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BEST OF O-SEA WEEKLY 2016!

Ahoy, readers! As you may know, we were bought earlier this year by the Duncan Macintosh Company, publishers of boating magazines and organizers of the best boat shows in the world. Which got us thinking: let's do a nautical theme for this year's Best Of! At the very least, it's a perfect excuse to dress up a hot guy and girl in sailor's whites and let them pose with our winners! From sushi and whiskey bars, to yoga and where to get pierced, our OC Weekly team has scoured the county for those businesses and places that deserve your attention!

Thousands of readers entered their nominations for over 150 categories. Browse below to see who made the top five nominees and vote your favorite.

YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE!


Nominations Round: July 28 - August 28
Voting Round: Sept. 1 - Sept. 25

 

YOUR READERS' POLL
Arts & Entertainment
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