with lushworthy sips like the Summer St. Sling, Bees Wings and white sangria that always get the party started. Inman Park, @barcelonawineba

Best New Restaurant: Le Bilboquet
This New York City transplant will take you on a trip to Paris, from the ornate decor to divine must-trys like the steak frites and endless charcuterie. Buckhead

Best Italian: Pricci
Executive Chef Piero Premoli takes the crown again this year for authentic Italian fare like lasagna espressa and ravioli di brasato. Buckhead, @pricciatlanta

Best View: Big Sky Buckhead
Order a SweetWater and park yourself with the skyline to the east and the sunset to the west. Buckhead, @bigskybuckhead

Best Vegan: Kyma
Go big on flavor without sacrificing vegan standards with the white bean soup and braised salsify while they’re around—delish. Buckhead, @kymarestaurant

Best Takeout Spot: Chin Chin
Satisfy takeout cravings with General Tso’s chicken or shrimp fried rice at this ATL staple. Multiple locations, @chinchinatl

Best Brunch: West Egg Cafe
Get there early, but get in line—there’s a reason this Sunday staple is always packed with peeps ordering the ever-popular salmon cakes Benedict. Westside, @westeggcafe

Best Mexican: Bartaco
Escape to this coastal-inspired charmer where the margaritas are fresh and platters of guac, cotija cheese corn and tacos disappear in seconds. Westside and Buckhead, @bartacolife

Best Pizza: Antico Pizza
Antico’s communal setting keeps the vibe casual while perfectly wood-fired pies prove that Antico is simply the best. Just ask fans Selena Gomez and Drew Barrymore. Westside, @antico_pizza

Best Bakery: Alon’s
Last year’s winner takes the cake again—as if choice picks of double-crusted apple pie and chocolate croissants weren’t enough to make it a sure bet. Multiple locations, @alonsbakery

Best Sweets Spot: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Since shopping is cardio, you won’t feel any guilt picking up a red velvet cupcake at this Lenox Square sweet spot or cashing in at its 24/7 Cupcake ATM machine. Buckhead, @sprinklesatl

Best Steakhouse: Chops Lobster Bar
Celebs and Atlantans agree; when it comes to incredible food and exceptional service, Chops is where it’s at for the best meal in town. Buckhead, @chopslobsterbar

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market
Maine lobster, crab pots, fresh sushi and a grilled whole fish that borders on epic—nobody does seafood better than AFM. Buckhead, @atlfishmarket

Best Barbecue: D.B.A. Barbecue
Head to Va-Hi with your stretchy pants on for smoked wings, pimento-cheese bacon burgers and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Virginia-Highland, @dbabarbecue

Best Burger: Holeman & Finch Public House
The burger that built a legacy used to only be available after 10pm or at Sunday brunch, but now this cheesy, double-patty masterpiece is on the full-time menu and is a must-try at H&F Burger at Turner Field. Buckhead, @holemanandfinch

Best Sushi: Umi
This repeat winner has held taste buds captive with its lobster rolls, black cod misoyaki and yellowtail sashimi. Locals and Hollywood celebs are vying for more. Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Hole in the Wall: Establishment Buckhead
This mountain-chic newcomer isn’t just one of the hottest craft bars in town, but it steps up the bite game with venison and pork meatballs as well. Buckhead

Best New OTP: Foundation Social Eatery
We’re happy heading OTP for chef Mel Toledo’s notables like confit chicken wings, seasonal mushroom ravioli and banana bread pudding. Roswell

Best Pet-Friendly Resto: Lucky’s Burger & Brew
Grab your pooch and eat up with a quirky dog-themed menu where the grub is as tasty as it is tongue-in-cheek. Roswell and Brookhaven

Best for the Fam: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Round up the fam and indulge in exceptional steak, an impeccable wine list and kids’ offerings that’ll get ‘em started young with sophistication. Multiple locations, @ruths_chris

Best Buford Highway Spot: Lee’s Bakery
This sandwich shop fave has garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times, Zagat and more. Order the banh mi with grilled pork. Druid Hills

Best Casual Date: The Southern Gentleman
TSG oozes class and modern Southern charm. Throw in flowing booze and bites like mini shrimp andouille corn dogs, and you just might get lucky. Buckhead,
@atlsoutherngent

