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® Best of Vancouver 2014

Best of Vancouver winners

Year's dumbest political move

  1. Approving the Northen Gateway pipeline
  2. Bike lane expansion
  3. The B.C. government BCTF dispute

Vancouver's claim to shame

  1. Stanley Cup riot
  2. Downtown Eastside
  3. Expensive housing and the cost of living

Best local casino

  1. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam

Best indoor climbing gym

  1. Cliffhanger Vancouver, 670 Industrial Avenue
  2. The Hive, 520 Industrial Avenue
  3. Edge Climbing Centre, 2–1485 Welch Street

Best running club

  1. Running Room
  2. Forerunners, 3502 West 4th Avenue
  3. Pacific Road Runners, False Creek Community Centre

Best snowboard shop

  1. Comor, 1766 West 4th Avenue
  2. The Boardroom
  3. Pacific Boarder, 1793 West 4th Avenue

Best used-sporting-goods store

  1. Sports Junkies, 102 West Broadway
  2. Cheapskates, 3644 West 16th Avenue
  3. North Shore Sports Swap, 1433 Pemberton Avenue

Best gay bar

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  2. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie
  3. 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street

Best strip club

  1. No. 5 Orange, 205 Main Street
  2. Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge, 595 Hornby Street
  3. Penthouse, 1019 Seymour Street

Best restaurant (independent)

  1. Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty
  2. Vij's, 3106 Cambie
  3. The Eatery, 3431 West Broadway

Most romantic restaurant

  1. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  2. Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty
  3. Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1138 Homer

Best all-day breakfast

  1. Denny's, Various locations
  2. Bons Off Broadway, 2451 Nanaimo
  3. Sophie's Cosmic Cafe, 2095 W. 4th

Best brew pub

  1. Yaletown Brewing Company, 1111 Mainland Street
  2. Steamworks, 375 Water
  3. Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st

Best brewery tasting room

  1. Brassneck, 2148 Main Street
  2. Parallel 49, 1950 Triumph Street
  3. 33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th

Best new craft brewery

  1. Brassneck Brewery, 2148 Main Street
  2. 33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th
  3. Bomber Brewing, 1488 Adanac Street
  4. Main Street Brewery, 261 East 7th Avenue

Best local brewery

  1. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island
  2. Parallel 49, 1950 Triumph Street
  3. Brassneck Brewery, 2148 Main Street

Best B.C. wine/winery (white)

  1. JoieFarm Winery, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata
  2. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  3. Quail's Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna

Best food truck

  1. TacoFino, 2327 E. Hastings
  2. Mom's Grilled Cheese, Mobile locations
  3. Vij's Railway Express, Mobile locations

Best kid-friendly restaurant

  1. White Spot, Various locations
  2. Rocky Mountain Flatbread, Various locations
  3. Red Robin, Various locations

Best chain restaurant

  1. Cactus Club, Various locations
  2. Earls, Various locations
  3. Milestones, Various locations

Best restaurant patio

  1. Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston, Granville Island
  2. Tap & Barrel, Various locations
  3. Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations

Best restaurant bathroom

  1. Cactus Club, Various locations
  2. Joey Restaurant, Various locations
  3. Earls, Various locations

Best restaurant to take out-of-town guests to

  1. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  2. Salmon House on the Hill, 2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
  3. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations
  4. Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, 1535 Johnston

Best restaurant to work for

  1. Cactus Club, Various locations
  2. Earls, Various locations
  3. Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Various locations

Best bistro

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th
  3. Burgoo, Various locations

Best brunch

  1. Cafe Medina, 780 Richards
  2. Milestones, Various locations
  3. Yolk's Restaurant & Commissary, 1298 East Hastings Street

Best bread bakery

  1. Terra Breads, Various locations
  2. Cobs Breads
  3. Uprising Breads Bakery, 1697 Venables

Best pastry bakery

  1. Beaucoup, 2150 Fir
  2. Fratelli, Various locations
  3. Thomas Haas, Various locations
  4. Thierry, 1059 Alberni

Best gelato

  1. Bella Gelateria, Various locations
  2. La Casa Gelato, 1033 Venables St
  3. Mario's Gelati, 78 East 1st Ave.

Best restaurant wine list (B.C.)

