South Congress, or SoCo, is famous for its eclectic shops, restaurants, music and art venues, and food trucks. Attracting both locals and tourists with its commitment to the “Keep Austin Weird” motto, it remains one of the most popular neighborhoods in Austin to enjoy a happy hour, especially on Friday!
This guide features six restaurants where you should kick off your weekend right and enjoy these Friday happy hours on South Congress!
This retro-modern cafe emerged in 2003 in a building that was once a drug store built in the 1940s. South Congress Cafe maintained the charm and history of the building by keeping the original brick structure, but added modern flair with various architectural details. This balance of old and new reflects their menu, too, as the cafe seeks to serve both classics and creative ideas alike. Known for its Bloody Mary, carrot-cake French Toast, and daily brunch and dinner, South Congress Cafe remains a hotspot on South Congress!
Stop in for happy hour on Friday from 3PM to 6PM for $2 off glasses of wine, $3 bottles and draft beers, $5 house margaritas, $5 mojitos and frozen lemonades, and $5 infused Bloody Marys and mimosas!
Chic and vibrant — these are two words we’d use to describe June’s. This all-day cafe and wine bar features a petite, dog-friendly patio as well as a classically-styled interior complete with a vintage jukebox, cozy banquette seating, and a long marble bar. Inspired by Spanish tapas bars, Parisian cafes, and hipster NYC wine bars, the aesthetic here is unmatched!
You can’t go wrong with the food and drink options either, as June’s offers breakfast, brunch, and grab-and-go pastries and coffee by morning and an all-day bistro menu late into the evenings paired with a frequently changing wine and bar program. Find incredible deals like 25% off all food, 50% off sparkling wine, and $2 off other drinks during June’s happy hour on Friday from 4PM to 6PM!
With New American dishes, a raw bar, wine, and drinks enjoyed in modern digs, Central Standard is always a good option. Located in the South Congress Hotel, this spot is perfect for a group dinner or brunch, or a Friday happy hour after work with co-workers or friends. The extensive menu features items that everyone can enjoy and the location is convenient!
If you’re stopping in for happy hour on Friday, you’ll find $2 off select cocktails and half of bottles of wine from 3PM to 6:30PM, so be sure to take advantage of those deals!
Featuring some of the best burgers on South Congress, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is a fan-favorite and consistently delivers with delicious food and an incredible dining experience. This spot is the original Hopdoddy location, making it even more special, and features mouthwatering specialty burgers like the Llano Poblano burger and the El Diablo burger. Plus, their crave-able truffle fries are freshly cut, made in house, and truly one of a kind.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar is an easy pick for one of our favorite Friday happy hours on South Congress with its famous $5 happy hour from 3PM to 6:30PM. This $5 list includes seasonal burgers, starters, wines, select craft beers, and boozy drinks!
Güero’s Taco Bar is a vibrant part of South Austin, where the locals flock for hand-shaken margaritas made in the original way with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Featuring interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex, this spot does not disappoint with its handmade corn tortillas, Mole, authentic Tacos al Pastor, and more!
No happy hour list is complete without a taco spot, and Güero’s is one of the best. From 3PM to 6PM on Friday, stop in for $2 off margaritas, $2 domestic beers, and $1 off chili con queso!
As a new take on the American diner, Joann’s Fine Foods offers a tribute to diner culture with a modern twist. The menu features Tex-Mex favorites and California inspired healthy options, meaning there is something here for all taste palettes! Classic breakfasts, milkshakes, enchiladas, fish tacos, colorful salads, daily juices, a pecan-burning grill… need we go on?
Be sure to stop in on Friday from 4PM to 6PM for happy hour offerings including 25% off food and $2 off cocktails, beer and wine!
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