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Austin’s Top Notch Bars Nab Nominations in World’s Best Bars Awards

Comedic group Lonely Island Boys dined in Austin, plus more news

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Half Step
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Best Austin Bars Awards
The annual Spirited Awards, which covers the world’s best bars, bartenders, etc., revealed its nominees last week, and Austin was represented. Under the Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar category were Rainey Street cocktail bar Half Step, Eater Austin bar of the year 2017 everyday neighborhood bar and Nickel City, and downtown cocktail bar Roosevelt Room (whose co-owner Justin Lavenue was Eater Austin’s bartender of the year 2015) . Nickel also nabbed an additional nod in the Best American Bar Team category. The winners will be announced on Saturday, July 20.

The Lonely Island Boys in Austin
Comedic group the Lonely Island Boys decided to eat out at diner Counter Cafe East during their Austin show at the ACL Live at the Moody Theater last week. Members Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone posted for a captionless photo out on the restaurant’s patio

Visiting the Austin Airport Without Flight Tickets
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is thinking about letting people who aren’t flying through the transportation hub visit the terminal anyway. People would have to go through the security line to hit up its restaurants, shops, and check out its music and art installations. The Airport Advisory Commission is talking about the idea, which most likely likely not happen until the airport’s full dining restaurants are open later this year. The question is why would people want to do that when they can visit the original locations of the mostly local restaurants and shops in austin anyway?

Counter Cafe

1914 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 351-9961 Visit Website

Nickel City

212 South Main Street, , TX 76104 (512) 987-4294 Visit Website

Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 Visit Website

The Roosevelt Room

307 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 494-4094 Visit Website

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719 (512) 530-2242 Visit Website