Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists for being nominated as one of the Best of Calgary!
We’ll see you at the Finalist Mixer on Wednesday January 16th where we will launch the formal voting process.

RSVP here to attend!

Disclaimer: If you see your friends or your favourite places listed below and happen to know their twitter handle,

be a good Calgarian and let them know.

Drum roll please…in no particular order…the 2019 Finalists are…

Best Art Gallery

Esker Foundation, Glenbow Museum, Masters Gallery Ltd., The New Gallery, Newzones

Best Bakery

Sidewalk Citizen, Glamorgan Bakery, WOW Bakery, Pretty Sweet Bakeshop, Alforno Bakery & Cafe

Best Barbecue

Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey, Holy Smoke BBQ, Big T's BBQ, The Palomino, Paddy's Barbecue & Brewery

Best Barre Studio

Barre Belle, Barre Body Studio, Fit Republic, Ballet Barre Works, BarreWest

Best Bartender

Paddy Berry- Inner City Brewing, Jimmy Nguyen - Betty Lou’s Library, Makina Labreqcue- Proof, Stu Connor- The Oak Tree

Best Bike Shop

Bow Cycle & Sports, The Bike Shop, Bike Bike, Bike & Brew, Ridley's Cycle

Best Blogger

Mike Morrison, crackmacs, Dashing Dad, Mr. Fabulous, Glimpse of Maria, Rachel Antony

Best Board/ Ski Shop

Ski Cellar Snowboard, The Source, Royal Board Shop, Abominable Sports

Best Book Store

Shelf Life Books, Pages Books on Kensington, Fairs Fair, Owl's Nest Books

Best Boxing Studio

Undrcard Boxing Studio, Rumble Boxing Studio, Square1 Fitness, Sweat Science Boxing, 10th Street Boxing Gym

Best Breakfast

OEB Breakfast Co., Diner Deluxe, Red's Diner, The Bro'Kin Yolk, Blue Star Diner

Best Brewery

Cold Garden Beverage Company, Village Brewery, The Dandy Brewing Company, Last Best Brewing Company, Annex Ale Project

Best Burger

Boogies Burgers, Lil Truck on the Prairie, The Garrison Pub & Eatery, Clive Burger, Five Guys

Best Chef

Mike Pigot - Home & Away, Connie DeSousa- Charcut, Elycia Ross- Lil Truck on the Prairie,

Darren MacLean – Shokunin, Blair Clemis - Model Milk,

Best Chinese

Two Penny Chinese, Silver Dragon Restaurant, Great Taste Chinese Restaurant, Ginger Beef Bistro House, Silver Inn Restaurant

Best Civic Activist

Mike Morrison, Raging Grannies, Sharon Stevens- Essense, Michelle Robinson, Mark Hopkins

Best Cocktail Bar

Proof, Milk Tiger Lounge, Cannibale Barbershop & Cocktails, Betty Lou's Library, Cleaver

Best Coffee House

Rosso Coffee Roasters, Analog Coffee, Monogram, Phil & Sebastian, Caffe Beano

Best Consignment Store

Peacock Boutique, Velour Clothing Exchange, The Clothing Bar Boutique Calgary, Danielle's Consignment Boutique

Best Dance Company

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Chinook Country Line Dancers, Dance Through Life, Alberta Ballet Company, Burlesque Burn

Best Doughnut Shop

Jelly Modern Doughnut, Hoopla Donuts, Mountain Rhino Donuts, Pretty Sweet Bakeshop, Veghammer

Best Dressed

Omar Slieman, Todd Hirsch, Ania B, Aldona B, Nam Dang Mitchell

Best Educational Institute

SAIT, MRU, University of Calgary, Webber Academy, Alberta College of Art & Design

Best Family Entertainment Spot

Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, The Rec Room, New Central Public Library, TELUS Spark Science Centre

Best Family Event

Beakerhead, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Zoo Lights – Calgary Zoo, Circle Carnival

Best Farmers Market

Crossroads, Calgary Farmers Market, Blackfoot Farmers Market, Farmers and Makers Market at cSpace, Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market

Best Festival

Calgary Folk Music Festival, Sled Island, Beakerhead, Circle Carnival, Lilac Festival

Best Plant/ Flower Shop

Plant, Amborella Floral, Peaseblossoms, Esmé Beauty & Floral Bar, Wild About Flowers

Best Food Truck

Lil Truck on the Prairie, Taiko Taco, Vegan Street Eats, Perogy Boyz, Waffles & Chix

Best French

Cassis Bistro, Suzette Bistro, Royale, Avec Bistro, La Chaumiere, Fleur de Sel Brasserie

Best Fries/ Poutine

Lil Truck on the Prairie, The Big Cheese Poutinerie, Charcut Roast House, Broken City, Clive Burger

