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JEZEBEL's Best of Atlanta 2014

The Editors with contribution by Nikki Igbo | April 4, 2014 | Articles

From longtime staples to buzzing newcomers, JEZEBEL’s Best of Atlanta lineup is brimming with heavy-hitters in fashion, wellness, dining, nightlife and more. Thanks to you, our trendsetting readers, we received more than 27,000 votes this year—a new record that has us more excited than ever to share our wow-worthy winners. Whether you’re prepping for a sizzling summer makeover or looking for a hip new haunt to impress that special someone, we’ve got you covered from head to toe and beyond. After all, just like you, A-Town’s always on the up and up.


Best New Chef: Matt Rainey of STK
This top toque has taken over hot spot STK and brought new seasonal offerings, lighter fare (hello, pan-roasted branzino) and desserts (order the bag o’ donuts) to the sleek steakhouse. But don’t worry, your faves still remain! Midtown, @stkatlanta

Best First Date: Park Tavern on Sunday
Get cozy on one of the city’s best patios overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Grab a burger and a brew for an epic afternoon. Midtown, @parktavern

Best Pizza: Antico Pizza
The competition is tough when it comes to A-Town pies—but with authentic ingredients, an oven sourced straight from Naples, Italy and a laundry list of A-list fans, Antico gets the crown. Westside

Best Brunch: Murphy’s
For more than 30 years, this Va-Hi staple has been serving up brunch fare that lures lines out the door (hence the no reservations policy for this popular meal!). Favorites include the popular Eggs T. Murphy, paired with a housemade Bloody Mary or berry bellini. Virginia-Highland, @murphysatlanta

Best Farmers Market: Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Get your fill (and then some) of uberfresh produce, meat, seafood, cheese and more at this larger-than-life indoor market. Decatur

Best Vegetarian Spot: Cafe Sunflower
This award-winning eatery accommodates special palates (dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-free) without sacrificing taste. Winners include their grilled coconut polenta Napoleon or their vegan, old-fashioned chocolate cake. Buckhead and Sandy Springs, @cafesunflower

Best Steakhouse: Chops Lobster Bar
Chops is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 steakhouses in the United States. Maybe it’s because their prime steaks are aged 48 days. Maybe it’s because they’re one of the few serving 100 percent A5 Authentic wagyu Kobe beef. Whatever it is, these guys have got serious chops. Buckhead, @chopslobsterbar

Best Food Truck: Yumbii
From Atlantic Station to OTP, catch this far-out food truck serving up a gourmet fusion of Asian and Mexican bites like stir-fried tofu burritos and Sriracha cheese dip. @yumbii

Best Place to Take the ’Rents: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
With impeccable service; crisp, classic decor; high-end clientele; and, of course, a mouthwatering menu of steaks, pastas and more—this spot is sure to impress the parental units. Buckhead, @daviosatlanta

Best Mexican: Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
After 30 years, the jalapeno queso is tops in this town. Chase it with house specialties like beef steak ranchero, golden enchiladas or the addictive chile rellenos with house salsa to understand why this place is always packed. Buckhead

Best Buford Highway Spot: Nam Phuong
This Vietnamese eatery boasts simple decor that lets flavor take center stage. (Try the shrimp spring rolls and the avocado bubbletea—trust us). Norcross

Best Cup of Joe: Starbucks at West Paces Ferry Road and Howell Mill Road
Java reigns supreme here, but at these locations, sippers can also indulge in beer and wine! Pair that with eats such as bacon-wrapped dates and call it a night. @starbucks

Best New Restaurant: St. Cecilia
ATL’s reigning resto king Ford Fry has done it again with this Italian-meets-coastal European eatery. Seafood- and pasta-lovers should try JEZ faves like the ravioli stuffed with apple and mascarpone topped with bits of Maine lobster, while sugar addicts will love the Panini di gelato. Book way in advance—this place is always packed! Buckhead, @stceciliaatl

Best Wine Bar: Stem Wine Bar
Mood lighting, a wine list that wows and Spanish tapas done to perfección, this small Marietta newcomer from chef-owner Doug Turbush and team is our new vino venue. Marietta, @dougturbush

Best Breakfast: Highland Bakery
For the savory breakfast-goer? Burrito de huevos. For the sweet tooth? Peanut butter French toast. For the vegan? Tofu scramble. Breakfast-lovers of all walks are in love with the lineup at this longtime fave. Multiple locations, @highlandbakery1

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market
Net yourself more than 100 varieties of the freshest seafood delivered daily to this ATL dining mecca. Don’t miss the renovated Geechee crab room, where you can score seriously fresh hand-rolled sushi. Buckhead, @atlfishmarket

Best Frozen Yogurt: Pinkberry
After blazing the fro-yo trail, trendsetting Pinkberry continues to keep patrons coming back for more with its signature tart flavors, smoothies and cones. Multiple locations, @pinkberry

Best Casual Date: The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
Live music and a chill vibe add to The Big Ketch’s appeal as a first-date spot. Hey! If the night goes south, at least you’ve just had some of the tastiest fried seafood in A-Town. Buckhead, @thebigketch

Best Takeout: OK Cafe
This Southern-style diner has the most adorable (and tasty!) takeout market. Head straight to the hot bar and make a to-go plate of faves like squash souffle, collards and the to-die-for fried chicken. Buckhead

