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2006 Index of Winners

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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How would we know?
How would we know? Do you know how much journalists make? Why don’t you check out some of those fancy restaurants in the ORAL PLEASURES section.

Best Place For An Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

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The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View

Best Place To Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

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The Earl
Throughout 2006, there’s been an ongoing debate around the office: Does fried okra and nitrates on a stick make music better? Well, recent trips to THE EARL have confirmed that yes, a little salt of the earth makes for a meatier experience. Not that anyone was concerned about the quality ofmore...
Throughout 2006, there’s been an ongoing debate around the office: Does fried okra and nitrates on a stick make music better? Well, recent trips to THE EARL have confirmed that yes, a little salt of the earth makes for a meatier experience. Not that anyone was concerned about the quality of music at the Earl to begin with. We turn to the Earl not just because we’re hungry in our tummies but also because we’re hungry in our hearts for that prime grade-A local music. less...

Best Place To Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

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The Earl

Best Place To Hear Music For Free BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

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Twain's Brewpub & Billiards

Best Prank Latino Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Matt Horgan and the Salsa Trio (aka Dad's Garage improv actors)

Best Reason to Buy A Nintendo Classic BOA Award Winner

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Contraband
If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs themore...

If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs the soundtrack to the classic NES game Contra while lucky participants attempt to beat the game live. There’s even an official “dance”: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Even though you can’t use the secret 30-lives code during a performance, turn it into an interpretive dance and you’ll be invincible on the dancefloor. It’s hipper than the Lean Back or even the Cha-Cha Slide. Not since Mario laid his first pipe has Nintendo Classic been this energizing.
www.myspace.com/nintendorock2.

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Best Redneck Bar BOA Award Winner

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Cowboys

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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Lenny's Bar
All sorts of musical acts perform on LENNY’S stage — the ongoing experimentation of Kirkwood Ballers Club, hip-hop from the 2nd Sight Crew, and various others — but no club in Atlanta embodies the punk-rock spirit more. Over time, the club’s boast of being the “CBGB’smore...
All sorts of musical acts perform on LENNY’S stage — the ongoing experimentation of Kirkwood Ballers Club, hip-hop from the 2nd Sight Crew, and various others — but no club in Atlanta embodies the punk-rock spirit more. Over time, the club’s boast of being the “CBGB’s of Atlanta” has proven largely true. Local groups like Brass Castle, the Selmanaires and the Carbonas frequent the stage, as do label showcases from Rob’s House and Stickfigure. When a show sold out the 150-capacity venue, it really felt as though a band could tear the place down. Shoot, the recent eviction of the Memorial Drive location only earns it more punk points as club employees and supporters pitched in helping hands and their trucks to move equipment. less...

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

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The Darkside

Best Snap Music Act BOA Award Winner

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Dem Franchize Boys
Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,”more...

Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” exemplifies snap’s kinetic yet quiet energy, even as its debut album, On Top of Our Game, incorporates other hardcore rap styles to create a sonically balanced listening experience. Of course, superstar producer Jermaine Dupri’s patronage certainly didn’t hurt the group in becoming more than just a Bankhead sensation.
www.demfranchizeboyz.com.

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Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

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Famous Pub
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcademore...
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcade games and plenty of SEC and NASCAR memorabilia filling up the walls. Don’t get too excited, though — there’s enough good stuff at the Palace to make the true sports fan pee in his full-body racesuit. less...

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

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Jocks & Jills Sports Grill
Various metro-Atlanta locations. www.jocksandjills.com

Best Straight Bar BOA Award Winner

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Andrew's Upstairs
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons makemore...
Let’s face it, in Buckhead, just about any bar is fertile grounds for girls and boys on the prowl. But ANDREWS UPSTAIRS comes closest to the perfect straight bar. Just look at the place. Live music, a well-stocked bar, intimate booths, big, comfy couches, and a parade of beautiful patrons make this a hot spot when that spot is hot, if ya know what we’re saying. The 400-capacity love nest, which is perched above the East Andrews Cafe, also is an upscale music and entertainment venue with a fertile schedule of local, regional and national acts, DJs, movie nights and theme events. Although original music is presented, quite often the featured act is one of those crazy tribute bands that seem to breed like rabbits somewhere. It’s not uncommon to find a Bon Jovi or Led Zeppelin cover band on stage here, reproducing the hits that spawned a generation or two. less...

Best Straight Bar BOA Award Winner

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The Local

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

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Pink Pony

Best Stripper BOA Award Winner

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Blondie

Best Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Apache Cafe

Best Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Club Vision

Best Use Of Sharpie On Flesh BOA Award Winner

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Elizabeth Elkins
Many rockers are heavily inked with colorful tattoos, but look closely at the Swear’s intense but beguilingly beautiful ELIZABETH ELKINS. You’ll notice self-inflicted graffiti, scrawled in punky black ink on her arm or chest. Yep, right there on her otherwise creamy skin, you’llmore...

