Austin Fit Magazine's Best of 2017

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photo by Mark Weatherford

Favorite Bar

Located in the heart of East Austin, Whistler’s boasts some of the best handcrafted cocktails in town. With a great patio and an eclectic interior, it’s a great spot for any day of the week. If you need a little something solid to go with your beverage, they’ve got you covered out back with their Thai Kun food truck. Did we mention the incredible punch bowls? 
Moontower Saloon
Garage Bar 

Best Smoothie Shop

Who doesn’t love Juiceland? Their green smoothies, juices, and cleanses are top notch, and their hot drinks are perfect for those days when you’re feeling a little under the weather. The AFM team favorite? A tie between the Wundershowzen and the Julio Verde! 
Daily Juice
Smoothie King

Favorite Brunch Spot

Snooze’s retro interior and delightful twist on breakfast foods are just two of the many reasons to make it your next brunch spot. You can also feel good about that next short stack since 90 percent of their waste is composted and recycled, making them one of the more sustainable restaurants in the Austin-area. 
Kerbey Lane
Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Best Healthy Restaurant

True Food Kitchen
This healthy meets trendy restaurant has been packed since it opened its doors in 2016. Located downtown in the Seaholm Power Plant district, the restaurant offers a farm-to-table charm, and their seasonal menu is always worthwhile! 
Flower Child

Favorite Local Beer, Wine, or Spirit

Tito’s Vodka
Tito’s and soda, Tito’s in a Moscow Mule, Tito’s and cranberry...these are a few of our favorite things! Really though, is there anything it doesn’t go well with? Not only do we love drinking Tito’s, but we also like hanging out with them at events—especially when the Tito’s airstream is involved. 
Deep Eddy Vodka
Austin EastCiders

Favorite Grocery Store

H-E-B is one of the largest independent grocery stores in the country, and they hold their own against the Walmarts and Targets of the world. Known for quality, convenience, and reliability, it’s no surprise to see them dominate this category. They also support many community events, including our AFM FITTEST each year! 
Whole Foods
Central Market

Best Nutritionist/Dietician

Carly Pollack
This self-proclaimed spiritual gangster is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Lifestyle Coach, and she knows all about the fad diets we’ve all tried a time or two. If her resume and credentials don’t motivate you, visit her website and see the testimonials for yourself. We have a real life-changer here, folks!
Natalie Moos
Kelli Hairston

Best Veterinary Clinic

PAZ Veterinary
From standard veterinary services to holistic medicine and acupuncture, the PAZ staff is ready to offer the most quality and advanced services for your pet. They also partner with local pet companies to secure PAZ-exclusive discounts for their clients and participate in pet events all over Austin. 
Westlake Animal Hospital

Favorite Retail Store for Fitness Apparel and Gear 

Lulu is a cult classic, so we weren’t surprised to see them win by a landslide! Whether you’re doing power yoga or prepping for your next Ironman, they have the perfect gear for any fitness need. Pro tip: their athleisure wear is perfect for brunch, casual Friday, or your next Netflix binge sesh.  

Favorite Hotel

W Hotel
Known for its poolside parties and cocktails, the W Hotel is a local favorite hangout spot and the place to be seen during the heat of summer in Austin. Local tips: Austin residents get 30 percent off all spa services, and all spa treatments include the use of the WET Deck and FIT Fitness Center for the full day of your service (Sunday through Friday only). 
South Congress Hotel
JW Marriott

Best Pet Food Store

Tomlinson’s has been an Austin staple since 1946. They offer a variety of natural pet products and have a specialized staff trained to meet you and your furry friend’s every need. Pro-tip: join their Pet Club to receive 10 percent off all your purchases for just $7.50 a year. 

Best Bike Shop

Bicycle Sport Shop
Located right off of South Lamar, Bicycle Sport Shop is owned by passionate cyclists sharing their love for the sport with the world. Shop here for bikes, accessories, and services that enhance the cycling experience, and get the help of their expert staff!
Mellow Johnny’s
Buck’s Bikes

Best Spa Experience 

Milk + Honey
Walk by Milk + Honey’s downtown location any time of day, and the aroma is enough to draw you into your next spa treatment. Known for their massages, facials, and incredible skincare line, they’ve become an Austin staple that we just can’t live without! AFM Team reco: try their coconut deodorant! 
Viva Day Spa
Lake Austin Spa

Fittest CEO

Ally Davidson
Ally Davidson has overcome her fair share of challenges in life (including auditioning for American Gladiator on her very own wedding day!). She and her husband Jeff have built a fitness empire under the Camp Gladiator brand and host some of the best boot camps all over Austin. 
Jess Martin
Wes Whitlock

Best Hair Salon

Salon by Milk + Honey
Also taking home first place in the “Best Spa” category, Milk + Honey is a beloved local favorite. With four locations in Austin, they have the leg up on convenience, too! 
Bird’s Barbershop
Urban Betty

Best Local Nonprofit

Austin Pets Alive!
We’re one of the country’s pet-friendliest cities, and we’re proud to have such a dedicated organization that helps find homes for animals. Whether you’re looking to volunteer in the community or adopt a pet yourself, APA! is the place to start!
CG Victory
Ballet Austin

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Best Camping Spot

Ink’s Lake
It’s the perfect time of year for a crisp camping trip, and Ink’s Lake in Burnet is the fan-favorite location. This 1,200 acre state park is full of well-marked hiking trails and lake views. Pack your Yeti and your hammock and hit the road to enjoy a night with nature!
Pace Bend Park
Big Bend



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