Best Italian: Pricci
Italian native and Executive Chef Piero Premoli holds nothing back when it comes to delivering authentically awesome Italian fare. And you won’t want to skip dessert (try the bauletti di ricotta) made by an expert team, who study desserts exclusive to the region. Buckhead,

Best Sushi: Umi
This happening spot lures locals as well as the Hollywood elite for Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s specialty rolls (lobster box roll, anyone?) and dishes (black cod misoyaki, unreal!). Uberfresh fish is flown in on the reg from Japanese fish markets. Reservations highly suggested. Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Restaurant Bar: Yebo
We’ve raved to you before about this Phipps Plaza eatery’s juicy fried chicken, but we’re equally crazy for their buzzing happy hour—complete with boozy faves like the White Elephant, 100 Mile Man margarita and The Zulu. Buckhead, @yeboatl

Best Burger: Farm Burger
Bypass the drive-thru in favor of this popular burg spot, with patties made from 100 percent grass-fed beef that’s dry-aged and ground fresh. Yes, please! Multiple locations, @farmburger

Best Group Dining Spot: The Optimist
Grab your crew and start the night off with a few dozen oysters at the outside tables overlooking the putting green. After a few rounds of Texas Capers, move inside for a bowl of shareable Sapelo Island clams and whole Georgia shrimp a la plancha. Westside, @theoptimistatl

Best Barbecue: One Star Ranch
For more than 25 years, this Buckhead staple has been pleasing the palate with beef, pork and baby-back ribs, wings, beef chili and more. Plus, they’re serving up $5 margaritas day and night. What’s not to love? Buckhead

Best Chicken: Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
Juicy, tender, flavorful chicken with simple sauces will have your taste buds swearing these Italian-style birds came straight out of the boot-shaped peninsula. The Sorrento lemon (our fave!), diavola with calabrian peperoncini and arancia di capri with oranges—in true Italian style—come in huge portions. Mamma mia! Westside

Best Bakery: Alon’s
Whether you step up to the glass and order apple strudel, cannelle, a Gruyere scone or poppy-seed coffeecake Danish, you’ll find a sweet treat that suits you just fine. Virginia-Highland and Dunwoody, @alonsbakery


Best Stylist: Shaye Strager
This Atlanta fashionista is helping to shape our city’s sartorial scene with her bold styling choices for segments such as Better Mornings Atlanta’s “Trend Tracker.” Recently, brands like Stitch Fix and LOFT have taken notice and are asking Strager to host events in A-Town. While big corps come calling, she still keeps high-profile clients in Charlotte, New York and Atlanta on the side. @shayestrager

Best Men’s Clothing: Onward Reserve
Calling all frat stars! Onward Reserve is brimming with preppy threads from Peter Millar, Cotton Brothers and more, plus koozies, flasks and bottle openers to boot. Buckhead, @onwardreserve

Best Fashion Blogger: Christina Oh
Since breaking out on the fashion scene this past fall, Christina Oh has established herself as a premier voice in ATL’s style scene, regularly working with top brands like Burberry, Dior and Saks Fifth Avenue., @christinasstyle

Best Women’s Clothing: Saks Fifth Avenue
With threads from contemporary designers like Alexander Wang, MSGM and Tibi to timeless pieces from classic creators like Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Burberry, Saks effortlessly mixes styles for all occasions. Plus its personalized stylist program can be experienced online, so you’ll never be without an expert eye. Buckhead, @saks

Best Fashion Jewelry: Just the Thing
Frost yourself with colorful statement necklaces, drop earrings, bangles and more from this Buckhead fave, where the selection is big on style and low in price. Buckhead, @justthething

Best Going-Out Wear: Republic of Couture
Before hitting the town at STK or Havana Club, head to Republic of Couture for hot looks from BCBG, Michael Kors and Versace. Don’t miss the shoe wall with iPad images of their kicks! Midtown, @rocintheweb

Best Black Tie for Him: Neiman Marcus
There’s no reason to rent anymore when you can get your hands on an Armani Collezioni tux or a Hugo Boss number that you’ll easily have for the next 15 to 20 years. All the Astaire-esque accoutrements are in one place too—score John Hardy cuff links, a Brioni tie and Gucci lace-ups. Done. Buckhead, @neimanmarcus

Best Black Tie for Her: Bloomingdale’s
Our go-to department store for glam garb knows its ABC’s when it comes to looking good…Adrianna Papell, Badgley Mischka and Cynthia Steffe! Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Local Fashion Designer: Abbey Glass
Abbey Glass has been turning heads since she started as a freelance designer for Sid Mashburn. Now she’s out on her own at Showroom Ampersand at Tula Art Center & Galleries. Read our fashion intro for more scoop! @abbeymglass

Best Shopping Mall: Lenox Square
Shopaholics, head straight for Lenox Square’s designer wing where Louis Vuitton, Fendi and more provide the ultimate in apparel indulgence. Or go easy on your wallet with cute picks from Free People, Zara and C. Wonder. Buckhead, @lenoxsqmall

Best Fine Jewelry: Brown & Co. Jewelers
Longtime local Frank Brown has two of the best family-owned outposts for dazzling bling. Each has Breitling for the guys and Roberto Coin for the gals, for starters. It’s also the go-to spot for those ready to pop a very important question (they carry everything from Henri Daussi to Ritani). Buckhead and Roswell, @brownjewelers

Best Alterations: Gill’s Alterations
Save your favorite threads with a little help from Gill’s, conveniently located at Shops Around Lenox. For tall and short shoppers alike, consider this tailor your best accessory yet! Buckhead

