Charlotte Magazine recently released their 2011 Best of the Best. Gay-owned or gay-friendly businesses weren’t excluded.

South Ends’ Marigny won best dance club. The magazine writes: “With its abundance of lounges, bars, and a concert venue, South End’s growing nightlife district had a void until Marigny Dance Club opened last year. It’s a place where you can dance like nobody’s watching. But at this popular gay nightclub people are watching: the dance floor fills up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and this is a place to be seen. You don’t come here to stand around—if the bass doesn’t move you, the light show will leave you hypnotized.”

In the Voters’ Choice awards, Plaza-Midwood’s Dish won in the Comfort Food category.

Dish and Marigny were just two from among dozens of LGBT-friendly or -popular restaurants, nightclubs, bars and other businesses listed in the magazine’s 2011 awards.

Gay spots weren’t immune to Charlotte’s gag Worst of the Worst. Writer Sarah Crosland dishes on “Worst Joke by a Strip Club”: “This was a close race. Uptown Cabaret’s ads for the best wings … and breasts and thighs in town was a contender. And Twin Peeks was in the running with its punny name. But the “Meat our Dancers” joke up for months on Chasers’ marquee takes the crown. ”

Our 2011 QList — Best of LGBT Carolina is still on-going. Don’t forget to cast your vote! Voting ends on May 30.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.