Food & Drink

The Best Happy Hours in Austin, by Neighborhood

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El Naranjo | Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality
El Naranjo | Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality

In a city where $12 cocktails and $18 crudo are the new norm, it’s nearly impossible to go to a nice spot and not drop a lot of cash… nearly. In the name of thrifty tippling, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together an exhaustive guide to the best happy hours at both bougie and divey establishments in Austin’s most popular ‘hoods (and in some cases, we've even narrowed it down by street). Imagine $4 Old Fashioneds, $1 Miller ponies, $2 draft beers, and even a $10 Wagyu cheeseburger! Save your Two Buck Chuck and White Claw for another day -- Austin’s best happy hours await. 

Dean's One Trick Pony
Dean's One Trick Pony | Chase Daniel

Downtown/Market/Seaholm

Dean’s One Trick Pony @ LINE Hotel
When
: Tuesday-Saturday, 4-7pm; Thursday until 10pm
The deal: $2 beers, $4 snacks, $6 cocktails

Vince Young Steakhouse 
When
: Monday-Saturday 5-7pm (in the bar & lounge)
The deal: $10 bar & lounge menu items (including a Wagyu brisket burger, steak frites, and crab cakes), $3 off of all wine by the glass, $2 off specialty cocktails, $1 off all beer

Fareground
When
: Monday-Friday, 3 - 6pm
The deal: Specifics vary at each of this food hall's concepts. Fareground Bar - $4 select beers, $5 select wine, $5 select cocktails; Henbit - $2 off Kolaches; Contigo - $2 off wings & green beans; Ni-Kome - $2 off roll combos, $1 off snacks; Dai Due Taqueria - all tacos are $1 off

ATX Cocina
When
: Every day, 4:30-6:30pm (in the bar, lounge, and patio)
The deal: $3 off cocktails, wine & draft beer; $4 off select menu items

Ellis
Ellis | Keelyn Costello

Ellis
When: Every day, 4-6pm
The deal: $2 off wines by the glass, $2 off draft beer, $3 select Eastciders, $4 frozen margaritas and frosé, $5 spritzes

The Roosevelt Room
When
: Sunday, 3-7pm; Monday-Tues, all night; Wednesday-Saturday, 4-7pm 
The deal: Select $7 classic cocktails, $1 off of beers and smaller snacks, $2 off wine by the glass and bigger bar dishes

Fixe
When: Monday-Saturday, 4:30-7pm; Sunday, 2pm to close (in the bar, lounge and on the patio)
The deal: $7 cocktails, $8 snacks, $10 plates, $9 reserve wines by the glass

Swift's Attic
When
: Monday-Friday, 2-6:30pm
The deal: $6-8 specialty cocktails, $5 select wines, $2 Miller Light and Mickey's, discounted select drafts

Garage
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: $6 cocktails

Market District

Truluck's
When: Every day, 4:30-7pm
The deal: Half off hand-crafted cocktails, featured wines, and chef-selected appetizers

DuMont’s Down Low
When
: Sunday, 6pm-2am; Monday-Friday, 4-7pm 
The deal: $7 signature cocktails including The Blanche and barrel-aged Old Fashioned, $6 Palomas and margaritas, $5 Lone Star & TW Samuels “The Low Down”, whiskey sours, Moscow Mules, and glasses of house red and white wines, $3 Lone Stars and Miller Lights

Péché
When
: Sun & Mon, all night; Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: Half off select food, $5 select cocktails

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2nd Street

She’s Not Here
When: Every day, 4-6:30pm
The deal: $7 cocktails and bites, half off all bottles of bubbles

La Condesa
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm (in the bar area)
The deal: Half off all drinks, discounted shareable snacks

W Austin
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm (in the Living Room Bars, TRACE, and the WET Deck)
The deal: Signature cocktails and snacks from $5-7
 
Le Politique
When
: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: Half off house liquor, beer, and wine by the bottle and glass, 25% off fruits de mer

anthem
Anthem | Courtesy of Flagship Restaurant Group

Rainey Street

Anthem
When: Monday, all day; Tuesday-Saturday, 3-6:30pm
The deal: Deals on beer, wine, cocktails, food, and sweets

Stagger Lee
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm 
The deal: $2.50 domestic beer, $3 wells, $5 wine and frozen margaritas

