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For a full rundown on these spots including additional restaurants and our ranking system based on food, service and atmosphere, tune into our 04 HH Podcast

South Austin Happy Hours in the 04

We are so excited for a full guide to the 78704 Happy Hour scene. For those of you that don’t know what “the 04′” is, it is the neighborhood in south Austin for the 78704 zip code that includes South Congress, South 1st, South Lamar, Barton Springs, and Riverside (west of I-35). A lot of the 365 family lives in the 04 and we frequent these very restaurants. We wanted to research other spots where we aren’t regulars to give our readers the full picture. We did a lengthy research day (tough job) and found some a few new gems. What we love about the 04, is the history and culture you can find around every corner.

Perla’s

Our favorite thing about Perla’s is the patio. There is a giant Oak Tree in the middle keeping it pretty shaded and it has very Northeast Hamptons vibes. Perla’s has fish flown in daily so it is very fresh and seasonal cuisine with coastal cocktails, and bright and fun wines. Go sit on the patio and get the daily frozen drink, share the lobster roll and fries, get the lobster shells and cheese, and if you are with a group, definitely share the Poco Platter, it has a little bit of everything!

Check out our posts on dog-friendly patios, favorite restaurant bar patios and best places to get Oysters in Austin.

Genre: Seafood/Oyster Bar

Location: South Congress – also featured on our top 5 favorite patios!

Time: Monday-Friday, 3– p.m.

Special: $8 Frozen Drink of the Day, $8 Fish Tacos, 50¢ off oysters, $2 off beverages, 1/2 off Lobster Roll, 1/2 off bottles of rosé

Favorites: Lobster Roll, Fries, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Poco Platter (Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Fingers), Daily Frozen Drink

Keep your SoCo streak going and pop over to June’s for some June’s Rosé, or grab a burger at Hopdoddy.

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Another MMH Spot—like a neighborhood Vietnamese cafe with a French bakery (get the daily macaroons). They have everything from croissants and spring rolls to pho, curries, and fun cocktails. Get the crunchy chicken spring rolls (the dipping sauces are to die for), ginger chile oil dumplings, mango cucumber salad, the 1/2 off banh mi, one of the seasonal punches (or ask for the Shady Blonde—it’s an off-menu brunch cocktail with gin, lillet blanc, grapefruit, and thyme over crushed ice). Sit on the patio if it is nice! They also have plenty of street parking.

Genre: Vietnamese/French Bakery. (Check out our full post on Elizabeth St., here.)

Location: South 1st Street

Time: Monday-Friday, 3–6 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off appetizers and bahn mi’s, $2 off cocktails, beer, wine, sake, and punch

Favorites: Any of the spring rolls (we love crunchy chicken), daily macaroons, ginger chile oil dumplings, mango cucumber salad, beef carpaccio, pork belly steamed buns, singapore noodles or dan dan noodles, seasonal punches, the Shady Blonde (it’s on brunch menu but you can ask for it!)

If you’re not drinking, try the Vietnamese coffee or a house made shrub soda!

Lenoir

Sit outside in the wine garden—it backs up to Bouldin Creek and is so green, lush, and beautiful. All snacks and small plates are between $5–14, get the smoked fish tartine ($11), daily bread ($5), blue corn hushpuppies ($8), crudo ($14), and the gnocchi ($9). Any bottle under $80 is half off, so split one with friends!

To keep the party going in the Bouldin Creek area, pop over to Mattie’s at Green Pastures after for a drink on the lawn.

Genre: Farm to Table

Location: South 1st

Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off bottles of wine under $80

Favorites: Oysters with beet mignonette, cilantro & fried onions; Smoked Fish Tartine on squid ink potato pullman (potato bread), Daily Bread & spread, Blue Corn Hushpups with aerated gruyere cheese, Almaco Jack Crudo, Toasted Masa Gnocchi, inside has the daily menu of 4 courses for $60 (all locally sourced)

Check out our Podcast and Blog post in collaboration with Natalie Paramore and the owner of Lenoir, Todd Duplechan.

Juliet

Chef came from Asti, Mulberry & Haddingtons—beautiful green patio, large bar area to sit at as well. Get the seasonal pizza, sit on the patio or in the bar, get the $5 Aperol Spritz, the daily crudo, and the crispy broccoli!

Genre: Italian

Location: Barton Springs and Lamar (Check out our guide to a day in the Zilker neighborhood.)

Time: Every Day, 3–7 p.m., Wednesday Nights Jazz Night

Special: $5 wine, beer, and cocktails, $7–15 snacks

Favorites: $5 Aperol Spritz, any of the $5 Wines, $7 Salmon Crudo, $11 Seasonal Pizza, $15 Cheese & Meat Board, $7 Bruschetta, $11 Daily Fresh Pulled Mozzarella, $14 Mussels in Spicy Tomato Broth with Ciabatta, $7 Brussels with bacon and a sweet glaze; $7 Crispy Broccoli—this has garlic butter and chile flakes (kind of burnt, but so good!)