Best Japanese: Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi
We’re turning Japanese in delight with this spot’s fresh sushi flown in from Japan and hard-to-find imported Japanese brews. Buckhead, @katanaatl

Best Hotel Restaurant: Atlas
With luxe digs at The St. Regis Atlanta and breathtaking 20th century art adorning its walls–Atlas dining is like having dinner at the Louvre. Buckhead,
@atlasbuckhead

Best Breakfast: Buttermilk Kitchen
Owner Suzanne Vizethann continues to churn out pitch-perfect comfort food (and the best buttermilk pancakes we’ve ever tasted). Buckhead, @buttermilkkitch

Best First Date: Bistro Niko
With world-class charcuterie, an impeccable wine list and a coq au vin that melts in the mouth, you’ll both be swept off your feet while dining alfresco on Peachtree. Buckhead, @bistroniko

Best Rising-Star Chef: Gunshow’s Joey Ward
Keep an eye on Kevin Gillespie’s new golden boy, who’s taken the helm as executive chef and never fails to surprise with creative takes on Southern fusion fare. Glenwood Park, @gunshowatl

Best Food Truck: Sweet Auburn Barbecue
For this divine meal on wheels, come for the pulled pork and Korean-style short rib, and stay for the pimento-cheese wontons. Atlanta Food Truck Park,
@sweetauburnbbq

Best Small Plates: Saltyard
Saltyard delivers wonderfully well-thought-out wine selections and tiny plates of roasted Brussels sprouts, steak frites and tuna tartare. Buckhead, @saltyard

Best Special Occasion: New York Prime
Whether celebrating an anniversary or going big with a porterhouse for two and vino for a birthday, Old World elegance reigns supreme at this tried-and-true classic. Buckhead, @newyorkprime

Best Cheap Eats: The Original El Taco
Pair dreamworthy fried chicken tacos with an ice-cold margarita for a memorable meal that won’t break the bank. Virginia-Highland, @eltacoatl

Best Oysters: Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar
Dive in to oysters from all the U.S. coasts and a bubbly selection that conjures a touch of West Coast. Brookhaven, @shucksatl

Best Vegetarian: Juicy Jenny
Atlanta’s soup goddess has branched out and is serving up superfood smoothies, salads and more. We’re all in for anything healthy called chocolate peanut butter cup. Buckhead, @planetjennyatl

Best Fresh Fare: True Food Kitchen
Eat well and feel good at this Lenox newbie, offering delicious protein-packed plates, fresh juices and lighter vegetarian and gluten-free options. Buckhead,
@truefoodkitchen

Continue to Best of Atlanta: Out on the Town >>

OUT ON THE TOWN

Best Patio: Big Sky Buckhead
There’s probably more patio space than indoor space at this Buckhead Triangle watering hole—perfect for live music, cold pitchers and one of the best sunset views in the city. Buckhead, @bigskybuckhead

Best Celeb Spotting: Umi
A-Listers like Usher, Zac Efron and Jennifer Lawrence can’t get enough of Fuyuhiko and Lisa Ito’s eats—neither can we! Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Neighborhood Pub: Fadó Irish Pub
With a hopping bar scene and a kitchen that churns out scratch-made Irish fare, this multilevel pub proves its worth a visit past its epic St. Paddy’s Day bash. Buckhead and Midtown, @fadoatlanta

Best DJ: DJ Mark Battle
A good DJ has impeccable timing and a good ear, while the best rock out with rhinestoned headphones. There’s a reason JEZ relies on Battle to keep our parties going. @onesoundandent

Best Nightclub: Havana Club
It’s entirely possible to spend all night at Havana and still not see the whole thing. But with multiple bars, dance floors and exclusive VIP sections, it sure is fun trying. Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Best Dive Bar: Hangovers
We love it when a bar lives up to its name. Carb up before stopping by this Roswell Road hangout, where the barkeeps are sexy; the drinks are cold; and the morning after is… the only part you might remember. Buckhead, @hangoversbhead

Best Place to Go Dancing: Johnny’s Hideaway
A lot of places offer dancing, but only one place is built around the idea. The city’s hottest DJs spin a half-century of music, and a full bar dispenses enough of the cold stuff to fuel the fire all night long. Buckhead, @atlantaatnight

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Terminal West
Whether it’s the love for local talent like Yacht Rock Revue, or the draw of big-name acts like Imagine Dragons, this industrial sound chamber plays host to some of the best concerts in town. Westside, @terminalwest