Best New Boutique: Bevello
With 23 stores in six states, Bevello has made its mark on the Shops Around Lenox with a curated collection of threads, kicks and jewelry. Bonus: Book a private party or join its bridal program for a specialty shopping experience! Buckhead, @bevello

Best Jeans: Bloomingdale’s
Bloomie’s makes shopping for jeans easy-breezy with an entire section dedicated to denim from heavy hitters Paige, Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind and more. Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Consignment Shop: Labels
Whether you’re looking for gently worn threads with sticker-friendly prices from Lilly Pulitzer or next-to-new kicks from Christian Louboutin and bags from Kate Spade, Labels’ two homey locations are a discount diva’s heaven. Buckhead and Vinings, @labelsresale

Best Swimwear: Everything But Water
Before hitting the pool or heading to the beach, stop by this swimwear shop, where you’ll find bikinis, cover-ups, sandals, shades and more from top designers like Beach Bunny, L*Space and Mara Hoffman. Multiple locations, @ebwstyle

Best Shop for Handbags: Bella Bag
Attention label-lovers! Bella Bag lets you shop (or sell) gently used bags from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Valentino and Balenciaga at a fraction of their original price tag. Carry on. Buckhead, @shopbellabag

Best Lingerie: Agent Provocateur
A return to 1950s suburban sexiness is the latest inspiration for this unstoppable underthings powerhouse. This season, an array of retro corsets, thigh-highs with garters and throwback babydoll nighties—each with sweet deets like French embroidery and girly gingham—have all who lay eyes on them swooning. Buckhead, @themissap

Best Women’s Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
Put your best foot forward with Saks’ exceptional shoe selection from designers like Alice + Olivia, Alexander Wang and Saint Laurent. Plus, don’t miss their in-store shopping events with designers like Sophia Webster! Buckhead, @saks


Best Outdoor Fitness Class: Sweat Atlanta Boot Camp
Fitness guru and dance pro Nicholas Jacobs is keeping the OTP set in shape at Lillian Webb Park with his field day-like classes. Think cardio seshes with speed parachutes, hurdles and more. Norcross, @sweatatlanta

Best Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency
Trusted by news anchors, mag editors, the “real housewives” and aspiring young beauty pros, this Emmy Award-winning makeup artist is a fab force on ATL’s glam scene. @nyssag

Best Manis and Pedis: Sugarcoat
With plush seating and a wealth of beauty products on offer (including their own polish line!), Sugarcoat is our go-to for getting all lacquered up. Buckhead and Virginia-Highland, @sugarcoatbeauty

Best Gym: Life Time Fitness
This country club-meets-gym boasts everything from a cafe and spa to group fitness classes and resort-esque pools. Swank! Sandy Springs, @lifetimefitness

Best Yoga Studio: Atlanta Hot Yoga
Get your “om” on at this Bikram yoga studio, offering a plethora of high-heat workshops and classes taught by Yoga Alliance-certified instructors. Buckhead, @atlantahotyoga

Best Pilates Studio: Urban Body Studios
Work your way to rock-hard abs at this studio where Pilates classes are available in group or private sessions, and incorporate over 500 exercises. Virginia-Highland

Best Group Fitness Class: Blast900
This workout is a total blast! Shred fat by alternating between creative strength floor exercises and treadmill seshes to burn up to 900 cals. Multiple locations, @blast900

Best Personal Trainer: Bill Sonnemaker, Catalyst Fitness
As an exercise physiologist, educator and personal trainer, Sonnemaker trains everyone from pro athletes to CEOs at the state’s only fully accredited and medically recognized personal training gym, which recently opened in Buckhead. @billsonnemaker

Best Bike Shop: Peachtree Bikes
With three locations (including a new Buckhead shop), this beloved bike shop has everything you need for a two-wheel commute. Multiple locations, @ptreebikes

Best Activewear: Deka
This seven-year mainstay of Atlanta fitness fashion is all about exceptional service and fab brands like Adidas by Stella McCartney and Puma Urban Mobility. Buckhead, @dekaatlanta

Best Juice Bar: Juicy Jenny
One-hundred percent cold-press juices and a killer vegan salad bar make Jenny Levison’s latest venture a juiced-up winner. Buckhead, @souperjenny

Best Specialty Fitness Studio: Orangetheory Fitness
We can’t get enough of this new interval fitness concept that uses state-of-the-art treadmills, rowing machines, SBT suspension training and free weights to help gymgoers get a knockout physique. Multiple locations, @otheoryfitness

Best Wax: European Wax Center
Get silky-smooth at this wax-only spa where you’ll find Paris-imported comfort wax. No strips necessary! Brookhaven, @europeanwax

Best Shop for Beauty Products: Woo Skin Care & Cosmetics
Head to this one-stop makeup mecca for brands like Bobbi Brown and YSL Beauté, plus a spa offering waxing, makeup application, facials and peels. Buckhead, @woo_atlanta

Best Sugaring Studio: Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio
Keep skin smooth with a friendly staff of pros and the less-painful technique of sugaring at this local fave. Buckhead and Virginia-Highland, @sugaringqueen

Best Place to Run: Piedmont Park
In addition to its .52-mile running track on the park’s Active Oval, this scenic attraction boasts strips like the .96-mile Lake Loop to take in the sights while sweating it out. Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Day Spa: Bliss Spa
This contemporary spa offers the full line of signature products and full range of services including face and body treatments and hair laser removal. Midtown and Downtown, @blissspa

