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Meet the finalists of Time Out Austin's 2017 Bar Awards

Time Out Austin's inaugural Bar Awards honors the very best bars and bartenders in a city that loves to drink

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

It's no surprise that Austin is revered for its vast bank of watering holes, its cocktail bars, dive bars, wine bars and breweries that keep this city thoroughly hydrated. To celebrate these places—and the ultra-talented bartenders that keep them running—we're throwing our very first Time Out Austin Bar Awards. 

The Time Out Bar Awards take place in cities across the globe, and for Austin's first year participating, we've enlisted the help of local industry experts to help us narrow down the categories and nominees. The winners will be announced at our Bar Awards celebration on June 12, but until then, we recommend that you support our finalists by drinking your way through each bar—it's possibly the best kind of homework we'll ever give you. 

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

Bar of the Year presented by Drambuie: 
The Roosevelt Room
The Townsend
Firehouse Lounge
Whisler’s

Best New Bar:
Backbeat
Jackalope South Shore
Small Victory
Kitty Cohen’s

Best Bar Family presented by Monkey Shoulder:
Half Step
Firehouse Lounge
The Roosevelt Room
King Bee Lounge

Best Bar Design:
Cedar Tavern
Garage
Midnight Cowboy
Weather Up

Best Single-Focus Bar:
Mezcalería Tobalá
Milonga Room
Prohibition Creamery
Péché

Best Wine Bar presented by Segura Viudas:
Apothecary
Vino Vino
Nightcap
June’s All Day

Most Creative Drink List 
Red Headed Stepchild
drink.well
Geraldine’s
VOX Table

Best Restaurant-Bar Program:
Juniper
VOX Table
Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Barley Swine

Best Live Music Bar:
C-Boy’s Heart & Soul
Elephant Room
The White Horse
The Continental Club

And a big thank you to this year's industry panelists! 

Brian Bounds
Jessica Leigh Graves
Vance Henderson
Justin Lavenue
Caer Maiko
Anastacia Uriegas

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