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East Side Happy Hours

For more information on the experiences at these locations, tune into our Podcast on East Side Austin Happy Hours.

Our East Austin Happy Hour research was truly an experience that we think everyone should recreate. For this post, we really wanted to give you a sense of what it’s like popping around some local east side spots. Continue reading after—we still list the rest of our favorite spots!

Bufalina

We started off at Bufalina, where we had the $5 wine and 50% off pizza. The Red Pie add pepperoni was for awesome—really thin and crispy Neopolitan pizza; or as our founder Kristy calls it, “Skinny Pizza”!

Genre: Pizza

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Wednesday-Sunday, 4–5:30 p.m.

Special: 50% off pizza, $5 wine by the glass, 50% off bottles under $100

Favorites: Red Pie add pepperoni, Calabrese with Salami & Serranos, Mushroom White Pizza, Burrata with Pesto, Green Risotto with Mushrooms, the Pierre-Marie Chermette Gamay on HH (normally $49, on HH $25)

Check out our favorite pizza delivery spots in Austin!

Mongers

With some time to kill before our next spot opened, we decided to stop into another all-time favorite, Mongers. The owners, Julie and Shane, are always so welcoming and it truly is just like your neighborhood fish monger with fresh, seasonal dishes. We love the seasonal crudos, ceviches, and oysters! Be sure to ask for Forrest for your server.

Genre: Seafood/Raw Bar

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 4–6 p.m., Mondays all day – 1/2 off oysters, 1/2 off select wine bottles

Special:$5 wine glasses, $6 apps, $1 off oysters, $1 off beer, $2 off sangria carafes

Favorites: Peel & Eats, Angels on Horseback, any daily crudo, poké or ceviche, lobster roll, Fish Dip (get crackers and hot sauce on the side, too with the chips—its a game-changer!) and of course, Lobster Mac & Cheese with black truffle and cheddar

If it’s Monday and you love Oysters, this is the place. Check out Hillside Farmacy, too for discounted oysters and bubbles!

Our favorite places to get oysters in Austin is here, and for our full post on Mongers, read here

Mongers Market + Kitchen

Pitchfork Pretty

Next, we went on to try Pitchfork Pretty for the first time. Boy were we missing out! The vibe was amazing and they had great service, plenty of parking, an excellent covered patio area, inventive cocktails, and innovative dishes. We have decided to become regulars of this place! Our favorite was the crudo served over a seasonal sorbet. Sounds weird, but the sorbet made it so icy cold and delicious!

Genre: New American/Southern

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6 p.m.

Special: $3 off cocktails and beer, $12 off bottles of wine, 1/2 off snacks and appetizers

Favorites: Snapper served over seasonal sorbet with habenero oil, Pimento & Cheese with Crab Crackers (kind of like pork rinds), and the Money Moves —a gin drink with averna (herby liquor), cardamom, and orange

On Wednesdays, you can pop over during HH to Sour Ducks Farmers Market from 4-7 PM!

Juniper

We finally ended our night at JuniperAs if we weren’t stuffed enough yet, we ordered the Cacio de Pepe which we learned is Italian for cheese and pepper. It was so creamy and delicious. We walked right in on a Friday night and the service was exquisite. The hostess went out of her way to make sure we found a seat at the bar right away, and the bartenders even gave us complimentary gelato! We earned ourselves a Gustavo spin class after this night of feasting.

Genre: Italian

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Monday, all night

Special: Amore Monday – $10 meat and cheese board with $12 entrees of Spaghetti, Chicken Confit, Bucatini, or Pesto Genovese, with $6 Spritzes

Favorites: Cacio de Pepe

Pop over to Whisler’s reverse happy hour after!

East Side Favorites

Mexican Favorites:

Lichas

Sit on the patio and get the queso (more like fundito in a skillet served with tortillas), and the Vampiro (tequila with grapefruit soda, jalapeno, and a spicy rim)! Pop over to Native Hostel to continue your HH.

