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!
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This award-winning modern Mexican restaurant has one of the best happy hours in downtown Austin. It happens very Wednesday through Saturday from 4PM to 6PM, featuring half-off adult beverages. Say yes to a $7 Watermelon Martini and some chips and queso!
La Condesa also features a colorful, large interior, making it a great spot to hang out with groups. Let’s not forget about their Sunday Brunch Happy Hour from 11AM-3PM. Sip on some top-notch Margaritas to avoid those Sunday Scaries!
We love stopping at The Well any time of day but happy hour is a favorite! On Wednesday – Sunday they offer half-off all alcoholic beverages excluding top shelf. The Lovell is our favorite for sure! The Well is redefining healthy eating in Downtown Austin and we are here for it. Each drink is made with fresh and local ingredients. The menu is also fully gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free.
We just checked out Higher Ground recently and they definitely have one of the best happy hours in downtown Austin. Happy Hour is between 4pm – 7pm on Tuesday through Friday! During this time they have $4 beers and $7 well drinks. They also offer $10 classics and half off of snacks and bottles of wine.
They also do $1 oysters on Tuesday evenings and $5 burgers on Wednesdays!
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 and signature rolls. Japanese fusion cuisine is always great in a high-energy and fun environment, which is 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. Let’s grab some Pork Gyozas and Kirin Sake Bombs for a great Sunday-Funday!
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 $5.50. 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 4PM to 7PM every Tuesday through Friday. The deals include half off select food and $6 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, $3 draft beers, $5 well drinks, and $4 frozens & wines. How about that weekday $15 lunch special from 11am-3pm? Soooo much yum!
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.
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