Best Boys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
Grab the boys and enjoy the swank surroundings, stunning scantily clad ladies and upscale dining at this well-received Midtown hot spot. Midtown, @thecheetahatl

Best Place to Hang Out: The IVY Buckhead
Whether you’re catching a game at brunch or looking to knock a few back, you can’t go wrong at this Buckhead mainstay with 28 TVs, four bars and two patios full of pretty people. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Gay Bar: Blake’s
Revelry reigns with cheap drinks and a steady beat at this must-visit spot with the perfect summer patio. Midtown, @blakesonthepark

Best Sports Bar: T.MAC
Whether you’re a die-hard Falcons fan, a Braves junkie or (God forbid) you follow an out-of-town team, you can likely find the game at T.MAC (a beer list that borders on the absurd doesn’t hurt, either). Multiple locations, @tmacrestaurants

Best Nightlife Photographer: Chuckyfoto
Some photogs simply document the party—it’s a special breed who actually makes the affair fun. From the red carpet to the dance floor, if you’re saying cheese in A-Town, you must know Chucky. @chuckyfoto

Best Cocktails: Kimball House
This Decatur outpost has received critical acclaim for its oysters as well as its cocktail program, helmed by Miles Macquarrie. Go big with hard-to-find craft spirits and absinthe service. Decatur, @kimballhousebar

Best Late Night Nosh: Industry Tavern
When late-night hunger calls, this Buckhead nosh spot answers with cocktails, craft brews and high-quality upgrades to your favorite comfort foods like pork wings, and lobster nachos (till 3am!). Buckhead, @industrytavern

Best Girls’ Night Out: Havana Club
A swinging Latin tempo, a wide-open dance floor and some of the best DJs in town are the recipe for the perfect ladies’ night, while a Buckhead address and VIP clientele seal the deal. Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Best Bartender: Stephen Loflin at New York Prime
A bar is only as good as its barman and the top slot goes to NYP’s Loflin, whose impeccable amiability and encyclopedic booze knowledge make him a winner. Buckhead, @newyorkprime

Best Place to Celebrate: Tongue & Groove
This Buckhead fun factory continues to get better with age, offering two levels of debauchery, sexy cocktail waitresses and VIP bottle service. Buckhead,
@tongueandgroove

Best VIP Section: Tongue & Groove
With a bevy of plush booths serviced by scantily clad waitresses, who wouldn’t want to be on the VIP list at this legendary party spot? Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best Tacos & Tequila: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
A slamming Cinco de Mayo fiesta or a laid-back night out are just two reasons to hit up Tin Lizzy’s. Its famous skillets, should-be-illegal tortilla chips and potent margaritas are three more. Multiple locations, @tinlizzys

Best Hangover Cure: dtox
Ditch Bloody Marys and sip on dtox’s Pineapple H2O, which includes gingerGIZER for nausea and a Rise N Shine smoothie so you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time. Multiple locations, @dtoxjuice

Best Happy Hour: The Tavern at Phipps
Point of clarification: There is no formal happy hour at Tavern. But don’t tell that to the nine-to-fivers who flood in for the sexy staff, chic camaraderie and epic Tavern Chips. Buckhead, @tavernatphipps

Best Singles Scene: The IVY Buckhead
Multiple bars, a wicked boozy brunch and two floors of fun—The IVY offers everything you need to find your summer fling. Being housed in a crazy-cool mansion on Roswell doesn’t hurt either. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Bar Bites: Cypress Street Pint & Plate
The cold beer, massive patio and terrifyingly tasty Sublime doughnut burger keep us returning to Cypress Street again and again. Midtown, @cypressstreet

Continue to Best of Atlanta: Weddings >>

WEDDINGS

Best Reception Venue: The Biltmore Ballrooms
The elegant beaux arts-style ballrooms have hosted more than 2,000 weddings since opening in 1999—and we’re pretty sure they’ve perfected it. The stunning architecture, marble floors and glamorous crystal chandeliers make this one of the prettiest buildings in the ATL. Midtown, @novareevents

Best Rehearsal Dinner: 103 West
A world-class team of chefs and highly trained event planners coordinate a couple’s every need in planning their special meal at the third founding restaurant of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Serving up highly customized cuisine with French flair, 103 West hosts more than 600 events per year. Buckhead, @103west

