Colleen’s Kitchen offers $7 cocktails during weekday happy hours. | Photo by @hanna.sik_
On the rocks, neat, dirty, frozen, or zero proof — we’re spilling the Long Island iced tea on the best happy hours in Austin.
Here are 17 places around town offering the best deals right now. So drink up and be merry. (Hours listed are HH only.)
Hold Out Brewing | Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m. | This brewery offers $5 pints during happy hour, plus $6 sangrias, $6 classic and veggie burgers, and $2 Underbergs.
Keeping spirits up
DrinkWell | Mon.-Sat., Open-5:30 p.m. | Expect $8 classic cocktails, half-off wines, $4 beers and $2 off of bar snacks and shareables at this North Loop gastropub.
The Roosevelt Room | Daily, Open-7 p.m. | Indulge in a $9 classic cocktail, such as the fruity “Vodkadora” or decadent “Charlie Chaplin,” or take advantage of 20% off bottles of wine.
Hungry for meal deals
Colleen’s Kitchen | Mon.-Fri., 3-5:30 p.m. | Eat for cheap at Colleen’s Kitchen happy hour, with $5 snacks including pimento cheese, hush puppies, and an array of biscuit sandwiches. Pro tip: Wine is also $6 and cocktails are $7 during these times.
Loro | Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. | Dig into $8 brisket tostadas, $7.50 chicken karaage, and $5 boozy slushies at this Asian-Texas fusion restaurant.
Off the vine
Second Bar + Kitchen | Sun.-Thurs., 3-6 p.m. | Enjoy $5 glasses of wine, beers, and cocktails, plus discounted starters and pizzas at this chic spot.
Bufalina Due | Daily, 4-5:30 p.m. | As if offering half-off pizzas weren’t enough for this Burnet Road spot, the restaurant also offers $5 house wine pours and draft beers.
Péché | Sun.-Fri., Times vary | You won’t want to pass off a $6 cocktail from this downtown French restaurant — the spot also offers half off of certain dishes.
Happy hour’s not over yet. Click the button below for nine more recommendations.
Roots & Wings Festival | Now-Sat., Nov. 5 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Multiple locations | Free | This two-week festival honoring butterflies + bees includes events around Austin, such as pollinator garden planting + guided walks. 🦋
Wednesday, November 2
Carrie Underwood | Wed., Nov. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr. | $39.50+ | The country superstar is in Austin for one night on her “Denim and Rhinestones” tour. 🎸
DIA on Día: A Día de los Muertos Celebration | Wed., Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. | 3Ten at ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. | $13.50+ | This show — produced by EQ Austin — involves performances by local artists in honor of Día de los Muertos, a holiday of remembrance.
Thursday, November 3
Music in The Park at Indeed Tower | Thu., Nov. 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Park at Indeed Tower, 200 West Sixth St. | Free | This event for Austinites of all ages features blues group Shadow Band + eats from SXSE Food Truck. 🎶
Echosmith | Thu., Nov. 3 | 6-11:59 p.m. | Parish, 501 Brushy St. | $25+ | Echosmith is making a stop in Austin for “The Hang Around Tour,” with opening performances from Phoebe Ryan and Band of Silver.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
If you enjoyed Friday’s rain showers, we have good news for you: another round of storms is headed for Austin this weekend. Expect a strong storm system to start moving through Central Texas on Thursday and Friday. ⛈ (KXAN)
BiGAUSTIN, a nonprofit supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, is building a $65 million center with 400 affordable apartments. The Aspire development is set to be constructed at 8000 Centre Park Dr., a few miles east of The Domain. 🏗 (Austin Business Journal)
Community First! Village is more than quadrupling in size with the addition of another 1,400 homes at its East Austin community for people experiencing homelessness. The neighborhood currently has 400 homes, and hopes to open the new residences by 2025. 🏘 (KVUE)
UT history professor Toyin Falola has been named a Member of the Order of the Niger, one of the highest honors given by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Falola’s work on Nigerian history + scholarship has helped to raise awareness about the legacy of the African nation. (The Daily Texan)
Friendly Rice, a Black educator who advocated for children during Jim Crow-era Austin, is honored in three new art installations in East Austin. Read more about Friendly’s legacy. (KXAN)
A handful of Austin athletes are headed to Florida this week to participate in the 2022 National Deaf Pickleball Tournament. Learn more about Lizzie Bloom and her teammates going for the gold. (Austonia)
A Texan won a cool $1 million this past weekend by matching five of the six Powerball lottery numbers. The jackpot — which is awarded to players who match all six numbers — is still up for grabs, and has grown to the second-highest prize in history at an estimated $1 billion. 💰 (Austin American-Statesman)
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Waterloo Greenway’s Día de los Muertos event includes family-friendly activities. | Photo by @waterloogreenway
Today is Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring the souls of deceased family and friends through food, drinks, and ofrendas.
The holiday is recognized by many of the estimated ~9.5 million Texans of Mexican descent — here are three waystoparticipate in Austin.
Día de los Muertos at Waterloo Park | Tues., Nov.1-Wed., Nov. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater | Free | The stage will be transformed into a community altar at this two-day event featuring local music + dance performances, Latino-owned vendors, and face painting.
AVANCE-Austin’s Día de los Muertos | Wed., Nov. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center | $10+ | Eat dinner, watch dance performances, and take in a reading of “Rosita y Conchita,” a children’s book set during the holiday.
Día de los Muertos Festival | Now-Sat., Nov. 5 | 5-10 p.m. | Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center | Free | The center’s Austin Studio Tour exhibit opens on Tues., Nov. 1, ofrenda viewing begins on Wed., Nov. 2, and the festival takes place on Sat., Nov. 5.
Learn more about the history of Día de los Muertos here.
Today’s issue was written by London.
Editor’s pick: Hey, Austinites — I’d love your input on something.
We want to include mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks in our happy hour guide, but we need your help to find the good spots. Do you know of an excellent mocktail on a happy hour menu? Send us a tip.