Best Faux Lashes: Lashes & Day Spa With Tamara
Tamara Townsend, of Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa, is our go-to lash artist, who’s perfected the art of HD volume lashing with her signature nebulizing technique, ensuring long, thick lashes. Buckhead, @skincaretamara

Best Haircut for Her: Van Michael Salon + Vis a Vis The Salon
It’s a tie! When it comes to cropping your coif, you can’t beat the seasoned scissor snippers at Van Michael and Vis a Vis. Trust us! @vanmichaelsalon; @visavisthesalon

Best Hair Colorist: Jessica Goldstein at Salon South
As co-owner of this recently-opened Buckhead salon (inside Sola Salon Studio), Goldstein works on noteworthy tresses, including Sara Blakely’s and Raw Denim’s Emily Lipman’s. Plus, she kills it at ombré hues! Buckhead

Best Hair Extensions: Alicia Igess at Urban Tangles Salon
From sew-in and bonded extensions to quick weave techniques and custom clip-ins, Igess has established herself as our go-to for achieving full-bodied, flowing locks. Buckhead, @urbantangles

Best Hair Salon: Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Hightower and his expert colorists and stylists take face shape, hair texture and lifestyle into consideration when creating looks for their devoted clientele. Buckhead, @hightowerhair

Best SmartLipo: Women’s Institute for Health (WIFH)
For the fourth year, Dr. Jay M. Kulkin (who’s performed close to 3,000 SmartLipo procedures!) wins top honors in this category. Sandy Springs, @wifh_laser

Best Spray Tan: Spray Studio Atlanta
Ladies from the Atlanta Hawks and Falcons are big fans of this spot where an original all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free organic solution is the secret. Sandy Springs, @spraystudioatl

Best Botox and Injections: DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
With double-board certification, Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco is up on the latest and greatest when it comes to injectables, including Sculptra, Botox, Radiesse and Xeomin. Decatur and Sandy Springs, @difrancescomd

Best Rhinoplasty: Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
Add ideal symmetry to your look with a little help from Dr. Theresa M. Jarmuz, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, who has special education and training in the anatomy and aesthetics of the nose. Buckhead, @drjarmuz

Best Haircut for Him: Bernard Dugaud
For more than 20 years, Atlantans have been trusting their cuts to this French phenom, who gives clients the VIP treatment cut after cut. Buckhead, @b_dugaud_salon

Best Esthetician: Kathleen Denney at Changes: A Journey to Beautiful Skin
For more than a decade, this four-year Best Of winner’s dedicated clientele, including A-list celebs, have been flocking to her for customized facials and skincare. Sandy Springs

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta
Let Dr. David Zelby and his expert team care for your pearly whites, providing exceptional service in veneers, teeth whitening, bonding and restorative procedures. Smyrna, @newsmileatlanta

Best Med Spa: AYA Medical Spa
Owned and operated by board-certified plastic surgeons, this medically focused skin care destination offers customized facial peels, Botox, CoolSculpting, permanent makeup and more. Multiple locations, @ayamedicalspa

Best Holistic Doctor: Progressive Medical Center
With a staff of nearly 20 integrative medicine experts, this center provides a blend of alternative and holistic treatment ops, including detoxification, intravenous therapies and more. Dunwoody, @progressivemc

Best Dermatologist: Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery
As a board-certified dermatologist and laser expert, Dr. Jerry L. Cooper provides top-notch dermatology care through chemical peels, microdermabrasion and more. Tucker, @atldermatology

Best Breast Augmentation: John Connors MD Plastic Surgery
The doctor is in: Dr. John Connors, a Harvard grad and double board-certified surgeon, is a master at giving patients the body of their dreams. Buckhead, @drjohnconnorsmd

Best Massage: ROC House Fitness Spa
Visit this women’s only spa and fitness studio, where massage options include extreme sport, hot stone and bamboo. Buckhead,


Best Real Estate Agency: Above Atlanta
Invest in your future with high-rise properties from the experts at Above Atlanta who will help you find condos to rent or lease in Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and beyond. Midtown

Best Outdoor Furniture: Kolo Collection
Take your outdoor lifestyle to a new level with weatherproof DEDON sofas, Royal Botania sectionals and Jensen Leisure colorful chairs. Plus, hip your outdoor environs with their new line of EcoSmart fire pits. Westside, @kolocollection

Best Apartment Pool: 77 12th
Enjoy a tropical staycation this summer by lounging at 77 12th’s epic saline swimming pool, complete with in-water tanning ledges, cabana lounges and a flowing waterfall to boot. Midtown, @7712th

Best Interior Designer, Transitional: Traci Rhoads
This Atlanta aesthete has an impeccable eye for modern style. Clients—both locally and in Aspen, Boston, The Hamptons and Long Island—find her eclectic interiors to be showstoppers. Midtown, @tracirhoads

Best Spot for Home Technology: Audio, Automation & Theater
The folks at this spot take home theaters to the next level by providing the lowdown on design (think luxe brands like Burmester), installation and programming (into smartphone or in-wall touch-screen control centers!) to suit every tech buff’s needs. Buckhead

Best Local Girls’ Weekend: W Atlanta – Buckhead
Dine with your gals at Cook Hall; head to the Living Room for happy hour; then party the night away at Whiskey Blue, before resting your dancing feet in the W’s swank Extreme WOW Suite. Buckhead, @watlbuckhead

