Bars / Happy Hour Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Austin is full of great bars and pubs. From laid back to velvet rope, you are sure to find tons of great places to drink and socialize in Austin, Texas. So the next time you're looking for some nightlife fun make sure you check out one or more of the many great bars and pugs in Austin, Texas.

Zilker Park offers an endless supply of things to see and do. And after a long day of swimming in Barton Springs Pool, playing frisbee with your pup, or visiting the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens, you will probably be in the mood for a little food and drink.

Luckily the area around the park offers some of the best spots for happy hour. Here’s a list of some of our favorites—from sushi and sake bombs to barbecue and $2 beers—there’s a little bit of everything in this hood.

Barton Springs Saloon

Daily Happy Hour: $3 well drinks until 7 p.m. every night, seven days a week.

Drink Specials: 
Sunday: $2 Vodka drinks all day (Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers, etc.)
Mondays: $2 Lone Star Longnecks, all day
Tuesdays: $2 Miller Hi Life Longnecks, all day
Wednesdays: $2 Lone Star Longnecks, all day

424 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
512-482-9673

House Wine

Daily Happy Hour: $7 glasses of wine from 3–6 p.m.

Drink Specials:
All Day Mondays: 10 select bottles for $20
All Day Tuesdays: ½ price Frose / $6 off Rose, still and sparkling
All Day and Night Wednesdays: $2 off glasses / $6 off bottles
Fridays, 4–7:30 p.m.: $2 off glasses / $6 off bottles
Sundays, while it lasts: ½ priced glasses, bottles opened Saturday

408 Josephine St,
Austin, TX 78704
512-322-5210

Juliet Italian Kitchen

Daily Happy Hour: 3–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$5 wine by the glass
$5 Austin sips (select cocktails)
$5 Draft Beers

Food Specials:
$9 meatballs (tomato gravy with burrata and garlic bread)
$6 Salmon Crudo (sliced scottish salmon with capers, almonds and lemon sauce)
$10 Grilled Octopus (smashed fried potatoes, lemon aioli and spicy agrodolce)
$8 Calamari (fried calamari, lemon wheels and hot peppers with marinara)

1500 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-479-1800

Baby Acapulco’s

Happy Hour: Monday 2 p.m.–Close, Tuesday – Friday 2–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$1 off beer bottled drafts
$6 House Mexican Martini
$1 Off Purple & Fruity Rita’s
$3 Shooters
$6 Rita Flights

Food Specials:
$5 Happy Bites Appetizers

1628 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, Texas 78704
512-474-8774

Chuy’s

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
House Ritas – $4.95
Grande House Ritas – $7.75
House Texas Martinis – $8.75
Domestic Beers – $3.25
Glass of Wine – $1.00 OFF
Bottle of Wine – $3.00 OFF

Food Specials:
FREE Fully-Loaded Nacho Car. Chips, salsa, queso, taco meat, and MORE!

1728 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-474-4452

Shady Grove

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$2.75 domestic Beers
$3 Drafts
$4 Margaritas
$2 Cans of Beer

Food Specials:
½ off Queso and Green Chilli Fries

1624 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-474-9991

Gibson Street Bar

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$3 Wells
$4 Select Liquors
$4 Local Drafts

Weekly Specials:
Tuesdays: Trivia with Geeks Who Drink from 8–10 p.m. (Free to Play)
Wednesdays : Steak Night 4–11 p.m. and $6 Moscow Mules after 7 p.m.
Thursdays : Select bottles of Bubbles Discounted All Night
Sundays : $1 Mimosas, $10 Mimosa Carafes and $5 Bloodies 11:30–3 p.m.

1109 S Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-386-1345


El Alma

Happy Hour: Every Day 3–6 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$5 Jacked Sangria
$4 Beers
$6 Classic Margarita
$7 Margarita Chilanga

Food Specials:
Lunch, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brunch, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

1025 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-609-8923

Zax Restaurant & Bar

Happy Hour: Monday 4 p.m.–Close, Tuesday – Friday 4–6:30 p.m.

