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Best of Atlanta 2013

Maybe you’re new in town, just passing through or a longtime local looking for some fresh advice on what’s hot around the city. No matter where you’re coming from, we get you. In our highly anticipated Best of Atlanta list, we report on the most stylish shops, hip haunts, sizzlin’ bars, coolest ’hoods and more—all of which are turning the heat way up, just as warm weather hits. And, thanks to you, our incredible readers who shared opinions on your faves across town, this year’s online voting reached record levels (13,000-plus!). From old classics to neighborhood newbies, the A just keeps getting better (and so do you). Soak it up!

Wait, there's much more! Click here to see all of JEZEBEL's Best of Atlanta 2013 picks in the April digital edition.

AROUND THE CITY

Best Spot to Spend a Saturday Afternoon: Piedmont Park
Between basketball, tennis and bocce courts, a dog park, green market, an aquatic center, playgrounds and a fishing lake, the question is: What can’t you do at Piedmont Park? Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Art Gallery: Kai Lin Art
Swing by Kai Lin for a gander at the best contemporary work in every medium imaginable by established artists and emerging talents. Westside, @kailinart

Best Small Concert Venue: The Tabernacle
Practice your musical devotion at this church-turned-concert venue. The intimate setting allows you to get up and close with your favorite musicians, while the extravagant interiors and multiple bars keep things entertaining during intermission. Downtown, @tabernacleatl

Best Downtown Attraction: Georgia Aquarium
Penguins, dolphins, whales, sharks—even an octopus! You can get closer to the action with a scuba tour, which puts this goliath aquarium 10,000 leagues ahead of the rest. Downtown, @georgiaaquarium

Best Park for a Picnic: Piedmont Park
Whether you’re looking to lay down a blanket for two or hang with a gaggle of hungry park-goers, this green-space has 22 grills, a 25-seat two-story bandstand and a 64-seat picnic shelter perfect for the occasion. Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Golf Course: East Lake
The home of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola since 2005, the likes of Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson have all made par at this historic Bobby Jones-designed course. East Lake, @eastlakegc

Best Annual Event: Peachtree Road Race
Since the first race in 1970, this historic 4th of July run has grown from 110 participants to more than 60,000 runners (they had to instill a lottery last year) vying for a spot. Buckhead, @atltrackclub

Best Outdoor Festival: Atlanta Dogwood Festival
An annual tradition for nearly eight decades, this year’s festival is set to feature an artist market, disc dog tournament and a live performance by award-winning country singer Sara Evans. Midtown, @dogwoodfestival

Best Outdoor Concert Venue: Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater
What’s better than being serenaded under the summer stars in an elegant outdoor venue? Grabbing your pals, packing a picnic and BYOB, that’s what. Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

TYING THE KNOT

Best Wedding Planner: André Winfrye Events
As a full-service event-planning and design service, André Winfrye Events will customize your big day, down to every last detail. Keep your eye on the relaxation of your honeymoon, while they handle everything else. @vdiogene

Best Caterer: A Legendary Event
Tony Conway and his team always deliver an exceptional experience for your wedding guests. Choose from chef-attended stations or sit-down dinners, or treat your guests to mini desserts, such as crème brulee or chocolate-covered strawberries. @alegendaryevent

Best Stationery & Invitations: Jenny’s Paper, Ink!
Save-the-date cards, wedding invites, thank-you notes and more—whether you’re looking for classic elegance or contemporary creativity, design your whole wedding paper suite here. Sandy Springs

Best Wedding Photographer: The Decisive Moment
These photojournalists capture your most special memories and make them last a lifetime. They work behind the scenes, snapping every last minute of your big day without being obtrusive—and when you see your photos, you’ll tear up all over again. @dmweddings

Best Florist: Tulip
No job is too big—or too small—for this talented team of florists. Whether they’re creating living chandeliers of hydrangeas or bold bouquets of bright blooms, Tulip’s wedding creations are never less than stunning. Grant Park

Best Bridal Boutique: Kelly’s Closet
Have your bridal moment on the pedestal at Kelly’s, where you’ll find ethereal creations by Claire Pettibone, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Packham, Angel Sanchez and more. Candler Park, @kellysclosetatl

Best Wedding Cake: Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes
With from-scratch recipes, fresh ingredients and specialty flavors, like pumpkin hazelnut and piña colada, Mark Lotti’s architectural masterpieces are easy on the eyes and your taste buds. Buckhead, @classiccandc

