Best Of Arts & Entertainment
Best New Bar
Sidebar isn't trying too hard to be one thing, but it's not trying too hard to please everyone either. It's just great.
Best Secret Bar
The Bar Inside Coyo Taco
Walk past the bathrooms and down the hall. There, you'll find a small, square room, softly lit by novena candles. A DJ plays a mix of soft house music, and people lounge on comfortable sofas.
Best Bar, North
Billy's Pub Too
You say you want your cheap drinks with a side of ribs? Come on down to Billy's Pub Too, friend.
Best Bar, Central
Ball & Chain
Though it's too late to see Holiday perform in person, Ball & Chain keeps the musical spirit alive with DJs, live bands, and singers all week.
Best Bar, West
The Bend Liquor Lounge
Architect Landy Lamas and builder Mo Lacayo have given these formerly sleazy digs a major face-lift, a fresh booze list, and a new name, opening as the Bend Liquor Lounge.
Best Bar, South
We ended up writing an entire 340-page book about how much we love Scully's, but we didn't have enough room to print it all.
Best Bar, Miami Beach
The bar is a welcome and rustic respite from the über-commercial Lincoln Road just outside the door.
Best Bar, Homestead/Florida City
Forget dehydrated meat and purple drink. This bar's got cold $2.50 Budweiser and free hot dogs on Sundays.
Best Pool Bar
"Doing #Business in #Miami looks like #Vacation... @ #Montys in #SoFe on #SouthBeach where else is there a #Pool in the middle of a #Restaurant w/ a #View of #Yachts on the #Intercoastal #Water"
Best Sports Bar
Sports bar in a strip mall. We'd usually sneer. But we swear Pubgrill doesn't suck.
Best Dive Bar
Happy's Stork Lounge
This glorious dive on the JFK Causeway breathes a special life into the neighborhood and acts as a courier for grimy, boozy goodness.
Best Drag Show
Maybe underground drag nights are more your thing, but these queens will impress with fun sidewalk-grinding lip-syncs full of hits from Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, and more.
Best Monthly Gay Party
Double Stubble at Gramps
The last Sunday afternoon of every month, there's no need to keep your sexuality subtle.
Best Gay Bar
The Bar at Hotel Gaythering
"Ugh, I wish there were a gay bar that was just like an actual bar. One that actually served craft cocktails instead of having shirtless bartenders shoot out vodka crans like it was an assembly line."
Best Weekly Party
Fridays at Basement Miami
Basement Miami at the new Miami Beach Edition, on the other hand, seems completely at ease taking big risks, even if that means introducing a downtown-esque nightclub to the middle of Miami Beach.
Best VIP Room
If you're looking for the VIP experience, you're going to want to request a table in the backroom area, where you'll find the "bedroom" and "bath."
Best Bar Food
Tap 79 is one of the least assuming joints in Miami. The beer hall is decorated in old typewriters, wine crates, and Jenga games and looks like it was funded with loose couch change.
The Rum Line
With its unpretentious bamboo furniture, large communal tables, and ever-present sea breezes, the Rum Line is the best place to live out your island fantasies.
The New York native shook Miami's cocktail foundation to the core when he opened the Florida Room at the Delano, bringing the art of the cocktail to a city where Diet Coke and vodka was the drink of choice.
The place to catch Casanova spinning live is at Murk Mondays at Coyo Taco, where he shows Miami every week that great, made-in-the-305 dance music is alive and well.
Best Electronica Artist
Javan's a man defined less by genre than by personal motivation. Always pushing himself toward new sounds, boredom is the only enemy and stagnation the only sin.
Best Dance Club
Do Not Sit on the Furniture
From the ashes of Bella Rose and the Boom Boom Room rose the littlest club that could, Do Not Sit on the Furniture.
Bluejay bridges the gap between Miami's rock and electronic-music scenes, bringing a new sound of acoustic folk and warmth to the 305.
Best Unknown Band
For the past few years, the Alvarezes have ceaselessly toiled away on their film and music projects, becoming minor celebrities among the folks who frequent Wynwood and Little Haiti's rock clubs.
Best Latin Band
Electric Piquete has become a staple in the 305's Latin music scene, performing everywhere from Little Havana's Ball & Chain to Coral Gables' Carnaval on the Mile and to national television audiences on Fusion TV.
With four collections of carefully crafted, stylistically nuanced cuts, this threesome is exploring the kind of heady future tuneage that blends all of Miami's essential yet disparate music scenes into a single mercurial sound.
Best Solo Musician
As a Dade County dude who grew up on Miami bass and homegrown house, he is the heir to Uncle Luke and DJ Laz, Oscar G and Ralph Falcon.
