We love Eater Austin. The site is pure dynamite for anyone interested in eating well in our fair city. But we just read the results of their Best Bartender In Austin poll and have to ask “Where’s Waldo”.

Lovejoy’s is our favorite bar in Austin by a wide margin. Yes, we drink nightly all over town but like Bar Tonique in New Orleans, ultimately we have one favorite spot to tipple and it has to be Lovejoy’s. It ain’t fancy. But if you’re looking for a stiff belt and an expertly poured microbrew then this is your spot.

We like to post up at the back bar on the night’s Waldo is in the house and get a stream of consciousness unlike any other in Austin. He’s funny, self effacing and has a deep knowledge of Austin history from a perspective that no one else in town can even approach. 20 years at Hole In the Wall during their glory era is hard to duplicate.

Factor in a jukebox with a wealth of Butthole Surfers, Dicks and Hank 3 and you have a slice of old school Austin that is vanishing daily.

Congratulations to Chauncey James over at East Side Showroom. We’ll be by later tonight for a stiff drink.

Here’s link to a few essays we wrote on where we like to drink in Austin http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/Best-Dive-Bar-In-Austin

and check out Eater while you’re at it.

http://austin.eater.com/archives/2011/11/10/polls-are-open-who-is-austins-bartender-of-the-year.php

and if you’re ever in New Orleans visit that town’s finest bar too http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=721

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