King Henry V (or at least the Shakespearean version thereof) said it best: “Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour.”
True, he was referring to general good times and not the weekly ritual of seeking out cheap food and drinks, but the advice still rings true today. If only he had access to these kingly Austin discounts, the famously warlike monarch would have been a little more chill.
Austin Cheese Co.
This peppy Arboretum shop is most known for its vast selection of American cheese and other artisanal foods, but it’s also a cheerful place for a download sesh with a couple of friends. Go on Tuesdays to enjoy half-price bottles of wine between 4-8 pm. Pair with a charcuterie board or a daily regional cheese flight featuring some of the store’s most interesting selections.
Be More Pacific
This Filipino favorite, the 2018 winner of the Austin Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant, keeps the hits coming with specials throughout the week. Takaw Tuesdays (named for the Tagalog word for gluttonous) offers $3 brews and tacos all day. And from 4-6 pm during the Tuesday through Saturday happy, parties of six or more get a complimentary lumpia platter — a very good reason to expand your social group.
The Brewer’s Table
Patio weather is just around the corner, and this East Austin hot spot is ready. From 4-6 pm every weekday, the lager garden features bargains like a panini and pint for $8, house drafts pints for $4, pitchers for $15, and draft cocktails for $8. Should conditions outdoors take a turbulent turn, there’s no need to worry. The deals are also offered inside at the bar.
Fluff Meringues & More
This darling spot on Burnet Road isn’t just a place for desserts. Between 7-9 pm, guests can enjoy a well-earned nightcap during the weeknight reverse happy hour. Discounts include $2 off glasses of wine, $8 off bottles, and 20-percent off beer. Pair any with a decadent marshmallow flight with flavor choices like like lavender lemon drop with balsamic razzleberry sauce; sopapilla with whipped cream, honey, and crushed sea salt cracker; or peppermint hot chocolate dusted with cocoa powder.
Second Bar + Kitchen Domain Northside
For many Austinites, making it to a weekday happy hour on time requires a combination of office subterfuge and Formula One driving skills — but there’s another way. Instead of sneaking out of the office early, head to this Domain Northside eatery for the new late-night happy hour running every Friday and Saturday from 11 pm-2 am. The deals include select wines, craft beers, and cocktails for $5; a curated menu of half-off wines; and $5-$10 specials on plates like roasted red beet hummus, guacamole, salmon ceviche, and jumbo lump crab cake.
Monday is enough of a grind without having to throw dinner together at home. Luckily, this Manor Road eatery provides a break with an all-day happy hour. Between 4:30-9 pm, guests can enjoy $5 rosé sangria, $6 wines, and $7 pisco punch. Make sure to pair with cheap eats such as $6 papas with an alliterative aji amarillo aioli, $6 yuca croquettes, $9 calamari, and $7 bao buns.