Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

Uncle Billy's Brew & QueUncle Billy's Brew & Que

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1530 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas, 78704
United States

(512) 476-0100 | map

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very good brewed on site draft beer. Canned limited release beer to buy and take home. Growlers too. Friendly bar staff and neighborhood pub vibe. Great location along restaurant row on Austin's south side. Didn't try the food having eaten next door...maybe next time!

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Photo of NealioATX
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've come here a few times over the years including their first year being open. The beers are A-OK. The vibe is what you'd expect in that area of the city. The BBQ is meh. That said, it's still probably better than Green Mesquite down the road. Double meh.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Notes from 2014:

11 taps. 7 are house beers; 4 are guests (Live Oak schwarz, Live Oak hefe, and some Real Ale offerings when I was there).

Average barbecue by Texas standards, which is to say it's pretty good.

4 oz samplers are offered: 5 for $8, 6 for $10, 7 for $12.

Grumbler refills are $8. Growler refills are $15.

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Photo of JDV
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Uncle Billy's used to be my favorite brewpub in town when it opened, but it has definitely experienced a change since its first days. The head brewer leaving was a strike against it, even though the current brewer does a good job and makes some great beers, it was a step down compared to what it was. The food though has taken the biggest hit, as the menu and quality has changed for the worse. Don't get me wrong; it's not a terrible place, but I loved their chili cheese fries, and while the bbq wasn't anywhere near the best in town, it still was pretty tasty and went great with the beers here.

It's got a great location and patio on Barton Springs Road and is a nice place to hang out and grab some beers. Still definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of zonker17
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here for dinner and a beer. Found true Texas style BBQ, a small but very well rounded selection of brews, and some of the most down-to-earth guys behind the bar that exemplified hospitality.

I lean toward Belgian styles and IPAs, which were both available and brewed in-house. The dark strong holiday Belgian at 10% carried the types of charateristics one might find in a N'Ice Chouffe. The Hop Zombie IPA delivered what one would expect. A full flavored hopped-up beer. If I brewed either one myself, I'd be quite proud.

Whether you are looking for a beer or some good ole BBQ, consider this a best of both world's stop.

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Photo of psujmatt
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5

Definitely go to Uncle Billy's for the Brew, not the Que, and or head to the lake for the View. They have some nice brews of their own, which are also a good value. Look for the special brews more than their standards, as some of the specialties really shine.

I been about 5 times for food and beer, and 2-3 other times just for beer. If you need something solid to go with your food, aim for the fried food. Fried pickles or fried okra are definitely tasty, and the potato chips out at the lake location were great too (not sure if they are offered at Barton Spring Road location or not).

For a place with 'Que in the name, I would expect much better. Definitely skip the brisket--the worst I ever had. The pulled pork should be skipped, too. Pork ribs were very disappointing. The sausage...well, its sausage! Try it fried.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for some lunch with my buddy the other day and some beers of course! Not really a huge selection, however I did really enjoy Hop Zombie, and it pains me to say so but their version of HB660 was way better then my favorite brewing company down here in San Antonio. They also had a few selections from Real Ale, and Live Oak, which are always excellent offerings! For a slow Saturday afternoon the service was not really as attentive as it could have been, however I will say that out food came out extremely fast which was really nice! I thought the BBQ was very good and especially enjoyed the sauces that were provided. So all in all, really good beer and food, can't go wrong with that combination!

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Photo of thatlongname
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Decent barbecue. They have a few good beers here which they apparently brew themselves. The combination of beer and bbq is probably what makes me like this place. I can't remember how great the beer was but when combined with bbq it's most certainly better. The portions could probably be a bit larger for a Texas bbq place.

