Best of Austin More 2009 Readers Entertainment Best Scenester / Mover & Shaker: TIE: Stephen Moser; Henri Mazza Best Movie Theatre: Alamo Drafthouse Best New Club: Shangri-La Best Place to Dance: Beauty Bar Best Jukebox: Casino el Camino Best Gay / Lesbian Hangout: Rain on 4th Best Live Club / Party DJ: DJ Manny Best Party of the Year: South by Southwest Best Bar Ambience: TIE: Casino el Camino; House Wine Best Neighborhood / Dive Bar: LaLa's Best Cocktails / Cocktail Menu: The Good Knight Best Wine Selection: vino vino Best Beer Selection: The Ginger Man Best Beer / Wine Prices: Spec's All-Time Winner: Emo's

2009 › Readers › Entertainment

Best Bar Staff: TIE: Rio Rita; Nomad

Best Bar Staff: TIE: Rio Rita; Nomad
PHOTO BY John Anderson

A dance floor filled with sharks (of either the piscine or mammalian variety) won't keep Austinites coming back; it's the hosts, the standout bartenders who remember your previous order, who channel their creativity and expertise into experimenting with infusions that make your night more interesting (habanero garlic vodka makes a mean Bloody Mary). With this in mind, both Rio Rita on the Eastside and Nomad, a cozy North Central haunt, provide respite from the Downtown bustle and a place to get to know your friends and neighbors.

Rio Rita
1203 Chicon, 512/524-0384,

1213 Corona, 512/628-4288,

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