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Best of Big Sky 2022 Awards

January 8, 2023

Big Sky is full of awesome things to do. It can be incredibly hard to narrow down the activity options while you're planning! There are lots of ways to help you decide on the best things to do. One method that you might not think to use if you aren't local is looking at the businesses that win annual Best of Big Sky Awards! 


Annual Best of Big Sky awards are presented by Explore Big Sky and Outlaw Partners. The 2022 awards were announced on December 15, 2022 during a community celebration at the Independent in Big Sky. This was the first time that the winners have been announced live instead of in print instead of in the year’s final issue of Explore Big Sky. The top three winners for each category, as voted on by the community, were recognized. The winners in select categories are listed below. 

Best Business

  • 1st Place Ace Hardware – Big Sky
  • 2nd Place The Riverhouse BBQ & Events
  • 3rd Place Stay Montana

Emerging Entrepreneur

  • 1st Place First Tracks Tire Service

Trailblazer Award

  • 1st Place 406 Agave

Best Restaurant

  • 1st Place The Riverhouse BBQ & Events
  • 2nd Place Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge
  • 3rd Place Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro
  • Editors Pick Cortina at Montage Big Sky

Best Annual Event

  • 1st Place Music in the Mountains
  • 2nd Place Big Sky PBR
  • 3rd Place Dirtbag Ball
  • Editors Pick Farmers Market

Most Sustainable/Green Business

  • 1st Place Gallatin River Task Force
  • 2nd Place Big Sky SNO
  • 3rd Place Steele Pressed Juice + Java


Best Bar

  • 1st Place Beehive Basin Brewery
  • 2nd Place The Independent
  • 3rd Place The Rocks Tasting Room and Liquor Store

Best Date Night

  • 1st Place Michaelangelo’s Big Sky
  • 2nd Place Olive B’s Big Sky Bistro
  • 3rd Place Lone Mountain Ranch

Best Bartender

  • 1st Place Zach Lowenstein at The Independent
  • 2nd Place Joe Messreni at Drunken Monk
  • 3rd Place Kara Blodgett at The Rocks Tasting Room and Liquor Store

Best Chef 

  • 1st Place Josh Morris at Lone Mountain Ranch
  • 2nd Place John Flach at By Word of Mouth
  • 3rd Place Josh Sauers at Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge

Best Coffee

  • 1st Place Caliber Coffee Roasters
  • 2nd Place Steele Pressed Juice + Java 
  • 3rd Place Hungry Moose Market and Deli

Best Sandwich

  • 1st Place Hungry Moose Market and Deli
  • 2nd Place Roxy’s Market and Café
  • 3rd Place Riverhouse BBQ & Events


Best Breakfast

  • 1st Place Cafe 191
  • 2nd Place Blue Moon Bakery
  • 3rd Place The Corral Steakhouse & Motel

Best Après

  • 1st Place Scissorbills Saloon
  • 2nd Place Big Sky Base Area
  • 3rd Place Beehive Basin Brewery

Best Local Meal Deal

  • 1st Place The Riverhouse BBQ & Events
  • 2nd Place Mi Pueblito Taco Bus
  • 3rd Place Blue Moon Bakery

Best Burger

  • 1st Place By Word of Mouth
  • 2nd Place The Corral Bar, Steakhouse & Motel
  • 3rd Place Riverhouse BBQ & Events

Best Pizza

  • 1st Place Ousel & Spur Pizza Company
  • 2nd Place Blue Moon Bakery
  • 3rd Place Milkies Pizza & Pub

Best Outdoor Retailer

  • 1st Place Grizzly Outfitters
  • 2nd Place Gallatin Alpine Sports
  • 3rd Place East Slope Outdoors


Best Art Gallery

  • 1st Place Courtney Collins Fine Art
  • 2nd Place Gallatin River Gallery
  • 3rd Place Dave Pecunies Photography

Best Spa/Salon

  • 1st Place Man of the Woods Barbershop
  • 2nd Place Santosha Wellness Center
  • 3rd Place Tribe Salon

Best Outfitter

  • 1st Place Gallatin River Guides
  • 2nd Place East Slope Outdoors
  • 3rd Place Geyser Whitewater

To view all winners and learn more, visit: https://www.explorebigsky.com/best-of-big-sky-2022-bringing-the-community-together/46896

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