Last call to cast your ‘Best of Madison’ ballots!

2021's final voting period ends April 30

MADISON, Wis. — It’s Oscar Sunday, but Madison-area business owners won’t be walking away with anything gold just yet

Voting ends Friday, April 30 for this year’s Best of Madison contest, sponsored by our partners at Madison Magazine. That means you have from now until then to show your favorite local businesses, places, and people you think they’re the best in town, by casting a ballot online.

Click here to vote.

Unlike round one, you’re limited to one vote per category, so if you already selected your favorites, you’re done for this year. If you haven’t, choose carefully. This is your one shot!

“With so many businesses closing and so many businesses struggling, Best of Madison is a great way to get them known in the community,” said Maija Inveiss, Madison Magazine’s Associate Editor.

This year’s contest includes more than 100 categories, which is slightly lower than previous years. Editors had to reconsider several categories due to covid, while adding a handful of new ones: Best Cocktail Kit, Best Socially-Distanced Bar, and Best Curbside Pickup.

“Curbside pickup wasn’t really big before covid,” Inveiss explained. “But it showed how quickly restaurants were able to adapt to the needs of the community.”

After February’s nomination period, each category has been narrowed down to six finalists. 350,000 votes have been cast so far.

Madison Magazine’s editors will announce this year’s winners in their August issue and post the results online by mid-July.

As per tradition, the top vote-getter in each category will receive a plaque to proudly display in their business.


Tips for anyone still trying to vote:

All voters must register before their selections will count, simply by submitting a valid email address.

If you are having trouble voting, try using Chrome or Firefox on a laptop or desktop computer rather than a cell phone.

Since Madison Magazine has discontinued the Best of the Burbs poll, the Best of Madison poll will qualify vote-getters residing throughout Dane County, plus cities in the counties contingent to Dane County—including Columbia, Dodge, Iowa, Green, Rock, Jefferson, and Sauk.