Best Fried Chicken

Zilford’s, Home & Away , Cluck & Cleaver , OGAM, Chicken on the Way

Best Furniture Store

Kit Interior Objects, McArthur's Fine Furniture, EQ3 Furniture & Accessories, Structube

Best Greek

Santorini Greek Taverna, My Pegasus Greek Restaurant, Broken Plate, Paros Real Greek, Spiros on 17th

Best Grocery Store

Blush Lane Organic Market, Community Natural Foods, Bridgeland Market, Sunterra, Sunnyside Natural Market

Best Haircut for Men

Cannibale, Redbloom Salon, Marda Loop Barber, London Barbers, Social Cut & Shave

Best Hairstyle for Women

Hedkandi, Redbloom Salon, Distilled Beauty Bar, Velvet Style, Diva Salon & Spa

Best Historical Building

Lougheed House, Simmons Building, Old City Hall, The King Eddie, Memorial Park Library

Best Ice Cream/ Gelato

Fiasco Gelato, Made By Marcus, Village Ice Cream, My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe

Best Indian

Calcutta Cricket Club, Moti Mahal, Namskar Fine East Indian, Rajdoot, Karma Fine Indian Cuisine

Best Influencer

Mike Morrison, Ania B, crackmacs, Beachy Kj

Best Instagram Feed

Date Night YYC, Peacock Boutique, Blondie Boutique, Beachy Kj

Best Interior Design Store

Kit Interior Objects,, Revolve Furnishings, DADE Loft

Best International Foodstore

T & T Supermarket, Unimarket, Kalamata Grocery Store, Lina's Italian Market, Italian Center Calgary

Best Italian

Mercato Gourmet, Tavernetta, Bonterra Trattoria, Bread and Circus Trattoria, Cibo

Best Jewellery Store

Rubaiyat, Blondie Boutique, Joydrop, Wong Ken's Jewellery, The Livery Shop

Best Journalist/ Columnist

Jeremy Klaszus, Rick Bell- Calgary Sun, Jason Markusoff- Maclean’s, Jen Gerson

Best Juice Bar

Well Juicery, Juice Because, Seed & Salt, The Cherry Pit

Best Kitchenware Store

Knifewear Calgary, The Cookbook Co. Cooks, Savour Fine Foods, Artesana Galleria

Best Late Night Spot

Broken City, Tubby Dog, Una Pizza + Wine, The Ship & Anchor Pub, Home & Away

Best Local Actor & Actress

Andrew Phung, Julie Orton, Haysam Kadri, Spencer Streichert, Chris Hunt

Best Local Author/ Poet

Kris Demeanor, Richard Harrison, Sheri-D Wilson, Marcello Di Cintio, Eugene Stickland

Best Local Comedian

Andrew Phung, Amy Edgar, Cory Mack, Spencer Streichert, Kris LaBelle

Best Local DJ

DJ MollyFi, DJ Kav, DJ Goodword, Smalltown DJ's

Best Local Filmmaker

Scott Westby- Full Swing Productions, Sandi Somers- Spring Street Films, Spencer Streichert, Gary Burns - Burns Film Inc

Best Local Music Act

Revv52, The Dudes, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Morons, The Flat Whites

Best Local Photographer

Benjamin Laird, Neil Zeller, Brendan Stephens, Jeremy Fokkens, Benjamin Laird

Best Local Twitter Personality

crackmacs, Mike Morrison, Alberta Advantage, Naheed Nenshi, Kevin Kent

Best Magazine

Avenue Magazine, Dote, Beatroute, FREQ Magazine, City Palate

Best Marijuana Dispensary

Four20 Premium Market, Queen of Bud, Nova Cannabis, Co-op Cannabis MacLeod Trail, New Leaf

Best Menswear Store

Espy, Understudy Clothing, Less17, Gravity Pope

Best Mexican

Native Tongues Taqueria, AÑEJO Restaurant, Los Chilitos Taco and Tequila House, Salt & Pepper Restaurante Mexicano, Tacos Mexico

Best Middle Eastern

Jerusalem Shwarma & Bakery, Tazza Deli and Grill, Little Lebanon, Aida's Bistro

Best Neighbourhood

Inglewood, Mission, Kensington, Bridgeland

Best Neighbourhood Pub

Kensington Pub, The Garrison Pub & Eatery, The Ship & Anchor Pub, Oak Tree Tavern, Broken City

Best New Bar

Inner City Brewing, Pinbar, Greta Bar, One Night Stan's, Cold Garden Beverage Company

Best New Restaurant

Gorilla Whale, Donna Mac, Two Penny Chinese, Alumni Sandwiches, Tavernetta

Best Open Jam/ Mic Night

Cafe Koi, The Blues Can, Ironwood Stage & Grill, The Ship & Anchor Pub, Mikey’s on 12th

