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Katie Friel

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Katie is the managing editor of CultureMap Austin.

When she's not editing some of the finest writers in Texas, you can usually find Katie riding her bike, maxing out her credit card at Book People, sipping coffee at Jo's or sitting at the Liberty. She has a dog named Huck.

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Official Drink of Austin

Cocktail from swanky downtown bar crowned the Official Drink of Austin 2015

By Katie Friel

On Thursday, February 26, Austin's most talented mixologists sloshed, sipped and stirred in a fight to be crowned the Official Drink of Austin 2015.  The second annual event, hosted ...

Hipster Restaurant

Urban Outfitters expanding on The Drag, taking over 5 prime retail spaces

By Katie Friel

Urban Outfitters is set to take over five prime retail spaces on Guadalupe Street, including campus-area favorite Mellow Mushroom. The clothing store will not only expand its retail space, but ...

Controversy in East Austin

SXSW party slated for demolished piñata store site canceled after protests

By Katie Friel

On February 12, Jumpolin, a piñata and party goods store at 1401 E. Cesar Chavez St., was demolished. Though a common site on Cesar Chavez (the boulevard is a ...

New Flights Taking Off

Allegient Air offers super-low fares on new nonstop route from Austin

By Katie Friel

On Tuesday, Allegiant Air announced it is adding a new route from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport beginning on June 4. The airline will now offer seasonal nonstop service from ABIA to ...

It's Freezing

Never leave the house: What Austinites should really do when it's this cold outside

By Katie Friel

This weather, y'all — it's killing us. Though we average highs around 67 degrees this time of year, our weather has been replaced with some weird hybrid of Pacific ...

Eating Well is the Best Revenge

2 Austin hot spots among GQ's 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of the year

By Katie Friel

In March, GQ will publish its 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants in the U.S. Though the results won't be available online until Monday, we snuck a peek and found ...

Breaking It Down

SXSW founder breaks silence to discuss Red River tragedy and the fest's future in Austin

By Katie Friel

It's been a tough year for SXSW. In the months that followed the Red River tragedy, SXSW struggled to steady itself as it faced a barrage of criticism from ...

Texas History

Travis County issues first same-sex marriage license in Texas history

By Katie Friel

On Thursday morning, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of Texas. The couple was married in Austin by Rabbi Kerry ...

James Beard Awards

6 Austin chefs nominated for most prestigious culinary honor in U.S.

By Katie Friel

Semifinalists for the prestigious 2015 James Beard Awards were announced on Wednesday — and Austin was well represented.  Olamaie, a sweet downtown spot serving up Southern fare, garnered the most honors ...

Fly Like a Virgin

Virgin America launches service from Austin to Dallas with $39 fares

By Katie Friel

Getting to Dallas and beyond just got much easier. On Wednesday, Virgin America announced it is adding five daily flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Dallas Love Field beginning April ...

Ryan Gosling Returns

SXSW announces Ryan Gosling's return to Austin plus more Film speakers

By Katie Friel

Remember that summer when Ryan Gosling was filming in Austin and it was magical? Looks like Gosling just couldn't get enough of Jo's Coffee; he's returning to ...

Pizza Guide

Your guide to Austin's 11 new pizza restaurants

By Katie Friel

As the famous quote goes, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that pizza is just wonderful" ... or something like that. While our tacos have been on point, well, forever, Austin ...

APD Toss Goes Viral

Video released of Austin police 'brutality' after incident on East Sixth Street

By Katie Friel

An Austin police officer tossing a man to the ground was caught on video this weekend on East Sixth Street. According YouTube user allDGoodNamesRtaken, the incident took place on February ...

Hot Water

UT president abused power and admitted underperforming students, according to new report

By Katie Friel

A new report released on February 12 says University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers and other high-level UT officials exerted their influence to get underperforming — but highly connected ...

Meter Fever

City of Austin approves big changes to east side parking

By Katie Friel

On Thursday, Austin City Council approved a measure to create a committee dedicated to tackling parking issues on the east side.  The newly formed East Austin Parking and Transportation Management ...

Avoiding Downtown

The full list of downtown street closures as Austin Marathon runs into town

By Katie Friel

If you're planning to get around downtown this weekend, expect to run (get it?) into street closures across the city. Between water main breaks, Mardi Gras celebrations and the ...

5-Star Stunner

Swanky Texas Hill Country oasis named the only 5-star restaurant in the state

By Katie Friel

Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio restaurants often garner top rankings and land on "best of" lists, but only one Texas restaurant has been deemed worthy of 5-stars by the ...

Old Bar New Tenants

The oldest bar in Austin is looking for something new

By Katie Friel

Scholz Garten, the oldest bar in Austin — and the second oldest bar in Texas — is looking for a new tenant to take over the property which includes, in part, a ...

Better Than Oprah

Austin company beats out Oprah to be named No. 5 most innovative in the world

By Katie Friel

In life, there are small victories, like scoring the primo seat in a movie theater, and big victories, like beating Oprah on a listicle. Austin's own Alamo Drafthouse has ...

Bearing Witness

Drop everything and go see the Blanton's new exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties

By Katie Friel

An arresting new exhibit chronicling the art and artists behind the Civil Rights Movement is set to open at the Blanton Museum of Art — and it's a can't-miss ...

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