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Clark's Oyster Bar
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The best happy hour deals in Austin

Head to one of the best happy hour deals in Austin for discounted drinks and bites when you need it the most

By Anastacia Uriegas
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Austin is a work hard, play hard kind of city. Luckily, there are plenty of places for us to play hard—from the best dive bars in Austin to glamorous rooftop bars to bars serving the best craft beer in town, we're never without a watering hole to decompress in after a long day. That being said, all that partying can hurt your wallet. We did the research and found the best happy hour deals in Austin for the next time you want to play hard—without breaking the bank. 

Best happy hour deals in Austin

Irene's
Photograph: Courtesy Irene's

1. Irene's

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Market District

Irene’s Vinyl Happy Hour goes down every Monday through Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30pm, plus all day on Sunday. Deals include $3 house spirits, $3 pints, $10 beer pitchers, $5 pink sangria and $2 off all snacks like Irene’s famously indulgent spinach artichoke dip.

Native Hostel
Photograph: Courtesy Native Hostel

2. Native Hostel

5 out of 5 stars
Hotels Hostels Swedish Hill Historic District

Native Hostel is a new hot spot on seemingly everyone’s lips right now. The stylish digs are a legit happy hour destination every day from 3 to 6pm with $3 domestic tall boys, $4 Live Oak HefeWeizens, $5 glasses of wine and $6 Tito's Vodka mules. Hungry? Grab a flat top burger, fried chicken sandwich or buffalo seitan burger for just $7.

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3. Uchi Austin

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Japanese Bouldin

Held daily from 5 to 6:30pm, Uchi—and sister restaurant, Uchiko—both offer sake social hour to sample the best of the menu at a fraction of the regular cost, showcasing discounted signature rolls and $3 sake. Sushi offerings include kasai maki (salmon, shishito, chili aioli) and the like from $4 to $6!

June’s All Day
Credit: Alex Valenti

4. June's All Day

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American South River City

Austin’s chic “fern bar” offers an enticing happy hour everyday from 4 to 6pm with 50 percent off all food and sparkling wines and $2 off drinks. On Monday, bubbles are 50 percent off all night. And while it’s not on the happy hour menu, June’s does Indian Pub Night on Sundays starting at 5 pm with half off select wines and five Indian dishes.

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 Josephine House
Photograph: Courtesy Josephine House

5. Josephine House

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Hamburgers Clarksville

Josephine House is almost too pretty for words. White-washed walls and marble surfaces serve as a gorgeous backdrop for the cocktails and bites you’ll inevitably Instagram. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 3 to 5pm and includes 50 percent off all food and $2 off drinks, like the breezy La Piñata (Rey Campero espadin mezcal, Benedictine, pineapple juice, Topo Chico).

Italic
Photograph: Courtesy Italic

6. Italic

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Congress Ave District

From 2:30 to 6:30pm every weekday, get half off pizzas and all bottles of wine—every single one—at Italic. The simultaneously rustic and modern eatery also offers $3 glasses of rosé, $5 select wines and signature cocktails and $3 Peroni and Moretti bottles. Pro Tip: Get free garage parking on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30pm to close.

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7. Odd Duck

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bouldin

At South Lamar’s ever-inventive Odd Duck, happy hour is Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30pm, where guests can take advantage of 50 percent off food like redfish ceviche (tiger’s milk, cucumber, grilled olives, peaches). Drink specials start earlier, from 2:30 to 6:30pm, and include half off bottles of wine and large format beers as well as $6 draft cocktails—which is currently a very refreshing watermelon fresca.

8. The Roosevelt Room

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Warehouse District

The Roosevelt Room’s happy hour takes place every Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 7pm, and all night Monday and Tuesday from 5pm to 2am. Sip on $7 select cocktails like the old-fashioned, negroni, margarita, French 75, sherry cobbler and more in the comfort of the Roosevelt’s low-lit bar. Happy hour also includes $2 off wine and $1 off beer and food.

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Lamberts
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Johnny T.

9. Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Downtown

Every Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 7pm, guests receive 50 percent off appetizers and bar food (like the delicious roasted green chili queso) and $2 off drinks. On Mondays, happy hour goes on all night at the upstairs bar regarded as one of Austin’s best intimate music venues.

10. parkside

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Congress Ave District

Sixth street eatery Parkside is synonymous with happy hour; their daily deals have impressed Austinites for almost a decade. From 5 to 6:30pm every Monday through Friday, get half off all cocktails, beer and bar food. On Bubbles Wednesday, all sparkling wine and oyster platters are half off.

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Unit-D Pizzeria
Photograph: Daniel Cavazos

11. Unit-D Pizzeria

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Pizza Blackland

Modern casual pizzeria Unit D just launched happy hour every Monday and Wednesday through Friday (take note: they’re closed on Tuesday). And get this: Everything on the happy hour menu is $5 or under. Pair a tangy, spiced michelada made with calabrian chile peppers with chaat wings seasoned with fragrant Indian spices—or, perhaps, the white bean purée served with house-baked, sourdough flat bread.

12. Jeffrey's Restaurant

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American Clarksville

One of Austin’s top fine-dining restaurants hosts a happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the bar every Tuesday through Sunday, with deals on the elegant cocktails and fare Jeffrey’s is renowned for. The generous happy hour offers half price bar food—think dry-aged Wagyu burgers and lobster salad—and $2 off drinks. On Mondays, happy hour takes place all night long (uh, best way to start the week?).  

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13. The Townsend

4 out of 5 stars
Nightlife Congress Ave District

Drenched in dark inky blues and grays, The Townsend is a cocktail lover’s dream. The talented bar team creates perfect classic and original cocktails like the dashing Mr. Sinatra: Wild Turkey 101 Rye, spiced chai vermouth, yellow chartreuse, dry curaçao and aromatic bitters. Come by for all-day happy hour every Monday from 5pm to close with $8 select cocktails.

Juliet Ristorante
Photograph: Claire Hogan

14. Juliet Italian Kitchen

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Barton Springs

Every day from 3pm to 7pm, sip on $5 Italian patio pounders, including the Americano, Aperol spritz, Italian mule and Italian sunrise on their lush, shady patio. Happy hour at the newly re-launched Juliet also includes $5 off family favorites like meatballs, salmon crudo, calamari and grilled octopus.

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Backbeat ATX
Photograph: Courtesy Backbeat ATX

15. Backbeat

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Zilker

Don’t miss Backbeat’s generous happy hour on Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm (plus all night on Sunday!) for $7 classic cocktails crafted by Backbeat’s skilled bar team. Happy hour also includes $6 featured wines by the glass, $4 draft beers and $2 off all bar snacks like Antonelli’s cheese board with accoutrements.

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