There were plenty of reasons to throw back a few drinks this year—some good, some bad, some celebratory (like Time Out Austin launching a magazine!). Thankfully, Austin has always been a city that's encouraged liquid therapy, offering everything from cocktail bars mixing up classics to hole-in-the-wall dive bars to wine bars where reds and whites are swirled and sipped. This year, we joined other Time Out cities in celebrating these tried-and-true spots with our very first Austin Bar Awards, honoring the bars and bar teams that make this city's cocktail scene so great. Our panel of experts helped hone the nominees, with the caveat that they couldn't nominate or vote for their own bar. The result? A who's-who of Austin's very best in the bar scene, newcomers and veterans alike.
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