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23 Happy Hours for Affordable Eats and Drinks in Austin

Guide to the city's best drink and food specials

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Austin’s best happy hours make it easier to drink and eat more for less with great deals for those looking to relax after work, hang out with friends before dinner, or just take advantage of low costs for a meal.

There are the classics like Uchi’s sake social, the great deals of Jeffrey’s Monday evening menu, Sour Duck’s entire-meal discounts, Parkside’s comprehensive specials, the $5 deals at Licha’s Cantina, a happy hour that lasts all evening at Péché, and much more.

Scope out the city’s best new bars, essential bars, places with excellent wine lists, dive bars, and beer destinations.

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Second Bar + Kitchen

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Head to the Archer Hotel restaurant from Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. for $5 cocktails, wine glasses, and beers, as well as pizzas ranging from $7.50 to $12 and starters from $4.50 to $7. Pro-tip: the truffle pomme frites will only set you back $5.

Bufalina Due

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The Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. daily, along with half-off wine bottles under $100.

The Peached Tortilla

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The Southern-Asian fusion restaurant’s patio-only social hour includes $5 beers, $7 cocktails, $4 tacos (kalua pork or Chinese barbecue pork), and $5 snacks such as blistered shishito peppers and kimchi arancini balls. There’s also the $9 happy hour burger. It’s all available from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Drink.Well

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The North Loop bar’s happy hour menu includes $7 classic cocktails, half-off wine glasses and bottles, $4 draft beers, and snacks ranging from $3 to $10, available from open to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. A happy hour meal of $18 will get you a cheeseburger or mushroom mac and cheese plus your choice of any glass of wine or draft beer. 

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Foreign & Domestic

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This North Loop nose-to-tail restaurant offers half-off glasses of wine and Austin beers, as well as some snacks, food, and those glorious popovers. Happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Uncle Nicky's

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Sneak in an early happy hour at this Italian bistro from 2 to 5 p.m. daily. Beers are $2 to $3, glasses of wine are $5, spritzes are $6, and disco lemonade shots are a measly $2. The $25 wine and cheese plate includes a bottle of wine, a mixture of cheeses, olives, crackers, and almonds.

Colleen's Kitchen

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The Southern Mueller restaurant offers $5 snacks, like deviled eggs and fried chicken biscuits, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 cocktails, available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Salty Sow

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There are $6 to $8 tacos and small plates on the Cherrywood New American restaurant’s happy hour menu, available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as $2 off draft beer and cocktails, and changing house wines by the glass for $6.

Jeffrey's

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Want to try the fine-dining destination, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? The happy hour menu features 25 percent off bar food and glasses of wine, available only on Monday evenings.

Sour Duck Market

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Here’s an easy happy hour to remember for the Central East Austin restaurant: 20 percent off entire orders, but only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Clark's

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Slurp oysters that are 50 cents cheaper while indulging in $5 oyster shooters and half-off burgers and martinis every single weekday at the Clarksville seafood restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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The West Fifth Street cafe’s happy hour features excellent $6 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, and $6 glasses of sangria from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The Roosevelt Room

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Drink through the cocktail eras with $9 classic drinks during the downtown bar’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The menu also offers $2 off glasses of wine and large food items and $1 off beer and small food items

Parkside

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The New American restaurant’s Tuesday through Saturday happy hour, from 5 to 6 p.m., is one of downtown’s very finest. The bar menu (think: oyster platters, french fries) is offered at half-price, as are beer and cocktails. Find similar deals at the other Parkside Projects restaurants, too: Backspace and Olive & June.

Péché

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The downtown absinthe bar and French restaurant’s happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, as well as all evening on Sunday and Monday, with selected $6 drinks and half-off select dishes.

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La Condesa

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All cocktails are half-off during the Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Plus there are marked-down snacks like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos al pastor. It’s available in the bar area of the downtown restaurant. A brunch happy hour is offered Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with half-off signature cocktails.

Licha's Cantina

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Make a meal out of Licha’s cocktails and small plates of Mexican food with the $5 to $8 happy hour menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Il Brutto

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Happy hour at the East Sixth Italian restaurant is all about half-off drinks (cocktails, wines, beers) from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 

Get lucky with this East Side Mexican restaurant’s “lucky hour” Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. House cocktails, draft beers, and wines by the glass are $2 off, while bottles of wine are 25 percent off, and mezcal, tequila, raicilla, destilados, and sotol are 50 percent off (plus this last deal is available all evening on Mondays).

Uchi & Uchiko

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If a languorous gastronomical stroll through Austin’s best sushi restaurant or its sister restaurant isn’t in the cards, the sake social hour at Uchi and Uchiko is a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the menu at a fraction of the regular cost. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily, there are stellar rolls at lower prices, plus classic items and $5 sake.

Odd Duck

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Happy hour at the South Lamar New Texan restaurant runs 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday with a select $8 draft cocktail, 25 percent off bottles of wine, half-off large format beer, and $1 off all canned, bottled, and draft beer. 

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Launderette

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Monday through Friday during the 5 o’clock hour, the Holly New American restaurant offers half-off cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass, as well as $5 off starters and the delicious plancha burger.

Curious about happy hour bites from Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, especially when it involves an Asian smokehouse? Loro’s happy hour menu comes loaded with a brisket cheeseburger (yes), chicken karaage, and brisket tostadas, plus discounted frozen drinks, beer, wine, and sake, from 2 to 5 p.m. during the weekdays.

