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City Guides: Best of Indy 2012 

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The votes are in and calculated for more than 100 Best of Indy winners in our annual readers' poll!

Check out who NUVO readers voted as the best arts, entertainment, music, dining, nightlife and local business options in Indianapolis:

Browse the online issue, download the PDF, check out the list of winners below or pick up the Best of Indy in this week's NUVO, on stands across Indianapolis.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to the thousands of NUVO readers who cast their votes in this year's contest!

Best of Indy 2012: ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA
Best of Indy 2012: SHOP LOCAL
Best of Indy 2012: MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
Best of Indy 2012: FOOD & DRINK


Best of Indy 2012: ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA

*indicates different winner than 2011

Best Local Museum
1. Children's Museum of Indianapolis
2. IMA
3. Indiana State Museum

Best Local Art Gallery
1. *Indianapolis Art Center
2. Stutz Art Space
3. Harrison Center

Best Local Performing Arts Group
1. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
2. Dance Kaleidoscope
3. Indianapolis Children's Choir

Best Local Comedy venue/group
1. Crackers (Broad Ripple)
2. Comedy Sportz
3. Crackers (Downtown)

Best Burlesque Troupe (New category in 2012)
1. *Angel Burlesque
2. Bottoms Up Burlesque
3. Hasenpfeffer

Best Local Live Theatre
1. Indiana Repertory Theatre
2. Phoenix
3. IndyFringe

Best Local Film Festival
1. Heartland Film Festival
2. Indianapolis International Film Festival
3. Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

Best Local Outdoor Festival
1. *Indy Pride
2. Broad Ripple Art Fair
3. Talbott St. Art Fair

Best Local Public Art Installation
1. *46 for XLVI
2. "LOVE" (Robert Indiana), IMA Grounds
3. "Ann Dancing" (Julian Opie), Mass Ave

Best Local Cultural District
1. Broad Ripple
2. Mass Ave
3. Fountain Square

Best Local Public Park/Greenspace
1. *IMA's 100 Acres: Virginia B.  Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
2. Downtown Canal/White River State Park
3. Eagle Creek Park

Best Local College/University
1. Butler
2. IUPUI
3. UIndy

Best Local Blog/Web site  
1. *HistoricIndianapolis.com
2. HoosierBeerGeek.com
3. MyOldKentuckyBlog.com

Best Local Radio Station
1. WFYI 90.1
2. WTTS 92.3
3. WZPL 99.5

Best Local Radio Personality
1. *Bob and Tom
2. Dave Smiley
3. Matthew Socey

Best Local Television Station
1. WTHR 13
2. WFYI 20
3. WXIN 59

Best Local News Anchor/reporter (tv)
1. Andrea Morehead, WTHR
2. Angela Ganote, WXIN
3. Debby Knox, WISH

Best Local Sports Reporter (tv/radio)
1. Dave Calaboro, WTHR
2. Anthony Calhoun, WISH
3. Chris Hagan, WXIN

Best Local Weatherforecaster (tv/radio)
1. Angela Buchman, WISH
2. Chuck Lofton, WTHR
3. Paul Poteet, WZPL

Best Local Pro Sports Team
1. Colts
2. Pacers
3. Indians

Best Local College/Amateur Sports Team
1. Butler Bulldogs Basketball
2. Naptown Roller Girls
3. IUPUI Jaguars Basketball

Best Local Place to Volunteer
1. *Humane Society of Indianapolis
2. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
3. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Central Indiana

Best Local Charitable Event
1. Mutt Strut
2. Tonic Ball
3. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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Best of Indy 2012: SHOP LOCAL

*indicates different winner than 2011

Best Indiana Beer
1. Sun King
2. Upland
3. 3 Floyds

Best Indiana Wine
1. Oliver Winery
2. New Day Meadery
3. Easley Winery

Best Local Liquor/Wine Retailer
1. Kahn's
2. 21st Amendment
3. Goose the Market

Best place to buy locally produced foods
1. * Indianapolis City Market
2. Goose the Market
3. Broad Ripple Farmers' Market

Best Local Bakery/Sweets
1. The Flying Cupcake
2. Long's Bakery
3. Taylor's Bakery

