Announcing the Best of Madison 2021 categories

Get ready to nominate local businesses Feb. 1!
row of best of Madison covers at Imperial Garden
Photo by Andrea Behling

Every year we host the annual Best of Madison readers’ poll to help determine the best of the best in the Madison area. Obviously this year looks a little different with COVID-19.

These are not normal times, so we took a hard look at which categories made sense to include in the next installment.

We’re also excited to announce the addition of Editors’ Picks that will go along with our readers’ picks in the 2021 awards listing. Below you’ll find the timeline and the official list of 2021 categories. Editor’s Picks will be revealed in the August issue.

2021 BEST OF MADISON TIMELINE:
Nominations: Feb. 1 – Feb. 28
Final voting: April 1 – April 30
Winners revealed: August 2021 issue (posted online July 22)

2021 READERS’ POLL CATEGORIES:

FOOD & DRINK
Artisan Food Product
Bakery – Bread
Bakery- Sweets
BBQ
Breakfast
Brewery
Brunch
Burger
Butcher
Cheese Producer
Chicken Wings
Chinese
Chocolate
Cleanliness
Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop
Curbside Pickup
Delivery
Destination Restaurant (Outside of Dane County)
Distillery
Fish Fry
Food Cart
Fried Cheese Curds
Greasy Spoon
Grocery Store
Home Meal Kit Delivery
Ice Cream/Custard/Gelato
Indian/Nepalese
Italian
Japanese/Sushi
Korean
Lake View
Latin America
Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Mexican/Southwestern
New Orleans/Cajun Style
New Restaurant
Old Fashioned
Outdoor Dining
Pizza
Restaurant
Sandwich Spot
Seafood
Southeast Asian
Specialty Food Store
Steakhouse
Supper Club
Takeout
Tapas (Small Plates)
Upscale Dining
Vegetarian/Vegan Focused
Winery

NIGHTLIFE
Bar with a View
Bloody Mary
Cocktail (Not Old Fashioned or Bloody Mary)
Cocktail Kit
Dive Bar
Local Craft Beer
Neighborhood Bar
Pandemic Pivot
Patio
Private Parties
Socially Distanced Bar/Layout
Sports Bar
Wine Bar

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Art Gallery
Classical Music Group
Columnist
Comedy Group
Local Artist
Local Band
Local Celebrity/Prominent Madisonian
Local Cover Band
Local Influencer
Local News Website
Local Singer/Songwriter
Museum
Photographer
Radio Team
TV News Team
TV Personality
Virtual Performance

HOME & LIFESTYLE
Alterations
Antique Store
Assisted Living
Auto Body Repair
Barber Shop
Bed & Breakfast
Bookstore
Boutique Hotel
Chiropractor
Cleaning Service
Clothing (Men)
Clothing (Women)
Commercial Developers
Dealer Auto Service Shop
Domestic Auto Dealer
Dry Cleaner
Electrician
Flooring
Florist
Furniture
Gift Shop/Specialty Store
Hair Salon
Health Specialty Store
Heating & Cooling
Home Accessories
Home Builders
Home Health Care Agency
Hotel
Import Auto Dealer
Interior Design
Jeweler
Kitchen & Bath Design
Laser Hair Removal
Lawn, Garden & Landscape
Local Etsy Shop
Luxury Auto (Import and Domestic)
Moving Company
Music Store
Musical Instrument Store
Nail Salon
Non-Dealer Auto Service Shop
Outdoor Living
Pet Day Care & Boarding
Pet Supplies Store
Physical Therapy
Plumber
Real Estate Company
Retirement Community
Roofer
Secondhand Store
Shoes
Spa
Specialty Spa
Tattoo Shop
Used Car Dealer
Veterinarian
Wealth Management
Wisconsin Bank
Wisconsin Credit Union

RECREATION & FITNESS
Alternative Fitness Center
Bike Shop
Campground
Fitness Center
Golf Course
Martial Arts Studio
Park
Personal Trainer
Running/Biking Trail
Sports & Recreation Shop
Virtual Workout
Workout App
Yoga