No matter what the season, you’re going to kick your night off with a happy hour, because you live in Austin and patio season doesn't stop for Winter, so what's NOT to be happy about? To help you out, we’ve identified the six best places to boozily start your evening, whether you're looking for 50-plus Texas brews or some competitive foosball.
These are Austin's 6 best happy hour spots
Helmed by a married couple, Craft Pride's a Rainey St establishment that either sells a) super awesome macaroni angels (!!!), or b) beer from 52 all-TX taps as well as to-go cases of bottles and bombers, all curated by an OG Black Star brewer.
Longbranch is a laid-back East Austin bar with a lived-in vibe, sometimes accented by live music.
A downtown dive bar with crazy drink specials, screenings of TV shows, pool, foosball, and a patio. Plus, on Fridays, they open early at 5p for $2 cheeseburgers & chips and $4 pitchers of Lone Star.
A former boarding house for settlers, The Chicago House has 20 rotating craft beers on tap and two cask ales in house. Neighboring pub and restaurant The Parish Underground provides some delicious bar bites to pair with The Chicago House's wide selection of American brews.
This high school mascot-inspired bar has a late-night patio with plenty of ambiance, booze, and not-so-bar-like snacks. Locally soured ingredients make their handmade paninis and apps as tempting as that second drink.
The owners of Takoba know what they're doing with Mexican food -- they grew up in a rural area in central Mexico before relocating to Austin. They're dedicated to fresh, local ingredients and the menu reflects this philosophy, offering a great selection of standard favorites like quesadillas and more authentic, lesser-known dishes like a traditional Mexican pork stew. Best of all may be the outdoor patio-cum-sandbox that's filled with multicolored lounge chairs.