Daily Drink Specials:
$1 Off Draft Beers, wines by the glass and cocktails
½ Off Bottles of Wine
$3.50 Texas Craft Beers (Wednesday Only)

Food Specials:
$5 Plates – House Bruschetta, Grilled Polenta, Hummus w/ Flat Bread
$6 Plates – Zax Olive and Cheese Platter, Steak & Salmon Bruschetta (4 pieces)
$7 Plates – Mussels (Any Style), Grilled Shrimp, Fried Calamari
$8 Plates – Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Quesadillas, Pizza, Classic Burger

312 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-481-0100


Corner Bar

Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday 4–7 p.m., Friday – Saturday noon–7 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$1 Off Drafts
$2 Off House Cocktails
$4 Wells
$5 Wine
$3 Tullamore Dew Shot with any Beer

Daily Deals (In Addition to Happy Hour):
Monday – $1 Off Featured Pints
Tuesday – $5 All Texas Vodka and Local Craft Beer
Wednesday – $3.50 Jim Beam, $4.50 Jack Daniels, $5.50 Tullamore Dew
Thursday – $2 Off House Cocktails
Saturday – $6 Espolon Margaritas or Paloma, $4 Doss XX Pints/ $13 Pitchers
Sunday – $2 Mimosas/ $10 Carafes, $5 Bloody Mary Bar (noon–7 p.m.), $10 tab – Free barbecue (3 p.m., till sold out), $3 Bud Light/ $10 Pitchers

1901 South Lamar,
Austin, TX 78704
512-445-9500


Uchi

Happy Hour: Daily 5–6:30 p.m.

Drink Specials:
$3 Unfiltered Sake
$3 Hot Sake
$3 Sapporo (Premium and Light)
$7 Sangiovese
$7 Grenache Blend
$7 Chenin Blanc
$6 “Kara Kyuri” – Yuzu, Cucumber, Thai Chili, Sake

Food Specials:
$6 Select Hand Rolls (Yellowtail, Scallion, Salmon, Grilled Shishito, Onion)
$7 Salmon Leche de Tigre (Coconut Milk Ceviche, Tomato, Barbecue Chips)
$3 Chefs Choice Nigiri
$7.50 Tempura (Market Fish, Pickled Onion, Chili Ponzu)
$9 Sticky Rice Cakes (Thai Sausage, Citrus Crème Fraîche, Onion)
$4 Yuka Frites (Green Curry)
$7 Walu Walu (Oak-grilled Escolar, Candied Citrus, Yuzupon, Myoga)
$5.50 Foie Gunkan (Candied Quinoa, Fish Caramel, Shiso)

801 S Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78704
512-916-4808

In honor of National Tequila Day, we put together a list of the places you would most likely be able to find us celebrating this important holiday. Frozen or rocks, chile-salted rims, or no salt at all; here are our favorite spots in Austin for margaritas in 2018.

12. Polvo’s

The cult favorite restaurant just opened its third location downtown at the base of the 360 building. All three restaurants offer the various margarita options that made them famous.

11. El Alma

When we want options, we go sit up on the roof at El Alma. Their drink menu offers ELEVEN types of margaritas.

10. Hula Hut

Because sometimes the ambiance of where you’re drinking your margarita is just as important as the taste. Nothing beats a Hula Hut margarita after a long day on the lake… or at the office.

9. Matt’s El Rancho

This South Austin institution pumps margs out by the hundred. Frozen, rocks, or premium, you can’t really go wrong here.

8. Vivo

We loved the original Vivo location on Manor road, but while the location has changed, their consistently delicious margaritas have not.

7. Fonda San Miguel

Photo by Ashlyn Allison

Deemed the mecca of Mexican Food in Austin, they also have really great margaritas. Try the Silvercoin, Watermelon infused with Patron Silver, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice.

6. Trudy’s

We typically go all-in and just order Mexican Martinis (sans glass), but they offer swirls, dots, and other fun combos of frozen drinks as well.

