Best Live Music Venue (21+)
The Casbah is San Diego's CBGB, paying attention to the city's underground when nobody else knows where it is. And despite its rap for alternative and punk, the Casbah also hosts hip-hop, groove, jazz and funk. 2105 Kettner Blvd. 619-232-HELL. www.casbahmusic.com
Belly Up Tavern
143 Cedros Ave. 858.481.8140. www.bellyuptavern.com
Best Live Music Venue (All Ages)
In A Brave New World, the villagers took the drug soma to deal with life; in San Diego, punk rockers go to SOMA to... well... deal with life. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd. 619-226-7667.
"Canes Bar & Grill
3105 Ocean Front Walk. 858-488-1780. www.canesbarandgrill.com
Best Coffeehouse with Music
Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge
North Park's most colorful venue for music, chess and chill, Claire de Lune hosts Poetic Brew on Tuesdays. Check online for a full listing of events. 2906 University Ave. www.clairedelune.com
Twiggs Tea & Coffee
4590 Park Blvd. 619-296-0616.
Best Beer Bar/
The Liar's Club Bar & Grill
Barstar.com called The Liar's Club, "the best place ever," and it is notoriously local. The jukebox contains local bands, the taps pour local brews and the kitchen is open till 11 p.m. 3844 Mission Blvd. 858-488-2340.
8515 Navajo Rd. 619-465-1730
1152 Garnet Ave. 858.273.9734. www.tikipb.com
Best Comedy Club
The Comedy Store
Before Dat Phan won the reality TV show Last Comic Standing, he knocked everybody out at The Comedy Store. Check out Sunday potlucks when you can get on stage and see what it's like to be heckled. 916 Pearl St. 858-454-9176. www.thecomedystore.com
4th and B
The dance floor is up front, the seats are in the back and there's a bar on every corner-finally, a big venue got it right. 345 B St. 619-231-4343.
Belly Up Tavern
143 Cedros Ave. 858-481-8140. www.bellyuptavern.com
This is a big one: Nearly 9,500 reserved seats and another 10,000 seats on the lawn. It's nearly impossible to go any farther south in San Diego, and you can smell the ocean with a deep breath. 2050 Entertainment Circle. 619-671-3600 www.hob.com/venues/concerts/coors
SDSU Open Air Theater
5500 Campanile Drive. 619-594-6947. www.hob.com/venues/concerts/openair
Best Dance Club
On Broadway took the skeleton of a bank and turned it into one of the more posh and lavish modern clubs in San Diego. Offering light shows, dance music and Pacific Rim cuisine, On Broadway can host up to 2,000 people. 615 Broadway. 619-231-0011. www.obec.tv
E Street Alley
919 4th Ave. 619-231-9200. www.estreetalley.cc
751 5th Ave. 619-557-0146.
Best Downtown Bar
Rustle up your friends for a musical multimedia cocktail at Martini Ranch. In addition to the bar's extensive martini menu, Martini Ranch also serves beer and sports. 528 F St. 619-235-6100. www.martiniranchsd.com
Lahaina Beach Club
710 Oliver Ave. 858-270-3888
Best Dive Bar
The Jewel Box
Less a purely raunchy dive than it used to be, The Jewel Box is one of the few bars in San Diego where you can find shuffleboard. The food is cheap, and the bar has 25 tequilas within reach. 805 16th Ave. 619-236-8685.
432 E St. 619-234-5575.
Best Happy Hour
Café Sevilla, Downtown
Pitchers of sangria and 25 percent off all food and beverages until 7 p.m. every night make Café Sevilla's happy hour a town favorite. 555 4th Ave. 619-233-5979. www.cafesevilla.com
Best Beach Bar
P.B. Bar and Grill
From Taco Tuesday and free pool before 4 p.m. on weekdays to 72 televisions showcasing sports and a large patio, P.B. Bar and Grill is packed nightly. The later and drunker the night gets, the more people gravitate to the back dance floor in Club Tremors. 860 Garnet Ave. 619-272-4745. www.pbbarandgrill.com
Best Gay Bar
Bourbon Street's entrance is Italian villa meets speakeasy, but indoors, the bar is all class. Showtune Mondays are a big hit, and an online photo gallery shows the latest of the greatest parties. 4612 Park Blvd. 619-291-4043.
Best Irish Pub
Where else can you get an Irish band to cover hip-hop tunes? Everything in the place from the tables and chairs to the booze and flair was imported from Ireland. 544 5th Ave. 619-232-9840.
