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Populist Awards

Populist Awards 2018 WINNERS

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The WINNERS of the 2nd Annual People’s Vote Populist Awards

Instead of us telling you what’s happening in the city, we asked YOU to vote for your favourite people, places, happenings, and events in Vancouver!

Want to know what the locals love most about this city, what makes this city ‘home’? These winners are thriving in their industry and community and deserve the recognition. We also want to give tourists the best experiences possible so they keep talking up how amazing our city is.

PLACES

BEST AREA TO LIVE IN

Winner – East Vancouver
Runner Up – Kitsilano

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Winner – Botanist
Runner Up – Honey Salt

TRENDIEST RESTAURANT / LOUNGE

Winner – Kissa Tanto
Runner Up – Botanist

BEST FINE DINING

Winner – Hawksworth
Runner Up – Blue Water Café

BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

Winner – The Sandbar
Runner Up – LIFT Bar and Grill

BEST HIDDEN GEM

Winner – Gringo Gastown
Runner Up – Vancouver Art Gallery Café

BEST FUSION RESTAURANT

Winner – Kissa Tanto
Runner Up – The Union

MOST UNIQUE RESTAURANT

Winner – Storm Crow Tavern
Runner Up – The Eatery

BEST COCKTAILS

Winner – The Keefer Bar
Runner Up – Botanist

BEST COFFEE SHOP

Winner – Nemesis Coffee
Runner Up – Nelson the Seagull

BEST COFFEE SHOP TO WORK

Winner – Nelson the Seagull
Runner Up – The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar

BEST BRUNCH

Winner – Medina Café
Runner Up – Jam Café

BEST JUICE / SMOOTHIE BAR

Winner – Glory Juice
Runner Up – The Juice Truck

BEST VEGETARIAN / VEGAN

Winner – Virtuous Pie
Runner Up – The Acorn

BEST HEALTHY FAST FOOD

Winner – Tractor Foods
Runner Up – Railtown Café

BEST POKE

Winner – West Coast Poke
Runner Up – Pokerrito / The Poke Guy

BEST SUSHI

Winner – Miku
Runner Up – Minami

BEST PIZZA

Winner – The Parlour
Runner Up – Nook

BEST POUTINE

Winner – Fritz European Fry House
Runner Up – Mean Poutine

BEST LATIN FOOD

Winner – La Mezcaleria
Runner Up – Cuchillo

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Winner – Savio Volpe
Runner Up – Ask For Luigi

BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

Winner – Bodega on Main
Runner Up – Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

Winner – Nuba Lebanese
Runner Up – East is East

BEST TACOS

Winner – La Taqueria
Runner Up – Sal y Limon

BEST BURGER

Winner – Pourhouse
Runner Up – Bells & Whistles

BEST RAMEN

Winner – Jinya Ramen Bar
Runner Up – Marutama

BEST ICE CREAM

Winner – Earnest Ice Cream
Runner Up – Mister

BEST BAKERY

Winner – Purebread
Runner Up – Small Victory

BEST DESSERTS

Winner – Thomas Haas
Runner Up – Thierry

BEST HOT SPOT

Winner – Banter Room
Runner Up – Bodega on Main

BEST DATE SPOT

Winner – Chambar
Runner Up – L’Abattoir

BEST BUSINESS MEETING SPOT

Winner – JJ Bean Yaletown
Runner Up – The Birds and the Beets

BEST RESTAURANT ATMOSPHERE

Winner – Rodney’s Oyster Bar / The Keg Rooftop Yaletown
Runner Up – Brix and Mortar

BEST PATIO

Winner – The Local / Reflections: The Garden Terrace
Runner Up – The Keg Rooftop Yaletown

BEST HAPPY HOUR

Winner – Chewie’s Oyster Bar
Runner Up – The Cascade Room

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Winner – Mom’s Grilled Cheese
Runner Up – Chickpea

BEST LATE NIGHT EATS

Winner – The Naam
Runner Up – Duffin’s Donuts

BEST SPORTS BAR

Winner – The Local
Runner up – Colony Bar / The Charles Bar

BEST GAMES VENUE

Winner – Storm Crow Tavern
Runner Up – The Lamplighter / Guilt & Co

BEST RESTAURANT / LOUNGE / CAFÉ RESTROOM

Winner – Belgard Kitchen / Parallel 49 Brewing
Runner Up – Opus Hotel

BEST BREWERY

Winner – 33 Acres
Runner Up – Parallel 49 Brewing

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Winner – Guilt & Co
Runner Up – Railway Stage & Beer Café

BEST LARGE PARTY VENUE

Winner – L’Abattoir
Runner Up – The Teahouse in Stanley Park / Glowbal

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Winner – Fortune Sound Club
Runner Up – Celebrities

