Food & Drink

The Best Happy Hours in Austin

Published On 02/19/2015 Published On 02/19/2015
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Erica Wilkins (edited)

After a long day at work, it’s easy to let bumper-to-bumper traffic get to you, UNLESS you're arriving at one of these perfectly timed deals. From elegant steakhouses with deeply discounted wagyu burgers, to Mexican joints serving icy margaritas on a sunny patio, Austin’s happy hours have everything you need to eat and drink on the cheap and make it to the weekend.

The Peached Tortilla

The Peached Tortilla

Burnet Rd
When: Every day, 5-7pm
The deal: A $7 burger, $3 tacos, $5 cocktails, $5 wine, and a menu of $5 snacks including crispy fries with an egg, kimchi arancini balls, and charred Brussels sprouts. 
 

Barley Swine

Burnet Rd
When: Mon-Fri 5-6:30pm
The deal: Half off select plates, $7 wine, $4 beers, $6 cocktails 
 

Dive Bar

Campus
When: Mon-Fri, 2-7pm
The deal: $2.50 Lone Star and PBR tall boys, $3 wells, $4 drafts, and $5 wine

Casey Dunn

Clark's Oyster Bar

Clarksville
When: Every day, 3-6pm
The deal: 50 cents off oysters, half-priced burgers, and $5 martinis

Courtesy of Searsucker

Searsucker

Downtown
When: Mon-Fri, 2-6:30pm; Sun, 4:30-9pm
The deal: $5 cocktails and wine, $3 beer, and $4-$7 small bites
 

TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel

Downtown
When: Every day, 5-7pm
The deal: Half off wine by the glass, $5 off the bar menu, which includes rosemary fries with truffle aioli, ceviche, and chicken confit pizza
 

W Austin

Downtown
When: 7-10pm every night
The deal: Check out Primetime, W Austin’s brand new happy hour, taking place in the Living Room bars, and featuring half off all signature cocktails. We like the jalapeño-cucumber lemonade!

Annie Ray Photography/Peche

Péché

Warehouse District
When: Tues-Fri, 4-7pm; Sun & Mon, all night
The deal: Half off food and $5 select drinks
   

Due Forni

Downtown
When: Every day, 4:30-6:30pm
The deal: $5 wine, $4-$5 beer, and small plates from $3-$8

Courtesy of Vince Young Steakhouse

Vince Young Steakhouse

Downtown
When: Mon-Sat 5-7pm
The deal: $3 off wines by the glass, $2 off cocktails, $4 drafts, and a $10 wagyu brisket burger, steak frites, and more
 

La Condesa

Downtown
When: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm
The deal: $2 tacos and half off all drinks

Matt Rainwaters/Fixe Austin

Fixe Austin

Downtown
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: $9 order of biscuits, $8 Southern fish fry, and discounted wine by the glass or bottle

Swift's Attic

Swift's Attic

Downtown
When: Mon-Fri, 2-6:30pm
The deal: $6 specialty cocktails, $5 select wines, $2 Bud Lights & Mickey's, and $1 off domestic drafts 
 

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Downtown
When: Mon-Fri, 4-6:30pm; Sun, 4-9pm
The deal: In Bar 79, discounts on select entrees, $5 Prosecco, $6 craft cocktails 
 

Truluck's

Downtown
When: 5-7pm daily; all night Sun
The deal: Enjoy Half Price Cocktail Hour in the Stone Crab Lounge; that means half-price cocktails, half-price lounge menu, and 25% off all bottles of wine.

Contigo Austin

Contigo

East Central
When: Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm
The deal: $1 off draft beer and wine, $2 off signature cocktails and deals on bar snacks; every Tuesday, local beers are $2, and every Thursday, fried chicken is $1

Monger's Market + Kitchen

Mongers Market + Kitchen

East Cesar Chavez
When: Tues-Fri, 4-6pm
The deal: $5 wine, bubbles and sangria; $1 off draft beers; $6 raw bar options like buttermilk fried shrimp or blue crab fingers; $1 off oysters
 

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

​East Cesar Chavez
When: Every day, 5-7pm
The deal: $7 Melvin Mule, $10 Cheeseburger and fries plus much more!

Whisler's

Whisler's

East 6th
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: $6 cocktails, like their Old Fashioned, Moscow mule, and more

Licha's Cantina

Licha's Cantina

​East 6th
When: Tues-Fri, 4-7pm
The deal: $5 select cocktails and bites 
 

East Side Showroom

​East 6th
When: Mon, 5pm-2am; Tues-Sun, 5-7pm
The deal: $5 classic cocktails and half off select menu items

The Hightower

The Hightower

​East 7th
When: Mon-Sat, 5-7pm; Sun, 5-10pm
The deal: $4 local draft beer, $4 wine, $4-$7.50 house cocktails, and small plates from $3.50-$8, including ceviche and paté 
 

Takoba

​East 7th
When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm; Sat-Sun, 3-4pm
The deal: During the week, $1 off cocktails and drafts, half-price apps, and $6 ceviche; on weekends, $5 bloody marys, $1.50 mimosas, and $7 mimosa carafes

Courtesy of Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy

East 11th
When: Every day, 3-6pm
The deal: discounts on cocktails and selected plates; $5 bubbles and half off oysters on Mondays 
 

Royal Jelly

Highland
When: Sun, 4-11pm; Tues-Sat, 4-6pm
The deal: $4 Pearl Snap drafts, $11 cubano & a pint, $3-$4 select dishes 
 

Launderette

Holly
When: Mon-Fri, 5-6pm
The deal: Half off cocktails, beer and wine

El Sapo

El Sapo

​Manor Rd
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, 3-5pm
The deal: $3 Mexi-cans, $4 seasonal punch, $5 margaritas, select discounted appetizers and draft cocktails 
 

Salty Sow

Manor Rd
When: Every day, 4:30-6:30pm
The deal: $2 off all signature cocktails & beer, and a menu of $5 small plates that includes honey rosemary-dipped fried chicken, duck fat fries, and deviled eggs

El Chile

El Chile

​Manor Rd
When: Every day, 3-7pm
The deal: $3 micheladas, $4 sangrias, $5 margaritas and $3 off appetizers 
 

Haymaker

Manor Rd
When: Sun-Fri, 11am-12am; Sat, 11am-1am
The deal: Daily drink specials include $3 Texas pints on Tuesday, $2 frozen margs on Friday, and $2 mimosas on Sunday (and many more offerings!) 
 

Bribery Bakery

Mueller
When: Tues-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: $2 off cocktails and $1.50 off pastries

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drink.well.

North Loop
When: Tues-Fri, 4-6pm
The deal: $6 cocktails

Half Step

Half Step

Rainey St
When: Tues-Fri, 4-7pm
The deal: $8 cocktails, $2 off draft beer
 

Cheer Up Charlies

Red River
When: Every day, 4-8pm
The deal: $2 tall boys, drink specials

The Mohawk

Mohawk

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

Parkside

Sixth St
When: Every day, 5-6:30pm
The deal: Half off beer, liquor, and bar food; on Mondays, all signature martinis are $5

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger

Sixth St
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: $3 draft beer and Tito’s cocktails; $3 sausage links, and pretzels with beer cheese
 

Michi Ramen

Sixth St
When: Every day, 3-6pm and 9-11pm
The deal: $1 off all drinks, $2 off all pitchers, and on Wednesdays, $3 sake carafes

Little Barrel and Brown

Little Barrel & Brown

South Congress
When: Tues-Sat, 5-7pm; Sun-Mon, 5-10pm
The deal: $3 draft & bottled beers, $5 glasses of wine, $5 cocktails, discounted food selections; Sunday and Monday nights include half off bottles of wine
 

Snack Bar

South Congress
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 Lone Star, $1 off bottled/canned beer and cocktails, $6 draft wine, and $2 off select snacks

Scott Robertson

Alcomar

South 1st
When: Every day, 3-7pm
The deal: $9 gulf oysters, $10 ceviche, $6 house margaritas, and much more
 

Lenoir

South 1st
When: Tues-Sat, 5-7pm
The deal: Happy hour in the wine garden includes wine specials

Erica Wilkins/Juliet

Juliet

South Lamar
When: Every day, 4-7pm
The deal: $4 beer, $5 wine, and $7 cocktails; discounts on pizza, antipasti, and cheese & charcuterie plates
 

Odd Duck

South Lamar
When: Mon-Thurs, 2:30-6:30pm
The deal: $5 draft palomas, half off bottles of wine, and large format beer
 

Uchi

​South Lamar
When: Every day from 5:00-6:30pm
The deal: Beer and sake are $3, select glasses of wine are $7, sushi rolls and small plates range from $4-$6. The same deals apply to Uchiko.

Vox Table

VOX Table

South Lamar
When: Mon-Fri, 5-6:30pm
The deal: Order from the bar for $6 cocktails, half-priced glasses of wine, and $2 bites (like the $2 tongue + cheek bun)
 

District Kitchen & Cocktails

Southwest
When: Mon-Sat, 3:30-7pm
The deal: $4.50-$5.50 cocktails, $3 domestic beer, $1 off tap beer, $5 glasses of wine, half-priced bottles of wine, and appetizers from $4-$8

Isla

Isla

Warehouse District
When: Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri, 4-7pm; Wed, 4pm-2am
The deal: 1/2 of select food and $5 select cocktails

Freedmen's

West Campus
When: Tues-Fri, 4-7pm
The deal: $2 Lone Star drafts & PBR tallboys, $3 whiskey of the month, $2 off glasses of wine and well drinks, and $5 barbecue sandwiches

The Roosevelt Room

Roosevelt Room

West 5th
When: Mon-Sat, 5-7pm; Tues, 5-2pm
The deal: $6 selected cocktails, $1 off beer, and $2 off wine
 

Jack Allen's Kitchen

West Lake Hills & other locations
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm
The deal: Half price appetizers and drink specials

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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

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