Food & Drink

40 of the best boozy brunch deals in Austin

Published On 01/29/2014 Published On 01/29/2014

Everyone knows that Austinites love brunch as much as we love breakfast tacos and Topo Chico. We also have been known to enjoy a drink or two, so we’ve compiled 40 of the most inexpensive ways to enjoy a few drinks with your morning (or afternoon) meal on the cheap, according to hood. Did we miss a favorite spot of yours? Let us know in the comments...

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Pelóns Tex Mex
802 Red River St
The Deal: Weekend brunch from 11am-3pm, enjoy $3 mimosas, Lone Star, Tecate, and PBR; $4 margaritas; and $6 make-your-own Bloody Mary (or Maria for tequila fans) bar.

Tacos and Tequila

Tacos and Tequila
507 Pressler St
The Deal: Get the weekend brunch buffet between 10am-3pm and get mimosas or plain ol’ Champagne, all for $18.95.

Trio Austin

Trio at the Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd
The Deal: Okay fine this is a splurge but it's worth it. Indulge in their gourmet buffet and the $52 price includes Champagne and mimosas. 

Max’s Wine Dive
207 San Jacinto Blvd
The Deal: Weekends from 10am-3pm sip on $3.75 mimosas.

Mulberry
360 Nueces St
The Deal: Get your paws on $3 mimosas and $5 Bellinis on weekends 10am-4pm.

La Condesa
400 W 2nd St
The Deal: From 11am-3pm on weekends enjoy $2 Bloody Marys and mimosas with your swanky brunch.

Crú Wine Bar
238 W 2nd St
The Deal: Sundays 11am-3pm, drink several mimosas for a one-time fee of $8.

Lambert’s
401 W 2nd St
The Deal: Weekends from 11am-2pm you get $3 mimosas.

Taverna
258 W 2nd St
The Deal: During weekend brunch hours -- Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 9am-4pm -- quench your thirst with $1 mimosas and Bellinis.

Green Pastures

Green Pastures
811 W Live Oak St
The Deal: $38 gets you access to their huge brunch spread and, most importantly, their Southern Milk Punch made with bourbon, rum, and brandy.

Paggi House
200 Lee Barton Dr
The Deal: Bloody Marys are $4 each and mimosas are $3 each on Sundays from 11am-3pm.

Bouldin Creek Cafe
1900 South First
The Deal: $2.50 mimosas served ALL THE TIME.

The Buzz Mill

The Buzz Mill
1505 Town Creek Dr
The Deal: $7 bottomless flapjacks with house-made bacon and eggs, $4 make-your-own Bloody Marys, and $2 mimosas.

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Russell’s Bistro
1601 W 38th St
The Deal: $2 mimosas during their brunch-y weekend hours, 9am-3pm.

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Nomad Bar
1213 Corona Dr
The Deal: $13 for all-you-can-brunch buffet, add $10 for mimosas with free refills.

Paco’s Tacos
1304 E 51st St
The Deal: Weekends here include all-day $2 Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Old School Bar & Grill

Old School Bar & Grill
401 E 6th St
The Deal: On Sundays 11am-3pm, get $3 Bloody Marys and $6 mimosas with free refills.

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Kung Fu Saloon
510 Rio Grande St
The Deal: Sundays, in addition to free game play, you can also score $1 mimosas.

Cover 3

Trudy’s
8820 Burnet Rd
The Deal: $2.50 Bloody Marys, greyhounds, salty dogs, mimosas, ruby red margaritas, or screwdrivers on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 'till noon.

Cover 3
2700 W Anderson Ln
The Deal: On weekends, craft your own Bloody Marys for $4 each.

Hyde Park Grill
4206 Duval St
The Deal: $3 ‘mosas, screwdrivers, and Marys on weekends from 11am-3pm.

El Chile Cafe

Mi Madre’s
2201 Manor Rd
The Deal: ALL-THE-TIME $2 mimosas and Pearl; $3 Lone Star tall boys and Shiners.

El Chile
1809 Manor Rd
The Deal: Weekends from 11am-3pm, sip on a $3 ‘mosa, $4 bloody, and/or a $5 cantaloupe marg.

Vivo
2015 Manor Rd
The Deal: $4.50 micheladas ALLLLLTHE TIIIIMME.

Cafe Malta

Cafe Malta
3421 W William Cannon Dr
The Deal: While scarfing… err we mean enjoying brunch, have a $5 bellini, mimosa, Bloody Mary, Chin Up (a sweet & spicy blend of Mathilde Pear liqueur and Maine Root Ginger Brew), or a sweat-inducing Bloody Hell (blend of Effen Cucumber and Smirnoff Lemon vodkas mixed with Sriracha and Tunisian harissa). 