Half Step
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $8 select cocktails, $2 off all draft beer

Geraldine’s
When
: Monday-Friday, 5-6 pm
The deal: $7 cocktails, discounts on select food including roasted beets and crispy pork ribs

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
When
: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm
The deal: $4 select beer, $5 house wine, $3 snacks, $5 sausages

El Naranjo
When: Tuesday-Friday, 5:30-6:30pm
The deal: $3 off house margaritas and featured cocktails, $2 off beers, $6 house red or white wine, $3 off guacamole, $3 off ceviche de atún, $4 off queso fundido

Holy Roller Bar
Holy Roller | Robert Lerma

Sixth Street

Holy Roller
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm; Tues, all day
The deal: $2 off beer, wine, and well drinks, $2 off shareables (like trash fries and monkey bread brûlée)

Jackalope
When: Mon, all day; Tuesday-Friday, 2-7pm
The deal: $2 tall boys, $2 wells, $4 margaritas

Parkside
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm
The deal: Half off beer, cocktails, and bar food; on Mondays, all signature martinis are $5

Easy Tiger
When: Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30pm
The deal: $5 sausage links, $3 small pretzels with beer cheese, $3 off Antonelli's cheese plate, $4 Old Fashioneds, $4 Vodka Collins, $3 Easy Shandys, $3 select local draft beers

Firehouse Lounge
When: Every day, open-8pm
The deal: $2 off all drinks and food (excluding canned beer and snacks)

Parlor & Yard
When
: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 off cocktail menu, drafts, and wine

Star Bar
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 domestics, $4 wells

Green Light Social
When: Monday-Thursday, open-close
The deal: $5 frozens, $5 Tullamore D.E.W., $4 Gatorade shots, $1 off well drinks, $1 off draft beers

Bar Peached
Bar Peached | Inked Fingers

Clarksville

Bar Peached
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30-7pm (bar & patio only)
The deal: $6 wine and draft cocktails, $5 draft beer, $5 bar snacks, $4 tacos

Nightcap
When: Wednesday-Friday, 5-7pm
The deal: $7 select cocktails, $6 select wine, $25 select bottles of wine, $4 Pearl beer, discounted bites

Better Half
When: Tuesday-Friday, 3-6pm; Tuesday-Sunday, 9pm-close
The deal: $5 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, $5 glasses of sangria; reverse happy hour deals include $5 draft cocktails and cheeseburgers, $1 Pearl beer

Clark's Oyster Bar
When: Every day, 3-6pm
The deal: Monday-Friday: 50 cents off oysters, half off burgers, $5 martinis, oyster shooters & draft; Weekends: 50 cents off oysters, half off bottles of wine, $5 oyster shooters

Jeffrey’s
When: Mon, all night; Tuesday-Sunday, 4:30-6:30pm (in the bar)
The deal: $2 off all drinks and half off bar food

Josephine House
When: Mon-Sat, 3-5pm
The deal: $2 off drinks, half off all food

Cheer Up Charlies
Cheer Up Charlies | Anastacia Uriegas

Red River

Cheer Up Charlies
When: Every day, 4-6pm
The deal: $2 tall boys, drink specials on cocktails like the Golden Ticket or kale lime margarita

The Mohawk
When: Every day, 5-8pm
The deal: Discounts on select beer and cocktails

Pelon’s Tex-Mex
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: $6 shot and a beer (Mi Campo and Modelo, or TW Samuels and Lonestar), $6 house margaritas, $7 La Paloma, $7 S.O.T.B. Daiquiri, $4 draft beers, $6 chips and queso, $6 guacamole, $6
chicken flautas, $6 mini quesadillas

Bar 508 Mezcalerita
When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm
The deal: Discounts on select cocktails, including $6.50 for The Dove (Casamigos, lime, grapefruit, honey, topo), $6 for The Daisy (Casamigos, lime, oj, demerara), and $6 for The Matador (El Silencio, pineapple, lime, simple syrup); $3 Modelo, Sol, and Miller Lite; $7 Chardonnay and rosé by the glass

The Drag/Campus

Scholz Garten
When: Weekdays, 4-7pm
The deal: $1 tacos, $6 Scholz Crush's, half off German pints

