2023 Nomination Round

Vote for the best of everything in Charlotte in our annual awards competition.

What is Best in the Nest?

Every day in our paper and on our website we highlight the people, places and things that we believe you should be aware of in Charlotte. Now is your time to choose the best the Queen City has to offer in five categories of over 350 businesses, artists, musicians, restaurants and much more. 


In our annual Best in the Nest issue, we look back at some of the most important stories, the biggest impacts, biggest failures and all around hilarity of the past year. You can learn all about last year’s winners in our 2022 Best in the Nest awards.

2023 Best in the Nest PARTY

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3-8 p.m. | Norfolk Hall – 2905 Griffith Street

Join us in celebrating all of our 2023 Best in the Nest winners, and our five-year anniversary as Queen City Nerve! Expect an evening full of live music (Dane Page – Te’jani & Tre Ahmad – Natalie Carr – Oceanic), live art, art galleries, drinks, amazing food, and many other great experiences. We are planning the best holiday party of the year and hope to see you there!

Nominations are CLOSED

Nominate your favorites before September 30, 2023


How to vote in the nomination round


Voting is easy in the nomination round. Scroll through our categories of:


  • Food & Drink
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • City Life
  • Consumer Culture
  • Nightlife


Type in your choice for the best of each category. You do not need to fill in each and every option, but we recommend you do so in order to highlight the folks you think deserve a nod and have your voice heard. 


Voting in the nomination round is limited to one session per valid email address to compensate for ballot stuffing. Be sure to come back in October for the final voting round!

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