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2013 Best Of Atlanta Large


2013 Index of Winners

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Brick Store Pub
With its eight Belgian-only taps upstairs, 21 mostly domestic taps downstairs, 300 bottles on the main list, 900 in the upstairs "cellar," and thousands more aging in a bank vault underneath the pub, the 16-year-old institution set the bar for Decatur's beer culture and continues to raise it.more...
With its eight Belgian-only taps upstairs, 21 mostly domestic taps downstairs, 300 bottles on the main list, 900 in the upstairs "cellar," and thousands more aging in a bank vault underneath the pub, the 16-year-old institution set the bar for Decatur's beer culture and continues to raise it. less...

Winner's Pick - Best Covers-All-the-Bases Drink Menu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Oral Pleasures
the Pinewood
"When "Creative Loafing" asked me, as a past winner, who I would nominate as new Best of [[[[for cocktails], I quickly flipped through my mental Rolodex of favorites to places like Holeman & Finch and Sound Table. But then I thought about the Pinewood. Specifically, I thought about what beverage directormore...
"When "Creative Loafing" asked me, as a past winner, who I would nominate as new Best of [[[[for cocktails], I quickly flipped through my mental Rolodex of favorites to places like Holeman & Finch and Sound Table. But then I thought about the Pinewood. Specifically, I thought about what beverage director Julian Goglia has done to make it a convivial place of tippling. You might say I am biased, since Julian's first job behind the bar was at H. Harper Station, but he had been honing his skills at home for some time before I lured him to the dark side. And it's a great joy to see a person grow from passionate bartender to smart businessperson. Oh, and the drinks are damn good." "H. Harper Station's Jerry Slater, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Covers-All-the-Bases Drink Menu" less...

Winner's Pick - Best Dopegirl on the Wheels of steel BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark
DJ Princess Cut
"My favorite Atlanta DJ - the one whom I respect the most right now - is DJ Princess Cut. She used to be Goodie Mob's DJ, and she's the only female on Hoodrich Radio. I've always found her to be an inspiration, both in my personal life and with my career. She's a lady and she's a dope artist whomore...
"My favorite Atlanta DJ - the one whom I respect the most right now - is DJ Princess Cut. She used to be Goodie Mob's DJ, and she's the only female on Hoodrich Radio. I've always found her to be an inspiration, both in my personal life and with my career. She's a lady and she's a dope artist who commands respect every time she steps behind the turntables. I was super excited when she was asked to be a part of Hot 107.9, and her R&B/downtempo mixtape last year, called Early Mornin Tap, was super dope. It came out right around the same time I dropped my sexy/downtempo mixtape "Skin"; we were on the same vibe around the same time, and our mixtapes reflected that. I'm just so proud of everything she has accomplished - she's building a legacy in Atlanta the way the Dungeon Family did." "Speakerfoxxx, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Dope Girl on the Wheels of Steel" less...

Winner's Pick - Best Place to Meet the Maker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Consumer Culture
Sis and Moon's
"When "Creative Loafing" asked HomeGrown Decatur, as a past winner, who we would nominate as new Best Place to Meet the Maker, we immediately thought of Sis and Moon's in downtown Alpharetta. Chris Tamisin, a former HomeGrown artist, and her sister, Wendy Vogt, have transformed a modest, historic storefrontmore...
"When "Creative Loafing" asked HomeGrown Decatur, as a past winner, who we would nominate as new Best Place to Meet the Maker, we immediately thought of Sis and Moon's in downtown Alpharetta. Chris Tamisin, a former HomeGrown artist, and her sister, Wendy Vogt, have transformed a modest, historic storefront into a treasure trove of local art along with carefully curated vintage finds. Both sisters sell their own designs, as well as the work of many local artists. Beautifully staged, the shop is a delight and the sisters delightful." "HomeGrown Decatur's Lori Ronca and Beth Thompson, - 2012 Critics Pick for Best Place to Meet the Maker " less...

Winner's Pick - Best Reinvention of the Reading Series BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen
Hyde
"The shows being produced by Jayne O'Connor under the Hyde moniker are pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a 'reading.' Incorporating game show tropes, drag, musicians, comedians, and yes, writers, Hyde is both inviting folks from outside the literary community to join in on our badassery andmore...
"The shows being produced by Jayne O'Connor under the Hyde moniker are pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a 'reading.' Incorporating game show tropes, drag, musicians, comedians, and yes, writers, Hyde is both inviting folks from outside the literary community to join in on our badassery and reflecting the diversity of Atlanta's creative community. It's also entertaining as hell." "Myke Johns, consigliere of Write Club, 2012 Critics Pick for Best Reinvention of the Reading Series" less...

