Help us pick the ‘Best of Atlanta’ for 2022

Piedmont Park in Midtown on May 13, 2022
Katrina Merto

Welcome to the first edition of Access Atlanta’s “Best of Atlanta” awards recognizing the best ATL has to offer. This unique experience allows Access Atlanta to collaborate with its readers. You have the chance to supply us with your personal preferences on everything from your favorite local hair salons and tattoo shops to dive bars, barbecue spots, farmers markets and more.

We literally could not put this issue together without you! Your votes will help determine 250 winners in this year’s polls.

Here’s how it works:

“Best of Atlanta” opens with a write-in nomination round from Aug. 19 through Sept. 30. Readers can nominate outstanding people, local businesses and exceptional establishments in 250 categories.

How do I get on the ballot?

During the write-in nomination round, you, your friends and supporters go to the online ballot and enter your nominations for the appropriate categories — Best Day Spa, Best Drag Show, Best Personal Trainer and so much more. To submit nominations, you must nominate in at least 10 categories. After nominations close on Sept. 30, be sure to come back Nov. 1 for the voting round.

How do the finals work?

“Best of Atlanta” will open the voting round on Nov. 1. Readers will vote between the nominees in each category. When the vote closes on Dec. 15, we start counting the winners, which will be announced in January 2023 and published in a special Best of Atlanta directory at

Since the start of the pandemic, many local businesses and beloved longtime institutions have reopened and need all the support they can get from Atlantans to keep their businesses thriving. Access Atlanta’s “Best of Atlanta” awards aim to bring our community together. Stay tuned in January 2023 as we announce who you, our fellow Atliens, voted the city’s Best Nail Salon, Best Food Festival, Best Local Band and beyond.

Best of Atlanta: Access Atlanta

  • Nomination round: Best of Atlanta launches with nominations opening Friday, Aug. 19. Nominations are open through Sept. 30.
  • Finals: Voting among finalists in each category opens on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Final ballot closes on Thursday, Dec. 15.
  • Winners: Winners will be announced in January 2023.

Join Access Atlanta in celebrating the many businesses, services, venues and more the great city of Atlanta has to offer.

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