Best Bridal Boutique: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
With decades of experience in the high-end fashion industry and an eye for design, Joan Pillow recognized a need for a couture bridal shop and opened a boutique in Atlanta. Twenty-six years later, brides-to-be still adore her exquisite selection of Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta and Romona Keveza gowns. Buckhead, @joanpillow

Best Stationery/Invites: ECRU Stationery & Design
Founder Jessica Clark says her proudest moment is always the one in which she hands the final invitation to the bride. You won’t find any flip books here—every last detail of Clark’s pretty papers are customized, from hand-drawn monograms to custom designs matching the lace in the bride’s gown. Peachtree Hills

Best Wedding Planner: Brian Green of F&G Weddings
Green says what his team does is more than just a job—it’s a passion. Though Green, who started his business during the economic downturn, has planned weddings for many high-profile clients, one of his favorites was that of Dr. Kendra Gamble and Jeff Webb, vice president of the FIFA. “That wedding was over-the-top fabulous,” he notes. Buckhead, @fandgweddings

Best Place to Buy Wedding Gifts: Bloomingdale’s
Personal registry consultants and a slew of luxury goods including china, bedding, cookware, kitchen tools (hello, electric-blue KitchenAid stand mixer!) and more make it easy to find the oh-so-perfect gift for your fave couple right inside Lenox Square. Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Wedding Band: PleaseRock Weddings
What makes this rowdy group of guys (who’ve been friends since elementary school) top dog? “No offense to anyone in Atlanta, but our goal is to be the best cover band in the world,” they say. We’d say PleaseRock’s Yacht Rock Revue is well on its way to achieving that, being hugely popular with Atlanta’s in-crowd and having shared the stage with the likes of John Oates and Eddie Money. @pleaserockwed

Best Wedding Photographer: Inije Photography
Charlton Inije credits hard and smart work with getting him where he is today—which is snapping shots of the likes of Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and many NFL football players. Vinings, @inijepix

Best Florist: Edge Design Group
Started by her mother in 2000, Edge Design is now owned by Gabrielle Mecca, whose clientele spans the continent from L.A. to Barbados. One happy bride says Mecca was not only a florist but a trusted advisor—“She was worth every penny,” she notes. Mecca’s also popular among the sports crew, including former Braves player Marquis Grissom and NFL star Kordell Stewart. Buckhead, @edgedesignatl

Best Engagement Rings: Shane Co.
Those ubiquitous radio ads have done their job—not only is the family-owned Shane Co. a JEZ favorite for engagement and wedding rings, it’s also been voted a 2015 Best of Weddings pick by The Knot and won a Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire. Multiple locations, @shanecompany

Best Caterer: Bold American Events & Catering
Self-described as a “restaurant on wheels,” this homegrown establishment owned by Fifth Group Restaurants prides itself on recreating favorite ATL dishes for weddings: Think South City Kitchen’s chicken and waffles and Ecco’s fried goat cheese with clients like President Obama and Ted Turner. Westside, @boldeventsatl

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party: Lips Atlanta
A night at Lips is sure to be a colorful one. With over-the-top drag queen decor and amazing impersonators (Whitney Houston, anyone?), Lips is a must-stop on your last night out as a single lady. Pucker up! Buford Highway

Best Place for a Bachelor Party: The Cheetah
The Cheetah prides itself on being a true gentleman’s club and having the most beautiful women in the South—enough said. Midtown, @thecheetahatl

Best Wedding Venue: The Estate at Piedmont
There’s not a more beautiful one-stop shop for a perfectly classic Southern wedding. Originally built in Wilkes County, Ga., in 1797, the antebellum mansion was moved brick by brick to its current location on Piedmont and opened by Tony Conway and his Legendary Events team as a full-service venue in fall 2012. Buckhead, @alegendaryevent

Best Wedding Cake: Cakes by La’Meeka
La’Meeka Edwards started out baking as a hobby. Taking every decorating class offered at a local party supply store, she discovered her passion and opened her own shop, taking her biz full-time. Her celeb clientele includes The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss—and she’s even appeared on the show. Forest Park, @cakesbylameeka

Best Bridal Shower Venue: Swan Coach House
There’s no better place for a true Southern girls’ day out than Atlanta History Center’s Swan Coach House, which has served many generations of brides with charming Southern hospitality (and afternoon mimosas). Don’t miss the cheese straws and signature French Silk Swan dessert. Buckhead, @atlhistcenter

