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Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Celebrating the past year and with an eye toward the future, let's bring on this year's Bestie-winning events.

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

With the closure of bars due to Covid-19, reading about which bars are best in the Bay Area according to our readers may be a bit like looking through the window of a candy shop when it's closed.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Besties breakfast? - Vote for Your faves

Besties breakfast? - Vote for Your faves

  • by Events Editor
  • Nov 20, 2019

Is The Grubstake your favorite late night or breakfast eatery? Here, John serves up tasty omelets and 'taters. Nominate your favorite restaurants, nightclubs and more in our 2020 Besties.

The Besties winners have arrived

The Besties winners have arrived

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 3, 2019

Welcome to this year's Besties, the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll of favorite people, places, and things.

Besties: Services and Shopping: B.A.R. readers mostly stick with the familiar

Besties: Services and Shopping: B.A.R. readers mostly stick with the familiar

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 3, 2019

Best Dog Park Duboce Dog Park Duboce Dog Park in the Castro remains a favorite of Bay Area Reporter readers.

Besties: Community: SF LGBT center tops in Bay Area

Besties: Community: SF LGBT center tops in Bay Area

  • by Alex Madison
  • Apr 3, 2019

Best LGBT Nonprofit SF LGBT Community Center This year, the Besties made this category all about local LGBT centers. When the ballots were counted, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center topped the field.

Besties: Weddings & Destinations: Readers flock to Marshall's Beach

Besties: Weddings & Destinations: Readers flock to Marshall's Beach

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 3, 2019

Best Beach Marshall's Beach After this winter's deluges, a day at the beach is certainly in order. And for San Francisco residents, the easiest way to sprawl out on the sand is to head to this formally hidden away gay seaside spot.

Bestied interests

Bestied interests

  • by Events Editor
  • Apr 3, 2019

You may have noticed a few new winners this year. In the tradition of multi-year winners who gracefully volunteered to move to 'emeritus' status, in order to give other talented folks a chance, we've omitted a few familiar favorites.

Bestie Peeps - Your favorite singers, MCs, dragsters and DJs

Bestie Peeps - Your favorite singers, MCs, dragsters and DJs

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 3, 2019

They love the nightlife, they love to boogie. And this year, our creatures of the night like to mix it up. We've got all new winners in the bartending category, a ladies rout in the comedy club, and a wake-up call in the gogo guys competition.

Bestie Eats - Your fave brunch, dinner, desserts and more

Bestie Eats - Your fave brunch, dinner, desserts and more

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 3, 2019

"We are everywhere!" may be a queer community rallying cry, but once again, Bestie voters don't seem to eat anywhere but the Castro and the Mission.

Bestie Sexys - Ongoing and missed erotic outlets

Bestie Sexys - Ongoing and missed erotic outlets

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 3, 2019

Our Bestie winner in Sex celebrate businesses that help you embrace your desires. We want you to embrace, engage with and utilize them while you still can.

Besties announced in Arts & Culture

Besties announced in Arts & Culture

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Apr 2, 2019

We are pleased as punch to bring you the 2019 Besties Award winners in nine Arts & Culture categories. Along with sampling some press appreciations of the winners, we also list the second-place and third-place winners and runners-up. Congratulations, all!

Besties 2019 LGBTQ Performing Artist of the Year: Charles Busch

Besties 2019 LGBTQ Performing Artist of the Year: Charles Busch

  • by John F. Karr
  • Apr 2, 2019

Monday night is not a usual night to step out and see a show. Which means we'll all be free to meet up at the Oasis on Mon., April 8, to see Charles Busch in his brand-new cabaret act.