Best Of 2019

Best Reclamation of Local Music History
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Feb. 16, 2109

At first glance, throwing a big house-music party at the glossy, moto-centric Ace Cafe might seem odd. But old bass-heads and ravers will spot the sly nod to local music history because the Ace is sited in the historic building that was the original site of the Edge, the era-defining dance club that was ground zero for the legendary 1990s EDM scene that gave Orlando international cachet. With a prime throwback lineup that included the Crystal Method, K5, Kelly Reverb, DJ Who, Magic Mike, AK1200, Andy Hughes, Stylus and the late, great D-Xtreme, bass promoter Future Sound of Breaks essentially pulled off an Edge reunion. And now that FSOB honcho Glyn S. Morgan is an official event consultant with Ace, expect more ass-shaking parties there.

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,

2. Mathers Social Gathering,

3. Tanqueray's,

Best Bar Patio

1. The Hammered Lamb,

2. Eden Bar,

3. The Porch,

Best Bar to Play Pool

1. Sportstown,

2. Spatz,

3. The Matador,

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,

2. Mango Beats,

3. (tie) DJ BMF,

3. (tie) Dizzlephunk,

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,

2. Layla Brisbois,

3. Oak Hill Drifters,

Best Cover Band

1. Hayfire,

2. Audio Exchange,

3. Rockit Fly,

Best Craft Beer Bar

1. Crooked Can Brewing Co.,

2. Redlight Redlight,

3. Hourglass Brewing,