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AUSTIN Happy Hours

Any recommendations for happy hours in Austin? Please comment on both the food and beverages.

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  1. McCormick and Schmick in the Frost Bank Building at Congress and 4th, does an incredible cheeseburger and fries for $2 during happy hour. Its a deal for an early dinner. Also spinach artichoke dip that is good and a selection of other items, all very reasonable. The bar area isn't very big - and they won't serve you the bar menu anywhere else in the restaurant. Happy hour ends at 6pm.

    Even better is Manuel's, on Congress between 3rd and 4th. All their appetizers are half price during happy hour (4-7pm). The food is high quality and different. Hongas guisados, gorditas, quesadillas, queso (not just melted velveeta but queso blanco), guacamole, and of course nachos. Premium tequila, great margaritas. I like the atmosphere as well. Not too noisy, booths and tables. You can relax, talk.

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    1. re: nancythenice

      Be aware that to participate in the dirt cheap app menu at McCormick and Schmick they have a two drink minimum purchase requirement.The quality of the mix was not commensurate with the price[about 7 bucks apiece]

    2. Here I go, again... I can't help it! The Roaring Fork!!! $1 off all drinks, $6 Green Chili, Pan de Campo (pizza), Dr. Pepper Braised Ribs, etc. See the website. If you get there at the right time, the free bar snacks include the crispiest, best beef jerkey ever! They will also sell the jerkey by the pound. Great people watching out of the window on Congress.

      1. Malaga and Kyoto have good deals. Can't remember exact details.

        1. Please keep the suggestions coming. I have been to all of those listed above. Trulucks NW (a seafood restaurant) is the forerunner so far for having both delicious food and drinks. The food is fresh, tasty and inventive and served up in large portions. The beverages are classic bar drinks done right. While a huge fan of Roaring Fork's food, I find their bar drinks undrinkable, bordering on medicinal. That was actually the consensus of a group of twelve friends...and unfortunately none will agree to go back there for happy hour.

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          1. re: oishimono

            I found this on their website:
            "Stay for our cocktail happy hour from 4:30 to 7:00 and enjoy half price appetizers."

          2. Eddie V's has a great happy hour (good drinks, good food deals, and a wonderful wine list). Dona Emilias makes great mojitos and caprhinas and a nice appetizer menu. Also, this time of year the happy hour at the Four Seasons offers the opportunity to warm-up next to the fireplace, and they make an excellent cocktail.

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            1. re: shelbyk

              Eddie V's excellent crab cakes are half price ($6 I think) during happy hour. Unlike most places, they are almost entirely made of crab meat instead of filler.

              1. re: Brian Lindauer

                What else do you all recommend at Eddie V's happy hour?

                1. re: cowfish

                  I love the George Banks scallops. They have several appetizers that are 1/2 price in the bar area during HH. They also make a great lemon drop martini