The Straight's Annual Best of Vancouver

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The annual issue of the Georgia Straight, “Best of Vancouver”, is now available in stores street corner boxes. This free weekly newspaper takes a poll every year where readers can voice their choices for the best spots in town for any kind of activity or lack thereof. I have yet to get a print copy to see if there’s a side column about blogs but I’m reading the online results right now.

Here are a couple of the ‘winners’.

City Life:

  • Bus Route with the Happiest Riders: #22 MacDonald
  • Vancouverite Closest to Hell: Sam Sullivan (Mayor)
  • The Year’s Dumbest Political Move: Allowing the Civic Strike
  • Local Hero: Rick Hansen
  • Best Place to go When it’s Raining: Home
  • Media/Arts/Culture:

  • Best Afternoon DJ: Buzz Bishop (congrats, man!)
  • Best Cable Show: Urban Rush
  • Local TV Sportscaster: Squire Barnes
  • Best Local Band (signed): The New Pornographers (tie) Nickelback (oh dear…)
  • Best Local Band (unsigned): The Art of Dying
  • Style:

  • Best Bridal Shop: Bryan’s Bridal (that’s where I got my dress)
  • Best Women’s Clothing Store: Aritzia
  • Best Salon: Pure Nail Bar
  • Best Bikini Wax: Linda’s Urban Day Spa
  • Wedding Registry: The Bay (that’s where we were registered… that little zapping gun is fun)
  • Travel:

  • Best Weekend Getaway: Whistler
  • Best Romantic Getaway: Tofino
  • Best Local Hotel for Out of Town Guests: Sylvia Hotel (tie) Opus Hotel (both on my Hotels list)
  • Best Local Attraction for Out of Town Guests: Granville Island
  • Mind/Body/Soul:

  • Best Gym for Weight Training: Fitness World (Men & Women’s Winner)
  • Alternative Workout: Grouse Grind (tie) Yoga
  • Best Medical Clinic: Care Point
  • and many more things yoga/pilates related…
  • Sports and Recreation:

  • Best Athletic Footwear Store: Running Room
  • Best Ice Skate Shop: Cyclone Taylor Sports
  • Best Skateboard Shop: PD’s Hot Shop
  • Local Hockey Hero: Trevor Linden
  • Lifestyle:

  • Best Place to get a Mortgage: Vancity (which was also voted Best Employer, Best Place to get an RRSP and most Environmentally Conscious)
  • Best Tattoo and Body Piercing: Sacred Heart Tattoo and Body Piercing (I think that’s where Corinna goes for her ink)
  • Shopping Centre: Metropolis at Metrotown
  • Music Store: HMV (Chain) and Zulu (Indie)
  • Food and Drink:

  • Best Place to get Meat: The Keg
  • Best Place for Veggies: The Naam
  • Cheap Eats: Hon’s
  • Most Kid-Friendly: White Spot
  • Best Patio: Bridges (on Granville Island)
  • Best BC Beer: Granvile Island Brewing (also Best Local Microbrewery)
  • These are just a few of the results, pick up a copy of the Georgia Straight for more results or check it out online.

    Update: Just picked up my copy and there are columns about things that don’t fit into the actual award categories. Such as: Best Way to Get Rid of Styrofoam Peanuts is by going to Vancouver Reuses, and The Most Flagrant Waste of Precious Urban Space goes to the concrete park on the corner of Mainland and Nelson in Yaletown. Also included is the Best Place to Eat Before a Canucks Game, which is Costco mmm warehouse hot dogs. Unfortunately Best Canucks Talk does not include a mention of The Crazy Canucks Podcast BUT the Best Reason to Get up in the Morning goes to Gastown’s own Workspace and the Vancouver Graffiti Flickr Group also won for Best Graffiti Gallery.

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    1. PatZThursday, September 20th, 2007 — 12:22pm PDT

      hahaha Nickelback. aww, poor Hanna, you thought Photograph was all about you.

    2. gusgreeperThursday, September 20th, 2007 — 12:26pm PDT

      yes yes, that is where i go thank you kindly! i see Chad at the Davie location 🙂

    3. TawcanThursday, September 20th, 2007 — 2:30pm PDT

      We really need more local bands so Nichelback can get off the list… ewwww

    4. BradleyThursday, September 20th, 2007 — 4:17pm PDT

      This should win Best Local Blog Site 🙂

    5. RaulFriday, September 21st, 2007 — 11:56am PDT

      Rebecca’s blog is definitely Best Blog to Read When You Have No Clue About Hockey Yet Need To Learn About It 🙂

      Thanks to CrazyCanucks I now have a vague idea of hockey 😉

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