Voting is now open for the 2022 Best of the Bay awards

Voting is open through Aug. 31.

click to enlarge Voting is now open for the 2022 Best of the Bay awards
James Ostrand
Voting is now open for Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's Best of the Bay (BOTB) and runs through Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Nominees for Tampa Bay's beloved, and sometimes controversial, 32 years running celebration of all things local were gathered during the open nomination period over the summer when more than 50,000 people, places, businesses and events were submitted.

Voting for these Readers Choice awards is happening now via

In 2022, voters can cast one ballot per email address in nine different categories:
  • Arts
  • Beauty & Wellness
  • Drink
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Goods
  • People
  • Places
  • Services
Event Details

Best of the Bay Party 2022

Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30-10 p.m.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Event Center 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa Tampa

The options on the 2022 Best of the Bay ballot represent the Top 10 nominee getters in each award (if you see more than 10 nominees, it's because there was a tie).

Readers Choice BOTB winners will be announced at CL's annual Best of the Bay issue release and party happening on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Tampa's Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The event—which gathers BOTB finalists and winners along with vendors and entertainers from across the Bay area—is open to the public, and tickets are on sale now via starting at $35.

If you're among the list of 2022 CL Best of the Bay nominees, voting marketing materials, and the opportunity to update your contact info are available. Any questions can be submitted online.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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