With Austin's booming cocktail scene... come booming prices. And while there is a long list of dives you can hang out at to get cheap booze, sometimes you want something more. We hit the bar scene looking for some great deals so your beer budget can stretch a little further...
While we all love craft beer (at least most of us do), we can’t all afford to drink it all the time. That's where Black Sheep Lodge comes to the rescue. On Wednesdays you can score cheap canned beer for only $1 and that includes tallboys. For some reason happy hours here turn into late nights so don’t get too carried away. Once you’re able to afford craft beer again, this place has a great selection.
Dallas Nightclub is probably the only cheap night club offering drink specials on Saturday nights. Until 10pm it offers $3 wells, wines, and domestics. Get there early, if you couldn’t dance before you will be a pro after 10pm.
Draught House Pub & Brewery is the oldest craft beer bar in Austin and it always has some of the best beer selections in town. In Texas we like to support our own, and on Sundays at Draught House you can get Texas pints for only $3 (which is a steal).
If you’re living in downtown Austin then there's a good chance that after paying rent there isn’t much leftover for drinks. Liberty Tavern takes care of its locals on Tuesdays by offering 50% off drinks for those living in 78701-78706 ZIP codes. Bring your ID and drink up.
When you think of sushi restaurants you don’t usually think cheap. Luckily, Lucky Robot offers happy hour all day on Wednesdays and offers $9 sake cocktail carafes and $2 beers. The 33oz carafes are enough to serve four people or just one broke person looking for a buzz. While you’re there do yourself the pleasure of trying some of the sushi.
Mugshots is a dive, and it's damn proud of it. When money is tight and you need a beer this is the place to be. On Thursdays and Fridays it features $4.50 pitchers of Lone Star from 5-8pm, but if you head over on a Friday night you can score a $2 cheeseburger as well.
Sixth Street District
Say what you will about the Dirty Sixth, but if you’re looking for cheap drinks then it’s tough to beat. There isn’t a more popular spot on Thursday nights than Shakespeare’s Pub where you will find $5 pitchers of mixed drinks. Just ignore the bros on the way to the bar...
This place is known for pouring stiff drinks, so it’s a solid bet to stretch your dollar. Add to that a killer jukebox, a laid-back atmosphere, and a large patio area, and you’ve got a winning combination.
Let’s face facts: a brunch buffet along with cheap mimosas is objectively the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Luckily for you, Tacos and Tequila keeps its brunch going until 3pm and the mimosas are only a buck, so you’ll have plenty of time to kick off your Sunday even if you do sleep in.
We’re not going to sugarcoat it, Barfly’s is a dive bar, but we love it. It has $1.50 Pearls and $2 Lone Stars all day, every day. There is nothing more iconic about a Texas dive bar than low light, billiard tables, and cheap beer, and that is what keeps us coming back.
1. Black Sheep Lodge2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
2. Dallas Nightclub7113 Burnet Rd, Austin
3. Draught House Pub & Brewery4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin
4. Liberty Tavern500 E 4th St, Austin
5. Lucky Robot1303 S Congress Ave, Austin
6. Mugshots407 E 7th St, Austin
7. Shakespeare's Pub314 E 6th St, Austin
8. The Side Bar602 E 7th St, Austin
9. TNT Tacos and Tequila507 Pressler St, Austin
10. Barfly's5420 Airport Blvd, Austin
South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.
Named for Dallas, in Austin, and one of very few places running drink specials on Saturday nights. Until 10 pm, some drinks will only cost you $3.00.
The Draught House has 45yrs of pint-pouring under its belt and even dishes out free brats on Saturdays.
Living in Downtown can be expensive, and Liberty Tavern understands that. Your 787101-78706 zip code ID can get you half price drinks at the Downtown watering hole on Tuesday nights.
The SoCo Zen is now a higher-tech Japanese concept in which each table's equipped with an iPad for ordering sushi rolls like the R2D2 (grilled hangar steak, green onions, avocado, crispy shallot, sesame, yuzu miso sauce), upgraded entrees like a 24hr-marinated Karaage Chicken, and drinks from a full bar boasting 10+ rice wines creatively mixed in concoctions like the Japanese Devil's Tail: habanero-infused sake served in a hollowed cucumber, thus making it very difficult for you to keep your cool.
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.
With specials like $5 liquor pitcher Thursdays and $2 Long Islands and karaoke Tuesdays, Shakespeare's will set you up to star in your own tragic comedy.
The Side Bar is a wonderful product of a classic dive bar formula: cheap, strong drinks + friendly bar staff + great jukebox + pool (+ sometimes Roombas are the ones playing pool).
From a group that's been helming SW'ern joints for 20+ years, this pine-floored firewatering hole serves a short list of grilled-to-order tortilla fillers and a long list of tequilas, either along an open kitchen counter, in booths, or at community tables and a concrete bar top lorded over by a rebar liquor cage, giving a worms-eye view of Anejo the Giant vs. the Ultimate Wabo-rior.