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Vote: The Best of 2018

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The end is near! 2018 has almost come to a close, which means it’s time once again to celebrate the greatest people, places and things that made your year interesting here in Columbus! Once again, we’re asking our readers to help nominate the best restaurants, artists, entertainers, venues, businesses and nonprofits that are worthy of special attention in our annual Best Of lists.

If you’re new to this process, here’s how it works. In this preliminary round of nominations, we’re asking for submissions and nominations for each category. Once nominations are collected, a panel of local judges and experts will weigh in to determine which nominations make the cut for the final results. This two-step approach has allowed us to curate a collection of editorial picks that most accurately define your year in Columbus.

The CU Best of 2018 survey is 39 questions in length and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You have until Wednesday, December 5 at midnight to nominate your favorites! The results will be revealed between December 18 and 31 here on Columbus Underground.


Below is a full list of all categories in this year’s survey:

The Best Food and Drinks:

  • Best NEW Restaurant
  • Best Fast Casual
  • Best Lunch
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best NEW Bar
  • Best Bar
  • Best Local Beer Brewery
  • Best Coffee Shop
  • Best Chef

The Best Arts and Entertainment:

  • Best Local Artist
  • Best Art Gallery
  • Best Arts Organization
  • Best Cultural Institution
  • Best Public Art Display
  • Best Theatrical Group
  • Best Local Band
  • Best Local Comedian
  • Best Local Music Venue
  • Best Columbus Festival
  • Best Local Craft/Shopping Event

Best Urban Living:

  • Best Neighborhood to Live In
  • Best Neighborhood to Visit
  • Best New Urban Development
  • Best Apparel/Fashion Store
  • Best Thrift/Discount Store
  • Best Fitness Facility
  • Best Yoga Studio
  • Best Movie Theater
  • Best Local Product Without a Store
  • Best Home Decor Store
  • Best Farmers’ Market
  • Best Specialty Store
  • Best Salon/Spa
  • Best Barber Shop
  • Best Park

The Best in Entrepreneurship & Small Business:

  • Best New Startup Business
  • Best Small Business Success Story
  • Best Entrepreneur
  • Best Small Business Resource


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