They have their brewing equipment viewable from the dining area. It's behind a glass. I wish I could see them using it. It's strange just watching it sit there. Overall a pretty good place if you're looking to try some new draft beers and eat bbq.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A little hard to say what the true atmosphere of this place is having been here at 11 in the morning for a bit of brisket and beer, but it is a cool little place with a nice patio. Had some 6 or so of their own beers on tap and a few others including the Live Oak Hefeweizen. Chatted with the bartender about the HB 660 law that is being debated about TX brewpubs self-distributing. The IPA was good, their agave wheat was pretty tasty as well. Actually went with a pint of it over the pint of the Live Oak. The brisket rueben thing was excellent. Would've liked a few more beer choices on the menu but their brew space didn't look that big so capacity may be an issue. All in all, a very enjoyable experience that kicked the day off right.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The first thing you notice about the place is the atmosphere, which is awesome! It was a nice 70 degrees, the cool garage doors surrounding the place were open letting in the sites and sounds of the area. The layout was appealing, as was the bar setup and outside patio area. Overall, an exceptionally welcoming place. Maybe being from Louisiana is making be over-appreciate things, but oh well!

No complaints about the service. Was politely tended to quickly and my cup never ran dry.

Selection was good too. Majority was house brews, but the guest taps they had were great stuff such as Live Oak and Real Ale. The house brews were no slouches either; all were solid and enjoyable (had the sampler).

The food was the only average thing about the visit. Nothing was bad at all...but it's definitely not the food that is going to bring me back...at least not the burger. lol

Food prices were right there with most every other place with comparable options, but the beer was very well priced. Again, expensive Louisiana bars may be skewing my thoughts a bit, but <$5 for a big tasty local pour is awesome.

Overall, awesome place and a must if visiting Austin! I know I'll be back...

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I really enjoyed my time here. As you walk in there is a large Icehouse like patio/deck outside. Wood tables and some covered seating from the trees coming through the deck. There is an outside bar as well. Inside is a large room with high and low top tables scattered around. The main bar is a made of wood, and the tanks can be seen at the far end. When the weather is nice, all the doors are open, which is awesome. A great breeze was blowing through, and it was just a great relaxing time.

The bar staff is well informed, and passionate about their beer. It was funny listening to them talk about the new Black Star Co Op Brewpub. Nothing bad, but they just have a different perspective than some other people it seems. The quality of everything was fine as well. All the taps were very clean and fresh. The food left something to be desired. I was not expecting world class BBQ, but it really was not all that good.

The beer they have is very good. Mostly simple styles, but all are enjoyable and well crafted. Styles rang from a Kolsch to an imperial stout. My favorites are the Kolsch (very flavorful) and the pale ale. They also have several other local beers on tap. Live Oak, and Franconia. Very nice.

Overall and excellent place to relax and have a beer. I could have stayed here all day.

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Photo of SSW117
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like the place and often go out of my way to take people there that have never been. They have had their parking garage finished for some time, so disregard the other stuff about having to park blocks away. They have great BBQ at a good price (the ribs can get expensive, but i don't really know of any cheap rib joints) and best of all the brew their own beer. Not only do I think their beer is good, but the judges at GABF in 2009 gave them a GOLD medal for their Hell in Keller, which is similar to a pilsner, but falls in the kellerbier/zwickelbier category. My personal favorites are the Insomniac Coffee Stout and Hop Zombie IPA. They do growler fills and keg fills on their house brews only (some weird liquor law because they also sell the hard stuff) but they have a handful of other Texas brewed beers on tap for on-premise consumption. They have a good wide bar top, so you can eat at the bar and not feel like everything is going to fall in your lap. They have a rediculously hot hot sauce that is not for the faint of heart. You cant miss it, its the bottle with the skull and cross bones. Go check this place out and drink something they make.

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Photo of RedBeardBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Uncle Billy's has a nice, open environment with good bar-be-que and a good selection of beers brewed on premisis. They've also got some selections from local breweries on tap (Spoetzl, Real Ale, Live Oak, 512).

Nice outside area and bar with live music some nights. The inside area has good views of passers-by and looks like it could also be opened up if the weather allows.

