- March 21, 2018

Here’s Your Complete Guide to Austin Happy Hours

We’ve all heard stories about major business deals being made on the golf course, and yes, they’re often true. The moral of the story is often misconstrued as needing to take up golf to get ahead in business. But that’s an oversimplification. The actual takeaway is broader: Get to know potential business partners on a personal level.

Happy hour is a great place to make friends with colleagues. Sharing a drink, a bite to eat, and some quality time allows you to connect with professional acquaintances in ways that lead to friendships.

Austin is a great town for happy hour. Places with happy hour drink specials, appetizer discounts, and inviting atmosphere are all over Austin. And we at Austin.com have your definitive guide to picking your next happy hour spot no matter where you work.

North Austin Happy Hours


You can find plenty of North Austin happy hour spots, but if you want a variety of restaurants and bars within a small area, head over to The Domain.  This fancy-schmancy shopping center gets its reputation from all the high end restaurants it houses. Cruise down Rock Rose Avenue and see which places attract you. You’ll find weekday happy hour specials at 77° Rooftop Bar, Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, The Dogwood, and Kung Fu Saloon just to name a few.

Venture off Rock Rose Avenue, and you’ll find other happy hour favorites like Copper Restaurant + Dessert Lounge and Urban: An American Grill. Stray outside The Domain, and North Austin has plenty more to offer such as our list-topping Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar.

South Austin Happy Hours


The late Austin American-Statesman columnist John Kelso made a running gag out of referring to South Austin residents as “bubbas” and other synonyms for rednecks. But you wouldn’t get that impression from the fine establishments on our list of South Austin happy hours.

Using their shareable appetizers with a Spanish flair, Barlata Tapas Bar is helping South Austin develop a more cosmopolitan reputation. Happy hour at Barlata gives you the opportunity to enjoy tapas, paella, wine, and cocktails at discount prices. Your mouth will go on a journey to Spain.

Bring your tastebuds back across the Atlantic for Mexican seafood at Alcomar Mariscos y Mas. Get your colleagues prepared to collaborate by sharing a pitcher of margaritas.

And don’t miss out on other dynamite happy hour spots like Black Sheep Lodge, Odd Duck, Winebelly Vino & Tapas, Porter Ale House & Gastropub, and more.

East Austin Happy Hours

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While the common conception of East Austin is hole-in-the-wall Mexican food and trendy gourmet restaurants, the most intriguing happy hour special in that part of town is fish and chips at School House Pub. Pair a $5 fish and chips special with a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon or Lone Star, and you’ll walk out with a fat wallet and full belly.

The food is the main attraction at other East Austin happy hours. If you need some sustenance at happy hour, try Haymaker for knockout burgers, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile for upscale dining, and Sawyer & Co. for the tastes of New Orleans.

West Austin Happy Hours


By visiting West Austin happy hour restaurants, you can take a culinary trip around the world. Traipse across Europe at Fabi + Rosi. Relax in Italian opulence at Visconti Ristorante & Bar. Journey to the Mexican interior at Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar. Mosey over to the American Southwest at Chisos Grill. The world’s cuisine awaits in the hills of Austin.