The west side of Austin is where you really see the Texas Hill Country start to take shape. Cross over MoPac Expressway toward the sunset, and you’ll be treated to picturesque views of the vast rolling terrain ahead. And sunset viewing is extra special here. Make your way to one of the following West Austin happy hour spots as the sky turns from blue to various shades of orange, pink, and purple. You’ll be glad you did!
10. Chisos Grill
Most times you think of happy hour, you probably imagine kicking back after a long day at work. At Chisos Grill, you may find yourself kicking back after a long day of shopping. This restaurant’s menu is inspired by the flavors of New Mexican cooking. The desert mountains may be hundreds of miles away, but the flavors are right in the middle of the Hill Country Galleria shopping center.
Happy hour features half price selected appetizers from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. plus $5 daily house cocktail, $2 off 20-ounce draft beer & $1 off wine by the glass.
Address: 12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Suite S-100, Bee Cave; Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
9. Cho Sushi Fusion
Cho Sushi Fusion wants your go-to comfort food to be Japanese fusion. Bye bye, chicken fried steak, and hello, yakisoba noodles. The happy hour menu features sushi and other food specials including a wide variety of rolls at great prices and a tempting selection of appetizers including $4 garlic edamame, $6 gyoza dumplings, and $7 spicy tuna tacos.
Address: 2422 Highway 620 South and 4300 North Quinlan Park Road; Happy hour: Monday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday happy hour at Lakeway location only)
8. Flores Mexican Restaurant
You may think you can find a good Mexican restaurant on just about every corner in Austin. Maybe you can, but if you go to a Mexican restaurant that has four locations in the Austin area, you know they’re doing something right.
Maybe it’s the happy hour that keeps Flores Mexican Restaurant in business. You’ll have to go to find out! When you do, you can get $1 off all beer, house margaritas, La Flor, and La Florita. Plus, they have a flavored margarita of the day for $4.
Address: 2127 Lohmans Crossing Road (and three other area locations); Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
7. 68 Degrees Kitchen
For downtown workers, 68 Degrees Kitchen is a west Austin happy hour only a short drive away. You can knock off work at 5 o’clock and be seated by 5:30. Two sisters run this Italian restaurant, and they’re going to make sure you have an awesome experience. At happy hour, you can get $2 off wine by the glass and $1 off beer and appetizers.
Address: 2401 Lake Austin Boulevard; Happy hour: Daily, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6. Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar
Interior Mexican food isn’t what your local hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex joint sells. You have to go off the beaten path for this food. But fortunately, Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar has that way far south of the border food you want. At happy hour, Las Palomas offers $5 margaritas, $1 off all beer, $5 appetizers, and more!
Address: 3201 Bee Caves Road, Suite 122; Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
5. 827 Ray’s Kitchen + Cellar
Wine aficionados, here’s your happy hour spot. 827 Ray’s Kitchen + Cellar serves what they call “unique, opulent cuisine and a rich selection of fine wines.” And at happy hour, their food comes with a nice discount. Try selections including oak fired chicken wings, baked goat cheese, and beef carpaccio.
Address: 3519 Ranch Road 620 North; Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Abel’s on the Lake
You can’t always get away for a day at the lake, so sometimes a happy hour at the lake is all your schedule will handle. Happy hour at Abel’s on the Lake offers you many discounted selections on food and drinks. Check out their $0.75 oysters on the half shell, $5 select appetizers, and $3.50 Real Ale drafts and Deep Eddy Vodka. Plus, there are more than a dozen beers at $4 a pint and $11 a pitcher.
Address: 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard; Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
3. Chez Zee American Bistro
Most people know Chez Zee American Bistro for their brunches and desserts, and you definitely need to try both. But happy hour at Chez Zee is great, too! With so many choices, their wide range of drinks and appetizers specially priced for happy hour will have you pondering the menu for a while. While you’re looking over the appetizer specials, you can start with a $4 frozen peach bellini, frozen margarita, or Texas beer. And that’s just the beginning of their drink specials!
Even though desserts aren’t on the happy hour menu, you’ll want to splurge. Just plan on it. You’ll see people at another table with desserts, and you won’t be able to control yourself.
Address: 5406 Balcones Drive; Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
2. Visconti Ristorante & Bar
At West Austin’s luxury Italy-inspired Hotel Granduca, the decor isn’t the only facet that makes you feel like you’ve taken a flight to Europe. The hotel’s Visconti Ristorante & Bar holds a special happy hour — called Aperitivo — each Thursday night serving cocktails and Italian bites with live music.
Address: 320 South Capital of Texas Highway, Building B; Happy hour: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1. Fabi and Rosi European Kitchen
A German man meets an Austin woman on a friend’s yacht in Spain. Oh, yes, there will be some good food coming out of that encounter. Fabi + Rosi offers classic European dishes with a modern twist. During happy hour, you can get $6 starters, $10 cheeseboards, $2 off wine, $8 off bottles, and $3 beer. Take your tastebuds to Europe!
Address: 509 Hearn Street; Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This article is part of a series about Austin Happy Hours. Be sure to check out our posts about South Austin Happy Hours, East Austin Happy Hours, Downtown Austin Happy Hours, North Austin Happy Hours, Central Austin Happy Hours, Austin Outdoor Happy Hours, and Austin Day Trip Happy Hours, too!
Featured photo courtesy 68 Degrees Kitchen.