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The Best Happy Hours In Austin

The best Happy Hours in Austin involve both food and drinks. Here are our favorites.

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Work sucks (and so does that Tinder date you were excited to meet last night who actually turned out to be someone who owned a pet ferret). Lucky for you, every single weekday there comes a moment when you’ve either finished all your to-do’s or read the entire internet. When that moment arrives, you deserve to get yourself to the nearest establishment serving drinks priced at what you actually deserve to pay for them.

And while alcohol is always good, the superior Happy Hour setup involves deals on both good drinks and good food. Luckily, Austin has many of them. We’ve put together a guide to our favorite places to cure the Monday scaries one half-priced drink and appetizer at a time.

the spots

Roger Ho

June's All Day

$$$$ 1722 South Congress Avenue

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm

The Deal: 25% off all food; half off all sparkling wine; $2 off all other drinks

During June’s daily Happy Hour, everything on the menu - from fried chicken sandwiches to burrata - is half off. So is the champagne, which means you can have a proper toast to your new favorite Happy Hour in town.

Nicolai McCrary

Bufalina

$$$$
$$$$ 1519 E Cesar Chavez St

When: Daily, 4-5:30pm

The Deal: Half off all pizzas; $5 bites; $4 drafts; $5 house wine; half off all bottles of wine under $100

If it’s too early for dinner, grab a snack at Bufalina and order a bottle of wine normally reserved for an engagement announcement - or finishing a very elaborate puzzle - for half off. And then promptly get some pizza afterward.

Toño Daal

Yuyo

$$$$
Peruvian  in  Manor
$$$$ 1900 Manor Rd

When: Daily, 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: $5-$11 appetizers; $5-7 select cocktails; $6 select wines; $3-5 select beers

When it’s 4:30pm on a Friday, head to Yuyo with your coworkers for an impromptu “brainstorm.” You can get a pisco punch or glass of rosé sangria for $5-$7, along with a few appetizers, all of which will help you finish the week strong (or just start your weekend early).

Lake Markham

Ah Sing Den

$$$$
$$$$ 1100 E 6th St

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $6 classic cocktails

If you want to claim a spot on Ah Sing Den’s patio before it fills up, stop by for a $6 classic cocktail from 5-7pm. When you get a second drink, make sure to order some dumplings or poke nachos, too.

Casey Dunn

Jeffrey's

$$$$
$$$$ 1204 W Lynn St

When: Monday, all night; Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: Half off bar food; $2 off all drinks; only at the bar

Unless you’re really going all-out, dinner at Jeffrey’s is a little expensive for a casual weeknight. But their daily Happy Hour is a great time to grab a few drinks and half-price appetizers at the bar, and see who goes out for $50 risotto on a Wednesday.

Jessica Fradono

Odd Duck

$$$$
$$$$ 1201 S Lamar Blvd

When: Sunday-Thursday, 2:30-6:30pm

The Deal: Half-price select bottles of wine and large format beer; $3 select beers; $6 seasonal draft cocktail; half-price select food (5-6:30pm only)

If you’re only working a half-day, or think you might lose it if another person asks you to “circle back” in an email, head to Odd Duck for one of the earliest Happy Hours in town. You can get a $6 draft cocktail or some half-price wine, and see how long you can extend an already late lunch without your coworkers noticing.

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

$$$$
$$$$ 3235 E Cesar Chavez St

When: Tuesday, 5-9pm (All Night); Wednesday-Friday until 7pm

The Deal: $5 snacks; half off select bottles of wine and cocktails

Powerpoint presentation days are the worst days. But here’s some good news: powerpoint presentations don’t exist in real life - especially at places like Jacoby’s, which feels like a real escape from the hustle of downtown. This is the perfect spot to grab a patio table with friends, have a few drinks, and split some deviled eggs and hush puppies.

Maggie Svoboda

Uchi

$$$$
$$$$ 801 S Lamar Blvd

When: Daily, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $6 makimono; $3-$9 tastings; $3-$7 sake and beer; $6 seasonal dessert

Uchi is best known for their sushi, but what they should actually be best known for is their “sake social,” the daily Happy Hour during which you can sample excellent rolls and classic Uchi bites for a fraction of the price. If you haven’t been, you’re doing things all wrong. P.S. this happens at Uchiko, too.

Easy Tiger

$$$$ 709 E 6th St

When: Weekdays, 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: $5 sausages; $3 pretzels, and beer cheese; $13 Antonelli’s cheese plate; $4 select cocktails; $3 select beers

Just need a place to kick back with some beers and snacks? You can’t do much better than Easy Tiger’s beer garden. $3 on everything you might want here means that even if you go a little crazy, there’s very little chance you’re spending more than $20.

