1997 Readers Poll
1997 Critics Picks
Best Bar Snacks

BW3 sports spicy hot buffalo wings at $.25 apiece to complement your trivia or home game. Dog & Duck claims the Thames, but their tasty bar snacks — chips, quesadillas, nachos — run closer to the Rio Grande.

Best Bartenders

The first winners in this new category pour 'em cool and stiff, according to our readers. Mmmmmmm... just like we likes 'em.

211 W. Fourth

Best Beer Selection

With 82 international beers on tap, this bar — named for J.P Donlevy's book — may require a taxi ride all the way home.

Best Brew Pub

With homemade brews a buck from 5-6pm daily and $2 pints Sun-Tues, you won't even notice this casual bar serves no cocktails — even on Fourth Street.

Best Cocktails / Martinis

Inventive martini menu, but nothing beats it dirty and ice cold, with juicy olives skewered in that chilled glass.

Cedar Street Courtyard
208-C W. Fourth

Best Country/Western Club

If it's Broke, don't fix it.

Broken Spoke
3201 S. Lamar

Best Cover Band Club

It's only just begun. If you wanna rock & roll all night and party every day, Maggie Mae's has the medicine to cure your boogie-woogie flu.

Maggie Mae's
323 E. Sixth

Best Dance Music Club

It's not too paradoxical that 1996's second place Paradox takes this year's first place, while last year's first, Area 52, takes second.

311 E. Fifth

Best Downtown Club

Speakeasy is all metro silk and urban swank, and Club DeVille is all tin and tack – very Vegas. But these flip-sides of city chic both serve up cocktails the old-fashioned way.

412-D Congress

Best Gay/Lesbian Club

A younger, wilder crowd keeps Oil Can plenty lubricated.

211 W. Fourth

Best Happy Hour Drinks

The simple fact that their perfectly mixed margaritas are only $2.50 is enough to make five to seven very, very happy hours.

Trudy's North Star, 8820 Burnet Rd., 512/454-1474
Trudy's South Star, 901-C Little Texas Ln., 512/326-9899

Best Happy Hour Entertainment

From 8 1/2 Souvenirs' seductive chansons to Toni Price's "hippie hour," the Continental is limitless talent in a confined space.

Continental Club
1315 S. Congress

photo by John Anderson

Best Happy Hour Food

This Top is your tops for pub grub with a noshy twist.

Best Jukebox

Owner "Casino," a former deejay, culled this diverse sampling from his own collection, in which glam, jazz, blues, and pop – finally – cohabitate peacefully.

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

Best Margaritas

It's forever clear what gives these colorful quaffs their tangy zip.

Baby Acapulco
1628 Barton Springs Rd., 512/474-8774
13609 N. I-35, Ste 3B, 512/670-9111
Baby Acapulco Stonelake, 9505-B Stonelake, 512/795-9000
1705-A S. Lakeshore Blvd., 512/447-1339

Best Movie Theatre Concession Stand

When the Dobie renovated, it not only spruced up its theatres, it began offering eclectic and apparently welcome items like Evian, ice cream, and unique candies. It wins hands down.

Best Movie Theatre Facilities

This gargantuan movieplex is first-world viewing at its finest. Huge screens, cushy stadium seating, and – most crucial of all – wide cup holders.

Best Movie Theatre Programming

Village people are a cerebral bunch. From the epic Lone Star to the epic Hamlet, this unassuming little theatre is where four-star films come home to roost.

Best Neighborhood Bar

After years of Crown & Anchor and Deep Eddy Cabaret duking it out in this category, this year's winner was a dark horse indeed.

Draught House Pub & Brewery
4112 Medical Pkwy.

Best Non-downtown Club

Loyal patrons, legendary musical talent, and swift bar service make this modest little Congress dive a swingin' shoe-in.

Continental Club
1315 S. Congress

photo by John Anderson

Best Place To Dress Up

If Hanson made it big here, you can, too.

Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto

Best Place To Eavesdrop

Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey, 512/451-1436
13435 Hwy. 183 N. #415, 512/258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 512/477-5717
4301 W. William Cannon, 512/899-1500
3003 S. Lamar, 512/445-4451
2120 N. Mays St., Round Rock, 512/879-2827
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/879-2820
2200 Aldrich #100, 512/879-2818

Best Place To Meet People

From music on the patio to the more than 575 international cheeses, this is a place everyone can chat about.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar

Best Place To Take A First Date

Those flickering amber lights, those highbacked booths, and rich Italian food are Austin's version of a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.

Best Pool Hall

Attention, hustlers. Ample pool space riddled with smoke for sharks and minnows alike.

Clicks Billiards
2121 E. Oltorf

Best Teen Scene/Hangout

It seems ironic that the best place to hang out is a drag – fortunately ours isn't. With so much to do, no wonder kids love it.

Best Tejano/Conjunto Club

From their 1,200 square foot dance floor to Thursday night live music, "The Ranch" is where the Fiesta never ends!

Tejano Ranch
7601 N. Lamar, Ste. A

Best Video Store (specialty)

These Roman gods of filmic fire melt our hearts every year, especially now that they've opened a second location behind Güero's. We love that you love I Love Video in second and Waterloo in third.

Best Wine Selection (Retail)

Affordable wines from France and Italy, plus exotic locales like Chile, Argentina, and Oregon.

Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar

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