Nov. 16, 2015 02:10 PM

Pamplona and the rest of the 2015 Downtown Awards winners will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Gordon Square from 5:30-8 p.m.

Pamplona has the sexiest bar, according to voters participating in the 2015 Downtown Awards.

To know Downtown Lafayette is to know there’s no place quite like it. And this week you will have an opportunity to show the people and businesses in the Downtown district how much you appreciate their contributions to our cultural hub by toasting the winners of this year's Downtown Awards.

Over the last couple of months, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited solicited nominations and subsequent voting for favorite places, faces and things to do Downtown, and on Sunday DLU announced this year’s winners. On Wednesday at Gordon Square (100 E. Vermilion St.) from 5:30-8 p.m., DLU is throwing a party to celebrate and recognize the people making Downtown the place we all love.

The Downtown Stories & Awards Party will have limited admission and promises to offer a night of Downtown’s trademark whimsy paired with elegant libations. Tickets are $40 and include food, drinks and entertainment. Get your tickets here.

The event will look back on Downtown’s history, with local officials discussing and celebrating initiatives that aim to make it an better place to live, work and visit.

Carpe Diem was voted favorite Downtown barista/coffee master.
Photo by Robin May


Eat. Where is your favorite Downtown Chef?
French Press - winner
Pop’s Poboys

Eat. Where is the best Downtown place to take Paw Paw for a plate lunch?
Dwyer’s - winner
Pop’s Poboys
Johnson’s Boucaniere

Eat. What’s your favorite Downtown menu item?
Banh Banh Shrimp at Pop’s Poboys - winner
Burger at Jefferson Street Pub
Gumbo at Dwyer’s

The Filling Station
Photo by Robin May

Eat. Where’s the best place to eat outside and enjoy the Downtown air?

The Filling Station - winner
Johnson’s Boucaniere

Carpe Diem
Photo by Robin May

Sip. Where is your favorite Downtown barista or coffee master?
Carpe Diem! - winner

Black Cafe
Reve Coffee Roasters

Sip. Who’s your favorite Downtown bartender?
James Wise at Pamplona - winner
Marshall Kemp at Tsunami
Michael Dunn at The Studio Downtown

Sip. What is the best Downtown cocktail?
Old Fashioned at Don’s Downtown - winner
Wasabi Bloody Mary at Tsunami
French 75 at Pamplona

Sip. Where is the best Downtown Happy Hour?
Don’s Downtown - winner

Sip. What is the sexiest bar Downtown?
Pamplona - winner
The Studio Downtown

Sip. What bar or restaurant hosts the most successful single mingle environment?
Artmosphere - winner
Jefferson Street Pub

Be. Who is your Downtown hero?
Anya Burgess, SOLA VIolins - winner
Michael Dwyer, Dwyer’s
Megan Arceneaux, Hub City Cycles
Jillian Johnson, Parish Ink

Pop's Poboys
Photo by Robin May

Be. What is your favorite new Downtown business?
Pop’s Poboys - winner
SOLA Violins
Reve Coffee Roasters

Be. Who is a champion for the creative class and a cultural catalyst for Downtown?
Jillian Johnson, Parish Ink - winner
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Anya Burgess, SOLA Violins
Mark Falgout, Blue Moon Saloon & Warehouse 535

Be. What is the coolest place to live Downtown?
Freetown - winner
Apartments above Teche
Buchanan Lofts

Be. Where are the best Downtown accommodations?
Juliet Hotel - winner
Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse
Buchanan Lofts

Be. Who has the best Downtown storefront?
SOLA Violins - winner
Genterie Supply Co.
Creations by Fire

Do. What is your favorite Downtown cheap thrill?
Lafayette Public Library - winner
Downtown Alive!

Do. What’s Downtown’s best kept secret?
Cite des Arts - winner
Lafayette Public Library

Do. Who is the best new band to play Downtown?
Zydeco Radio - winner
Cedryl Ballou
Soul Creole

Do. What is your favorite new event Downtown?
Mid-Week Farmers’ Market - winner
Uncle Sam’s Jam

Do. Where is your favorite spot to experience the performing arts?
Cite des Arts - winner
Theatre 810
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Parish Ink
Photo by Robin May

Do. Where is the best place to shop?

Parish Ink - winner
Sans Souci Gallery
Genterie Supply Co.

Do. What is your favorite art gallery?
Sans Souci Gallery - winner
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Kelli Kaufman Gallery

Do. Where do you go for live music?
Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse - winner
Downtown Alive!

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