  1. Raincity Grill, 1193 Denman
  2. Tap & Barrel, Various locations
  3. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, 1095 Hamilton
  4. Salt Tasting Room, 45 Blood Alley Square

Best pub

  1. The Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall
  2. The Charles Bar , 136 W. Cordova
  3. Cambie Pub, 300 Cambie Street
  4. London Public House , 700 Main Street

Best B.C. wine/winery (red)

  1. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  2. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna
  3. Quail's Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna

Best private liquor store

  1. Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba
  2. Brewery Creek, 3045 Main Street
  3. Darby's, 2001 Macdonald

Best private beer store

  1. Brewery Creek, 3045 Main Street
  2. Legacy Liquor, 1633 Manitoba
  3. Firefly Fine Wines and Ales, 2857 Cambie Street

Best independent coffee shop

  1. Revolver Coffee, 325 Cambie
  2. 49th Parallel, Various locations
  3. Matchstick Coffee Roasters, Various locations
  4. Continental Coffee, Various locations

Best coffee shop (local chain)

  1. JJ Bean, Various locations
  2. Bean Around The World, Various locations
  3. Caffe Artigiano, Various locations

Best tea house

  1. David's Tea, Various locations
  2. Murchie's Tea & Coffee, Various locations
  3. Urban Tea Merchant, 1070 W. Georgia

Most vegan-friendly

  1. The Naam Restaurant, 2724 W. 4th
  2. Acorn, 3995 Main
  3. Graze Food and Drink

Best new restaurant

  1. Craft Beer Market, 85 W. 1st
  2. Ask for Luigi, 305 Alexander
  3. Farmer's Apprentice, 1535 W. 6th
  4. Bufala, 5395 West Blvd

Best place to make a bet

  1. Hastings Racecourse, Hastings Park
  2. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., Richmond
  3. Edgewater Casino, 760 Pacific Blvd. S

Best real-estate agent

  1. Paul Toffoli, 1965 West 4th Avenue
  2. Colin Lo, 51 East Pender Street
  3. Zul Jiwa, 7505 Victoria Drive

Best independent mortgage broker

  1. Birgit Holm, 310–130 Brew Street
  2. Gina Best, 1-155 Water Street
  3. Jessi Johnson, Jessi Johnson Mortgage Team, 12–3033 King George Boulevard

Best public-relations firm

  1. Yulu Public Relations Inc., 212-55 Water Street
  2. Edelman, 1400–1500 West Georgia Street
  3. Jive Communications, 220-440 West Hastings Street

Best local modelling/talent agency

  1. Lizbell Agency, 216-309 West Cordova Street
  2. John Casablancas International Model Management, 150-220 Cambie Street
  3. The Characters Talent Agency , 200-1505 West 2nd Avenue
  4. Premiere Talent Management, 1529 West 6th Avenue

Best spa (independent)

  1. Le Petit Spa, 4-3701 West Broadway
  2. Linda's Urban Spa, 2618 West Broadway
  3. Beverly's The Spa on 4th, 2185 West 4th Avenue

Best non-Internet dating-service company

  1. Executive Search Dating, 107-1529 West 6th Avenue
  2. Events & Adventures, 356-409 Granville Street
  3. It's Just Lunch, 323–409 Granville Street
  4. Divine Intervention, 575–510 Burrard Street

Best pet grooming/pet spa

  1. Pawsh Dog Spa, 80 Smithe Street
  2. Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa, 3471 Commercial Street
  3. Pet Shop Boys, 3080 Cambie Street

Best shopping mall

  1. Metropolis @ Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  2. Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia
  3. Park Royal Mall, 2002 Park Royal South

Best antique/reproduction furniture store

  1. Moe's Home Collection, 1728 Glen Drive
  2. Antique Market, 1324 Franklin Street
  3. Fullhouse, 1545 W 4th Avenue
  4. Antique Warehouse, 226 Southwest Marine Drive

Best vintage/retro furniture store

  1. ReFind, 4609 Main Street
  2. Attic Treasures and Mid Century Modern, 944 Commercial Drive
  3. Fullhouse, 1545 W 4th Avenue

