The 10 Best Happy Hours in Austin

By Megan Giller | February 26, 2015 By Megan Giller  |  February 26, 2015

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

  • Odd Duck

    Chef Bryce Gilmore wants you to drink as well as you eat at his hip South Lamar small plates restaurant. That’s why you’ll find $5 Moscow mules and roquette as well as 25 percent of all bottled beer and wine from 2:30 to 6 PM Monday through Friday and 2:30 PM until close on Sundays. Just try to resist the sunchoke tater tots with deviled egg, beets and dill oil to go along with your drink.

    1201 South Lamar Blvd.; 512-433-6521

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    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 every day of the week). 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

  • Lenoir

    Austin’s most romantic spot is also one of its most hidden: the wine garden at this South First Street restaurant. Look forward to free bar snacks and half off punch from Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 PM and half off bottles of Pinot all night on Thursdays. Also find rotating small plates like frog wings with red curry, all in an idyllic backyard with white picnic benches and big trees.

    1807 South 1st St.; 512-215-9778

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    Fine dining meets after-work drinks at this upscale Clarksville spot. Find a daily happy hour from 4:30 to 7 PM, with $2 off drinks and half off appetizers like escargot and garlic toast at the bar. The Luxardo cherry on top? The happy hour lasts all day on Sundays and Mondays.

    1204 West Lynn St.; 512-477-5584

  • 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

    Just in time for perfect spring weather, 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

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Roaring Fork

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$40
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Roaring Fork

American North Austin
Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$40
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Uchi Restaurant

Japanese Bouldin Creek
Food29 Decor27 Service27 Cost$73
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Japanese Rosedale
Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$78
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Fonda San Miguel

Mexican Allandale
Food26 Decor27 Service25 Cost$44
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American Downtown
Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$37
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Wine Bar South Austin
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American Mueller
Food23 Decor24 Service21 Cost$31
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LENOIR Restaurant

French Bouldin Creek
Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$63
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Jeffrey's Restaurant

Fine Dining Clarksville
Food25 Decor25 Service24 Cost$81
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Odd Duck

New American Zilker
Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$52

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