Best Radio Station
Shake 108 FM
The city finally has a musically tasteful radio station that not only leaves the Taylor Swifts, Sam Smiths, and Meghan Trainors of the world to Y-100 but that supports the local community.
Best Recording Studio
These storied halls have graced the world with LPs from everyone from Kool & the Gang to Ginuwine to the Game. Even Scott Storch and Madonna laid down some vinyl magic in Miami Lakes.
Best Record Label
Limited Fanfare Records
Launched in 2011, this local label, run by band manager and music-industry veteran Brian Kurtz, has released dozens of albums, EPs, compilations, and singles by both national and local acts.
Best Small Music Venue
Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir in downtown Miami oozes a certain kind of 1910s Parisian chic, with its art nouveau design flourishes and dim, dark air of decadent sophistication.
Best Live Music Venue
Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Among the Magic City's only permanent outdoor performance grounds, this 2,600-seat, 8,000-person music venue lends a heightened intensity and inimitable sense of place to any show.
Best Locals Venue
Every Monday through Saturday, Steam turns up the heat and the volume for the best and brightest of the underground dance and hip-hop world.
Phantogram at Grand Central, June 28, 2014
The band combined the 15-song set with a light show that was so simple and yet so effective in setting the tone for the performance.
Best Latin Club
La Covacha has become el mejor spot to swing your hips to Latin beats, not just in Doral but in all of Dade County.
Best Rock Club
Kill Your Idol
A noisy, boozy beach joint with actual bands like Kill Your Idol is a rare thing.
Best Underground Club
Miami Music Club
It was entirely improbable for Miami Music Club — an experimental electronic music, art, and literature venue — to take up residence on the same street as a Lanvin boutique and the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery. But thanks to Dacra, the artist-friendly real-estate company that donated a space for the venue, it did.
Best Strip Club
It's like you died and went to a drunk, naked afterparty for Super Bowl XXX.
Best Pool Hall
Pull out your cue. And put on your game face. Because you're in Sharp Shooters, and this isn't some college-crowd, beer-guzzling haven where loud novices mess their way through half-hearted games.
Best Ladies' Night
All that gratis booze is served with a side of the best dancehall, reggae, and old-school hip-hop jams.
You can watch the sun rise as you pull up a chair on the sidewalk to ogle the clubgoers stumbling out of downtown's clubs.
Best Hotel Lounge/Bar
The Vagabond Hotel Bar
The alfresco poolside bar is a Shangri-la unto itself.
Best Music Blog
The hidden gems among its hidden gems are the Tuff team's album lists, band interviews, and concert reviews.
Best Music Festival
International Noise Conference
Organized by local-music-scene legend Rat Bastard, INC has stretched into a five-day fest held every February at Churchill's Pub that brings noise performers from all over the world.
Amid the burro masks, "Chancho con Yuca" signs, and chicken statues, there is a vintage coin-operated CD machine loaded with mariachi music, Juan Gabriel, reggaeton records, Yo Quiero Bachata compilations, and Nica folk tunes.
Live Rock Band Karaoke at Little Hoolie's
Wanna make your heavy-metal fantasies come true? Every week, Miami's premier purveyor of karaoke nights, Kara-O-King, headbangs into Kendall sports bar Little Hoolie's.
Best Open-Mike Night
Theatre de Underground at Churchill's Pub
This is the quintessential Miami open-mike night. And it isn't always good. But it's always what the average Churchill's drunk would describe as "fucking entertaining."
Best Vinyl Shop
Museo del Disco
Museo del Disco has hooked up music junkies with a wide selection of CDs, DVDs, cassettes, and more since 2001, but the institution's foray into vinyl began just a couple of years ago.
Stashed away in an expansive building in downtown Miami are scores of archives, artifacts, and photographs from every era of South Florida's development, including more than a million images from the late 1800s to today.
Best Art Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art
Founded by former MOCA board members and staff, the ICA opened with a bang during Art Basel 2014.
Best Art Gallery
Guccivuitton has hosted a variety of smart and interesting exhibitions, including the 2014 group show "Luxury Face," which elegantly skewered consumer culture.
Moore applies his restrained taste to Miami's outrageous ambiance, and the result is a body of work that'll inspire you to see the city in a new light.
Best Public Art
Jose de Diego Middle School
The murals provide limitless inspiration for the kids who walk its halls — and Jose de Diego's new arts program is slated to begin in the fall thanks in part to money raised by the mural-painting event.
Gideon Barnett isn't your average Miami photographer. You won't find perfectly sunlit photographs of the waterfront skyline hanging in his shows, and the city's beautiful people aren't usually posing for his camera.