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. 6th

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 4–6 p.m.

Special: $5 Happy Hour – $5 margaritas, palomas, mezcal mules, etc., $5 quesadillas and sopecitos (thick corn tostadas), $5 Huaraches (corn masa base and topping), $5 corn or sweet potato verduras

Favorites: All of the margaritas! Choriqueso or Champiqueso, Melted Queso Asadero in a Skillet served with Tortillas; Ceviche with Coconut Cream and Mango Pico; all of the tacos are great—Veggie, Pastor with Pineapple, Chimichurri Flank Steak and Lengua with Guajillo-Peanut salsa.

For our post on best margaritas in Austin, click here.

Lichas Queso

Suerte

Go right when they open and order all of the HH snackcidents and the taco of the day, share as a group! Their menu is always changing and seasonal. They also have parking in the parking garage!

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. 6th

Time: Every Day, 5–6 p.m., Mezcal Mondays for half-priced mezcal drinks

Special: $5 Snackcidents, $5 Taco of the Day, $6 cocktails, 25% off wine bottles, $3 draft beer

Favorites: Crispy Elotes—dip with chips; Ceviche with Chile oil & Miso broth; Aguachile with Habanero Broth; Beef Tartare Sopes with Chile Chilhuacle (kind of like mole)

Check out our list of 50+ places to drink Margaritas in Austin.

Grizzeldas

Go early on Tuesdays and get the $5 Grizz Mizz (Pink Margarita), the $3 Ceviche Tostada and $7 Tacos of the Day (2). There is a ton of parking on Tillery Street.

Genre: Mexican

Location: E. Cesar Chavez

Time: Tuesday-Friday, 5–7 p.m., Wednesday all night, Tuesday $5 Grizz Mizz (Pink Margaritas), Thursday $20 Chicken Fajitas

Special: $7 margaritas and cocktails, $3–8 appetizers, $2 off wine by the glass

Favorites: Their drinks are super cool—the Queen Bey, Bad Girl Ri Ri, and the Ride or Die; The $3 Ceviche Tostada, $7 Daily Tacos (2) & the Beer Battered Fish Taco with Charred Corn + Avocado, Mole Enchiladas, Queso Fundito, Street Corn Salad

Every third Monday, go Tango at Tillery right across the street from Grizzeldas. Or check out Jacobeys!

Asian Favorite:

Old Thousand

Join them for “Happy Time” and have a mini dim sum with hip hop music playing and inventive cocktails flowing. Get the Rangoons, Chili Wontons, and Mala Fried Chicken. We also love their daily dumplings that are seasonal and always changing.

Walk over to King Bee on 12th after for a Frozen Bee’s Knees—gin, lemon, honey, plus pizza.

Genre: Chinese Asian Fusion

Location: E. 11th

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Special: 50% off all bubbles bottles, $7 cocktails, $7 wine, $7 snacks, $5–6 Beer

Favorites: Smoked Trout Rangoons with Pineapple Sweet Chili, Daily House Dumplings, Mala Fried Chicken with Szechuan Salt & Chili Oil, Kung Pao Cauliflower with Shishitos & Peanuts, Brisket Fried Rice

Old Thousand

Fancier Favorite:

Launderette

Go early, sit on the patio, order the Burrata (always changing, fantastic during every season), anything with their house-made bread (Mussels, Grilled Octopus, Salmon Tartare Toast), and 100% order a dessert.

Genre: New American

Location: E. Holly

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off Drinks, $5 Snacks, Mondays Wine Bottles 1/2 off All Day

Favorites: Crudo, Pierogies with Ricotta & Romesco, Burrata (Seasonal – Now it is with Tomato Jam, Blackerry, Pistachio and their House-made Grilled Focaccia), Beet Hummus with Everything Crackers, Mussels with Pancetta & Green Chile Butter and House-made Grilled Sourdough), any dessert

Check out our favorite dog-friendly patios in Austin, here.

