2019 Readers Poll
2019 Critics Picks

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Dance Club

“If I die on the dance floor at Barbz, I will have died doing what I love the most.” Alana Riddle

611 Red River

Large Live Music Venue

“Incredible artists, friendly and caring staff, great acoustics.” JM Cox

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson

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Intimate Live Music Venue

“A classic Austin venue made even better with the presence of Dianne Scott.” Debby Burslem

Continental Club
1315 S. Congress

Outdoor Venue

“Bigger space and better sound. That simple.” Eric Quitugua

801 Red River

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“Does life get better than Neon Rainbows Nineties country night at Cheer Up Charlies with DJ GirlFriend?” Mandy Gauld

Cocktail Bar

“Try the Cigar Box to find out why.” Alisha Snyder

Roosevelt Room
307-B W. Fifth

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Dive Bar

“Legit dive bar. Ice cold beer mugs, nice and dark inside.” Lauren Bishop

Deep Eddy Cabaret
2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

Sports Bar

“Those HABANERO pickled eggz doe!!!! Slim Jim in yo BLOODY MARY?! COME ON NOW! The ONLY choice.” Elizabeth Liddell

2310 Manor Rd.

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Bar for Singles

“Great bar to hang. The service is great and lots of locations to mingle there.” Julia Liss

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River


“Kathee is amazing! So welcoming and accepting to everyone she encounters and such a good time. I always look forward to seeing her awesome smile.” Nick Beiler

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Happy Hour

“Best snack and drink prices for happy hour. Sign me up for an Old Fashioned and pretzel with beer cheese.” David Valenzuela

Easy Tiger
The Linc, 6406 N. I-35 #1100

Place for Sober Socializing

“The Central Library is the city’s crown jewel. Workspaces, event spaces, social spaces, books, art, coffee, food … it represents all the new best that Austin has to offer. You can even get a workout on those twisting Harry Potter staircases.” Daniel Diffen

Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez

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“The HighBall has the best themed rooms and puts on some of the best events in all of Austin.” Haddie Cooke

The Highball
1120 S. Lamar


“This is a pretty epic jukebox.” Victoria Kline

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

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Trivia Night

“The hosts at the HighBall really go the extra mile to bring something special.” Shaun Hadfield


“This place is just welcoming, period. You have all walks of life on that dance floor moving and grooving together like Gaga intended.” Juan Wences

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

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Queer Party

“Anticapitalism? Yes, please, I'll take four.” Nakia Winfield


Pool Hall

“Legendary pool hall that gives you a chilled atmosphere in the midst of a hectic Sixth Street.” Edward Crowder III

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Escape Room

“Best in Austin.” April Strub

Austin Panic Room
1205 Rio Grande, 512/920-2845
4403 Guadalupe, 512/256-6162

Adult Club

“Classic and classy.” Zach Martin

The Yellow Rose
6528 N. Lamar

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Nightlife Wild Card

“Sahara Lounge is a special place and one of the last of its kind in the city of Austin.” Katherine Vaughn

Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Rd.

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