For more happy hours around Zilker Park & Barton Springs, check out this post, or pop over to El Alma, another favorite!

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

One of our all-time favorites! This used to be a furniture store that also sold wine, but they quickly realized they were selling more wine than furniture. Owners Marco Fiorilo and John Coronado converted it to a beautiful open-air kitchen with a raw bar, and a highly curated wine program. The menu is always changing and has a ton of seasonal small plates. We have never had a bad dish here! Go right when they open, expect amazing service, try wines you’ve never heard off, and cheeses you can’t pronounce. Get multiple of the seasonal small dishes, whatever the seasonal pasta is, and you HAVE to get a dessert.

Pop over to Backbeat on S. Lamar after for a nightcap and an awesome view of the skyline.

Genre: New American, Italian Influences

Location: South Lamar (Next to Black Sheep Lodge). Get your nails done at Queen Spa and then pop over!

Time: Every Day, 4–6 p.m.

Special: $2 off wine by the glass, $2 off beer, $10 off daily select bottles, Saturdays – 1/2 off bottles of wine (4–6 p.m.)

Favorites: Cheese Board (this is a must have); dishes are constantly changing but right now we suggest: Carrots Pastor, Aviary Egg, Escabeche (fried, and so good), Roasted Cauliflower, Ceviche, Tuna Tostada, any pasta dish, and every dessert

Photo – Eater Austin

Uchi

If you haven’t been to Uchi, the Happy Hour is a great way test the waters. Started by James Beard award winner, Tyson Cole, they now have four locations, including Denver and Dallas. Cole started working as a dishwasher at Mushashino in Austin and worked his way up to chef. He trained for 10 years in Japan and then at Sushi Bond in NYC before starting Uchi in 2003. Everything is amazing but getting any of the daily fresh Nigiri and Sashimi specials, the Hamachi Cure, Karage Chicken and Hand rolls are a great start for HH!

Our favorite thing to do is walk over to Eberly either while you wait for a table, or after your HH (get the $8 Mac and Cheese from Eberly if you’re still hungry after small sushi plates!).

Genre: Sushi/Japanese

Location: South Lamar

Time: Everyday Sake Social, 5–6:30 p.m. (Get here early—4:30–4:45, get your name on the list and sit at your table at 5.)

Special: Drinks and food $3–7

Favorites: $3 sake, $7 wine, $7 Walu Walu (Oak Grilled Escolar with Citrus), any of the $7 Daily Nigiri and Sashimi, $4 Hand Rolls, off HH menu—Hama Chile, Brussels, Karage Chicken (Spicy), $3-5 Tempura Veggies, Hot Rock, and our all time favorite—the Hamachi Cure.

Have a nightcap at Gibson St. Bar afterward. If you’re still hungry, try their trailer, Luke’s Inside Out.

Uchi Hamachi Cure

Fresas

We love this patio! Bring your dog, get a ranch water (add jalapenos), the queso, apple guacamole (make it healthy by adding sliced jicama and carrot sticks), brussels, beets, and elotes, and we love the kale caesar and power/super bols for lunch! Check out our podcast in collaboration with A Taste of Koko for more favorite patios.

Genre: Mexican

Location: South 1st (& the Drive Thru on 6th and Lamar)

Time: Monday-Friday, 3–6 p.m. (or all day, every day if sitting at the bar), in winter if it is under 32 degrees; margaritas are $2

Special: $2 off margaritas, wine, beer, appetizers, and agua frescas

Favorites: $7 Quesadillas, $5 Flautas, $6 Black bean pachucos, Avocado Margaritas & Ranch Waters (try it spicy), Palomas, Any of the wood fired meats, Kale Caesar, Power & Super Bol’s, Housemade Ice Creams, the coffee that is 1/2 cold brew 1/2 horchata!

Photo – A Taste of Koko

Junes

Named after June Rodil, a master sommelier (one of only 24 female master somms in the world) and former Beverage Director for MMH, this place has cool vibes. They are also known for their signature June’s Brut Rosé, which is the perfect mix of still and sparkling with a light pink, slightly orange color. Sit on the patio if it’s nice and order a bottle of the June’s Rosé—split between two people on HH it is $12/each, so cheap! Get the carpaccio, split the burger or fried chicken sandwich with fries, and definitely get a monster cookie for dessert. Oh, and you might as well throw a June’s candle on your tab (they are burning in the bathroom). It is the best smell ever.

Genre: New American

Location: South Congress

Time: Monday-Friday, 4–6 p.m.

