Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results- Out and About | Out & About

Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results- Out and About

Best Art Gallery
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
Finalists: Nasher Museum of Art, The Carrack, CAM Raleigh

INDY › Gulp. NCMA and the Nasher both justly placed for Best Museum, but neither is even remotely an art gallery. This has happened before, with the unfortunate effect of squeezing out actual galleries, like the Carrack, FRANK, and Pleiades. Readers, of course, can vote for whatever they choose in any category (see Best Neighborhood in Orange County), but this is our fault for not spelling out the distinction.

So, a quick word on museums versus galleries (though there are plenty of exceptions and hybrids, CAM Raleigh among them). Museums usually own permanent collections of art, have state or institutional funding, are educational and historical in nature, and sell things only in their gift shops. Galleries usually don’t collect; instead, they sell work by artists they represent or by temporary guest artists. They tend to be contemporary and either commercially or community driven.

TL;DR: Museums are big and have “museum” in the name; galleries are small and go by pithy, mysterious epithets, things like “Bark” or “Coil” or “Cube.” Next year we’ll include guidelines on these categories to make sure local galleries get their rightful shine. [BH]

Best Barista in Durham County
Dave Chapman, Bean Traders
105 West N.C. Highway 54, #249, Durham
Finalists: Alyssa Noble, Joe Van Gogh; Areli Barrera de Grodski, Cocoa Cinnamon; Susie Locklier, Cocoa Cinnamon

Best Barista in Orange/Chatham Counties
Ryann Giorgi, Open Eye
101 South Greensboro Street, Carrboro
Finalists: Charlie Devico, Caffe Driade; Jilian Hamrick, Joe Van Gogh; Ashely Hill, Joe Van Gogh Timberlyne

Best Barista in Wake County
Zach, Morning Times
10 East Hargett Street, Raleigh
Larz Robison, Cafe de Los Muertos; Brooke Tucker, Jubala Coffee; Klay, Bittersweet

INDY › Last summer, having worked at the INDY for just a few weeks, I’d only been to Morning Times once during my time back home in Raleigh. So imagine my surprise when, nearly a month after my first visit, I walked through the door and barista Tim Roy asked, “Scone and a latte?”

“Uh. Yeah. Exactly.”

Here is a man who has hundreds of customers and dozens of regulars. And yet he remembered my order after a single visit a month prior. But there’s more to Tim than an incredible memory. He’s always smiling and clearly loves what he does. He’s quick with an anecdote or joke, and when a new concoction is available, like the pumpkin syrup that was crafted in-house for a pumpkin spice latte ahead of the cold winter months, he pours samples, watching out of the corner of his eye and nodding his head while wearing a wide smile. Tim makes mornings better. And in the times we’re living in, that’s pretty special stuff. So while everyone at Morning Times would be worthy of a win—actual winner Zach included—Tim gets my vote. [KF]

Best Bartender in Durham County
Shannon Healy, Alley Twenty Six
320 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham
Finalists: Daniel Sartain, Bar Virgile; Katy Creech, The Glass Jug; Leslie Matists, The Bar

Best Bartender in Orange/Chatham Counties
Fiona Matthews, Bowbarr
705 West Rosemary Street, Carrboro
Finalists: Adam, Linda’s Bar & Grill; Arwen Hernandez, Mystery Brewing; Wayne Jordan, City Kitchen

Best Bartender in Wake County
Marshall Davis, Gallo Pelón
106 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh
Finalists: Matt Ganzert, Highcraft Beer Market; Rusty Sutton, The Green Monkey; Dustin, BottleMixx

Best Comedy Club
Goodnights Comedy Club
861 West Morgan Street, Raleigh
Finalists: DSI Comedy, Comedy Worx
Best Gay or Lesbian Bar
The Pinhook
117 West Main Street, Durham
Legends Nightclub, The Bar Durham, The Green Monkey

Best Golf Course
Hope Valley Country Club
3803 Dover Road, Durham
Finalists: Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Hillandale Golf Course, Occoneechee Golf Club

Best Karaoke
The Pinhook
117 West Main Street, Durham
Finalists: Kingdem Karaoke, Coglin’s, Flex

Best Live Theater Company
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue Street, Raleigh
Finalists: Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Playmakers Repertory Company, Manbites Dog Theater

Best Live Theater Venue
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Street, Durham
Finalists: The Carolina Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Manbites Dog Theater

Best Museum
Museum of Life and Science
433 West Murray Avenue, Durham
Finalists: N.C. Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nasher Museum of Art

INDY › If you have kids of varying ages, you know that one of life’s most difficult dances is finding activities that satisfy an array of tastes. And if we’re being honest, we parents do a fist pump when a place satisfies ours—or when a kids’ movie comes out that we actually enjoy. In that respect, Durham’s Museum of Life and Science is a godsend. It’s got something for everyone. The butterfly house allows you to walk through a rainforest-like environment while winged beauties flutter just above your head. The train ride is long enough to provide both shelter from the sun and a refreshing breeze when you need a break. The dinosaur trail is lovely and ends with a not-overly-messy fossil dig. There are live animals, including black bears and lemurs. (Lemurs!) And that’s just scraping the surface. [KF]

Best Neighborhood Bar in Durham County
723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham
Finalists: Ponysaurus Brewing Company, Fullsteam Brewery, Dain’s Place

