2022 Readers Poll
2022 Critics Picks

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Dance Club

"The staff and owners know how to make a safe and fun space for Austin. We love to see y’all thrive." Erika Moon

611 Red River

Large Live Music Venue

"Great sound and sightlines." Tim Brown

ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson

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Intimate Live Music Venue

"So glad we have returned to the days of sweaty pits (human & mosh) at Vegas. Also, why are the walls sweating? I love it." Blaire Babyak

Hotel Vegas
1502 E. Sixth

Outdoor Venue

"Vibes are always good, DJs here are fantastic, and the drinks are amazing." Paige Applewhite

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

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"He makes me feel like he’s spinning just for me and my good judy’s! :)" Christian Pruneda

Romantic Dinner

"Even after all this time it’s still the sexiest restaurant around." Theodore Sopher

Justine's Brasserie
4710 E. Fifth

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photo by John Anderson

Cheap Date

"Them sliders are delicious." Alexandra Sleeps

The Little Darlin'
6507 Circle S

Cocktail Bar

"Feels like a totally immersive adult Disneyland where you've abandoned the Boredom ship and washed ashore a fantastical mystery island. It's insane how detail oriented and interactive it is." Danny Riha

Tiki Tatsu-Ya
1300 S. Lamar

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Dive Bar

"Good vibes and great drinks." Tyler Lofgren

Nickel City
1133 E. 11th

Sports Bar

"Poutine." Rebecca Row

2310 Manor Rd.

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Bar for Singles

"No one is ever made to feel uncomfortable here … unless they make someone else uncomfortable." Lani Oglewood

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Happy Hour

"You can’t go wrong with the love child of Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole." Sarah Pendley

2115 S. Lamar

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"Kathee’s vibe is always a bright, sweet one, and her drinks are always DELISH!" Zenyth Gale

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

Place for Sober Socializing

"Beautiful outdoor setting with strong stiff coffee." Mona Sarkiss

Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle #111

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photo by Jana Birchum


"Year after year Austin changes, yet Ego's stays the same … and that’s a good thing." Matthew Bobbitt

510 S. Congress


"All hail the jukebox king CASINO EL CAMINO!" Heather White

Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth

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Trivia Night

"Great host." John Tullar

The Highball
1120 S. Lamar


"Always fun, sometimes freaky. Great music bookings, perfect balance of loungey and dance party spaces. But the clincher is the way they actively and thoughtfully support the community." Lora Blackwell

Cheer Up Charlies
900 Red River

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Queer Party

"Absolutely iconic." Victoria Lerma

611 Red River

Pool Hall

"Because of the people! The culture, management, and just flat out everything about it. Cleanest balls in town too." Caleb Richter

The Grand
4631 Airport #121

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Escape Room

"Great for team building." Kelly Ferraro

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

Adult Club

"Dem wings though. This is the A Team." Jaynie Badgett

The Yellow Rose
6528 N. Lamar

photo by John Anderson

photo by John Anderson

Nightlife Wild Card

"Tiki bar in Austin: cool. Tiki bar in Austin designed by NGP: way cooler!" Michelle Keffer

Tiki Tatsu-Ya
1300 S. Lamar

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