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Austin Cheap Cocktails: Where To Drink Up

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Drinking is very important to Austin. What’s even more important than that is drinking on the cheap. Sure, there are many happy hours throughout the city, but sometimes, you don’t want to stick to a schedule. You just want to get out of the house and sip on a drink that won’t cost $12 a glass.

With that in mind, here is guide to Austin’s best cheap bars offer budget cocktails and well liquors. Look for dive bars like Barfly’, margaritas from Amaya’s Taco Village, juice cocktails from Cheer Up Charlie’s, and others. This update includes pitcher drinks from Shakespeare's Pub.

For more cheap drinks, seek out Austin’s best happy hours and dive bars. And then for other boozing needs, there are essential and hot new cocktail bars, craft beer destinations, and spots with great wine lists.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. Missing an essential cheap boozing spot? Let Eater know through the tipline, comments, or over on the forum.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barfly's

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5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-6455
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The bad decisions dive bar offers select well drinks for $2.50.

2. Cheer Up Charlie's

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900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 431-2133
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Healthy cocktails can be found at Cheer Up Charlies, where the juice-based drinks range from the Vegan Yeti with coconut milk, vodka, and kahlua, to the Golden Ticket with kombucha, whiskey, ginger and lavender.
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3. The White Horse

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756
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It’s not a honky tonk without cheap beers, whiskeys on tap, and a lot of dancing, of which there are a-plenty during White Horse’s late business hours.

4. Mugshots

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407 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-0008
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Just a stone’s throw from the crazed mess of Sixth Street is dive bar Mugshots. Drink specials and cheap beers are all under $5.

5. The Side Bar

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602 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 322-0697
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Expect reliable cheapness at Side Bar, where well drinks and domestic beer are always $3 every day.

6. Hideout Pub

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12164 N MO Pac Expy
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 821-9093
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The far north Austin bar offers $3 well drinks and very boozy Long Island Iced Teas for $5.50.

7. Violet Crown Social Club

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1111 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 614-4461
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The delicious frozen Iron Whip is only $4, plus cheaper bottled and draft beers and well drinks. Drink up while waiting for pies from Via 313’s trailer outside.

8. The Liberty

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1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-4791
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House drinks are very low-priced, so you’ll have money leftover for East Side King’s Poor Qui’s Buns from the back

9. Shangri-La

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1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-4291
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Bask in Shangri-La’s big backyard or cozy up in the indoor bar, armed with cheap drinks. Who knows? Maybe Bill Murray will pop up again.
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10. Amaya's Taco Village

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5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2531
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The Tex Mex restaurant serves up excellent margaritas for just $4.50, either frozen or on the rocks, which means you’ll need at least two.

11. Casino South Side Lounge

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1502 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-9122
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Casino El Camino southern sister Casino South Side doesn’t have burgers, but it does have well drinks for $3.50 and better ones for $4.50.
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12. Shakespeare's Pub

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314 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-1666
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If you must drink on Dirty Sixth on a dime, indulge in the $5 pitchers of liquor and mixed drinks. Really.

1. Barfly's

5420 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
The bad decisions dive bar offers select well drinks for $2.50.
5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

2. Cheer Up Charlie's

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Cheer Up Charlie's/Official
Healthy cocktails can be found at Cheer Up Charlies, where the juice-based drinks range from the Vegan Yeti with coconut milk, vodka, and kahlua, to the Golden Ticket with kombucha, whiskey, ginger and lavender.
900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

3. The White Horse

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702
It’s not a honky tonk without cheap beers, whiskeys on tap, and a lot of dancing, of which there are a-plenty during White Horse’s late business hours.
500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Mugshots

407 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Just a stone’s throw from the crazed mess of Sixth Street is dive bar Mugshots. Drink specials and cheap beers are all under $5.
407 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. The Side Bar

602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Expect reliable cheapness at Side Bar, where well drinks and domestic beer are always $3 every day.
602 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Hideout Pub

12164 N MO Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758
The far north Austin bar offers $3 well drinks and very boozy Long Island Iced Teas for $5.50.
12164 N MO Pac Expy
Austin, TX 78758

7. Violet Crown Social Club

1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The delicious frozen Iron Whip is only $4, plus cheaper bottled and draft beers and well drinks. Drink up while waiting for pies from Via 313’s trailer outside.
1111 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. The Liberty

1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
House drinks are very low-priced, so you’ll have money leftover for East Side King’s Poor Qui’s Buns from the back
1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Shangri-La

1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Shangri-La/Official
Bask in Shangri-La’s big backyard or cozy up in the indoor bar, armed with cheap drinks. Who knows? Maybe Bill Murray will pop up again.
1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Amaya's Taco Village

5804 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78751
The Tex Mex restaurant serves up excellent margaritas for just $4.50, either frozen or on the rocks, which means you’ll need at least two.
5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751

11. Casino South Side Lounge

1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
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Casino El Camino southern sister Casino South Side doesn’t have burgers, but it does have well drinks for $3.50 and better ones for $4.50.
1502 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Shakespeare's Pub

314 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
If you must drink on Dirty Sixth on a dime, indulge in the $5 pitchers of liquor and mixed drinks. Really.
314 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

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