Top of the Town 2016

Our 20th annual list of the best places to eat, drink, listen to music, get pampered, and more!

July 2016

—Illustrations by Halftone Def Studios

The Lowdown

Answers to common questions about how Top of the Town comes together. 

How does 5280 pick Top of the Town winners?

Our reporters and editors spend months exploring the city in order to choose winners for every category (taco, yoga studio, massage, etc.) on the ballot. We do our research anonymously and pay for all meals and services. Our readers also select their favorites by casting votes in our online ballot; the businesses that receive the most votes win.

But don’t your advertisers automatically win? 

No. Top of the Town recognition is based only on our research and your votes; there is zero connection between advertisers and winners. The fact that some winners happen to be advertisers, or later decide to advertise in the magazine, does not influence our selections. Sure, we could make some folks happy by “selling” winners, but in the end, we’d lose a lot more than we’d gain—like our integrity and credibility with you.

How can my business get on the ballot?

Our ballot is a write-in format, meaning we don’t provide multiple-choice options for our readers to choose from. Voters can suggest whatever restaurant, store, person, or service they deem worthy for every category.

I have a business that deserves an award. How can I win?

Let people know about Top of the Town voting. Contact an editor. Encourage your customers to vote for you next year (the readers’ choice ballot opens on 5280.com in February). To help you spread the word, we can make a Top of the Town tool kit available to you; it includes downloadable marketing materials and links to our site and the ballot. 

How do I vote?

Visit 5280.com (voting occurs online in February and March), sign in with your name and email address, and cast your ballot. It’s that simple.