Best Interior Designer, Contemporary: Jim Weinberg Lifestyles
He’s traveled the world, working everywhere from Milan to Aspen, and for a range of clients from Donald and Ivanka Trump to Kenny Rogers, Chris Tucker and Dallas Austin. Known for his use of color and natural materials, Weinberg innovates spaces with his inspiring design. Can you say, “wow factor?” @jimweinberg

Best Art Gallery: Anne Irwin Fine Art
For more than 25 years, art enthusiasts have flocked to this fine-art gallery for a dose of culture from nearly 45 artists and to shop its masterpieces. Buckhead, @anneirwinart

Best Apartment Complex: 92 West Paces
With a location next door to The St. Regis Atlanta, Chops Lobster Bar, Umi, King + Duke, Flywheel Sports and Drybar, need we say more? Live large at this abode boasting one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, a resort style pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Buckhead, @92westpaces1

Best Spot for Home Decor: Jackson Charles Home & Design Studio
Owner Eddie Brumbaugh’s new studio boasts glam and contemporary finishings, approved by celebs like The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Westside, @jcdsatl

Best Place for Kitchen Gadgets: Sur La Table
With a slew of cooking tools, bakeware, electronics and more, Sur La Table has the goods to make your Pinterest recipes a reality. Buckhead, @sur_la_table

Best Staycation: The St. Regis Atlanta
Feel a million miles away at this regal Buckhead property. Check in Friday to a plush suite and head down to the bar. Then wake up and hit the pool—the 40,000-square-foot piazza is the see-and-be-seen summer spot. Buckhead, @stregisatl

Best Gifts for Guys: Onward Reserve
Whether you’re a bro looking for a humorous koozie or a gal looking to buy your guy a Peter Millar button-up, Onward Reserve takes the guessing out of gifting. Buckhead, @onwardreserve

Best Realtor: Kelley Day at Keller Williams
Buying, selling or renting, Kelley Day is your go-to gal. Providing personalized service, this award-winning realtor is armed with of-the-moment market intel and knows this city’s ’hoods inside and out. @kelleyday2009

Best High-Rise: SkyHouse
Living the good life in ATL is easy-peasy with a lease at the luxe SkyHouse properties. With a rooftop poolside lounge, 24-hour concierge, an outdoor terrace and amazing city views, you’ll agree: There’s no place like home. Midtown, @skyhousemidtown, @skyhousesouth

Best One-Stop Shop for Home Furnishing: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Whether you’ve bought a new pad or just want to refresh your digs, walk into this sleek shop and call it a day. They’ve got it all—from lighting to linens, barware to bedroom and then some. Buckhead, @mgbwhome

Best Condo Building to Buy In: The Atlantic
With six unique floor plans that pay homage to art deco glamour, plus doorman, dog-walking and 24/7 concierge services, it’s easy to see why the select number of condos at this spot are a hot commodity! Midtown, @atlanticmidtown

Best Gifts for Gals: Waiting on Martha
This locally based online shop, curated by blogger and editorial stylist Mandy Kellogg Rye, features paper goods, apparel, jewelry, knickknacks and more from brands like Sugar Paper Los Angeles and Gorjana & Griffin., @waitingonmartha

Best Romantic Getaway: Barnsley Resort
Countless proposals and stunning weddings have gone down on Barnsley’s whimsical grounds, where the resort’s resident fairy godmother goes out of her way to treat couples to themed nights of romance. Adairsville, @barnsleyresort

Best Pet Groomer: The Pet Set
For nearly 40 years, The Pet Set has kept creatures in tip-top shape with its certified master groomers and spa services featuring all-natural and organic products. Briarcliff and Midtown, @thepetsetatl

Best Pet Supply: CityDog Market
Puppies and their parents adore owner Renee Palmer’s holistic array of premium chow, nontoxic toys and healthy treats. Brookhaven, @citydogmarket1

Best Doggie Sleepover/Hotel: Fido Fido
Top-notch personalized service paired with plush five-star accommodations (think private suites—some with TVs!—spa services and bedtime biscuits) have pups begging to check in. Sandy Springs, @fidofidoatl

Best Doggie Day Care: Dog Days
Whether you’re at work or away on vacation, you’ll know your pooch is in good hands at Dog Days with day care, luxury boarding, grooming services, plus a webcam—so you can check in whenever you like. Buckhead, @dogdaysatlanta

Best Doggie Duds: Glamour Paws
Does your pup need a blingy new collar or sporty clothes for spring? Lucky for Fido, this shop is chock-full of look-good, feel-good essentials. Virginia-Highland, @glamourpaws

Best Dog Walker/Sitter: Buckhead Pet Pals
Leave your pooch in the trusted hands of the background-checked sitters at Buckhead Pet Pals, who provide in-home care with food and water, playtime and more. Buckhead, @buckheadpetpals

Best 24-Hour Emergency Care: Georgia Veterinary Specialists
Give your furry friends the best care possible at GVS, the largest private multispecialty hospital in Georgia, with two locations open 24 hours. Gwinnett and Sandy Springs, @bluepearlvet

Best Dog Trainer: Bark Busters
For more than 20 years, the pros at Bark Busters have been teaching pups to obey while considering the owner’s lifestyle and unique situation. Plus, they come to you! @barkbustersusa