Dive Bar & Lounge
When: Monday-Friday, 2-7pm
The deal: $1 off craft cocktails, $1 off draft pints, $1 well liquor singles, $5 glasses of select wine, $2.50 Lone Star tall boys, $3 wells, $4 drafts

Crown and Anchor Pub
When: Monday-Saturday, 2-7pm; Sunday, all day 
The deal: $2.75 domestics drafts, $4.75 premium drafts, $10 domestic pitchers, and food menu discounts

Hole in the Wall
When
: Monday-Saturday, 3-8pm, Sunday, all day
The deal: Select drink specials

Vamonos
Vamonos | Richard Casteel

Hyde Park/North Loop

Vamonos
When: Monday-Saturday, 4-6pm
The deal: $3 off appetizers, $2 off cocktails and wine, $1 off beer

Uncle Nicky's
When: Every day, 2-5pm
The deal: $6 featured spritzes including the Blood Orange Spritz and Nicky's Spritz, $1 Miller ponies and Peroni on draft, $4 for a shot of Fernet and a Peroni

Foreign & Domestic 
When
: Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-6:30pm
The deal: $3.50 local beer, $6 wine by the glass, $4 onion rings & buttermilk, $6 red pepper zeppole & chevre, $4 popovers & charred onion butter, $4 pommes frites & rouille, $8 44 Farms cheddar burger

drink.well.
When: Weekdays, 4-6pm
The deal: $4 draft beers, $3 off all classic cocktails, $2 off all wines by the glass, 20% off full bottles, $2 off all bar snacks 

Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla | Inked Fingers

Allandale/Brentwood

The Peached Tortilla 
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-7pm (at bar only)
The deal: $5 select beers, $6 select wines by the glass, $6 cocktails, $4 tacos, $5 bar snacks, $7 Social Burger

Lala’s
When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 domestic bottles, $3 tall boys, $3 well drinks
 
Barley Swine
When: Sun-Friday, 5-6:30pm
The deal: $7 draft cocktails, $4 Texas draft beers, 25% off bottles of wine, half off of large format beers, half off of selected menu items

Bufalina Due
When: Wednesday-Sunday, 4-5:30pm
The deal: $5 selected beer and wine, half off all pizzas

Yard Bar
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm
The deal: Half-off backyard burgers, shared snacks, Rescue Me cocktails, $2 off wine & spirits, $4 draft beers

Pinthouse Pizza
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm
The deal: $2 Pinthouse Pizza drafts

St. John’s/Highland

Easy Tiger @ The Linc
When: Weekdays, 4:30-6:30pm
The deal: $4 Old Fashioneds, $3 Easy Shandy, $4 strawberry lemonade, $3 select local draft beers,
$5 sausage links, $3 small pretzels & beer cheese, $3 off Antonelli’s cheese plates  

Black Star Co-Op
When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6pm
The deal: $4 house Rational beer, $1 off snacks and select wines, $8 Black Star burger

North Austin

District Kitchen + Cocktails
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm; Sun 4-6pm
The deal: $5 and $6 cocktails including frosé and margaritas, $5 select wine by the glass, $3 domestic beer, $1 off all draft beer, half-price featured wine by the bottle, discounted bar bites

Lavaca Street Bar Rock Rose
Courtesy of Lavaca Street Bar Rock Rose

Domain/Domain NORTHSIDE

Lavaca Street Bar Rock Rose
When: Monday-Friday, 3-7pm
The deal: $3 select bottles and cans, $6 house wines, $5 wells, $6 frozen margaritas, $8 “Bing & Bang” happy hour draft & well shot

Second Bar + Kitchen 
When: Every day, 3-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 11pm-2am
The deal: $5-10 off select signature food and drink

The Brass Tap
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $1.50 off all beer on draft, house wines, draft cocktails, and well drinks

Mueller

L’Oca D’Oro 
When: Every day, 5-6:30pm (in the bar and patio)
The deal: Half off of select snacks, and specials on beer on tap, wine by the glass, and punch of the day

Colleen’s Kitchen
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6:30pm
The deal: $2 bar snacks and starters, $6 classic cocktails, $2 off wines by the glass, $1 off beer

Stella Public House
When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm
The deal: $2 off select drafts, $5 draft wines, $2 off beer flights and small plates, and rosé specials every Sunday including $5 rosé glasses, $10 rosé flights, $20 rosé bottles

