This year, more than 27,000 people in Boston voted for their favorite local businesses on our site in partnership with Boston.com. That’s a lot of people. We announced the winners of our contest just a few weeks ago around the same time that Boston Magazine announced their annual picks for Best of Boston.
For years, we’ve wondered how the wisdom of the crowd would stack up to the wisdom of the editors of Boston Magazine. So…this year, we took a look!
Boston Magazine and The Boston A-list had 66 categories in common.
Of those 66 categories, A-List voters picked the exact same winner as the editors more than 20% of the time.
When A-List voters didn’t pick the same business, they did put the Boston Magazine editors’ picks in the top 5 more than 50% of the time.
Here are the businesses both “best of” lists chose as the best of 2011.