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® Best of Vancouver 2015

Best of Vancouver winners

Best political party to represent you in Ottawa

  1. New Democratic Party
  2. Liberal Party of Canada
  3. Green Party of Canada

Year's dumbest political move

  1. OmTheBridge
  2. Transit plebiscite
  3. Bill C-51

Vancouver's claim to shame

  1. Stanley Cup riot
  2. Downtown Eastside
  3. High cost of housing

Best example of city planning

  1. Bike lanes and routes
  2. Olympic Village
  3. SkyTrain

Best new condo development

  1. Independent at Main
  2. The Spot on Cambie
  3. River District

Favourite Whitecaps player

  1. David Ousted
  2. Pedro Morales
  3. Octavio Rivero

Best ski/snowboard shop

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

Best skateboard shop

  1. PD's Hot Shop, 3734 West 10th Avenue
  2. Antisocial Skateboard Shop, 2337 Main St
  3. Boardroom

Best indoor climbing gym

  1. Cliffhanger Vancouver, 670 Industrial Avenue
  2. Hive Bouldering Gym
  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 sporting goods store

  1. MEC, 130 W. Broadway
  2. Sport Chek
  3. Sports Junkies, 102 West Broadway

Best used sporting goods store

  1. Sports Junkies, 102 West Broadway
  2. Cheapskates, 3644 West 16th Avenue
  3. North Shore Sports Swap, 2021 Old Dollarton Road

Best kayak/canoe rental store

  1. Deep Cove Kayak, 2156 Banbury Road
  2. MEC, 130 W. Broadway
  3. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centre

Best local casino

  1. River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd., Richmond
  2. Edgewater Casino, 760 Pacific Blvd. S
  3. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam

Most romantic restaurant

  1. The Boathouse Restaurant, Various locations
  2. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)
  3. Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty

Best kid-friendly restaurant

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

Best chain restaurant

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various locations
  3. White Spot, Various locations

Best restaurant patio

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

Best restaurant (independent)

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

Best restaurant bathroom

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Joey Restaurants, Various locations
  3. Earls Restaurant, 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. Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, 1535 Johnston

Best food truck

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

Best brewery tasting room

  1. Brassneck Brewery, 2148 Main Street
  2. 33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th
  3. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island

Best local brewery

  1. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island
  2. Parallel 49 Brewing, 1950 Triumph Street
  3. 33 Acres Brewing Company, 15 W. 8th

Best B.C. wine/winery (white)

  1. JoieFarm Winery, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata
  2. Quail's Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna
  3. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  4. Mission Hill Family Estate, 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna

Best local distillery

  1. Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street
  2. Long Table Distillery, 1451 Hornby St.
  3. The Liberty Distillery, 1494 Old Bridge Rd., Granville Island

Best restaurant to work for

  1. Cactus Club Cafe, Various locations
  2. Earls Restaurant, Various locations
  3. Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations

Best independent bar lounge

  1. The Keefer Bar, 135 Keefer St.
  2. Pourhouse , 162 Water
  3. The Diamond, 6 Powell Street

Best pickup bar (f seeking m)

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  2. Bimini Public House, 2010 W. 4th
  3. Cambie Pub, 300 Cambie Street

Best gay bar

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  2. PumpJack Bar, 1167 Davie
  3. 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street

Best lesbian club event/bar

  1. Hershe Bar, 398 Richards Street [Red Room]
  2. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  3. Cobalt - Man Up, 917 Main

Best strip club

  1. No. 5 Orange, 205 Main Street
  2. Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge, 595 Hornby Street
  3. The Granville Strip, 1050 Granville St

Best new restaurant

  1. AnnaLena, 1809 W. 1st
  2. Meet on Main, 4288 Main
  3. Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar, 110–1055 W. Hastings
  4. Bauhaus Restaurant, 1 W. Cordova

Best seafood store

  1. The Daily Catch Seafood Company, Various locations
  2. 7 Seas Fish Co., Various locations
  3. The Lobster Man, 1807 Mast Tower Road

