Food & Drink

These are Austin's 6 best happy hour spots

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
Longbranch Inn
Yellow Jacket Social Club
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1. Craft Pride 61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Craft Pride on Rainey St is a beer bar with 52 drafts on tap, all from the Lone Star state. Featuring options like Hay Merchant in Houston, Craft & Growler in Dallas, and Bangers, brewed right there in Craft Pride’s backyard, Craft Pride's certainly Texas proud. They offer to-go cases of bottles and bombers, all curated by an OG Black Star brewer.

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2. Longbranch Inn 1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Longbranch is a laid-back East Austin bar with a lived-in vibe, sometimes accented by live music.

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3. Mugshots 407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

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.

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4. The Chicago House 607 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

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.

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5. Yellow Jacket Social Club 1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

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.

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6. Takoba 1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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.