Best Overall Restaurant

Ten Foot Henry, Donna Mac, The Coup, Bridgette Bar, Native Tongues Taqueria, Charbar

Best Patio

Broken City, The Ship & Anchor Pub, National on 8th, Charbar, Bonterra Trattoria

Best Pet Store

The Wild Bird Store, Rascals Pet Supplies, Unleashed Inc., Doodle Dogs

Best Philanthropist

W. Brett Wilson, Jim & Susan Hill-Esker Foundation, Arlene Dickinson, Allan Markin

Best Pizza

Una Pizza + Wine, Without Papers Pizza, Posto Pizzeria & Bar, Noble Pie, Inglewood Pizza

Best Fries/ Poutine

Lil Truck on the Prairie, The Big Cheese, Charcut Roast House, Broken City, Clive Burger

Best Place for Comedy

Broken City, Yuk Yuks, Loose Moose Theatre Company, The Kinkonauts, The Laugh Shop

Best Place for Live Music

Ironwood Stage & Grill, The Blues Can, Broken City, The Palomino, Webber Academy

Best Place to Buy Music

Recordland, Sloth Records, Lukes Drug Mart, Blackbyrd, Hot Wax Records

Best Place to Buy Organic

Blush Lane Organic Market, Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic, Sunnyside Natural Market, Calgary Farmers Market

Best Place to Dance

The Hifi Club, Broken City, Twisted Element, Habitat Living Sound, Marquee Beer Market

Best Podcast

Alberta Advantage, Girl Tries Life, Repodcasting, I Quit! - Mike Morrisson

Best Politician

Naheed Nenshi, Druh Farrel, Evan Woolley, Jeremy Farkas, Jason Kenney, Bob Steele

Best Radio Personality

David Gray, Fuzzy, Angela Valiant, Danielle Smith

Best Seafood

Big Fish, Rodney's Oyster Bar, Pelican Pier, Bookers BBQ & Crab Shack, Charbar

Best Shoe Store

Gravity Pope, Luna Blue, John Fluevog, Checkmate Shoes, Shoe Muse

Best Shopping District

Inglewood, Kensington, 17th Ave, Chinook Mall, The Core

Best Spa/ Beauty Bar

SKOAH Westhills, Distilled Beauty Bar, Riverside Spa, Esme, Butter Beauty Parlour

Best Spin Studio

YYC Cycle, One Cycle Spin Studio, FitRepublic, Stax Cycle Club, The Sweat Lab

Best Steak

Modern Steak, Vintage Chophouse & Tavern, Charbar, Caesars Steakhouse, Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Best Sushi

Kinjo, Sushi Bar Zipang, Globefish Sushi & Izakaya, Hana Sushi, Sushi Ginza

Best Tattoo Shop

Mission Tattoo, Immaculate Concept, Eternal Image, Strange World, Gypsy Rose Tattoo

Best Thai

White Elephant Thai Cuisine, Tuk Tuk Thai, Jurees Thai, Chilli Club Thai House

Best Theatre Company

Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Project, Vertigo Theatre, The Kinkonauts, Loose Moose Theatre Company

Best TV Personality

David Spence- CTV, Jordan Witzel- Global, Scott Fee- Global, Dave Kelly, Linda Olsen- Global

Best Vegan/ Vegetarian

The Coup, Hearts Choices Thai Vegan Cafe, Ten Foot Henry, Dandelion Cafe, Cafe Koi

Best Vietnamese

Tamarind Vietnamese Grill & Noodle House, Pho Huong Viet, Van Son, Golden Bell

Best Vintage Furniture Store

Bex Vintage, Reclaim to Fame, Murphy’s Mid Century , Iron Crow Antiques and Objects of Intrigue, Uniquities Architectural Antiques

Best Visual Artist

Mandy Stobo, Chris Cran, Katie Green, Dean Stanton, Brianna Strong

Best Wine List

Vin Room, Bar Von Der Fels, Teatro Ristorante, Vine Arts, Winebar Kensington

Best Wine/ Liquor Store

Vine Arts, Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Metrovino, Kensington Wine Market, Oak & Vine

Best Wings

Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill, Home & Away, Bottlescrew Bills, Anju

Best Womenswear Store

Shear Luxury, Purr, Espy, Peacock Boutique, Blondie Boutique

Best Yoga Studio

Yoga Santosha, Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates, Hot Shop, Breathe Hot Yoga, Passage Studio

Congrats to our finalists and thank you to all of you amazing Calgarians for speaking up, nominating and sharing

YOUR Best of Calgary with us.

For all finalists, please join us at the mixer to kick off the voting on Wednesday, January 16th at 4:30 pm by RSVP’ing here.

The official voting period will open on Wednesday, January 16th at noon.