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Dance Club

"THE GOAT." Jacob Potter

Barbarella
615 Red River
512/476-7766
www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9

Large Live Music Venue

"Great view no matter where you are seated and easy access to bars and restrooms." Jen Colegrove

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
512/225-7999
www.acl-live.com

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photo by David Brendan Hall

Intimate Live Music Venue

"Great booking, sight lines, and staff." Christina Rudofsky

Continental Club
1315 S. Congress
512/441-2444
www.continentalclub.com

Outdoor Venue

"Smells like armpits, sounds like heaven." Reed Teckenbrock

Stubb's
801 Red River
512/480-8341
www.stubbsaustin.com

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photo by David Brendan Hall

DJ

"Nasty's, UT Basketball, Obama's DJ, Living Room Dance Party, DJ MEL does it all and does it the BEST!!" Madisen Davis

www.djmel.com

Cocktail Bar

"Best cocktails & lounge music. Authentic, rustic & chill environment." Fabian Rocha

Whisler's
1816 E. Sixth
512/480-0781
www.whislersatx.com

photo by David Brendan Hall

photo by David Brendan Hall

Dive Bar

"Sahara Lounge makes room for everyone. It's full of diversity and good vibes." Leticia Rodriguez

Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Rd.
512/927-0700
www.saharalounge.com

Sports Bar

"Best wings in Austin and best atmosphere to watch games." Mark Anzaldua

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. Ste. 19-E, 737/201-9464
www.pluckers.com

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Bar for Singles

"Reliably one of the most diverse crowds in this not-so-diverse city." Angela Epley

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River
www.cheerupcharlies.com

Happy Hour

"Their frozen drinks are the bomb.com!!" Amanda Blanchard

Loro
2115 S. Lamar
512/916-4858
www.loroaustin.com

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photo by Shelley Hiam

Bartender

"Sarah is a top notch mixologist and an overall wonderful person! If you don't know what you want, just tell her what you like and her magic skills never disappoint." Monica Molina

EastSide Tavern
1510 E. Cesar Chavez
512/840-1799
www.eastsidetavernaustin.com

Place for Sober Socializing

"It's wide open spaces! What better place to be. I am not sure which is better – the people watching or the dog show." Alex Furlong

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
512/974-6700
www.austintexas.gov

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Jana Birchum

Karaoke

"Old Austin favorite." Kris Dudley

Ego's
510 S. Congress
512/474-7091
egos-karaoke-bar.business.site

Jukebox

"Casino is a legend and an Austin cultural treasure." John Hood

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth
512/469-9330
www.casinoelcamino.net

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Trivia Night

"Long game, hard questions, great prizes." Valerie O'Neill

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. Ste. 19-E, 737/201-9464
www.pluckers.com

LGBTQIA Club

"Cheer Ups is building a bigger table for all kinds of queer folks to sit at." Joshua Collier

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River
www.cheerupcharlies.com

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photo by Jana Birchum

Queer Party

"So welcoming and freeing! Marching down Sixth Street is awesome." Ammon Taylor

QueerBomb
www.facebook.com/Queerbomb

Pool Hall

"OG Austin." Angelica Erazo

The Grand
4631 Airport
512/454-1986
www.thegrandaustin.com

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Escape Room

"The best escape room ever." Paulina Torres

The Escape Game
405 Red River
512/643-0043
www.theescapegame.com/austin

Adult Club

"Best service, best vibes, and a local staple!" Hannah Miller-Jones

The Yellow Rose
6528 N. Lamar
512/458-2106
www.yellowrose.com

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Most Innovative Pivot

"DJ Mel has kept my family sane for ONE WHOLE YEAR during this mess. We look forward to Saturday night safe at home jamming together. #Priceless" Vanessa Ng

DJ Mel
www.djmel.com

Nightlife Wild Card

"The best emo night in the whole state of Texas." Tristine Land

Barbarella
615 Red River
512/476-7766
www.fb.com/barbarella.austin.9

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