Beerwise, for $10 I got a sampler of all 6 of their beers. Today it was a Pale Ale, Coffee Stout, Agave Wit, an Amber, Blonde Ale and an IPA. None of the beers were bad, liked the Coffee Stout the most (left with a growler), Agave Wit the least. Don't think you're going to go wrong with this one, give it shot.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

a well to do place on a nice block of barton springs just off the river near the zucker park pools. clean look doesn't feel like a chili's but a brew pub. the beers here are a treat. they have a health selection to choose from. usually 5 or so of theirs and about a half dozen local austin beers that hit they're current theme. it was pilsner week, it being the hottest month of the year. for a place where i actually heard "i'm going to be honest with you... i'd just like a nice hoppy american beer" i give my respects for having such an event... especially seeing as they had 5 great ones on tap. live oak, trumer, real han's, their unfiltered pils, and the last slips my mind... oh and i wanted to also add... all the beers are relatively unfiltered. which means they tend to turn pretty quickly. usually they go through a 150 gallon tank in about 2 weeks. so something new and interesting is around pretty regularly. the food is just solid. nothing special. i fell for the fried orka but otherwise quite typical but good bar food. days are full of older more mature drinkers that are loyal followers. night its all sorts.

come on tuesday if you can 2 or 2.50 for pints can't be beat with this quality.

great place. great beers. great environment of talk with muted televisions.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Uncle Billy's is located just southwest of downtown Austin. Reading past BeerFly reviews, sounds like parking used to be a big hassle, but they now have a parking garage in the back that seems to have alleviated that problem.

Tons of outdoor seating on a deck. Small bar as you walk in. Open view of some tanks next to the dining area. Numerous glass-windowed garage doors line the walls. This must be a fantastic place to hangout in the six months that it is not summer when the doors can be left up.

High quality house offerings. They have a few regulars plus a couple seasonals/specialties. Bride of Zombia IPA is tasty, and the Stop, Drop, and Roll One smoked Marzen is a perfect pairing with their BBQ. Big points for having several other locals on draft as well.

Good food. We all know this isn't the best BBQ in the world. But it's a nice change from the usual pizza, burgers, etc. of typical brewpubs.

Cool place and award winning beer...hard to beat. Looking forward to checking out the upcoming new location on Lake Travis!

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Barton Fink Road at Kinney Avenue: You have got to love a place that has its own free shuttle service. They also offered valet parking, but we were having none of it. The exterior was long with a good deal of outdoor patio seating on the left facing side. Glass framed garage doors constituted he right facing side with a fenced-in series of picnic tables along the sidewalk center. The entry was left and the m.d.s. looked like a "Programs" kiosk at hockey and football games, except that the marquee read "Hostess". The laminated dark wood bar was in the shape of 5/8 of an octagon. The 10-barrel brewhouse was visible behind glass past the right of the bar beyond the kitchen. The restaurant area was right, overlooking Barton Fink Road through the garage doors. Panning around while seated at the bar, the women's was extreme right past the brewhouse and the men's was in the extreme left corner, past the hooks for farrior's puzzles. They were constructing an outdoor band stage. I also realized that the garage doors ringed the bulk of the exterior facing part of the building. Growlers!

Food: I went with the BBQ Tray, choosing smoked ½ chicken, glazed carrots, and green beans. The meat was so tender as to be falling off of the bone and so smoky as to make me weep. The combos were endless, but this was a good fit.

Beers: Bock 40 Blonde; Haystack Hefe; Organic Amber; Axe Handle Pale Ale.

Rotating: Special Hop Tap (Woodeye Rye PA); Special Dark & Malty Tap (Smokehouse Porter). Also guest taps from their friends at St. Arnold's, Real Ale, Live Oak, and Independence. 5's!

It was all done with smoke and beers. Sorry, I could not resist.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for lunch on 17 Oct 2009.