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HOME & AWAY

Best Apartment Pool: Camden Paces
This East Andrews luxe-living staple is close to it all—but why leave when you have two stunning saltwater pools to enjoy? Buckhead, @camdenpaces

Best Spot for Home Decor: Hedgecock Creed
This Buckhead mainstay is all about customization, high-quality pieces and a luxe new bedding line from Basketball Wives LA’s Malaysia Pargo. Swank! Buckhead, @hedgecockcreed

Best Gifts for Guys: Onward Reserve
Guys may be notoriously hard to shop for, but that’s why this dude-friendly shop is well-stocked with koozies, flasks, Smathers & Branson belts, plus a huge selection of clothing. Buckhead, @onwardreserve

Best Romantic Getaway: Barnsley Resort
This stunning resort has seen tons of proposals and weddings. Not ready to tie the knot? No problem. There are a ton of couple-friendly things to do, from garden walks and canoeing to horseback riding and indulging in one of three delish restos. Adairsville, @barnsleyresort

Best Staycation: Barnsley Resort
Head just an hour north up 75 for an OTP weekend at this resort known for its picture-perfect garden setting. Take your pick from traditional guest rooms and suites or a charming cottage that sleeps up to four at this getaway-ready (and pet-friendly) spot. Adairsville, @barnsleyresort

Best Realtor: Mikel Muffley at Muffley & Associates
Need a smooth buy or sell in ATL? Call Mikel Muffley. As the founder of boutique real estate agency Muffley & Associates, this home guru’s face has been popping up on billboards throughout the city. The best part? If you’re new to Atlanta, Muffley’s Executive Gold Relocation Services will make your transition easier than ever. East Point, @muffleyreports

Best Gifts for Girls: Drybar
The wash-and-style-only spot that started it all takes the guesswork out of gifting with easy-to-give certificates for a single visit, or a three-, six- or 12-pack of bouncy blowout bliss. Alpharetta and Buckhead, @thedrybar

Best Interior Designer: Traci Rhoads Interiors
We can’t get enough of Rhoads’ keen eye for classic looks with a modern feel and an unparalleled attention to detail. Maybe that’s why everyone from the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse to elite estates in Aspen can’t help but call on her expertise. Midtown, @tracirhoads

Best Spot for Home Technology: Audio, Automation & Theater
If you don’t know a thing about tech, let these experts take the wheel and install a state-of-the-art home theater or set up an energy-efficient, touchscreen home automation system using your iPhone. Brilliant! Buckhead

Best Real Estate Agency: Harry Norman Realtors
As Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with more than 1,000 agents, Harry Norman knows a thing or two about luxury living. With buying and selling services in A-Town, Savannah, North Georgia and beyond, these home experts are tried and true winners. Multiple locations, @hnrealtors

Best Art Gallery: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
It’s all about the art of the photograph at this Peachtree Hills gallery. Learn why a picture is worth a thousand words through a stellar rotating exhibit lineup showcasing works of ubertalented photogs from around the world. Buckhead, @hfgallery

Best Local Artist: Britt Bass
As the winner of this category for the second year in a row, Bass continues to churn out bold, colorful canvases in her signature painting style that art enthusiasts know and love. Look for her works at pop-up shops around town, and follow her on Instagram for a first look at pieces for sale. @_brittbass

Best Fast Financing: Chapes-JPL
Retail addicts with valuable assets such as jewelry, gold, diamonds or watches can ditch the vulnerability of a pawn shop with luxury lender Chapes-JPL. With loans starting at $100 and going all the way up to $5 million, these experts have you covered with low interest rates and exceptional private services. Buckhead, @chapesjpl

Best Large Lender: Georgia’s Own Credit Union
For all your banking needs, Georgia’s Own Credit Union ensures your dollars are in good hands. With online banking, investment services, wire transfers, loans and more, this reputable org has your needs in mind down to the very last penny. Multiple locations, @georgiasown

Best High-Rise: SkyHouse Buckhead
Make yourself at home in this just-opened, 26-story high-rise with huge closets; private balconies; 24-hour concierge service; and a sleek rooftop pool with an outdoor kitchen, fireplaces and lounge. Buckhead, @skyhsbuckhead