Best Vet Clinic: Veterinary Center of Buckhead
Open seven days a week and offering up teeth-cleaning, stem-cell treatments, annual checkups, boarding and more, it’s no wonder VCB is the city’s leading vet clinic. Buckhead


Best Karaoke Spot: 10 High Club
Unleash your inner rock star on the mic every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with an all-live band at the nine-year-strong Metalsome Karaoke. Virginia-Highland, @10highclub

Best Cocktails: Don Antonio by Starita
At this recently opened pizzeria, the cocktails aren’t just drinks—they’re handcrafted works of art. Think muddled fruit, fresh juices and hard-to-find alcohols. Buckhead, @donantoniopizza

Best Patio: King + Duke
While King + Duke’s food is phenomenal, the real draw is its awning-covered patio, where an outdoor bar offers up craft cocktails and enough liquid courage to talk to the good-looking set who show up nightly. Buckhead, @kingandduke

Best Bar Games: Ormsby’s
Ormsby’s ups the ante on bar games with backgammon, shuffleboard and Atlanta Bocce League with eight-week seasons in spring, summer, fall and winter. Westside, @ormsbysatl

Best Dive Bar: Five Paces Inn
This Irby Avenue staple has three packed-out rooms (for dancing, mingling or live-band jamming), plus a sprawling outdoor patio. Not to mention its bartenders are some of the hottest in the city! Buckhead, @fivepacesinn

Best DJ: DJ Mark Battle
You’ve probably seen him spinning hits and sporting sparkly headphones at weddings and special events all over town. We can’t get enough of his killer mixes! @onesoundandent

Best Tacos & Tequila: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
From watermelon basil margaritas to burger specialty tacos, Tin Lizzy’s always satisfies our Mexican cravings. Multiple locations, @tinlizzys

Best Boys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
Get the guys together for some good old-fashioned debauchery at one of the city’s hottest strip clubs. Upscale eats, giant TV screens and a gaggle of lovely ladies—what’s not to love? Midtown

Best Bartender: Chris McNeill of Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar
More than just a bartender, McNeill manages the bar program at both of these outstanding restos, where his knack for refreshing wine-based cocktails, obscure finds and classic drinks puts the happy in happy hour. Marietta

Best Singles Scene: Buckhead Triangle
From Cains Hill Place to Irby Avenue to Roswell Road, this buzzed-about region is a flirting playground. Newcomers like Big Sky Buckhead and the revamped Kramer’s are keeping things fresh, while classics like The Pool Hall and East Andrews continue to attract the city’s hottest bachelors and bachelorettes.

Most Happenin’ Hood: Midtown
Let’s be honest. This ’hood has it all: hot bars and restaurants, the best outdoor attractions (Piedmont Park and Atlanta Botanical Garden, to name a few), plus easy accessibility to the rest of ATL. @midtownatl

Best Nightlife Photographer: Chuckyfoto
Chucky Kahng and his talented team of photographers have established themselves as ATL’s insider lensmen (and women!) at the hottest bars and clubs around the city. Don’t believe us? Ask his nearly 18,000 followers on Facebook. @chuckyfoto

Best Late-Night Nosh: R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
Indulge midnight munchies at this 24-hour eclectic resto, where anything from curry coconut seafood linguine to white chocolate raspberry cheesecake is on the menu around the clock. Brookwood, @rthomasdeluxe

Best Boozy Brunch: Varasano’s Pizzeria
Head here on weekends for $10 bottomless mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys, plus brunch specialties like Nutella banana pancakes, build-your-own omlettes and the Italian bacon sampler. Buckhead, @varasanospizza

Best Place to Hang Out: Ormsby’s
Chill out with drinks and bites at the upstairs bar area, or head downstairs for games galore. Westside, @ormsbysatl

Best Girls’ Night Out: The St. Regis Bar
Head here for a packed bar of good-looking regulars and a vibe that’s straight out of Gossip Girl. Buckhead, @stregisatl

Best Comedy Club: Atlanta Improv Comedy Club
Get ready to LOL at this comedy club and dinner theater, where big names stop by on the reg. Buckhead, @theimprovatl

Best Place to Go Dancing: Johnny’s Hideaway
Few dance hubs have stood the test of time like Johnny’s—whether it’s because of the range of dance tunes (DJs play hits from the ’50s to now), the sizeable menu of bar eats or the happenin’ crowd, there’s always a line out the door. Buckhead, @johnnyshideaway

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Eddie’s Attic
Sugarland, Zac Brown Band and John Mayer have all graced the Eddie’s Attic stage early on in their careers, and the open mic nights continue to draw in some of the region’s most talented musical acts. Decatur, @eddiesattic

Best VIP Section: Opera Nightclub
Personal bottle service: check. Your own seated section: check. Priority admission: check. Feeling like a celeb for the night: check. Any questions? We didn’t think so. Midtown, @operanightclub

Best Happy Hour: The Tavern at Phipps
For the see-and-be-seen set, this Phipps Plaza staple is the place to be. Head over afterhours for an expertly made cocktail from a suspender-clad bartender with a side of signature Tavern chips. We’ll drink to that! Buckhead, @tavernatphipps

Best Nightclub: Havana Club
Havana Club is the headquarters for movers and shakers looking for bumpin’ DJ beats, VIP booths and a good-looking crowd to boot. Now, who wants a shot? Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Best Gay Bar: TEN Atlanta
While TEN moonlights as an upscale restaurant by day, this Midtown spot is a bumpin’ bar by night. Don’t miss ’90s night every Thursday. Plus, the man candy at this place puts the hot in Hotlanta. Midtown, @tenatlanta

