We love a good meal as much as we love a good deal. Dining at happy hour is a fantastic way to try out a new restaurant at a fraction of the price. We partnered with Studio 512 to share our thoughts. We took into account value along with food quality. Additionally, we picked a variety of cuisines, formal/informal options, family friendly, and differing locations for this list. You should be able to find the happy hour that is right for you. Check out our segment in the video below (click here to get the recipe for our heirloom tomato, peach, and burrata appetizer)!
Here are our top happy hours in Austin:
(As menus and specials often change, be sure click on each restaurant listed to visit their website for specific pricing).
Uchiko – One of the best bargains for upscale dining in the city. Insider tip, be sure to arrive right at 5pm for the start of happy hour if you want to get in. This spot is in such high demand that if you are late, you will likely miss out on a seat. Enjoy their gourmet sushi and upscale Japanese street food for roughly half off. We love the $3 sake and their happy hour menu even features a dessert!
Red Ash Italia – This was our favorite new restaurant opening of 2016. The pasta is fresh made and dishes are cooked over red ashes on a see-it-to-believe-it grill. The happy hour plates are the almost the same size as dinner service and are a steal in comparison. We recommend ordering the clams (order the bread to sop up all that good sauce), the light-as-a-pillow gnocchi, and any of their pasta.
Frank – This casual spot serves up a screaming deal on beer and cocktails. Their food prices are incredible as well. Order the sausage board and for $10 bucks you’ll get 3 sausages, 2 pretzel rolls, and 2 types of kraut. It is a great snack for the whole table. Also, their pretzel is literally the best one we have had ANYWHERE! It is massive, super buttery and can also be found on the happy hour menu (get it with the cheese dip). We also love how Frank has one of the few downtown happy hours that goes until 7pm.
Jenna’s Asian Kitchen – If it’s too hard for you to get downtown by happy hour time, Jenna’s is a great spot for you all who live in North Austin. They have some of our favorite Asian dishes in town, and their happy hour menu is HUGE. Most notably, their crab rangoons are plump in size and use real blue crab (best rangoons ever). Be sure to order this and the yum yum k-pops while you are visiting!
Easy Tiger – This is the place to go if you are looking for a group happy hour, as the communal tables can fit a lot of people. We love the patio overlooking Waller Creek and the outdoor ping pong tables. Their sausages are more than half off and you can get your hands on $3 old fashioned cocktails. It’s the cheapest one we have found anywhere in Austin.
There are so many fantastic steals around Austin for happy hour, it was tough narrowing down our list to just five. What are your favorite happy hour spots around town??