Many rockers are heavily inked with colorful tattoos, but look closely at the Swear’s intense but beguilingly beautiful ELIZABETH ELKINS. You’ll notice self-inflicted graffiti, scrawled in punky black ink on her arm or chest. Yep, right there on her otherwise creamy skin, you’ll find an intriguing array of cryptic or self-referential words or phrases. An hour or so before each show, the roaring rocker takes Sharpie in hand and scribbles an impromptu message: “I draw from various song lyrics of my own and from my favorite writers, books, poetry or anything tongue-in-cheek, vaguely self-depreciating or whatever fits my state of mind that night.”
www.theswear.com.

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Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

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Thursdays at the Mark
Although drum ’n’ bass may not be the average person’s choice of music, THURSDAYS AT THE MARK offer up consistency, quality DJs, a supportive venue and a loyal crowd. You can chill upstairs and absorb at a distance the sounds of DJs such as Black Sun Empire and Optical, whilemore...
Although drum ’n’ bass may not be the average person’s choice of music, THURSDAYS AT THE MARK offer up consistency, quality DJs, a supportive venue and a loyal crowd. You can chill upstairs and absorb at a distance the sounds of DJs such as Black Sun Empire and Optical, while you sip cocktails concocted by the bashful but sure-to-get-you-tipsy bartender Gerson. Or you can creep downstairs and take in the aural amps among hardcore steppers, breakers, sexy scenesters and happy-hour hangers-on (after all, there’s free Sweetwater to kickstart the festivities). Anthony Rotella and his 404Audio.com crew have helped unite the DNB scene over the night’s two years, and club owner Pablo Henderson’s had his back. Look for 404Audio.com to bring a new addition to the DNB community next to Endenu this fall, where the subculture will continue its transit to a wider audience via clothes, video and fingerprint- and warp-free vinyl. less...

Best Weekly Club Night BOA Award Winner

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Thursday

Local R&B/soul Act BOA Award Winner

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Algebra
It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year onmore...

It took damn-near forever, but local soul vocalist ALGEBRA finally broke onto the national scene. Born and raised in Atlanta, Algebra has been kicking around locally for years. She signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records while still a student at North Atlanta High School, then spent a year on Motown Records — all without releasing an album. But check VH1 Soul or BET-J and you’ll see her video, “U Do It for Me,” in heavy rotation — and that’s a rare feat for A-town soul folks. Expect to hear much more of her Southern rap-meets-soul stylings after her debut album drops sometime this fall on Kedar Entertainment.
www.myspace.com/algebrablessett.

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Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

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National Black Arts Festival
Atlanta is a city of festivals. There’s the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, Pride Week, the return of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Downtown Festival and on and on. Our favorite is the NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL, which transforms the city for 10 days each July into a cultural haven, wheremore...

Atlanta is a city of festivals. There’s the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, Pride Week, the return of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Downtown Festival and on and on. Our favorite is the NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL, which transforms the city for 10 days each July into a cultural haven, where dance troupes, musicians and artists pay homage to the African diaspora. This year’s highlights included performances by Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe and the Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company. In addition, there was the Pan-African Film Festival and an eclectic artists’ market.
www.nbaf.org.

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Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

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Gay Pride Festival

Best Athlete BOA Award Winner

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Andruw Jones
It wasn’t so long ago that ANDRUW JONES walked into the office of Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz without his agent and agreed to a long-term contract that gave the Braves a significant hometown discount. His reward? Now that the contract is ending next year, Jones was placedmore...
It wasn’t so long ago that ANDRUW JONES walked into the office of Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz without his agent and agreed to a long-term contract that gave the Braves a significant hometown discount. His reward? Now that the contract is ending next year, Jones was placed on waivers this year to test the trade waters. We’ll agree with Jones that it was “rude” and that the Braves would never have placed Chipper Jones or John Smoltz on waivers. We also understand the realities of a budget forced on the team by out-of-town ownership. The pity is that we’re about to lose Andruw just as he hits his prime. He’s developed into one of the most dangerous power hitters in the game, and just happens to be the sweetest-fielding centerfielder since Willie Mays. Enjoy him while you still can. Without Andruw patrolling the outfield, Turner Field just won’t be the same. less...

Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Cumberland Island
With rapid construction overtaking Atlanta’s already jammed streets, there’s no better way to escape than to cruise down to CUMBERLAND ISLAND. It’s Georgia’s biggest barrier island, and it can only be reached by ferry, making it a subtropical oasis for a plethora ofmore...

