Nightlife Readers’ Picks 2020

Readers’ Picks were chosen exclusively by readers through a two-month nomination process followed by a two-month voting process. The nominations were not tampered with by Queen City Nerve staff at all — save for removing ourselves from a few categories to proactively dispel any notions of favoritism. In other words, if you disagree with these ones, that’s on your fellow reader, not us.

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Best Annual Party

Abari Game Bar Block Party
Runner Up: St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

Jackie DeLoach of Hattie's Tap & Tavern
Jackie DeLoach (left) of Hattie’s Tap & Tavern with Zach Pulliam of Abari came on Nooze Hounds. (Photo by Lea Bekele)

Best Arcade Bar

Abari Game Bar
Runner Up: Pins Mechanical


Best Bar To Make A New Friend

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern


Best Bar To People-Watch

Abari Game Bar
Runner Up: Workman’s Friend


Best Bartender

Chris Burns, Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Stefan Huebner, Dot Dot Dot


Best Bowling Alley

Ten Park Lanes
Runner Up: AMF University Lanes


Best Cigar Bar

The Jailhouse, Belmont
Runner Up: Tailored Smoke

The Jailhouse in Belmont. (Photo by Dana Vindigni)

Best Club DJ

That Guy Smitty
Runner Up: DJ Spider


Best Cocktail Bar

Dot Dot Dot
Runner Up: Idlewild


Best Dance Club

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Petra’s


Best Dive Bar

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Thirsty Beaver


Best Dog Bar

Hattie’s Tap & Tavern
Runner Up: Lucky Dog Bark & Brew


Best Hookah Bar

The Peace Pipe
Runner Up: Crave Dessert Bar


Best Karaoke

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Jeff’s Bucket Shop


Best LGBTQ-Friendly Bar

Runner Up: Snug Harbor


Best Mixologist

Stefan Huebner
Runner Up: Brian DuBois

Stefan Huebner (Photo by Peter Taylor)

Best Neighborhood Bar

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern


Best Place For a First Date

Abari Game Bar
Runner Up: Haberdish


Best Place To Grab a Quick Drink

Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Hattie’s Tap & Tavern


Best Pool Hall

Elizabeth Billiards
Runner Up: Midwood Country Club


Best Singles Bar

Abari Game Bar
Runner Up: Dandelion Market


Best Sports Bar

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
Runner Up: Steamers Sports Pub


Best Strip Club

Uptown Cabaret
Runner Up: The Men’s Club


Best Trivia Event

Mindless Minutia Trivia
Runner Up: Heist Brewery


Best Trivia Host

Jacob Gresham
Runner Up: Kaila Dehart


Best Weekly Nightlife Event

Le Bang, Snug Harbor
Runner Up: Mindless Minutia Trivia


Best Wine Bar

Dilworth Tasting Room, The Bohemian (tie)
Runner Up: Foxcroft Wine Co.

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