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7 eclectic East Austin restaurants with hot happy hour deals

7 eclectic East Austin restaurants with hot happy hour deals

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 Bring a friend (or five) to Native Bar & Kitchen's happy hour. Photo courtesy of Native Bar & Kitchen

When it comes to Austin happy hours, it’s difficult to beat the east side. There, you’ll find not only prime people-watching, but some of the most eclectic menus in town. In a fancy mood? Go for bubbles and raw seafood. Feeling a bit more casual? How about some egg rolls and a beer. Whatever the mood, sizzling discounts await every day of the week.

If Garfield hates Mondays, maybe that’s because it's the only day of the week this New York-inspired restaurant doesn’t offer happy hour. But on Tuesday-Saturday from 3:30-6 pm and until 10 pm on Sunday, guests will feel like the cat’s pajamas with $5 cocktails; $4 draft beers and wines; and a $7 menu of bites like Rueben-inspired bruschetta, salmon schmear, and country pate.

Hillside Farmacy
The happy hour at chef Sonya Coté’s flagship restaurant isn’t new, but it’s always worth a revisit for some of the best deals in town. On weekdays from 3-6 pm, take 50 percent off swanky snacks like a charcuterie and cheese plate, crab cakes, peel-and-eat shrimp, and mac ’n’ cheese. For drinks, enjoy $2 discounts on classic cocktails or glasses of bubbly.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
With a stylish patio facing the Colorado River, this ranch-to-table eatery is the closest thing Austinites can get to the country without leaving city limits. Commune with nature Wednesday-Friday from 5:30-7 pm and Tuesday from 5:30-9:30 pm while downing half-off bottles of wine and select cocktails. Fittingly, the $5 snacks are all classic Texas comfort foods like pimento cheese, deviled eggs, Texas caviar, and dry-aged beef stuffed yeast rolls stuffed with barbecue butter.

Licha’s Cantina
Five is the magic number on this East Sixth Street cantina’s happy hour menu, available from 4-6 pm on Tuesday-Friday. Five cocktails, ranging from a classic margarita to the horchata and rum Bonita, are all $5. Snacks like grilled corn; quesadillas; and sopecitos topped with lengua, tinga de pollo, or avocado keep the $5 theme going.

Mongers Market + Kitchen
This seaworthy east side hot spot makes a splash Tuesday-Friday with a curated selection of snacks and raw bar favorites. From 4-6 pm, dive into smoked fish dip, roasted shishito peppers, ahi poke tacos, and blue crab fingers — all for $6 each. Drinks like draft beer, wines by the glass, and sangria have nice discounts, too.

Native Bar & Kitchen
The restaurant inside this trendy hostel just revamped its happy hour food menu in late August, adding four $5 shareable plates, including curry vegetable egg rolls, sambal barbacoa tostadas, baby banh mi, and fish puppies with adobo aioli. Available from 4-7 pm Tuesday-Friday and all day Monday, the deals also include $8 cocktails and half-off canned beer and wines by the glass.

The newish East Austin destination may take the words "happy hour" literally, but the 5-6 pm deals are offered every day of the week. Besides, who wouldn’t rush for treats like pumpkin seed hummus, ceviche tostadas, and smoked cheddar-jalapeño sausages? All are $8 or less during the hour, along with cocktails like grilled fruit sangria and watermelon mint palomas.