Random Favorite:

Lou’s

Another MMH spot. They have 1/2 off bottles of grab-and-go wine on Tuesdays. If you live on the East Side, this would be a great deal to go stock up on wine for your place. This is also the only retail spot (outside of new Swedish Hill) in Austin where you can buy the June’s Rosé!

For a guide to a full day of MMH restaurants—read our post here.

More North East Area Favorites:

(Mueller, Cherrywood, Manor, Airport Blvd.)

Salty Sow

Go early and sit at a tall table in the bar area by the window, get the Truffled Deviled Eggs, Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken with a Homeade Biscuit, Duck Fat Fries with a 110 Minute Egg & Aioli, and the Crispy Brussel Sprout Leaves with Golden Raisins. Drink it all down with a Curly Tail (spicy marg) or Flying Pig (play on a French 75). They have a huge food selection on the HH menu and they’re all shareable small plates. Great for a group and they have parking! Check out our full post on Salty Sow, here.

Genre: Gastropub/Pork (Sow = Pig)

Location: Manor Rd.

Time: Every Day, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

On Sunday head over to Austin Eastsiders Tasting Room first for HH from 2-3, then head to Salty Sow!

Special: $2 off cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer, $5 tacos, $5 snacks

Favorites: Truffled Deviled Eggs with Bacon from their farm, Chicken Liver Mousse, Honey Rosemary Fried Chicken + Biscuit, Duck Fat Fries, Brussel Sprout Leaves (Super crispy), Eggplant Fries, The Curly Tail & Flying Pig cocktails.

Contigo

If the weather is nice, sit on the patio (the inside is fairly small and gets packed), bring your dog, get the Charred Avocado Dip with Jalapenos, Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce, Seasonal Pickled Vegetables, and wash it down with a $6 Frozen Painkiller or Frozen Margarita.

Genre: Farm to Table

Location: Manor & Airport Rd. (and the Fareground Location Downtown). More info on the Fareground here.

Time: Monday-Thursday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Special: 1/2 off – bar snacks, beer, wine, cocktails

Favorites: $3 for 6 wings, $4 Boudin Balls with Maple Tamari Sauce, $2 Pickled Seasonal Vegetables, $7 Pigs in a Blanket, $3.50 Ox Tongue Slider, Crispy Green Beans with Sambal Aioli, the Burger on Challah Bun, Frozen Margarita

Contigo is also featured on our favorite patios in Austin. Check out that guide here!

Hanks

Go on a Tuesday with friends, sit in the bright, beautiful bar area, order a 1/2 off bottle of wine (cheapest would be the Rosé from Burgundy $14/bottle) and get the Parker House Rolls, Baked Ricotta, and Smoked Salmon Board. This is one of the earlier starting HHs in town, so we like doing a 3 p.m. Friday situation, too! Plenty of parking.

Genre: New American

Location: Mueller

Time: Every Day, 3–6:30 p.m., Monday all day 1/2 off burgers, Tuesdays 1/2 off bottles of wine ($28–66)

Special: $5 Frozen & Tap Cocktails, $5 Wine, $3 off Apps ($5-12 after discount), $1 off Beer

Favorites: $8 Parker House Rolls with Pulled Pork (basically a kolache), Baked Ricotta with Pesto & Baguette, Smoked Salmon Board, $6.50 for the Veggie Burger with Feta on Mondays, $5 Frosé, and the 1/2 off Rosé from Burgundy on Tuesdays

Go over to the Goodnight afterward for bowling and more HH.

Our Random Favorites:

Last Straw

“Vacation by the Hour” – Go here before going out on E. 6th, bring a friend from out of town, get some Miami Vices or Pisco Punches, order the Spicy Garlic Noods, Crispy Orange Cauliflower and the Steak or Fish Tacos.