Best Car Service: Uber
Cabs are so 2000. Download the Uber app on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry; set your pickup location; and get picked up in a snap. Plus your bill is sent directly to your phone, so you don’t have to deal with scrounging up cash from your besties. @uber

Best Sports Bar: STATS
It’s not just its proximity to Philips Arena and the Dome that makes STATS a slam dunk—the 70 high-def TVs and the fact it was the first in the United States to have a beer tap system inside its tables puts this sports bar ahead of the game. Downtown, @statsatl

Best Place to Celebrate: Tongue & Groove
With top-notch go-go dancers, three fully stocked bars and two levels of fun, Tongue & Groove continues to impress with exceptional bottle service, specialty events and more. Buckhead, @tongueandgroove



Best Park: Piedmont Park
With multiple sporting venues (like courts for basketball, bocce and tennis), a dog park, a green market, a swimming pool, jogging paths and more (oh yeah, there’s more), no other outdoor destination in the city boasts as many activities as this scenic park. Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Concert Venue: Philips Arena
This state-of-the-art complex sets itself apart by hosting the biggest b-ball games to the hottest names in music (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and more). Plus, amenities include high-end dining and drinking in the multilevel RED resto, comfy meeting zones, a gear store and a food court. Downtown, @philipsarena

Best Downtown Attraction: SkyView
At almost 20 stories high, SkyView Ferris wheel is the perfect way to take in ATL’s picturesque skyline. Grab your besties, or cozy up with a cutie in one of the wheel’s 42 gondolas that can hold up to six people at a time. Or do it JEZ style and opt for the VIP flight, where you’ll skip the line and take ride in a specialty gondola with a see-through glass floor. Swank! Downtown, @skyviewatlanta

Best Golf Course: East Lake Golf Club
Drive to your heart’s content at the oldest golf course in Atlanta, home course of golf legend Bobby Jones and the permanent place for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola—and support a worthy cause to boot. All proceeds from this swanky club’s operation support the East Lake Foundation, which transforms public housing projects into thriving communities. East Lake, @eastlakegc

Best Annual Event: TomorrowWorld
Last year’s inaugural three-day TomorrowWorld music festival (an offshoot of Belgium’s TomorrowLand) will return to Chattahoochee Hills for another round of nonstop outdoor fun, complete with hundreds of electric musical acts and thousands of attendees ready to party hard. Chattahoochee Hills, @tomorrowworld

Best Outdoor Festival: Music Midtown
Since returning from its six-year hiatus back in 2011, Music Midtown has been better and more rockin’ than ever, bringing some of music’s biggest acts to Piedmont Park. Last year’s two-day festival featured multiple stages, an artist’s market, VIP areas and acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Lips and Kendrick Lamar—we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014. Midtown, @musicmidtown

Best Country Club: Ansley Golf Club
For nearly a century, this oasis in the middle of the city has been a social mecca for the country-club set. Its par-36, 3,441-yard nine-hole course is a big draw, but the club itself packs them in with youth programs, tennis, swimming, three dining areas and a bar. Plus, the club still invites the entire neighborhood over for a killer Fourth of July celebration. Midtown, @ansleygc

Best Hiking Spot: Kennesaw
Kennesaw Mountain is a destination rich with history, natural wonders and other outdoor attractions. Grab your hiking boots to explore the 8 miles of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, chock-full of rare plants, breathtaking views and picturesque picnic spots for refueling post-workout. Kennesaw, @kennesawnps


Best Wedding Planner: One Fab Event
Kelli Potter-Ferrell is a master at making your big day magical. Armed with a fashion degree and a keen eye for executing every fabulous detail, Potter-Ferrell will ensure getting hitched goes off without a hitch. Buckhead, @onefabevent

Best Caterer: Avenue Catering Concepts
This full-service event company has built a reputation on their award-winning cuisine. A preferred vendor at esteemed venues like the Atlanta History Center, Avenue offers everything from event design to florals, but their main focus is serving up simply delicious food. Buckhead

Best Stationery/Invitations: ECRU Stationery & Design
After earning a degree in graphic design and spending half a decade in branding, ECRU founder and designer Jessica Clark followed her passion to develop a couture collection of fine papers. Clark custom-crafts each product for her clients, complete with mood boards and sketches to ensure that the final result is on the mark. Buckhead

Best Wedding Photographer: Rustic White Photography
Husband-and-wife team Robert and Tiffany Peterson are the perfect pair to capture the beginning of your own partnership. These lighthearted lovebirds can coax a smile out of the most nervous couple or capture a stolen moment in a way that is simply beautiful on camera. Kennesaw, @rusticwhite

Best Florist: Jackson Durham Floral Event Design
It speaks volumes that Jackson Durham’s floral business was so booming that in 2012 they blossomed out to open a Dallas branch. Creative Director Heath Alan Ray—having honed his craft as the in-house florist at Henri Bendel—and his team create wow-worthy floral installations, making for a breathtaking moment on your big day. Old Fourth Ward, @jacksondurham

Best Bridal Boutique: Bridals by Lori
This Atlanta-based supersalon (25,000 square feet!) has gained national attention on the reality TV hit Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, but its one-stop selection is what wins our rave reviews. With various floors and departments for tuxedos, bridesmaids and, of course, the bride—this is the spot to say “yes” to the dress. Sandy Springs, @bridalsbylori4