Best contemporary-furniture store

  1. Inform Interiors, 50 Water Street
  2. IKEA
  3. EQ3, 2536 Granville Street

Best local kitchenware store

  1. Ming Wo Cookware, Various locations
  2. The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings
  3. Cookworks, Various locations

Best gardening store

  1. Art Knapp, 1401 Hornby Street
  2. GardenWorks
  3. Figaro's Garden, 1896 Victoria Drive

Best florist

  1. Flower Factory, 3604 Main
  2. Blumen Floral, 438 West 8th Avenue
  3. The Flowerbox, 1319 Commercial Drive

Best gift shop

  1. Fine Finds Boutique, 1014 Mainland Street
  2. Front & Company, 3772 Main Street
  3. Walrus, 3408 Cambie Street
  4. Oh My Gift, 2039 West 4th Avenue

Best sex-toy store

  1. Womyns'Ware, 896 Commercial Drive
  2. Honey Gifts Sex Store, 3448 Cambie
  3. The Art of Loving, 369 W. Broadway

Best fetishwear store

  1. Deadly Couture, 317 Cambie Street
  2. Dare To Wear, 1028 Granville Street
  3. Womyns'Ware, 896 Commercial Drive

Best scooter dealer

  1. Vespa Metro Vancouver, 590 Clark Drive
  2. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Cycle BC Rentals & Tours, 10–73 East 6th Avenue

Best motorcycle dealer

  1. Trev Deeley Motorcycles, 1875 Boundary Road
  2. Carter Honda Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Vancouver BMW Ducati, 3061 Grandview Highway

Best new-car dealer

  1. Brian Jessel BMW, 2311 Boundary Road
  2. autoform performance inc, 1885 Clark Drive
  3. Clarkdale Volkswagen, 4575 Main Street

Best auto service (independent)

  1. Pawlik Automotive, 30–966 Southwest Marine Drive
  2. Tremblay Motors, 1505 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Varsity Automotive, 2880 Arbutus Street

Best local moving and storage company

  1. Crown Mountain Movers
  2. East Van Moving, 1192 East Hastings Street
  3. Frog Box, 300–225 West 8th Avenue

Best local video-game/animation studio

  1. Electronic Arts, 4330 Sanderson Way
  2. United Front Games, 1128 Homer Street, 3rd floor
  3. Radical Entertainment, 369 Terminal Avenue, 7th floor

Best private art gallery

  1. Ayden Gallery, 2nd floor, 88 W. Pender

Best live-music venue

  1. Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward
  2. Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville

Best dance/DJ club

  1. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
  2. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  3. Venue, 881 Granville
  4. Republic, 958 Granville

Best nightclub

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  2. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  3. Caprice Nightclub, 967 Granville

Best place for karaoke

  1. Fantacity, 1133 Robson Street
  2. Funky Winker Beans, 37 W. Hastings
  3. Mix-2 Karaoke, 6681 MacPherson Avenue

Best comedy club

  1. The Comedy MIX, 1015 Burrard
  2. Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, 2837 Cambie
  3. The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau, Granville Island
  4. Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street

Best dance studio

  1. Harbour Dance Centre, 927 Granville, 3rd floor
  2. iDance Studios, 119 West Broadway
  3. Exhale Studio , 1083 Cambie

Best martial-arts studio

  1. Purple Dragon Kitsilano, 2939 West 4th Avenue
  2. Elements Academy of Martial Arts, 4465 Dunbar Street
  3. Academie Duello, 412 West Hastings Street

Best independent gym

  1. Sweat Co. Workout Studios, 736 Richards Street
  2. Spartacus Gym, 1522 Commercial Drive
  3. The Bar Method Vancouver, 837 Beatty Street

Best massage therapist

  1. Elements Wellness Centre & Studio, 207–2678 West Broadway
  2. Reta Nitti, 2501 Spruce Street
  3. Broadway Wellness, 408–2150 West Broadway

Best nutritionist

  1. Elements Wellness Centre & Studio, 207–2678 West Broadway
  2. Monita Triplett, 703–1160 Burrard Street
  3. My Edible Advice, 312–1030 West Georgia Street

