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11 happy hours to cool you down this summer

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It may be a hot summer but it can’t stop you from keeping cool at your favorite happy hour.


Here are some of Austin’s finest happy hour deals.

DRINK at Fareground | 111 Congress Ave.

This modern food hall-style eatery has six restaurants, two bars to choose from and happy hour on weekdays at DRINK. Drinks start at $4, with a wide selection of $5 beers, $6 cocktails and $7 wines.

Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Garage | 503 Colorado St.

Bougie, semi-underground speakeasy Garage is known for its hard-to-find location and retro interior. During happy hour, you can get some of its signature secret cocktails for just $6.

Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

House Wine | 408 Josephine St.

A self-proclaimed “unpretentious” wine bar, House Wine says it sources its bottles from small batch and boutique vineyards from around the world. Though you can get $2 off glasses or $6 bottles daily, House Wine has unique happy hour specials for each day of the week.

Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. daily, all day Wednesday

Irene’s | 506 West Ave.

Stopping for a quick drink during happy hour at popular brunch bar Irene’s will get you a free bag of popcorn! This aviator-esque bar offers $3 draft beers, $4 well drinks, $5 frozen cocktails or wine glasses and $6 snacks during happy hour.

Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Lou’s | 1900 E Cesar Chavez St. and 1608 Barton Springs Rd.

This roadside micro-chain eatery is a cozy place to stop for a burger and brew on a warm summer night. On weekdays you can get half off its classic burger, Lone Star brews and sangria—plus wine bottles on Tuesdays!

Happy Hour: 3-5 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Monday-Friday

Péché | 208 W 4th St.

This downtown absinthe bar will also keep you well-fed with its French-inspired cuisine if you show up at the right time. The almost daily happy hour offers $6 drinks and half-off certain dishes.

Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, all night Sunday and Monday

Salty Sow | 1917 Manor Rd.

Head to Salty Sow for some New American food in the Cherrywood neighborhood. For two hours every day, you can get $2 off cocktails and beer, $24 select wine bottles and $6 by the glass, $4-6 appetizers and $7 honey rosemary fried chicken.

Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily

Second Bar + Kitchen | 3121 Palm Way

Located inside the North Austin Archer Hotel, happy hour at Second Bar + Kitchen has big yields with $5 cocktails, wine glasses and beers; $4.50-$7 appetizers and discounted pizzas.

Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

Sour Duck Market | 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

You can get 20% off your entire order during happy hour at Sour Duck Market. You read that right—20% off three days of the week.

Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

Stagger Lee | 87 Rainey St.

This Rainey Street favorite bar slings $3 domestic beers, $3 wells and $5 frozen margaritas or wine by the glass every day of the week.

Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Uncle Nicky's | 4222 Duval St.

Get your happy hour on early at Uncle Nicky’s Italian Bistro every day from 2-5 p.m.—$2-3 beers, $5 glasses of wine, $6 spritzes, $2 disco lemonade shots or a $25 wine and cheese plate.

Happy Hour: 2-5 p.m. daily

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The main driver of the higher budget are an increase of $1.8 million in the cost of personnel and benefits, based on an authorized strength of 153 employees, an increase of 10 over the number authorized for FY 2022.

The cost of the appraisal district’s budget is paid by the 135 local government agencies it serves, including 60 municipal utility districts, 21 cities, 18 emergency services districts, 17 water control improvement districts, 15 school districts, plus Travis County, Central Health, Austin Community College, and one road district. School districts pay for more than 52 percent of TCAD’s budget, cities more than 19 percent, the county nearly 16 percent.

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