Tropicult is a wonderfully diverse site devoted to Miami's food, fashion, film, art, music, and events.
The bulk of the 58-year-old photographer's work documents the Miami we remember as children and which is quickly disappearing to make room for residents with little sentimental attachment to the city.
Best Twitter Feed
If it's important to Miami, Corben is probably tweeting about it.
Best FM Radio Personality
Afrika is well known in the South Florida music industry for her in-depth interviews, which are aired live and later archived for posterity on Power 96's website.
The Haitian-American is the rare writer who can move effortlessly between fiction and nonfiction, gritty realism and magic-tinged short stories and even young-adult fiction.
Best Up-and-Coming Author
Jennine Capó Crucet
Though Capó Crucet never shies away from the seediness of her hometown or the often-difficult lives of its residents, she writes her subjects with the humor and empathy of a native.
Best Miami Herald Reporters
Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch
This paper should have hired Carol Marbin Miller. Many years ago, New Times spoke with her. She was moving to South Florida and wanted a job.
Best TV News Reporter
The Miami native is not only informative but also devilishly handsome.
Best TV News Anchor
A University of Miami alumnus, the Cuban-American has made his career in the 305.
Chavis normally sticks to the weekends, getting up bright and early with the South Florida retirees who are about the only people desperate to know the weather forecast at 8 a.m. on a Saturday.
Moller makes all Cats games the most entertaining sport you've ever listened to — even if you're not into watching dudes chasing pucks on ice.
Best Spanish-Language TV Personality
Like many a successful Hispanic media personality, Cantor is loaning his golden vocals to Miami-based Telemundo, for whom he anchored coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
Best Spanish-Language Radio Personality
In his decades-long media career, he's often been criticized for his feisty ideology — political enemies have said he condones anti-Castro terrorism — but in Miami, on Spanish-language radio, that all just adds up to more street cred.
Best AM Radio Personality
His 7-to-10 p.m. show daily on the Ticket with his equally splendid cohost, Chris Wittyngham, has perfected the art of giving listeners spicy-hot takes on the day's big stories leavened with a few lighthearted diversions.
Best Party Venue
With Wynwood as hot as ever, Soho seems to be benefiting immensely from its zip code.
Best Arthouse Cinema
Bill Cosford Cinema
The frat bros and party girls of UM may not be converted immediately into miniature Pauline Kaels, but hey, every bit helps.
Best Movie Theater
Regal South Beach Stadium 18
As things to do get increasingly expensive in South Beach, Regal remains a true constant that for $12.50, you can still catch major Hollywood productions, indie releases, and soon-to-be arthouse classics.
Best Movie Star
Whatever Isaac is up to next, we'll be watching. Frankly, we can't keep our eyes off him.
Best Movie Shot on Location
What's a high-profile chef to do when he flames out on the West Coast? Return to his Miami roots and rediscover the food he loves.
Best TV Show Set in Miami
Jane the Virgin
ts charming cast of characters ranges from the down-to-earth and relatable, like Jane herself, to the wonderfully wacky, like her biological father Rogelio, a self-centered telenovela star.
The Book of Mormon
While touring companies often pale in comparison to the Broadway original, Miami didn't see any appreciable drop-off.
Mothers and Sons
Terrence McNally's play exhibited a profound understanding of gay-straight relations in the 21st Century, riding rapidly shifting tides with an empathetic eye for those left behind.
Best New Play
Third Trinity, the new solo show from Miami wunderkind Teo Castellanos, cemented the value of autobiographical writing in its spartan production at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.
Best Theater for Drama
This year really did bring a new theater to the New Theatre, as the longtime Miami company completed its first full season in the breathtaking South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
Arisco was the driving force behind Murder Ballad, a killer off-Broadway musical at Actors' Playhouse, and that alone is enough to earn him this award.
Quiroga displayed a rare and, for this role, necessary ability to act creepy and sincere at the same time.
Best Supporting Actor
No matter what the script dictated for Mena, from cooking real meat onstage to nearly breaking his leg on his neighbors' unfinished porch, he never lost that hard-wired sense of existential malaise that we call the midlife crisis.
This award goes to the upstart Coego, a still-unfamiliar face on Miami stages, whose performance as the devout, delusional, and argumentative Daphna Feygenbaum felt transmitted from somewhere else.
Best Supporting Actress
Hoffman more than held her own with Gregg Weiner, one of the heavyweights of South Florida theater.
Best Acting Ensemble
This quartet of actors was so exceptional that they should take this production on tour.
Best Set Design
Peter and the Starcatcher
Its witty lighting and transportive sound design had a lot to do with the play's atmospheric vision, but at the center of it all stood the mammoth set by Yoshinori Tanokura.