Maggie Svoboda

Clark's Oyster Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 1200 W 6th St

When: Daily, 3-6pm

The Deal: Weekdays: 50 cents off oysters; half off burgers; $5 martinis, oyster shooters & draft beers. Weekends: 50 cents off oysters; half-price bottles of wine; $5 oyster shooters

We love oysters, you love oysters. But everyone loves them more when they’re not so expensive. You’ll come to Clark’s for their Happy Hour-priced oysters, but you’ll stay for the burger (half-off has never looked so good) and patio.

Toño Daal

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

$$$$
Mexican  in  Bouldin
$$$$ 1025 Barton Springs Rd

When: Daily 3-6pm

The Deal: $4 beers; $5 sangría; $6-$7 margaritas; discounted appetizers

El Alma is home to one of the best patios in Austin, and somehow not everyone has figured out about it yet. Sit on the double-level roof under an umbrella, enjoy your Happy Hour margarita and guacamole, and feel pretty damn good about your decisions.

Maggie Svoboda

La Condesa

$$$$
$$$$ 400 W 2nd St

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm in the bar area

The Deal: Half-off all alcoholic beverages; appetizer specials

Austin has many, many margaritas. But La Condesa’s margarita ranks at the very top of all of them. And during Happy Hour at the bar here, you can get it for half off.

Maggie Svoboda

Parkside

$$$$ 301 E 6th St

When: Daily, 5-6pm

The Deal: Half off cocktails, beer, wine, and full food menu Wednesday: Half off oyster platters and bubbles all night

Hidden in the depths of Dirty Sixth, Parkside has a short but mean daily Happy Hour. Here’s your strategy: get there when it starts, order two of everything, and you’ll be set for the evening.

Inked Fingers

The Peached Tortilla

$$$$
AmericanBurgersTacosChineseMalaysianFusion  in  Allandale
$$$$ 5520 Burnet Rd

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $5 select beers; $6 select wine and cocktails; $4 tacos; $5 snacks; $7 burger

“Asian fusion” might make you think of a sad hotel restaurant, but The Peached Tortilla couldn’t be farther from it. This is Southern food with an Asian twist (like Chinese pork tacos), and the bright, light environment is a great place to unwind after work.

Licha's Cantina

$$$$
$$$$ 1306 E 6th St

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm

The Deal: $5 cocktails and bites

Leaning towards an East Side night? Start out at Licha’s to kick it off with $5 margaritas and food. The only possible downside is that you might just end up sticking around all evening.

Bryan Flannery

Whisler's

$$$$ 1816 E 6th St

When: Weekdays 4-7pm; Weekends 2-5pm

The Deal: $7-$9 cocktails

Whisler’s is already a crowd favorite for its giant outdoor space, but its $7 cocktails are enough to make anyone a regular between 4 and 7pm. And while the Thai Kun truck in the back doesn’t do any Happy Hour specials on its food, everything is wallet-friendly anyway.

Contigo Austin

$$$$
$$$$ 2027 Anchor Ln

When: Mon-Thurs 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 off bar snacks, draft beer, and wine by the glass; $2 off cocktails; daily specials

The perfect post-work spot to grab a table outside and beers for the crew. In terms of the food, you can’t really go wrong - but the crispy green beans are an excellent way to eat your veggies while also eating something fried.

Takoba

$$$$
$$$$ 1411 E 7th St

When: Weekdays 4-6pm; Weekends 3-4pm

The Deal: $4.50 margaritas; $1 off draft beers; half-price appetizers; $6.50 ceviche

You need to get to Takoba for its $6.50 ceviche, but you also need to get there early because the place fills up fast. Go heavy on the half-price appetizers and call it a meal.

Toño Daal

El Chile Cafe y Cantina

$$$$
MexicanTex-Mex  in  Manor
$$$$ 1809 Manor Rd

When: Daily, 3-6:30pm

The Deal: $4-$8 select cocktails and margaritas; pitchers $23-$35; appetizers $5-$11

El Chile is always an excellent decision for a group outing, though we make no promises about your inevitable fourth pitcher. This is the kind of place where it’s easy to stay and hang a while.

Maggie Svoboda

Zocalo Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 1110 W Lynn St

When: Daily 3-6pm

The Deal: $3 frozen margaritas and select cocktails; $12 pitchers of margaritas, cocktails, and Dos Equis; $2.50-$4 beers

You can never have too many margarita options when you live in the state of Texas, and Zocalo is an excellent one to have in your rotation. This is the back-pocket spot you whip out when your first-choice is already packed. You’ll probably be happier here anyway.

Salty Sow

Salty Sow

$$$$
$$$$ 1917 Manor Rd

When: Daily 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: $2 off all signature cocktails; $5 wines; $4 craft drafts; $5-$6 tacos and bites

At a lot of Happy Hours, you can get a single kind of cocktail and two kinds of appetizers for a slightly discounted price. Not Salty Sow. This is where you come for a Happy Hour smorgasbord, involving tons of cocktails (five kinds of margaritas alone) and tons of bites. If you’re trying to eat and drink well inexpensively, Salty Sow’s Happy Hour is one of the best options in town.

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