Besties 2020: Readers can't wait for their favorites to return


KaiKai Bee Michaels performed at QBar before the venue's fire and the recent closure of all Castro bars. Photo: Gooch
KaiKai Bee Michaels performed at QBar before the venue's fire and the recent closure of all Castro bars. Photo: Gooch  

In this time of staying at home and practicing physical distancing, it's catastrophic that the majority of this year's Besties winners are not open right now. But we pledged to publish this April 2 issue months ago, and we're fortunate and grateful to have a few advertisers who are committed to supporting us while they are closed.

A review of this year's victors of the Bay Area Reporter's 10th annual readers' poll begins on page 19. It is our hope that when the coronavirus pandemic eases and businesses begin to reopen, readers will patronize them — both as a show of support and because of their service, selection, or otherwise unique feature. The same is true across all categories of the poll, from arts and cultural organizations to nightlife and travel destinations.

Information included in these brief reviews is mostly intended for the future, although we do not know at this writing whether all of the featured people, places, and things will return as we remember them. This challenging time will bring significant changes to the scene; we'll have to wait and see what's next.

Check out all the winners at https://www.ebar.com/news/besties

— The Editors

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