After two weeks, some 1,000 votes, heated bar wars, write-in contenders and a fun party for the whole queer village on Thursday, our first Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta finally has its winners.

Project Q’s Matt Hennie and Mike Fleming hosted the Bestest Bash on Thursday with the folks who came out on top of their categories and just about everybody else who wanted to party. The winners listed below got a framed memento, and Project Q got some face time with our readers. Take a look for yourself in the photo gallery below. Now that’s a win-win.

All of our guests were treated to an inspired set by DJ Diablo Rojo, yummy munchies by Bestest Brunch victor Radial Café, and Jungle’s intimate new Jungle Room at the Bestest Place to Dance. It was a full night indeed.

Rugby stud Ben Cohen, in town for his StandUp Magazine launch, dropped in to pick up his Bestest LGBT Ally plaque, and the Armorettes (top photo) were voted the winners of our top prize, Bestest of the Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta. It’s a mouthful, but they can handle it. They also won Bestest Drag Show and Bestest Theme Party for Easter Drag Races.

But according to the write-in votes – no not those funny, snarky ones – everyone’s a winner. Something struck us when tabulating the write-ins for Bestest of the Bestest of the Best. Tons of people wrote in responses like “the people,“ “the community,“ “not just one person or group or place, but the combination of all of it makes gay Atlanta the best,“ etc. So by that measure, everybody wins!

Congratulations to all of the write-in candidates and the finalists who won “Best Of” nods from Atlanta’s LGBT print media outlets over the course of this year. Here’s our full list of the Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta.

People & Community

Bestest of the Bestest of the Best
Bestest Drag Show

The Armorettes

Bestest Male Activist or Advocate
Chandler Bearden

Bestest Female Activist or Advocate
Melissa Carter

Bestest Local Nonprofit
MISTER Center/Positive Impact

Bestest LGBT Ally
Ben Cohen

Bestest Benefit
Toy Party

Bestest LGBT Sports Team
Atlanta Bucks

Bestest Community Event
Atlanta Pride

Bestest A&E
Barry Brandon


Bestest Overall Bar

Bestest Off the Beaten Path
Bestest Karaoke


Bestest Place to Dance

Bestest Place to Pick up a Guy

Bestest Place to Pick up a Girl
My Sister’s Room

Bestest DJ
Vicki Powell

Bestest Theme Party
Armorettes Easter Drag Races

Bestest Karaoke

Bestest Drag Queen
Ruby Redd

Food, Retail & Services

Bestest Overall Restaurant

Bestest Brunch
Radial Café

Bestest Late Night
Landmark Diner

Bestest Patio
Joe’s on Juniper

Bestest Mexican Food
Las Margaritas

Bestest First Date
Apres Diem

Bestest Gift Store

Bestest Clothing & Underwear
Boy Next Door

Bestest Liquor Store
Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits

Bestest Haircut

Bestest Gym
LA Fitness

Bestest Neighborhood

Bestest Realtor
Justin Ziegler

Bestest Theater
Actor’s Express

Bestest Place of Worship
Saint Mark UMC

Bestest Art Gallery
Bill Lowe Gallery

Photos by Sher Pruitt