Best Engagement Rings: Ascot Diamonds
Take her breath away with stunning sparklers and one-of-a kind designs from the jeweler’s meticulous collection. Sandy Springs, @ascotdiamonds

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party: Tongue & Groove
Gather your gals and hit the town to celebrate one last night of the single life with dancing and debauchery at our fave Buckhead spot to let loose. We won’t judge you for taking a swing around one of their poles or shaking it on the go-go stage. Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best Place for a Bachelor Party: Reign Nightclub/Vanquish Lounge
If your wifey-to-be isn’t letting your bachelor party go down in Vegas, head to this club duo to get a taste of Sin City. Get a table and pop some bottles with the boys in the Habachy designed space, where the music is bumpin’ and the eye candy couldn’t be sweeter. Midtown, @reignatlanta

PERSONALITIES

Best Local Singer-Songwriter: Hannah Thomas
At just 23, this young rocker (Shawn Mullins and Zac Brown Band are fans) has toured nationwide, performed during halftime at an Atlanta Falcons game and plans to release her fifth album ’70s rock and ’90s alternative-inspired tunes) later this year. Clearly, we’re all ears. @htmusic

Best Local Band: Yacht Rock Revue
This group of seven knows how to, well, rock—whether onstage with John Mayer, Zac Brown Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd, or giving their hometown fans a highly entertaining show. Catch them playing the Yacht Rock Revival this summer at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater. @yachtrockrevue

Best Local Artist: Steve Penley
Using familiar faces and icons (think Coca-Cola) with bold strokes and brazen colors, Penley paints a fresh Americana that’s not your granny’s Norman Rockwell. @stevepenleyart

Best Local DJ: DJ Mark Battle
Spinning oldies and pop to Afrobeat and neo-soul, the man with the glittering headphones will keep your party on its feet. Stone Mountain, @onesoundandent

Best Local Athlete: Tony Gonzalez
Don’t fret, Atlantans! The famed Falcons tight end is back after popular demand. After news of retirement, Gonzalez recently announced he would, in fact, be back with his Dirty Birds next season. @tonygonzalez88

ONLINE

Best Tweeter: Lauren Taylor Baker
Join this socialite’s over 66,000 followers for an insider’s look at the latest parties, fashion events and all-things glamorous going on in A-Town. @bravenewlauren

Best Local Blog: What Now Atlanta
Insider and social-media guru Caleb Spivak keeps Atlantans in the know on the city’s resto, retail and real-estate scene. Put this one in your bookmarks, and impress friends with your up-to-the-minute knowledge on what’s happening in the A. @whatnowatlanta

Best Facebook Page: Jessica Black
This blonde beauty does it all. She won Miss United States in 2010, was named one of JEZEBEL’s Most Eligible in 2012 and has a heart of gold—giving back to charities all over town. The only thing she can’t do is accept your Facebook friend request... with more than 5,200 friends, she’s at capacity! @jessicablackatl

Best Daily Deals Email: SweetJack
SweetJack never sends you somewhere shady, but sniffs out top-notch bargains for luxe spas, shops, dining and entertainment. @sweetjack

TV & RADIO

Best TV Sportscaster: Ken Rodriguez of FOX 5
This enthusiastic Emmy-award winning sportscaster (and former football star at Furman University) gives us the play-by-play weeknights at 6 and 10. @krodfox5

Best Local News Team: 11Alive
Brenda, Karyn, Ted and the gang keep you up to speed on happenings in your hood, and we’re pretty impressed that Chesley can say “Wizometer” with a straight face. @11alive

Best Morning Anchor: Tracye Hutchins of CBS’ Better Mornings Atlanta
Smart, classy and gorgeous—it’s no wonder Hutchins has been making better mornings for Atlantans since 2007. @cbsatlhutchins

Best Sportscasters: Chuck & Chernoff of 680 The Fan
Sports radio is serious business, and Chuck & Chernoff’s encyclopedic research and color commentary on SEC/ACC and pro teams is no exception (except for the serious part). @mattandchuck

Best Radio Personality: Larry Wachs of The Regular Guys
This funnyman (and the self-proclaimed reason for Tony Gonzalez’ Falcons return) keeps us LOL-ing all the way around I-285. @houseofwachs

Best Morning Show: The Bert Show
Listening to Bert, Jeff and Kristin is like carpooling to work with your best friends. Besides, what other radio show is matching your pay this month? @thebertshow

Best All-Day Radio Station: Q100
A perfect mix of the latest hits and our all-time faves keeps us listening all day long—well, that, and scoring tix to see RiRi or T Swift. @q100atlanta