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Nominees listed below are the top five vote-getters in each category, shown in no particular order, as chosen by Artvoice readers during our annual polling. Winners will be announced at the annual Best of Buffalo Party, which takes place at the Town Ballroom on Monday, May 13, with food an entertainment provided by our nominees. Doors open at 6pm, open to all.

Best Absolut Bartender Jimmy Destino, Crazy Jake’s Paul Hartel, Mulligan’s Brick Bar Brandy McLaughlin, Duke’s Adam Kutas, Seabar Ben Lewis, Lagerhaus 95 Best Bartender Pat Gilmartin, Hardware Chris Benbeneck, Tudor Lounge Ben Lewis, Lagerhaus 95 Jon Karel, Vera Jimmy Destino, Crazy Jake’s Best Beer Selection Cole’s Pearl Street Blue Monk Goodbar Aurora Brew Works Best Bowling Voelkers Transit Lanes Kenmore Lanes Tonawanda Bowling Center Recckio’s Best Dive Bar Mulligans Brick Bar Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink) Essex Tudor Lounge Nietzsche’s Best Gay Bar Q Fugazi Roxy’s Marcella Underground Cathode Ray Best Happy Hour Colter Bay Cecilia’s Shadow Lounge Goodbar Century Grill Best Hookup Joint Hardware Thirsty Buffalo Snooty Fox Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink) Underground Best Jukebox Essex Gordon’s Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink) Colter Bay Frizzy’s Best Karaoke Roxy’s Klub Karaoke Q Tudor Lounge Essex Best Live Music Venue Duke’s Tralf Nietzsche’s Sportsmen’s Town Ballroom Best Neighborhood Pub Founding Fathers Essex Gordon’s Wellington Cole’s Best New Bar Mes Que Savoy Aurora Brew Works Privato Mike A’s Best Place to Throw Darts Essex Frizzy’s Gordon’s Goodbar Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink) Best Place to Dance Toro Hardware Roxy’s Duke’s Marcella Best Place to Shoot Pool Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink) McGarrett’s Slick Willie’s Essex Goodbar Best Place to Watch a Game Pearl Street Buffalo Wild Wings JJ’s Sports Bar Bada Bing Thirsty Buffalo Best Strip Club Pharaoh’s Colonie Madamoiselles Tiffany’s Alexander’s Best Upscale Bar Vera Mike A’s Snooty Fox Mothers Statler Lobby Bar Best Wine List Bacchus Trattoria Aroma Just Vino Shango Oliver’s Kind of Bar this City Needs the Most A big dance club A big sports bar A country/western bar An upscale bar for ages 30+ More wine bars

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