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...
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
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 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.
360 Nueces St
The Deal: Get your paws on $3 mimosas and $5 Bellinis on weekends 10am-4pm.
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.
401 W 2nd St
The Deal: Weekends from 11am-2pm you get $3 mimosas.
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.
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.
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
1505 Town Creek Dr
The Deal: $7 bottomless flapjacks with house-made bacon and eggs, $4 make-your-own Bloody Marys, and $2 mimosas.
1601 W 38th St
The Deal: $2 mimosas during their brunch-y weekend hours, 9am-3pm.
1213 Corona Dr
The Deal: $13 for all-you-can-brunch buffet, add $10 for mimosas with free refills.
1304 E 51st St
The Deal: Weekends here include all-day $2 Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Old School Bar & Grill
401 E 6th St
The Deal: On Sundays 11am-3pm, get $3 Bloody Marys and $6 mimosas with free refills.
Kung Fu Saloon
510 Rio Grande St
The Deal: Sundays, in addition to free game play, you can also score $1 mimosas.
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.
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.
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).
1212 S Lamar Blvd
The Deal: On weekends, they are slingin’ $3.50 Bloodys and mimosas from 10am-2pm.
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.
1050 E 11th St
The Deal: $16 prix fixe brunch includes AYCD mimosas and Bellinis.
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.
Hotel San Jose
1316 South Congress Ave
The Deal: Grab a seat on their uber-inviting patio and have a $5 michelada with Modelo.
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
5900 Slaughter Ln
The Deal: $4 sangria, Bloody Marys, and mimosas until 3pm Friday through Sunday.
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
11601 Domain Dr
The Deal: Sundays you can take a break from all that shopping with $1 mimosas.
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!).
Brick House Tavern + Tap
11680 A Research Blvd
The Deal: $2 mimosas on weekends from 11am-4pm.
10850 Stonelake Blvd
The Deal: Sunday, 11am-4pm get $5 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and frozen margaritas.
1. La Condesa400 W 2nd St, Austin
2. TNT Tacos and Tequila507 Pressler St, Austin
3. Max's Wine Dive207 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin
4. Lambert's Downtown BBQ401 West 2nd St, Austin
5. Green Pastures811 West Live Oak St, Austin
6. Paggi House200 Lee Barton Dr, Austin
7. Bouldin Creek Cafe1900 S 1st St, Austin
8. Paco's Tacos1304 E 51st St, Austin
9. Old School Bar & Grill401 E 6th St, Austin
10. Kung Fu Saloon510 Rio Grande St, Austin
11. Cover 32700 West Anderson Ln, Austin
12. Mi Madre's Restaurant2201 Manor Rd, Austin
13. Vivo2015 Manor Rd, Austin
14. Cafe Malta3421 W William Cannon Dr, Austin
15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub2316 Webberville Rd, Austin
16. Yellow Jacket Social Club1704 E 5th St, Austin
17. Trattoria Sagra1050 E 11th St, Austin
18. Takoba1411 E 7th St, Austin
19. Juan In A Million2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
20. Las Cazuelas1701 E Cesar Chavez, Austin
21. Hotel San Jose1316 S Congress Ave, Austin
22. The Park at the Domain11601 Domain Dr, Ste 200, Austin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.