Food & Drink

San Antonio's Best Happy Hour Food for Under $5

Courtesy of David Rangel

San Antonio is an affordable city. But after your paycheck is exhausted for "grown-up" stuff like water, gas, and shelter, it pays to know how to stretch your money. Next time you're down to your last dollar and searching your pantry for unexpired canned goods, remember this list. These cheap happy hour specials might just save your life.



Happy Hour: 3-6pm Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun & 3-8pm Tues
Chef John Russ does it big at Luke with $1 oysters, $3 sliders, $3 five-meat pies, and $2 tartines. If your only reservation about this is the expensive reality of parking your vehicle Downtown, then fret not -- hotel parking is always discounted for the restaurant's guests. 

Landry's Seafood


Happy hour: 3-7pm Mon-Fri, 12-7pm Sat-Sun
Landry's interior feels like that scene in Titanic where Jack eats with Rose's fiance's family. Let's be real though, the only time Jack would be able to afford this joint would be during its happy hour. If she would have never let go (like she promised), he could have ordered Rose an appetizer of onion strings and fried jalapeños for $4, or, for dinner, steamed mussels for $5, and still make off with more than half of his poker winnings. 

Taco Cabana

Med Center (& other locations)

Happy hour: 4-7pm, every day
With Taco Cabana's insane happy hour, it's a wonder their business is still afloat. From 4-7pm every day of the week, swing by any location and get your choice of a margarita or domestic beer, and personal bean & cheese nachos for only $3. 

Paloma Blanca

Alamo Heights

Happy hour: 3-6pm, Mon-Fri
Rub elbows with San Antonio royalty for cheap. All appetizers are $5, margaritas are $3.50, and domestic beers are $3. About those appetizers: they're good. Order the small queso with guacamole and tostadas, sit on the porch, and pretend you live in Alamo Heights. 


Monte Vista

Happy hour: 3-6pm, everyday
Barbaro has excellent drink happy hours every day. You can order award-winning cocktails for only $5. But what we should focus on here is its cheap appetizer options. For $3, you can munch on a hefty portion of olives & peppers, giardiniera, or bar nuts. 


Castle Hills

Happy hour: 3-6pm, Mon-Fri
Dough has some of the best food in SA, but the prices scare some away. Fear not; during happy hour you can order some luxurious black truffle deviled eggs for $5. If that's still too much for your wallet, take it down a notch and check out the Pane Spuntino -- a flatbread topped with taleggio cheese. 

Freetail Brewing Co.

Shavano Park

Happy hour: 3-7pm, Mon, Wed, Tue, Thur, Fri
Drink some of the best beer in San Antonio for $1 off while munching for cheap. An order of chips, salsa, and queso is only $5. If chips aren't your thing (impossible), check out the soft pretzel, served with beer queso & spicy mustard -- also a measly $5. 

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Stephen is a San Antonio happy hour expert and writer for Thrillist. Follow him @stephen__ross.