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19 Happy Hours for Cheap Eats and Drinks in Austin, Winter 2020

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, Odd Duck’s early one, Parkside’s comprehensive specials, all-evening ones at Peche, $5 deals at Licha’s Cantina, really cheap beer at Crown & Anchor Pub, and much more. This winter update adds Il Brutto and North Italia.

For those looking for a more affordable way to dine at Austin’s finer restaurants, Eater has that covered, or browse through the half-price wine guide. Otherwise, scope out the city’s best new bars, essential bars, places with excellent wine lists, dive bars, and beer destinations.

If a favorite happy hour isn’t on the map, let Eater know on the tipline in the comments underneath.

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1. The Peached Tortilla

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5520 Burnet Rd #100
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 330-4439
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The Southern-Asian fusion restaurant’s bar-only social hour includes $5 beers, $6 cocktails, $4 tacos (kalua pork or Chinese barbecue pork), and $5 snacks from blistered shisito peppers to kimchi arancini balls. There’s also the happy hour burger. It’s available from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

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Blistered shishito peppers from Peached Tortilla
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2. Drink.Well

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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The North Loop bar’s happy hour menu includes $2 off its seasonal cocktails, $2 off wine glasses, $1 off draft beers, and $2 off its stellar bar snacks like ancho chickpeas and hummus tahini, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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3. Crown & Anchor Pub

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2911 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 322-9168
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Look out for Crown and Anchor's all-day beer specials which rotate daily between local and not-so-local breweries.

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Crown & Anchor
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4. Salty Sow

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1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 391-2337
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There are $6 to $8 cocktails and $5 wines, tacos, and small plates during Salty Sow’s happy hour menu, available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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The cocktail flight from Salty Sow
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5. Jeffrey's

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1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Want to try Jeffrey’s, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? The happy hour menu features half-off appetizers and $2 off drinks at the bar. It runs all night on Monday, and then from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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Jeffrey’s
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6. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 645-0786
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The West 5th Street cafe’s happy hour features excellent $5 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, and $5 glasses of sangria from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Then there’s a late night happy hour with $5 draft cocktails and $2 Pearl beers, from 9 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday too.

7. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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Parkside’s weekday 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.

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Dishes from Parkside
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8. Péché

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208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 495-9669
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The absinthe bar's happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and all evening on Sunday and Monday, with selected $5 drinks and half-off dishes.

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Péché
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9. North Italia

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500 W 2nd St #120
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 777-5062
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The Italian restaurant chain’s happy hour includes half-off wine bottles and $10 pizzas from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday,

10. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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All cocktails are half-off during the Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on the weekdays. Plus there are marked-down snacks like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos al pastor. It’s available in the bar area of the downtown restaurant.

Margaritas at La Condesa
Margaritas at La Condesa
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11. Vince Young Steakhouse

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301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 457-8325
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Those who don't want to spend big money at a steakhouse should take advantage of Vince Young's bar and lounge happy hour, where decadent dishes like wagyu brisket burgers, roasted bone marrow, and lobster rolls are only $10 from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

Steak from Vince Young Steakhouse
Steak from Vince Young Steakhouse
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12. Licha's Cantina

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1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-5960
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Make a meal out of Licha's cocktails and small plates of Mexican food with its $5 happy hour menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Drinks from Licha’s Cantina
Drinks from Licha’s Cantina
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13. Il Brutto

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1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 580-8779
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Happy hour at the East Sixth Italian restaurant is all about half-off drinks (cocktails, wines, beers) from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on the weekends.

14. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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79 & 81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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The Rainey Street sausage restaurant and beer garden’s happy hour is full of $4 sausages, snacks like chili cheese fries, beers, and wines from 4 to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.

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A sausage from Banger’s
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15. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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Both locations of the Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, along with half-off wine bottles under $100 and other drink and snack deals.

Bufalina’s pizza
Bufalina’s pizza
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16. Uchi & Uchiko

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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 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 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily, there are stellar rolls at lower prices, plus Tyson Cole classics and $3 sake.

A bite from Uchi
A bite from Uchi
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17. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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Find an early happy hour at Odd Duck starting at 2:30 through 6:30 p.m., with a select $6 draft cocktail, half-off bottles of wine and large format beer, Sunday through Thursday, Within that time slot, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., select dishes are half-off, too. Over at sibling restaurant Barley Swine on Burnet, take advantage of Swine Time with half-off specific shared plates paired with $7 cocktails and $4 Texas beers, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, available only at the bar and patio.

