Best Of 2019

Best Goodbye/Hello/Goodbye
Photo by Jim Leatherman

Obliterati's "final" show

May 17, 2019

Are they? Aren't they? Orlando underground stalwarts and freak-rock heroes Obliterati, a band that included celebrated Orlando oddballs Nadeem Khan, Tony Christy, Lisa Bugayong, Sarah Morrison, Steven Garnett and Jim Ivy, decided to finally call it quits. This put an end to a project that was a through-line of several decades of underground music activity in the City Beautiful, and they said goodbye in style, in front of a packed house of scene lifers at Will's Pub – the band ran through everything they had AND an ad hoc set of Bad Afro Experience covers. It was a celebration shorn of sappy sentimentality and a fitting endpoint for the greatest non-career act in Orlando music.

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019: The best in local bars, clubs, bands, DJs and more

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Music & Nightlife

Best Bar

1. Will's Pub, willspub.org

2. Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com

3. Tanqueray's, facebook.com/tanqueraysbar

Best Bar Patio

1. The Hammered Lamb, thehammeredlamb.com

2. Eden Bar, enzian.org

3. The Porch, theporchwinterpark.com

Best Bar to Play Pool

1. Sportstown, sportstownbilliards.com

2. Spatz, facebook.com/spatz1025

3. The Matador, thematadororlando.com

Best Bartender

1. Robbie Kennerney, Throwbacks Sanford

2. Dave Merkli, Tanqueray's

3. Big Rick, The Thirsty Topher

Best Club DJ

1. Angel of Boom, realradio.fm

2. Mango Beats, facebook.com/mango.beats.5

3. (tie) DJ BMF, mixcloud.com/djbmf

3. (tie) Dizzlephunk, dizzlephunk.com

Best Club Night

1. '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar

2. Mac n Cheese at Independent Bar

3. Girl the Party at Southern Nights

Best Country Act

1. Sean Holcomb, seanholcomb.com

2. Layla Brisbois, facebook.com/laylabrisboisofficial

3. Oak Hill Drifters, oakhilldrifters.com

Best Cover Band

1. Hayfire, facebook.com/hayfire

2. Audio Exchange, audioexchangeband.com

3. Rockit Fly, rockitfly.com

Best Craft Beer Bar

1. Crooked Can Brewing Co., crookedcan.com

2. Redlight Redlight, facebook.com/redlightredlight

3. Hourglass Brewing, hourglassbrewing.com