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Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting is now closed for the 2016 Kansai Scene Readers’ Choice Awards!

The winners will be announced in the January issue of Kansai Scene and on this website.

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Stage One: Nominate (Nov 15–30)- Closed
Nominate your favorite things to do, places to eat, and spaces to play in our inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards.
You can complete the form just once and nominate just one place per category. Please note that you will need to create an account (email and username) if you do not already have one.

Stage Two: Vote (Dec 01–14)- Closed
The top 5–10 nominations from each category will be available as choices in the voting stage. Any categories that did not receive any votes will be excluded from the voting stage. Even if you didn’t nominate anywhere, you can still vote for your favorite places. You can complete the form just once and vote for just one place per category.

Voting will be open from Dec 01 (6pm)–Dec 14 (midnight) and the winners announced in the January issue of Kansai Scene. Winning places will be awarded a KS Readers’ Choice Awards sticker and digital badge to help promote themselves online.

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Use social media to encourage your customers to nominate and vote for you! Download our handy social media graphics to help drum up support.

The Categories

Bars, Pubs & Entertainment

Best Bar
Hands-down, the best place to pull up a stool in Kansai.

Best Craft Beer Bar
Who serves up the best brews?

Best Irish Pub
Where to really feel the Craic?

Best Sports Bar
Where do you go to throw some darts, shoot some pool, or just watch the game?

Best Whiskey/Bourbon Bar
Best place to enjoy a finger of your favorite single malt?

Best Sake Bar
The mecca for sake lovers?

Best Cocktails
Who mixes the best drinks in Kansai?

Best Standing Bar
Where’s your favorite tachinomi in Kansai?

Best LGBT Bar
Best gay bar in town?

Best Alternative Bar
Quirky hole-in-the-wall, whacky theme bar, S&M – anything goes.

Best Karaoke Spot
Where is the best place to belt out a few alcohol-fuelled karaoke classics?

Best Club
Where’s the party?

Best ‘Nice Night Out’
Where to go when you’re all dressed up and in the mood for cocktails and conversation?

Best Live Music Venue?
The best place to see your favorite bands?

Best Theater or Live Comedy
Even if it’s all nihongo, where’s the best place to experience Japanese live shows?

Restaurants & Dining

Best Brunch
Where do you head for the ultimate late-morning breakfast?

Best Independent Coffee Shop
Forget the big chains, who serves the finest cup of joe in town?

Best Cafe
The best place to kick back and enjoy a drink and a snack.

Best Burgers
The competition is fierce, but who is the real burger king?

Best Mexican Food
Where can you get the best burritos and nachos in town?

Best Thai Food
Who does Thai cuisine best in Kansai?

Best Indian Food
Who has the best masalas this side of Mumbai?

Best Italian Food
Where is your go-to Italian restaurant?

Best French Cuisine
Casual bistro or romantic date spot? Where can you get the best French cuisine in Kansai?

Best Chinese Food
Spicy noodles, delicious dumplings, and crispy duck – where do you get your fix?

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Food
Where to go for some healthy whole food?

Best Seafood
Clams, oysters and crabs – who does seafood best?

Best Ramen
Who deserves the title of best ramen in Kansai?

Best Yakiniku
Your favorite Korean-style BBQ?

Best Sushi
Where is the best sushi to be found?

Shops & Services

Best Backpackers’ Hostel
Best digs on a budget?

Best Hotel
The finest rooms in town?

Best Love Hotel
The best place for a ‘rest’?

Best Art Gallery
Which gallery space consistently inspires?

Best Museum
If you only go to one museum in Kansai?

Best Record Store
The best place for vinyl?

Best Anime/Manga Store
Where can you find otaku heaven?

Best Vintage Clothing Store
Your favorite vintage-fashion haven?

Best Tattoo Parlor
If you are going to get inked?

Best Hair Salon
Where to go for the ultimate trim.

Best Bakery
Who bakes the tastiest treats in Kansai?

Best Imported Groceries Store
Where do you head to for a fix of tastes of back home?

Best Dental Clinic
Who do you trust your teeth to?

Best Medical Clinic
Which doc do you call when you’re feeling under the weather?

Best Travel Agency
Who do you turn to for teeing up your travel plans?

Vote Now!



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