Genre: Tiki Bar

Location: E. 6th

Time: Sunday-Thursday, 5–7 p.m.

Special: $7 cocktails, apps $5-12, $4 beer and a shot

Favorites: $4 High Life Pony + Shot of Bourbon, $8 Miami Vice (Pina Colada + Strawberry Daiquari), Beach House Burger with Pineapple & Funyons (try it with an Impossible Patty), Crispy Orange Cauliflower, $5 Spicy Garlic Noods – Vermicelli Noodles (add the fried egg)

Salt & Time

Go for an early dinner date night on Wednesdays, get a 1/2 off bottle of wine, get a cheese board with a warm baguette and add whipped lardo, liver mouse. or pork rillettes. Share the Butchers Bolognese with Sonoran Wheat Pappardelle or the Farro Risotto with Dry Aged Beef Fat and Confit Chanterelle Mushrooms.

If you’re solo, get the Butchers Burger; it is their daily steak trimmings ground, with sour pickles on a brioche bun, served with beef fat french fries.

Genre: Butcher Shop

Location: E. 7th

Time: Everyday, 3:30–6 p.m., Wednesday 1/2 off wine bottles, Sunday all night

Special: $2 off Wine Glass, $5 Spritz & Sangria, $10 Charcuterie, $6 Pickle Board, $8 Baguette with Liver Mouse, Lardo + Pork Rillettes

Favorites: Cheese Board add Whipped Lardo, Liver Mousse or Pork Rillettes; Bolognese, Butchers Burger, Beef Fat French Fries, Steak Tartare

To see your restaurant featured, please contact erin@365thingsaustin.com

Downtown Austin Happy Hours

For more information on the experiences at these locations, tune into our Podcast on Downtown Austin Happy Hours.

Downtown Austin is flooded with high end restaurants with steep prices. However, we have researched the best happy hour menus that will allow you to have an upscale experience for a fraction of the cost. These are some of our favorite restaurants (and happy hours) in the city!

Trulucks

Sit at a cocktail table by the window, get the shrimp cocktail and the Pretty in Pink!

Genre: Seafood

Location: 5th and Colorado & Arboretum

Time: Every day, 4:30–7 p.m.

Special: Half-off cocktails, select wine and appetizers, nightly entertainment (pianist & soloists)

Favorites: Shrimp cocktail on dry ice, oysters, meatballs, tuna tartare, Kung Pao Cauliflower (not on HH, just delicious), and the Pretty in Pink cocktail

Light seafood dishes not enough? Grab a nice dinner at Ruth Chris for their $9 HH Menu. If it’s a Wednesday, end your night by seeing the Spazmatics play at Cedar Street Courtyard.

Eddie V’s

Sit at the bar when Gary’s working, get a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives and the east coast oysters!

Genre: Steakhouse & Seafood

Location: 5th and San Jacinto & Arboretum

Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 4–7 p.m., Sunday & Monday, all night

Special: $1 Gulf Oysters, $2 East Coast Oysters, Cocktails & Wine $8

Favorites: East Coast oysters—these are some of the cheapest in town! Asian fusion oysters and broiled Parmesan oysters with parm and horseradish

If you’re still hungry after oysters, pop over to Lonesome Dove for Texas Tuesdays.

Polvos’s Downtown

Sit on the patio, split the fajitas and a margarita pitcher—you won’t be sorry! Also featured in our favorite margaritas in Austin post.

Genre: Mexican

Location: 3rd and Nueces

Time: Monday-Friday, 4–7 p.m.

Special: $2 off House Margaritas

Favorites: Fajitas (huge, you can share), house-made tortillas, salsa bar, great patio, frozen margaritas are like slushies and they are super strong

Check out our favorite dog-friendly bars and restaurants, here.

La Condesa

Get the spicy marg—these are our favorite margaritas in town! If it’s too packed, Lambert’s is across the street and an Austin staple.

