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Top of the Town 2022

5280's updated list of the best places to eat, drink, play, and shop on the Front Range.

(Clockwise from top left) Shawn Campbell/Courtesy of A5 Steakhouse; Photo by David Williams (2); Photo courtesy of Marc Fiorito with Gamma Nine; Layla Friend/Courtesy of The Broken Cage

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Top of the Town is back with the best places to eat, drink, play, and shop. We dispatched our reporters across the region to find business owners, creatives, and other local luminaries who deserve extra attention. The result is a curated list of editors’ choice selections that elevate our 80 readers’ choice winners.


All the information on how we selected this year’s Top of the Town honorees.

How does 5280 pick Top of the Town winners?
Our readers select their favorites by casting votes via our online ballot. (The businesses that receive the most votes win.)

Don’t your advertisers automatically win?
No. Top of the Town recognition is based only on our readers’ 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 or online, 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. 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. Encourage your customers to vote for you next year (the readers’ choice ballot opens on 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 (voting occurs online in February and March), sign in with your name and email address, and cast your ballot. It’s that simple.

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