About the Best of the Best Awards Issue 

For over 20 years, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST of the BEST in Charlotte. We call it “The BOB Awards” for short, and we recognize the city’s finest in food and drink, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more–almost a hundred winners in all. After the list is published, we host an event to celebrate the winners.

2020 Winners

EAT: The Best of Food and Dining

PLAY: The Best of Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Nightlife, and Going Out

EXPLORE: The Best of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

LIVE: The Best of Health and Wellness, Kids and Family

SHOP: The Best of Style and Shopping


2020 Best of the Best Party

The 2020 Best of the Best Party originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We’re working on an alternative way to celebrate our 2020 winners this year — details coming this fall!


How does it work?

Winners are picked and written up by staffers, former staffers, and regular contributors of Charlotte magazine. When we pick a winner, not only have we been there, but we’ve been to several other top contenders as well. We are confident in saying that our pick is the best in town.

We also ask the Charlotte community to vote for their favorites in a few categories, and voting opens in January each year.

Read a full explanation of the BOBs process here.


Are you a 2020 winner or runner-up?

To help you spread the good news, we created this handy 2020 BOB Winners’ Toolkit. It has everything you need to tell Charlotte you’ve been named the BEST of the BEST in the city.

Order custom plaques, download social media graphics, and more!

2020 Bobs Winner


The BEST of the BEST Party

Our annual Best of the Best Party has become one of the most anticipated events in the city.

Sample fresh bites and festive cocktails from award-winning restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and much more, as we celebrate this year’s BEST OF THE BEST of Charlotte in a beautiful garden oasis at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte magazine’s annual spring Best of the Best Party has been rescheduled to Oct. 1, 2020.

2019 Best of the Best Winners

⇢ EAT Food and Dining
⇢ PLAY Drinking and Nightlife
⇢ EXPLORE Arts and Culture
⇢ LIVE Health and Family
⇢ SHOP Style and Shopping


Scenes from the 2019 BEST of the BEST Party





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