Best Local Shopping for Books
1. Big Hat Books
2. Bookmama's
3. Downtown Comics

Best Local Shopping for Music
1. LUNA Music
2. Indy CD & Vinyl
3. Karma Records

Best Local Shopping for Flowers
1. McNamara
2. Posh Petals
3. Watts Bloomin

Best Local Shopping for Pet Stuff
1. Three Dog Bakery
2. Pet Supplies Plus
3. Humane Society of Indianapolis

Best Local Shopping for Gifts/Home
1. Silver in the City
2. Global Gifts
3. Mass Ave Toys

Best Local Shopping for Bikes & Bike Gear
1. * BGI
2. Indy Cycle Specialist
3. Joe's Cycles

Best Local Shopping for New/Used Cars
1. * Penske Honda
2. Butler Scion
3. Dreyer & Reinbold

Best Local Shopping for Men's Fashion
1. Broad Ripple Vintage
2. Leon Tailoring
3. Rag-O-Rama

Best Local Shopping for Women's Fashion
1. Pitaya
2. IndySwank
3. Girly Chic Boutique

Best Local Shopping for Vintage/Consignment Fashion
1. Broad Ripple Vintage
2. Toggery
3. Rag-O-Rama

Best Local Shopping for Antiques/Vintage Items
1. Midland Arts & Antiques Market
2. Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall
3. Southport Antique Mall

Best Local Spa
1. * Studio 2000
2. Philipe's Day Spa & Cosmetique
3. Villaggio Day Spa

Best Local Hair Salon
1. *Snips of Irvington
2. The Vault
3. Salon Orange Moon

Best Local Yoga/Pilates Studio
1. * Invoke Yoga & Pilates
2. CITYOGA
3. Indy House of Pilates

Best Local Health/Fitness Center
1. * NIFS
2. Indy Bike Hub YMCA
3. Lifetime Fitness

Best Local Tattoo/Piercing Studio
1. Metamorphosis
2. Artistic Skin Designs
3. Irish Ink

Best Local Smoke/ Tobacco Shop
1. Magic Bus
2. Hardwicke's Pipe & Tobacco
3. The Cigar Bar

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Best of Indy 2012: MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

*indicates different winner than 2011

Best Local Artist/Group
1. Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
2. Jennie DeVoe
3. Cara Jean Marcy

Best Local Rock
1. *The Twin Cats
2. Living Proof
3. Harley Poe

Best Local Roots
1. Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band
2. Cara Jean Marcy
3. The Cousin Brothers

Best Local Punk/Hardcore
1. Gay Black Republican
2. Vacation Club
3. Stand and Deliver

Best Local Hip-hop
1. *Oreo Jones
2. Rusty Redenbacher
3. Blake Allee

Best Local Metal
1. Devil to Pay
2. Coffinworm
3. Smoke Ring

Best Local Jazz
1. *Frank Glover
2. Rob Dixon (tie)
3. Cathy Morris (tie)

Best Local Blues
1. *Governor Davis
2. Gordon Bonham
3. Gene Deer

Best DJ
1. *A-Squared Industries
2. Slater Hogan
3. Indiana Jones

Best Local Label (NEW CATEGORY)
1. *GloryHole Records
2. Asthmatic Kitty
3. Owl Studios

Best live music venue (small: bar/club)
1. Radio Radio
2. Rathskeller
3. Slippery Noodle

Best live music venue (big: theater/amphitheater)
1. The Vogue
2. Murat
3. Egyptian Room

Best all-ages venue
1. *Earth House
2. Egyptian Room
3. Hoosier Dome

Best open mic night
1. Slippery Noodle
2. Locals Only
3. Earth House

Best Karaoke
1. Living Room Lounge
2. Metro
3. Mass Ave Pub

Best Bartenders
1. Talbott Street
2. Melody Inn
3. Chatham Tap

Best place to people watch
1. Alley Cat
2. Talbott Street
3. Old Point Tavern

Best bar food
1. Scotty's Brewhouse
2. Chatham Tap
3. Ale Emporium

Best place for sports fans
1. Scotty's Brewhouse
2. Kilroy's
3. Moe and Johnny's

Best place for suits
1. Nicky Blaine's
2. St. Elmo's 1933 Lounge
3. Ball & Biscuit