Best Apartment Complex: The Jane Atlanta
Named after Bobby Jones’ beloved golf club, Calamity Jane, this apartment complex comes with all the bells and whistles. From high-end kitchens to private balconies with views of Bobby Jones Golf Course, The Jane does exclusive quirkiness right. Buckhead, @thejaneatlanta

Best Local Girls’ Weekend: Reynolds Plantation
Explore 10,000 acres of gorgeous Lake Oconee, or just do a whole lot of nothing while getting a Southern-inspired treatment at the luxe spa at this AAA Five Diamond The Ritz-Carlton property. Greensboro, @reynoldsgolf

Best Condo Building to Buy In: Seventh Midtown
While ground broke earlier this year on this upcoming boutique condo building, buyers looking to settle down at the corner of Seventh Street and Peachtree can reserve their spot now. The nine-story structure will house 20 two- and three-bedroom spacious condos starting at 1,805 square feet, each with outdoor terraces, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and more. Pack your bags for a January 2016 move in. @seventhmidtown

Best Outdoor Furniture: Kolo Collection
Whether or not you’re the outdoorsy type, the stylish pieces at this Westside designer-outdoor-furniture fixture will convince you to get out there. Improve your environ with weatherproof DEDON loungers, Lloyd Flanders sectionals, and Brown Jordan patio tables and burners. Westside, @kolocollection

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PETS

Best Pet Supply: CityDog Market
Since 2008, this dog-loving shop has specialized in all-natural food and treats, plus nontoxic toys. It even has convenient wash stations to get your pup clean with natural shampoo and conditioner. Brookhaven, @citydogmarket1

Best Doggie Duds: The Pet Set
This one-stop shop has everything man’s best friend could need, from organic food and plenty of fun toys to boarding, day care and grooming services. They’ve been around for more than 30 years, so you know pups dig ’em. Briarcliff and Midtown, @thepetsetatl

Best Vet: The Village Vets
Your pet deserves the best care, so take her to one of three clinic locations for general surgeries, oral care, X-rays, boarding, grooming and more. The pros here even make house calls. Buckhead, Decatur and Stone Mountain, @thevillagevets

Best Doggie Day Care: Barking Hound Village
Leave your dog in good hands at this daytime hot spot. But just in case you get a little separation anxiety, there are always live-streaming webcams and exclusive snout-cams to tide you over until it’s time for puppy pickup. Multiple locations, @barkinghound

Best Doggie Sleepover: Fido Fido
This first-class doggie day care, boarding spot and spa has received a fair share of accolades thanks to their highly trained staff, luxe accommodations (think: suites with TVs and bedtime treats) and dedication to the finest products for your furry friend. Sandy Springs, @fidofidoatl

Best Pet Groomer: The Pet Set
For decades, The Pet Set has been a one-stop shop for sprucing up your four-legged family member. Along with an impressive selection of toys, treats and accessories, their top-notch grooming services include dry shampoos, nail trims, hand drying and blueberry facials (no, really). Briarcliff and Midtown, @thepetsetatl

Best Dog Walker/Sitter: CutiePaws Pet Sitting
Whether you need someone to swing by your place every day or just while you’re on vacation, this pet-sitting service does it all: meds, walks and even stays overnight if needed. They partner with local vet technicians, so you can relax when you’re away. @cutiepawsatl

Best Dog Trainer: Top Dogg
Founder Blake “Top Dogg” Rashad can correct your dog’s bad behavior in just five weeks, thanks to his more than 30 years of hands-on training experience. @asktopdogg

Best 24-Hour Emergency Care: BluePearl-Georgia Veterinary Specialists
When your furry friend needs immediate attention, this clinic provides top-notch care with two locations that are always open. Lawrenceville and Sandy Springs, @bluepearlvet

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AROUND TOWN

Best Park: Piedmont Park
It’s rare to see a sunny day in the A where locals don’t flock to this expansive green space. The well-kept grounds house dog parks, bike paths, a plethora of picnic-perfect spots, a swimming pool, bocce courts, dining ops and so much more. Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Concert Venue: Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater
Blink and you’ll miss this hidden outdoor gem off of Roswell Road. Chastain is home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and has seen countless acts since 1973, including the Beach Boys, Pet Shop Boys, Darius Rucker and Sara Bareilles. Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

Best Golf Course: East Lake Golf Club
Surprisingly, this club began sans golf—but it did have a big-name member, John Heisman, who was the club’s athletic director in the early 1900s. Now, the restored Donald Ross-designed course attracts major national and regional championships to its more than 7,300 acres. East Atlanta, @eastlakegc

