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Happy Hours in Austin

Ki Gray

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Austin is a great restaurant town, and one of the best ways to explore all the different possibilities is to take advantage of the many great happy hours. Some of the city's finest establishments offer drink specials, discounted appetizers, and a great atmosphere to sample their fare without committing to a meal. Here are some of the best happy hour deals out there:

Manuel's: With two locations, one downtown, and one in the Arboretum, Manuel's is famous for their high quality Tex-Mex in fun and festive atmosphere. Their half-price appetizers include some of the best ceviche in town, chicken mole, sautéed mushrooms, guacamole, and more. (310 Congress and 10201 Jollyville, Austin // HH 4-6 daily)

Eddie V's: Also with a downtown and an Arboretum location, Eddie V's focus on fresh fish is evident, even in their happy hour specials. Oysters always shine here, whether on the half shell or broiled, and their crab cake is justifiably famous. Tuna tartare and lobster bisque are among the other happy hour items. (301 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78701 // HH 4:30 - 6)

McCormick & Schmick: Although this is a chain, their Austin outpost is a popular downtown destination, and their happy hour is legendary. Oyster shooters, steamed mussels and ceviche are offered at insanely low prices, and the ½ lb cheeseburger is one of the best deals around. Spinach and artichoke dip, chicken satay and hot wings are also available, although the menu changes periodically. (401 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 // HH 5-7)

Kyoto: One of the better and more popular sushi deals in town, Kyoto's happy hour is brief, but incredible. With 2-piece orders of salmon, shrimp, conch, eel, and escolar running less than $3.00, diners may overlook the other delights, including savory yakitori and dumplings. (315 Congress Ave Suite 200 Austin, TX 78701 // HH M-S 6-6:45)

Austin Land & Cattle: This venerable Austin institution has a unique and steak-centric happy hour. With half price appetizers, carnivores can indulge in the steak sampler - 2 oz tasting portions of their rib eye, sirloin, and filet mignon. They also offer an upscale take on frito pie, as well as some incredible popcorn shrimp. (1205 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703 // HH M-F 5-7)

Uchi: Although you will most likely need a reservation, the early evening deals at Uchi are always fantastic, and at great prices. Mussels in lemongrass coconut milk broth are heaven, “tako pops" are tender little octopus grilled with a trio of seasonings, and they always feature one of their creative sushi rolls. Try a cold unfiltered sake, and enjoy. (801 South Lamar - Austin, Texas 78704 // HH 5-6:30)

Wink: The wine bar just adjacent to the main restaurant is a sophisticated yet warm room, with a friendly bartender and fantastic deals on appetizers. Wine flights are available, and one of the highlights of the bar menu is the trio of mini-burgers with either brie or foie gras. (1014 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703 // HH M-F 5-7)

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