2016 Readers Poll
2016 Critics Picks

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Best All-Ages Venue

Takes me back to the good ol' days of Austin. – Andrea King

801 Red River

Best Bartender

There isn't a kinder, gentler, more caring human being on the planet than Billy. He makes a mean drink and is a fountain of knowledge to boot. – Claudia Alarcón

1906 E. 12th

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Best Cocktail Bar

Great vibes and tasty craft cocktails. Then the added bonuses of Mezcalería Tobalá and Thai Kun make this the perfect bar! – Ashlyn Allison

1816 E. Sixth

Best Dance Club

There are always drag queens in the women's bathroom at Tuezgayz, Wednesdays are for anyone, anything is possible at oldies night …Eighties night gives me my weekly dose of When in Rome, and Saturday nights are just plain fun. – Antonia Gales

615 Red River

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Best Dive Bar

Whoever saved this place deserves a medal. – Michael Portman

2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

Best DJ

DJ Mel is an institution. Nobody rocks the party like he does. He's like the Mickey Mantle of music. – Amanda Gorence

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Best Happy Hour

The first time I met friends at this happy hour, I almost cried. What a delicious and deal-friendly place. Hope they don't win so our favorite place stays quiet! – Morgan Hendrix

1917 Manor Rd.

Best Intimate Live Music Venue

One of the best places to get up close and personal with some of your fave artists. I sat maybe five feet from Hayes Carll while he played one of the most amazing acoustic shows I've ever seen. – Ashton Roberts

1320 S. Lamar

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Best Jukebox

The best part about this jukebox is how many of the songs inspire the regulars to share stories. Some of the songs have become inside jokes with the bar staff and patrons. – Craig Ries

517 E. Sixth

Best Karaoke

The varied-sized rooms are themed and are as much fun to be in as to sing badly in. Wait service at the touch of a button. And when time runs out, you'll try to bribe your waiter to let you stay … or at least sing one more song with you before you go! – Pamela Frasier

1120 S. Lamar

Devaki Knowles

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Best Large Live Music Venue

It feels special in there. Like going to a concert should. – Julia Ward

310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.

Best LGBTQ Club

More than any other queer bar in Austin, everything about Cheer Ups says, "You're welcome here no matter who you are." – Evan Garza

900 Red River

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Best Outdoor Venue

Takes me back to the good ol' days of Austin. – Andrea King

801 Red River

Best Pool Hall

The Grand Craaaazy things happen at the Grand. In the best of ways. – April Kling Meyer Buffalo Billiards Truly I tell you, my favorite pastime in Austin is beers and shuffleboard at BB. – Joe Ballato

Buffalo Billiards
201 E. Sixth
The Grand
4631 Airport

Best Strip Club

Weirdest roommate "family meeting" I've ever had. – Laura McCaslin

6528 N. Lamar

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