Austin gets hot, so it’s only natural that you’ll get thirsty. Why fight it? Ditch your Austin apartment and grab drinks after work at one of the city’s excellent happy hours instead. Here’s a list of the best happy hour deals in Austin bars that you can hit up Monday through Friday with a midweek date or your work buddies.
Monday – Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar
4800 Burnet Road, #450
On Monday, head over to the Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar for their major all-day happy hour specials: you can get $1 off any glass of wine, or bring some friends and get a full $10 off any bottle! Apothecary is an awesome spot for small bites or a full meal, and their wine selection is great for an apres-work drink.
Tuesday – Tapasitas
800 West 6th Street
Tapas, cheap drinks and a great view… what more could you ask for, really? Tapasitas is a hot and cold tapas restaurant where you’ll find everything from raw seafood to pizza.
They offer endless happy hour on Tuesdays along with deals between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and a reverse happy hour Friday night between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
And with happy hour drinks between $4 and $5 and some tapas at just $5 a plate, it’s a deal you won’t want to miss! Tapasitas’ lounge seating and patio are great for getting drinks after work with some friends, and the view of 6th Street is ideal for some entertaining people-watching too.
Wednesday – Contigo
2027 Anchor Lane
Contigo has a great happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the real treat is their Wednesday-only deal: free Ox Tongue Sliders between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.!
Contigo’s daily specials include $6 cocktails, $1 off all draft beers and glasses of wine, and cheap appetizers starting at just $2. The ambiance is cool and rustic, with wooden restaurant and patio tables and Texas ranch decor.
Thursday – 219 West
612 West 6th Street
One of the most trendy Austin bars, 219 West has several happy hour specials, so check it out any day of the week – not just Thursdays. Their deals run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The daily specials will get you cheap drinks and “Half and Half” appetizers (half-price plus 50 cents), but if you go on a Thursday and stay after happy hour’s over, you can also get $5 Belvedere cocktails after 9 p.m.!
Friday – Aviary
2110 S Lamar Blvd
Part bar and lounge, part home decor store (for the shoppers out there!) and all awesome, Aviary is probably one of the most unique Austin bars.They have great wine deals all week, but you can get $10 off all bottles all day on Fridays.
The lounge is really cool, with unique decor– plus, you can buy everything in there from the chair you’re sitting on to the glass you’re drinking out of– well, maybe not that exact glass, but they’ll sell you a new set of glasses just like it.
They also have a large patio and some delicious eats– the meat and cheese plates are a crowd favorite.
Austin’s a great town for happy hour deals, so your options are endless, but get started with these spots and you and your office buddies will have an amazing time grabbing drinks after work!