Best mid-week club/bar
1. Chatham Tap
2. Sinking Ship
3. Twenty Tap

Best place for punks
1. Melody Inn
2. Alley Cat
3. Emerson Theater

Best place for hippies
1. Mousetrap
2. Earth House
3. Lazy Daze

Best ultra-lounge
1. * 45 degrees
2. Blu
3. Blu Martini

Best place for dancing
1. Talbott Street
2. The Vogue
3. Ike & Jonesy's

Best LGBT club/bar
1. Talbott Street
2. Metro
3. Greg's

Best place for hooking up
1. *Alley Cat
2. Mineshaft
3. Wild Beaver

Best place for a lap dance
1. PT's Showclub
2. Brad's Brass Flamingo
3. Unicorn Club

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Best of Indy 2012: FOOD & DRINK

*indicates different winner than 2011

Best Local Chinese Restaurant
1. * Naisa Pan-Asian Cafe
2. Side Wok Cafe
3. King Dragon (Broad Ripple)
   
Best Local Japanese Restaurant
1. Naked Tchopstix
2. Sakura
3. H2O Sushi

Best Local Thai Restaurant
1. Siam Square
2. Thai Cafe
1. 3. Thai Spice

Best Local Indian Restaurant
1. India Garden
2. Shalimar
3. India Palace

Best Local Italian Restaurant
1. Mama Carolla's
2. Iaria's
3. Milano Inn

Best Latin American Restaurant
1. * La Hacienda
2. La Piedad
3. El Rodeo

Best Local Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant
1. Santorini Greek Kitchen
2. BARcelona Tapas
3. Greek Islands

Best Local Middle Eastern/No. African Restaurant
1. Saffron
2. Bosphorus
3. Egyptian Cafe

Best Local English Pub/Celtic Food
1. Chatham Tap
2. Red Lion Grog House
3. Broad Ripple Brewpub

Best Local Deli/Sandwich Shop
1. Shapiro's
2. Goose the Market
3. Ripple Bagel Deli

Best Local Burgers
1. Boogie Burger
2. Bru Burger Bar
3. Scotty's Brewhouse

Best Local Pizza
1. Bazbeaux
2. Jockamo
3. Pizzology

Best Local Steak
1. St. Elmo Steakhouse    
2. Harry & Izzy's
3. Bynum's Steakhouse

Best Local Wings
1. Scotty's Brewhouse
2. Maxine's Chicken and Waffles
3. Chatham Tap

Best Local Pork Tenderloin
1. Mug-n-Bun
2. Edwards Drive-In
3. Bourbon Street

Best Local Coffeehouse
1. * Hubbard & Cravens
2. Lazy Daze
3. Monon Coffee Company

Best Local Breakfast/Brunch Dining
1. Cafe Patachou
2. 3 Sisters
3. Taste

Best Local Late Night Dining
1. Hot Box Pizza
2. Peppy Grill
3. Ripple Bagel Deli

Best Local Vegan/Vegetarian Dining
1. * Yats
2. 3 Sisters
3. Cafe Patachou

Best Local Upscale Dining
1. St. Elmo Steak House
2. Harry & Izzy's
3. Recess

Best Local Budget-minded Dining
1. Yats
2. Papa Roux
3. Mug-n-Bun

Best Local Romantic Dining
1. Mama Carolla's
2. Eagle's Nest
3. Jazz Kitchen

Best Service (Was called "Best Local Wait Staff")
1. * St. Elmo Steakhouse
2. Jockamo
3. Scotty's Brewhouse

Best Wine List (Was called "Local Winebar/Wine List")
1. Corner Wine Bar   
2. Tastings
3. St. Elmo Steakhouse

Best Place to Drink Local Beer
1. Sun King
2. Twenty Tap
3. Thr3e Wise Men

Best Food Truck (new category)
1. *West Coast Tacos
2. duos
3. Scratch

Best Outdoor Dining (new category)
1. * Creation Cafe
2. Flatwater
1. 3. Broad Ripple Brewpub

Best New Local Restaurant
1. * Bru Burger Bar
2. Twenty Tap
3. The Libertine

Best Local Restaurant
1. Yats
2. St. Elmo Steakhouse
3. Mama Carolla's

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