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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

Best indoor climbing gym

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

Best running club

  1. Running Room
  2. Forerunners, 3502 West 4th Avenue
  3. LadySport

Best sports adventure centre

  1. Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road
  2. Extreme Air Park
  3. Origins Parkour and Athletics Facility
  4. Squamish Adventure Centre, 101–38551 Loggers Lane, Squamish

Best snowboard shop

  1. The Boardroom
  2. Pacific Boarder, 1793 West 4th Avenue
  3. North Shore Ski and Board

Best ski shop

  1. Comor, 1766 West 4th Avenue
  2. Skiis & Biikes
  3. Destination

Best skateboard shop

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

Best sporting-goods store

  1. MEC
  2. Time Out Source For Sports
  3. The Sports Exchange

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 kayak-canoe-rental store

  1. Deep Cove Kayak, 2156 Banbury Road
  2. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
  3. MEC

Best local bike store (chain)

  1. Reckless Bike Stores
  2. Denman Bike Shop
  3. Bicycle Sports Pacific

Best pickup bar (f seeking m)

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  2. Caprice Nightclub, 967 Granville
  3. Numbers, 1042 Davie

Best lesbian club event/bar

  1. Hershe Bar, 398 Richards Street [Red Room]
  2. Cobalt, 917 Main
  3. Score on Davie, 1262 Davie Street

Best strip club

  1. Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge, 595 Hornby Street
  2. No. 5 Orange, 205 Main Street
  3. The Granville Strip, 1050 Granville St
  4. Penthouse, 1019 Seymour Street

Most romantic restaurant

  1. Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 W. Georgia
  2. Brix & Mortar, 1138 Homer
  3. Seasons in the Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street)

Best all-day breakfast

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

Best brew pub

  1. Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St., Granville Island
  2. Red Truck Brewery, 295 E. 1st
  3. Steamworks, 375 Water
  4. Yaletown Brewing Co., 1111 Mainland Street

Best local brewery

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

Best B.C. wine/winery (white)

  1. JoieFarm Winery, 2825 Naramata Road, Naramata
  2. Blasted Church, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls
  3. La Frenz Winery, 740 Naramata Rd., Penticton

Best B.C. wine festival

  1. Okanagan Wine Festivals
  2. Cornucopia
  3. Naramata Bench Wineries Tailgate Party

Best local distillery

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

Best sports bar

  1. Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery, 560 Smithe
  2. Shark Club, Various locations
  3. Library Square Public House, 300 W. Georgia

Best food truck

  1. Tacofino, 2327 E. Hastings
  2. Mom's Grilled Cheese, Mobile locations
  3. Soho Road Naan Kebab, 800 Smithe

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. Tap & Barrel Restaurant, Various locations
  2. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, 777 Thurlow
  3. Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Various locations

Best grocery store

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  2. Urban Fare, Various locations
  3. Save-On-Foods

Best produce store

  1. Kin's Farm Market
  2. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  3. Donald's Market, 2279 Commercial Drive

Best specialty grocery store

  1. Urban Fare, Various locations
  2. Pomme Natural Market
  3. Meinhardt Fine Foods, Various locations

Best organic-produce store

  1. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  2. Choices Market
  3. Pomme Natural Market

Best place to pick up premade dinner

  1. Urban Fare, Various locations
  2. Whole Foods Market, Various locations
  3. Meinhardt Fine Foods, Various locations

Best seafood store

  1. The Daily Catch Seafood Company, 1418 Commercial
  2. 7 Seas Fish Co., Various locations
  3. Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston

Best specialty cheese store

  1. Les Amis du Fromage, Various locations
  2. Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Various locations
  3. La Grotta Del Formaggio, 1791 Commercial

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 Wallflower, 2420 Main

Best bread bakery

  1. Terra Breads
  2. Purebread, 159 W. Hastings
  3. A Bread Affair, 1680 Johnston, Granville Island

Best pastry bakery

  1. Beaucoup Bakery & Café, 2150 Fir
  2. Purebread, 159 W. Hastings
  3. Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie, Various locations