Best bistro

  1. Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville
  2. Burgoo, 3 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
  3. Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 E. 15th

Best brunch

  1. Medina Cafe, 780 Richards
  2. Yolk's Restaurant & Commissary, 1298 East Hastings Street
  3. The Red Wagon, 2296 E. Hastings

Best bread bakery

  1. Terra Breads, Various locations
  2. Cobs Bread, Various locations
  3. Purebread, 159 W. Hastings

Best gelato

  1. Bella Gelateria, Various locations
  2. La Casa Gelato, 1033 Venables St
  3. Mario's Gelati, 88 East 1st Avenue

Best bar lounge

  1. Lobby Lounge Terrace + RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
  2. YEW seafood + bar, 791 W. Georgia
  3. 1927 Lobby Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia

Best pub

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

Best B.C. wine/winery (red)

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

Best private wine store

  1. Okanagan Estate Wine Shop, 3669 West 4th Avenue
  2. Liberty Wine Merchants, Various locations
  3. Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba
  4. Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street

Best private liquor store

  1. Legacy Liquor Store, 1633 Manitoba
  2. Granville Liquor Store, 2658 Granville Street
  3. Darby's, 2001 Macdonald

Best tea house

  1. The Secret Garden Tea Company, 5559 West Boulevard
  2. DAVIDsTEA, Various locations
  3. Neverland Tea Salon, 3066 W. Broadway

Best independent mortgage broker

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

Best scooter dealer

  1. Vespa Metro Vancouver, 590 Clark Drive
  2. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. Motorino, 336 West 2nd Avenue

Best motorcycle dealer

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

Best new car dealer

  1. Brian Jessel BMW, 2311 Boundary Road
  2. Vancouver Audi
  3. Clarkdale Volkswagen, 4575 Main Street
  4. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue

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. FROGBOX, 300–225 West 8th Avenue
  3. East Van Moving, 1192 East Hastings Street

Best shopping mall

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

Best non-Internet dating-service company

  1. Executive Search Dating, 107-1529 West 6th Avenue
  2. It’s Just Lunch, 323–409 Granville Street
  3. Events & Adventures, 356-409 Granville Street

Best florist

  1. Flower Factory, 3604 Main
  2. Choice Flowers, 166–1055 West Georgia Street
  3. Blumen Floral, 438 West 8th Avenue

Best gardening store

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

Best antique/reproduction furniture store

  1. Antique Market, 1324 Franklin Street
  2. Antique Warehouse, 226 Southwest Marine Drive
  3. Moe's Home Collection, 1728 Glen Drive

Best contemporary furniture store

  1. INspiration Furniture, 1275 West 6th Avenue
  2. EQ3, 2536 Granville Street
  3. Inform Interiors, 50 Water Street

Best kitchenware store

  1. Ming Wo, Various locations
  2. The Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 E. Hastings
  3. Cook Culture, Various locations

Best gift shop

  1. Oh My Gift, 2039 West 4th Avenue
  2. Obsessions, 101–595 Howe
  3. DragonSpace, 6–1551 Johnston Street

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 place to make a bet

  1. Hastings Racecourse, Hastings Park
  2. River Rock Casino, 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. Merideth Schutter, 5487 West Boulevard

Best neighbourhood real estate office

  1. RE/Max Crest Realty Westside
  2. The Residential Group Realty, 101-1965 West 4th Avenue
  3. Macdonald Realty

Best doggie daycare/boarding facility

  1. Urban Puppy Shop, 1375 West 6th Avenue
  2. Rex Dog Hotel & Spa, 760 Terminal Avenue
  3. Pet Shop Boys, 3080 Cambie 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 spa (independent)

  1. Le Petit Spa, 4-3701 West Broadway
  2. Trinity Salon & Spa, 4138 Dawson Street
  3. Beverly’s The Spa on 4th, 2185 West 4th Avenue

