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Unwrap big deals at these 6 Austin happy hours rolling out tasty taco specials

Unwrap big deals at 6 Austin happy hours rolling out taco specials

Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortilla offers select tacos for $4 during happy hour. Peached Tortilla/Facebook

Given Austin's passion for tacos, it seems like they should be on every happy hour menu in the city. Still, somehow, someway, most restaurants stick with burgers and small bites. While the Capital City’s denizens dream of a taco-topia, for now they are relegated to a few spots. Read on to find out the best daily deals all wrapped up in one spot.

Iron Cactus
Take advantage of $3 off appetizers during the daily social at this Sixth Street chain, featuring an especially indulgent treat — rich lobster tacos complete with layered Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños, spinach, and a decadent cream sauce. Pair it with a $3 domestic draft, $5 house wines, or a $3 discounts on tequila drink like a mango mint martini. All are available on weekdays from 3-6 pm.

Quality Seafood
This Austin institution on Airport Boulevard is a choice spot for affordable fish, especially when diners want it on a tortilla. From 3-6 pm, Monday through Thursday, guests can nab three blackened salmon street tacos for just $5.99. Select beers and wines (they change weekly) are also available for $2-$3. By the way, if this happy hour is a little too early, QSF offers $3 seafood tacos on Tuesday nights, starting at 6 pm.

La Condesa
Every weekday from 5-7 pm, this acclaimed downtown eatery offers up one of the best happy hours around. Jump into the bar area for half off all alcoholic beverages and select food specials, which includes a $6 carnitas taco and a $7 mushroom-centric option with white beans and a bracing mint-serrano salsa. While patrons are at it, they’ll also want to treat themselves by lining up the delectable guacamole tasting.

Peached Tortilla
This Burnet Road favorite’s social hour menu features a great burger that rightfully gets a lot of attention, but it also contains two fantastic $4 tacos — Kalua Pork (banana leaf roasted pork shoulder) and the Chinese barbecue pork belly. Drink deals include select $5 beers, $6 wines by the glass, and $6 cocktails. This happy hour runs from 5 pm to 7 pm in the bar and patio areas only. And should fans find themselves near Clarksville, sister spot Bar Peached offers similar deals.

Salty Sow
Head to East Austin for this fantastic happy hour, which is offered up every day from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The tacos are $5 each, and include crunchy cornmeal fried catfish, succulent pork belly, and drool-worthy pork carnitas loaded with white stone ground grits, Parmesan queso, and a fried egg. Select wines are $5, beers are $4.50 and a curated list of cocktails are $2 off.

Vivo
Taco options are aplenty at this Tex-Mex spot in the Linc shopping center. For just $6, hungry diners can choose two tacos from a list that includes carnitas, tilapia, pollo asado, mushrooms, and more. For another $6, pair the grub with a punchy drink, such as a house margarita or mezcal paloma. Score the deals from 4-6:30 pm on weekdays.