Best Bartender

TIE: Duc Dinh at 219 West, Emily at Elysium

Last year, our readers clued us in to the wonders of 219 West's Duc Dihn, known for his signature libation, Asian Love, and his signature style of debonaire drinkery. This year, add to your list of cocktail curators one wonderful Emily of Elisium. Known for her attentive and sweet demeanor, Em pours 'em mean and neat and dry or sweet. And if you aren't careful, you'll fall prey to her specialty, the Bloodshot, a Jim Jones Kool-Aid affair that'll have your eyes in the same condition the next day. Then you'll just have to keep them closed – so you can dream of Emily!

705 Red River, 512/478-8385

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