Best of Philly 2014

It’s our (41st!) annual Best of Philly issue, the giant and incredibly well-researched compendium of everything worth doing, drinking, seeing, eating, trying and buying right now.


Yes, folks, here we are, back at it again. Who has the crispiest fried chicken? What’s the best bar for day-drinking? Where can you go for eyebrow-sculpting? Sexy party shoes? Free spinning classes? Herein lie the exhaustively investigated answers … as well as a series of bests chosen by you, the voting public, via online polls and our biggest-ever taste test. (Spoiler alert: Nobody in this city turns down free whoopie pies.) And while we’ll readily admit that the process of finding, vetting and honoring this region’s ever-growing array of all things excellent is really more of an art than a science (and art, of course, is subjective), we’ll nevertheless fiercely defend and celebrate each and every one of our 275 picks. We think that for the most part, you will, too. Especially that fried chicken.

Here’s a taste of what we have for you this year. But for all the BOP goodness, pick up the August 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine, on newsstands now, or subscribe today. Then join us at the Best of Philly Bash at Citizens Bank Park on August 12th!

Behind the Scenes of Best of Philly

The Best Philadelphians

Readers’ Poll Food and Drink Winners

Taste Test Winners

Preview: Home Decor Winners

Preview: Shopping and Style Winners

Preview: LGBT Winners

Preview: Health and Fitness Winners

Snapshot: Janet Monge, Best Museum Curator