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The Infamous Best Austin Happy Hours List

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The Infamous Best Austin Happy Hours List
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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.

HH Ratings.

1= The drinks were gross
3= Nothing special
>3.5= I'd come back.
5= I crave it often.

Ambiance.

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.

Food Rating.

1= Gross.
3= Nothing memorable.
5= I crave this food.

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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
Dedicated to: Jain, Dhanya, & Cody

What are your favorite happy hour spots? Comment below.