*** Updated March 2017! ***
When one works a busy job in downtown Austin, one sometimes feels driven to drink after a long day’s work. Most of my favorite bars these days are on the Eastside, but usually my friends and I want a drink immediately post-work and don’t want to get in our cars, drive, park, et cetera. By that point you’ve basically missed the happy hour window.
While downtown Austin is generally more pricy than boozy pockets of east and south Austin, if you know where to look you can sniff out a great deal on both food and drinks every day of the week. There’s some prime people watching opportunities too, if you’re into politicians and businessmen boozing and schmoozing.
Are you a fellow downtown Austin happy hour aficionado? Notice any that I’ve missed? Or is something outdated? I try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible but businesses always be changin’ their specials… if you have anything to add/change drop a comment at the bottom of the post.
Downtown Austin Happy Hours By Start & End Time:
Swift’s Attic / 315 Congress Ave / Monday-Friday 2:30-6:30pm
Drink Specials: $6 specialty cocktails, $5 select wines, $2 Bud Lights, $1 off domestic drafts.
Food Specials: $4-8 bar food like edamame, brussels sprouts, shishitos, beer nuts, etc.
Maiko Sushi / 311 W. 6th St / Monday-Friday 3pm-close, Saturday-Sunday 5pm-close
Food Specials: Discounted rolls ($4-9) and all sorts of Japanese bar snacks
Drink Specials: A plethora of cheap drinks ranging from $3.25 beers to $6 wine to discounted cocktails, check out tthe HH drink menu here.
*** A Time To Kale Fave! SO cheap, basically HH all the time, festive “clubby” atmosphere (haha)
Searsucker / 415 Colorado / Monday-Friday 4-6pm
Food Specials: $4-7 small plates – duck fat fries, beef tartare, sweet & spicy calamari, pork belly
Drink Specials: $5 wine, $5 house infused cocktails, $3 beers
*** A Time To Kale Fave! Gotta love $5 vino and decadent little snacks in a bright, pretty space.
Lavaca St Bar / 405 Lavaca St / Every day 4-7pm
Food Specials: none, but Surf & Turf Po’ Boy has a window inside and they are AMAZING
Drink Specials: $2.50 domestics, $3 wells, plus rotating daily drink specials – check their website.
Péché / 208 W 4th St / Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm; Sunday-Monday all night
Food Specials: Half-off bar snacks like pommes frites, mac & cheese, mushroom fritters
Drink Specials: Selected $5 fancy cocktails
Fixe Austin / 500 W 5th St / Every day 4-7pm; Sunday & Monday all night
Food Specials: $6-10 snacks like biscuits, deviled eggs, trout dip, pickles
Drink Specials: $1 off all beer, cocktails, wine by the glass
Truluck’s / 400 Colorado / Every day 4:30-7pm
Food Specials: $6-8 bar snacks like shrimp cocktail, oysters, calamari
Drink Specials: $6-7 glass wine & bubbles, $6-8 delicious cocktails
*** A Time To Kale Fave! Fancy seafood & booze at not-too-fancy prices when you hit ’em up at HH.
Cru Wine Bar / 238 W 2nd St / Monday-Friday, 4:30-6pm
Food Specials: $3-5 small plates – goat cheese balls, mussels, calamari, etc.
Drink Specials: $3 off glasses or flights of wine; Thursdays 50% off all bottles of champagne!
The Bonneville / 202 W Cesar Chavez / Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-6:30pm
Food Specials: $6 seafood snacks, $7 flatbread pizzas and ribs
Drink Specials: $2 off cocktails, $2 off beers, $7 wine by the glass
Parkside / 301 E 6th St / Monday-Friday 5-6:30pm
Food specials: Half off entire bar food menu, including oysters, cheeseburger, bar steak
Drink Specials: Half off beer and liquor. Mondays = discounted martinis all night
*** A Time To Kale Fave! Great atmosphere and best deal on a steak & martini downtown.
Backspace / 301 E 6th St / Monday-Friday 5-6:30pm
Food Specials: Half off all antipasti: beets, olives, cheese, etc.
Drink Specials: Half off beer & wine
*** A Time To Kale Fave! So many tasty small plates and good wine.
The Driskill Grill / 604 Brazos St / Sunday-Wednesday 5-7pm, Thursday-Saturday 4-7pm
Food Specials: Discounted bar food menu
Drink Specials: Rotating cocktail, wine, margarita, and beer specials – every day is different, so check out the link!
Vince Young Steakhouse / 301 San Jacinto Blvd / Monday-Saturday, 5-7pm
Food Specials: Entire bar food menu $10: Lobster Rolls, Wagyu Brisket Burger, Crispy Quail, etc.
Drink Specials: $2 off signature cocktails, $3 off glass wine, $1 off house drinks, $4 draft beers
TRACE at W Austin / 200 Lavaca / Monday-Friday 5-7pm
Food Specials: Half-off bar nibbles – charcuterie, cheese, fries, mac & cheese, etc.
Drink Specials: $4 Texas beers, $5 Texas spirits, $7 glass wine and craft cocktails
Firehouse Lounge / 605 Brazos St / Every day, Open-8pm
Food Specials: $2 off all bar food (tacos, sliders, etc.) excluding the small “snacks”
Drink Specials: $2 off all drinks excluding canned beer
The Living Room at W Austin / 200 Lavaca St / Monday-Friday, 5-7pm
Food Specials: Discounted bar food – brisket sliders, duck nachos, truffled popcorn, etc.
Drink Specials: Half-off house cocktails, $5 Texas spirits, $7 wine, $4 Texas beers
Halcyon / 218 West 4th / Every day 6-8pm & 11pm-1am
Food Specials: 1/2 off bar snacks like hummus, flatbreads, mac & cheese
Drink Specials: 1/2 off Texas beer, spirits, house wine, well cocktails
Any other readers, bloggers, or HH lovers out there have their two cents on awesome downtown Austin happy hours? Don’t be shy, holler at me in the comments!
This list is all my own “research” (aka drinking + Googling things) and opinions, and it’s also part of the 2017 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide! I started this list for the 2015 AFBA City Guide and have been updating it ever since, so it’s still guaranteed to be good for 2017, woohoo! Check out the link (or click the graphic below) for more essential round ups from Austin’s top food bloggers. Cheers y’all!