There’s nothing like a great drink special and some snacks after a long day. Austin has a plethora of delicious drink specials and treats to feast on if you’re in the mood for something tasty and inexpensive. So if you’re craving a little libation to take the edge off the week and looking for the best deal in town, here are 10 happy hours in Austin that offer drink specials you can’t miss!
Parlor and Yard
Located in downtown Austin off historic W 5th, Parlor and Yard is a fun and casual hangout spot with a spacious, dog-friendly outdoor area and plenty of drink specials to go around. Outside you’ll find classic yard games like corn hole and ping pong and inside you can grab a delicious bite at Hot Mess. You can feast on Hot Mess Fries smothered in pulled pork, Elgin sausage, bacon, shredded cheddar queso fresco and jalapeño aioli or a taco or burger while you wash it down with one of Parlor and Yard’s freshly made cocktails. The thoughtfully crafted drink menu at Parlor and Yard includes a selection of beers and wines along with a list of hand-crafted cocktails such as The Green Belt with Greenhouse Gin, camomile, lavender and ginger, The Yard with Noble Wolf Vodka, strawberry-ginger syrup, lemon juice and brut sparkling or the Hometown Mule, which donates $1 of every drink sold to StrengthinNeighbors Hurricane Relief. Parlor and Yard also has fun weekly events like Flashback Friday and Saturday Rewind, where the 90’s and 2000’s come back to life. During happy hour, Parlor and Yard serves up any of their craft cocktails, drafts or wines for $2 off. So you can sip on The Drag with Flor de Cana dark rum, apple cider, ginger beer and candied lemon or The Parlor with Hendrick’s gin, lemon juice and cucumber for only $7.
District Kitchen and Tavern
Known for their locally-sourced and chef-driven cuisine, District Kitchen and Tavern offers the best ingredients that Austin has to offer. From brunch and lunch to dinner, dessert and cocktails, District Kitchen has everything you need for a great time out. Adult libations include daiquiris, Manhattans, Mules and Ritas, and snacks include Street Tacos, Haloumi Cheese, Shisito Peppers and Truffle Prosciutto Naan. And for happy hour Monday-Saturday 3:30PM-7PM, Friday and Saturday 10PM-12AM and Monday-Thursday 9PM-close you can feast on Moroccan Lamb Kabobs, Falafel Fritters, Hummus and Hog Wings while you sip on $3 domestic beers, $1 off all beer and $5-$6 craft cocktails like the Tres Amigos with Tres Agave tequila, fresh cucumber juice and jalapeño agave syrup, the Gin Gin Soda with Grapefruit-inflused Waterloo No. 9 gin and the Soft Glow with Bacardi dragon berry, strawberries, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.
Located in east Austin, The Hightower is a popular Austin establishment that is widely known for their delicious eats and moderately priced drinks. Dinner, dessert, brunch and everything in between, The Hightower offers mouthwatering dishes for virtually every meal. Among the most popular snacks are Ceviche, Queso Fundido and Shrimp and Grits. And for happy hour, Tuesday-Saturday 5PM-7PM, you can have your pick of Beef Tartare Tostadas, Blistered Green Beens and Brussel Sprouts with peanut butter and golden raisins along with a $5 glass of wine, $4 beer, $4 draught and $6 house cocktail like the Yes You Cran! with vodka, cranberry and thyme shrub, the El Rey with tequila, prickly pear, orange and charred lime and the Bon Vivant with aged rum, orange juice, bitters and sparkling wine.
Set in the heart of downtown Austin, Dive Bar offers old school cocktails in an eclectic style setting. They’ve got local craft cans, craft drafts, craft bottle beer, an impressive selection of wines and a super delicious cocktail list full of fresh ingredients and original recipes. The Honey Badger has Pinnacle vodka, honey, lemon and ginger beer, the Sazerac has Old Overholt Rye, Peychaud’s bitters and absinthe and the Lavender Fizz is a tantalizing amalgamation of Waterloo gin, elderflower, lemon, prosecco and atomized creme de violette. And during happy hour, Monday thru Friday 2PM-7PM, you can take advantage of Dive Bar’s delicious drink specials like $2 off craft cocktails on Mondays, $3 draft pints on Thursdays, $3 well liquor singles, $5 bloody marys on the weekends.