Genre: Mexican

Location: 2nd and Guadalupe (Check out our post on 2nd Street District!)

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–7 p.m. in the bar area

Special: 1/2 off Drinks, Snacks $4–7

Favorites: Elotes, Street Tacos, Guacamole Tasting – (4) chipotle, seasonal, traditional, crab and apple; and a huge selection of margaritas!

Pop over to Cru for their Thursday night Champagne HH after!

La Condesa is also featured on our other best happy hours post here.

La Volpe

Sit on the patio and get the HH wine with the Scallop Crudo, it’s so breezy and a garden dream!

Genre: Italian

Location: 2nd and Brazos

Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 5–6:30 p.m., Closed Sundays & Mondays

Special: $7 Cocktails & Wine, $5 Draft Beers, $7–14 Appetizers

Favorites: Scallop Crudo, Mushroom Papparedelle, Roasted Cauliflower, house made bread

Grab some pizza at Italic’s HH after! Full info on Italic here.

OP

Sit on the patio and split the HH wine special and Mushroom & Truffle Pizza amongst friends—it makes it a very  affordable option!

Genre: Italian

Location: 2nd and Brazos, In the JW Marriott

Time: Monday-Friday, 4–6 p.m., daily 8 p.m.–close – Bottles & Boards (free charcuterie or dessert board with wine bottle purchase), Sunday all day $5 Rosé

Special: Two Glasses of wine and one appetizer for $20, additional glass $5

Favorites: Meatballs, Burrata, Mushroom & Truffle Pizza, Short Rib Gnocchi

Walk over to Mohawk after for BYO Vinyl HH.

Wu Chow

Sit at the round table near the bar, and get the soup dumplings—that’s what they’re known for and it is an experience! Wu Chow is probably our favorite spot on this list.

Genre: Farm to Table Chinese Food

Location: 5th and San Antonio St.

Time: Monday-Friday, 5–6:30 p.m., Bar & Patio Area

Special: $5 Wine, $5 Cocktail of the Day, $7 Select Cocktails, $3–5 Appetizers, $2 off Beers

Favorites: Dry Fried Green Beans (trust us), Soup Dumplings, Spicy Wontons, Chicken Taro Eggrolls, Sichuan Deep-Fried Chicken, Honey Pecan Gulf Prawns

Pop over to Devil May Care afterward for a nightcap.

Photo: Austin American Statesman

Swift’s Attic

Get the Cuidado spicy tequila cocktail, and make sure you ask for Jonas as your server!

Genre: Asian Fusion

Location: 5th and Congress

Time: Monday-Friday, 2–6:30 p.m.

Special: $5 Wine, $2 Mickey’s & Miller Lites, $4 Cocktail or the Day, $7 Rose ($26 bottle), $6-8 Cocktails, $5-13 Food, including their amazing burger for $13

Favorites: Edamame with chile oil and Pop Rocks (so cool), Shishito Peppers, Brussels, Squid Fries, and the Akaushi Burger with Fontina, house B&B pickles, and fancy-ass special sauce

Maiko

Go on a weekend night before you go out on West 6th, get the Sake Mac & Cheese, Avocado Kani Salad, tons of sake bombs, and the green dragon roll with a side of ponzu. You’ll be set!

Genre: Japanese/Sushi

Location: 5th and Guadalupe

Time: Everyday, all night! (3 p.m.–close M-F, 5 p.m.–close Sat & Sun)

Special: The menu is a novel and everything is $3–10.

Favorites: Sake Mac & Cheese, Avocado Kani Salad, Peach Sake on HH menu, Lychee Martini’s (sweet), Green Dragon Roll

Blenders & Bowls

Pop in after a class at SoulCycle spin class or Wanderlust Yo Strong with Gustavo and grab a healthy dinner!

