2018 Readers Poll
2018 Critics Picks

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Dance Club

“Want to dance your socks off and sweat your makeup off? Barbarella is the craziest, funnest place to go for crazy, fun dancing.” Lydia Rimmer

615 Red River

Large Live Music Venue

“Best sound anywhere. There's not a bad seat in the house.” Justin Hoegenauer

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.

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Photo by David Brendan Hall

Intimate Live Music Venue

“Cheer Ups is a great place to play, from a musician's perspective, and is a really nice room with great sound.” Alison Ditto

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Outdoor Venue

“I love that it is on an incline and you can have great views of the stage from pretty much anywhere.” Daniel Luviano

801 Red River

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“DJ GirlFriend understands what Austin nightlife wants. They also give back to the community. You don't see that warmth or compassion that often from a DJ. DJ GirlFriend makes our hearts go OONTZ!” Dana Yanoshak

DJ GirlFriend

Cocktail Bar

“Whisler's has the best happy hour and amazing cocktails. Half the time I don't think I like any of the ingredients but the final product is delicious.” Krista Paton

1816 E. Sixth

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Photo by John Anderson

Dive Bar

“If the Casino ever closes, might as well close down Austin.” Andrew Osborne

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

Sports Bar

“Best bar to watch soccer at.” Shawn Collins

2310 Manor Rd.

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Bar for Singles

“I always get laid here. Gender unimportant.” Amanda Scully

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Happy Hour

“Nothing beats their cocktail flight or $5 rosé. With the nice pairing of duck fat fries, your hour will be the happiest it’s ever been.” Jessica Sher

Salty Sow
1917 Manor Rd.

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“Emmilou is one of the kindest and most attentive bartenders I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.” Vincent Tompkins

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Place for Sober Socializing

“There's nothing sexier than a deep discussion about a good book. I'm gonna find my soulmate here, I just know it.” Emily Ojuka

Austin Public Library
Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/472-7312
Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth
Oak Hill Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill, 512/892-6680
Ralph W. Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock, 512/454-7208
Will Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/974-7400

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“Neat theme rooms, dance floor downstairs to kill time before or after.” Brittany Markert

The Highball
1120 S. Lamar


“You'll be trying to Shazam everything.” Lisa Blackwell

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

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Photo by John Anderson

Trivia Night

“I chipped my tooth at Pluckers and it’s still the best place ever.” Sam Bratton

Pluckers Wing Bar
2222 Rio Grande, 512/469-9464
9070 Research Ste. 201-C, 512/533-9464
3909 S. Lamar, 512/443-9464
11066 Pecan Park Blvd., 512/258-9464
300 Mays Crossing #300, Round Rock, 512/671-9464
6406 I-35 #2949, 512/454-9464
7101 Hwy. 71 W., 737/201-9464


“Queer ownership makes a difference. As a queer person, walking into CUC feels like coming home. You’re always welcome.” Kristina Smith Puerto

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

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Photo by John Anderson

Pool Hall

“Great pool tables and Austin's secret mind eraser destination.” Braxton Parsons

The Grand
4631 Airport

Escape Room

“Incredibly creative and intricate setup. Made me feel like I was in an episode of MacGyver, but with better hair.” Carlos O'Leary

The Escape Game
405 Red River

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Photo by John Anderson

Adult Club

“An Austin classic. The staff treats you like family. Always a good time here.” Amanda Phillips

The Yellow Rose
6528 N. Lamar

Wild Card

“Lesbian Wedding for the win! Love everything about this shindig.” Tamara Hoover

Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Rd.

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