Best Annual Event: Jeffrey Fashion Cares
This hotly anticipated annual fundraising event always attracts the high-fashion set, who dress to the nines for an action-packed cocktail hour, fashion show and live auction benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Atlanta AIDS Fund. Downtown, @fashioncares

Best Outdoor Festival: TomorrowWorld
As far as music fests with hundreds of artists and plenty of VIP perks go (camping amenities, cocktail bars), it doesn’t get much better than TomorrowWorld. The Belgium-born festival made its stateside debut last year in ATL, and we’re greatly anticipating its return this fall. Chattahoochee Hills, @tomorrowworld

Best Country Club: Capital City Club
One of the oldest social orgs in the South, the exclusive 132-year-old Capital City Club is still the one to be in, with three prime dining options, a fireside room, a pool, a fitness center, and tennis and golf courses. Brookhaven

Best Hiking Spot: Kennesaw Mountain
Multiple scenic trails, plentiful natural surroundings and breathtaking views abound at the historic Kennesaw Mountain, so it’s no wonder the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club was recently awarded a grant from stewardship partner REI. Kennesaw, @kennesawnps

Continue to Best of Atlanta: Arts, Sports and Personalities >>

ARTS, SPORTS & PERSONALITIES

Best Local Singer/Songwriter: Crystal Hopkins
Currently hard at work on her debut album, this angel-voiced vixen (and one of our 2012 Most Beautiful Atlantans) can be spotted belting “The Star-Spangled Banner” at local sporting events or in Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here” music video. @1crystalhopkins

Best Local Band: Kontraband Muzik
Local musicians Nate Davis and Davey Heritier continue to wow audiences throughout the Southeast and beyond with their original tunes and clever covers. They’ve opened for everyone from Usher and CeeLo Green to Ludacris and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and will launch their second European tour this month playing jams from their latest EP, Tonight’s the Night. Celeb tested, JEZ approved. @kontrabandmuzik

Best Local Athlete: Kyle Korver
Although he’s a California native, this ubertalented 33-year-old Hawks shooting guard is our fave Atlantan on the court. And although we love the entire Eastern Conference champ team, our true devotion is to #26. @kylekorver

Best TV Sportscaster: Ken Rodriguez
Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ken Rodriguez continues to light up the silver screen on FOX 5. From covering the Super Bowl to the World Series, Rodriguez serves up slam-dunk reporting each and every time. @krodfox5

Best Local News Team: FOX 5
For the latest and greatest in local news, look no further than the well-informed reporters at FOX 5. Cynne Simpson, Russ Spencer and friends combine Emmy Award-winning news coverage with on-the-ground reporting to keep ATL in-the-know on all the city’s pertinent happenings. @fox5atlanta

Best Radio Sportscaster: Steak Shapiro
Whether he’s indulging in all things food as the founder of Atlanta Eats and a regular on the Food Network or reporting the latest scores on 680 The Fan’s Front Row or on the RedZone Channel, Shapiro is a man of many award-winning talents. When he’s not manning the radio sports scene, catch him on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Fox Business Channel. @steakshapiro

Best Radio Personality: Bert Weiss
As the Ryan Seacrest of A-Town, Bert Weiss continues to wake fans up with his syndicated morning radio show, The Bert Show. While he’s always making us LOL with his witty commentary, Weiss’ true talent lies in giving back with his nonprofit, Bert’s Big Adventure, where he and co-founder Stacey Weiss take children with chronic or terminal illnesses to Walt Disney World for a five-day trip full of Disney magic. @bertshowbert

Best Radio Morning Show: The Bert Show
Bert Weiss, Jeff Dauler and Kristin Klingshirn are that extra dose of caffeine you need in the morning with their hilarious antics, pop culture reporting and candid celeb interviews. @thebertshow

Best All-Day Radio Station: Q100
From 24-hour top-tune play to the latest and greatest in pop culture happenings, Q100 keeps A-Town up-to-date on all things hot in the music world. @q100atlanta

Best Sports Radio Station: 680 The Fan
Whether you’re tuning in to Chuck and Chernoff or The Rude Awakening, 680 The Fan is always in-the-know on the hottest sports happenings, especially when it comes to hometown teams the Braves, Falcons or Hawks. @680_the_fan



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