The 10 best happy hours near East Austin's hip new condo community
If you're looking to move to where it's all happening, you won't find a better spot than EastGate condominiums.
Located right between the cool neighborhoods of Cherrywood and French Place, these modern condos are the ideal balance of high-end amenities and prime location, with 17 different floorplans from which to choose. The best part? Starting in the low $200s, they are at a price point that won't break the bank, so you'll still have the means to get out and experience what your new neighborhood has to offer.
And one of the best things the area has is an abundance of happy hours. Here are 10 of the best, all near your new home.
Feel like you're escaping the city by sitting outside at the picnic tables, drink in hand, and just enjoying the evening air. Happy hour here lasts from 5-7 pm, Monday through Friday, and includes $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass, along with reduced prices on the bar snacks (the popcorn comes dusted with either cinnamon, cayenne, or candied peanut, and is eminently shareable). Signature cocktails are $2 off as well, so you can have a Vinegaroon (tequila, Herbsaint, pineapple, sage, and mezcal) in one hand and a Moscow Mueller (vodka, pear, lemon, and ginger) in the other.
Another al fresco hangout, this bake shop and beer garden leans heavily on the latter during happy hour. Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm, sausage links are $5, a small pretzel with beer cheese is $3, and Antonelli's famous cheese plate is $3 off. Wash it all down with an old fashioned or vodka Collins ($4 each), an Easy Shandy ($3), or select local draft beers (also $3).
Rather than a set special that lasts all week, Haymaker changes it up daily (and the deals last all day, too). On Mondays, you'll find $2 off specialty cocktails, while Fridays get you $2 frozen margaritas (add an extra buck for a beer rita). Tuesdays are for Texas pints and Texas liquors ($3 each), and Thursdays offer $2 Mexi-cans and tequila. Whiskey Wednesday means $2 off whiskey plus $1 off pints, but Saturdays get you $1 off beer cocktails, $3 wells, and $2 "white trash" can beers. Sunday Funday is guaranteed with $2 mimosas, $3 Bloody Marys and red sangria, plus $2 off all pitchers.
The happy hour at chef Sonya Coté's flagship restaurant, housed in a drugstore that operated from the 1950s-'70s, is one 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.
This spot also had a former life, as a laundromat, but now it's a magnet for foodies and cocktail connoisseurs. It's so popular that happy hour is limited to only an hour, Monday through Friday from 5-6 pm, but during that magic time, you can get Snacky Bits (apps like beet hummus, potato chips with pimento cheese, and fried oysters) for $5 and half off drinks. The day to really let loose is Monday, when bottles of wine are half off all day in honor of Monday Funday.
This East Sixth Street favorite keeps its prices low all the time. That's good, because then you have some money leftover to head out back to the East Side King food truck and load up during their "Happy Happy Time," which runs Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm. Specials include half portions of Karaage ($3.50), crispy fried beets ($2) and Brussels sprouts ($3); roasted pork belly buns ($3 each); and full portions of Liberty Rice for $2. If you're still craving a deal, Liberty offers a shot and a beer every day for $6.
An offshoot of the original Rainey Street location, this east side haunt is also a converted home with a killer patio. During the 4-7 pm happy hour (11 am-2 pm on the weekends), you can get $1 off drafts, wells, and specialty cocktails. That's your chance to try the El Camino, a blend of jalapeno and basil-infused Milgaro tequila, agave, and lime juice, or the Lustre Lemonade, a refreshing mix of Ketel One vodka, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, and soda.
Contemporary farmhouse fare is the bread and butter of this American gastropub (which is right across from the EastGate condos), but you can add some serious sips during happy hour. Craft drafts are $4 and select wines by the glass are $5 from 4:30-6:30 pm every day, along with $2 off signature cocktails like the Pigroni (Tru organic gin, Grand Poppy liqueur, sweet vermouth, and burnt orange) and the Charlotte's Web (strawberry moonshine, black pepper simple syrup, balsamic drizzle, and lemon juice). Tacos are $5, and shareable plates range between $5-$6 (be sure to try the honey rosemary-dipped fried chicken and the duck fat fries).
The cocktail choices here are vast, and Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm they're all $7-$9. Options range from the trendy Aperol spritz to the classic Moscow Mule to the experimental Log Lady, a concoction of brandy, rum, lemon, spiced cider, bitters, and Islay mint. The menu changes seasonally, so expect new favorites to try nearly every time you visit.
Yellow Jacket Social Club
This low-key joint likes to keep its drinkers on their toes, tossing up specials on social media at seemingly random intervals. But there is a set happy hour from 3-7 pm, Monday through Friday, which includes $1 off drafts (except for Coors, which is always $2); $2 PBR and Lone Star longnecks; $1 Pearl Snap cans; $4 wells; and $1 off most other mixed drinks. Those who just can't wait for the weekend can indulge in a Bloody Mary for $5.
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