• Best Hotel
  • Best Downtown Building
  • Best Upscale Bar
  • Best Mocktails
  • Best Martini
  • Best Sommellier (Christina Morris)
  • Best Romantic Restaurant


  • Best Cocktail Mixer (Levi Fryer)
  • Best Bloody Mary
  • Best Atmosphere

If you had never heard of the Kimpton Cardinal in downtown Winston-Salem, its list of wins might entice you to take a closer look. But it’s impossible to be a resident of the city and not be aware of the Kimpton, which took over the grande dame of downtown buildings in 2015 and converted it into an art-deco showpiece. And while the rooms are mostly for out-of-towners, locals love the Katheaails and fanciful meals, as well as the tricked-out basement rec room with bowling lanes, a basketball court, an adult slide and other playful diversions. (

— BC


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