5. Curra’s

Photo by Melody Fury

The most unique margarita in Austin can be found off Oltorf. The Avocado Margarita isn’t just a gimmick, it’s delicious as well.

4. Ranch 616

Photo by Julia Keim

The West 6th Street hotspot offers several margarita variations, but the true star of the show at 616 is the Ranch Water. A concentrated, boozy version of a margarita topped with Topo Chico.

 

3. Licha’s

Three words: $5 Happy Hour (four words?) Combier finished margaritas and hearty snacks for five bucks a pop.

2. Fresa’s 

Our biggest struggle is whether to order frozen or on the rocks, and then to drink them inside at the bar or outside on the patio.

1. La Condesa

Polls have been conducted, and the margs here typically finish top of class. If a $10 margarita is out of your acceptable price range, check them out for happy hour in their bar area M-F from 5-7pm.

Cover Photo by Melody Fury

 

 
Austin is famous for a lot of things. Live music, world-class barbecue, and hippies notwithstanding, the city is now a brewery mecca. In the past five years, the craft beer industry is booming in the Capital City, thanks to a dozen or so very dedicated brewers cropping up in the area. None of them are run-of-the-mill, boring taprooms, and all are worth visiting (because, at the very least … beer). Here are a bunch of our local favorites:
 

“East on Sixth Street,” reads the Hops & Grain website, “when it ends you’re there.” Open seven days a week, sample some award winning drafts from this sustainable brewery. Constantly evolving, beers like the Green House IPA are made with different hops every month, so that you’re not always drinking the same beer. The taproom is humans-only, but the patio outside is a perfect place for a pour and a pup, and make sure to grab a bag of Brew Biscuits to go, made from malted grains left over from the brewing process. Take the tour, where you might get to try something not yet available even in the taproom.

Recommended beer to try: The One They Call Zoe, an American pale lager.

For a truly unique brewery experience, check out the other taproom on East Sixth, Zilker Brewing Co. Every aspect of the brewing process is on display for visitors to Zilker, as they sit at a custom, handcrafted bar in the center of the room. Zilker became an East Side hotspot almost as soon as it opened, its beautiful can art is now iconic. You’ll recognize the look of the Marco IPA right away. There’s great people watching here if you sit out on the patio in front of the store.

Recommended beer to try: Coffee Milk Stout, a coffee milk stout.

The canned beer revolution in Austin seems to have started at Austin Beerworks. Now, it seems like every local beer comes canned-only, but in May of 2011, these curious white, blue, brown, and green cans starting cropping up all over Central Texas. Take a trip to the tap room, where you can sample from ABW’s “core four,” though I recommend tasting something from their “exclusives” list, which is where the brewery gets really experimental. Right now, ABW is pouring an IPA made with blood oranges, for example. There’s also a rotating schedule of offerings from some of Austin’s tastiest food trucks, like Evil Weiner and Texas Chili Queens.

Recommended beer to try: Heavy Machinery, a double IPA.

If you’re willing to go for a bit of a drive, it’s imperative you make it out to Jester King Brewery, a farmhouse brewery on a huge plot that is family (and dog!) friendly. Featuring some truly unique sour beers, farmhouse ales, and imperial stouts, Jester King is a different experience than the others on this list, but no less important. Also of note: you can purchase to-go bottles of Jester King’s own suds, or from a remarkable list of beers that the brewery distributes. As a bonus, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located on the property, featuring delicious pizza and pints of some of the best non-Jester King beers available in Texas, like Lone Pint’s incomparable Yellow Rose IPA.

Recommended beer to try: Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour.

St. Elmo was founded by two guys who espouse the belief that, “every style of beer has its special place in life.” They drive this home again and again and it’s the philosophy behind this brewery that opened in 2016 and is named after the street it sits on in East Austin. Seriously, they like ALL THE BEER. This bar, beer hall, and beer garden is open six days a week and has a super delish resident food truck called Soursop that serves up Asian drinking food.

Recommended beer to try: Wendy, a summer ale.