Loro’s happy hour burger
Loro’s happy hour burger
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Second Bar + Kitchen

Head to the Archer Hotel restaurant from Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. for $5 cocktails, wine glasses, and beers, as well as pizzas ranging from $7.50 to $12 and starters from $4.50 to $7. Pro-tip: the truffle pomme frites will only set you back $5.

Bufalina Due

The Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. daily, along with half-off wine bottles under $100.

The Peached Tortilla

The Southern-Asian fusion restaurant’s patio-only social hour includes $5 beers, $7 cocktails, $4 tacos (kalua pork or Chinese barbecue pork), and $5 snacks such as blistered shishito peppers and kimchi arancini balls. There’s also the $9 happy hour burger. It’s all available from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Drink.Well

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Drink.Well
Drink.Well

The North Loop bar’s happy hour menu includes $7 classic cocktails, half-off wine glasses and bottles, $4 draft beers, and snacks ranging from $3 to $10, available from open to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. A happy hour meal of $18 will get you a cheeseburger or mushroom mac and cheese plus your choice of any glass of wine or draft beer. 

A bar.
Drink.Well
Drink.Well

Foreign & Domestic

This North Loop nose-to-tail restaurant offers half-off glasses of wine and Austin beers, as well as some snacks, food, and those glorious popovers. Happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Uncle Nicky's

Sneak in an early happy hour at this Italian bistro from 2 to 5 p.m. daily. Beers are $2 to $3, glasses of wine are $5, spritzes are $6, and disco lemonade shots are a measly $2. The $25 wine and cheese plate includes a bottle of wine, a mixture of cheeses, olives, crackers, and almonds.

Colleen's Kitchen

The Southern Mueller restaurant offers $5 snacks, like deviled eggs and fried chicken biscuits, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 cocktails, available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Salty Sow

There are $6 to $8 tacos and small plates on the Cherrywood New American restaurant’s happy hour menu, available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as $2 off draft beer and cocktails, and changing house wines by the glass for $6.

Jeffrey's

Want to try the fine-dining destination, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? The happy hour menu features 25 percent off bar food and glasses of wine, available only on Monday evenings.

Sour Duck Market

Here’s an easy happy hour to remember for the Central East Austin restaurant: 20 percent off entire orders, but only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Clark's

Slurp oysters that are 50 cents cheaper while indulging in $5 oyster shooters and half-off burgers and martinis every single weekday at the Clarksville seafood restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

The West Fifth Street cafe’s happy hour features excellent $6 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, and $6 glasses of sangria from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The Roosevelt Room

Drink through the cocktail eras with $9 classic drinks during the downtown bar’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The menu also offers $2 off glasses of wine and large food items and $1 off beer and small food items

Parkside

The New American restaurant’s Tuesday through Saturday happy hour, from 5 to 6 p.m., is one of downtown’s very finest. The bar menu (think: oyster platters, french fries) is offered at half-price, as are beer and cocktails. Find similar deals at the other Parkside Projects restaurants, too: Backspace and Olive & June.

Péché

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Péché.
Péché

The downtown absinthe bar and French restaurant’s happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, as well as all evening on Sunday and Monday, with selected $6 drinks and half-off select dishes.

A restaurant.
Péché.
Péché

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La Condesa

All cocktails are half-off during the Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Plus there are marked-down snacks like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos al pastor. It’s available in the bar area of the downtown restaurant. A brunch happy hour is offered Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with half-off signature cocktails.

Licha's Cantina

Make a meal out of Licha’s cocktails and small plates of Mexican food with the $5 to $8 happy hour menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Il Brutto

Happy hour at the East Sixth Italian restaurant is all about half-off drinks (cocktails, wines, beers) from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 

Suerte

Get lucky with this East Side Mexican restaurant’s “lucky hour” Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. House cocktails, draft beers, and wines by the glass are $2 off, while bottles of wine are 25 percent off, and mezcal, tequila, raicilla, destilados, and sotol are 50 percent off (plus this last deal is available all evening on Mondays).

Uchi & Uchiko

If a languorous gastronomical stroll through Austin’s best sushi restaurant or its sister restaurant isn’t in the cards, the sake social hour at Uchi and Uchiko is a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the menu at a fraction of the regular cost. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily, there are stellar rolls at lower prices, plus classic items and $5 sake.

Odd Duck

A bar restaurant
Odd Duck.
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Happy hour at the South Lamar New Texan restaurant runs 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday with a select $8 draft cocktail, 25 percent off bottles of wine, half-off large format beer, and $1 off all canned, bottled, and draft beer. 

A bar restaurant
Odd Duck.
Jessica Pages/Eater

Launderette

Monday through Friday during the 5 o’clock hour, the Holly New American restaurant offers half-off cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass, as well as $5 off starters and the delicious plancha burger.

Loro

Loro’s happy hour burger
Loro’s happy hour burger
Loro [Official]

Curious about happy hour bites from Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, especially when it involves an Asian smokehouse? Loro’s happy hour menu comes loaded with a brisket cheeseburger (yes), chicken karaage, and brisket tostadas, plus discounted frozen drinks, beer, wine, and sake, from 2 to 5 p.m. during the weekdays.

Loro’s happy hour burger
Loro’s happy hour burger
Loro [Official]

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