Best naturopathic clinic

  1. Sage Clinic, 487 Davie Street
  2. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre, 730-1285 West Broadway
  3. Cross Roads Clinic, 350-507 W. Broadway

Best herbal clinic

  1. Gaia Garden, 2672 W. Broadway
  2. Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre, 1111 West Broadway
  3. Sage Clinic, 487 Davie Street

Best medical clinic

  1. Seymour Health Centre, 1530 West 7th Avenue
  2. Cross Roads Clinic, 350-507 W. Broadway
  3. Khatsahlano Medical Clinics, 2685 West Broadway

Best laser eye centre

  1. King LASIK, 311–15240 Highway 10
  2. London Eye Centre
  3. Pacific Laser Eye Centre, 1401 West Broadway, 5th floor

Best place for cosmetic surgery

  1. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  2. False Creek Healthcare, 555 West 8th Avenue
  3. Carruthers & Humphrey, 820–943 West Broadway

Best place for a non-surgical makeover

  1. Dermal Laser
  2. ICU Image Consulting, 306–402 West Pender Street
  3. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue

Best barbershop

  1. Barber & Co.
  2. JD's Barbershop, 235 Abbott Street
  3. Farzad's Barber Shop, 126–1208 Homer Street

Best bridal store

  1. Bryan's Bride, 4567 Lougheed Highway
  2. Bisou Bridal, 440 West 2nd Avenue
  3. Blush Bridal & Special Occasions, 1189 Hamilton Street

Best local designer-clothing store

  1. Nicole Bridger, 14 Water Street
  2. Malene Grotrian, 910-207 W Hastings Street
  3. Dream Apparel And Articles For People, 356 Water Street
  4. Devil May Wear, 3957 Main Street

Best shoe store (independent)

  1. gravitypope , 2203 West 4th Avenue
  2. John Fluevog, 837 Granville Street
  3. Umeboshi, 3638 Main Street

Best custom-jewellery store

  1. Era Design, 1795 Venables Street
  2. Sonja Picard
  3. Cavalier, 217 West Hastings Street

Best baby photographer

  1. Bopomo Photography, 2631 West Broadway
  2. Bemoved Pictures, 328–1085 Homer Street
  3. Rhonda Dent Photography, 215–1610 Pandora Street

Best boutique hotel–Metro Vancouver

  1. Loden Hotel, 1177 Melville Street
  2. OPUS Vancouver, 322 Davie Street
  3. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, 845 Hornby Street

Best out-of-town spa getaway

  1. Scandinave Spa, 8010 Mons Road, Whistler
  2. Harrison Hot Springs, 100 Esplanade Avenue
  3. Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, 1155 Resort Drive

Best resort/hotel–Gulf Islands

  1. Poets Cove Resort & Spa, 9801 Spalding Road
  2. Galiano Oceanfront Inn, 134 Madrona Dr., Galiano Island
  3. Hastings House Country House Hotel, 160 Upper Ganges Road
  4. The Harbour House Hotel on Salt Spring Island, 121 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island

Best resort/hotel–Whistler

  1. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard
  2. Four Seasons Resort Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way
  3. Westin Hotel, 4090 Whistler Way

Best B.C. golf resort

  1. Predator Ridge Resort, 301 Village Centre Place
  2. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club, 150 Country Club Road, Furry Creek
  3. Bear Mountain Resort, 1999 Country Club Way

Best local travel agency

  1. Flight Centre, Various locations
  2. ATC Adventure Travel Company, 120 W. Broadway
  3. Travel Best Bets , 201-3011 Underhill Avenue, Burnaby

Best adventure-tour company

  1. Ziptrek Ecotours, 4282 Mountain Square, Whistler
  2. G Adventures, 109-1965 W. 4th
  3. Landsea Tours & Adventures, 680 Industrial Avenue
  4. Finisterra Travel, 820–1111 Melville Street

Best B.C. bike-tour company

  1. Great Explorations, 102-1529 West 6th Avenue
  2. Endless Biking, 1401 Hunter Street
  3. BikeHike Adventures, 200–1807 Maritime Mews
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