Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Place to Make Out

First Avenue

Prince was sex, and for a little while in the early-to-mid-’80s, it sure seemed like sex was Prince. At least in Minneapolis. The freaky little rock god is gone, but his legacy lives on at the concert club he made famous. Skip the shoe-gazers and the thin-souled lovelorn whiners and find a funky singer or band whose songs move the blood. Put on cool clothes, and drag your best date. Whether up in the balcony, looking down on all those writhing asses, or down in the mix, sweating in the sea of bare limbs, this is a place to lock lips. It’s dark, it’s late, it’s loud, and you’ve got nowhere else to be. Do as Prince sings, and use up “your extra time and your... kiss!”

Best Concert Venue (2014) First Avenue

Best Sound Team (2014) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2016) First Avenue

Best Concert Venue (2013) Cedar Cultural Center

Best Rock Club (2013) First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2012) tUnE-yArDs at First Avenue

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Local) (2012) Doomtree Blowout 7 at First Avenue and 7th St. Entry

Best Dance Club (2012) First Avenue

Best Dance Night (2012) Get Cryphy

Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring) (2011) Ms. Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Best Adult Store Bondesque

Best Beach White Sands Beach

Best Boutique Mille

Best Bowling Alley Memory Lanes

Best Casino Mystic Lake

Best Clothing Store (Men) Martin Patrick 3

Best Clothing Store (Women) Hazel & Rose

Best Dance Club The Front Cafe

Best Dance Night All 90s Dance Night at Honey

Best Day Trip Stockholm, Wisconsin

Best Dog Daycare Metro Dogs

Best Festival Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Best Free Event/Activity Capture the Flag with Grown-Up Club

Best Gaming Shop Source Comics & Games

Best Garden Center Leitner's Garden Center

Best Green Business Übergrün

Best Gym Solcana Fitness

Best Haircut Honeycomb

Best Head Shop Clown Glass

Best Hike Shovel Point Trail at Tettegouche State Park

Best Hotel Hewing Hotel

Best LGBTQ Event Flip Phone's Drag Brunch

Best Lifesaver CellSlip

Best Lingerie Store Flirt Boutique

Best Mall Mall of America

Best Mini Golf Course Can Can Wonderland

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering

Best Pet Store Calhoun Pet Supply

Best Place for a Sunday Beer Run Anywhere!

Best Place to be Drunk TCF Bank Stadium, during a Minnesota United FC game

Best Place to Buy a Gift i like you/i like you too

Best Place to Buy Jewelry b. Resale

Best Place to Buy Makeup Nordstrom

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Barely Brothers Records

Best Place to Cross-Country Ski Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Best Place to do Yoga Yess Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate Centennial Lakes

Best Place to Jog Summit Avenue

Best Place to See and Be Seen Walker After Hours

Best Place to Shoot Pool Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Best Place to Show up Stoned Midnight at Uptown Theatre

Best Place to Sled Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area

Best Place to Take a Tinder Date Brave New Workshop

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests St. Paul Farmers' Market

Best Place to Walk at Night Milwaukee Avenue Historic District

Best Public Park Father Hennepin Bluff Park

Best Salon/Spa HAUS Salon

Best Smoke Shop Perfect Ash

Best Strip Club King of Diamonds

Best Tattoo Parlor Minneapolis Tattoo Shop

Best Thrift Store Arc's Value Village

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Victimless Crime Taking the Dog Out (For a Beer)

Best Vintage Store The Golden Pearl Vintage

Best Way to Impress a Date Northern Lights

Best Way to Spend $5 Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Weekend Getaway Grand Marais