Best Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet Inc.
After meeting in culinary school, Karyn and Jeff Schwerzler have gone on to create one of Atlanta’s most successful specialty cake shops, serving up tasteful tiers and couture cakes for Atlanta’s elite. Alpharetta, @frosted_pumpkin

Best Wedding Band/Entertainment: One Sound and Entertainment
One Sound’s DJ Mark Battle brings both professionalism and personality, along with his trademark blinged-out headphones. Sure to get guests grooving, DJ Battle’s hassle-free, full-service sound will be music to your ears. Stone Mountain, @onesoundandent

Best Reception Venue: Vinewood Plantation
This historic Newnan plantation (built in 1852) offers up a main house and rustic stables steeped in Southern charm. With ample outdoor space, Vinewood is the perfect spot to stage your picturesque yet refined reception. Newnan, @vinewoodevents


Best Local Singer-Songwriter: Wesley Cook
With steely eyes and free-flowing locks, Wesley Cook draws fans in with his rugged good-looks and keeps them with his musical chops. Catch him at SweetWater Brewing Company’s 420 Fest on Sat., April 18 at 1:45pm. He’ll be hitting the main SweetWater Stage before EOTO and Sublime with Rome. Sweet! @wesleycook

Best Local Band: Yacht Rock Revue
No one rocks ’70s favorites like Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan quite like this merry septet. Witness their Purple Rain full-album tribute and be amazed. Never half-stepping, these blokes put the cool in cover bands. @yachtrockrevue

Best Local Artist: Britt Bass
Beloved by a handful of art-minded publications and blogs, Bass’ whimsical abstract creations can be yours in the form of colorful paintings, prints, tech cases, coasters and more. @_brittbass

Best Local Athlete: Freddie Freeman
This Atlanta Braves first baseman is a fan fave who was selected as a finalist for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote with a whopping 19.7 million fan votes. Lucky for us, he re-signed with the Braves for the next eight years, so we get to keep him all to ourselves! @freddiefreeman5


Best Tweeter: Jeff Dauler
Q100’s resident funnyman and The Bert Show cast member, Jeff Dauler is regularly dishing out the LOLs via his Twitter account, which boasts more than 38,000 followers. From cute pics of his pup, Sadie, to his thoughts on The Bachelorette, Dauler is full of entertaining anecdotes. @jeffdauler

Best Local Blog: The Quick + Dirty Dirty
Besties Lauren Kraselsky Cohen and Lindsay Roberts Young are serving up a lady’s guide to A-Town through restaurant reviews, event coverage, pop-culture quips and more on this entertaining blog. @laurenkcohen, @lindsaywhat44

Best Facebook Page: Nikky Williams
From rubbing elbows with Atlanta Braves players as a correspondent for 680 The Fan to recently covering the Winter X Games, Nikky Williams is always on the go. Friend her quick, though; her friend count has almost reached a max of 5,000!, @nikkydwilliams

Best Instagram: Kayte Giralt
Follow model Kayte Giralt through her promo adventures with pics of her gaggle of gorgeous friends along the way. Her latest gig? Strutting her stuff as a spokesmodel for the #27 United Fiber and Data, Honda-powered IndyCar, piloted by James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Autosport., @kaytegiralt

Best Dating App: Tinder
Whether you’ve downloaded it on a whim at the bar or you’re addicted to the “hot or not” aspect of swiping prospective dates either left (“No, thank you”) or right (“Into it”), there’s no denying that this app has taken online dating to the next level. @tinder


Best TV Sportscaster: Niki Noto
Mix girl-next-door good looks with Al Roker’s energy and Bob Costa’s sports prowess, and you’ll get this sports-media darling. Check out The University of Alabama alum and host of ESPNU Road Trip for a fresh and friendly delivery of the latest in college sports. @nikinoto

Best Local News Team: 11Alive
For more than 60 years, the dedicated crew behind 11Alive has been bringing ATL the latest in news, traffic and weather as well as coverage of the local and international stories you need to know about. (They were also the first local news station to go hi-def—lookin’ good!) @11alivenews

Best Morning TV Anchor: Melissa Long
Hailing from New York, this Emmy-winning brunette beauty serves as morning anchor for 11Alive, reporting on current events and hosting a regular series called Women in Charge, where she highlights entrepreneurial women improving the community. You go, girl! @melissalong

Best Radio Sportscasters: Chuck & Chernoff
One of the most popular duos on sports radio, 680 The Fan’s Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of sports. That, plus “The King” and “Matt-lanta” shine when it comes to local sports coverage. @kingcfb, @realmattlanta

Best Radio Personality: Bert Weiss
In addition to dishing on all-things pop culture, Bert Weiss is a standout for his nonprofit Bert’s Big Adventure, which takes chronically and terminally ill children and their families on an all-expenses-paid five-day trip to Walt Disney World. Heart of gold! @bertshowbert

Best Radio Morning Show: The Bert Show
Bert Weiss + Kristin Klingshirn + Jeff Dauler = the most fun you’ve ever had on your commute to work. From reality TV impersonations to interviews with the biggest stars, The Bert Show will take you from grumpy to giggly without fail. @thebertshow

Best All-Day Radio Station: Q100
From private meet-and-greets with top celebs to an all-access look at the industry’s biggest award shows and events, Q100 continues to excel at crushing the pop culture competition in A-Town. @q100atlanta

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