As previously mentioned, parking sucks and this being Texas expect the temp to be 100+ half the year. Parking may improve, the weather likely won't... Heck, it's Austin, the parking won't improve either.

Outdoor seating is ample but have never personally taken advantage of it on three visits. On our latest visit it was quite loud indoors even though the place was only about 25% full. Not to go all Andy Rooney on this review but why does it seem that restaurants are all geared towards maximum decibels these days? Who does this benefit?

I suspect that this noise may have contributed to our server's error in bringing our table of two people two pitchers of beer to start rather than the two pints I ordered. But he took them back and brought our pints with no trouble. Food was decent, not great by Texas bbq standards. Of the brisket, sausage and ribs, the ribs were the best. The french fries are particularly good, carrots slightly overdone, potato salad and beans average.

Total tab for two for lunch including two pints was $37 before tip, which is a bit on the pricey side for me but I'm a cheap bastard. Note if you order the ribs with the meat plate there is a $3 upcharge.

Would definitely go again for the beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Finally made my way to Uncle Billy's, one of the few remaining brewpubs in Austin. Judging by the proximity of the Next Great Condo Project, you'll have to park a few blocks away and take the shuttle. On a cool day (<100, about half the year) it's a pleasant walk. Otherwise, wait in the shade for the shuttle. Plenty of outdoor seating, nearly all of which is shaded with fans mounted in various location. I was there on a Sat. afternoon, but got the feeling it would be a great place to see live music and drink good beer. Road noise from Barton Springs was on the loud side. Barbecue was very good, but a bit on the pricey side for what you got (~8 for a sliced beef sandwich with one side). Service was fair. Waitperson was near clueless in an attempt to describe what they had. They also had a habit of disappearing for extended periods. I would not go out of my way to return. However, a good show or brew might bring me back.

Highs: Good barbecue, nice outdoor deck
Lows: Pricey, below average service

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Uncle Billy's is located on Barton Springs not too far from Zilker Park on the southwest side of Austin. Parking is kind of an adventure, as there is valet right next to the brewpub, but if you want to park your car you have to drive past the place several blocks to park in a dirt parking lot that has abandoned motor homes and whatnot. Then you wait for a van to pick you up and drive you to the brewpub. Unless it is over 100 degrees (which it probably always is) you might want to walk.

The outside has a patio and stage for musical acts (again - over 100 degrees), while the inside has a smokehouse look with lots of wood and a bar near the entrance. Brewing equipment is visable from inside as well.

Uncle Billy's has 6 of their beers on tap and another 4 guest beers from the likes of Real Ale and 512. A relatively small bottle list but as with the draughts it is Texas-centric. Any of the beers are available in 4-beer samplers.

Service was pretty good on a weekday dinner. Our server was pretty knowledgeable about the beer but tended to disappear for extended periods of time.

The barbecue at Uncle Billy's is good. I had a trio of sliders each with a different meat and it was all good.

Overall this is a worthwhile spot to hit on a visit to Austin.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Finally got in the mood for some BBQ and hit up Uncle Billy's on a beautiful May afternoon with some friends. Great vibe to this place, although the outdoor seating and cooperative weather certainly helped. Wide, open area with a big oak(?) tree in the center and lots of seating. The four beers I tried were all excellent interpretations of there respective styles (Pale, Wit, Amber, and Porter), and complemented the food well. Unfortunately, they didn't have a "Hoppy Tap" flowing at that time, which was a bummer. A few other local TX brews at the bar, too (Real Ale, Live Oak)

Service was good at first, but dropped off after about an hour as our waitress disappeared for 20-30 minutes at a time. Took a while to get our food, and my mashed potatoes and pulled pork were lukewarm upon arrival :( Still, the food was quite good. Prices were reasonable, nothing out of the ordinary. I'd come here again in a heartbeat, and probably will.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Our first stop in Austin, to get some lunch and "que." Nice, spacious outdoor seating. It was a beautiful day, couldn't ask for more. Unlce Billy's is located right on a strip near Shady Grove, Chueys and a few others.

