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Vote: The Best of 2020

Best of CU Best of CU Vote: The Best of 2020
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It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very tough year for everyone. The Coronavirus has caused problems for our health, our business community, our artists and creators, and everyone else in between.

While we’ve spent the year reporting on the impacts of the pandemic, we want to end the year not by dwelling on the problems, but celebrating the positive aspects of year.

To that end, we’ve pared down our “Best of” list to 26 categories, and we’re asking for your help in the nomination and voting process to help identify the best restaurants, artists, entertainers, venues, businesses and nonprofits that are worthy of special attention.

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.

You have until Tuesday, December 8th 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
  • Best Coffee
  • Best Chef

The Best Arts and Entertainment:

  • Best Local Artist
  • Best Arts Organization
  • Best Cultural Institution
  • Best Public Art Display

Best Urban Living:

  • Best Neighborhood to Live In
  • Best Neighborhood to Visit
  • Best New Urban Development
  • Best Apparel/Fashion Store
  • Best Local Product Without a Store
  • Best Home Decor Store
  • Best Farmers’ Market
  • Best Specialty Store
  • 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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