Best of Columbia 2020 Categories

The nominations have been made! Voting begins June 3.

New for 2020

Best Family Attraction

Best Outdoor Activity

Best Restaurant –Main Street

Best Restaurant – The Vista

Best Restaurant – Five Points

Best Restaurant – Devine Street/Shandon/Rosewood

Best Restaurant – Forest Acres

Best Local Comedy or Improv Group

Best Place to Buy Used/Vintage Musical Instruments

Best Travel Agent

Local Media

Best Local TV News

Best Anchorperson

Best Weatherperson

Best Sportscaster

Best Local Website — News

Best Local Website — Sports

Best Local Website — Music/Entertainment

Best Radio Station

Best Local Radio Personality

Best Local Tweeter

Best Local Instagram

Best Local Social Media Influencer

Biggest Media Hog

Politics and City Life

Biggest Improvement in Columbia This Year

Best Use of Public Funds

Biggest Waste of Public Funds

Best Local Politician

Worst Local Politician

Best City or County Council Member

Worst City or County Council Member

Biggest Local ‘Hero’

Biggest Local ‘Zero’

Best Troublemaker

Best Activist Group or Effort

Best Charity

Best Place to Work

Best Green Business or Initiative

Best Local Business Leader

Best Small Business Owner

Biggest “Our Dumb State” Moment

Best Family Attraction

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Best Outdoor Activity

Places to Live

Best Neighborhood

Best New Home Community

Best Apartment Community

Best Retirement Community

Best Off-Campus Student Housing

Food and Drink

Best New Restaurant

Best Restaurant

Best Restaurant — Main Street

Best Restaurant — The Vista

Best Restaurant — Five Points

Best Restaurant — Devine Street/Shandon/Rosewood

Best Restaurant — Forest Acres

Best Restaurant — Irmo

Best Restaurant — Lexington

Best Restaurant — Northeast

Best Restaurant — West Columbia/Cayce

Best Chef

Best Service

Best Place for a First Date

Best Place to Dine Outdoors

Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying

Best ‘Farm to Table’ Restaurant

Best Wine List

Best Late Night Food

Best Take Out Food

Best Bang for the Buck

Best Fast Food Chain

Best National Chain Restaurant

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Best Coffee

Best Barista

Best Catering

Best Barbecue

Best Breakfast

Best Brunch

Best Burrito

Best Charcuterie Board

Best Deli/Sub/Sandwich Shop

Best Dessert

Best French Fries

Best Fried Chicken

Best Frozen Yogurt

Best Grits

Best Gyro

Best Hamburger

Best Hot Dog

Best Ice Cream

Best Milkshake

Best Mobile Food

Best Pizza

Best Ribs

Best Salad

Best Seafood Restaurant

Best Shrimp & Grits

Best Smoothie

Best Steak

Best Sushi

Best Sweet Tea

Best Taco

Best Vegetarian Menu

Best Veggie Burger

Best Wings

Best Asian Restaurant

Best Caribbean Restaurant

Best Chinese Restaurant

Best Greek Restaurant

Best Indian Restaurant

Best Italian Restaurant

Best Japanese Restaurant

Best Mexican Restaurant

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Best Soul Food

Best Southern Restaurant

Best Thai Restaurant

Arts, Music and Entertainment

Best Annual Event or Festival

Best Music Festival

Best Concert

Best Music Venue

Best Bar to See Live Music

Best Local Band

Best Local Hip-Hop Artist

Best Local Jazz or Blues Artist

Best Local Solo Artist

Best DJ

Best CD Store

Best Store For Vinyl

Best Musical Instrument Store

Best Karaoke

Best Recording Studio

Best Art Gallery

Best Local or Regional Museum

Best Visual Artist

Best Local Comedian

Best Local Comedy or Improv Group

Best Local Filmmaker

Best Dance Company

Best Dance Studio or School

Best Place to Celebrate a Birthday

Best Local Theater Company

Best Local Theater Production