Adelbert’s Brewery has been around since 2011 and in addition to a bunch of awards, they can boast about using non-GMO Bohemian floor malted barley, Noble hops, and fresh yeast propagated right on the premises. In short, they take beer very very seriously and their taproom offers tastings and tours to help you get up to speed on the latest and greatest in microbrew-ology. This one is located up north, on Rutland Dr., right off of Burnet Road. Bring your dogs and kids to the picnic tables outside and waste away a solid afternoon.

Recommended beer to try: Black Rhino, an earthy ale with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Pinthouse Pizza (and craft brewpub!) has two locations in Austin, one on Lamar and one on Burnet. They’ve got a long list of mainstay and seasonal options you need to drink. The operation focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable business practices, which makes them an ideal fit for this city. And it doesn’t hurt that the beer chases down the cheesy goodness of their artisan-style pizza menu beautifully. Order a “Cannonball” pie and you’ll be so happy. Their website even has a live feed of the tap menu at both locations so you don’t have to get off the couch until your beer is calling.

Recommended beer to try: Old Beluga, an amber ale.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the ABGB (which stands for Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., but no one calls it that). This place has become a fixture of good times and good atmosphere on Oltorf down south. We’re so glad this brewery/restaurant/temple of fun was brought into the world five years ago. It’s been an awesome local addition. The owners believe, “beer has the power to make everything better” and we heartily agree. It’s kind of why we went to the trouble of putting this list together! In addition to great beer, they have a full menu with great pizzas and lots of live music.

Recommended beer to try: Rocket 100, a pre-prohibition-style pilsner.

 

Everything’s better with hot dogs, right? And we didn’t think these two movies could get any better. Get ready to enjoy a winter of your favorite 80s flicks and free hotdogs on Kitty Cohen’s patio! They have heaters and chimineas so don’t let the weather keep you away! Tonight it’s a classic double feature with The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

🎬 7 p.m.: The Breakfast Club
📽 9 p.m.: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
🌭 Free hot dogs!

When: Today, February 25th

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Location:
Kitty Cohen’s
2211 Webberville Rd.
Austin, Texas 78702

Looking for a cheap date night? The Austin Winery offers a bottle of either Euphoria, Rose or Work Horse, a cheese plate for 2, and a sweet treat for $30 even!

Whether you want to treat your significant other to a nice night, or need to catch up with a friend. 

No other discounts apply. 

When: today

Time: 4pm-10pm

Location:
The Austin Winery 
440 St Elmo Rd E, Ste A-1,
Austin, Texas 78745

It’s finally here: National Drink Wine Day! Not that we’ve been not drinking wine on the other days, but still—it will be more fun and official today. How will you be honoring this momentous holiday? We’ve got four words for you people: ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR!

Infinite Monkey Theorem be servin’ up $5 tap glasses + red cans, and $6 slushies.

When: Today, February 18th

Time: 2 – 8 p.m.

Location:
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
121 Pickle Rd #110
Austin, TX 78704

Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden just launched a new Happy Hour menu! 

The new  happy hour menu includes:

  • $3 snacks
  • $5 sausages
  • $4 beer
  • $5 wine specials

The menu includes boiled peanuts, their top-selling bratwurst and more as well as popular tap beers including Live Oak Pilz, Austin Beerworks Bloodwork Orange, a rotating special and house wines that pair perfectly.

When: Monday-Friday

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location:
Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Sixty seven degrees and sunny in January? We’re looking at you Austin. Today just demands that you find a patio and enjoy this heavenly weather.

For those who are not participating in some version of “dry January,” Juliet Italian Kitchen offers half-priced bottles of wine all day on Tuesday!

When: Tuesdays

Time: 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Location:
Juliet Italian Kitchen
1500 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

We may not have that much of a winter in Austin, but we can party like they do Aspen. Every Tuesday in December, January, and February the San José is celebrating the Texas Winter Après Ski style. Enjoy ’80s tunes and wintery food and beverage specials. Après Ski outfits are totally encouraged but definitely not required.

When: Today, December 26th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:

Hotel San José
1316 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704