Genre: Healthy & Non-Alcoholic

Location: 5th and Brazos

Time: Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.–lose

Special: $5 OG Bowls (12 oz. size)

Favorites: The OG has acai, strawberries, bananas, and apple juice blended and topped with hemp granola, strawberries, bananas, and local honey.

Still want to be healthy but need more than a smoothie? Check out Picnik’s HH on Burnet Road.

Clark’s

Sit on the patio (limited seating inside), split the burger with shoestring fries, drink a Pisco Punch, and get an oyster shooter!

Genre: Seafood/Oyster Bar

Location: Clarksville—W. 6th and Blanco, next to Outdoor Voices

Time: Monday-Friday, 3–6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 3–6 p.m. 1/2 off bottles of wine

Special: 1/2 off burgers, $5 martinis, oyster shooters, and draft beers, 50¢ off oysters (so about $3.50/piece after discount)

Favorites: Steak Tartare, Shoestring Fries with Rosemary, Shells & Cheese with Lump Crab, Black Angus Cheeseburger with Gruyere, Lobster Roll, Grilled Octopus, Mussels with House Baked Sourdough

If Clarksville is your jam, check out Jeffrey’s all night HH on Mondays.

Cafe Josie

Have the Snapper Crudo, Shells & Cheese, and drink the Juan Collins!

Check out our post on Cafe Josie happy hour, here. 

Genre: New American/Southern

Location: Clarksville – W. 6th and Blanco, behind Clark’s

Time: Tuesday-Friday 5–6 p.m., Saturday 4–6 p.m., Monday all night

Special: $10 off the $45 Chef Tasting Menu, $2 off a-la-carte plates (so $4–9 after discount), $3 off house cocktails (so $7–9 after discount), $3 wine by the glass, $3 beers

Favorites: Fried Brussels with Dark Cherries, Deviled Eggs with Truffle Oil, Snapper Crudo, Shells & Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Bacon Jam, Fried Shrimp with Masa Grits and Kimchi Pico

Stay tuned for our brunch series where we will also talk about Cafe Josie’s amazing brunch!

For Rainey Street favorites, click here.

To see your restaurant featured on this list, please contact erin@365thingsaustin.com

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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    Come hang out with us on Sunday, May 5th from 1-5pm at El Arroyo’s Cinco De Mayo Block Party! Texan’s have long asked for a chance to put their words of wisdom on El Arroyo’s sign, and we’ve decided it’s time to give em a shot.

    There will have drink specials featuring Dulce Vida Tequila, live music, and a photo booths. Guest can submit a sign, and S. Arroyo will pick his favorites for chance to be featured!

    The first 50 guests to submit a sign will receive an exclusive El Arroyo Bag featuring gifts from our event sponsors including Hayley Cakes, Austin Pub Crawl, and Chameleon Cold-Brew.

    All of our new products will also be available for purchase at the event.

    Make sure to follow our instagram page @elarroyo_atx and watch out for special guests in the week leading up to the event!

    Performers featured:
    AP Mode
    Ryan Quiet

    La Condesa:

    lacondesaCourtesy of Yelp user Erin C.

    My personal favorite, and according to this poll on Eater Austin, I’m not alone. They’re unfortunately also on the higher end of pricing for this list, so I’d recommend trying them at happy hour (select cocktails and appetizers are massively discounted) to make sure you’re committed to spending 10+ bucks on the best margarita in Austin. There, I said it.   –JN   


    Polvos:

    Polvos

    They were the first place I ever experienced margaritas by the pitcher, so naturally I have fond memories and a soft spot for this place. If you want to venture off the traditional path, I’d recommend the mango margarita. -KO


    Fonda San Miguel:

    Often praised as ‘the best Mexican food in Austin,’ the ambience alone makes FSM worth the trip. When you have good bartenders who make real margaritas, they just taste better than the run-of-the-mill drinks you’ll find at more Americanized Tex-Mex joints.   –JN


    South Congress Café:

