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5 things every Austinite should be thankful for right now

5 things every Austinite should be thankful for right now

Austin skyline night downtown
This Thanksgiving, we reflect on what we're most grateful for in Austin. That includes tacos and beer. Photo by Stuart Seeger/Flickr

Editor's note: From dive bars to essential eats, here are five things every Austinite should be thankful for right now. We bet you'll agree. 

1. Hole in the Wall is still a hole in the wall. For more than 40 years, this music-filled dive bar has been an Austin icon, and thanks to some savvy negotiating, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.  

2. Dog & Duck lives! That was a dark year for the Austin pub scene, huh? But the Dog & Duck Pub is alive and well in new digs on the east side, so go raise a glass (or two). 

3. Tacos. We could eat them every day, and we just might, now that we have this Texas Monthly-approved list of the best ones in town. 

4. Dazed & Confused finally has a (spiritual) sequel. Alright, alright, alright. Richard Linklater's new film will premiere at SXSW 2016, more than 20 years after the cult favorite's release. 

5. New restaurants — so many of them. Like these hot new restaurants that should be on your must-try list. 

Bonus: The best big city in America. Traffic sucks, and there are too many newbies moving in, but you're living in the best large city in America — don't forget it.