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18 Austin Bars with Great Happy Hours

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It's Friday of Cocktail Week 2013, which means it's time one thing: happy hour. Eater mapped readers' favorite happy hours back in April, and this November update features deals from Austin's hottest new openings as well as a few additions from favorite laid-back dives. From a chance to try Jeffrey's at a discount to a happy hour record party at The Grackle, Austin has every aspect of sweet, cheap, soothing after-work drinking covered.

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1. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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If a languorous gastronomical stroll through Austin's best sushi restaurant isn't in the cards for your credit cards, social hour at Uchi is a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the menu at a fraction of the regular cost. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, Uchi offers stellar rolls at lower prices than the HEB sushi counter, plus Tyson Cole classics (Uchiviche!) and $3 sake.

2. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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Parkside's daily happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is one of downtown's very finest. Chef Shawn Cirkiel's stellar bar menu (think: oyster platters, the restaurant's signature French fries) is offered at half price, as are beer and cocktails. And if you go on Martini Mondays, their specialty martinis are just $5.

3. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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La Condesa's weekday happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a chance to sample some of beverage director Nate Wales' finest work at half price. (Start with the margarita and you won't be steered wrong, even if you're stumbling.) Appetizer specials are also available, but happy happens only in the bar, so make sure to snag a spot early.

4. Posse East

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2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-2111
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If you can't wait until 5 p.m. for happy hour, sneak out to campus sports bar Posse East, which has been sustaining U.T. students, professors, and people who can't drink downtown without being recognized for decades. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., though they go all the way to closing time on Wednesdays. Drown your bad decisions in $3 nachos and $9.25 domestic pitchers.

5. The Driskill Hotel Bar

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604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-5911
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Class up your after-work debauchery at the Driskill Bar, where happy hour lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Early in the week find $5 cocktail specials; Thursday through Saturday goes even lower on wine, beer and booze. Fancy some food? Happy hour means half-price bar snacks and finger foods.

6. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

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605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 201-2522
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Happy hour at the Firehouse Hostel & Lounge features $5 craft cocktails and $3 draft beers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—and it's happy hour all day on Sundays.

7. Violet Crown Social Club

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1111 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
(512) 614-4461
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A stone's throw from downtown but a world away from the high-rise hustle, the divey Violet Crown Social Club's happy hour, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. on weekdays, features $1.50 Lone Stars and High Lifes, $2 domestics and well drinks, and $3 imports and craft beers. All best paired with a hearty pizza from the Via 313 truck.

8. Cheko's Mexican Restaurant and Bar

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1304 W Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 407-8480

For value, it's hard to beat Tex-Mex hole-in-the-wall Cheko's on Koenig: they pour $1.50 drafts of Bud Light and Dos Equis from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. So basically during all hours, which are happy.

9. Fonda San Miguel

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2330 W. North Loop Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 459-4121
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Get a taste of old Austin and interior Mexico during happy hour at Fonda San Miguel, with specials offered in their lovely patio bar on Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with $1 off their epic margaritas and half price select appetizers.

10. Hi Hat Public House

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2121 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 848-2628
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Wednesdays are reverse happy hour at the Hi Hat, where drink specials last from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.: $2 off all glasses of wine, $1 off beer & 1/2 off pretzels.

11. Michi Ramen

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6519 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 386-1908

Don't work the standard 9-to-5? No worries: Michi Ramen's got a late night happy hour, Tuesday through Sundays, featuring $3 sake carafes and $4 pints of beer after 9 p.m. Ramen will be served until midnight.

12. Uchiko

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 916-4808
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Like its older sibling, Uchiko also offers a fantastic "sake social" menu that puts some of their most iconic dishes, including fried milk, within striking distance of many more pocketbooks.

13. Bonneville

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202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-4643

This new addition to downtown does happy hour right, with $3 off craft cocktails and discounted pizzas and appetizers daily from 4:30-7pm.

14. Jeffrey's

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1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

Want to try Jeffrey's, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? They have a daily happy hour from 5-7pm with half off appetizers at the bar. It runs all day on Sunday, too.

15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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Gourmands runs some respectable drink discounts ($4 margaritas) from 11-7 Monday through Friday, and appetizers are half off from 4-7pm. Which makes this chill east side spot even more welcoming.

16. Barlata

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1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
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Barlata offers discounts on drinks, tapas, and a daily paella Sunday-Thursday from 5-7pm. Their menu is here, though sadly it does not list the prices. Let's assume, um, cheaper?

17. NO VA Kitchen & Bar

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87 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651
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Newly opened NO VA has a happy hour of both the regular and reverse kinds. Regular happy hour is Tuesday-Friday from 5-7pm, with two dollars off various drinks and food items. There's also a purely food-focused happy hour from Tuesday-Thursday from 11pm-close.