Cherrywood/Manor Road

Contigo
When: Monday-Thursday, 5-6:30pm
The deal: Half-price bar snacks, beer, wine by the glass, and signature cocktails

Haymaker
When: Every day, all day
The deal: Daily drink specials include $3 Texas pints on Tuesday, $2 frozen margaritas on Friday, $2 mimosas on Sunday, and a ton more deals

El Chile
When: Every day, 3-6pm
The deal: $3 off appetizers, margaritas, and cocktails

Salty Sow
When: Every day, 4:30-6:30pm
The deal: $2 off all listed cocktails, $4.50 craft beer, $5 wine, and a menu of $5 small plates that includes honey rosemary-dipped fried chicken, duck fat fries, and crispy Brussels sprout leaves

Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm
The deal: $6 guava agave margaritas, mezcal margaritas, and micheladas

Sour Duck
Sour Duck | Richard Casteel

MLK

Sour Duck
When: Mon, all day; Sun-Thursday, 2-6pm
The deal: Half off select menu items, $3 Texas drafts, $6 draft cocktails all day

The Wheel
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $4 whiskey of the day, $3 well drinks, $2.50 domestic longnecks, $2 select tall boys

old thousand
Courtesy of Old Thousand

East Eleventh & East Twelfth

Old Thousand
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6:30pm
The deal: $7 cocktails and bites, half off all bottles of bubbles

Rosewood
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-6:30pm; Thursday, all night in the bar
The deal: $2 off snacks, $3 off cocktails (hello, pecan Old Fashioned!), $2 off draft beer, $3 off beer

Full Circle Bar
When
: Wednesday-Saturday, 5-8pm
The deal: $1 off all drafts, $3 mimosas, $3 well cocktails, free Skee-Ball from 5-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday

Hillside Farmacy
When: Weekdays, 3-6pm
The deal: $2 off all cocktails, beer, and wine; half off snacks

Sixth and Waller East Austin
Sixth and Waller | Adam Moroz

East Sixth

Sixth and Waller @ East Austin Hotel 
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: $2 off appetizers, $2 off house cocktails and wines by the glass, $1 off draft beer (these deals also apply at the Pool Bar)

The Upside @ East Austin Hotel
When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm
The deal: $2 off appetizers, $2 off house cocktails and wine by the glass, $1 off draft beer

Lefty’s Brick Bar @ ARRIVE East Austin 
When
: Every day, 3-6pm
The deal: Half off snacks, $5 frozens and sno-balls, $3 Montucky Cold Snacks, $1 off drafts

Vixen’s Wedding @ ARRIVE East Austin
When: Every day, 5-6pm
The deal: $5 cheese pao, crab panisse, and chaat-fried okra; $8 specialty cocktails, $8 selected wines, $5 beer

Suerte
When: Every day, 5-6pm
The deal: $6 select cocktails and house wines, 25% off wine by the bottle, 25% off 3 oz mezcal pours, $3 pints of Suerte lager; Mezcal Monday offerings include half off copitas & familia pours of mezcal from the week's featured label

Il Brutto
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm
The deal: Half off the entire drink menu (including wine bottles!)

Licha's Cantina
When
: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $5 select cocktails and bites

Whisler's
When: Weekdays, 4-7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
The deal: $7 cocktails

East Seventh

Takoba & Barzon
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 5-7pm; 11pm-2am
The deal: Half off all food items, $1.50 bottle beer, half off Guava Frozens, half off El Jimador margaritsa (frozen or on the rocks)

Kinda Tropical
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: $7 bites including black bean hummus, chips and queso, chicken wings, pulled jackfruit sandwich, and burger; $7 drinks including mezcal Palomas, frozen spicy margaritas, and Mai Tais

Hard Luck Lounge
When: Every day, 3-8pm
The deal: $5 frozen fresh squeezed watermelon and vodka, $3 Lone Star drafts

Prohibition Creamery
When: Tuesday-Friday, 3-7pm  
The deal: $6 cocktails, ice cream specials

The Hightower
When: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7pm
The deal: $4 local draft beer, $4 bottles and cans, $5 wine, $6 house cocktails, $6 small plates including tartare and queso

