The Infamous Best Austin Happy Hours List
Every Thursday, in my final semester of college, my roommates and I would partake in happy hours. This is a compilation of those adventures. Kids, make sure you dilute your margaritas with plenty of chips & salsa.
1= The drinks were gross
3= Nothing special
>3.5= I'd come back.
5= I crave it often.
1= You come here solely for the coffee. You don't stick around. You leave right when you get the coffee.
3= Nothing memorable. Again, typical hipster set up.
5= I wish I lived here.
3= Nothing memorable.
5= I crave this food.
|Venue||The Good||The Bad||HH Rating||Food Rating||Ambiance|
|Mijo's||Their beer drink with chili powder and tamarind: yum||Ambiance is bleh. Too much fluorescent light. The salsa was horrible here.||4||2||1.5|
|Trudy's||The Mexican Martini. Yum. Yum. Yum. The salsa is fresh and yummy.||Crowded. The ambiance is meh and unlit.||4.5||3||1.5|
|El Taquito||Giant, goblet-size margaritas and good tacos. The prices are ridiculously cheap. Best bang for your buck.||Not close to anything. You'll probably be too drunk to drive anywhere after this (maybe that's a good thing?).||3.5||4||1.5|
|Curra's Grill||The wall murals were cool.||The salsa was not great and the set up of the tables was crowded.||2.5||2||2|
|Irie Coffee Shop||Eh, a coffee shop||2||2|
|Cork & Co.||Downtown. The waiters are really nice.||The wine selection is not great.||2||2|
|Maiko Sushi||Good location.||Sushi is mediocre.||1.5||1.5||2.5|
|J. BLACK'S Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge||Super sweet staff, carefully crafted drinks||Too sweet.||3||2|
|Javelina||Good drink selection. Nice patio.||The ambiance of the bar area is not great.||3.5||2.5|
|Z'Tejas||Good location.||Drinks too sweet. The food is not good.||2||1.5||3|
|Dolce Vita||Delicious desserts, unique drinks.||It's not well lit, and the drinks aren't anything unique.||2.5||3.5||3|
|Fliptonic||Nice outdoor seating, not many unique happy hour offerings||The drinks are not the best.||3||3||3|
|El Arroyo||Great salsa and strong margaritas. Lot's of outdoor seating.||There are better outdoor patios to sit on.||4||3||3|
|Shady Grove||Outdoor seating, music.||The cocktails are nothing special. The inside ambiance is like a fast food diner.||2.5||1.5||3.5|
|Easy Tiger||Baked goods & a bar. Lots of beers on tap. Outdoor seating.||Wish they had better lighting inside.||3||3||3.5|
|Apothecary Wine Bar||Chill environment, good wine||Expensive. Good place for wine and dessert.||4||3||3.5|
|Icehauer's||Best sangria in ATX, slightly carbonated, not too sweet||Not well lit inside.||5||3.5|
|El Alma||They have margaritas and sangria.||Not my favorite salsa. The drinks were a little too sweet for me.||3.5||3.5||3.5|
|Malaga Tapas Bar||In a great part of the city that is lit up with Christmas lights. The Sangria was good, but not the best.||The people working here were snobby.||3||3||4|
|Paggi House||Indoor, outdoor feel; great drinks||The people working here are snobby.||4||4||4|
|Searsucker||Great unique drinks, near DT||Snobby. Limited seating. Their happy hour ends quite early.||4.5||4||4|
|Banger's||So many beers on tap. Best spot to get a beer in ATX.||Always so crowded.||5||4.5||4|
|East End Wines||Great ambiance of east Austin, outdoor seating. The guy will help you find the perfect wine. The best place to buy wine in ATX.||The corkage fee sucks (especially for a night when they're not busy).||5||4|
|El Naranjo||On Rainey, great margs. Everything is freshly made. I saw the barista muddle fruit for guava margaritas.||Early happy hour.||4.5||3||4.5|
|Brew Exchange||Great beer, cool ambiance. Right in the middle of downtown.||The people working here are so snobby.||4.5||4.5|
|Peche||Unique cocktails. Cool idea of an absinthe bar. Makes you feel swanky.||Drinks are so expensive.||4.5||4.5|
|Whistler's||Great outdoor place for beer and there's a dumpling trailer in the courtyard.||5||5|
|Benji's Cantina||Great, potent margaritas. Nice patio area on a rooftop. Yummy salsa and chips.||Snobby wait staff.||4.5||4||5|
|TnT: Tacos & Tequila||Great drinks and tacos, great atmosphere. Have different types of salsa and sweet potato chips, which are unique.||Really nothing. I want to say bad things about this place because I want it to be my secret spot no one knows about.||5||5||5|
What are your favorite happy hour spots? Comment below.