BEST UNDERGROUND SCENE

Winner – Fox Cabaret
Runner Up – The Waldorf Hotel

BEST GAY BAR

Winner – The Junction
Runner Up – 1181 Lounge

BEST DISPENSARY

Winner – Vancity Weed / WEEDS / CannaClinics
Runner Up – WestCanna

BEST MEN’S FASHION BOUTIQUE

Winner – Frank and Oak
Runner Up – Boys’Co

BEST WOMEN’S FASHION BOUTIQUE

Winner – The Latest Scoop
Runner Up – Oak + Fort

BEST ATHLETIC CLOTHING

Winner – Lululemon
Runner Up – RYU Apparel

BEST SHOPPING MALL

Winner – Pacific Centre
Runner Up – Metropolis at Metrotown

BEST HOME DÉCOR STORE

Winner – The Cross
Runner Up – West Elm

BEST NAIL SALON

Winner – Bling Nail Studio
Runner Up – Prep Beauty Parlour

BEST HAIR SALON

Winner – Style Lab Headquarters
Runner Up – Bangtown Hair Saloon

BEST BARBERSHOP

Winner – Barber & Co
Runner Up – The Man Cave Barber Shop

BEST CHAIN HOTEL

Winner – Fairmont Pacific Rim
Runner Up – Rosewood Hotel Georgia

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Winner – Opus Hotel
Runner Up – The Douglas, Autograph Collection

BEST SPA

Winner – Willow Stream at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Runner Up – Chi at the Shangri-La / Spa Utopia

BEST GETAWAY TOWN

Winner – Whistler
Runner Up – Tofino

BEST BC RESORT

Winner – The Wickaninnish Inn Tofino
Runner Up – Harrison Hot Springs Resort in Harrison

BEST BC WINE

Winner – Burrowing Owl Estate
Runner Up – Mission Hill

BEST MEDISPA

Winner – The Skin Girls
Runner Up – The Vanity Lab

BEST FITNESS STUDIO

Winner – Oxygen Yoga & Fitness
Runner Up – TurF Studio / Soul Cycle

BEST GYM

Winner – Equinox Fitness
Runner Up – Club 16

PEOPLE

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Winner – Matt Bourne
Runner Up – Natalia Anja

BEST BARTENDER

Winner – Reece Sims at The Diamond
Runner Up – Katie Ingram at L’Abattoir

BEST COMEDIAN

Winner – Erica Sigurdson
Runner Up – Scott Patey

BEST TATTOO ARTIST

Winner – Uncle Arlo at Gastown Tattoo
Runner Up – Devin Stacey at Tradewinds Tattoo Company

BEST HAIRSTYLIST

Winner – Leo Tioseco at Style Lab / Karl Brown at Axis
Runner Up – Eva Lam at Fuck Bad Hair

BEST FITNESS TRAINER

Winner – Jana Finkbiner at Studeo 55
Runner Up – Dominica Bay at Pure Vibe / Michelle K of Booty by Mich

BEST EVENT PLANNER

Winner – The Social Concierge
Runner Up – Aly Armstrong Events / Filosophi Events

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER

Winner – Corey Klassen / Kelly Deck
Runner Up – Karly Kristina

FOOD BLOGGER

Winner – TEAMCHOMP
Runner Up – Emma Choo

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON

Winner – Jim Pattison (Investor / Philanthropist)
Runner Up – Tamara Taggart (News Anchor)

BEST MEN’S LIFESTYLE BLOG

Winner – Viranlly
Runner Up – Jo-Nathan

BEST WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE BLOG

Winner – Ally Pintucci
Runner Up – Life Of Blondette

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Winner – Morgan Browne
Runner Up – Jason Soprovich

BEST CLOTHING BRAND

Winner – RYU Apparel
Runner Up – Wings + Horns

BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

Winner – Lululemon
Runner Up – Vancity Bank

BEST START-UP

Winner – #Slack
Runner Up – Eventbase

BEST MEAL DELIVERY

Winner – 2 Guys with Knives
Runner Up – Be Fresh

EVENTS

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Winner – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Runner Up – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

BEST ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

Winner – VIFF
Runner Up – Bard on the Beach

BEST WINTER EVENT

Winner – Dine Out Vancouver
Runner Up – Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

BEST SUMMER EVENT

Winner – Pride Parade & Festival
Runner Up – Honda Celebration of Light

BEST CONVENTION

Winner – TEDx  Vancouver
Runner Up – The Wellness Show

BEST CONFERENCE

Winner – Real Talk Summit
Runner Up – SociaLIGHT Conference / Unbounce Call To Action Conference

HAPPENINGS

BEST SUNDAY FUNDAY ACTIVITY

Winner – Hiking at Stawamus Chief
Runner Up – Day Drinking at The Local / Bowling at Commodore Lanes

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION

Winner – Stanley Park
Runner Up – Granville Island

BEST TOUR GUIDE

Winner – Westcoast Sightseeing
Runner Up – Vancouver Water Adventures

BEST RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES

Winner – Vancouver Art Gallery
Runner Up – Science World

BEST SUNNY DAY ACTIVITIES

Winner – Kayak in Deep Cove
Runner Up – Bike the Seawall

BEST WINTER ACTIVITIES

Winner – Showshoeing at Grouse Mountain
Runner Up – Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

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