Upstairs at Caroline
Whether you’re in the mood for brisket tacos or corn hole, Upstairs at Caroline has you covered. This eclectic space has everything from foosball and giant jenga to shuffle board and corn hole. And they’ve even got a pet-friendly menu from the Healthy Pet Cafe that includes Sweet Potato Fries, Chicken Bark, Pet Cookies and White Cheddar Bark Pops. For the humans, $3.50 street tacos including Grilled Adobo Chicken, Quinoa and Cauliflower and Pork Carnita, ceviche, “walking tacos” and chips and dips. On the drink menu you’ll find crafts on draft like Shots Fired with Patron, lime, agave, housemade grapefruit poblano soda and chili-infused sea salt and La Limonada with Deep Eddy Lemon, honey, citrus ango and Tito’s, frozen cocktails like Bad Life Choices with Grey goose watermelon frose and Everclear and Backyard Beverages like the Pop Rock and Drop It with Elijah Craig, housemade ginger beer and pop rocks and the Key Lime Fizz with Tito’s, pineapple shrub and Topo Chico.
Lucille Patio Lounge
Perched off infamous Rainey Street, Lucille Patio Lounge is a breath of fresh air in the middle of a bustling downtown. Folks frequent Lucille all year round to enjoy their dog-friendly covered patio with yard games and hammocks to kick back in and their indoor bar that serves up delicious craft cocktails, beers and wines of all kind. Lucille is all about going local, specializing in local Texas drafts and house-made muddled cocktails that use fresh fruits and local handcrafted liquors. Just about any time you go to Lucille you can find good fun and decent drink prices, but join them for happy hour Monday-Saturday from open to 7:30PM and Sunday from 1PM-10PM and catch some of the best drink specials on Rainey. They’ve $4 Altstadt Kolsch on draft, $4 house red or white wine and $6 house cocktails like the Rainey Roma with Waterloo gin, grapefruit, mint and cucumber, El Jefe Loco Margarita with Sauza blue silver tequila, fresh cucumbers and jalapeños and the Lucille Special Tea with Deep Eddy sweet tea vodka. Come for the drink specials and stay for the friendly staff and good Austin fun.
A unique drink concept off W 4th Street, Academia is a college-themed hangout with good food, great drinks and an interesting atmosphere. The inside of the bar is warm and intimate, with a long bar, exposed brick walls, dim lighting and academic tapestries hanging from the ceiling. On the menu you’ll find everything from draft and bottled/can beers, red and white wine and complex specialty cocktails made with an intriguing mixture of ingredients. The tempting cocktail menu is divided into Undergraduate drinks that are more refined, Graduate cocktails that are new and obscure and Elective mixed drinks that will start a delicious fire in your belly. The Painkiller has Santa Teresa 1796 rum, Plantation pineapple rum, Giffard coconut, nutmeg and orange, The Laphroaig Project is comprised of Laphroaig 10 year scotch, green chartreuse, yellow chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, peach bitters and lemon and the How Black Do You Like It is made up of Tullamore dew, oxidized espresso Irish cream and Fernet Branca. During Academia’s after-school happy hour Monday through Friday from 5PM-8PM, you can find killer drink specials like $6 craft cocktails and $5 Highballs. Try the Americano with Campari, house blended vermouth and Topo Chico, the Dark and Stormy highball with Plantation 3 Star rum, Gosling’s rum, ginger syrup, ginger beer and lime or the Kalimotxo with Spanish red wine, Mexican Coca Cola and cinnamon.
