2017 Readers Poll
2017 Critics Picks

photo by Sandy Carson

Best Dance Club

“‘… and then somehow we ended up at Barbs and danced our butts off.’ – lots of Austinites, lots of times” Teresa Ronquillo

611 Red River

Best Large Live Music Venue

“The acoustics are amazing and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.” Lee Hanses

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Intimate Live Music Venue

“Dale Watson Mondays is one of the most ‘Austin experiences’ I recommend to every guest that visits.” Justin Lavenue

Continental Club
1315 S. Congress

Continental Club Gallery
1313-A S. Congress

Best Outdoor Venue

“It’s an Austin original.” Miguel Salazar

801 Red River

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photo by Ezra Edwards

Best DJ

“DJ GirlFriend is a breath of fresh air and the DJ we Austin queers dreamed of as youngsters.” Ash Hall

DJ GirlFriend

Best Cocktail Bar

“Always the best service, and blows everyone out of the water on their craft.” JW Galloway

1816 E. Sixth

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Dive Bar

“Good Dirty Sixth.” Rosalba Rodriguez

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

Best Happy Hour

“There is no greater happy hour in the world. I swoon for those duck fat fries.” Cara Rose

Salty Sow
1917 Manor Rd.

photo by John Anderson

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

Best Bartender

“One of the kindest guys you’ll meet, with the flyest style.” Korey Conley

Brian Almaraz
Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Best Karaoke

“You can rent a private room with your buds so you don’t publicly embarrass yourself.” – Sarah Ly

The Highball
1120 S. Lamar

photo by Devaki Knowles

photo by Shelley Hiam

Best Jukebox

“Amazing quality, variety, and rotation. Obviously curated well by a voracious music lover.” LuCretia Sisk

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

Best LGBTQ Club

“Tamara and Maggie are truly invested in the community. They have cultivated and sustained a critical refuge for and with us queermos!” Cowboi Dukes

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

photo by Bryan Parker

photo by Jana Birchum

Best Pool Hall

“Bartenders remember you, always friendly, plenty of tables even when league is going on!” Linda Barr

Slick Willie's Family Pool Hall
1509 S. Lamar, 512/707-7600
8440 Burnet, 512/451-4575

Best Escape Room

“Great staff, fun and challenging rooms, good times all around.” Barry Schneider

Lockout Austin
1700 S. Lamar #330

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Best Adult Club

“The Yellow Rose’s status in Austin is untouchable, to a degree.” Travis Benn

The Yellow Rose
6528 N. Lamar

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