Best Drag Queen
Tiffany Taylor Fantasia
If you ever skip services for drag brunch at the Palace on Sundays, Tiffany Taylor Fantasia will still take you to church.
Orlando Leyba is the voice of the Miami Everyman, and anyone who knows an Everyman in Miami should already know that's a pretty solid bedrock for a comedy act.
Best Dance Studio
6th Street Dance Studio
Brigid Baker created the 6th Street Dance Studio as a space where dancers and artists can break down the usual barriers of traditional contemporary dance.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Bringing together all aspects of the arts — music, literature, artwork, handmade crafts, and even food — CGAF is designed to entertain all ages.
Best Reason to Stay in Miami for the Summer
Wonder how you'll get through July? Just peruse the menus of the restaurants where you want to dine — in the comfort of your refrigerator.
Best Local Girl Gone Good
"Irregardless," Aimee Carrero drawls, her head and torso wrapped in towels, her wrists covered in gaudy bracelets, her long nails lacquered, "I don't care."
Best Local Girl Gone Bad
Rapper Iggy Azalea may be Australian by birth, but when she moved to the States at the age of 16, she lived in Miami first.
Best Local Boy Made Good
Usain Bolt better not look back — Jamal Walton is gaining on him.
Best Local Boy Gone Bad
This Miami Dolphins linebacker may yet save his career.
Best Political Miscalculation
Tomás Regalado on SkyRise
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado's stentorian bass echoed from radios around Miami last summer.
State Sen. Dwight Bullard
Most politicians don't shine smack in the middle of a racist Twitter scandal. But then again, state Sen. Dwight Bullard isn't like most politicians.
Best Criminal Conviction
The man hustled three Miami Heat players out of hoards of cash and scammed the team into giving him a three-season luxury ticket package to Heat games worth $1 million.
Jessica Wade Pfeffer
She doesn't rely on no-name emails BCC'ed to everyone in town. Pfeffer does the unthinkable: She reads reporters' stories and sends them descriptions of events they might actually be interested in covering.
Simkins is a Miami Beach guy with a slick haircut and a fat wallet. He's a native-born power player — with an equally influential wife — who runs the $100-million-plus conglomerate Lion Associates.
Judge Darrin P. Gayles
"One can only imagine the horror of a parent who was unwittingly taking their child to Tony Bosch for what they believed was licensed treatments by a legitimate medical professional."
Best Power Couple
Lizette Alvarez and Don Van Natta Jr.
This year's couple, Lizette Alvarez and Don Van Natta Jr., have a different kind of capital — the cultural kind.
There's just no baloney about Katy Sorenson. The founder, president, and CEO of the Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami is a straightforward lady from the Midwest.
A place exists in Homestead where you can feed kangaroos, play with foxes, and pose next to peacocks.
Best Place to Go Stoned
Santa's Enchanted Forest
It's a pothead's paradise — an amusement park snow-blasted with Christmas cheer in the middle of the tropics from late October till early January every year.
Best Place to Meet Single Men
Hooking up with a tourist is a time-honored tradition for single people in Miami. And perhaps the best place to snag a sidepiece or a European friend is SoBe Hostel.
Best Place to Meet Intelligent Men
Hot dudes read books. It's a universal truth.
Best Place to Meet Single Women
The environment here should be familiar to any Miamian on the lookout for single ladies: toned bodies, sweat, spandex, and thumping music.
Best Place to Meet Intelligent Women
Even if you don't find Ms. Right, you're bound to at least forge friendships with some of the most ambitious people in the city.
Best Place for a First Date
South Pointe Park
With the sunset as your backdrop and the ocean breeze blowing through your hair, you just may be compelled to grab that special someone's hand.
Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners
Why not show your next guests the best of "weird" Miami and take them to Stiltsville, that random outpost of wood houses built on Biscayne Bay.
Best Public Restrooms
Some of the most prime real estate on the planet is occupied by a handful of stalls and urinals inside an unassuming white structure in the sand.
Best Metrorail Station
Soaring among Brickell's high-rises, noticeably loftier than the other stops, Brickell Station plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to announce approaching trains.
Best Historic Landmark
Fort Dallas at Lummus Park
Before Julia Tuttle and our founding fathers established the Magic City, Miami was known as Fort Dallas.
Animal Recovery Mission
Thanks to the staunch bravery of these ARM operatives and their police partners, thousands of creatures have gone on to sanctuaries and safe havens nationwide.
Best Place to Get Work Done
Pasión del Cielo
At Pasión del Cielo, you don't have to feel like a burden for taking up couch space for hours on end. It's expected that this coffee shop's customers are coming by to get their study on.