From Tacos to Tunes: Winners Take Center Stage at We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards 

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Photos by Oscar Almeida

Before a crowd of more than 125 people, winners were revealed on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, for the 2023 First Annual We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards at El Granero. 

We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards

Hosted by Jamie Alexander, from PVRPV, and Jessy Ruiz, from Asphalt Radio, announced the finalists of the 25 categories and then named the winner. 

Winners received a beautiful award, sponsored and provided by Other sponsors included ThrIVe Med Spa, PVRPV and El Granero. 

From eats to entertainment, the awards covered a wide range. 

Pepe’s Taco took home the crown for Favorite Taco Stand, while Bonito Kitchen Bar emerged victorious in the Favorite Specialty Cuisine category. Joe Jack’s Fish Shack and Barcelona Tapas were recognized as the best in their respective categories.

The Palm Cabaret was named Favorite Performance Venue, while a slew of talented entertainers took home individual awards. Miss Conception and Diva Devine were celebrated as Favorite Drag Performers (Touring and Local, respectively), while Effie Passero and Kevin Anthony shone as Favorite Live Entertainers (Solo Show) in their respective genders.

La Noche and Industry Nightclub were recognized as Favorite Gay Bar and Favorite Ultra Club, while Garbo Piano Bar charmed the crowd as the Favorite Place to Get a Drink. Thirsty for a perfect martini? Look no further than Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge.

For those seeking relaxation under the sun, Sapphire Ocean Club won Favorite Beach Day Club, while Ritmos Beach Club earned the title of Favorite Beach Club (Gay Oriented). 

Bringing a touch of culture to the mix, Dante Gallery secured the award for Favorite Art Gallery, and Cassandra Shaw Jewelry was a dazzling favorite.

Beyond the categories, two special awards were presented. Tracy Parks was recognized as the Outstanding Business Owner/Manager, while Tricia Lyman’s contributions to the community earned her the Outstanding Individual honor.

The 1st Annual We Are Puerto Vallarta Awards served as a love letter to the people and places that make Puerto Vallarta a one-of-a-kind destination. 

We Are Puerto Vallarta Award Winners

Favorite Taco StandPepe’s Taco
Favorite Specialty CuisineBonito Kitchen Bar
Favorite Casual DiningJoe Jack’s Fish Shack
Favorite Fine DiningBarcelona Tapas
Favorite BreakfastCoco’s Kitchen
Favorite Restaurant with a ViewLa Capella
Favorite Beach RestaurantLa Palapa Restaurant
Favorite HamburgerDerby City Burgers
Favorite Performance VenueThe Palm Cabaret
Favorite Drag Performer (Touring)Miss Conception
Favorite Drag Performer (Local)Diva Devine
Favorite Live Entertainer (Solo Show) Female ArtistEffie Passero
Favorite Live Entertainer (Solo show) Male ArtistKevin Anthony
Favorite Live Entertainer (Group Show)Amy Armstrong
Favorite Piano (Solo Show)Mark Hartman
Favorite Gay BarLa Noche
Favorite Ultra ClubIndustry Nightclub
Favorite Place to get a drinkGarbo Piano Bar
Favorite MartiniTwisted Palms Rooftop Lounge
Favorite Beach Day ClubSapphire Ocean Club
Favorite Beach Club (Gay Oriented)Ritmos Beach Club
Favorite Art GalleryDante Gallery
Favorite Jewelry ShopCassandra Shaw Jewelry
Outstanding Business Owner / ManagerTracy Parks
Outstanding IndividualTricia Lyman

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