With rapid construction overtaking Atlanta’s already jammed streets, there’s no better way to escape than to cruise down to CUMBERLAND ISLAND. It’s Georgia’s biggest barrier island, and it can only be reached by ferry, making it a subtropical oasis for a plethora of animals, including egrets, pelicans and wild horses. Walk along the secluded beach, with its backdrop of smooth, white dunes, and you might catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles laying eggs. Or venture under the island’s canopy of massive live oaks to spot anything from painted buntings to armadillos. Be sure to check out Plum Orchard, the remnants of the Carnegie family’s Tara-esque mansion, built in the 1890s. The island’s serenity is constantly threatened by politician-led schemes to turn it into a tourist trap. For now, however, it remains the crown jewel of Georgia’s “Golden Isles.” If you visit, go between now and April, because the island’s wildlife also includes sand gnats and mosquitoes.
912-882-4336. www.nps.gov/cuis


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Best Beach Retreat BOA Award Winner

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Tybee Island

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

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Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's incident with a Capitol Hill security guard

Best Bizarro News Story BOA Award Winner

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John Mark Karr
Atlanta’s tangential relationship to the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey just gets stranger and stranger. JonBenet was born here and is buried here, even though she was murdered in Boulder, Col. And JOHN MARK KARR, who confessed to her killing during a press conference at the police stationmore...
Atlanta’s tangential relationship to the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey just gets stranger and stranger. JonBenet was born here and is buried here, even though she was murdered in Boulder, Col. And JOHN MARK KARR, who confessed to her killing during a press conference at the police station in Thailand, grew up in metro Atlanta. And what is it with Thailand and accused Atlanta killers? That’s where Buckhead millionaire James Sullivan fled and was captured before he was brought back and convicted of engineering a hit on his wife, Lita Sullivan. In August, the media wolfpack, led by CNN’s shrill-meister Nancy Grace (another Atlanta connection — she used to be a Fulton County prosecutor), immediately descended on the Karr story and had the guy practically convicted before he ever got on his flight to the States. And what was up with that flight, anyway? Sitting in business class sipping champagne and eating prawns? Of course, everyone — except Lin Wood, the Atlanta-based attorney for the Ramseys — had egg on their face when Karr’s DNA didn’t match DNA found at the crime scene. The sad part is, this is the second Boulder district attorney to bumble the investigation while the real killer still walks free. less...

Best Celebrity BOA Award Winner

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Cee-Lo
This time last year, CEE-LO was another B-level celebrity known as much for his role as the indulgent father on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and his songwriting (“Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls) as for his music. Then, he released St. Elsewhere, themore...
This time last year, CEE-LO was another B-level celebrity known as much for his role as the indulgent father on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and his songwriting (“Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls) as for his music. Then, he released St. Elsewhere, the album he’d spent more than a year working on with Danger Mouse. Collectively known as Gnarls Barkley, they produced the song of the summer, “Crazy,” which sounds like Sly and the Family Stone jettisoned into 2006. The song hit the top of the charts in the U.K. before it was even officially released. It did the same in the United States once it was released here. “Crazy,” with its haunting lyrics and Cee-Lo’s soaring voice on the chorus, finally launched him into major league stardom. Ain’t that crazy? less...

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Rocks Indoor Climbing
And 4411 Bankers Circle, suite A, Doraville, 770-242-7625.

Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

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Cynthia Tucker
Ever the fair-minded, we excluded CL’s own columnists for critics’ consideration in this category. But that shouldn’t detract from our admiration for AJC Editorial Page Editor CYNTHIA TUCKER. Tucker sometimes is dismissively tagged as the daily’s liberal columnistmore...

Ever the fair-minded, we excluded CL’s own columnists for critics’ consideration in this category. But that shouldn’t detract from our admiration for AJC Editorial Page Editor CYNTHIA TUCKER. Tucker sometimes is dismissively tagged as the daily’s liberal columnist (which anyone might be, compared to GOP shill Jim Wooten). But those who’ve read her with an open mind over the past 20 years knows her as a remarkably independent voice of reason. She produces timely and often courageous columns that dare to expose the clay feet of such local idols as Cynthia McKinney and the King family. Yet she’s no bomb-thrower; she chooses her words carefully, her tone is moderate, her arguments are persuasive and her positions have been remarkably consistent. She was among the first to publicly call out Bill Campbell; she never wavered from that opinion and darned if she wasn’t proven to be right on the money. We are a stronger community on account of her.
www.ajc.com.

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Best Columnist BOA Award Winner

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Hollis Gillespie
Creative Loafing

Best Country Music Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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WKHX-FM (101.5 FM)
210 Interstate North Parkway, suite 600, 404-741-1015. www.wkhx.com

Best Country Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Eagle 106.7 (WYAY-FM)
Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss — don’t you wish there was a great country station in town that had artists like those on its playlist? One of the best examples of how disconnected countrymore...

Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Del McCoury, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss — don’t you wish there was a great country station in town that had artists like those on its playlist? One of the best examples of how disconnected country radio is from its fan base came a few years back when the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack was the No. 1 album on the country charts with virtually no airplay from country stations. Although it doesn’t entirely overcome that shortcoming, our favorite local station is EAGLE 106.7 (WYAY-FM) because of Hall of Fame disc jockey Rhubarb Jones and because of the station’s willingness to dip into the past and play such artists as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard on weekends.
www.wyay.com.

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Best Crash and Burn BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Braves
Last time we checked, the ATLANTA BRAVES had won 14 straight division titles. But last time we checked this year, they were more than 15 games out of first place and struggling even to reach a .500 record. In truth, this has been coming for a long time. The Braves haven’t been competitive inmore...
Last time we checked, the ATLANTA BRAVES had won 14 straight division titles. But last time we checked this year, they were more than 15 games out of first place and struggling even to reach a .500 record. In truth, this has been coming for a long time. The Braves haven’t been competitive in the post-season since Ted Turner gave up control of the team. When the team allowed pitching coach Leo Mazzone to bolt to the Baltimore Orioles in the off-season, it was the final straw. John Smoltz aside, this year’s pitching has been atrocious. The streak is over. With a sale of the team to Liberty Media pending, the future indeed looks bleak. Where have you gone, Turner? Ted Turner, a city turns its lonely eyes to you. less...

Best Ear to the Ground BOA Award Winner

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Richard Eldredge

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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East Lake Golf Club

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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Bobby Jones Golf Course

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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North Fulton Golf Course
If you’re a golf snob, then you don’t mind the drive to some of Georgia’s premiere golf courses with lush grounds, breathtaking views and heart-stopping greens fees. But we prefer to stay a bit closer to home and use our nine irons at the NORTH FULTON GOLF COURSE. Owned bymore...
If you’re a golf snob, then you don’t mind the drive to some of Georgia’s premiere golf courses with lush grounds, breathtaking views and heart-stopping greens fees. But we prefer to stay a bit closer to home and use our nine irons at the NORTH FULTON GOLF COURSE. Owned by the city of Atlanta and situated next to Chastain Park, the par-3 and 4 course offers some of the most affordable golf (under $50) in the state. (Before the city took it over, the course was home to a pre-Masters PGA tournament.) It’s the perfect place for executives and amateurs alike to spend an afternoon. But if you go on the weekends, get there early to avoid at least a 30-minute wait. less...

Best Golf Course BOA Award Winner

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Candler Park Golf Course

Best Guilty Pleasure (And Best Party) BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Peach

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

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Grant Park
Perennially overshadowed by its flashier Midtown sibling, the 131-acre GRANT PARK has something of a split personality. On its western side, the city's oldest park offers a serene, leafy sanctum from the bustle of the city, with historic fountains, fresh water springs, ancient footbridges and restfulmore...
Perennially overshadowed by its flashier Midtown sibling, the 131-acre GRANT PARK has something of a split personality. On its western side, the city's oldest park offers a serene, leafy sanctum from the bustle of the city, with historic fountains, fresh water springs, ancient footbridges and restful nooks. In its middle are a popular soccer field, tennis courts, public swimming pools, a playground and a network of shaded walking paths. The open space along its eastern edge is the perfect setting for a summer's worth of cookouts and family get-togethers. Stir in a family-friendly zoo, the Cyclorama and the well-preserved Confederate Fort Walker, and you've got a park that perfectly reflects the diversity of the city around it. less...

Best Intown Park BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park

Best Jazz Radio Station BOA Award Winner

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Best Jogging Path BOA Award Winner

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
For years, cross-country teams have jogged on the rooted paths and trekked up the grueling hills of KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK. The park offers about 17 miles of trails that wind through some of the Civil War battlefields, monuments and earthworks. And there’s a spectacularmore...
For years, cross-country teams have jogged on the rooted paths and trekked up the grueling hills of KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK. The park offers about 17 miles of trails that wind through some of the Civil War battlefields, monuments and earthworks. And there’s a spectacular view of Atlanta from the top of the mountain. Though crowded at times, the diverse routes allow beginners and hardcore athletes alike to enjoy the expansive park. The park could get even better if officials decide to limit some of the teams (which can be as large as 100 members) to only certain running times to cut down on the wear and tear of the site. That’ll leave you alone with nature for a good sweat. less...

Best Local Athlete BOA Award Winner

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Michael Vick
Atlanta Falcons player www.atlantafalcons.com

Best Local Blogger BOA Award Winner

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Spencer Sloan

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