Best local sports radio host(s)

  1. Matt Sekeres and Blake Price (TSN 1040)
  2. Bro Jake and Dave Pratt (TSN 1040)
  3. B-Mac, Donnie & The Moj

Best local video-game studio

  1. Electronic Arts, 4330 Sanderson Way
  2. United Front Games, 1128 Homer Street, 3rd floor
  3. Next Level Games, 208 Robson Street

Best public art installation in the past 12 months

  1. Trans Am Totem - Marcus Bowcott
  2. Gumhead - Douglas Coupland
  3. Giants - OSGEMEOUS

Best private art gallery

  1. Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, 51 E. Pender
  2. Equinox Gallery, 525 Great Northern Way
  3. Bau-Xi Gallery, 3045 Granville
  4. Ayden Gallery, 2nd floor, 88 W. Pender

Best live music venue

  1. Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville
  2. Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe
  3. Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville
  4. Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward

Best dance/DJ club

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

Best nightclub

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  2. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  3. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender

Best comedy club

  1. The Comedy MIX, 1015 Burrard
  2. Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, 2837 Cambie
  3. Lafflines Comedy Club, 530 Columbia Street

Best place for karaoke

  1. Fantacity, 1133 Robson Street
  2. Funky Winker Beans, 37 W. Hastings
  3. Numbers, 1042 Davie

Best integrated health clinic

  1. Physiomed, 1677 East Broadway
  2. Qi Integrated Health, 1764 West 7th Avenue
  3. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre, 730-1285 West Broadway

Best fertility clinic

  1. Olive Fertility Centre
  2. Genesis Fertility Centre, 300–1367 West Broadway
  3. Yinstill Reproductive Wellness, 3523 Main Street

Best natural pharmacy

  1. Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre, 1111 West Broadway
  2. Pure Integrative Pharmacy
  3. Kripps Pharmacy, 5413 West Boulevard

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 personal trainer

  1. Sheron Stone - Symmetrix Exercise & Rehab
  2. Ted Loo - Ted Loo Fitness
  3. Kathy Wieczorek - Vancouver Club

Best physiotherapist

  1. Physio Room, Various locations
  2. Treloar Physiotherapy
  3. InSync Physiotherapy

Best martial-arts studio

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

Best spin studio

  1. Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary, 154 West Hastings Street
  2. Ride Cycle Club, 881 Hamilton Street
  3. Spin Society Cycling Studio, 1332 Granville Street

Best medical clinic

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

Best laser eye centre

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

Best massage therapist

  1. Broadway Wellness, 2501 Spruce Street
  2. Burrard Massage Therapy, 508–1160 Burrard Street
  3. Synergy Massage Therapy Centre, 2035 Stephens Street

Best place to get a facial

  1. Absolute Spa
  2. Skoah, 1011 Hamilton Street
  3. Trinity Salon & Spa, 4138 Dawson Street

Best hair salon

  1. Suki's
  2. Salon Haze, 2996 West Broadway
  3. Hype Hair Studio, 2695 West 4th Avenue

Best barbershop

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

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 bridal store

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

Best baby photographer

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

Best shoe store (independent)

  1. gravitypope, 2205 West 4th Avenue
  2. John Fluevog, 837 Granville Street
  3. Umeboshi, 3638 Main Street

Best baby/toddler store

  1. Crocodile Baby, 2156 West 4th Avenue
  2. Babies “R” Us, 1154 West Broadway
  3. Hip Baby, 2110 West 4th Avenue
  4. TJ's The Kiddies Store

Best custom jewellery store

  1. Cavalier, 217–207 West Hastings Street
  2. Era Design, 1795 Venables Street
  3. Sonja Picard, 4360 Main Street

Best eyewear store

  1. Bruce Eyeware, 219 Abbott Street
  2. Della Optique, 2589 West Broadway
  3. Eyeland

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 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

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 adventure-tour company

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

Best B.C. bike-tour company

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