Happy Hour is a great way to discover new restaurants and bars. In addition to drink discounts, it's fun to share small plates with your friends and colleagues. Happy Hour is Austin's most social time so we asked some of our favorite local food and cocktail writers to share their top places for Happy Hour in Austin:
"I love The Townsend for Happy Hour! It's located just a few blocks from the Capitol and it's a short drive to tons of fun dinner spots. The decor is like a cool, dark library, and the addition of their delicious bites makes it the perfect place to hang out a while."
- Natalie Paramore, NatalieParamore.com
"Alcomar's happy hour is every day from 3 - 7 p.m. with $9 gulf oysters, $10 ceviche, $11 crab & guac, $8 queso flameado, $6 house margaritas, and more. Order me the queso flameado and a frozen margarita, and I'll be a super happy camper. Aside from a beautifully designed space (reminiscent of a contemporary beach house), Alcomar’s lunch and dinner are on point with lobster, soft shell crab, snapper, gulf oysters, shrimp, scallops, as well as steak, and chicken."
- Jane Ko, A Taste of Koko
"With all the new happy hours pop up constantly in Austin, it’s impossible to pick just one - so I’ve chosen my top two! Fukumoto is a neighborhood izakaya in East Austin that offers yakitori, sushi, and other innovative small plates. During happy hour, they have wine and beer specials, as well as discounted dishes. My go-to is their silky, creamy housemade cream cheese tofu with shaved bonito flakes and ponzu sauce. Other must-tries are their yakitori (naturally) and sashimi plate. I also always order the ankimo and firefly squid when they’re available."
- Melody Fury, Gourmet Fury
"I also love propping up on VOX Table’s gleaming marble bar for top-notch cocktails and bar bites. Their cocktail menu changes seasonally and they also have cocktails on draft and an old fashioned program. I usually start off with a dozen freshly shucked oysters followed by other signatures like the smoked hamachi pipette and bravas-inspired chicharron. I especially enjoy how sharable these plates are."
- Melody Fury, Gourmet Fury
"Inside Austin's outdoor shopping center, the Domain, lies the best happy hour in the city. North Italia offers the 'bottle and board' deal from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This includes a full bottle of wine along with your choice of a charcuterie board or pizza. They also offer $4 glasses of wine or sangria during the happy hour. It's my favorite way to end (or kick-off) a day of shopping!"
- Juliet, Juliet Ate Romeo
"My favorite spot for Happy Hour is undoubtedly Salty Sow. Most of their items range from $5 - $6 and you can easily walk out of there spending no more than $40 for two people and you'll be full. I could eat their crispy brussel sprouts and the fried chicken every day. The environment and ambiance is also exemplifies the East Austin charm."
- Hayden Walker, Austin Food Magazine