Special: 25% off food, 50% off bubbles, $2 off drinks, Mondays 50% off bubbles all night

Favorites: June’s Rosé, Chilled Artichoke (Two Part Dish, first served chilled with traditional butter dipping sauce, then taken to the back and brought back with the artichoke heart sliced and topped with egg salad—sounds weird but is AMAZING), Snapper Carpaccio with citrus, avo, thai chili & orange; Seasonal Burrata, Fried Chicken Sandwich with Kohlrabi ranch slaw & hot sauce, Giant Cookies (like at Josephine House), the Burger with grilled onions and jalapenos, american cheese, pickles, and fries

Pop across the street to Central Standard afterward to continue HH’ing.

Eberly

Eberly started by a few Austinites who used to live in NYC and had a favorite bar there called the Cedar Tavern. When it closed they purchased the bar, deconstructed it and moved it into storage in 2006. They patiently waited for the right location and eventually purchased this old print shop. It is huge – with a large front restaurant, atrium in the middle that can seat large parties, the Cedar Tavern in the back (where we like to sit for HH) with more of a lounge feel, and multiple private party spaces including a rooftop.

Genre: New American

Location: South Lamar

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 5–7 p.m., Sunday and Monday, all night

Special: $7 cocktails, $7 wine, $4 beer

Favorites: Food discounts are not included on on HH but, the full menu is available. We love the $4 whole wheat sourdough bread with house made garlic honey butter, the $8 giant shells and cheese, the fluke crudo with preserved lemon, sweety drop peppers and fresno chili; the grilled octopus with romesco and arugula; cornmeal hushpuppies with andouille sausage, green lentil jambapaya & shaved ricotta salata; and of course the pizzas – the calabrese with sausage & peppadew peppers, and the republic with pepperoni and jalapenos!

Winebelly

We love this on a rainy or cold day, sit inside, get the truffle fries, shishitos, meat board (and chicken liver mousse if you’re up for it), the wagyu sliders with bacon jam, and the tempura eggplant fries with truffle honey glaze. They have an extensive wine list here so you really can’t go wrong with anything you pick!

Genre: Tapas/Wine Bar – also featured in our favorite places to drink wine in Austin!

Location: South 1st

Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 4–6 p.m.

Special: $5 wine, $4 beer, snacks $4 & $5

Favorites: $5 – Shishito Peppers, Parmesan Truffle Fries with lemon aioli, Meat Board & Chicken Liver Mousse with whole grain mustard; $10 Wagyu Sliders with bacon jam (add quail egg); Tapas Style Potatoes Bravas with garlic aioli, Tempura Eggplant Fries with smoked ricotta and truffle honey glaze, Fried Green Tomatoes

Pop over to Velouria for a nightcap after!

Odd Duck

We love Odd Duck’s story. Started by Bryce Gilmore (son of Jack Allen of Jack Allen’s Kitchen Restaurants), it originally started as a trailer before opening Barleyswine on S. Lamar as his first brick-and-mortar. Everything is locally sourced, and when this was just a trailer, Gilmore used to frequent farmer’s markets every weekend to get local ingredients. Still today everything is local—they now own Barleyswine (relocated to N. Burnet) and Sour Duck Market on E. 12th Street, which is the bakery for all restaurants. You have to try the sourdough bread! Everything else changes constantly with the seasonal ingredients but our favorites are below.

Genre: Farm to Table

Location: South Lamar

Time: Sunday-Thursday, 2:30–6:30 p.m. for drinks, 5–6:30 p.m. for half-off food specials

Special: Daily drink specials 2:30–6:30, 1/2 off food 5-6:30 p.m.

Favorites: Sourdough from sister restaurant, Sour Duck Market; Redfish Ceviche with tigers milk, squash curry & chips; Pretzel Sticks with Squash Queso; Green Chile Crab Pimento with everything bagel crackers, apple, mustard seed; Pork & Quail Corndog with doña hot sauce, charred pepper relish, cucumber and cilantro; the Wagyu burger with green chile pork jam & beer cheese

Head south on Lamar to Opa for a nice patio and HH that continues until 7!

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For more stories about these locations, tune into our podcast.

Engagement Photo Locations

Austin has some amazing scenery so, definitely take the time to get some photos of you and your significant other that can last a lifetime.

South Congress – For the couple that loves the South Austin eclectic vibe.

McKinney Falls – For the couple that wants photos in nature. 

Indian Springs Ranch – For the couple that wants exotic animals in their photos. Just south of Austin in Manchaca, this beautiful ranch has been featured in Vogue China, and has Zebras, Buffalo, Peacocks, Kangaroos and their famous Camel, Clyde. They can also do many types of photos outside of Wedding photography. Reach out to Taylor to come by!

Zilker Park – For the couple that wants to be in nature but have the option for a downtown skyline background.