Started with a sampler that included 5 beers, incl an amber, pale ale, wit, coffee stout (really tasty) as well as what was described as a hybrid between the amber and pale ale. All drinkable. The wit, fresh and lite went perfect with the BBQ.

They had 3-4 taps dedicated to local micros too. Wish I had gotten a chance to try the 512 Pecan Porter too, but we didn't have enough time.

Nice menu for lunch. You can order a BBQ meat plus 1-3 sides. Got the BBQ pork with slaw. The portions are not huge, but enough at least for lunch.

Great stop. Not sure if they have music at night. We passed by on Friday night and it looked kinda quiet. Certainly worth seeking out when in the area.

I got a logo pint here as well. Nice stop.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Beautiful location, but parking can be a bit of a nightmare. I had to park at a remote lot and take a short golf cart trip, but on a nice (surprisingly warm) day it wasn't a hassle at all. The patio is amazing and covered with beautiful trees providing shade. I had the Bitchin Camaro and the Agave Wit in addition to one of their guest beers. Beers by brewer Brian Peters were all excellent. The food was above average for BBQ, but it is tough to compete with BBQ in Texas. I did find the green beans delightful though. A little expensive too, but not a bad value at all.

Great atmosphere, good BBQ and great beer. A must visit for any beer lover within 150 miles.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Uncle Billys is located on Barton Springs Restaurant Row just a stone's throw from Zilker Park. It is a wonderful place to have a decent beer and a reasonable priced bite to eat during the ACL festival or any other Zilker festival.

The beer selection is pretty much limited to the house beers, which is not such a bad thing. All the house beers are solid offerings. Brian Peters, the brewmaster, churns out creative offerings but has something for everybody. My favorite is their smoked beers, currently Thick Black Smoke, which pair perfectly with their barbecue. The smoke beers use malt which is smoked on premises so it gives a very nice smoke flavor.
There are a couple of taps that have guest beers. Usually there is a beer from Real Ale, Live Oak, and 512 Brewing on tap if you get tired of the house beers.
The food is very good for a brewpub but as Austin barbecue goes I would say it's just average. It is reasonable priced and service is fast and allows me to drink more beer.

They have a cask night every month or so, and whenever Brian feels like it. I have had some incredible cask offerings, Bitchin Camaro cask and a double Pilsner cask come to mind.

Overall, this is a great brewpub. The only drawback is the parking situation.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in town for ACL and was glad I stopped by (twice). The first visit was on Friday of ACL and the place was somewhat dead. Nice Texas style atmoshphere with the wood and open air feel to it; a nice clean place.

I ordered a Real Ale IPA. The bartender (bearded guy) seemed intent on pushing his ESB but after reading about Real Ale I wanted the IPA; an amazing IPA by the way. I felt obliged to taste their own beer and grabbed their Wit; refershing beer that hit the spot on a hot day.

They had about five of their in-house brews on tap, 3-4 guest taps, and plenty of bottles. I didn't spend a ton of time looking over their selection but it would suffice any beer geek.

The second visit I ordered some chili and mac-n-cheese, very tasty with the chili packing a nice Texas-heat punch. The food and beer were very affordable and I will certainly stop by this place again when I make my way back to Austin.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Packing some of the best brewpub beer I've had out, Uncle Billy's Brew & Que is a must-visit on my Austin trips. I last tried the 5 beer sampler with a chicken sandwich. All the beer was above local average and downright tasty. I recommend the lighter, paler beers as the smoked dark lager was sweeter and denser than I wanted with the food. The agave wheat was a table favorite and the pale ale was world-class hop bomb. Also tasty was my chicken and potato salad. I can't wait to return.

We took our dog and she had fun too - which additionally, in itself, makes any place a good place.

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