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Maudie’s Too
1212 S Lamar Blvd
The Deal: On weekends, they are slingin’ $3.50 Bloodys and mimosas from 10am-2pm.

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Gourmand’s
2316 Webberville Rd
The Deal: Sundays from 11am-7pm, grab a Bloody Mary for $5.50, Bloody Lone Star pints for $2, and mimosas for $2.

Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 E 5th St
The Deal: Tasty Bloodys for $5 and scrumptious mimosas for $4.

Sagra
1050 E 11th St
The Deal: $16 prix fixe brunch includes AYCD mimosas and Bellinis.

Takoba
1411 E 7th St
The Deal: On weekends, you can sit on the patio and have $1.50 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys to compliment their never-ending chips and salsa.

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Juan in a Million
2300 E Cesar Chavez St
The Deal: Bloody Marys are always $4.95 (Pro tip: The $4.50 Don Juan taco feeds two hungry people).

Las Cazuelas
1701 E Cesar Chavez St
The Deal: They are always serving their signature michelada (that is bigger than your head) for $4.95. 

Hotel San Jose

Hotel San Jose
1316 South Congress Ave
The Deal: Grab a seat on their uber-inviting patio and have a $5 michelada with Modelo.

The Frisco

The Frisco
6801 Burnet Rd
The Deal: 10am-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays you can get $2 Bloody Marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers (the drink, not the hand tool).

Satellite Bistro & Bar

Satellite Bistro & Bar
5900 Slaughter Ln
The Deal: $4 sangria, Bloody Marys, and mimosas until 3pm Friday through Sunday.

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Iron Cactus North
10001 Stonelake Blvd
The Deal: $6.99 gets you a mimosa carafe (and free refills!) on weekends 10am-3pm.

The Park at The Domain

The Park at the Domain
11601 Domain Dr
The Deal: Sundays you can take a break from all that shopping with $1 mimosas.

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Z’Tejas
The Deal: On Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 10am-3pm hit up the WEEKEND FUN BAR. For only $4 you can build your own Bloody Mary/mimosa/Bloody Maria/screwdriver (with premium liquor!).

Brickhouse Tavern + Tap

Brick House Tavern + Tap
11680 A Research Blvd
The Deal: $2 mimosas on weekends from 11am-4pm.

Roaring Fork
10850 Stonelake Blvd
The Deal: Sunday, 11am-4pm get $5 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and frozen margaritas.

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1. La Condesa 400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (2nd St District)

La Condesa is the place to go if you're looking for traditional Mexican flavor with modern Austin flair. The menu, offering up handfuls of tortas, taquitos, combos, and a few other staples, is shorter than most, but there's an obvious preference for quality over quantity at this Downtown restaurant. Tacos strewn with red pickled onion, cilantro, and guacamole make the ideal warm-up round before hitting the bar, where tequila and mezcal reign supreme in customizable flights.

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2. TNT Tacos and Tequila 507 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703 (Central West)

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.

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3. Max's Wine Dive 207 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Max's Wine Dive offers what 10yr-old you thought rich people have for every meal: Champagne and fried chicken. Max's is a great spot for brunch, head there and enjoy the huge wine selection and legendary mac 'n cheese.

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4. Lambert's Downtown BBQ 401 West 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, located in the Warehouse District, serves its version of finely crafted fancy barbecue ( brown sugar & coffee-rubbed angus steak, anyone?). Hosting nightly live music and serving over a dozen unique cocktails, a dinner can turn into a night to remember at this bar-of-all-trades. Located in a renovated old-style general store, Lambert's friendly, vintage vibes are sure to impress.

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5. Green Pastures 811 West Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

Green Pastures is a classy Austin staple serving French-inspired food, meaning a whole lot of Brie and bleu. Their greatest achievements are their appetizers, including Tempura Maine Lobster Tail w/ wasabi butter and jicama slaw. They've also got an enormous wine list, and a gigantic brunch that's famous state-wide and features everything from BBQ'd salmon to double cheddar and garlic grits.

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6. Paggi House 200 Lee Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78704 (Downtown)

One of the most idyllic Lady Bird Lake-side locales, Paggi's sprawling deck is the perfect place to go and enjoy their $30 two-item brunch -- try their French toast, chicken and waffles, crab cake Benedict, and more.

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7. Bouldin Creek Cafe 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (Austin)

The iconic hippie haven is an homage to he owner's love of Austin's creative nature. They offer reasonably priced vegetarian food and are committed to helping the community grow.