The Market and Taproom
Set in the Warehouse District inside a historic Austin building, The Market and Taproom deems itself as a classic cocktail bar with a vintage feel. This specialty watering hole is located inside an old building built in 1902, and inside feels inviting and relaxed. The tap room is warm and friendly, serving up delicious craft beers of all kinds in an atmosphere surrounded by wood and exposed brick. The main level upstairs is where the cocktail magic happens and people can’t get enough of the gorgeous views, seasonal cocktails and warm city air on The Market’s rooftop. The Butter Pecan Manhattan cocktail contains pecan-infused Old Forrester bourbon, Angostura bitters, sweet vermouth and butterscotch liqueur, the Blackberry Aviation is made with blackberry-infused Bombay gin, Luxardo Maraschino and lemon juice and the Rooftop Mule is a mouthwatering melange of 3 Olives Elvis Presley Coconut Water vodka, ginger beer and fresh lemon juice. Not only does The Market have great Austin vibes, but it also has daily drink specials and an awesome happy hour that draws crowds from all around Austin. During happy hour, you can get $4.25 house wine, $3.75 well drinks, $3 domestic beers and $3.25 imports as well as great deals like Sunday Funday with all day happy hour and bottomless mimosas, Tuesday Booze Day with $5 craft cocktails and $4 Jager and Fireball shots and Thursday Her Day, where ladies can get any pink drink for $4.
Popular neighborhood gastropub and cocktail bar Drink.Well is an award-winning watering hole that specializes in tasty pub snacks, inventive craft cocktails and an extensive beer, wine and spirit collection that includes 75 types of whiskies. The delectable food menu has a handful of bar bites that include Roasted Olives with rosemary, orange peel and red wine vinegar and Pommes Frites with pink peppercorn aioli and red pepper harissa as well as Heartier Fare such as Crispy Brussel Sprouts with butternut squash puree, toasted almond crumble and spiced honey, Windy Meadows Family Farms Dry Rub Chicken Wings with spicy crema, benne and chive and the Spicy Pei Mussels and Chorizo with white wine, Fresno peppers and cilantro creme. The cocktail list is seasonal and each drink is the perfect reflection of the changing ingredients of each season. The Blade Runner cocktail has Hayman’s London dry gin, Leblon cachaca, suze, Liber and Co., pineapple gomme, lemon and celery shrub, the Disco Mystic has Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Italicus Bergamotto, Liber and Co., orgeat, lime and orange bitters and the Jaded Sage has Laird’s Straight Apple brandy, mizu lemongrass shochu, Dolin, Genepy, Lillet Blanc and cardamom bitters. During happy hour Monday-Friday from 4PM-6PM, you can find great drink specials including $6 select craft cocktails like the Vesper with vodka and gin, Lillet Blanc and orange bitters, the Sidecar with Brandy St. Louise, Grand Marnier and lemon and the Gimlet with house gin or vodka and DW lime cordial.
American gastropub Salty Sow is known for their mindfully sourced, appetizing farm-to-table cuisine, rustic chic setting and fantastic food and drink specials. Salty Sow brings the taste of local farms and purveyors to Austin with their contemporary, chef-driven farmhouse fare. On the menu is everything from delicate Hors D’Oeuvres like Bacon and Gruyere Roasted Bone Marrow with parsley puree and Truffled Deviled Eggs with Salty Sow bacon and chives to Things in a Jar and larger platters like the Candied Pork Belly with collard greens and soy balsamic syrup and Petite Bone-In Filets with mushroom, red wine sauce and bone marrow. The drink menu is chock full of specialty wines, craft beers and handmade Signature Sips including Rosemary’s Piglet with pomegranate juice, rosemary syrup and bubbles, Charlotte’s Web with strawberry moonshine, black pepper simple syrup and balsamic drizzle and the Moscow Sow with Prairie Cucumber vodka, Grandy Poppy liqueur, ginger beer and lime soda. During their happy hour 4:30PM to 6:30PM every day, Salty Sow offers a handful of $5 wines and $4 craft drafts as well as $5 tacos and $5-$6 shareable plates like Duck Fat Fries, Chicken Liver Mousse and Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken. They also offer $2 off all beer, wine and signature cocktails during happy hour, so you can have any cocktail you want for only $6.