You have to hand it to Skully’s.
A room that size is hard to fill up for a night and even harder to maintain for the long haul, but the Short North nightspot has been going strong for more than a decade, evolving with the times and successfully presenting itself as the leopard-printed, neon-lit epicenter of many overlapping circles.
That’s why Skully’s continues to dominate this poll, upping last year’s three first-place finishes to four this year.
One week last October stands out as illustrative of Skully’s widespread appeal: Over the course of five days, the club hosted longstanding champion dance party Ladies 80’s, rising rap star Action Bronson, indie rockers Dave Buker & the Historians, Christian rockers House of Heroes, reggae mainstays the Flex Crew and a buffet of top-flight metal bands headlined by Converge.
It is all things to all people.
Best Place for Rock ’n’ Roll runners-up: Ace of Cups, Woodlands Tavern
Best Place for Hip-Hop runners-up: Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar, Carabar
Best Dance Club runners-up: Axis, Wall Street Nightclub
Best DJ Night runners-up: Heatwave, The Clampdown