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2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Nightclub

The Fireside Lounge

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Place to Get Clothes Altered

The Golden Needle

2019 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Marathon Happy Hour

The Hunter Public House

The Hunter Public House emerged as a welcome addition to the Webster Street bar scene in 2018, possibly due in part to its marathon happy hours. Get a head start on the weekend with drink specials extending 2-8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Enjoy creative craft cocktails and a solid offering of draft beers served up by a staff of friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. Boasting a comfy and funky neo-Victorian decor mixed with a pool table and an impressive TV for viewing your favorite sporting events, The Hunter maintains the laid-back neighborhood bar vibe, welcoming canine companions and allowing patrons to bring in outside food.

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Comedy Night

The Local

Emerging as one of Alameda'€™s favorite spots to socialize, The Local offers delicious drinks, a welcoming vibe, and a growing menu. Recently, the cafe has boosted its evening hours by hosting regular monthly events, including board game gatherings, spoken word, live music, and a kid's open mic. But it's The Local'€™s monthly Comedy Nights that quickly are gaining popularity. The lineup showcases a variety of comedians from all over the Bay Area and is usually held on the third Saturday of the month at 8 p.m. Follow The Local on Facebook or check its events page for the most up-to-date calendar info. Be prepared to join in on the revelry and good cheer.

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best New Business

The Local

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Way to Clear Out Your Crafting Stash

The ReCrafting Company

Redoing the craft room? Bring those skeins of yarn that failed to knit themselves into sweaters to The ReCrafting Co., Santa Clara Avenue’s depot for pre-owned yarn, crafting books, embroidery thread, rubber stamps, markers, scrapbooking supplies, and pretty much anything that you could have made into something but didn'€™t. Consigners get 50 percent of the purchase price, and shoppers get a heck of a deal while keeping perfectly good supplies out of the landfill. Because the inventory is always changing, it'€™s fun to stop in often to browse and chat with affable owner Andrine Smith. No appointments are needed to bring in lots to consign; just come in Tuesday through Saturday before 5 p.m.

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Pizza

The Star on Park

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Band

The Ukemamas

2019 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Spot to Score a Pair of Retro Sunglasses

To Herb With Love

A treat-yourself-staple in Alameda for over a decade, Marti Collin'€™s slender shop in the heart of Park Street'€™s shopping district is stylish and inviting. The shop is filled with bright colors and fabulous smells, from handcrafted jewelry to colorful posh bath bombs. Some folks consider To Herb With Love'€™s selection of fantastic sunglasses the main event. For $20, Collins'€™ heavily curated collection offers an affordable and fun way to accessorize for the summer months and beyond, and the sweet price tempts you to buy more than one pair — perfect for everyday wear, special occasions, or a kooky costume. Ranging from retro styles to authentic vintage sunglasses from the 1980s, To Herb With Love is the go-to spot for your next pair of sunnies.

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Tomatina

2019 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Most Instagrammable Bubble Tea

Top Up

Bubble tea shops abound everywhere you go in Alameda, but no boba shop is more photogenic than Top Up, on Alameda'€™s West End in the Neptune Plaza Shopping Center. Go with one of the layered fruit teas like the Hawaiian Sunset, a kumquat-flavored oolong tea topped with purple butterfly pea tea with rainbow jelly at the bottom, or the Kawaii, topped with cheery pink '€œdragon juice'€ with green bursting kiwi boba at the bottom. For best Instagram results, place your drink in one of the inflatable inner tube-style cup holders in flamingo, unicorn, or rubber ducky shapes, then use the shop'€™s living wall as a backdrop for the perfect photo.

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Children’s Store

Toy Safari

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Italian Restaurant

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Restaurant

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best California Cuisine

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails