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living it up at the highball: winner for best karaoke, winner for best bowling, and runner up for best bar food and best bottle service Photo by Robert Harshman


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publisher’s note It’s amazing to me how fast one year—much less five—can come and go. We have been working feverishly since this time last year to bring you all of the fun changes to the magazine and events that you’ve now been able to recognize, and having this issue run across my desk to proof gives me an opportunity to reflect on Rare’s anniversary. Lately, Austin has been donned titles from the “Best City for the Next Decade” to the “Best Quality of Life.” It’s reminded me how thankful I am to be in Austin. I feel that we are living in the greatest city for small, local businesses. Never has the creative energy been more evident to me than when I read the polls for this year’s Rarest of Them All and saw how people turned out in droves to vote for their favorite local institutions. We found a lot of newcomers and a few staples have returned to reclaim their #1 positions. Thank you for five years, Austin, and for keeping it local. Here’s to five more and finding out what great surprises are in store.

Taylor Perkins publisher & president

editor’s note It would be remiss if one of the first lines in this magazine were not dedicated to thanking our flexible, generous, and talented contributors for the work they did on June’s issue. Dearest photographers and writers, I thank you for creating consistently amazing work (and for keeping our winners under wraps for the past few months!). While I cast my votes in the Rarest contest, I asked myself “What would I be most eager to share with a visitor to Austin?” Most voters seem to have had the same train of thought, because the result is a well-rounded representation of a variety of tastes. And if you missed the voting deadline, well, we did the dirty work for you. Now you have the hottest, hippest “who, what, and where’s” of Austin right at your fingertips. I’d recommend holding on to this issue for the next year and referencing it like the carefully cultivated almanac of Austin that it is. Until then, folks.

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BEST BREWERY 1. BREW 512

2. LIVE OAK 3. INDEPENDENCE Photo by Shawn Kennedy


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Best Coffee Shop 1. Thunderbird

Best Breakfast 1. Kerbey Lane 3rd year 2. Magnolia 3. Counter Cafe new!

Best Brunch 1. Moonshine 3rd year 2. Taverna new! 3. South Congress Cafe

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Devoted patrons may have noticed that Thunderbird has been making some exciting changes. Their recent expansion to Manor Road (setting up shop in the many-couched location that used to house Clementine Coffee) means that a larger portion of Austinites can enjoy their signature blends and creative caffeinated concoctions. And their brand new single-cup bar, boasting the highest quality beans brewed in individual servings, means that you’ll always get the exact flavor that you’re craving—custom made. These new improvements have been rolled out alongside Thunderbird’s classic standards and quirky daily specials, which feature barista faves like chai loaded with espresso and flavored iced teas. Readers may have decided that Thunderbird offers the Best Coffee, but there’s much more to it than that; their expansive outdoor seating areas are some of the best places to spend an afternoon with a laptop, book, or friend, and their tasty snacks and beer and wine offerings will keep you hanging out through the night. Thunderbird earns bonus points for atmosphere, providing comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, and gorgeous, frequently updated installations of local art. And of course their always-friendly staff, who manage to turn getting your daily coffee fix into an experience that’ll keep you smiling. www.thunderbirdcoffee.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Alison Narro

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BEST ITALIAN 1. VESPAIO

3rd year

Italian food should always be about strong flavors, but far too often it is reduced to the simple acidity of tomato sauce and the tang of mozzarella cheese. The best Italian bistros, on the other hand, embrace the wide variety of culinary experience that Italy has to offer. At Vespaio, your pick for Austin’s best Italian restaurant, you will discover an intensity and intricacy that will leave you craving more. Whether you order wood-fired pizza, delicate seafood, or hearty pasta, what will strike you about Vespaio’s dishes is that each tastes as though it was prepared with a passion for creating a subtly balance between powerful ingredients. Add to this a delightful wine menu and a charming bistro environment, and you will never want to return to a pile of pasta in a puddle of marinara again. www.austinvespaio.com Josiah Spence / Photo by JW Walthall

2. mandolla’s 3. romeo’s new!

Best Food Cart

Best FOR Client LuncH

1. Torchy’s

1. South Congress Cafe

Most Family Friendly

Best 24 Hour Dining

1. Phil’s Ice House 3rd year

1. Kerbey Lane

2. Hey Cupcake! 3. Kebalicious

2. Freddy’s 3. Chuy’s

2. Annie's 3. Ranch 616

2. Magnolia Cafe 3. 24 Diner new!

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BEST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN 1. FONDA SAN MIGUEL Many restaurants attempt to imitate Mexican culture with stale “tortilla chips” and watered down “hot sauce,” a sugary margarita special, and colorful banner cut-outs streaming across their ceilings. However, as Rare’s lone Hispanic, I take pride in knowing that Fonda San Miguel won’t try to take me for a fool. Please note that this is not Tex-Mex, so don’t be surprised when you aren’t able to order Chile Con Carne Enchiladas. (Really? Is that some sort of campfire dish?). At Fonda San Miguel, chefs offer up authentic Enchiladas

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De Mole Poblano, Verdes, and Suizas. Just knowing that they serve Calabacitas Rellenas (Baked Zucchini with corn and white cheese, served with Jitomate sauce) brings tears to my eyes. How much more authentic can you get when a restaurant grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their own 100’ x 60’ organic garden? www.fondasanmiguel.com Oscar Gonzalez / Photo by Robert Harshman

2. POLVO’S 3. LA CONDESSA


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Best Steak House 1. Austin Land and Cattle Company 3rd year

MOST ROMANTIC 1. JUSTINE’S new! 2. UCHI new! 3. MULBERRY new!

2. Ruth’s Chris new! 3. Sullivan’s

Best Patio/ Outdoor Eating 1. Shady Grove 2nd year 2. Shuck Shack new! 3. Oasis

Best Fine Dining 1. Uchi new! 2. Jeffrey’s 3. Wink

Best BBQ

Mark Herron

1. Salt Lick 3rd year 2. Rudy's new! 3. Lambert's new!

Best Tex-Mex 1. Chuy’s on the rise 2. Maudie’s 3. Trudy’s Stevi Webb

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Best Sushi 1. Uchi 3rd year 2. Musashini 3. Kyoto new!

Best Taco 1. Torchy's 2nd year 2. Taco Deli 3. Screaming Goat new!

Best Indian 1. Clay Pit

2. G'Raj Mahal new! 3. Tarka

Best BURGER 1. P. TERRY’S

on the rise

Out-of-towners can often yap about In-N-Out being the best burger joint in the country. To those we say “Have you tasted a P. Terry’s Burger?” These babies are the bomb. A Double with Cheese, jalapeños, and P. Terry’s special sauce will have you sending out Tweets detailing your mouth-watering experience left and right. Simplicity is the key to P. Terry’s success, as their menu reads five burgers wide and three extra toppings long. That’s the beauty of a place that always has a packed house and drive-thru. At P. Terry’s, there is no need to bombard customers with cheap variety when you cook up products as fine as theirs. Every patty is 100% hormone and antibiotic free. For all of the Austin health nuts, P. Terry’s patties are 100% hormone and antibiotic free offers and can be ordered on wheat buns, veggie burgers, and even as bun-less. But one whiff of those french-fries, and you’ll be using the four-finger method to get them down the hatch. www.pterrys.com Oscar Gonzalez / Photo provided by P. Terry’s

2. hut’s 3. casino el camino new!

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Best Thai 1. Madam Maam's 2. Titaya 3. Thai Passion

Best Ethnic/ OthER 1. Asther's Ethiopian

2. Casa Columbia 3. Sunflower


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Best SEAFOOD 1. QUALITY SEAFOOD

new!

Fine dining? Nope, it’s a market. Bayside? Nope, it’s street-side. So how exactly is Quality Seafood Market the best seafood in town? Well, if you’ve had top quality seafood anywhere else in the capital city, chances are that the chefs who prepared your meal purchased their fish from here. Quality Seafood Market doesn’t mess around when comes to providing for it’s customers; they’ve supplied Austin with the freshest seafood since 1938. Skim down the list of what they provide, and you’ll find Chilean Sea Bass, Lutefisk (dry salted whitefish with lye), and even Turtle. Just looking for quick bite? Pull up a stool at their award-winning in-house restaurant, Aw Shucks! Oyster Bar, which has some of the best peel ‘n eat shrimp and fresh chilled oyster half-shells this side of the Pacific. www.qualityseafoodmarket.com Oscar Gonzalez / Photo by Brian Bizer

2. TRULUCK’S 3. EDDIE V’S

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Best SERVICE 1. UCHI

2nd year

It’s all about the experience… and Uchi’s serves it up right. The lively orange cottage situated off Lamar is one of Austin’s most talked about and admired sushi spots. With the sushi master Tyson Cole crafting modern Japanese fare from aka uni (sea urchin) and tako pops (grilled marinated baby octopus) to the tasty mustang roll (freshwater eel, avocado, yellow tail, and golden flying fish roe), you’re guaranteed a flavorful experience. As for the ambiance, Uchi’s mood-altering décor and enchanting wallpaper makes for a charming date night or a nice family dinner. If you entrust the chef’s choice, be prepared to enjoy dish after dish of decedent cuisine. Definitely save room for dessert, can’t get enough of the jizake crème caramel with brown butter sorbet and ginger consommé. The luscious tastes are worth the pricey bucks, and the high caliber service just elevates the dining experience to the next level. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, each attentive server will gladly describe the ingredients of every mouthwatering roll. Sip on cold sake and relax outside as you wait for a table with the rest of the Uchi enthusiasts. It’s a memorable lunch or dinner from start to finish, making us eager to try Cole’s next endeavor: a Japanese-Spanish eatery in the new W Hotel. www.uchiaustin.com Justine Pombo / Photos by JW Walthall

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Best Fries

Best Sandwich

Best Desserts

1. Hyde Park Bar and Grill 3rd year

1. Thundercloud 2nd year

1. Ches Zee

2. Food Head’s 3. Walton’s new!

2. Amy’s Ice Cream 3. Quack’s

Best Pizza

Most PetFriendly

Best Local FOOD Product

1. Home Slice 3rd year

1. Freddie’s

1. Sweet Leaf Tea

2. P. Terry’s 3. Five Guys Burgers and Fries new!

2. East Side Pies new! 3. Salvation new!

2. Jo’s new! 3. Shady Grove new!

2. Tito’s 3. Amy’s Ice Cream new!

Best VEGETARIAN / VEGAN 1. MOTHER’S 2nd year 2. VEGGIE HEAVEN 3. MR. NATURAL

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Better Food. Better Value. On any given day, our customers will be as varied as the city of Austin itself. From hippies and politicos, to frat boys and freaks, we feed ‘em all. It’s all about the fresh food, the great value and the friendly, family atmosphere. That’s what keeps them coming back for more!

5 locations in austin www.maudies.com


Best Wine Bar 1. Vino Vino on the rise

2. Cru 3. Uncorked


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Best KARAOKE 1. THE HighBall

new!

Though The Highball is a very recent addition to Austin’s entertainment scene, fans of fun have already proclaimed the place one of the city’s best all-around hangouts, hands-down. If you’re feeling adventurous, they’ve got some of the swankiest bowling lanes the sport’s ever seen and offer table service so you can snack between strikes. Reserve one of their seven private karaoke rooms, all of which are themed to suit your music tastes (think New Wave, Old-School Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal alongside staples like Country and Disco), or test your luck on the Skeeball machines to win Highball swag. If you’re just looking for a place to relax with pals, The Highball is a perfect meeting spot, with plenty of bar seating and a layout reminiscent of a 50s-era Vegas lounge, complete with round vinyl booths, plush carpeting, and plenty of chrome accents. And the best part? They’ve scouted out some of the most talented chefs and bartenders Austin has to offer, 22

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and their custom tailored menu has something for everyone, from beer and wine to top-shelf bottle service and unique takes on classic cocktails (Our pick? The ginger and basilinfused Thai One On). The Highball puts their signature spin on comfort food faves like hot wings (quail in sriracha bacon emulsion) and ribs (glazed with Dr Pepper and a peanut crust), alongside strip steaks, cheese plates, and mouthwatering desserts. It’s no wonder events like the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz and The Awesome Freestyle Rap Tournament pick The Highball’s stage to host their events; a night out here feels like stepping into a time machine and traveling back to an era when leisure was king, and relaxation called for celebration. www.thehighball.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Robert Harshman

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Best Bowling 1. THE Highball new! 2. Dartbowl 3. Highland Lanes new!

Best Arcade/ Games 1. G & S Before everyone could play video games on their own dedicated systems, laptops, and telephones, people actually gathered together in the same physical space to partake. This was the “video game arcade.” While the necessity of such a place is no longer prescient, the sheer experimental joy of it remains and can be found in Austin’s own G & S Lounge, which offers games, beer, and throws in free popcorn to boot. This gem of South Austin is basically your standard neighborhood dive bar, with one major difference—along with a nice selection of beers, you also get a great selection of pinball machines. Plus video games. Plus pool. Plus air hockey. Equals awesome. Josiah Spence / Photo by Josiah Spence

2. Kung Fu Saloon 3. Dave & Busters

Best Sports Bar

Best Happy Hour

Best Bar Food

1. The Tavern new!

1. 219 West 2nd year

1. 219 West 3rd year

2. Third Base 3. Black Sheep Lodge new!

2. Red House Pizza new! 3. ZTejas new!

2. HighBall new! 3. J Blacks new!

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Best Beer Bar 1. Gingerman 3rd year

2. The Draughthouse 2nd year 3. Flying Saucer new!

Best Cocktail 1. Peche new! 2. East Side Showroom new! 3. The Good Knight new!

Best Mixologist 1. Bill Norris - Fino

2. Adam Bryan East Side Showroom 3. David Alan The Tipsy Texan, Annie’s

Best Bar Patio 1. Shangri La new! 2. Clive Bar new! 3. Lustre Pearl new!

Best Billiards 1. Buffalo Billiards

2. Slick Willie’s 3. The Grand

Best LOUNGE 1. BELMONT With the chandeliers that light up the table tops, the rich wall-paper and carpeting, and the leather-studded chairs, this joint has a vintage Goodfellas feel, with the exception of lingering smoke and gangsters. The Belmont is one of the more hip spots located on West 6th Street that doesn’t have the negative, fresh out of college connotation. Exquisite food is always on hand, prepared by Executive Chef Benjamin Nathan. The Grilled Prime NY Strip is glorious, but it’s the Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Shrimp Scampi & Loaded Baked Potato that has everyone coming back for more. Relax for the rest of the night with a glass of crisp Red Bordeaux, and you’re pretty much a Don for the evening. www.thebelmontaustin.com Oscar Gonzalez / Photo by Anna McBath

2. Lanai new! 3. Molotov 24

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Best HOTEL BAR 1. HOTEL SAN JOSE

on the rise

You don’t have to be an overnight guest to enjoy the Hotel San Jose’s gorgeous bar—many Austinites agree that the hotel’s lush outdoor garden is the perfect place to relax and sip on a cool drink. Warning: The lounge’s comfy seating and eclectic décor are so inviting that you just may get the urge to settle in overnight. The San Jose bar opens at 5 pm on weekdays (3 pm Friday through Sunday) and serves beer and wine until midnight, making it the perfect spot to wind down after work. Sit out by the pool and enjoy the surprisingly serene atmosphere, sometimes accompanied by some of Austin’s most famous musicians privately plucking their guitar strings, tucked away from the bustle of South Congress. www.sanjosehotel.com Caitlin M. Ryan / Photo by Robert Harshman

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Best Place to Meet Someone 1. Key Bar new!

2. Shangri La new! 3. Lustre Pearl new!

Best Gay Bar 1. Rain 2nd year

2. Oil Can Harry's 2nd year 3. Kiss n Fly new!

Best DIVE BAR 1. Lala’s

on the rise

Austin is full of hip, chic, happening places to hang out and drink. But sometimes you just want a place where you can relax and not worry about looking your trendiest. Enter The Dive Bar, the place that is cool because it is not cool. The Dive Bar is all about the vibe, and not in a professionally interior-decorated sort of way. And if you love to hang out at a dive bar that has serious vibe, you probably already know about Lala’s on Justin Lane. Lala’s doesn’t have all the most obscure microbrews, nor does it have a wide selection of fancy cocktails. What you will find in this dimly lit bar is Christmas decorations all year round, complete with a tree and a whole lot of lights. To complement this often unseasonal festivity, is a loyal crowd of regulars, a jukebox, and a yes-smoking attitude. Josiah Spence / Photo by Josiah Spence

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Best HOOKAH BAR 1. Red Fez This radical hot spot isn’t for everyone, as the potent aroma of the Middle Eastern tobacco can be overwhelming. But if you’re down for hookah and a party, Red Fez is the place to combine activities. This is not another hookah café; this is a bar with all amenities in place. Light up your hookah bowls while DJs spin eclectic music that gets everyone in the belly-dancing mood. Red Fez is one of the few locations in town that still allows smoking indoors (hookah that is), and the translucent decor, bright tilled walls, and foreign setting definitely set it apart from all other West 6th bars.   www.red-fez.com Oscar Gonzalez / Photo by Stevi Webb

2. Fharrah’s 3. The Casbah

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Best PLace to drink alone 1. Rio Rita Owned by East Side kingpins Randall and Donya Stockton (who also have a hand in local faves The Good Knight, Beerland, Shangri-La, and The Liberty), Rio Rita earns accolades for being a great solo hangout spot both during the day and late into the night. The eclectic collection of overstuffed chairs and vintage couches provide ample seating for the laptop-and-coffee day crowd, and the shady porch and impressive beer offerings make Rio RIta the perfect place to unwind in the evening. Whatever you’re jonesing for, they’ve got you covered, from signature mixed drinks to a wide selection of tasty treats from neighborhood joints like East Side Pies and Chubby Hug Noodles. Rio Rita’s also known for exhibiting some of the best artists in Austin (recently featuring a show from local photographer Daniel Hill), and their Monday night vinyl party, Love and a 45, is an audiophile’s dream. www.riorita.net Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Brian Bizer

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MOST ROMANTIC BAR 1. EASTSIDE SHOW ROOM Just far enough from the bustle of Downtown Austin and tucked away on the hottest area of East 6th Street, the East Side Showroom is a strikingly designed haven for patrons seeking cinematic surroundings. Inspired by classic Eastern European décor and culture, the East Side Showroom was designed by mother-and-daughter owners along with metal worker Mikie Danae Spencer, whose unique touch gives the bar its signature style, from the lighting fixtures to the furniture. But it’s not the atmosphere that makes the Showroom Austin’s Best Romantic Bar, it’s their menu; come for the eclectic cocktails, but don’t miss the homemade, locally-sourced dishes (offerings updated near-daily) and mouthwatering pastries. Hands-down the hottest spot to take your honey for a laid-back—but luxurious—dinner and drinks date. www.eastsideshowroom.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Jake Holt

Best Bottle Service 1. Speakeasy on the rise 2. Phoenix 3. Highball new!

Best Jukebox 1. Side Bar

2. Shangri La 3. Hole in the Wall

2. VINO VINO 3. MULBERRY

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BEST RECORD STORE 1. waterloo 3rd year

2. END OF AN EAR (pictured) on the rise 3. CHEAPO Photo by Stevi Webb


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BEST MAINSTAY BAND 1. Spoon

new!

If you live in Austin, chances are you’ve heard—and probably enjoyed—a Spoon tune or two. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why these indie darlings repeatedly earn accolades from their local fan-base—is it their ability to appeal to even the most jaded rock critics? The fact that their 17-year career refuses to produce an album anything short of fantastic? It’s no surprise that a band stereotyped for their collegiate fan-base, yet named after a piece by avant-garde sound-smiths Can, creates music that everyone wants to sing along to. Spoon is truly an Austin original, formed right here in the Live Music Capital before signing to locally-based Matador Records and rocketing

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to international stardom without ever forgetting their roots, returning home to play [free of charge] for die-hard fans at intimate venues like Waterloo Records. While the group continues to get bigger, trying their hand at soundtrack work and even supporting Conan O’Brien’s recent comedy tour, we know they’ll always consider this “home.” www.spoontheband.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Autumn De Wilde

2. Bob Schneider 3. Asleep at the Wheel


BAND Most Likely to Make it Big 1. White Denim

new!

Labeling White Denim as a group that’s Most Likely to Make it Big seems a little unfair—this hardworking trio has clearly already “Made It,” and further than most local bands dare to dream. Last year’s full-length release, tours, and SXSW appearances were only the latest developments in the career of a band that’s self-released albums and EPs for years, while attracting attention from both US and European labels and fan-bases. Their signature style defies categorization, and listening to a White Denim album can often feel like spinning an expertly tailored mix, flowing seamlessly from bluesy guitar riffs to piano-driven ballads to

dub-influenced dance jams. What’s next for White Denim? They’re currently in the studio recording a new album, which is guaranteed to be a hit—be sure to catch them in town before they embark on a tour. Super Fan tip: Check out their Daytrotter session to hear laid-back takes on your fave WD tunes. www.whitedenimmusic.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo provided by Tell All Your Friends PR

2. Black and White Years 2nd year 3. Balmohrea new!

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BEST PLACE TO DANCE 1. BARBARELLA

new!

Barbarella is one of Austin’s most popular, new indie clubs—in addition to putting some seriously hip twists on the classic deejay dance night, the videocentric hotspot is shaking things up on the Red River club drag with its visually entertaining theme nights. Barbarella (named after, and with décor prominently featuring, the iconic Jane Fonda character) spins videos instead of records, from music videos to live clips, with an emphasis on unerground bands and especially artful cinematography. Wednesday through Sunday nights are devoted to specific genres, from soft rock to classic soul, with plenty of indie and retro dance jams thrown in to get everyone on the floor. Highly recommended as the perfect place to start, or close out, a night of high-energy hijinks. www.barbarellaaustin.com Samantha Pitchel / Photos by Miguel Angel

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BEST NEW BAND 1. Bright Light Social Hour For a band that has yet to release their first full-length album (they’re in the studio working on it now, don’t worry), this rambunctious foursome is proving themselves to be crowd’s most fawned after local indie act. TBLSH is most well known for their engaging, sweat-fueled live performances, presumably why the beat out 1,500 others to win a spot on the Dell Stage during Austin City Limit’s 2009 Sound and the Jury contest. The dynamic crew, consisting of Jack O’Brien (bass and vocals), Curtis Roush (guitar, vocals, and extreme moustache), A.J. Vincent (keys and vocals) and Joseph Mirasole (drums

and “keeping his goddamned mouth shut”), combines bluesinfluenced classic rock, rich harmonies, and experimental influences with hardcore funk and soul. When they perform their first single, “Back and Forth,” on stage crashing around into one another, it’s hard not to be engrossed in their energetic boogie. Keep your eye out for this spasmodic posse’s next move. www.thebrightlightsocialhour.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Ed Verosky

2. Neon Indian 3. Harlem

Best Live Band

Best Singer Songwriter

1. Ghostland Observatory

1. Patty Griffin on the rise 2. Bob Schneider 3. Kat Edmonson new!

2. White Denim 3. Brazos

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BEST HONKY-TONK

Best New Club

1. Broken Spoke

1. Barbarella new! 2. Kung Foo new! 3. Republic Live new!

What’s the Live Music Capital of the World without a little Texas country? The dangling wooden sign, “Through this door pass the best country-music dancers in the world,” welcomes visitors into one of the last true Texas dancehalls. Broken Spoke owners, James and Annetta White, opened the Honky Tonk venue doors in 1964, and legendary country musicians, Ray Prince, Bob Willis, George Strait, and countless others came rolling through. This South Austin roadhouse is home to Willie Nelson’s favorite chicken-fried steak and the infamous “Tourist Trap” room filled with cowboy hats, playbills, autographed photos, and country-western memorabilia of past performing artists. The Broke Spoke creed sums it all up: “We ain’t fancy, but we sure are Country; and that’s the way we’re gonna keep it.” So grab your boots and blue jeans and go Texas two-step and western swing with the best of ‘em. www.brokenspokeaustintx.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Carlos Benavides

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Best Overall Venue 1. Stubbs 3rd year

2. Mohawk 2nd year 3. the Parish 2nd year


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Best Jazz/Blues Venue 1. Elephant Room To really experience live jazz, you need exactly two things: amazing jazz (of course) and ambiance, lots of ambiance. For my money, The Elephant Room is the only place in Austin that can really deliver on both, and it delivers in spades. In fact, in this delightfully subterranean, moodily lit modern speakeasy you will hear some of the best Jazz musicians in Texas, including such notables as Ephraim Owens, Marc Devine, and The Brew. And, what’s more, you can hear it for free most nights of the week. Though The Elephant Room is located in the heart of downtown, you wont find any raucous Sixth Street partiers here. What you will find is a low-key crowd and a well stocked bar, both of which will appeal more to your sense of sophistication and your taste for the finer things in life. www.elephant room.com Josiah Spence / Photo by Damon Rogers

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BEST RADIO STATION 1. KUT

2nd year

Austin prides itself on the selection and quality of radio stations it inspires, but it’s KUT 90.5 that has separated itself from mainstream competition by saying “no” to conformity. With too much fluff filling the airwaves of other stations, this is one where you won’t get any of that in-between cerebral junk. Credible news, insightful coverage, and handpicked music is all you will hear when you tune into KUT. “Mornings with Jenifer Stayton” and “Music withJay Trachtenberg” are a few of the focal points that have kept this station a favorite for many years. www.kut.org Oscar Gonzalez / Photos provided by KUT

2. 101x 3. KGSR new!

Best cover Band 1. Spazzmatics new! 2. the Eggmen 3. LC Rocks

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Clockwise from top left: Paul Ray, Laurie Gallardo, Jennifer Stayton, Jeff McCord, Cliff Hargrove, David Brown

Best Radio Show 1. Bobby Bones on the rise

2. Jason & Deb 3. JB & Sandy

Best DJ 1. Car Stereo (Wars)

new! 2. DJ Manny 3. DJ Mel


BEST women’s 1. by george on the rise!

2. luxe apothetique new! 3. buydefinition (pictured) new! Photo provided by BuyDefinition


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Best MEN’s 1. STAG

new!

Just what Austin men needed: STAG introduces a selection of “authentic red-blooded style” for men that can’t be found anywhere else in a city littered with girly boutiques. Last December, “The Five Guys” a.k.a. five fashion-conscious men with backgrounds in antiques and design, created an attractively laid out space, complete with American sportswear, taxidermy, hunting trophies, Playboy literature, vintage furniture pieces, and oodles of modernly-tailored menswear. The shop’s display is pleasantly manly and strong, and the aroma of leather greets you at the door. The collection of designers, including Frye, Clark’s, Alternative Apparel, and Ralph Lauren RRL, is specifically masculine yet fashionable. The approach follows the timeless spirit of previous style icons, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, while adding a contemporary aesthetic. 44

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The staff is ready and willing to help you update your personal style with flannel or simple button down shirts at reasonable price points, a denim jacket, or a pair of leather boots. The Five Guy’s obvious attention to detail is ever so present in the unpretentious, well-constructed space that formerly housed a dry cleaner built in the 1970s. Vintage albums and local poster art, Jack Black shaving products, homemade knives, and Pinky Diablo’s satirical party favors stand out as a few objects that make STAG the ideal place to buy your man’s next gift. www.stagaustin.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Robert Harshman

2. service 2 years 3. by george men’s new!


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Best Vintage Boutique

Best Local Florist

1. Feather's 2nd year 2. Cream 3. Buffalo Exchange

1. Whole Foods new! 2. King's Florist new! 3. Austin Flower Co. new!

Best Pet Boutique

Best Toy Store

1. Lofty Dog 2nd year

1. Toy Joy 3rd year 2. Terra Toys 3. Monkey See Monkey Do new!

2. Bark N Purr 2nd year 3. Dogadillo 2nd year

Best CHILDRENS’ BOUTIQUE 1. IZZY AND ASH

new!

Austin’s finest fashion-forward children’s boutique is sure to spice up your child’s hand-me-down wardrobe. Izzy and Ash, named after owner Jennifer Mazuelos’ two imaginative children, offers the latest handpicked designer trends for infants to young teens. For today’s fashion conscious society, style and quality go hand-in-hand, and Izzy and Ash offers the equivalent of Austin’s “By George of children’s fashions” with whimsical, wearable styles. To honor children’s’ free spirits, Izzy and Ash is stocked with colorful tunics, trendy Joes Jeans, clever cotton graphic t-shirts, and cool school

gear. Browse through the stylish, yet unpretentious store, to find age-appropriate outfits for your creative kid. Izzy and Ash’s online store offers 15% off of your first order and 25% off on five select pieces every Friday. Keep your eyes peeled for pieces from European and U.S. designers like Catimini, Flower’s by Zoe, Monster Republic, and Dots and Dreams. www.izzyandash.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Carlos Benavides

2. wee 3. bella mi new!

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Best Jewelry Store 1. Eliza Page 2nd year

2. Touch of Sass 2nd year 3. Maya Star 2nd year

Best Denim Boutique 1. HEM

2. Buffalo Exchange new! 3. Stag new!

Best Clothing Designer Best JEWELRY DESIGNER 1. KENDRA SCOTT

new!

What started in the spare bedroom of her Austin residence quickly flourished into a thriving career in fashion-forward jewelry design. Kendra Scott’s trend-based pieces include Bohemian-style dangling earrings, turquoise bangle bracelets, and chunky pendant necklaces that make a bold, yet youthful statement. With 14 years of design experience under her belt, it’s no wonder why Oscar de la Renta commissioned Scott’s innovative designs for his 2006 runway collections. Her attention to detail has landed her precious gemstones on the necklines of Cameron Diaz and TV celebrities, such as The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Gossip Girl’s Michelle Trachtenberg. Visit Kendra Scott’s Jewelry Color Bar online to customize your own pieces with unique silhouettes and choose from over 20 different colored stone combinations. www.kendrascott.com Justine Pombo / Photo provided by Kendra Scott

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1. Linda Asaf 3rd year

2. Chia 2nd year 3. Megan Summerville new!

Best Book Store 1. Book People 3rd year 2. Half Price Books new! 3. Domy Bookstore new!

Best Bargain 1. Buffalo Exchange 2. Half Price Books 3. Strut


Best lingerie 1. underwear

3 years!

Time to slip into something a little more comfortable…and sexy. A fashionable foundation starts with splendid skivvies and a dose of self-confidence. Items for both work and play are in ample supply at Underwear, where women can items from practical, nude body-shapers to sultry, see-through garter belts and corsets. The boutique’s lacy everyday bras, ultra feminine sleepwear, and seriously sexy satin under things feel like the next best thing to being naked. These pretty underpinnings serve as a necessary staple for any alluring wardrobe. If you’re looking to impress a beau or to try this season’s underwear as outerwear trend, peruse Underwear’s seductive-chic boudoir selection for some peek-a-boo action. www.shop-underwear.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Romina Olson

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BEST ACCESSORIES 1. PARTS & LABOUR

new!

There’s no short supply of master crafters around Austin, but traditionally, it’s been hard to discover and peruse new brands and items. We love South Congress staple Parts & Labour because they’re a one-stop shop for every accessory or gift you could ever want—and those you didn’t know you needed til you saw it on the shelves. From handcrafted jewelry to locally made luggage tags and reconstructed vintage clothing, Parts & Labour has you covered. Keep your eyes peeled for

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2. strut new! 3. spartan new!

Best Bridal Boutique

Best Shopping Area

1. Unbridaled

1. The Domain 2nd year 2. South Congress 3. 2nd Street

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necklaces from M Squared, fabric from Squid Ink Collective, and Tasty Jewelry’s customizable earring sets. Check their blog for constantly updated stock, tips on crafting events around town, and links to designers they know you’ll love. www.partsandlabour.com

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best eye boutique 1. stars in your eyes new! The category of “Best Eye Boutique” doesn’t seem to do these vision experts justice. Stars In Your Eyes is more than a place to pick out stylish and affordable new eyeglass frames—they’re a full optometry spa, offering services ranging from cosmetic to therapeutic, assisting customers looking to enhance their eye color as well as children and adults suffering from vision problems that affect their learning and coordination. Maybe you just need a standard vision exam, or perhaps you’re thinking of checking out the latest LASIK technology—pop in for a consultation and leave a near-expert on your vision needs. Of course, Stars In Your Eyes is more than just serious business; check out their impressive collection of frames from staple designers like Ray-Ban and Calvin Klein alongside quirky names like Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, and Takumi. www.starsinyoureyes.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Romina Olson

2. eclectic eyewear 3. optique

BEST NEW BOUTIQUE 1. STAG new! 2. BEEHIVE (pictured left) new! 3. DRESS SHOP

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Best Pilates 1. Castle Hill Fitness on the rise 2. Joy Moves (pictured) new! 3. Ballet Austin

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RAREST OF THEM ALL HEALTH & BEAUTY

Best SALON 1. Jose Luis

new!

Indulge yourself. This ultra chic downtown salon provides the ultimate treatment. It’s Austin’s finest one stop beauty spot, offering hair care, skin care, and waxing services. Inside the mood is refreshingly uplifting, and the classy, mod furniture is all attached to wheels to transform the space into a party and fundraiser venue. Cut and style, color, highlights, extensions, or Updo’s… they do it all! And with thirty years of experience and a signature cutting technique, co-owner José Bultron personally trains each stylist, so you’re in good hands. Stylists

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use top products Kerastase, Shu Uemura, Oribe, and Jose Luis cosmetics to create a flawless look every time. Can’t go wrong with the convenient location, upscale atmosphere, and friendly team of employees. You work hard, go in for a day of pampering. www.joseluissalon.com www.marthalynnbarnes.com www.rickyhodge.com Justine Pombo / Photos by Alison Narro

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Best FACIAL 1. Milk + Honey 2nd year 2. Avant 3. Viva

Best Spa 1. Milk + Honey 2nd year

2. Lake Austin 3. Viva

Best Laser Hair Removal 1. Elite Laser 3rd year 2. Ideal Image new! 3. Elements new!

Best Massage Best Hair Stylist 1. Martha Lynn Barnes (top) new!

1. Milk + Honey 3rd year

2. Massage Envy new! 3. Viva new!

2. Ricki Hodge (bottom) new! 3. Michi Lafferty new!

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Best Barbershop 1. Birds Barbershop

2. Avenue Barbershop new! 3. Floyd’s new! Photo by Stevi Webb

Best Beauty Product

Best Yoga

1. Aveda

1. Yoga Yoga 3rd year

2. Rae Cosmetics 3. Sephora

2. Black Swan Yoga new! 3. Yoga Vida

Best Waxing

Best Bike Shop

1. The Waxing Studio

1. Mellow Johnny’s 2nd year 2. Bicycle Sport Shop 2nd year 3. Jack and Adam’s

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Best makeup artist 1. Rochelle Rae Looking for flawless beauty? Rochelle Rae, the LA-trained, professional makeup artist and copious bride’s “go-to girl” for their special day, has been creating picture-perfect looks for over 12 years. In 2005, Rae created a cosmetic line for active women who work and play in the Texas humid heat. Rae Cosmetics is a mineral-based, lightweight makeup line designed to last and not melt down your face. Let’s face it, who has time to be reapplying makeup all day long? If you’re looking for a natural glowing complexion for everyday life or a dramatic cat eye for a special occasion book a consultation at Rae’s Studio and watch your look transform. www.raecosmetics.com Justine Pombo / Photo by Anna McBath

2. Martha Lynn Barnes 3. Kandy Glass / Adrienne Pitkin

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Best SWIMMING HOLE 1. BARTON SPRINGS It’s been said that Native Americans believed the soothing waters had spiritual powers, and monks from both Tibet and India have blessed the natural, spring-fed pool. Now add topless sunbathers, a line of children eager for a chance to jump off the springy diving board, and elderly swimmers exercising and—voilà!—you’ve got Barton Springs Pool circa 2010. Located in the center of the city with striking views of downtown,

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2. Deep Eddy 3. Hamilton Pool

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1. Camp Gladiator

1. South Austin Rec Center

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the country’s largest metropolitan swimming pool (three acres) is the perfect hotspot to practice yoga, tan, or relax with a book on the wide grassy knolls. You’re certain to catch an assortment of locals congregated around this local watering on any given day; Edwards Aquifer provides the spring with icy cold, 68-degree water year-round. Take a dip in the clear waters and feel instantly rejuvenated.

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2. Greenbelt 3. Austin Rock Gym


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Best FUN RUN 1. CAPITOL 10K There is something about seeing an aerial shot of the South Congress bridge entirely engulfed by runners that makes you say, “Is everyone in Austin fit?!” Said to be the fifth largest 10k-run in the nation, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 is by far Austin’s favorite running event with over 20,000 participants. People wear pajamas, carry babies, run with pets, and even dress up as their favorite comic-book character. Yes, Austin has some sort of 5k or 10k every other weekend, but this one is a tradition in which every Austinite seemingly participates. www.statesman.com/cap10k Oscar Gonzalez / Photo provided by Austin American Statesman

2. Turkey Trot 3. Schlotsky’s Bun Run

Best Personal Trainer 1. Ryan Nail 2nd year 2. Chelsea Paul 3. Ryan Talbot

Best Gym 1. Pure Austin 2nd year 2. tie: Gold’s Gym new! / 24 Hour Fitness 3. Lifetime new!

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Best Party 1. SXSW

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BEST PERFORMING ARTS GROUP 1. Ballet Austin

2nd year

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.” (Edwin Denby) Ladies and gentleman, take your seats. For your viewing pleasure, one of the country’s largest classical ballet academies resides right. The entrance, with polished floor-length windows and a winding modern staircase, graciously invites an all-age audience into the state of the art Butler Dance Education Center and Community School. Twenty full-time professional dancers, recruited from an annual 30-city audition tour work with Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, rigorously to produce refined ballets performances in Coppélia and the ever-popular Nutcracker. Ballet Austin sets the scene for a whimsical night out with this summer’s performance, Carmina Burana & Kai. But don’t miss a single step, the center also offers yoga, Pilates, jazz, tap, modern dance, hula, hip-hop, musical theater, and all-levels ballet classes. C’mon’ twinkle toes, why not give it a try? www.balletaustin.org Justine Pombo / Photo by Mark Herron

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Best Performing Arts Venue 1. The Long Center 2nd year 2. Bass Concert Hall new! 3. The Paramount Theater

Best Dance Lessons 1. Ballet Austin on the rise 2. Go Dance 3. Esquina Tango new!


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BEST LOCAL ARTIST 1. Lance Letcher

new!

Lance Letscher’s work is more than simple collage—it’s multi-media, multi-textured, and full of nostalgia and tradition, provoking the viewer to question the boundary between visual art and historic artifact. Garnering attention from many local galleries and publications, including Fiberarts Magazine, Letscher’s projects have earned him a spot on the University of Texas Press roster with the 2009 release of “Collage,” spotlighted at last Fall’s Texas Book Festival. Letscher is a homegrown Texan artist—he studied printmaking at UT and draws inspiration from his Northeast Texas heritage, trawling local thrift stores for materials to recycle in his work, like vintage fabrics, photos, and printed matter. It’s no surprise that many consider Letscher the best that Austin has to offer, with work so clearly in line with the city itself; it embodies a rich cultural history, but forges ahead to create it’s own unique narrative. www.dbermangallery.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Sam Marx

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2. Cory Ryan new!

Weddings: www.coryryan.com Commercial: www.eyecandyaustin.com

Photos by Alison Narro

3. Todd Wolfson new! Fashion and portraits: www.toddvwolfson.com


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BEST TATTOO PARLOR 1. Atomic

on the rise

Interested in body art but wary of parlors that seem to specialize in tribal armbands and tributes to Mom? Atomic Tattoo’s 18 years of experience have helped them build an impressive library of flash designs and custom creations that prove tattoos can be beautiful additions to your personal style. Featuring five locations, Atomic is accessible to Austinites from MLK to Pflugerville, and each spot boasts expert piercers and a unique roster of tattoo artists. The original Atomic on Burnet Road has even expanded to include Atomic Cherry Boutique, a treasure trove of rock-inspired accessories. Take a look at their extensive online and in-store portfolios to

get some inspiration and find an artist whose hand matches your vision. And don’t worry if that 9-to-5 has been keeping you from making that appointment you’ve always wanted—all Atomic locations are open til midnight. Additionally, choosing Atomic for your next body art project means you’re giving back to your community; Atomic is proud to support causes like the ASPCA and Susan G. Komen fund, among others. www.atomic-tattoo.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Alison Narro

2. True Blue 3. South Side new!

Best Art Gallery

Best Design Studio

1. Art on 5th 2nd year 2. AMOA new! 3. Women and Their Work

1. Decoder Ring 2. FD2S 3. Foda Studio

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Best Comedy/Improv

BEst Winery

1. Ester’s Follies 2nd year

1. Becker Vineyards

2. Cap City Comedy 3. Cold Towne Theater

2. Fall Creek 3. Spicewood

BEST VIDEO RENTAL 1. I Luv Video Sorry Red Box, but this video monopoly is here to stay. Take a step into one of the two I Luv Video locations in Austin, and you’re bound to be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with some of the looniest and far-out movie titles you’ve ever seen. Some of the highlights from I Luv Video’s website are “Turkish Star Wars” and 70’s “sexploitation” films. I don’t get it either, but with over 80,000 movies to select from, I’m sure you’ll find

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your favorite Star Wars installment or whatever else you fancy. Be sure to stop by their Sidewalk sales where you can find great bargain flicks for $2 as well as some rad merchandise. Oscar Gonzalez / Photo by Carlos Benavides

2. True Blue 3. South Side new!


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BEST COMEDIAN 1. MATT BEARDEN

new!

Comedian Matt Bearden has played a part in many of Austin’s notable comedy ventures; from starring in the late 90’s TV series “Austin Stories” to winning Cap City Comedy’s Funniest Person in Austin contest and returning in recent years as a host, Bearden’s established himself as one of the city’s most prolific funnymen. It’s probably the eclectic style of his stage shows that keeps the laughs coming: Bearden eschews traditional stand-up formats, perferring to tell lengthy stories and riff with his audience rather than memorize jokes and punchlines. From his youthful hijinks to his newborn baby girl, nothing in Bearden’s life is off limits in his act, and as long as he keeps the self-deprecating observations coming, Austinites will keep begging for more. www.mattbearden.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Alison Narro

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BEST ART EVENT

Best MUSEUM

1. East Austin Studio Tour

1. The Blanton

The East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) is an incredibly unique event that surges our city forward as a cultural epicenter and creates a dialogue between a wide variety of citizens, improving the way we interact with our surroundings and neighbors. Founded in 2003 as an artist-run initiative aimed towards promoting local creative endeavors, E.A.S.T. has evolved into an annual two-week-long adventure that takes over the entire East Side of Austin and features several main components: A studio tour (where over 150 artists open their workspaces to the public), a full calendar of talks and events, and a series of workshops and tutorials. Whether you just want to wander around discovering studio spaces you never knew existed, or you’d like to learn the basics of glassblowing, E.A.S.T. sets the stage for you to become as involved in Austin’s art scene as you’d like. The festival is a self-service production that allows participants to make connections, learn new skills, and become part of a supportive and thriving community. www.eastaustinstudiotour.com

With over 8,000 works of art, the Blanton Museum is at Austin’s cultural heart. Whether you want to explore the history of art, in exhibits spanning the Italian Renaissance to Picasso, or you want to keep your finger on the pulse of contemporary works by artists such as Bill Viola or Fabian Marcaccio, this museum will not disappoint.

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Josiah Spence / Photo provided by The Blanton Museum

2. Art City Austin 3. Pecan Street Festival

2. AMOA 3. Bob Bullock new!

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But the Blanton is more than just a building with pictures on the walls. It is also a hub of cultural activity and public programs that include music, tours, films, and more. Though the museum has existed as an entity for close to 50 years, it is with its re-opening and re-christening in 2006 that it came to truly dominate the Austin art scene. The clean flowing lines and open spaces of the new buildings create a welcoming and comfortable environment in which the collections are the focus. www.blantonmuseum.org


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Best alamo drafthouse location

Best Local Sports Team

1. south lamar

1. Longhorn Football

In Austin, every cinephile knows that if you want to experience movie watching at its finest, then you go to one of the Alamo Drafthouse’s four locations. So, rather than asking our readers to vote for Austin’s best movie theater, we made things simple and asked you for your favorite Alamo Drafthouse. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be one of our most popular categories and your votes made it clear that the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar is the one you love the most. The South Lamar location, of course, has all of the trademark Drafthouse features- awesome events, kitschy pre-shows, and great food and beer delivered right to your seats. But it is the ample parking, large venue, great staff, and amazing location that set it apart and make it the Rarest Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. www.drafthouse.com Josiah Spence / Photo by Alison Narro

2. the ritz 3. the village

2. Aztecs 3. Texas Stars

Best Amateur Sports League 1. Austin Sports and Social Club

2. Alternative Softball League 3. Roller Derby

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BEST MODERN DECOR 1. IF+D new! 2. NEST 3. aviary

Photo by Eric Von Lehmden


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Best Condo/Loft

BEST LOCAL GROCERY

1. 360 2nd year 2. Austonian new! 3. Austin City Lofts new!

1. Wheatsville

Best Real Estate Company

The recently expanded and remodeled grocery co-op has been serving Austin since 1976 and carries a sweeping selection of locally grown and produced foods. The co-op model means that all of the more than 8,000 members are actually part-owners of the store as well, and may vote on store affairs and become more involved in a variety of ways. Non-members are also welcome at Wheatsville, but may find themselves ready to join up after trying the Wheatsville Deli Counter’s amazing lunch offerings. www.wheatsville.coop

1. Urbanspace

2. Hindsite 20/20 new! 3. Keller Williams new! 74

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When you buy groceries, you want to shop some place local, right? How about a store that is not just locally owned, but is actually owned by everyone who shops there? If you want a store that is as local as local can get, Wheatsville Co-op is the place for you.

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2. Royal Blue 3. Fresh Plus


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BEST OVERALL NEIGHBORHOOD 1. Hyde Park

on the rise

I am sure that we can all remember those halcyon days between the years 1875 and 1884, when an area North of the University of Texas served Austin as the State Fair of Texas grounds. But what is more exciting to those of us who can’t quite recall that vacated Fair is what happened to the land afterward when Colonel Monroe M. Shipe developed it into an upscale neighborhood called Hyde Park, complete with streetcar service and an artificial lake. Though the lake was long ago filled in and the streetcar has not chimed there in many years, Hyde Park has remained vibrant ever since and this year trumps Clarksville as Austin’s best neighborhood. Hyde Park’s thriving popularity is hardly surprising considering its central location, its verdant pedestrian charm, and the fact that it is a hotbed of historic homes (including Colonel Shipe’s own house, and the miniature castle of sculptress Elizabet Ney). Josiah Spence / Photo by Josiah Spence

2. Clarksville 3. South Congress

BEST FARMER’S MARKET 1. Sunset Valley Though most of us often resort to buying our produce—and most other foods—from gigantic grocery stores, who have, in turn, purchased them from factory farms or shipped them halfway across the world, few people would deny the benefits of buying those products locally instead. Local foods are fresher, more environmentally friendly, and better for the local economy. And the very best place to reap these benefits in Austin is none other than the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market. At Sunset Valley, you will find some of the friendliest people you can imagine selling some of the best foods you could want. Another great aspect of this particular market is that there is no need to rush out at the crack of dawn if you want to have a great experience. And, a true boon compared to some Austin Farmers’ Markets, the parking is ample. Josiah Spence / Photo by JW Walthall

2. The Triangle 3. Downtown

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Best Architect 1. Dick Clark 2nd year 2. Michael Hsu 3. Miro Rivera new!

Best Interior Designer 1. Joel Mesersky 2nd year 2. Laura Britt new! 3. Threshold new!

BEST ANTIQUES / VINTAGE 1. Uptown Modern If you have a flair for furniture that really has style, clean lines, and a modern aesthetic--but the blue-and-yellow monolith that is Ikea feels a little less than authentic--look no further than Uptown Modern. At this Burnet Road oasis of cool, you will find a beautiful assortment of vintage furniture straight out of the mid-century golden age of modernism. Uptown Modern is so much more than your rummage-throughit-and-hope vintage shop, with a carefully selected collection of designer and high-style items. In this collection you will find not only vintage-chic furniture of both the indoor and outdoor variety, but also an impressive array of mid-century jewelry. And while you might expect a truly high-class niche antiques shop to be dangerously high priced, Uptown Modern’s offering all come with a refreshingly reasonable pricetag attached. www.uptownmodernaustin.com Josiah Spence / Photo by Anna McBath

2. Room Service 3. Prototype

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Best Traditional Decor 1. Louis Shanks 2. Four Hands 3. Inglenook

Best Landscaper 1. Big red Sun 3rd year

2. Natural Gardener new! 3. Root new!

Most Eco-Friendly Business 1. Whole Foods 2. Eco-Wise 3. Wheatsville


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Best Day-Trip 1. Fredericksburg 2. Enchanted Rock 3. Hamilton Pool

BEST NON-PROFIT 1. LiveStrong Austinites love to give, and our most well known local celebrity is no exception‌ he’s actually paving the way. Lance Armstrong, professional cycling superstar and cancer survivor, has been keeping Austin fit and aware since starting the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997. The organization promotes awareness of active lifestyles with the annual LIVESTRONG Challenge Series, where individuals walk, run, or bike to support the fight against cancer. The Challenge has raised more than $60 million in 13 years and expanded successfully from Austin to Seattle, San Jose, and Philadelphia. LiveStrong is one of the most influential and well-funded organizations advocating and empowering over 30 million people affected by cancer worldwide. What started with a yellow, rubber wristband is now synonymous with one of the most influential nonprofits headquartered out of Austin. www.livestrong.org Justine Pombo / Photos provided by Livestrong

2. Lifeworks 3. ASPCA

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BEST DOG PARK 1. Auditorium Shores on the rise While standards like The Greenbelt and Zilker Park remain mainstays for local dog-owners looking for places to let their pups run wild, when it comes to finding a spot where both you and your little buddy can enjoy breathtaking waterside views, Auditorium Shores is—hands-down— a dream destination. Fans of outdoor fun already know that this park is perfect for picnics, impromptu Frisbee games, and kite-flying. Even out-of-towners make sure to stop by the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue or catch one of the many free summer concerts or SXSW bashes held alongside Town Lake. Take a tip from locals and travel pros alike: Next time you feel like spending some quality time with your furry friend, head down to Auditorium Shores’ expansive off-leash dog park, and let your pal roam free while you catch up on your summer reading— just don’t forget to “Scoop the Poop.” www.townlakepark.com Samantha Pitchel / Photo by Andy Masuo

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RAREST OF THEM ALL LIVING

BEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR 1. Michelle Valles - KEYE (left) 2. Judy Maggio - KEYE (below) 3. Tyler Seiwerta Photos by Sam Marx

Best GP Doctor

Best News Station

1. Dr. Sarah Bartos

1. KVUE

Best Dry Cleaning/ Tailor

Best Local Blogger

2. Dr. Eldrid Kaplan 3. Dr. Steve Margolin

1. Eco-Clean

2. KXAN 3. KLRU3

1. Austinist

2. Austin is Burning 3. Austin Eavesdropper

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Whether you are looking for an investment property, student housing, or a new home for your family, 512 Realty combines experience and knowledge of the market to help you make the best purchase. Visit us online to learn about current properties for sale or lease.

call 512.322.0512

visit 512realty.com


512.382.6197 2110 S. Lamar #F 78704 Sun - Mon 12pm - 6pm Tues - Sat 11am - 7pm


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RARE GIVES BACK Spotlighting Austin’s Non-Profits

Foundation Communities Eugene Sepulveda Photos provided by Foundation Communities

Facing page top: Timia, Trinity, and Tayla Tolfree, whose family graduated from our Children’s HOME Initiative program (CHI), a program that helps homeless families move from crisis and instability to long-term self-sustainability. Facing page bottom: M Station, breaking ground in May in a great neighborhood close to the city center, will provide 150 units of sustainable, transit-oriented, affordable housing for families.

Downtown condo sales may have slowed, but the waiting list for Skyline Terrace is several months long and growing. The hot new property showcasing downtown views is actually designed to help end homelessness.  “I wake up each morning, look out my window at the view, and thank God that I have a nice place to live” says a formerly homeless resident. He sleeps well knowing that he has a safe place to store his medicine and to make new friends.   Skyline Terrace was built by Foundation Communities (FC), an Austin nonprofit dedicated to creating housing where families succeed. Skyline is just one of a dozen first class affordable housing communities in Austin that serve working poor families, as well as folks in danger of being homeless. You’ve probably driven by the properties owned by FC, but had no idea they were ‘affordable housing’ because they are so attractively designed and well managed.   While developing first class properties, Foundation Communities exercises sound financial stewardship. As long term owners, they evaluate paybacks on energy, water, and construction

materials from a long-term ownership perspective. The organization has kept a low profile for the past twenty years, despite providing housing for over 30,000 and operating over 2,400 units. They work to ‘graduate’ families who need housing assistance to families with better jobs, financial literacy and savings to purchase their own home, and whose children are doing well in school. For example, onsite learning centers provide free afterschool tutoring to 600 kids and Foundation Community’s Tax Centers prepared tax returns for over 17,000 families this past tax season— bringing over $30 million in refunds back to the community.   Currently, FC is building another dream community called M Station. This new home for 150 families sits right across the street from the new MLK Metrorail Station and borders the Boggy Creek greenbelt. In addition to the apartments, FC is building

a new childcare center onsite. Everything has been designed to high green standards to serve Austin families for many decades to come.   According to Walter Moreau, Executive Director, “I think what is most important about M Station, is that we are setting aside apartments for extremely low income families, many of whom are homeless or at high risk. We get several phone calls every day from families with kids in very unstable situations. The waiting list is very long.” Ninety percent of the units will serve low & moderate income families.   If you would like to tour one of the FC communities, they host a free open house lunch each month. Check their website for details: www.foundcom.org. Any preconceived ideas about affordable housing are likely to be challenged. – Foundation Communities www.foundcomm.org

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downtown

MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1 2

Austin Land & Cattle Co. 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.472.1813 www.austinlandandcattle company.com

3

Beauty Bar 617 E. 7th St. 512.391.1943 www.beautybar.com

4

Blu 360 Nueces St. 512.904.5666 www.bluaustin.com

5

Creekside Lounge 606 E. 7th St. 512.480.5988 www.thecreeksidelounge.com

6

Crú 238 W. 2nd St. 512.472.9463 www.cruawinebar.com

7

Delish 209 W. 3rd St. 512.739.2460 www.delish-cupcakes.com

8

El Sol y La Luna 600 E. 6th St. 512.444.7770 www.elsolylalunaaustin.com

9

Frank 407 Colorado St. 512.494.6916 www.hotdogscoldbeer.com

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219 West 219 W. 4th St. 512.474.2194 www.219west.com

Halcyon 218 W. 4th St. 512.472.9637 www.halcyonaustin.com

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Jo’s 246 W. 2nd St. 512.469.9003 www.joscoffee.com

Walton’s Fancy & Staple 609 W. 6th St. 512.542.3380 www.waltons-florist.com

SHOPPING

ARTS & LEISURE 39

Alamo Ritz 320 E. 6th St. 512.476.1320 www.drafthouse.com

40

AMOA 823 Congress Ave. 512.495.9224 www.amoa.org

Key Bar 617 W. 6th St. 512.469.9610 www.keybaraustin.com

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La Condesa 400 A W. 2nd St. 512.499.0300 www.lacondesaaustin.com

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Malaga 440 W. 2nd St. 512.236.8020 www.malagatapasbar.com

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Mean Eyed Cat 1621 W. 5th St. 512.472.6326 www.themeaneyedcat.com

32

Kickpleat 918 W. 12th St. 512.445.4500 www.kickpleat.com

20

Moonshine 303 Red River St. 512.236.9599 www.moonshinegrill.com

33

Lofty Dog 403 W. 2nd St. 512.476.5050 www.austinloftydog.com

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Nau’s Enfield Drug 1115 West Lynn St. 512.476.1221 www.naus-enfield-drug.com

34

Nest 1009 W. 6th St. 512.637.0600 www.nestmodern.com

Avant Salon 318 Colorado St. 512.472.6357 www.avantsalon.com

45

Silhouette 718 Congress Ave. 512.478.8899 www.silhouette718.com

35

Joie de Vie 713 E. 6th St. 512.542.9220 www.joyoflifesalon.com

46

Milk + Honey Spa 204 Colorado St. 512.236.1115 www.milkandhoneyspa.com

47

Salon by Milk + Honey 237 W. 3rd St. 512.236.1112

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Hut’s Hamburgers 807 W. 6th St. 512.472.0693 www.hutsfrankandangies.com

25

Imperia 310 Colorado St. 512.472.6770 www.imperia-austin.com

26

J. Black’s 710 W. 6th St. 512.296.2101 www.jblacks.com

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Jeffrey’s 1204 West Lynn 512.477.5584 www.jeffreysofaustin.com

Speakeasy/Terrace 59 412 Congress Ave. 512.476.8017 www.speakeasyaustin.com

36

Stubb’s 801 Red River St. 512.480.8341 www.stubbsaustin.com

37

The Counter Café 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.708.8800

38

The Parish 404 E. 6th St. 512.479.0474 www.theparishroom.com Tiniest Bar in Texas 817 W. 5th St. 512.391.6222 www.tiniestbarintexas.com

Anthropologie 601 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.236.9301 www.anthropologie.com

41

By George 524 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.472.5951 www.bygeorgeaustin.com

42

Hem Jeans 908 W. 12th St. 512.478.5326 www.hemjeans.com

Mexic-Art Museum 419 Congress Ave. 512.480.9373 www.mexic-artmuseum.org

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Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave. 512.472.5470 www.austintheatre.org

Threshold Furniture & Design Studio 801 W. 5th St. 512.476.0014 www.thresholdinteriors com Touch of Sass 500 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.478.7277 www.touchofsass.net

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Underwear 916 W. 12th St. 512.478.1515 www.shop-underwear.com Waterloo Records 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.474.2500 www.waterloorecords.com

Ballet Austin 501 W. 3rd St. 512.476.2136 www.balletaustin.org

LIVING 48

Austin City Living 1145 W. 5th St. 512.323.9006 www.austincityliving.com

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Dick Clark Architecture 207 W. 4th St. 512.472.4980 www.dcarch.com

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Urbanspace Realtors 801 W. 5th St. 512.457.8884 www.urbanspacerealtors.com


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MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1

2

Quack’s Bakery 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St. 512.538.1991

13

Salvation Pizza 624 W. 34th St. 512.535.0076 www.myspace.com/ salvationpizza

Asti 408 C E. 43rd St. 512.451.1218 www.astiaustin.com

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Cuatro’s 1004 W. 24th St. 512.243.6361 www.cuatrosaustin.com

Spider House 2908 Fruth St. 512.480.9562 www.spiderhousecafe.com

15

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Epoch Coffeehouse 221 W. North Loop Blvd. 512.454.3762 www.epochcoffee.com

Thundercloud Subs 3200 Guadalupe St. 512.452.5010 www.thundercloud.com

16

Torchy’s Tacos 2801 Guadalupe St. 512.494.8226 www.torchystacos.com

5

Food Heads 616 W. 34th St. 512.420.8400 www.foodheads.com

6

Fino 2905 San Gabriel St. 512.474.2905 www.finoaustin.com

7

Hyde Park Bar & Grill 4206 Duval St. 512.458.3168 www.hydeparkbarand grill.com

18

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Kerbey Lane Café 2603 Guadalupe St. 512.477.5717 www.kerbeylanecafe.com

19

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Mansion at Judges’ Hill 1900 Rio Grande St. 512.495.1800 www.judgeshill.com

Cream Vintage 2532 Guadalupe St. 512.474.8787 www.creamvintage.com

20

Forbidden Fruit 108 E. North Loop Blvd. 512.453.8090 www.forbiddenfruit.com

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Aster’s Ethiopian 2804 N. I 35 512.469.5966 www.asters ethiopian.com

12

Mother’s Café and Garden 4215 Duval St. 512.451.3994 www.motherscafeaustin.com New World Deli 4101 Guadalupe St. #100 512.451.7170 www.newworlddeli.com

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Trudy’s 409 W. 30th St. 512.477.2935 www.trudys.com

SHOPPING

21

Buffalo Exchange 2904 Guadalupe St. 512.480.9922 www.buffalo exchange.com

Room Service Vintage 107 E. North Loop Blvd. 512.451.1057 www.roomservicevintage.com

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Toy Joy 2900 Guadalupe St. 512.320.0090 www.toyjoy.com Tripp T-Shirts 2405 Nueces St. 512.478.7477 www.myspace.com/tripptshirts

HEALTH & BEAUTY 29

Alite Laser 504 W. 17th St. 512.328.1555 www.alitelaser.com

30

Waterstone Aesthetics 3016 Guadalupe St. 512.373.7546 www.waterstoneaesthetics.com

Tyler’s 2338 Guadalupe St. 512.478.5500 www.tylersaustin.com

LIVING ARTS & LEISURE

31

Austin Children’s Theater 4001 Speedway 512.927.6633 www.austinchildrens theater.org

512 Realty 600 W. 28th St. 512.322.0512 www.512realty.com

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Bass Concert Hall 510 E. 23rd St. 512.471.2787 www.utpac.org

M.J. Neal Architects 4220 Duval St. 512.320.0764 www.mjneal.com

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Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River Street 512.471.7744 www.uterwincenter.com

Venue on Guadalupe 2815 Guadalupe St. 512.473.3706 www.venueonguadalupe.com

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Elisabet Ney Museum 304 E. 44th St. 512.458.2255

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midtown

MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1 2 3 4 5 6

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34th Street Café 1005 W. 34th St. 512.371.3400 www.34thstreetcafe.com

9 10

Apothecary Café & Wine Bar 4800 Burnet Rd. Ste. 450 512.377.9621 www.apothecaryaustin.com Austin Diner 5408 Burnet Rd. 512.467.9552

Kerbey Lane Café 3704 Kerbey Ln. 512.451.1436 www.kerbeylanecafe.com

7

Maru Japanese Restaurant 4636 Burnet Rd. 512.458.6200 www.austinmaru.com

8

Sampaio’s 4800 Burnet Rd. 512.469.9988 www.sampaiosrestaurant.com

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Teo 1206 W. 38th St. 512.451.9555 www.caffeteo.com

17 18

SHOPPING 11

Fonda San Miguel 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512.459.4121 www.fondasanmiguel.com Flying Saucer 815 W. 47th St. 512.454.8200 www.beerknurd.com

Taco Shack 4002 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.467.8533 www.tacoshack.com

12 13

Back Home Furniture 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.452.7753 www.backhomefurniture.com

14

Blue Elephant 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.371.3259 www.shopblueelephant.com

15

Paper Place 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.451.6531

22

Russell Korman 3806 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.451.9295 www.russellkormanjewelry.com

Bodhi Yoga 2905 San Gabriel St. 512.478.2833 www.bodhiyoga.com

23

Rae Cosmetics 1206 W. 38th St. 512.320.8732 www.raecosmetics.com

Soigne Boutique 4800 Burnet Rd. 512.300.2929 www.soigneaustin.com

LIVING

Adelante 1206 W. 38th St. 512.452.5322 www.adelanteaustin.com Atomic Cherry Boutique 5535 Burnet Rd. 512.258.2226 www.atomiccherry boutique.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Precision Camera 3810 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.467.7676 www.precision-camera.com

ARTS & LEISURE 19 20 21

Dart Bowl 5700 Grover Ave. 512.452.2518 www.dartbowl.com The Art Pad 4520 Burnet Rd. 512.323.0802 www.theartpadstudio.com Bob Salon 1815 W. 35th St. 512.454.4262 www.ilovebobsalon.com

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Avenel 3815 Guadalupe St. 512.699.9200 www.ownhydepark.com


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east side

MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1 2

Blue Dahlia 1115 E. 11th St. 512.542.9542 www.bluedahliabistro.com

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Rio Rita 1308 E. 6th St. 512.524.0384 www.riorita.net

Big Red Sun 1102 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512.480.0688 www.bigredsun.com

Bird’s Barbershop 1107 E. 6th St. 512.457.0400 www.birdsbarbershop.com

23

Break Away Records 1704 E. 5th St. 512.538.0174 www.breakawayrecs.com

31

Kemestry Salon 2124nE. 6th St. 512.322.9293 www.kemestrysalon.com

24

Deanfredrick 902 E. 5th St. 512.493.0943 www.deanfredrick.com

32

Method.Hair 1601 E. 5th St. 512.469.0044 www.methodhair.com

25

Domy Books 913 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512.476.3669 www.domystore.com

33

Vain Salon 1803 Chicon St. 512.524.1057 www.vainaustin.com

26

Solid Gold 1601 E. 5th St. 512.473.2730 www.solidgoldacademy.com

Sam’s Bar-B-Cue 2000 E. 12th St. 512.478.0378

15

The Scoot Inn and Bier Garten 1303 E. 4th St. 512.478.6200 www.scoot-inn.com

Clementine Coffee Bar 2200 Manor Rd. 512.472.9900 www.clementinec offeebar.com

4

East Side Café 2113 Manor Rd. 512.476.5858 www.eastsidecafeaustin.com

16

Shangri-La 1016 E 6th St 512.524.4291 www.shangrilaaustin.com

5

East Side Show Room 1100 E. 6th St. 512.467.4280 www.eastsideshowroom.com

17

Shuck Shack 1808 E Cesar Chavez St 512.472.4242 www.shuckshack.com

6

El Chile 1809 Manor Rd. 512.457.9900 www.elchilecafe.com

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Hoover’s Cooking 2002 Manor Rd. 512.479.5006 www.hooverscooking.com

TC’s Lounge 1413 Webberville Rd. 512.926.2200 www.myspace.com/ tcswednesdays

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Juan in a Million 2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512.472.3872 www.juaninamillion.com Justine’s Brasserie 4710 E. 5th St. 512.385.2900 www.justines1937.com Lustre Pearl 97 Rainy St. 512.469.0400 www.lustrepearlaustin.com Primizie Osteria 1000 E. 11th St. 512.236.0088 www.primizieaustin.com

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Progress Coffee 500 San Marcos St. 512.493.0963 www.progresscoffee.com

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Boggy Creek Farm 3414 Lyons Rd. 512.926.4650 www.boggycreekfarm.com

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The Good Knight 1300 E. 6th St. 512.628.1250 www.myspace.com/ thegoodknightaustin.com Uncorked 900 E. 7th St. 512.524.2809 www.uncorkedtastingroom.com Vivo 2015 Manor Rd. 512.482.0300 www.vivo-austin.com

LIVING 34

Good Life Team 1114 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512.892.9473 www.goodlifeteam.com

35

Urbanaxis Mortgage 900 E. 6th St. 512.473.2947 www.urbanaxismortgage.com

36

Urbanspace Realtors 900 E. 6th St. 512.476.0010 www.urbanspacerealtors.com

ARTS & LEISURE 27

Art Palace 2109 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.artpalacegallery.com

28

Okay Mountain Gallery 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.okaymountain.com

29

Salvage Vanguard Theater 2803 Manor Rd. www.salvagevanguard.org


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south side

MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1

2

Broken Spoke 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.442.6189 www.brokenspoke austintx.com

3

Ego’s 510 S. Congress Ave. 512.474.7091

4

Freddie’s Place 1703 S. 1st St. 512.445.9197 www.freddiesplace austin.com

5

Green Pastures Restaurant 811 West Live Oak St. 512.444.4747 www.greenpastures restaurant.com

6

Home Slice 1415 S. Congress 512.444.7437 www.homeslicepizza.com

7

Hotel San Jose 1316 S Congress Ave 512.852.2350 www.hotelsanjose.com

8

Hyde Park Bar & Grill 4521 West Gate Blvd. 512.899.2700 www.hydeparkbarandgrill.com

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Botticelli’s 1321 S. Congress Ave 512.916.1315 www.botticellissouth congress.com

Jo’s 1300 S. Congress Ave. 512.444.3800 www.joscoffee.com

13

Paggi House 200 Lee Barton Dr. 512.473.3700 www.paggihouse.com

25

Goodie Two Shoes 1111 S. Congress Ave. 512.443.2468 www.myspace.com/austingoodietwoshoes

14

Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512.291.7300 www.perlasaustin.com

26

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Off The Wall 1704 S. Congress Ave. 512.445.4701 www.offthewallaustin.com

Trophy’s 2008 S. Congress Ave. 512.447.0969 www.myspace.com/trophystx

27

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The Black Sheep 1115 S. Congress Ave. 512.914.4771 www.blacksheepaustin.com

Trudy’s 901 Little Texas Ln. 512.326.9899 www.trudys.com

28

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Spartan 215 S Lamar Blvd 512.579.0303 www.spartan-shop.com

Uchi 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.916.4808 www.uchiaustin.com

18

Vespaio 1610 S. Congres Ave. 512.441.6100 www.austinvespaio.com

SHOPPING 19 20 21

Austin Handmade 2009 S. 1st St. 512.383.9333 www.austinhandmade.com

ARTS & LEISURE 29

Alamo Drafthouse 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.476.1320 www.drafthouse.com

30

Austin Art Garage 2200 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.351.5934 www.austinartgarage.com

31

Back Home Furniture 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.327.7753 www.backhomefurniture.com Bows + Arrows 215 S Lamar Blvd # C 512.579.0301 www.shopbowsplus arrows.com

The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512.457.5100 www.thelongcenter.org

HEALTH & BEAUTY 32

Ann Kelso Salon 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512.467.2663 www.annkelsosalon.com

Kerbey Lane Café 2700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.445.4451 www.kerbeylanecafe.com

22

By George 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512.441.8600 www.bygeorgeaustin.com

33

Avant Salon 9600 S. IH-35 512.291.5000 www.avantsalon.com

11

Maudie’s Hacienda 9911 Brodie Ln. 512.280.8700 www.maudies.com

23

Downstairs Ste. E, 2110 S Lamar Blvd. 512.687.0489

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Maudie’s Too 1212 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.440.8088 www.maudies.com

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Bird’s Barbershop 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.442.8800 www.birdsbarbershop.com

Feathers Boutique 1700 S. Congress Ave. 512.912.9779 www.myspace.com/31622902

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Hairy Situations Salon 1708 S. Congress Ave 512.442.6412 www.hairysituationaustin.com

36

J. Buccio Salon 6800 West Gate Blvd. 512.326.1153

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PATH Salon Ste. C, 3100 South Congress Ave 512.447.7284 www.pathsalon.com

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Pink Hair Salon 1204 S. Congress Ave. 512.447.2888 www.pinkaustin.com

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Yoga Yoga 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.358.1200 www.yogayoga.com

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Yoga Yoga 1700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512.326.3900 www.yogayoga.com

LIVING 41

Dorado Soapstone 2157 Woodward St. 512.444.8600 www.doradosoapstone.com

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Irons Austin 2607 Stacy Ln. 512.589.5798 www.theironsaustin.com

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Park Lane Guest House 221 Park Ln. 512.447.7460 www.parklaneguesthouse.com


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MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1 2 3

Deep Eddy Cabaret 2315 Lake Austin Blvd 512.472.0961 Fion Wine Pub 2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. 512.266.3466 www.fionwinepub.com

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Fion Wine Pub 11715 FM 2244 512.263.7988 www.fionwinepub.com

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Daily Juice 2307 Lake Austin Blvd. 512.628.0782 www.dailyjuice.org

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Abel’s on the Lake 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. 512.904.0572

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Hula Hut 3825 Lake Austin Blvd 512.476.4852 www.hulahut.com Magnolia Cafe 2304 Lake Austin Blvd 512.478.8645 www.cafemagnolia.com Mangia 2401 Lake Austin Blvd Austin 512.478.6600 www.mangiapizza.com Maudie’s Café 2608 W. 7th St. 512.473.3740 www.maudies.com Maudie’s Milagro 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.306.8080 www.maudies.com Mozart’s Coffee Roasters 3826 Lake Austin Blvd. 512.477.2900 www.mozartscoffee.com

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Siena 6203 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.349.7667 www.sienarestaurant.com Thistle Café 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.347.1000 www.thistlecafe.com

RunTex 2201 Lake Austin Blvd. 512.477.9464 www.runtex.com

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Yoga Yoga 2501 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.381.6464 www.yogayoga.com

Cupidz Closet 3345 Bee Cave Rd. 512.328.6446 www.cupidzcloset.com

Santa Fe Optical 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.327.1913 www.santafeoptical.com

25

Tyler’s 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.327.9888 www.tylersaustin.com

18

Fetch 3636 Bee Cave Rd. 512.306.9466 www.yourdogwilldigit.com Goodwill 701 Newman Dr. 512.478.6711 www.austingoodwill.org The Hip Chick 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.330.1701 www.thehipchick.com

Milk + Honey Spa Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. 512.236.1116 www.milkandhoneyspa.com Lakeway Resort and Spa 101 Lakeway Dr. 512.261.6600 www.dolce-lakeway-hotel.com

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Beehive 3300 Bee Caves Rd. Suite 400 512.347.0800

Dolce Baby 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.306.8882

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Mad About Shoes 900 RR. 620 South, Ste. A-109 512.970.0466 www.madaboutshoes austin.com

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Fab’rik 12801 Hill Country Blvd. 512.263.1644 www.fabrikaustin.com

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Hutson Clothing Company 3663 Bee Cave Rd. 512.732.0188 www.hutsonclothing.com

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Valentines Too 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512.347.9488

ARTS & LEISURE 27

Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St. 512.458.8191 www.amoa.org

28

Austin Zoo 10807 Rawhide Tr. 512.288.1490 www.austinzoo.org

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Mix 94.7 4301 Westbank Dr. 512.390.5947 www.mix947.com

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Texas Sailing 103 Lakeway Dr. 512.261.6193 www.texassailing.com

LIVING 34

Alexan Vistas 7000 FM 2222 512.794.8439 www.alexanvistas.com


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MAPS & INDEX

FOOD & DRINK 1 2

Burger House 4211 Spicewood Springs Rd. 512.346.7200 www.burgerhouse.com

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Chez Zee 5406 Balcones Dr. 512.454.2666 www.chez-zee.com

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Crú The Domain 11600 Century Oaks Ter. 512.339.9463 www.cruwinebar.com

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Hoover’s Inc. 5800 Airport Blvd. 512.374.4500 www.hoovers.com Jasper’s 11506 Century Oaks Ter, Ste 128 512.834.4111 www.jaspers-restaurant.com

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Kerbey Lane Café 13435 N. Hwy 183 512.258.7757 www.kerbeylanecafe.com

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Maudie’s 10205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512.832.0900 www.maudies.com

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300 Austin 9504 N. IH-35 512.834.7733 www.3hundred.com

Manuel’s 10201 Jollyville Rd. 512.345.1042 www.manuels.com Melting Pot 13343 Research Blvd. 512.401.2424 www.meltingpot.com

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Shandeez Grill 8863 Anderson Mill Rd 512.258.6464 www.shandeezaustin.com Trudy’s 8820 Burnet Rd. 512.454.1474 www.trudys.com Truluck’s 10225 Research Blvd. 512.794.8300 www.trulucks.com

SHOPPING 14 15 16

Barney’s New York Co-op 11601 Century Oaks # 121 512.719.3504 www.barneys.com Betsey Johnson 11506 Centure Oaks Ter 512.833.6111 www.betseyjohnson.com Bicycle Sport Shop 10947 Research Blvd. 512.345.7460

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Free People 11401 Century Oaks Terrace 512.719.9909 www.freepeople.com

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Intermix 11600 Century Oaks # 116 512.835.0110 www.intermixonline.com

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Inviting Affairs 3742 Far West Blvd. 512.331.2133 www.invitingaffairs.com Loft The Domain 11600 Century Oaks Ter. 512.377.6857 www.lofthomedecor.com

21

Luxe Apothetique The Domain 11600 Century Oaks Ter. 512.346.8202 www.myspace.com/ luxeapothetique

HEALTH & BEAUTY 25

Skye Salon & Boutique 13359 N. Hwy 183 512.336.2639

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Personally Yours 5416 Parkcrest Dr. 512.454.7534 www.pyaustin.com

23

Petticoat Fair 7739 Northcross Dr. 512.454.2900 www.petticoatfair.com

27

Birds Barbershop 6800 Burnet Rd. 512.454.1200 www.birdsbarbershop.com

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Tiffany & Co. 11601 Century Oaks Ter 512.835.7300 www.tiffany.com

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Pure Austin 4210 W. Braker Ln. 512.342.2200 www.pureaustin.com

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The Global Arts Group 11100 Metric Blvd. 512.467.9400 www.theglobalartsgroup.com

29

Vanity Rocks 9801 Anderson Mill Rd. 512.258.0009 www.vanityrocks.com

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Zara 3409 Esperanza Crossing 512.491.0920

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Yoga Yoga 2167 Anderson Ln. 512.380.9800 www.yogayoga.com

Zinger Hardware 2438 W. Anderson Ln. 512.533.9001 www.zingerhardware.com

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Yoga Yoga 12001 Burnet Rd. 512.490.1200 www.yogayoga.com

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ARTS & LEISURE 28

Alamo Lake Creek 13729 Research Blvd. 512.219.8135 www.drafthouse.com

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Alamo Village 2700 W. Anderson Ln. 512.467.1320 www.drafthouse.com

Avant Salon 9901 Capital of TX Hwy. 512.502.8268 www.avantsalon.com

LIVING 32

Alpha Granite 915 W. Howard Ln. 512.834.8746 www.alphagraniteaustin.com

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Give Realty 3420 Executive Center Dr. 512.338.4483 www.giverealtyaustin.com


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