Hot happy hours
7 under-the-radar happy hours shaking up Austin's cocktail scene
A funny thing happens in Austin after the first cold front hits. Jorts and Tevas give way to crisp button-ups and boots, cold brews give way to hot coffees, and summer hermits poke out to be social again. Looking to join the merry crowds? Check out our guide to autumn’s coolest new happy hours.
This new market and restaurant in the Lamar Union development knows what makes happy hour dreams come true: carbs and plenty of them. On weekdays from 3-7 pm, choose from $7 arancini, $6 fried Monterey Jack, $10 truffle fries, or a creamy artichoke dip for $8.50. Build a solid foundation for a couple of glasses of wine with $12 pork meatballs slathered in a zesty marinara.
The signature restaurant at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets. Almost every day has a different deal, from $1 East Coast oysters from 5-10 pm on Tuesday to the complimentary chef’s choice bites served at the bar from 5-7 pm on Thursday. That’s in addition to the regular discounted drink menu available from 5-7 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Why settle for a happy hour when The Carillon ensures a very happy week?
Edwin’s Sports Bar
Sixth Street scored another sports bar in June with the opening of the latest project from the owners of nearby Waller Creek Pub House — and some sizzling new specials. Every day has something new to try, from the discounted cocktails and craft beer on Tipsy Tuesday to the $8 frosé during the all-day Saturday yappy hour. The regular weekday happy hour, featuring $3 domestic beer, $4 wells, and $4.50 call liquor, is one of the longest in town with four blessed hours of fun between 3-7 pm.
Many restaurants keep the same happy hour menu for years, but this downtown Southern eatery always keeps it fresh by adding new dishes each season. Fixe is embracing fall with pimento cheese served with heart beef fat focaccia and tuna tartare served with butternut squash and pumpkin seeds. Pair them with the equally autumnal Bloody Sage, made with sage-infused Milagro Silver tequila, blood, orange, and lime. It’s only $7 at the bar or on the patio from 4:30-7 pm Monday through Saturday and 2 pm- close on Sunday.
Kicked Up Grub
This neighborhood gastropub has only been open since July, but it has already established itself as one of South Austin’s essential spots for after work drinks and snacks. The wide-ranging food menu covers all the bases with $5 fried pickles, dolma and hummus, and Chicken Balls of Fire — the restaurant’s panko-crusted version of jalapeño poppers. The booze is scandalously cheap too with $5 well drinks, $4 draft beers, and a $3 discount on all wines by the glass. The deals run 2-6 pm on Tuesday through Friday and 3-6 pm on weekends.
This downtown newcomer, opened on September 21, is already winning raves for its stylish, jewel-box interior and its playful combination of Italian and Texas cuisine. Try it out during happy hour, Tuesday through Friday from 5-6:30 pm, when guests can enjoy $2 off a curated list of cocktails, beer, and wine. But take it easy on the house focaccia. You’ll want to save room for small plates like calamari fried in a graham cracker crust and roasted cauliflower with a sprightly basil gremolata.
East Austin’s favorite boozy ice cream parlor already does happy hour right with a quartet of cocktails available for $6 every Tuesday through Friday from 3-7 pm. But for October, its bringing even more magic with special Witching Hours on the same days. Fall under the spell of a pumpkin spice latte milkshake or a jet black sundae. Along with everything else on the fall menu, they are $1 off on the select dates.