The Capitol – For the traditional couple that cherishes the great State of Texas. Check out our Guide for Visiting the Capitol here.

Town Lake Trail – For the couple that wants nature + skyline + water.

Gingerland – For the couple that wants nature and donkeys!

Laguna Gloria – The Contemporary will charge for you to take photos here, but this spanish influenced museum will have a beautiful backdrop for photos right on Lake Austin. 

Green Pastures – For the couple that appreciates having a peacock in their photo!

The Greenbelt – For the couple that wants to capture the infamous austin limestone rock while also being in nature near water.

Red Bud Isle – Location
Two Pair – Photography

Pro Tip: This is also a time to get creative! If you have any trips coming up, think about finding a local photographer and shooting them in a special place.

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    Join South Congress Hotel on Saturday, July 27th from 3 to 6:30 pm for the 3rd Annual Ice Cream Showdown hosted by New Waterloo Culinary Director Amanda Rockman. Head to the SCH courtyard starting at 3 p.m. and purchase your scoop tickets from the Stephen F. Frostin’ ice cream truck. Each scoop is $3 — try one or try ‘em all! Cast your vote at your favorite chef’s table by 5:30pm, then stick around to see the winner crowned at 6. Contestants include Reigning Champ Natalie Gazaui, Augusta Passow of Barley Swine, Hanna Mikulandra of Launderette, Krystal Craig of Intero and Lindsay Flagg of South Congress Hotel. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/700901703688363/.

      Join South Congress Hotel on Saturday, July 21st from 10 to 11 am for a strength + conditioning weekend workout taught by personal trainers Izzy El-Ubaydy and CJ Finley. Weekend Workout is free and open to the public with all levels welcome. Space is limited. RSVP to save your spot at weekendworkout.splashthat.com. All guests are asked to bring their own mat and towel for this event. Food and beverages available for purchase after the event in the South Congress Hotel Lobby Bar.

        Check out Jelly Ellington, live on the Oak Garden Stage.
        FREE! All Ages!

        Jonathan “Jelly” Ellington is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in Austin, TX by way of the mountains of Asheville, NC. His vocals are smooth and soulful with an edgy guitar style, chiming in elements of raw and expressive blues-based rocknroll. Jelly has developed a reputation for exciting and untamed live performances, and has shared the stage and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists. He has been making his mark on the Austin scene, voted Top 10 “Best Guitarist” in 2018 Austin Chronicle Austin Music Awards. Jelly released his debut album All In and is currently taking the country by storm on tour supporting the release.

        The 11th Annual Carnival O’ Pizza, a celebration of Home Slice’s love for all things pizza, is happening this Saturday, November 12, 2016. The event is family-friendly and will be bigger and better than before!

        Take part in over-the-top pizza-themed activities including:

        • Carnival-inspired games
        • Dancing
        • Photo booth
        • Raffles to win one of 60 prize
        • Size and speed dough throwing contests
        • Live music
        • Fortune tellers
        • Mustache painting

        Of course, the carnival would not be a carnival without the tastes and smells of popcorn, cotton candy and Authentic New York Style Pizza. Register in advance to take part in the famous dough tossing, the venerable pizza eating contest and the hands on an eggplant sub contest.

        What: Home Slice’s 11th Annual Carnival O’ Pizza

        When: Saturday, November 12th Noon – 7 p.m.

        Where: Home Slice Pizza, 1415 and 1421 S. Congress Avenue, Austin

        Cost: FREE Admission

        Today is the last day for the beloved South Congress food trailers. A block party was planned so that they could have a proper fair well but I have not been able to confirm if it is still on due to this weather!

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        Either way, you should head on down to your favorite trailer and get one last bite of from your favorite one. Most of them are relocating to various locations but not all have decided their fate yet.

        So long South Congress trailers, hello another hotel. I will miss this trailer eatery as I often found myself strolling South Congress then enjoying some trailer food.

        When: today, May 25

        Location:
        South Congress
        Austin, Texas 78704

        I figured that I should post this in one of the earlier months so that hopefully you can find one “First Thursday” to take advantage of. . This may be as Austin as it comes…

        first thursday austin

        On the First Thursday of every month along South Congress generally from Barton Springs to Elizabeth Street stay open late – until about 10:00 pm. Some the stores have specials, sales, give out drinks, some of the restaurants and bars have drink specials as well. All and all it has the feel of a block party – – a block party at its finest.

        Local vendors set up and you can find anything from handcrafted jewelry, art, clothes, to unique Austin artifacts.. In the mist of people you will see local musicians just set up and playing – it really combines everything our city is about!
        You can not call yourself a true Austinite until you have been too a First Thursday – it is almost a right of passage if you ask me. The roughest thing about it is finding a parking spot but it is worth the hassle!

        Now lets just pray for clear skies!