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Best Gay-Friendly Bar

Music videos and cocktails mix like J.Lo and backup dancers—this we learned from Tini, a petite bar with TVs where a four-round night might go something like this:

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Best Art Gallery

Signed works by major artists fill the Conrad’s new Long-Sharp Gallery, an extension of Rhonda Long-Sharp’s renowned online dealership, Modern Masters. Here, her rules for investing in fine-art prints:

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Best Dinner Spread

When Bluebeard opened in June, word of its Bohemian cuisine and cocktails spread like a meme. The deconstructed menu changes nightly, but order from each category and you can’t go wrong.

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Best Coffee Shop

Six reasons to race over to Lino’s Coffee, a real-deal Italian cafe inside Dallara Automobili:

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Best Meat Empire

The only question now is how to use the sexy cold cuts from Smoking Goose Meatery. Here, some tasty ideas.

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Best French Onion Soup

Some people say you can read the quality of a restaurant in the way it cooks a steak ordered medium-rare. Others use the poached egg, or the quality of the table bread, the pluckiness of the staff, the cleanliness of the washrooms. I’ve decided that such merits lie beneath the melted Gruyere of French onion soup.

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Fast Company: Best Dating Spots & Activities

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is in the driver’s seat, and he calls the shots for us as to where one should take a date and what to do there.

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Best Movers-and-Shakers Hangout

It’s not exactly a bar, not really a business incubator. But the Speak Easy, a members-only work lounge in SoBro, combines the best aspects of both into a 9-to-5 hotspot for the tech sector. On any given day, creative minds are hard at work at the reclaimed-wood desks developing websites, apps, and related services, craft beer from the self-serve taps in hand.

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Best Bookstore

True story: In the post-paper Kindle age, an independent used-book shop opened with enough bright-eyed enthusiasm to triumph over dark capitalist forces. Even if you adore your e-reader, you’ll love hanging out here just as much, thanks to a cast of winsome characteristics.

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Best Vintage Market: Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace

The parking-lot Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace moved indoors to the Fountains Conference Center for the season, meaning lovers of the retro look can keep clearing space for bargains like these, found in October. Next sale: January 26.

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Best Calorie Burn

Even adults jump for joy here once they get out there and bounce up a sweat. Don’t fear the face-plant—grab a pair of issued sneakers and hop to it!

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Best Zine: The Hipstorians Present Commercial Article

Untold chapters of local art history come to light through a series of enchanting design publications.

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Exclusive: Pat McAfee Won't Stop Talking

One thing you can say about Colts punter Pat McAfee: He’s never at a loss for words. He had plenty to say when he sat down recently for his IM profile—so much so, in fact, that we couldn’t get it all into the article. Here are a few of the tastier morsels we were able to forage from the editor’s cutting-room floor.

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Best Holiday Essentials

Pick up the December issue of Indianapolis Monthly for the complete list of this year’s Best of Indy winners.

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Reader's Choice

Your voices are heard in this companion piece to our December 2012 cover feature of 109 great Indy gets, finds, tastes, and experiences.

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