Food & Drink

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

Published On 05/18/2016 Published On 05/18/2016
Luke
Courtesy of David Rangel

Luke

Downtown

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

Landry's Seafood

Downtown

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

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. 

Barbaro's

Barbaro

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. 

Dough

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

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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1. Lüke San Antonio 125 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans right here in San Antonio at Chef John Besh’s Lüke restaurant, located on the city’s famous River Walk. The menu is best described at Old World Cuisine, featuring German and French cooking techniques with a Southern touch. The happy hour at is one of the best in the city, with half-off drinks along with bites like meat pies, pretzels, and sliders that you can have for a buck or two.

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2. Landry's Seafood House 517 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)

Landry's Seafood Restaurant on the San Antonio Riverwalk is a family-friendly chain offering steaks and Gulf Coast seafood. The laid-back atmosphere is a great place to enjoy a drink from the extensive cocktail menu as you enjoy mouth-watering dishes. This spot also has a great happy hour, with specials like steamed mussels for $5 and fried jalapeños for $4. ]

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3. Taco Cabana 8516 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229 (Medical Center District)

Taco Cabana is a Mexican chain eatery with all the classics from the cuisine on the menu, including freshly made salsa, tortillas, and steak fajitas grilled to perfection over an open flame. This spot also has a killer happy hour from 4-7pm, so come by any day of the week and get your choice of a margarita or domestic beer, and personal bean & cheese nachos for only $3.

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4. Paloma Blanca 5800 Broadway, San Antionio, TX 78209 (Alamo Heights)

Paloma Blanca is an upscale Mexican restaurant with gluten-free & paleo options on the menu, along with all the classic Tex-Mex dishes everyone loves. In terms of decor, this spot can't be beat: it has one of the prettiest outdoor patios in Alamo Heights, a comfortable but elegant dining room, and the food is the same way. This spot also has a great happy hour special where you can get appetizers for $5, margaritas for $3.50, and domestic beers for $3.

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5. Barbaro 2720 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Monte Vista)

Nestled into the corner of an unassuming building and adjoining bakery, Barbaro is a quaint bar and restaurant featuring rustic, wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails. The brick-walled space has a full bar with a menu (sorted into Spaghetti Western categories, “The Good," "The Bad," and "The Ugly") brimming with carefully designed, seasonally rotating cocktails. The pizzas consist of innovative flavor combinations and high-quality ingredients, (our favorite is the Clams Casino) and are rolled out on house-made dough. They're best enjoyed with a signature cocktail, during happy hour or for a late-night snack and nightcap.

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6. Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 (Olmos Park)

Dough Pizzeria is owned by husband-and-wife team Doug and Lori Horn, and is known for serving the best wood-fired pizza in town. The ingredient list is simplicity itself: imported buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and locally sourced basil. Menu highlights include the house-made mozzarella and burrata bar, and a truly memorable Margherita pie.

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7. Freetail Brewing Company 4035 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78257 (Shavano Park)

Freetail Brewing Company is a bat-themed brewpub offering small-batch craft beers and pizza. This casual spot also has some of the most scenic views around town, and a great happy hour. Drink some of the best beer in San Antonio for $1 off and get an order of chips, salsa, and queso for only $5. If chips aren't your thing, check out the soft pretzel, served with beer queso & spicy mustard -- also a measly $5.