The Results Are In! The Final Votes For The RVAMAG & GayRVA Reader’s Poll 2022

by | Dec 16, 2022 | ART, COMMUNITY, EAT DRINK, MUSIC, PINNED, QUEER RVA, RVA READER'S POLL

Richmond, VA is a great town and we had fun running the RVAMAG & GayRVA Reader’s Poll 2022 to get a feel on what our readers like to do and see. Thank you to the over 20,000+ people that checked out the poll and the 5000+ who voted. The following is a list of the Top 5 in each category in order of votes.

DONUTS

1st Country Style Donuts
2nd Sugar Shack
3rd Krispy Kreme
4th Mochinut Richmond X Kokko Ice Cream
5th Westhampton Pastry Shop

LOCAL CAFE
1st Blanchard’s
2nd Lamplighter Coffee Roasters
3rd Sugar and Twine
4th Roastology
5th Sub Rosa

BRUNCH
1st Perly’s
2nd SB’s Main Street Love Shack
3rd Moore Street Cafe
4th Joe’s Inn the Fan
5th 821 Cafe

LUNCH
1st Union Market
2nd Kuba Kuba
3rd Joe’s Inn In The Fan
4th Garnett’s
5th Roots Natural Kitchen

SANDWICH
1st Coppola’s Deli
2nd Union Market
3rd Garnett’s
4th Secret Sandwich Society
5th Chiocca’s

BBQ
1st ZZQ
2nd Alamo BBQ
3rd Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue
4th Mission BBQ
5th The Smoky Mug

NOODLES
1st Pho Tay Do
2nd Mekong
3rd Pho Thein Phat / Pho So 1
4th Foo Dog
5th Pho Luca

FOOD TRUCK
1st Intergalactic Tacos
2nd Smashed RVA
3rd Zorch Pizza
4th Auntie Ning’s
5th Goatocado

HAPPY HOUR
1st Fuzzy Cactus
2nd Bamboo Cafe
3rd En Su Boca
4th 3 Monkey’s
5th Joe’s Inn

WINE BAR
1st Brambly Park
2nd Jardin
3rd Can Can
4th Bar Solita
5th Celladora Wines

DATE NIGHT
1st Edo’s Squid
2nd Stellas
3rd L’Opossum
4th Grisette
5th Alewife

CRAFT BREWERY
1st The Veil
2nd Väsen Brewing Company
3rd Triple Crossing Beer
4th Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
5th Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop

SUSHI
1st Lucky AF
2nd Akida
3rd Sticky Rice
4th Fighting Fish
5th Sumo San

BURGERS
1st Cobra Burger
2nd Beauvine Burger Concept
3rd Cobra Cabana
4th Jack Brown’s
5th Carytown Burger & Fries

PIZZA
1st Hot For Pizza
2nd Zorch
3rd 8 ½ in The Fan
4th Belmont PIzza
5th Mary Angela’s

TACOS
1st Don’t Look Back
2nd TBT Gallo
3rd En Su Boca
4th Y Tu Mama
5th La Milpa

ASIAN FOOD
1st Peter Chang Richmond
2nd Mom’s Siam
3rd Sabai
4th Mekong
5th Fat Dragon

DIVE BAR
1st Cobra Cabana
2nd Bamboo
3rd GWAR BAR
4th Patrick Henry Pub
5th Sidewalk Cafe

COCKTAILS
1st The Jasper
2nd The Roosevelt
3rd Can Can
4th Saison
5th Sabai

LAST CALL
1st Helen’s
2nd Bamboo
3rd Patrick Henry Pub
4th Penny Lane Pub
5th Fuzzy Cactus / GWAR Bar

LOCAL GALLERIES
1st Gallery5
2nd Black Iris Gallery
3rd Quirk Gallery
4th 1708 Gallery
5th The Spot RVA

ARTS & CULTURE
1st Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts
2nd Maymont
3rd Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
4th Black History Museum
5th Poe Museum

SNEAKER AND STREETWEAR
1st Kicks Boomin
2nd The Spot RVA
3rd CHILALAY
4th Rotate
5th UTMOST CO

RECORD STORES
1st Plan 9 Music
2nd Vinyl Conflict
3rd Deep Groove Records
4th Wax Moon
5th Records & Relics / Small Friend Records & Books

TOY & COLLECTIBLES SHOP
1st World Of Mirth
2nd Mongrel
3rd One Eyed Jacques
4th Velocity Comics
5th Toy Lair

CLOTHES
1st Diversity Thrift
2nd Ashby
3rd Buffalo Exchange
4th Rumors Boutique
5th CobbleStore Vintage

SMOKE SHOPS
1st Carytown Tobacco
2nd Kulture
3rd Higher Education Richmond
4th Katra Gala
5th Bob Marley Tobacco

MURALIST
1st Nils
2nd Nightowl
3rd Ed Trask
4th Emily Herr
5th Ham Glass

LOCAL DJ
1st Bedspread Radio
2nd Mikealis
3rd DJ Lonnie B
4th Hip Hop Henry
5th Mass FX

LOCAL VENUE
1st The National
2nd The Camel
3rd The Broadberry
4th Fuzzy Cactus
5th Brambly Park

UNSIGNED METAL-PUNK-HARDCORE
1st YONDER
2nd Richmond Vampire
3rd Mel Machete
4th Public Acid
5th Cellar Dwellers

UNSIGNED UNDERGROUND RAPPER
1st Nickelus F
2nd Black Liq
3rd Johnny Cigs
4th Chance Fischer
5th DuctTape Jesus

UNSIGNED LOCAL BAND
1st NO BS! Brass
2nd Strawberry Moon
3rd Ten Pound Snail
4th Toxic Moxie
5th Deau Eyes

DANCING
1st Babe’s of Carytown
2nd The Jungle Room
3rd Fallout
4th Helen’s
5th New York Deli

DRAG SHOW
1st Michelle Livigne
2nd Chicki Parm
3rd Sweet Pickles
4th Grace Wetpants
5th Wette Midler

LGBTQIA+ SAFE SPACE
1st Babes In Carytown
2nd Diversity Richmond
3rd Fallout
4th Godfrey’s
5th The Liberty Public House

Thank you again and make sure to support local business and creatives, it is what keeps our city culture unique.

Main Photo by Ariel on Unsplash

R. Anthony Harris

R. Anthony Harris

I created Richmond, Virginia’s culture publication RVA Magazine and brought the first Richmond Mural Project to town. Designed the first brand for the Richmond’s First Fridays Artwalk and promoted the citywide “RVA” brand before the city adopted it as the official moniker. I threw a bunch of parties. Printed a lot of magazines. Met so many fantastic people in the process. Professional work: www.majormajor.me




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