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Readers' Choice

Readers Choice Contest Los Angeles 2013 

For only the second year ever, we asked you to nominate your favorite places in Los Angeles -- and then vote on the finalists. Here are your picks, along with a link to the staff winner in each category.

Best Adult Store

The Pleasure Chest

7733 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 650-1022, thepleasurechest.com

Staff winner: Pure Delish

Best After-Work Drinks

Father's Office

1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 736-2224. 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City; (310) 736-2224. fathersoffice.com.

Staff winner: Sotto

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Best Art Gallery

The Hive Gallery & Studios

729 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 955-9051, hivegallery.com/2010/

Staff winner: Blum & Poe

Best Bar for Day Drinking

The Abbey

692 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd., 90069. (310) 289-8410, abbeyfoodandbar.com

Staff Winner: The Drawing Room

Best Bike Path

L.A. River Bike Path

Staff winner: Ballona Creek Bike Path

Best Shop for Bicyclists

Helen's Cycles

Multiple locations including 1071 Gayley Ave., Wstwd., 90024. (310) 208-8988, helenscycles.com

Staff winner: VeloLove

Best Blues Club

House of Blues

8430 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 848-5100, houseofblues.com

Staff winner: World Famous Barnyard

Best Breakfast

The Griddle Cafe

7916 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 874-0377, thegriddlecafe.com

Staff winner: Sqirl

Best Brewery for Drinking

Golden Road Brewing

5410 W. San Fernando Road, Atwater Village. (213) 373-4677, goldenroad.la

Staff winner: Eagle Rock Brewery

Best Brunch

Alcove Cafe & Bakery

1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. (323) 644-0100, alcovecafe.com

Staff winner: Salt's Cure

Best Burger

In-N-Out

Multiple locations, including 7009 W. Sunset Blvd., Hlwyd. in-n-out.com

Staff winner: Mar'Sel

Best Place for Celeb Spotting

Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 656-1010, chateaumarmont.com

Staff winner: Gelson's on Franklin Blvd.

Best Clothing Boutique

Fred Segal

8100 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove; (323) 655-9500. 500 Broadway, Santa Monica; (310) 394-9814. fredsegal.com

Staff winner: Flannel

Best Cocktails

The Varnish

118 E. Sixth St., dwntwn. (213) 622-9999, thevarnishbar.com

Staff winner: Cliff's Edge Wednesday nights

Best Coffee Shop

Intelligentsia

1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291; (310) 399-1233. 3922 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 90029; (323) 663-6173. 55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91103; (626) 578-1270. intelligentsiacoffee.com

Staff winner: Handsome Coffee Roasters

Best Comedy Club

Upright Citizens Brigade

5919 Franklin Ave., Hlwyd. (323) 908-8702, losangeles.ucbtheatre.com

Staff winner: Nerdmelt Showroom

Best Cookies

Porto's Bakery & Cafe

3614 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 846-9100. 315 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale; (818) 956-5996. 8233 Firestone Blvd., Downey; 562-862-8888. portosbakery.com

Staff winner: Diddy Riese

Best Dance Club

The Abbey

692 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 289-8410, abbeyfoodandbar.com

Staff winner: Create Nightclub

Best Day Trip

Santa Barbara

santabarbara.com

Staff winner: Ojai

Best Dive Bar

Frolic Room

6245 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 462-5890, myspace.com/thefrolicroombar

Staff winner: Smog Cutter

Best Dodgeball League

WeHo Dodgeball

West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 638-4225, wehododgeball.com

Staff winner: WeHo Dodgeball

Best Farmers Market

Hollywood Certified Farmers Market

Ivar Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard, Hlywd. (323) 463-3171, farmernet.com

Staff winner: Santa Monica Certified Farmers Market

Best Fast-Casual Concept

Tender Greens

Multiple locations including 9523 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8300, tendergreensfood.com

Staff winner: Shophouse

Best Flea Market

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx

Staff winner: Pasadena City College Flea Market

Turn the page for more winners, including your pick for Best Ice Cream Shop.

Best Gay Bar

The Abbey

692 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd. (310) 289-8410, abbeyfoodandbar.com

Staff winner: The Abbey

Best Gift Shop

Wacko/Soap Plant

4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 663-0122, soapplant.com

Staff winner: Lundeen's

Best Health Food Store

Whole Foods

Multiple locations, including 3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 351-5994, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/pasadena/

Staff winner: Sprouts

Best Hiking Trail

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park. (323) 913-4688, laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk/

Staff winner: Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Best Ice Cream Shop

Scoops

712 N. Heliotrope Drive, E. Hlywd.; (323) 906-2649. 3400 Overland Ave., Palms; (323) 405-7055.

Staff winner: Sweet Rose Creamery

Best Independent Movie Theater

Vista Theater

4473 Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 660-6639, vintagecinemas.com/vista

Staff winner: Cinefamily

Best Jazz Club

The Mint

6010 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 954-9400, themintla.com

Staff winner: The Baked Potato

Best Juice Bar

Pressed Juicery

Multiple locations, including 10878 Kinross Ave., Wstwd. (310) 451-1010, pressedjuicery.com

Staff winner: Beverly Hills Juice

Best Karaoke Bar

Cafe Brass Monkey

3440 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown. (213) 381-7047, cafebrassmonkey.com

Staff winner: Palm Tree L.A.