Barley Swine
Barley Swine
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18. Loro

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2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4858
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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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19. Cane Rosso

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4715 S Lamar Blvd Ste 103, Austin
TX, 78745
(512) 904-0534
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The Dallas-based pizzeria's happy hour pizzas are between $7 to $9. Cocktails and appetizers are also $2 off. It’s available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Pizza and drinks at Cane Rosso
Pizza and drinks at Cane Rosso
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1. The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756
Blistered shishito peppers from Peached Tortilla
Blistered shishito peppers from Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortillla/Facebook

The Southern-Asian fusion restaurant’s bar-only social hour includes $5 beers, $6 cocktails, $4 tacos (kalua pork or Chinese barbecue pork), and $5 snacks from blistered shisito peppers to kimchi arancini balls. There’s also the happy hour burger. It’s available from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

5520 Burnet Rd #100
Austin, TX 78756

2. Drink.Well

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Drink.Well Drink.Well/Official

The North Loop bar’s happy hour menu includes $2 off its seasonal cocktails, $2 off wine glasses, $1 off draft beers, and $2 off its stellar bar snacks like ancho chickpeas and hummus tahini, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

3. Crown & Anchor Pub

2911 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
Crown & Anchor
Crown & Anchor
Crown & Anchor/Facebook

Look out for Crown and Anchor's all-day beer specials which rotate daily between local and not-so-local breweries.

2911 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

4. Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
The cocktail flight from Salty Sow
The cocktail flight from Salty Sow
Salty Sow/Facebook

There are $6 to $8 cocktails and $5 wines, tacos, and small plates during Salty Sow’s happy hour menu, available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

5. Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn, Austin, TX 78703
Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s
Jeffrey’s [Official]

Want to try Jeffrey’s, but not up for dropping the serious serious bucks required? The happy hour menu features half-off appetizers and $2 off drinks at the bar. It runs all night on Monday, and then from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

6. Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703

The West 5th Street cafe’s happy hour features excellent $5 cheeseburgers, $3 cans of beer, and $5 glasses of sangria from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Then there’s a late night happy hour with $5 draft cocktails and $2 Pearl beers, from 9 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday too.

406 Walsh St
Austin, TX 78703

7. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Dishes from Parkside
Dishes from Parkside
Parkside/Facebook

Parkside’s weekday 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.

301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Péché

208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Péché
Péché
Péché [Official]

The absinthe bar's happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and all evening on Sunday and Monday, with selected $5 drinks and half-off dishes.

208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. North Italia

500 W 2nd St #120, Austin, TX 78701

The Italian restaurant chain’s happy hour includes half-off wine bottles and $10 pizzas from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday,

500 W 2nd St #120
Austin, TX 78701

10. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701
Margaritas at La Condesa
Margaritas at La Condesa
La Condesa/Facebook

All cocktails are half-off during the Mexican restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on the weekdays. Plus there are marked-down snacks like quesadillas, nachos, and tacos al pastor. It’s available in the bar area of the downtown restaurant.

400 W 2nd St A
Austin, TX 78701

11. Vince Young Steakhouse

301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Steak from Vince Young Steakhouse
Steak from Vince Young Steakhouse
Vince Young Steakhouse/Facebook

Those who don't want to spend big money at a steakhouse should take advantage of Vince Young's bar and lounge happy hour, where decadent dishes like wagyu brisket burgers, roasted bone marrow, and lobster rolls are only $10 from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.

301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

12. Licha's Cantina

1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Drinks from Licha’s Cantina
Drinks from Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina/Facebook

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

1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Il Brutto

1601 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Happy hour at the East Sixth Italian restaurant is all about half-off drinks (cocktails, wines, beers) from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on the weekends.

1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 & 81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
A sausage from Banger’s
A sausage from Banger’s
Banger’s/Facebook

The Rainey Street sausage restaurant and beer garden’s happy hour is full of $4 sausages, snacks like chili cheese fries, beers, and wines from 4 to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.

79 & 81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

15. Bufalina

1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200, Austin, TX 78702
Bufalina’s pizza
Bufalina’s pizza
Donna S./Yelp

Both locations of the Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant offers half-off pizzas from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, along with half-off wine bottles under $100 and other drink and snack deals.

1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Uchi & Uchiko

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A bite from Uchi
A bite from Uchi
Charlene L./Yelp

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 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily, there are stellar rolls at lower prices, plus Tyson Cole classics and $3 sake.

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Barley Swine
Barley Swine
Jessica Pages/E

Find an early happy hour at Odd Duck starting at 2:30 through 6:30 p.m., with a select $6 draft cocktail, half-off bottles of wine and large format beer, Sunday through Thursday, Within that time slot, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., select dishes are half-off, too. Over at sibling restaurant Barley Swine on Burnet, take advantage of Swine Time with half-off specific shared plates paired with $7 cocktails and $4 Texas beers, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday, available only at the bar and patio.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

18. Loro

2115 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
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.

2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

19. Cane Rosso

4715 S Lamar Blvd Ste 103, Austin, TX, 78745
Pizza and drinks at Cane Rosso
Pizza and drinks at Cane Rosso
Cane Rosso/Facebook

The Dallas-based pizzeria's happy hour pizzas are between $7 to $9. Cocktails and appetizers are also $2 off. It’s available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

4715 S Lamar Blvd Ste 103, Austin
TX, 78745

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