Best ice cream

  1. Earnest Ice Cream, 3992 Fraser
  2. Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream, Various locations
  3. Soft Peaks, 25 Alexander

Best gelato

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

Best frozen yogurt

  1. Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Various locations
  2. Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, Various locations
  3. Pinkberry, Various locations

Best independant bar lounge

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

Best pub

  1. Doolin's Irish Pub, 654 Nelson Street
  2. The Irish Heather Gastropub, 210 Carrall
  3. The Charles Bar, 136 W. Cordova
  4. The Blarney Stone, 216 Carrall

Best locally brewed beer

  1. Gypsy Tears by Parallel 49 Brewing
  2. Four Winds Nectarous
  3. Granville Island Lions Winter Ale
  4. 33 Acres of Sunshine

Best B.C. beer brewed outside Vancouver

  1. Driftwood Fat Tug IPA
  2. Hoyne Dark Matter
  3. Whistler Brewing Co. Grapefruit Ale

Best B.C. wine/winery (red)

  1. Burrowing Owl, 500 Burrowing Owl Pl., Oliver
  2. Red Rooster Winery, 891 Naramata Rd., Penticton
  3. Road 13 Vineyards, 799 Ponderosa Road, Road 13, Oliver
  4. Quails' Gate, 3303 Boucherie Road, West 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

Best independent coffee shop

  1. Revolver Coffee, 325 Cambie
  2. 49th Parallel, Various locations
  3. Greenhorn, 994 Nicola

Best coffee shop (local chain)

  1. JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, Various locations
  2. Blenz, Various locations
  3. Caffè Artigiano, Various locations

Most vegan-friendly

  1. The Naam, 2724 W. 4th
  2. MeeT, Various locations
  3. The Acorn, 3995 Main

Best new restaurant

  1. Savio Volpe, 615 Kingsway
  2. Nightingale, 1017 W. Hastings
  3. Pizzeria Bufala, 5395 West Blvd

Best place to make a bet

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

Best local modelling/talent agency

  1. Trisko Talent Management
  2. Lizbell Agency
  3. John Casablancas International Model Management

Best pipe, bong and accessory shop

  1. Puff
  2. Ignite Smoke Shop, 109 W. Cordova
  3. Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headshop and Vapor Lounge

Best spa (independent)

  1. Spruce Body Lab Spa
  2. Pink Lime Salon & Spa
  3. Le Petit Spa, 4-3701 West Broadway

Best non-Internet dating-service company

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

Best animal hospital

  1. Granville Island Veterinary Hospital, 1635 West 4th Avenue
  2. Anderson Animal Hospital
  3. Cypress Street Animal Hospital, 1893 Cornwall Avenue

Best doggie daycare/boarding facility

  1. Urban Puppy Shop, 1375 West 6th Avenue
  2. Rex Dog Hotel & Spa, 760 Terminal Avenue
  3. Release the Hounds, 194–3381 Cambie Street

Best pet grooming/pet spa

  1. Pawsh Dog Spa, 80 Smithe Street
  2. Spa Dog Organic Dog Spa, 3471 Commercial Street
  3. PetSmart

Best shopping mall

  1. Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia
  2. Park Royal Mall, 2002 Park Royal South
  3. Oakridge Centre

Best antique/reproduction furniture store

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

Best contemporary-furniture store

  1. INspiration Furniture, 1275 West 6th Avenue
  2. Crate & Barrel, 650 West 41st Avenue
  3. Urban Barn

Best local home improvement store

  1. Home Hardware
  2. Windsor Plywood
  3. Dunbar Lumber
  4. Kerrisdale Lumber

Best local kitchenware store

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

Best sustainable-goods/gifts store

  1. WALRUS
  2. Murata, 15 East Broadway
  3. Oh My Gift, 2039 West 4th Avenue

Best gardening store

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

Best florist

  1. Celsia Floral
  2. Posy
  3. Flower Factory, 3604 Main

Best gift shop

  1. Bird on a Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street
  2. DragonSpace, 106–1551 Johnston Street
  3. Room6