Best Movie Theater

Clubs and Bars

Best New Bar or Club

Best Bar or Club

Best Bartender

Best Bar Service

Best Bar Trivia

Best Place to See Live Comedy

Best College Bar

Best Dance Club

Best Outdoor Deck

Best People-Watching Bar

Best Sports Bar

Best Neighborhood Bar — Downtown/The Vista

Best Neighborhood Bar — Five Points

Best Neighborhood Bar — Harbison/Irmo

Best Neighborhood Bar — Lexington

Best Neighborhood Bar — Northeast

Best Neighborhood Bar — Shandon/Rosewood/Forest Acres

Best Neighborhood Bar — West Columbia/Cayce

Best Gay Bar

Best Happy Hour

Best Beer Selection

Best Craft Beer Selection

Best Local Brewery

Best Brewpub

Coldest Beer

Best Cocktail Program

Best Bloody Mary

Best Margarita

Best Distillery


Best Shopping District

Best Alternative Clothing

Best Children’s Clothing

Best Men’s Clothing

Best Women’s Clothing

Best Consignment Store

Best Thrift Store

Best Antique Store

Best Place to Buy Used/Vintage Musical Instruments

Best Adult Store

Best Bridal Store

Best Convenience Store

Best Cycle Shop

Best Furniture Store

Best Gamecock Store

Best Gaming Store

Best Gift Shop

Best Gun Shop

Best Hardware Store

Best Jewelry Store

Best Marine Store

Best Place to Buy Comic Books

Best Place to Buy Used Books

Best Pottery Studio

Best Sporting Goods Store

Best Bakery

Best Butcher Shop

Best Natural Food Store

Best Place for Fresh Produce

Best Place to Buy CBD Products

Best Beer Store

Best Liquor Store

Best Wine Store

Best Smoke Shop

Best Vaping Store


Best After-School Program

Best Place for Music Lessons

Best Martial Arts School

Best Gymnastics/Cheerleading School

Best Continuing Education Institution

Best Bank or Credit Union

Best Mortgage Lender or Broker

Best Real Estate Agency

Best Real Estate Agent

Best Cleaning Service

Best Heating and Air Service

Best Home Builder

Best Electrician

Best Landscaping Company

Best Moving Company

Best Pest Control

Best Plumbing Repair

Best Roofer

Best Dry Cleaner

Best Law Firm

Best DUI Law Firm or Attorney

Best Escape Room

Best Event Venue

Best Farm

Best Florist

Best Funeral Home

Best Golf Course

Best Hotel

Best House of Worship

Best Insurance Company

Best Local Insurance Agent

Best Travel Agent

Best Outdoor/Camping Gear Retailer

Best Photographer

Best Videographer

Best Printing Company

Best Private or Charter School

Best River Rental/Guide Company

Best Screen Printer

Best Shooting Range

Best Smartphone and Computer Repair

Best Staffing Agency

Best Upholstery Service

Best Place to Get Alterations

Best Wedding Planner

Best Wine and Paint Studio

Beauty, Health and Wellness

Best Barber Shop

Best Hair Salon

Best Hair Stylist

Best Day Spa

Best Nail Salon

Best Piercing Studio

Best Tattoo Artist

Best Tattoo Studio

Best Fitness Club

Best Crossfit

Best Pilates

Best Yoga Studio

Best Hospital

Best Urgent Care

Best Place to Be Born

Best Acupuncturist

Best Chiropractor

Best Dentist

Best Dermatology Practice

Best Eye Doctor or Group

Best Family Practice

Best Home Health Care Service

Best Lactation Support

Best Massage Therapist

Best Orthodontist

Best Orthopedic Practice

Best Pediatric Care

Best Counselor or Therapist

Best Physical Therapy Practice

Best Plastic Surgery Clinic

Pet Services

Best Pet Supply Store

Best Kennel or Pet Boarding Facility

Best Pet Groomer

Best Veterinary Clinic

Best Dog Park


Best New Car Dealership

Best Used Car Dealership

Best Motorcycle Store

Best Auto Repair

Best Oil Change

Best Car Wash

Best Tire Dealer

Best Driving School

Best Cab or Rideshare Service

Best Limousine Service

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