    South Congress Cafe

    I love everything South Congress Café does so it’s no surprise that they have to be included on my margarita list. While I like their specialty ones, the Pomegranate  Margarita is awesome. My favorite thing to do is go with the house margarita and ask for the chili salt on the glass. -KO


    Vivo:

    Apparently I have expensive taste, because these are also a bit pricey comparatively. The happy hour suggestion applies here as well. They have about twenty different options for margaritas; I’m not huge on fruity additions, but I hear the prickly pear is well worth the extra 75 cents if you’re into that sort of thing. They also have a really great patio (when the weather is nice), and the décor inside is equally rewarding.   –JN


    Tacos & Tequila, TNT:

    houseritaCourtsey of Amanda M.

    This place is like my kryptonite. It’s not a place that you can go and have just one drink. As you can imagine, a place that has ‘tequila’ in the name definitely knows how to make a margarita. If you are a margarita drinker there will be more than one on the menu that will perk your interest. This place knows margaritas so spring for one of the specialty ones instead of the house! -KO


    Baby A’s:

    babyasCourtesy of Yelp user Janki P.

    No list of Austin Margaritas would be complete without a nod to the Purple from Baby Acapulco’s. I’ll warn you ahead of time, if you’re a fan of traditional fresh lime margaritas, you will not enjoy this. Legend has it that they’re made with grain alcohol rather than tequila, and at one point they were served on a two-per-customer limit. Meaning that if you ordered two of them back to back, you’d be cut off immediately.    –JN


    Curra’s:

    salliehCourtesy of Yelp User Sallie H.

    They are home to the famous avocado margarita! You are probably thinking that avocados belong in guacamole, well yes. However, don’t bash something until you’ve tried it. It’s has an oddly refreshing, yet creamy taste. It will definitely be one of those margaritas that you instantly wonder where it has been your entire life or it just won’t be your thing. –KO


    El Naranjo:

    Yet another pricey suggestion, but they make really great, simple fresh-lime margaritas. They also have a HUGE selection of both tequila and mezcal. My advice, choose a reasonably priced (anything 100% agave will do) tequila for your ‘rita, then sip on a shot of something finer if you’re feeling adventurous.   -JN


    Trudy’s:

    trudysmargCourtney of Yelp user Natasha D.

    You can’t make a margarita list in Austin and not include Trudy’s. There’s not much to say except they consistently make a solid drink. Sometimes you don’t want all that fancy stuff and you just want a basic margarita, this is your place. -KO


    Takoba:

    I actually prefer the lesser-known Cantina El Milamores, which is located in the backspace of the restaurant. Their ‘House Margarita’ consists of El Jimador, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and orange juices, and house-made simple syrup. These are all good things.   –JN


     

    In honor of National Tequila Day, I thought a list of places to grab a Margarita to celebrate may be in order. Here are 40 places to get you started.

  • Maudie’s
  • Trudy’s
  • TNT – Tacos & Tequila
  • Hula Hut
  • Nuevo Leon
  • Polvos
  • La Condesa
  • Fonda San Miguel
  • Pelons
  • South Congress Cafe
  • Guero’s Taco Bar
  • El Chile Cafe y Cantina
  • Vivo
  • Curra’s Grill 
  • Baby Acapulco
  • Chuy’s
  • The Cedar Door
  • Jorge’s
  • Ranch 616
  • Z Tejas
  • Matt’s El Rancho
  • Texas Chili Parlor
  • Jack Allen’s Kitchen
  • Rio Rita Cafe y Cantina
  • Key Bar
  • The Oasis
  • Abel’s On the Lake
  • Little Woodrow’s
  • Santa Rita Cantina
  • Red’s Porch
  • Sazon
  • El Arroyo
  • Manuel’s
  • Threadgill’s
  • Takoba
  • El Alma
  • Ski Shores
  • Pelon’s
  • Uncle Julio’s 
  • The Goodnight