Best Neighborhood Bar in Orange/Chatham Counties
The Wooden Nickel Pub
105 North Churton Street, Hillsborough
Finalists: Orange County Social Club, Linda’s Bar and Grill, Mystery Brewing Public House

Best Neighborhood Bar in Wake County
Person Street Bar
805 North Person Street, Raleigh
Finalists: Trophy Brewing Co., The Raleigh Times, Isaac Hunter’s Tavern

Best Open Mic Night
The Pinhook
117 West Main Street, Durham
Finalists: Local 506, Deep South the Bar, Bottle 501

Best Outdoor Music Venue
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Finalists: N.C. Museum of Art, Red Hat Amphitheatre, American Tobacco Campus

Best Place for Indoor Fun
Museum of Life and Science
433 West Murray Avenue, Durham
Finalists: Boxcar Bar + Arcade, The Baxter Arcade, Bull City Escape

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Durham County
Alley Twenty Six
320 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham
Finalists: Bar Virgile, The Durham Hotel, 21c Museum Hotel

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Orange/Chatham Counties
The Crunkleton
320 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Finalists: Lantern, LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, B-Side Lounge

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Wake County
213 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
Finalists: Fox Liquor Bar, C. Grace, Bittersweet

INDY › The battle for cocktail supremacy in downtown Raleigh—putting aside the excellent C. Grace, on Glenwood Avenue—is predominantly waged in a four-block radius, from Fayetteville to Blount, Martin to Hargett. This encompasses not just Foundation, Fox, and Bittersweet but also The Green Light at The Architect Bar & Social House, which you, dear readers, sadly overlooked. If you have an Uber at the ready, nothing to do tomorrow, and don’t bat an eye at a $15 cocktail, well, you can make quite a night of it. If you’re asking me which is the best, that’s sort of like asking a sober person to name his favorite child. (By that I mean I can do it, but I usually don’t say it out loud.) [JCB]

Best Place to Hear Bluegrass
Haw River Ballroom
1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw
Finalists: Wide Open Bluegrass, the Blue Note Grill, PineCone

INDY › Though it’s hardly a bluegrass-exclusive venue, the Haw River Ballroom’s excellent acoustics and sylvan setting make it a fine place to hear quick picking and high, lonesome ballads alike from local and nationally acclaimed artists. Two of the runners-up, however, aren’t exactly places. Wide Open Bluegrass is an annual festival tied to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s fall conference in Raleigh, and though it is indeed an excellent place to hear a whole bunch of bluegrass, it’s more of a bluegrass Brigadoon than a year-round standby. Similarly, PineCone is an institution but not an actual place—it is, in fact, responsible for assembling much of the lineup of Wide Open Bluegrass every year. But on top of that, it presents bluegrass and other varied strains of roots music at several different venues all over the Triangle, including Bond Park’s Sertoma Amphitheatre, the North Carolina Museum of History, and Fletcher Opera Theater. [AH]

Best Place to Hear Blues
The Blue Note Grill
709 Washington Street, Durham
Finalists: Beyu Caffe, PineCone, Local 506

Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop or Soul
Cat’s Cradle
300 East Main Street, Carrboro
Finalists: Motorco Music Hall, The Pinhook, The Pour House

Best Place to Hear Jazz
Beyu Caffe
341 West Main Street, Durham
Finalists: C. Grace, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, The Shed

Best Place to Hear Rock ’n’ Roll
Cat’s Cradle
300 East Main Street, Carrboro
Finalists: Lincoln Theatre, Motorco Music Hall, The Pinhook

Best Place to Hear International or World Music
Duke Performances
114 South Buchanan Boulevard, Durham
Finalists: DPAC, The ArtsCenter, Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Best Place to Shoot Pool
The Green Room
1108 Broad Street, Durham
Finalists: Circa 1988, Tyler’s Taproom, West End Billiards

INDY › Pool is pool, right? The game is what it is. Finding a place to shoot pool is all about finding the right ambiance. And that’s where The Green Room excels. It’s like walking into the past, a place that by rights should reek of stale cigarettes (stupid anti-smoking laws), not much changed from decades past, when it was the setting for Bull Durham scenes. The biggest improvement is a worthy one: a bar well stocked with craft brews and a television usually tuned to so-bad-they’re-good horror movies. Sometimes you go there and you don’t want to play pool at all. [JCB]

Best Strip Club
Capital Cabaret
6713 Mount Herman Road, Morrisville
Finalists: Teasers, The Men’s Club, Pure Gold

Best Theater to See an Indie Film
The Carolina Theatre
309 West Morgan Street, Durham
Finalists: The Rialto, The Cary Theater, The Chelsea Theater

Best Trivia Night in Durham County
Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub
427 West Main Street, Durham
Finalists: Fullsteam Brewery, The Pinhook, Bottle 501

Best Trivia Night in Orange/Chatham Counties
Mystery Brewing Public House
437 Dimmocks Mill Road, Suite 41, Hillsborough
Finalists: Linda’s Bar and Grill, YesterYears Brewery & Taproom, The Northside District

Best Trivia Night in Wake County
Ruckus Pizza, Mission Valley
2233 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh
Finalists: The Stag's Head, Kings North Hills, House of Hops