Compiled by ExploreBigSky.com editors and staff

Locals and visitors from afar logged on to ExploreBigSky.com or filled out surveys by hand, weighing in on their favorites in Big Sky. This survey was conducted in a “write-in” format. Those filling out surveys had the chance to nominate anyone or any business they chose.

Thanks to all the voters for helping us dig up the best of the best, including top restaurant, après ski joint, and outdoor shop around. And congrats to the winners! We all appreciate your hard work.

Best Apres:

1st – Scissorbills Saloon

2nd – Moonlight Lodge

3rd – Choppers Grub and Pub

Owner Keith Kuhns (L) serves some cold ones. Scissorbills Saloon took top billing for Best Apres joint in the 2012 Best of Big Sky. They serve heaping nachos the size of pizza pans, spicy wings and 1/2-pound burgers while offering a full selection of beer, wine and liquor. Try their world-famous White Russians and enjoy live music and entertainment. Doors open at 11 a.m. every day for lunch! Check out Scissorbills’ event schedule online at scissorbillssaloon.com or call (406) 995-4933.

Best Live Music Venue:

1st – Town Center

2nd – Choppers Grub and Pub

3rd – Whiskey Jack’s

Town Center grabbed Best Live Music Venue in 2012, providing great bands with a mountain vista backdrop during their Music in the Mountains. Featuring the Big Sky Classical Music Festival and bands such as Keb Mo and Pinky and the Floyd, Town Center’s Center Stage fills up the summer sky with sounds echoing off the surrounding peaks. Visit bigskyarts.org or call (406) 995-2742 for more information.

Best Business – MVP Award:

1st – Outlaw Partners

2nd – Lone Peak Cinema

3rd – Grizzly Outfitters

The Outlaw Partners, publishers of this website, won the Best Business – MVP Award for the Best of Big Sky 2012. With 35,000 readers across the greater Yellowstone region and subscriptions distributed to 39 states, the Outlaws are making a name for themselves. In 2012, Outlaw Partners’ publications surpassed 1 million readers. It was a pleasure putting on the Best of Big Sky and we thank our faithful supporters, contributors and advertisers for their support! For more information, visit theoutlawpartners.com or call (406) 995-2055.