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The 10 Best Happy Hours in Austin

By Megan Giller
May 5, 2014

Oysters, enormous burgers, sushi, queso asado, free oxtail sliders and more drink specials than you can stand? Austin knows how to celebrate after work, and we’ve gathered some of the best deals in town to help you find your way to the party. 

  • Roaring Fork

    Have it all in one place, with an enormous Big Ass Burger for only $10 as well as cocktails like margaritas, mojitos and martinis for $5, plus discounted appetizers. Bonus: it starts early and ends late, running every day from 4-7 PM.

    701 Congress Ave.; 512-583-0000

  • Uchi

    Everything at chef Tyson Cole’s modern Japanese restaurant is elevated, including the name of the happy hour. “Sake social hour” gets its own special menu, with discounted rolls and specialty dishes you won’t always find during regular hours. Be sure to get there before it starts at 5 PM to secure yourself a spot. We also advise hanging out past the end, at 6:30, and moving into the main dining room.

    801 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-916-4808

  • Fonda San Miguel

    Head to North Loop and step inside interior Mexico at this stunningly beautiful restaurant, where on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 PM you’ll find great deals. Sit in the lush bar area and enjoy $1 off margaritas and half-off appetizers like their queso asado and sopecitos. Then check out their all-night happy hour on Tuesdays, where you can drink $4.95 margaritas and select glasses of wine and eat half-off select appetizers to your heart’s content.

    2330 W. North Loop Blvd.; 512-459-4121

  • Tapasitas

    Global tapas and discounted drinks are the name of the game at chef Parind Vora’s West Sixth Street spot. Gorge on mussels in a Spanish tomato broth, salmon tartare, four-meat pizza and more for only $5 each, and hit up house wines for $5 too. Or stay classy with our favorite, a Lone Star tallboy and a bourbon shot for $5. The hours vary, so pay attention: Tuesdays are endless happy hour days, and Wednesdays and Thursdays it’s from 4-7 PM. Fridays it’s a reverse happy hour from 6-8 PM, and Saturdays it’s from 6-7 PM. Kudos if you can repeat that after a couple of glasses of $5 wine.

    800 W. Sixth St.; 512-436-9633

  • Photo by: Spencer Selvidge


    Like at Uchi, you better get there early if you want to enjoy “sake social hour” at the Rosedale-area restaurant from chef Tyson Cole (it runs from 5-6:30 PM on weekdays). For starters, there are great prices on even greater food, plus sake, beer and wine. But even better? Cole himself told us recently that some of those dishes are his favorite out of the entire more-expensive menu.

    4200 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512-916-4808

  • Searsucker

    Chef Brian Malarkey keeps things lively with happy hour almost every day of the week. Monday-Friday enjoy $3 draft beers, $5 house wines and $5 housemade infusions, plus discounted bites and small plates like duck-fat fries with tomato jam and beef tartare. Stay late on Sunday for all-night happy hour with the same details from 5 PM to close. And indulge on Mondays with their enormous two-handed burger and a draft beer for $15.

    415 Colorado St.; 512-394-8000

  • Photo by: Nicolai McCrary

    Hillside Farmacy   

    For those days when you want to feel like you’re on the set of a Wes Anderson movie, head to chef Sonya Cote’s East Austin bistro. They feature happy hour every day from 3-5 PM, but be sure to stop by on Mondays. Why? Half-price oysters and $5 cava, friends. Doesn’t get much better than that.

    1209 E. 11th St.; 512-628-0168

  • Parkside

    Escape Dirty Sixth Street and sit at the bar at this stylish yet casual restaurant from chef Shawn Cirkiel. There you’ll find a daily happy hour from 5-6:30 PM that features half-off the bar menu and half-price beer and cocktails. Get yourself a $7 cheeseburger or $10 grilled bar steak with fries, and don’t miss the craft cocktails either. Plus, oysters! And on Martini Monday, all specialty martinis go for the low, low price of $5.

    301 E. Sixth St., 512-474-9898

  • Winebelly

    The cozy restaurant and wine bar on Oltorf keeps it comfortable with a neighborhood vibe, excellent small plates and a stand-out wine list. On Sundays and Mondays get half-off select bottles of wine, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 PM, sit in the bar area and nosh on $5 plates. We go for the cured white anchovies, shishito peppers with ricotta salata and Parmesan truffle fries, plus a glass or two of house wine.

    519 W. Oltorf St.; 512-487-1569

  • Contigo

    Before the spring weather gives way to summer heat, head to the outdoor restaurant by the Mueller development Monday-Thursday from 5-7 PM for reduced-price bar snacks, $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass and $6 select classic cocktails. On Drink Local Tuesday, get $2 Austin beers in addition to the regular happy hour. But we saved the best for last: on Wednesday, treat yourself to free ox-tongue sliders from 5-6 PM, while they last.

    2027 Anchor Ln.; 512-614-2260


Places Mentioned

Roaring Fork

American • Downtown

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$40
Roaring Fork Restaurant

American • North Austin

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$40
Uchi Restaurant

Sushi • Bouldin Creek

Food29 Decor27 Service27 Cost$73

Japanese • Rosedale

Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$78
Fonda San Miguel

Mexican • Allandale

Food26 Decor27 Service25 Cost$44
Searsucker Austin

American • Warehouse District

Food24 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
Hillside Farmacy

Eclectic • East Austin

Food24 Decor26 Service20 Cost$33

American • Downtown

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$37

Wine Bar • South Austin

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostM

American • Mueller

Food23 Decor24 Service21 Cost$31
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