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. Honey Gifts Sex Store, 3448 Cambie
  2. Womyns' Ware, 896 Commercial Drive
  3. Deadly Couture, 317 Cambie Street

Best cell phone service provider

  1. Telus
  2. Bell
  3. Virgin Mobile

Best scooter dealer

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

Best motorcycle dealer

  1. Trev Deeley Motorcycles, 1875 Boundary Road
  2. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue
  3. British Import Motorcycles

Best new-car dealer

  1. Brian Jessel BMW, 2311 Boundary Road
  2. Kia Vancouver
  3. Carter Motorsports, 1502 West 3rd Avenue

Best auto service (independent)

  1. Pawlik Automotive, 30–966 Southwest Marine Drive
  2. Lee's Transmission
  3. Tremblay Motors, 1505 West 3rd Avenue

Best auto service (chain)

  1. Mr. Lube
  2. AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care
  3. Kal Tire

Best home cleaning service

  1. AspenClean
  2. Cleaning With Love
  3. Life Maid Easy Home Cleaning Service

Best carpet cleaning service

  1. COIT
  2. Citrus-O Carpet Care
  3. Brisas Carpet Care

Best funeral home

  1. Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, 1209–207 West Hastings Street
  2. Kearney Funeral Services
  3. Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery

Best local band (unsigned)

  1. Sex with Strangers
  2. Two Apple Tobacco
  3. Redrick Sultan

Best independent label

  1. 604 Records/Light Organ
  2. Mint Records
  3. Neptoon Records

Best dance/DJ club

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

Best nightclub

  1. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  2. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
  3. Numbers, 1042 Davie

Best place for karaoke

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

Best burlesque show

  1. The Biltmore: Kitty Nights Burlesque
  2. Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society
  3. Geekenders

Best place to go dancing

  1. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie
  2. The Roxy, 932 Granville
  3. Venue, 881 Granville

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

Best spin studio

  1. Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary, 154 West Hastings Street
  2. Method Indoor Cycling
  3. TaG Cycling
  4. Ride Cycle Club, 881 Hamilton Street

Best yoga studio

  1. Yyoga
  2. Semperviva Yoga
  3. Bikram Yoga Vancouver (City Hall)

Best Pilates studio

  1. Pacific Spirit Pilates
  2. Pilates Unlimited Fitness & Rehabilitation Studio
  3. Line 5 Studios

Best dance studio

  1. Harbour Dance Centre, 927 Granville, 3rd floor
  2. iDance Studios, 119 West Broadway
  3. Ballet Lounge

Best martial-arts studio

  1. Purple Dragon Kitsilano, 2939 West 4th Avenue
  2. Elements Academy of Martial Arts, 4465 Dunbar Street
  3. Champions Martial Arts and Kickboxing Academy, 125 E. 1st St., North Van
  4. Posener's Pankration

Best personal training gym

  1. Innovative Fitness
  2. Kalev Fitness Solution
  3. Ted Loo Fitness

Best independent gym

  1. Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga
  2. Spartacus Gym, 1522 Commercial Drive
  3. Level 10 Fitness & Physiotherapy

Best gym (women)

  1. She's Fit
  2. Sweat Co. Workout Studios, 736 Richards Street
  3. The Bar Method Vancouver, 837 Beatty Street

Best chiropractor

  1. Peakform Wellness
  2. Revolution Health
  3. Back2Health Chiropractic Clinic
  4. Dr. Randall Trester, West 1st Chiropractic Wellness Centre, 1864 West 1st Avenue

Best acupuncturist

  1. Acubalance Wellness Centre, 250–828 West 8th Avenue
  2. Glow Acupuncture & Wellness Center, 410-1008 Homer
  3. Acupuncture Vancouver

Best massage therapist

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

Best naturopathic clinic

  1. Qi Integrated Health, 1764 West 7th Avenue
  2. Sage Clinic, 487 Davie Street
  3. Acubalance Wellness Centre, 250–828 West 8th Avenue
  4. Springs Eternal Natural Health Clinic