The Ould Sod
3373 Adams Ave. 619-284-6594. www.theouldsod.com
Best Live Theatre
The Old Globe
Nobody knew better than Queen Elizabeth's scribe that the theatre is nothing without the audience. William Shakespeare's original design for London's Globe Theatre has a duplicate in San Diego, and while the nonprofit theatre company produces several of Shakespeare's plays every year, it also gets all modern on your ass. 1363 Old Globe Way. 619-229-2255. www.oldglobe.org
San Diego Repertory
79 Horton Plaza. 619-231-3586. www.sandiegorep.com
Best Movie Theater
Madstone Theater is a San Diego favorite because it hosts the films you don't see anywhere else; it's especially good for ethnic and subculture films. 7510 Hazard Center Drive. 619-299-4500.
Best Karaoke Bar
Upgraded from dive to karaoke bar, "the Lamp" is latched to Mission Hills like a symbiont, enjoying all the fruits of San Diego's blistering art community. 817 West Washington St. 619-289-3624
Casa de Pico
Mango, blue, strawberry-the margaritas at Case de Pico are so good that even locals brave the legion of tourists in Old Town's Bazaar del Mundo for a Casa minute, which lasts until mañana. 2754 Calhoun St. 619-296-3267.
Best Bloody Mary
The Waterfront Bar & Grill
Amid the condos of Little Italy, The Waterfront upholds the traditional culture of this one-time fishing village. Professionals and blue-collar workers gather here to get back to the real world. 2044 Kettner Blvd.
Bartenders with flair at Martini Ranch put Tom Cruise to shame. They've got more than 50 hand-blended martini recipes memorized, but they won't stop you from going straight up and dirty. 528 F St. 619-235-6100. www.martiniranchsd.com
The Turf Club
1116 25th St. 619-234-6363.
Best Wine List
More than 50 bottles under $25. Wines of the month from the wine shop. Look out for a website from which to purchase all reserve and specialty wines. New location in Del Mar, formerly Torrey Pines Café. 5656 La Jolla Blvd. 858-551-4090. www.cuveerestaurant.com
Society Billiards Café
Society is decked in modern swank with neon lights, speckled counters, black fixtures and the coveted sidewalk patio. While the dress is mostly beachwear, a few slick fellows lurk over the competitive tables. 1051 Garnet Ave. 619-272-7665.
Best Sports Bar
Seau's: The Restaurant
Well, Junior left town for humid Miami, but his sports bar is still dressed in game-day chic. And it's not the first time San Diegans voted Seau's "Best Sports Bar." 1640 Camino Del Rio North, #1376. 619-291-SEAUS. www.seau.com
Fred's Mexican Café
Also with a location in Pacific Beach, Fred's offers the notorious "Fred's Tequila Club." Ten shots will get you your name on a plaque, 50 will get you round-trip airfare to Cabo San Lucas. Please don't try to drink them all in one sitting. 2470 San Diego Ave. 619-858-8226. www.fredsmexicancafe.com
Best Sports Team
San Diego Gulls
As one voter wrote in, San Diegans like the Gulls "because they fucking win." We like to think that it's also because San Diego feels pretty damn fortunate to have a professional hockey team in the country's most envied climate. www.sandiegogulls.com
San Diego Padres
Best Pro Athlete
The Chargers' No. 21 gives a good name to his hometown, Waco, Texas. Since 2001, the 5-foot-10-inch, 221-pound running back has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and received for more than 1,100. www.chargers.com
This 6-foot-3-inch quarterback passed for more than 500 yards in two consecutive games and he's close to a school record for 3,000 yards. He was also added to the "All Spring" team by The Sporting News. www.goaztec.ocsn.com
Best TV Station
San Diegans feel that KUSI's independence is an important attribute in a country marked by conglomerate media. www.kusi.com
Best TV Personality
John Coleman, KUSI
KUSI's wacky weather guy breezed through "Good Morning America" as the show's first weather anchor and one day he got to brainstorming, "What if there was a channel devoted to weather?" Coleman thought up The Weather Channel in 1982.
Best Morning News
KUSI Morning News
Morning anchor Christine Bellport won the 2002 Humanitarian Award from the Escondido Humane Society. The morning news begins at 5:30 a.m. www.kusi.com
Best Evening News
Weekday nights from 6 to 7 p.m.-free of inane chitchat, MTV graphics and blooper segments. Just the news. www.kusi.com
Best Radio Station
They can't get exclusive radio sponsorship for the really big music events in San Diego, but that's why we love them. They also understand the concept of new music. Anya-thanks for "Desert Island Disks." www.fm949sandiego.com
Best Talk Station
Newsradio 600 KOGO
KOGO has the earliest news program in the county, with "San Diego's First News" beginning at 5 a.m. Traffic every 10 minutes, business and sports every half hour, plus Paul Harvey. www.kogo.com
Best Local Radio DJ
She's fearless and she's a concerned citizen, but, most important, she's posted photos of herself with rock stars on the stations website. "Mandatory Marley" rocks. www.91x.com ©