BEST THRIFT STORE
708 W. University Drive
In the first year of the best thrift store category, it is fitting that Denton Thrift takes the cake as the top spot for used clothing, books and furniture in the city.
The manager, Marisol Franco, said the main draw to Denton Thrift is the children’s clothing. With kids outgrowing their clothes by the minute, parents have been able to pick up needed clothes at a great price with new donations coming daily.
Along with a large ever-changing selections for men, women and children’s clothing, Denton Thrift also has toys, electronics and jewelry along with a bevy of random knick-knacks for everything from Halloween decorations and costumes to St. Patrick’s Day attire to the most thoughtful Christmas gifts.
Bragging rights: Twice as Nice Resale of Denton
Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor
308 E. Oak St.
Featuring more than 72 draft beers and more than 100 bottled beers from an array of locations including several local Texas microbrews, the Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor has burst onto the Denton bar scene in just their first year of existence as the best bar in Denton.As you walk up the stairs of the Victorian-style house that dates back to 1886, you pass a row of chairs on the porch to your left and enter to see a bar full of taps with a list of numbered beers lining the wall behind.
The owner, John Williams, said it’s the variety of beer, laid-back atmosphere and outdoor seating that keeps customers coming back to his bar.
Bragging rights: Dan’s Silverleaf
BEST HOTEL AND WEDDING VENUE
26202 Lillian Miller Parkway
Built in 2001, Wildwood in is the premiere boutique hotel and wedding venue in town.
Current owners, Sarah and Keith Walters have been running the “hot spot” of Denton since 2006.
“We are beyond excited to have been named Best Hotel and Best Wedding Venue for many reasons, but especially with the increased competition in Denton over the past few years of both new hotels and new wedding venues,” they said via e-mail on the recognition by readers.
The Walters said they are constantly striving to set themselves apart from the competition and the awards reinforce their belief that the residents in Denton prefer locally owned and operated businesses.
Wildwood Inn offers the charm of an intimate bed and breakfast with the perks and modern conveniences you would expect from a large chain.
Enjoy the cascading waterfalls in the garden or the gourmet cuisine in Denton’s four-star restaurant inside the hotel and you will be sure to refer business their way.
Runner up: Little Chapel TWU
Bragging rights: Ashton Gardens
Runners up: Hilton Garden Inn, Best Western
Bragging rights: Holiday Inn
BEST KEPT SECRET IN DENTON
122 N. Locust St.
You can feel the ambiance of this 1920s-esque speakeasy as you walk straight to the bar and order your first cocktail.
Pashall’s, tucked upstairs above Andy’s Bar on the Downtown Square, is not just your ordinary bar. Be it the large chess set, the lounge with the views of the historic courthouse or the rows of antique books at your fingertips, there is no doubt why readers named the place “Denton’s Best-Kept Secret.”
Paschall’s bartenders meticulously craft and featureweekly “signature” cocktails such as “The Alamo” a blend of Texas whiskey, Mezcal, lime, grapefruit and simple syrup.
Noted online as “a bit hipster” this little gem in one of Denton’s oldest buildings is sure to become a favorite date night spot.
Runner up: Salon NV
Bragging rights: Keiichi
BEST COMMUNITY EVENT
Arts and Jazz Festival
The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is the apple of Denton’s eye. It’s what 200,000 attendees say is the best community event Denton has to offer.
Being a free event in which everyone from the community is invited to come and enjoy the music, art, dance and food, this conclusion is understandable. The three-day festival has enough to entertain anyone.
With more than 30 years of tradition, the festival is more than just a community gathering, it is a place to reminisce on old memories, and make new ones.
It’s the perfect place to come together and enjoy the company of friends and family while you experience all the art and jazz you can ask for with some of the best food Denton’s venders have to offer.
This event is led by Carol Short and is put together by community volunteers. All proceeds from the booth rentals and concession sales go to support the arts throughout the city of Denton.
So if you feel like having a good time and want to help a good cause swing by Denton’s Arts and Jazz Festival, April 26-28 in Denton’s Quakertown Park.
Runner-up: 35 Denton
Bragging rights: Holiday Lighting
BEST MOVIE THEATER
916 W. University Drive
In its sixth year in Denton, the Movie Tavern has entrenched itself as the go-to movie theater.
With its in-cinema dining experience as its top billing, the Movie Tavern sports a full menu of classic American dishes with beer and wine available. Coupled with its four screens of all digital and Real D 3D projectors, it makes for a perfect marriage of food and entertainment.
The Movie Tavern boasts the most recent releases while also featuring monthly-themed retro cinema presentations from several different genres with everything from “Back to the Future” to “The Shinning” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as a Wednesday matinee at 11:30 a.m. It also presents Breakfast and a Flick on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m.
Runner-up: Cinemark Theatres.
Bragging rights: Rave Motion Pictures
BEST SPORTS BAR
Pourhouse Sports Grill
3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.
If you are looking for a place to watch sports and get a drink in Denton, the Pourhouse Sports Grill has been one of the best seats in town to take in the game. Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer or other sports, the Pourhouse’s 14 televisions and 142-inch HD projection screen in its stadium-room seating should sufficiently whet any sports lover’s appetite.
With an outdoor patio overlooking Unicorn Lake, a uniquely-themed restaurant layout, stadium seating and of course the bar, owner Rick Moore says the Pourhouse’s best amenities are the different ways to soak in the game in a great atmosphere with top-notch service.
The menu features everything from wings and quesadillas to salads and sandwiches to rotisserie-cooked meats and wood-fire, thin crust pizzas.Along with kids’ meals, the Pourhouse also has lunch specials Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Runner-up: The Labb
Bragging rights: Buffalo Wild Wings
BEST PLACE TO CREATE ARTS/CRAFTS
Kil’n Time Studio
721 S. Interstate Highway 35E,
Glass fusion is all the rage, Tanya Harless, co-owner ofKil’n Time Studio said.
That’s why she and her co-owner, Chris Price, offer the technique for people of all ages to enjoy right here in Denton.
Pottery is always a fun option but if you are looking for something different, the glass fusion is a great way to spark your creativity.
“You cut the glass and melt the colors together and make your art flush,” Harless said.”It’s really fun and even kids are interested in making plates.”
The studio does everything they can to cut corners and not pass the expense on to their customers, including pouring their own molds.
“We still buy some from vendors but not as much, as we want our customers to continue having affordable fun,” she said.
The studio is available for all sorts of events; from hosting a bachelorette party to a child’s birthday.
“I am very excited we were voted best,” Harless said. “Come in and have some fun.”
Runner up: Denton Scrap
Bragging rights: A Creative Studio