Winner's Pick - Best Show of Radical Dedication BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Cityscape
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition
"If I was to pick another group besides Occupy Our Homes Atlanta it would have to be the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. They are centered right in the Bluff, their work is of a different nature being that it's really more of a direct service rather than a group applying public pressure. Many ofmore...
"If I was to pick another group besides Occupy Our Homes Atlanta it would have to be the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. They are centered right in the Bluff, their work is of a different nature being that it's really more of a direct service rather than a group applying public pressure. Many of the folks involved with the AHRC are the same ones who have taken on the issue of [[[[sex worker] banishment in Atlanta. AHRC is Christ-like in their commitment to the least of these, the prostitutes, the drug addicted, those living in extreme poverty, the people our city has left behind. In the face of being totally broke, folks at AHRC work for free so the center can keep its doors open." - "Tim Franzen of Occupy Atlanta. 2012 Critics Pick for Best Show of Radical Dedication" less...

Best Book Festival BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Decatur Book Festival
We'd venture to guess that the organizers behind the Decatur Book Festival want to make it impossible for you not to like them. Whether you like young adult books or cookbooks or political nonfiction or experimental poetry or novels, you will find at least some small sliver of programming devoted tomore...
We'd venture to guess that the organizers behind the Decatur Book Festival want to make it impossible for you not to like them. Whether you like young adult books or cookbooks or political nonfiction or experimental poetry or novels, you will find at least some small sliver of programming devoted to your tastes. (Don't like books? They have pretty good corn dogs, too.) That's what makes this annual Labor Day weekend event the biggest and most popular book event of the year, every year. "Every Labor Day weekend. Downtown Decatur, E. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street. less...

Best Day Spa BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Jeju Sauna
Perennial favorite Jeju offers the adventure of a Korean bathhouse at a pauper's price. For $25, customers gain access to 10 unisex saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and shower areas. Included among the domed saunas are the Jade Steam Room (for increased metabolism and circulation), the Charcoal Roommore...
Perennial favorite Jeju offers the adventure of a Korean bathhouse at a pauper's price. For $25, customers gain access to 10 unisex saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and shower areas. Included among the domed saunas are the Jade Steam Room (for increased metabolism and circulation), the Charcoal Room (for toxin absorption), the Rock Salt Room (for stress release), and the Baked Clay Sauna (for melting muscle tension). Gender-specific areas are clothing-optional. And the Korean food court and massage options require additional costs. With 24/7 hours, it's always a convenient and economical escape to relax, release, and rejuvenate. less...

Best Variety Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Junkman's Daughter
After 31 years, the Junkman's Daughter is more than just a neighborhood novelty; it's a bizarre bazaar. Seriously, this place was weird before weird was cool. And nothing's changed based on the inventory of gag gifts and total randomania. It's like Halloween 365 days a year, complete with My Little Ponymore...
After 31 years, the Junkman's Daughter is more than just a neighborhood novelty; it's a bizarre bazaar. Seriously, this place was weird before weird was cool. And nothing's changed based on the inventory of gag gifts and total randomania. It's like Halloween 365 days a year, complete with My Little Pony tank tops in XL, Bride of Frankenstein bustiers, and everything in between. Whether you're seeking to come out of your shell or climb into one, it's a one-stop shop for alternative lifestyles. And the stock of outrageous patent-leather platforms would make Nancy Sinatra burst out in song. less...

Best Overall Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Killer Mike
The Adamsville rapper terrorizes like his childhood Jheri curl-wearing idols and inspires like his late grandmother, a civil rights activist. If you thought his 2012 opus "R.A.P. Music" was a timeless joint that transcended his dirty-but-conscious beginnings, this year's return with EL-P as Run the Jewelsmore...
The Adamsville rapper terrorizes like his childhood Jheri curl-wearing idols and inspires like his late grandmother, a civil rights activist. If you thought his 2012 opus "R.A.P. Music" was a timeless joint that transcended his dirty-but-conscious beginnings, this year's return with EL-P as Run the Jewels cements the larger-than-life rapper's permanent place in ATL history - "Every word murderful, surgical, painful, purposeful." "www.twitter.com/KillerMikeGTO". less...