Best Late-Night Eats

Canter's Deli

419 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District. (323) 651-2030, cantersdeli.com

Staff winner: BCD Tofu House

Best Lecture Series

Hammer Lectures

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu

Staff winner: Skeptics Society's Distinguished Science Lecture Series

Best Mall

The Grove

189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax District. (323) 900-8080, thegrovela.com

Staff winner: Santa Monica Place

Best Marijuana Dispensary

Kush Mart

6430 Selma Ave., Hlywd. (323) 464-6465, kushmart.com

Staff winner: Alternative Herbal Health Services

Best Milkshake

Mel's Drive-In

Multiple locations, including 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hlwyd. (323) 465-2111, melsdrive-in.com

Staff winner: Milk

Best Music Festival

Coachella Arts & Music Festival

coachella.com

Staff winner: FYF Fest

Best Music Venue

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood Hills. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com

Staff winner: El Rey

Best Neighborhood Bar

The Fox & Hounds Pub

11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 763-7837, thefoxandhounds.com

Staff winner: St. Nick's

Best New Restaurant

Black Hogg

2852 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 953-2820.

Staff winner: Trois Mec

Best Nightclub

King King

6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hlwyd. (323) 960-9234, kingkinghollywood.com

Staff winner: Hooray Henry's

Best Oddity Shop

Wacko

4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. (323) 663-0122, soapplant.com

Staff winner: Vlad the Retailer

Best Old-School Steakhouse

Musso and Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hlwyd. (323) 467-7788, mussoandfrank.com

Staff winner: Dal Rae

Best Outdoor Dining

Cliff's Edge

3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 666-6116, cliffsedgecafe.com

Staff winner: Nobu Malibu

Best Park

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park. (323) 913-4688, laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk/

Staff winner: Topanga Canyon State Park

Best Pet Boutique

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse & Pawbar

564 S. Main St., dwntwn. (213) 438-0900, pussyandpooch.com

Staff winner: Paw Boutique

Best Pizzeria

Pizzeria Mozza

641 N. Highland Ave., Hancock Park. (323) 297-0101, pizzeriamozza.com

Staff winner: Pizzeria Mozza

Best Place to Buy New Furniture

Ikea

Multiple locations including 600 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank. (888) 888-4532, ikea.com

Staff winner: Apt2B

Best Place to Buy Used Furniture

Rose Bowl Flea Market

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx

Staff winner: TINI

Best Place to Volunteer

Project Angel Food

922 Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 845-1800, angelfood.org

Staff winner: Project Angel Food

Best Reading Series

Library Foundation of L.A.

Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn. lfla.org

Staff winner: Hammer Readings

Best Record Store

Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 245-6400, amoeba.com

Staff winner: Vacation Vinyl

Best Second-Hand Clothing Shop

Out of the Closet

Multiple locations, including 2425 N. San Fernando Road, Glassell Park. (323) 223-0838, outofthecloset.org

Staff winner: Buttons and Bows

Best Shoe Store

DSW

Multiple locations, including 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 981-2377, dsw.com

Staff winner: Milk & Honey

Best Spa

Burke Williams Day Spa

Multiple locations, including 8000 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlwyd. (323) 822-9007, burkewilliamsspa.com

Staff winner: Wi Spa

Best Street for a Food Crawl

Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

Staff winner: Sawtelle

Best Streetwear Shop

The Hundreds

7909 Rosewood Ave., Beverly Grove. (310) 807-1754, thehundreds.com

Staff winner: Diamond Supply Co.

Best Strip Club

Jumbo's Clown Room

5153 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd., 90027. (323) 666-1187, jumbos.com

Staff winner: The Gold Diggers

Best Taco Truck

Kogi BBQ

(323) 315-0253, @kogibbq, kogibbq.com

Staff winner: Mariscos Jalisco

Best Tattoo Shop

Under the Gun Ink

4323 Melrose Ave., E. Hlywd., 90029. (323) 661-0607, utgink.com

Staff winner: American Electric

Best Theater Company

The Actors' Gang

9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264, theactorsgang.com

Staff winner: Critical Mass Performance Group

Best Theme Park Ride

Space Mountain, Disneyland

1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. 714-781-4000, disney.go.com

Staff winner: Transformers Ride, Universal Studios

Best Thrift Store

Goodwill

goodwillsocal.org/shop/store

Staff winner: National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Store

Best Used Bookstore

The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-0599, lastbookstorela.com

Staff winner: Alias Books East

Best Vegan Restaurant

Cafe Gratitude

639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont. (323) 580-6383, cafegratitude.com

Staff winner: Crossroads

Best Weird Museum

Museum of Jurassic Technology

9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 836-6131, mjt.org

Staff winner: The Bunny Museum

Best Yoga Studio

Golden Bridge

6322 DeLongpre Ave., Hlywd. (323) 936-4172

Staff winner: Liberation Yoga

See all of this year's Best of L.A. winners

(No prior years awarded this category)

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Slideshows

  • Air Guitar Championship Semifinals @ The Troubadour
    The Southwest Semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championship were held last Saturday at the historic Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. The event determined who would compete as regional representatives at the 2014 National Finals in Kansas City on August 9th. The colorful contestants (many of whom opted for elaborate codpieces) were judged by comedians Kristen Schaal and the Sklar Brothers. The top score was awarded to crowd-surfing guitarist Kingslayer, the mother of a teenage son who also competed wearing little more than an American flag bathing suit. All photos by Gustavo Turner.
  • Cowabunga! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The COWABUNGA! - 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tribute show opened Friday night at Iam8bit. Guests donned their beloved turtle graphic tees, onesies and a couple April O'Neils were there to report on all the mean, green, fighting machine action. Artist included Jude Buffum, Tony Mora, Nan Lawson, leesasaur, Jim Rucc, Mitch Ansara, Guin Thompson, Stratman, Gabe Swarr, Joseph Harmon, Alex Solis, Allison Hoffman, Jose Emroca Flores, Jack Teagle and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.

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