East Cesar Chavez

Pitchfork Pretty
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm
The deal: $3 off cocktails and beer, $12 off bottles of wine, half off all snacks and appetizers

Launderette
When: Monday-Friday, 5-6pm
The deal: Half off cocktails, beer, and wine; $5 off snacky bits (including beet hummus and striped bass crudo), half off wine by the bottle on Mondays

Mongers Market + Kitchen
When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm
The deal: $5 wine by the glass, $2 off sangria carafes, $1 off all draft beers and oysters, $6 raw bar options and snacks

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
When: Tues, all night; Wednesday-Friday & Sunday, 5-7pm; Sat, 10am-12pm
The deal: $5 starters, $10 cheeseburger and fries, $2 off draft beers & wine by the glass, half-price select cocktails, 25% off wine by the bottle

East Riverside

Jackalope South Shore
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: Half off draft cocktails, half off seasonal frozen drinks, $1 off draft beers

The Buzz Mill
When: Monday-Friday, 5-8pm
The deal: $4 can beer, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon draft, $3 well drinks

Odd Duck
Odd Duck | Richard Casteel

South Lamar

Odd Duck
When: Sun-Thursday, 2:30-6:30pm
The deal: $6 select draft cocktails, half off bottles of wine and large-format beer, select dishes are half off from 5-6:30pm 

Loro
When: Monday-Friday, 2-5pm
The deal: Special HH menu items (like their chicken karaage and wings), half off boozy slushies, and select beer and wine

Gibson Street Bar
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
The deal: $3 wells, $4 select liquors, $4 local drafts, $4 El Jimador Silver, and $5 Tullamore D.E.W.

Uchi
When: Every day from 5-6:30pm
The deal: Sake Social menu includes discounted sake, wine, beer, sushi, and small plates ranging from $3-$11. The same deals apply to Uchiko on Burnet Rd.

Radio Coffee & Beer
When: Weekdays, 4-7pm
The deal: Discounts on most drafts, as well as specials on coffee and coffee-related drinks

Eberly
When: Sunday & Monday, all night; Tuesday-Friday, 5-7pm (in the Cedar Tavern & front dining room bar)
The deal: $4 beers, $7 cocktails, $7 house wine, happy hour priced food options

St. Elmo Brewing
St. Elmo Brewing | Kate LeSueur

South Congress

St Elmo Brewing & Soursop
When
: Friday, 12-4pm
The deal: $2 Carls from St Elmo Brewing, and $6 Waterburgers from Soursop

Hotel San José
When: Monday-Thursday, 12-5pm
The deal: $1 off all beers, 20% off bottles of wine, 20% off all snacks

Lobby BaratSouth Congress Hotel
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm
The deal: Half off the full beverage program

Central Standard at South Congress Hotel
When
: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: Half off the full beverage menu including beer, wines by the bottle and glass, and house cocktails, East Coast oysters served with traditional condiments for $3

Joann’s Fine Foods @ Austin Motel
When
: Weekdays, 4-6pm
The deal: 25% off food, $2 off cocktails, beer, and wine; $5 Sols and Lolita Sunrises

June’s All Day
When: Monday-Friday, 4 to 6pm 
The deal: 25% off all food, 50% off all sparkling wines, $2 off all other drinks, sparkling wines 50% off all night on Monday

Still Austin Whiskey Co.
When: Wednesday-Sunday, 3-7pm
The deal: Cocktails are $2 off, and you can get $2 off cocktails if you bring your pup on Sundays (all day)

Velouria
When: Monday-Friday, 1-7pm 
The deal: $2 off cocktails and wine, $1 off drafts and frozens

Fresa’s South 1st
Courtesy of Fresa’s South 1st

South First

Fresa’s South 1st 
When
: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm; All day, every day for guests seated at the bar 
The deal: $2 off aguas frescas, botanas, beer, wine, margaritas 

Sway
When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm
The deal: Half off all specialty cocktails, wines, sake, and beer, and $3 snacks at all three locations 

Lenoir
When: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-6:30pm (in the wine garden)
The deal: Half off all bottles of wine priced $80 and under

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Anastacia Uriegas is an Austin-based freelance writer and happy hour veteran. She was recently awarded a Purple Heart by her primary care physician. Alas... it had nothing to do with bravery. Follow her boozy adventures: @anaurie.