Staying in downtown Austin? Attending a conference at the Austin Convention Center? Here are some of our favorite places for Happy Hour that are within walking distance:
Parkside. Credit Carrie Ryan.
301 E. Sixth St.
Parkside, a gastro pub on Sixth Street, offers New American cuisine including an impressive raw bar—which carries as many as 16 varieties of oysters.
Happy Hour details: Half off beer, cocktails and bar food; on Mondays, all signature martinis are $5; on bubbles Wednesdays, all sparkling wine and oyster platters are 1/2 off.
When: Monday- Friday, 5-6:30 p.m.
709 E. Sixth St.
Easy Tiger is a bakery, café and beer garden all rolled into one fun place to hang out. Two words: beer cheese.
Happy Hour details: $3 select local draft beer and whiskey cocktails; $3 sausage links and pretzels with beer cheese. $3 off Antonelli’s cheese plates.
When: Monday- Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Swift's Attic.
315 Congress Ave.
Swift's is located above the iconic Elephant Room on the second floor of an historic Austin building that originally was the home to the Swift's Premium Food Co. Their menu is creative and fun, making Swift’s one of my favorite spots to have Happy Hour with friends.
Happy Hour details: $6 specialty cocktails, $5 select wines, $2 select beers and $1 off domestic drafts. Amazing and affordable small plates.
When: Monday-Friday, 2-6:30 p.m.
718 Congress Ave.
Located just a few blocks south of the Capitol and across from the iconic Paramount Theater, The Townsend is one of my favorite spots in town. The bar has a beautiful interior and offers perfectly crafted cocktails, tasty bites and, later in the evening, regular live music in the back.
Happy Hour details: $8 craft cocktails
When: Monday- Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Red Ash. Credit Robert Jacob Lerma.
303 Colorado St.
Located at Third and Colorado Streets, this new spot is a wood-fired-oven Italian restaurant featuring simple Italian fare: wood-fired specialties, house made pasta and family-style dishes. My favorite small plates to order during Happy Hour include their wood roasted vine tomatoes and burrata, wood grilled octopus and their Italian bread.
Happy Hour details: In bar area, $2 off all cocktails, beer and wines by the glass. Appetizers, salads and small pastas for $7.
When: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
200 Congress Ave.
Located in the Second Street District, Second Bar + Kitchen has recently added a Happy Hour menu to their offerings! Rejoice!
Happy Hour details: Small selection of cocktails that you can only order during Happy Hour and range between $5 to $7. Specials also include a $1 off draft beer and half-off select bottles of wine.
When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
La Condesa Margarita Pour. Credit Jody Horton.
400A W. Second St.
Also located in the Second Street District, La Condesa serves up my favorite margarita in town. Ask for the Margarita La Clasica. They have a full bar with an extensive tequila and mezcal list.
Happy Hour details: Half off all drinks in the bar area. Food menu during Happy Hour features a la carte tacos and tostadas, ceviches and carne asada.
When: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
208 E. Fourth St.
Meaning sin in French, Péché is Austin's first absinthe bar. Péché offers a large selection of pre-Prohibition style cocktails, a curated wine list and French food.
Happy Hour details: Half off food and $5 select drinks
When: Happy hour all night on Sunday and Monday; 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday
Contributed by Katie Cook.