Whether you’re in need of a post-work pick me up or a weekend hangout with your friends, happy hours in downtown Austin are a staple. There are so many awesome places to choose from, so choosing a spot can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!
We’ve compiled this guide of some of the best happy hours in downtown Austin so you can be confident in your decision the next time you decide to treat yourself!
Described as a laid-back spot on the University of Texas at Austin campus, Moody’s Bar + Kitchen features a welcoming experience for students, Austinites, and visitors alike! Featuring casual fare and a full bar, this is the ultimate hangout or game day spot. Plus, free parking is available behind the restaurant, which is always a perk in this city!
Stop in between 4PM and 7PM any Monday through Friday for happy hour offerings like $6 craft cocktails, $4 tall white claws, $1 off draft beers, $5 spinach artichoke dip, $1 wings, and free chips and salsa with any purchase!
This award-winning modern Mexican restaurant has one of the best happy hours in downtown Austin. Every Wednesday through Friday from 4PM to 6PM, find half off all drinks and deals on food like $7 quesadillas, $4 salsas, $7 nachos, and $2 tacos! It’s super affordable and the dishes and drinks are always tasty.
La Condesa also features a colorful, large interior, making it a great spot to hang out with groups. Plus, their margaritas are top-notch, which is always a win in our book!
Everyone needs a go-to sushi spot, especially when happy hour is involved! RA Sushi is a snazzy Japanese chain with inventive sushi and innovative cocktails. Find incredible sushi, signature rolls, and Japanese fusion cuisine in a high-energy, fun environment, perfect for a happy hour out with your friends!
Happy hour at RA Sushi is Monday through Saturday from 3PM to 7PM and 10PM to close and Sunday from 3PM to close. With a vibrant menu of dishes and drinks, including $2 off wines by the glass and other deals on iconic drinks like Patrón Emperor’s Margarita,
BarChi Sushi is a downtown Austin favorite, featuring fresh sushi and maki rolls as well as a variety of rare sashimi items. Plus, we love the stylish atmosphere and interior equipped with a LED-lighted raised dining area for special event dining as well as tall, secluded booths backed with creamy leather for a more intimate feel. Or if you want to see the chef in action, sit at the sushi counter!
For happy hour, stop in from 4PM to 7PM every Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays, happy hour lasts all day! During happy hours, you can get sushi rolls for as low as $4.50. Who can say no to that?
Drink in style at Péché, Austin’s first absinthe bar featuring a selection of pre-Prohibition style cocktails, a curated wine list, and French comfort foods. Bringing the ethic and mystery of the old world to life, Péché is an absolute gem of downtown Austin and brings a New Orleans-esque vibe.
Happy hour is all night on Sunday and Monday and 5PM to 7PM every Tuesday through Friday. The deals include half off select food and $5 cocktails, so be sure to stop in for an affordable, delicious meal and incredible libations.
Comfort food and happy hour, could there be a better combo? Irene’s offers this duo in a classic American bar featuring southern comfort food and strong cocktails with a vintage aesthetic and warm environment. With foods like breakfast sandwiches, pulled chicken and avocado sandwiches, dirty shells and cheese, Irene’s famous strawberry cake, and kolaches, you really can’t go wrong with any menu item!
For happy hour, stop in Monday through Friday from 3PM to 6PM and find deals like free popcorn, $2 off all snacks, $1 off all draft beers, and $4 house spirits.
Polvo’s offers an upscale dining experience paired with traditional Mexican cuisine, making it a beloved spot in downtown Austin. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dishes like migas plates, breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, as well as drinks like domestic and imported beers, specialty coffees, Bloody Marys, and its beloved frozen margaritas.
Stop in Monday through Friday from 4PM to 7PM for deals on foods and drinks, including $4.50 margaritas, $2.75 domestic beers, and $4 imported beers.
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