Sit Back & Relax!
Words By Kaitlyn Pleasants Photo by Matt Bradford
Love authentic Austin sips and small plates? Here’s our list of some of the best happy hour spots located on the fabulous east side.
1. Family-Friendly Happy Hour
Enjoy happy hour a little bit earlier at Café Mueller. This 3pm to 7pm happy hour is an available option after some much needed shopping. You can enjoy $1 pints and wine, plus munch on $3 mid-day snacks like hot wings (Buffalo, Korean BBQ, or Mango Habanero), Mueller queso, fried pickles, or sliders. Kids eat free on Monday, and their playground it set to open late June. Enjoy Wine Wednesday for $10 bottles of wine plus 25% off specialty drinks. 1801 East 51st Street
2. Wine Happy Hour
Blue Dahlia Bistro hails a happy hour for the not-so-average wine lover. Blue Dahlia offers $5 wine by the glass, and an extensive wine list for those who enjoy a bit of bubbly of every variety. Choose from white wines, roses, bubbles, and red wines. Blue Dahlia’s Monday through Friday happy hour is good from 3pm to 6:30pm, leaving you plenty of time to choose your next favorite wine.
1115 East 11th Street
3. Themed Nights Happy Hour
Contigo’s nightly happy hour themes will surely satisfy your appetite to try the next best thing on their menu. Snag a $6 Old Fashioned on Mondays, $2 local Austin beers on Tuesdays, half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays and, while supplies last, $1 fried chicken on Thursdays. If that doesn’t sound like enough choices, dive into their sweet and savory small bites, like their curry and cayenne popcorn, pigs in a blanket, or ox tongue sliders. 2027 Anchor Lane
4. Local Favorite Happy Hour
Salty Sow is a neighborhood favorite and for a good reason. Their happy hour hits the spot at an affordable price point with $5 signature sips and $5 tasty, chef created bites. Choose between their tasty tacos, famous truffled deviled eggs or your choice of fries- duck fat or eggplant. Enjoy Salty Sow’s happy hour everyday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 1917 Manor Road
5. Authentic Mexican Happy Hour
Takoba’s traditional Mexican food pairs fresh, local Austin faire with imported ingredients from Mexico for an authentic Mexican flavor and a great happy hour to boot. Sip on $1 off all tragos and draft beer and nosh on half priced appetizers. And who doesn’t love $6 ceviche? Monday through Friday 3pm to 6pm. Brunch is served on weekends from 10am to 3pm and offers $5 Bloody Mary’s and $1.50 mimosas. 11411 East 7th Street
6. Authentic Asian Happy Hour
Xian Sushi and Noodle’s delicious flavor, sushi rolls, and fresh, hand-pulled noodles you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Plus enjoy happy hour specials from 5pm to 7pm, Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. Be sure to mix and match sushi rolls, lobster dumplings, or rocky shrimp starting at just $4 each. Wine by the glass and Kirin Light is also $4 during happy hour. 1801 East 51st Street, Bldg. C