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8. Paco's Tacos 1304 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723 (Central East)

Conceived after a husband/wife's rustic-stone exterior'd rental property became commercially zoned, Paco's umbrella-shaded patio and brightly painted interior offer everything from blue-tortilla migas to corn-pita gorditas, with $2 Bloody Marys and mimosas on the weekends.

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9. Old School Bar & Grill 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Austin's best school-bus BBQ has expanded downtown to the former Paradise Cafe, bringing it back to life by polishing the bird's-eye maple walls (originally from the Armadillo World HQ!) and removing the kitsch from stone siding that dates back to the space's days as Austin's original cotton exchange. The upstairs and its outdoor patio will serve as a music venue, and sling cocktails like the Devil's Cut, Grand Marnier, bitters & ginger ale "Devil's Delight", so clearly the singer bartered her soul in exchange for just one immortal song.

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10. Kung Fu Saloon 510 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701 (Market District)

Kung Fu Saloon has arcade games, skee ball, and life-size Jenga for you to play while you enjoy pickle shots, 24 beers on tap, or a build-your-own bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

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11. Cover 3 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (North Central)

Home of TX Monthly's 12th-best burger in the state, this fine-dining sports bar has 20+ HDTVs for you to enjoy. Come in on the weekend, and you'll be enjoying those TVs with $4 make-your-own Bloody Marys.

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12. Mi Madre's Restaurant 2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

Austin Chronicle dubbed Mi Madre's breakfast tacos the best in Austin, and it's pretty damn hard to disagree. Do yourself a favor and get their homemade cilantro-infused sausage... actually, get four of them and eat them all alongside your choice of horchata, lemonade, beer, or coconut milk. Go in the summer (wait, it's Texas... so, go any time of year) and enjoy their outdoor patio with a few brews and buds.

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13. Vivo 2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

With seemingly every other restaurant offering its own take on the cuisine, being the best Tex-Mex spot around is no easy task, and is even harder in the capital of the Lone Star State. Despite the pressure, Vivo is definitely in contention for the prize with its hip atmosphere, a sprawling Tequila section of the menu (including a top-of-the-line 1800 Colección for a cool $165), and fried corn tortilla tacos. Because everything is bigger -- and fried - in Texas.

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14. Cafe Malta 3421 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745 (South Austin)

If Tex-Mex could be anything, you'd want it to be an all-inclusive resort village on South Padre, but if it couldn't be that, you'd want it to be just-opened Cafe Malta.

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15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub 2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Proving that no neighborhood is immune to sandwichtrification is Gourmands: a shop started by a family of Eastsiders who've outfitted an old checker-floored Tejano nightclub with sub-slinging capabilities while retaining a community-watering-hole feel via a full bar and bonuses like WiFi, pool tables, and foosball, which foos fighters might have to wait Everlong to play.

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

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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17. Trattoria Sagra 1050 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Italian mainstay Sagra closed their campus-area resto in the Fall after landlord complications, but in true Pisano fashion they've forgottenaboutit and re-opened on E 11th St, serving a menu updated with dishes like quattro formaggi pizza, polpette meatball panini, and costincine al sugo: slow-cooked baby backs with creamy polenta, cabbage, and apple mostarda.

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18. Takoba 1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

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.

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19. Juan In A Million 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Juan serves up not only a hilarious name but tasty Tex-Mex classics, too, including their signature Don Juan taco -- a massive 1lb monster of bacon, potato, egg, and cheese.

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20. Las Cazuelas 1701 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Grab lunch or fuel up post-partying (open 24 hours!) at this divey Mexican joint, which serves a gargantuan menu of favorites and lesser-known dishes common to Mexico's San Luis Potosi region, like the air-dried beef steaks with prickly pear salsa.

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21. Hotel San Jose 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A former 1930s motor lodge, Hotel San Jose is now one of the hippest bars and music venues in SoCo. Its minimalistic rooms feature tribal fabrics, handmade decor, and minibars. Larger rooms have patio seating, while suites have access to outdoor porches or gardens. The leafy courtyard bar and lounge has a wading pool and the occasional live music.

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22. The Park at the Domain 11601 Domain Dr, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78758 (Austin)

Union Park has shuttered its West 6th watering hole and moved into a massive, still-sporting Aloft space outfitted with two patios, tasteful Longhorn memorabilia, and a gloriously gratuitous flatscreen armada (15+) including a custom 360-degree projection ring-screen to, you know, rule them all.

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