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Go just a few streets off the downtown grid and you’ll get a little escape at Zocalo Café in Clarksville. It’s bright, cheerful, and genuinely feels like you’re taking a break from your boss who really doesn’t understand the concept of personal space. If it’s not too sweaty outside, you can hang on the plant-covered patio, which is exactly what you need after being trapped under fluorescent lights for too long. The Mexican menu has a lot of options (including some healthier things), but plan for queso. It’s the best thing here - and that’s saying a lot considering “Plan for Queso” should probably replace “Keep Austin Weird” as our city motto.
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.