Vote now in the 30th annual “Best of Austin” Awards!

The Austin Chronicle’s annual Best of Austin awards celebrate the people, places, and businesses that make Austin so special. Voting in our first Readers Poll ballot runs Aug. 8-Sept. 3. From the thousands of votes cast, finalists will be selected in each category. Readers then vote for their favorite of the finalists in our second round, running Sept. 19-Oct. 7.

Winners will be announced in the Nov. 8 issue.

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Wondering what’s on the ballot this year? Scroll down to see all the categories in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Kids & Family, Politics & Media, Shopping, Services, and Sports & Recreation.

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Best of Austin 2019 Categories

Arts & Entertainment
Museum
Art Gallery
Visual Artist
Performance Space/Theatre
Theatre Director
Actress
Actor
Classical Musician
Dancer/Choreographer
Muralist
Graphic Artist
Comedy Troupe
Stand-up Comic
Comedy Club/Venue
Comedy/Storytelling Showcase
Fiction Writer
Nonfiction Writer
Comic Creator/Graphic Novelist
New Book by an Austin Writer (Book must be published between Aug. 2018 and Aug. 2019 to be eligible.)
Burlesque Performance
Drag Performer
Drag Showcase
Local Video Game Developer
Movie Theatre
Film Festival/Series
Outdoor Festival
Wild Card
Food & Drink
New Restaurant (Award is restricted to restaurants opened between Aug. 2018 and Aug. 2019.)
Established Restaurant
Chef
Pastry Chef
Late-Night Dining
Delivery
Drive-Through
Patio
Brewery
Winery
Distillery
Food Truck
Coffee Shop
Breakfast
Weekend Brunch
Bakery
Fine Dining
Steak
Vegan/Vegetarian
Juice/Smoothie
Pizza
Burger
Tacos
Margarita
Barbecue
Noodles/Ramen
Sushi
Italian
Ice Cream/Frozen Treats
Desserts
Service
Cheap Date
Wild Card
Kids & Family
Party Place
All-Ages Venue
Toy Store
Kids' Clothing
Summer Camp
Youth Sports Program
Youth Arts Program
Youth STEM Program
Birthday Cakes
Family Restaurant
Playground
Family Festival
Wild Card
Nightlife
Dance Club
Large Live Music Venue
Intimate Live Music Venue
Outdoor Venue
DJ
Cocktail Bar
Dive Bar
Sports Bar
Bar for Singles
Happy Hour
Bartender
Place for Sober Socializing
Karaoke
Jukebox
Trivia Night
LGBTQ Club
Queer Party
Pool Hall
Escape Room
Adult Club
Wild Card
Politics & Media
Journalist
Film Critic
Food Writer
Photographer
Publication (Print or digital)
Radio Station
Radio Program
Spanish-Language Radio Station
Local News (Print, digital, radio, or TV)
TV Anchor/Reporter
Sportscaster
Weatherperson
Local Podcast
Local Startup
Local Blogger
Local Instagrammer
Local YouTuber
City Official
State Official
Nonprofit/Grassroots Org.
Activist
Local Controversy
Wild Card
Shopping
Men's Clothing
Women's Clothing
Vintage/Consignment Clothing
Bridal Shop
Jewelry
Furniture/Accessories
Used Furniture/Antiques
Garden Store/Nursery
Florist
Neighborhood Grocery
Farmers' Market/Farmstand
Liquor Store
Adult Store
Smoke Shop
CBD Purveyor
Pet Store
Bookstore
Electronics Store
Sporting Goods
Comics/Fandom
Game/Gaming
Record Store
Arts & Crafts Store
Austin Gifts/Souvenirs
Wild Card
Services
Barbershop
Salon
Spa
Massage
Mani/Pedi
Wax/Skincare
Lashes/Brows
Hotel/Motel
Bike Shop/Repair
Psychic/Tarot
Tattoo
Auto Repair/Service
Computer Appliance/Repair
Music Services/Equipment
Recording Studio
Home Maintenance/Services
Lawn Care/Landscaping
A/C Repair/Installation
Electrician
Plumber
Locksmith
Maid Service
Laundromat
Dry Cleaner
Tailor/Alterations
Movers
Real Estate Agent
Apartment Locator
Lawyer
Veterinarian
Doggie Day Care
Pet Grooming
Wedding Venue
Wild Card
Sports & Recreation
Social Ride
Place to Tube
Place to Camp
Place to Hang With Your Pet
Swimming Pool
Swimming Hole/Lake
Sports Venue
Bowling Alley
Golf Course
Gym
Exercise Class
Self-Defense Class
Personal Trainer
Yoga
City Trail
Out of Town Hike
Alternative Sports
Pro/Semi-Pro Sports Team
Wild Card