The websites, which feature “Best Of” common staple such as “Best Dive Bars” and “Best Romantic Restaurants,” cover 25 U.S. cities and encourage users to vote from a pre-selected list of businesses within each category. AOL’s press release touts accompanying iPhone and Android apps, but as of this writing, those apps are nowhere to be found.
The original Cityâ€™s Best was introduced under the old regime at AOL over a decade ago, but the company abandoned it two years ago.
Given AOLâ€™s desire to dominate local, it canâ€™t rely solely on Patch for ad revenues and audience share. It also has to take aim at the current leaders in the space such as Yelp and CitySearch as well as the more narrowly targeted e-newsletters Thrillist and Comcastâ€™s Daily Candy.