Best Local Twitter Feed BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
@loisreitzes
Since 1979, WABE (90.1 FM)'s Lois Reitzes has given mental massages to undercaffeinated commuters and dentists' patients with her velvety roller coaster of a voice while she churns out Debussy, Bach, and Mozart from Atlanta's "home for the classics." In mid-April, she joined Twitter. So began the cheerfulmore...
Since 1979, WABE (90.1 FM)'s Lois Reitzes has given mental massages to undercaffeinated commuters and dentists' patients with her velvety roller coaster of a voice while she churns out Debussy, Bach, and Mozart from Atlanta's "home for the classics." In mid-April, she joined Twitter. So began the cheerful banter with listeners and random thoughts one normally finds on Twitter, though with a twist sprung from the heart and mind of the city's muse. (She'd love it if Yo-Yo Ma ran for president in 2016.) Now if we could just get former Buckhead Mayor Sam Massell on Twitter, we'd be set. "www.twitter.com/loisreitzes". less...

Best Local DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Martina McFlyy
She's a lady DJ who isn't afraid to sweat her perm out. And that ain't the half. Since graduating from Scratch DJ Academy two years ago, former Georgia State University Music Management major Martina McFlyy continues to be the choice party rocker among local tastemakers, promoters, and cool kids, bymore...
She's a lady DJ who isn't afraid to sweat her perm out. And that ain't the half. Since graduating from Scratch DJ Academy two years ago, former Georgia State University Music Management major Martina McFlyy continues to be the choice party rocker among local tastemakers, promoters, and cool kids, by bumping everything from Marvin Gaye to Major Lazer. For party-proven tenacity, check out the "TRIPPY" mixtape she put together for Reebok Classic this year. "www.martinamcflyy.com". less...

Best Party Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Noot d' Noot
No one gets a party started quite like Noot d' Noot. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz, and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. "www.myspace.com/nootdnoot".more...
No one gets a party started quite like Noot d' Noot. If the collective experience of eight musicians who've spent their time in the trenches, wrapping their heads around everything from punk, funk, math rock, soul, jazz, and hip-hop has taught the group anything, it's how to make bodies move. "www.myspace.com/nootdnoot". less...

Best Place for Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Octopus Bar
When it comes to late-night dining, no one in Atlanta does it better than chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le at Octopus Bar. Period. The ever-changing menu is almost always worthy of a culinary boner. Count on favorites such as smoky bulgogi barbecue with lettuce wraps, a discerning selection of raw oysters,more...
When it comes to late-night dining, no one in Atlanta does it better than chefs Angus Brown and Nhan Le at Octopus Bar. Period. The ever-changing menu is almost always worthy of a culinary boner. Count on favorites such as smoky bulgogi barbecue with lettuce wraps, a discerning selection of raw oysters, and the best lobster roll in the city. less...

Best DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Sofa King Evil
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpeningmore...
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpening his skills, a new generation has taken note. What's more, they've begun following his lead, thus bolstering his legacy as a King among men, and a true asset for ATL nightlife, now and for generations to come. "www.soundcloud.com/sofakingevil". less...

Best DVD/Video Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Videodrome
Sure, Netflix has outstanding original programming, but when it comes to discovering independent movies curated by people with intelligent taste in films, you can't beat Videodrome. Open since 1999, the DVD rental store specializes in new releases of critically acclaimed major studio offerings, offbeatmore...
Sure, Netflix has outstanding original programming, but when it comes to discovering independent movies curated by people with intelligent taste in films, you can't beat Videodrome. Open since 1999, the DVD rental store specializes in new releases of critically acclaimed major studio offerings, offbeat art-house films, foreign-language classics, music documentaries, great American directors' catalogs, and those really weird skin-flick horrors in the side room. And they're open seven days a week till midnight in case you get a late-night craving. less...

Best Sneaker Store BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2013 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Walter's Clothing
No sneaker store in town can compete with the 62-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept it from staying hip. Try squeezing in on a Saturday and you'll see why. Walls of Adidas, Nike, Fila, Reebok, and Converse have kept customers fresh-to-death for decades. If youmore...
No sneaker store in town can compete with the 62-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept it from staying hip. Try squeezing in on a Saturday and you'll see why. Walls of Adidas, Nike, Fila, Reebok, and Converse have kept customers fresh-to-death for decades. If you can't find your footing here, you're probably lost. less...

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