Best integrated-health clinic

  1. Qi Integrated Health, 1764 West 7th Avenue
  2. Peakform Wellness
  3. Westcoast Integrative Health

Best health supplement store

  1. Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre, 1111 West Broadway
  2. Genesis Nutrition
  3. Whole Foods Market, Various locations

Best herbal clinic

  1. Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary, 2672 W. Broadway
  2. Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre, 1111 West Broadway
  3. Greenleaf Acupuncture & Herb Clinic

Dispensary with the best mellow strains

  1. Weeds Glass & Gifts
  2. Eden Medicinal Society
  3. BC Compassion Club Society
  4. The Village Dispensary

Dispensary with the best potent strains

  1. The Village Dispensary
  2. Eden Medicinal Society
  3. BC Compassion Club Society

Dispensary with the best variety of marijuana oils

  1. Eden Medicinal Society
  2. BC Compassion Club Society
  3. Sunrise Wellness Foundation

Best dispensary to just chill out

  1. Canna Clinic
  2. Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headshop and Vapor Lounge
  3. Eden Medicinal Society
  4. Healing Tree

Best natural pharmacy

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

Best fertility clinic

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

Best medical clinic

  1. Cross Roads Clinics, 350-507 W. Broadway
  2. Khatsahlano Medical Clinics, 2685 West Broadway
  3. Pacific Medical Clinic
  4. Vital Health

Best optometrist

  1. West 10th Eyes
  2. Performance Vision Optometry
  3. Vida Eyecare

Best hearing-aid clinic

  1. Connect Hearing
  2. Crystal Hearing Centre
  3. Precision Hearing Clinic

Best medical-marijuana dispensary

  1. Seymour Wellness Society
  2. Healing Tree
  3. Canna Clinic

Best place for cosmetic surgery

  1. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  2. False Creek Healthcare, 555 West 8th Avenue
  3. Fairview Plastic Surgery Centre

Best place for a non-surgical makeover

  1. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  2. The Vanity Lab
  3. Sephora

Best laser hair-removal centre

  1. Arbutus Laser, 106-2025 West Broadway
  2. Skinworks, 3568/3578 West 41st Avenue
  3. Urban Body Laser

Best barbershop

  1. Barber & Co.
  2. JD's Barbershop, 235 Abbott Street
  3. Man Cave Barber Shop

Best hair salon

  1. Suki's
  2. Brush Salon
  3. the dye lot

Best place to get a facial

  1. Skoah, 1011 Hamilton Street
  2. Spa Diva
  3. Breathe Spa

Best bridal store

  1. Bisou Bridal, 440 West 2nd Avenue
  2. Blush Bridal & Special Occasions, 1189 Hamilton Street
  3. Truvelle Bridal

Best local designer-clothing store

  1. Oak + Fort
  2. Nicole Bridger, 14 Water Street
  3. Devil May Wear, 3957 Main Street

Best shoe store (independent)

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

Best baby/toddler store

  1. West Coast Kids
  2. Crocodile Baby, 2156 West 4th Avenue
  3. Lusso Baby

Best custom-jewellery store

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

Best department store

  1. Hudson's Bay
  2. Nordstrom Pacific Centre
  3. Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street

Best boutique hotel–Metro Vancouver

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

Best resort/hotel–Gulf Islands

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

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. Nicholas North Gold Centre

Best local travel agency

  1. Flight Centre, Various locations
  2. Travel Best Bets , 201-3011 Underhill Avenue, Burnaby
  3. The Travel Group

Best adventure-tour company

  1. G Adventures, 109-1965 W. 4th
  2. Landsea Tours & Adventures, 680 Industrial Avenue
  3. Sea to Sky Sailing

Best B.C. bike-tour company

  1. Cycle City Tours
  2. Great Explorations, 102-1529 West 6th Avenue
  3. Endless Biking, 1401 Hunter Street
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