18. The Grackle

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1700 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0133

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1. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

If a languorous gastronomical stroll through Austin's best sushi restaurant isn't in the cards for your credit cards, social hour at Uchi is a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the menu at a fraction of the regular cost. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, Uchi offers stellar rolls at lower prices than the HEB sushi counter, plus Tyson Cole classics (Uchiviche!) and $3 sake.

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

2. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Parkside's daily happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., is one of downtown's very finest. Chef Shawn Cirkiel's stellar bar menu (think: oyster platters, the restaurant's signature French fries) is offered at half price, as are beer and cocktails. And if you go on Martini Mondays, their specialty martinis are just $5.

301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701

La Condesa's weekday happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a chance to sample some of beverage director Nate Wales' finest work at half price. (Start with the margarita and you won't be steered wrong, even if you're stumbling.) Appetizer specials are also available, but happy happens only in the bar, so make sure to snag a spot early.

400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

4. Posse East

2900 Duval St, Austin, TX 78705

If you can't wait until 5 p.m. for happy hour, sneak out to campus sports bar Posse East, which has been sustaining U.T. students, professors, and people who can't drink downtown without being recognized for decades. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., though they go all the way to closing time on Wednesdays. Drown your bad decisions in $3 nachos and $9.25 domestic pitchers.

2900 Duval St
Austin, TX 78705

5. The Driskill Hotel Bar

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Class up your after-work debauchery at the Driskill Bar, where happy hour lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Early in the week find $5 cocktail specials; Thursday through Saturday goes even lower on wine, beer and booze. Fancy some food? Happy hour means half-price bar snacks and finger foods.

604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

605 Brazos St, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701

Happy hour at the Firehouse Hostel & Lounge features $5 craft cocktails and $3 draft beers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.—and it's happy hour all day on Sundays.

605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701

7. Violet Crown Social Club

1111 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702

A stone's throw from downtown but a world away from the high-rise hustle, the divey Violet Crown Social Club's happy hour, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. on weekdays, features $1.50 Lone Stars and High Lifes, $2 domestics and well drinks, and $3 imports and craft beers. All best paired with a hearty pizza from the Via 313 truck.

1111 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

8. Cheko's Mexican Restaurant and Bar

1304 W Koenig Ln, Austin, TX 78757

For value, it's hard to beat Tex-Mex hole-in-the-wall Cheko's on Koenig: they pour $1.50 drafts of Bud Light and Dos Equis from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. So basically during all hours, which are happy.

1304 W Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78757

9. Fonda San Miguel

2330 W. North Loop Blvd., Austin, TX 78756

Get a taste of old Austin and interior Mexico during happy hour at Fonda San Miguel, with specials offered in their lovely patio bar on Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with $1 off their epic margaritas and half price select appetizers.

2330 W. North Loop Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

10. Hi Hat Public House

2121 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Wednesdays are reverse happy hour at the Hi Hat, where drink specials last from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.: $2 off all glasses of wine, $1 off beer & 1/2 off pretzels.

2121 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Michi Ramen

6519 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78752

Don't work the standard 9-to-5? No worries: Michi Ramen's got a late night happy hour, Tuesday through Sundays, featuring $3 sake carafes and $4 pints of beer after 9 p.m. Ramen will be served until midnight.

6519 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78752

12. Uchiko

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Like its older sibling, Uchiko also offers a fantastic "sake social" menu that puts some of their most iconic dishes, including fried milk, within striking distance of many more pocketbooks.

4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

13. Bonneville

202 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78701

This new addition to downtown does happy hour right, with $3 off craft cocktails and discounted pizzas and appetizers daily from 4:30-7pm.

202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701

14. Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn, Austin, TX 78703

Want to try Jeffrey's, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? They have a daily happy hour from 5-7pm with half off appetizers at the bar. It runs all day on Sunday, too.

1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Gourmands runs some respectable drink discounts ($4 margaritas) from 11-7 Monday through Friday, and appetizers are half off from 4-7pm. Which makes this chill east side spot even more welcoming.

2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Barlata

1500 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Barlata offers discounts on drinks, tapas, and a daily paella Sunday-Thursday from 5-7pm. Their menu is here, though sadly it does not list the prices. Let's assume, um, cheaper?

1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. NO VA Kitchen & Bar

87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Newly opened NO VA has a happy hour of both the regular and reverse kinds. Regular happy hour is Tuesday-Friday from 5-7pm, with two dollars off various drinks and food items. There's also a purely food-focused happy hour from Tuesday-Thursday from 11pm-close.

87 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

18. The Grackle

1700 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

[Photo: Catherine T./Yelp]

1700 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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