Nothing brightens a dreary workday like drinks and snacks on special where everybody knows your name. For the happiest of hours in Austin, try these neighborhood favorites with high-end food and drink at great prices.
Like their sister restaurant Uchi, Uchiko recently updated their "sake social" menu, offered daily from 5-6:30 pm. Different nigiri, temaki, and tastings are available to snack on while $3 sake and Sapporo will quench your thirst. Uchiko has the distinction of being one of the only restaurants to offer desserts on happy hour (currently a jasmine cream with cilantro granita), and other highlights, which include the white miso tofu, a mix of sweet and savory with soy tofu, black sesame sauce, strawberries and Thai basil. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-4808
Happy hour runs from 3-7 pm at this local favorite off 360 (though there are two other locations). Try the bacon-wrapped Texas quail, with jalapeño and peach jam, or the smoked beef rib quesadilla—with gooey cheese, tender beef, peppers, and onions (which is definitely a meal on its own). Add one of their speciality margaritas (pomegranate sage!) to round out your experience. 3600 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Bldg. D, 512-351-9399
Specialty cocktails for $3? Easy Tiger makes it so. From 4:30-6:30 pm, order a Manhattan, Easy 76, shandy, or local draft on the airy patio of this bake shop and beer garden, and snack on discounted pretzels, sausages, and Antonelli’s cheese. Whether you’re looking to relax by the river or join in the communal ping pong tables, it’s a delightful place to spend a sunny afternoon. 709 E. Sixth St., 512-614-4972
You’ll never leave Salty Sow hungry, and their happy hour deals from 4:30-6:30 pm are no exception. Five dollars is the general theme, covering wine and cocktails (blanche, the frozen blood-orange margarita, is a favorite), and snacks like the carnitas taco or decadent duck fat fries, served with an egg and bearnaise. Sit in their boisterous swine-adorned dining rooms or out on the breezy patio. 1917 Manor Road, 512-391-2337
Drink specials start early at the restaurant from James Beard nominee Bryce Gilmore, with discounts including $6 draft Palomas and half off bottles of wine and large format beer from 2:30-6:30 pm. Food specials begin at 5 pm, and while the menu rotates seasonally, the craveable pretzel with pig face carnitas and fried egg puree is usually a fixture. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-433-6521
Take your favorite cocktail connoisseur to this intimate gastropub serving up some of the best bar food in Austin. Happy hour runs from 4-6 pm during the week and all day on Sunday, and includes select $6 cocktails and discounted bar snacks. A popular neighborhood joint, seating fills up quickly, so arrive early to stake a table. 207 E. 53rd St., 512-614-6683