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Eat And Drink on The Cheap at Austin's Best Happy Hours, Fall 2014

Here are Austin’s best happy hour specials.

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Whether it’s after work, or just 5pm, there’s never really a wrong time for a drink. Happy hours make it easier to imbibe twice as much for the same price, with food specials to line your stomach. For Cocktail Week, Eater expanded its happy hour map from last year, including Uchi’s affordable sake hours, Shangri-La’s all Tuesday-long drink specials, and the White Horse's fish-threatening deals. If your favorite happy hour missing from the map? Hit the tipline or the comments.

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

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

Odd Duck

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Happy hour starts early at Odd Duck, from 2:30-6pm Mondays through Fridays, and even on Sundays from 2:30-10pm. The specials include 25% off larger bottle of beers and wine, plus $3 on all Texan drafts, and $5 Moscow Mules and Frozen Prickly Pear Margaritas.

The Hightower

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There’s a separate happy hour menu, valid from Tuesdays to Fridays from 5-7pm, Saturdays from 3-7pm, and Sundays from 3-10pm, and includes cocktail, beer, and wine specials.

Red's Porch

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Red’s is lousy with specials, including happy hours during weekdays, food specials on Fridays and Sundays, and daily all-day specials.

Whisler's

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Among the happy hour offerings at the pretty bar, there’s Old-Fashioned Mondays where a variety of drinks are available for $6 throughout the evening, and Bubbles & Booze specials on Wednesdays from 6-10pm.

Wonderland

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Go find out what a “raw power” happy hour means, every day from 4-7pm.

The posh French restaurant is made a bit more affordable during its happy hour specials from Mondays to Sundays, from 5-6:30pm.

Aroma Italian Kitchen & Bar

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Aroma offers another early and long happy hour from 3-6pm on Mondays through Saturdays, with $1 off beer and wine, and $2 off cocktails, and $4 for glasses of Prosecco.

Spend your evenings in Lenoir’s wine garden from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5-7pm and enjoy their wine specials, small plates, free bar snacks. Pinot bottles are half-off on Thursday nights.

Parkside

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Parkside's daily happy hour, from 5-6:30pm, 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.

Liberty Tavern

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If you can prove you’re an Austinite (with the ID to back it up), enjoy half-off drinks at the bar that believes in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of beer.”

La Condesa

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La Condesa's weekday happy hour, from 5-7pm, 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.

drink.well.

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Drink up the delicious and unique cocktails at drink.well’s happy hour special from Tuesdays to Fridays, 4-6pm, with cocktails for $6 with a side of anything from the oh-so-good menu.

Winebelly

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The Five Dollar Happy Hour menu in the bar area on Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 4-6pm, includes a glass of the house wine and snacks, or go big with half-off select wine bottles on Sundays and Mondays.

Frank Restaurant

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If you get out of work too late on Mondays, take advantage of Frank’s considerate late night happy hour that day, from 4-10pm with $3 Austin Beerwork drafts, cocktails and half-price waffle fries. Otherwise, head to their regular happy hour from 4-6pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.

The Pleasant Storage Room

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Pretend you’re in Cuba as you sip on your $5 overproof punch or $6 daiquiris, mojitos, or Cuba libres during PSR’s happy hour on Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-7pm.

Licha's Cantina

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$10 will get you a cocktail and a plate of Mexican food from the $5 happy hour menu everyday from 4-7pm.

Contigo Austin

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Besides the $6 cocktails and food specials, there are daily deals as well, like free (!) ox tongue sliders on Wednesdays from 5-6pm or $1 fried chicken from 5pm until sold out, so get yourself there stat.

Hole In The Wall

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Besides cheap beer options during happy hour, the campus dive also has daily specials like $3.50 whiskey specials on Wednesdays from 9pm-2am and bourbon on Thursdays.

NO VA Kitchen & Bar

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NO VA’s happy hour is 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.

Radio Coffee & Beer

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The coffee shop’s newly launched happy hour includes $1 off of selected pints and wines, and $2 off of pitchers.

The Grackle

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This divey East 6th bar has good happy hour deals ($2.50 wells, $2 select draft beers until 8pm), and every 2nd Friday they have a Happy Hour Record Party, which extends out happy hour to 9pm with some throwback jams. Also, they always have Jeopardy on during happy hour, which is weirdly soothing. [Photo: Catherine T./Yelp]

Shangri-La

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Every (week)day is Friday now with Shangri-La’s $2 well drinks and domestic beers and $3.50 draft beers all day.

Violet Crown Social Club

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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 5-7pm on weekdays, features $2 Lone Stars and $.50 off well drinks and beer. All best paired with a hearty pizza from the Via 313 truck.

Haymaker

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Loads of specials are available every day at Haymaker, including $3 Texas pints and liquors on Tuesdays and $2 frozen margaritas on Fridays.

Jeffrey's

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Want to try Jeffrey's, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? They have a daily happy hour from 4:30-7pm with half off appetizers at the bar. It runs all day on Sunday and Monday, too.

Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

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Happy hour at the Firehouse Hostel & Lounge features $6 craft cocktails and $4 draft beers from 5-8pm.

Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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

Barlata

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Barlata offers discounts on drinks, tapas, and a daily paella with cocktail or wine from Sunday-Thursday from 5-7pm.

$5 cocktails and half-off select food items are on the happy hour menu at the absinthe bar from Tuesday to Friday, 4-7pm, and all day on Sundays and Mondays.

Hi Hat Public House

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The Wine Wednesday drink specials include half-off all wine bottles, $2 off glasses of wine, $1 off beer & half-off the homemade pretzels and tostadas.

The Driskill Bar

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Class up your after-work debauchery at the Driskill Bar, where happy hour lasts from 5-7pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 4-7pm, 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.

Weather Up

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Drink fancy cocktails for less from 4-7pm, Sunday through Thursday

The White Horse

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They REALLY want you to go to their happy hour.

Posse East

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If you can't wait until 5pm 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 2-7pm, though they go all the way to closing time on Wednesdays. Drown your bad decisions in $3 nachos and $9.25 domestic pitchers.

People-watch at the Radisson pool while imbibing in Chavez’s happy hour, where it’s half-off all cocktails, beer, and bar food, including their famous smoked cherry margarita.

Bonneville

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

Hillside Farmacy

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Monday nights bring you $5 bubbly booze and half-off East Coast oysters.

Cheko's Mexican Restaurant and Bar

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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 3-10pm. So basically during all hours, which are happy.

Fonda San Miguel

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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, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5-7pm, with $1 off their epic margaritas and half price select appetizers, and Tuesdays with all night happy hour with $4.95 margaritas and select glasses of wine instead.

Michi Ramen

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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 9pm. Ramen will be served until midnight.

Uchi

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

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