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Andersonville Named Second-Coolest Neighborhood In The World

Time Out pointed to Andersonville's LGBTQ+ nightlife and Clark Street bars and restaurants as prime attractions in the North Side neighborhood.

A rainbow flag seen in the Andersonville neighborhood on June 24, 2020.
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ANDERSONVILLE — Andersonville is the second-coolest neighborhood in the world, according to this year’s Time Out Index survey. 

The North Side neighborhood ranked No. 2 behind Nørrebro in Copenhagen, Denmark, in a poll of 27,000 city dwellers. Jongno 3-ga in Seoul, South Korea, came in third.

Traditionally, food, drink, nightlife and culture are the top priorities that determine the coolest neighborhoods. But this year, amid a pandemic that changed people’s lifestyles and habits, Time Out also prioritized community spirit, resilience and sustainability.

Time Out pointed to Andersonville’s LGBTQ+ nightlife and bars and restaurants on Clark Street as the prime attractions in the neighborhood.

Taste of Andersonville has done “a top job of showcasing beloved local institutions,” Time Out said. The neighborhood also got rave reviews for community initiatives, such as Clark Street Compost, and being close to parks and beaches.

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Apple Brown Betty poses for a photo outside Hamburger Mary’s. Balmoral Avenue near Clark Street is closed to traffic for expanded outdoor dining for the Replay, Hamburger Mary’s and Vincent restaurants in the Andersonville neighborhood on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

In ranking Nørrebro first, Time Out praised its something-for-everyone qualities, and highlighted the new bakeries, wine bars and restaurants that have launched during the pandemic.

“This diverse district, on the northern side of Copenhagen’s lakes, is a dazzling blend of historic landmarks, ultramodern architecture and food and drink joints to make this famously gourmet city proud,” Time Out wrote.

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