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
Some workers are done being overachievers.
Whether they’re consultants or software engineers, they’ve noticed they can get a full day’s work done and even if they have time to do more, they’re not going to. It’s a practice that has lately come to be known as “quiet quitting,” or not going above and beyond the required tasks at work.
Jill Chapman, a local expert with HR solutions company Insperity, talked about how different definitions of the phrase might come down to the employee’s attitude. Whereas one worker might be disengaged, another could be practicing some work-life balance.
“From an employer's point of view, if you're paying somebody you're paying them to deliver the results that you agreed upon, right?” Chapman said. “As long as people are meeting their deliverables, if they close down their computer at five o'clock, that's kind of the expectation.”
In Austin, a major tech hub and city that has flooded with knowledge workers in recent years, conversations around quiet quitting might be heightened.
“The tech workers would very often be the ones that were kind of leading the charge, with new ideas and new ways of working—we'd see them kind of permeate their niche before it went out to the rank and file,” Chapman said. “So I think that there is a significant number of people who are talking about this in that community.”
Still, this approach to work isn’t all that new even if the phrase is. Essentially, people are doing what they’re being paid to do, explains Andrew Brodsky, a professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
“When you come from a society… where you get as much work from your workers as you possibly can for as little compensation as possible, it shouldn't be surprising when you have workers take the same perspective and try to do as little work as possible,” Brodsky said.
He’s studied idle time in the office and remote work and says that for many jobs, eight hours isn’t needed some days.
“On the days you have less to do, should you just sit there moving your mouse every so often so that Microsoft Teams shows that you're active to your boss or should you try to find a way to view that time productively?” Brodsky said. “Maybe further your career training, or just taking a break and recovering from work so that you can come back fresh or on a day that you are busier.”
My take on #quietquitting
With Gen Z’s recent entrance into the workforce, young workers have been tied to the “quiet quitting” trend. The hashtag for the term has racked up 12.9 million views on TikTok and The Wall Street Journal said professionals of that generation “are saying no to hustle culture.”
But Brodsky says it’s likely more to do with how our employment psychological contract has changed. Boomers enjoyed rewards for being long-term employees with promotions and continual raises. Now, there’s less reward for staying loyal and giving 110%. For companies looking to reduce quiet quitting, however, Brodsky has some ideas.
“Many of these people feel like, whether they're Gen Z or otherwise, that they're doing what the company is doing. Organizations are using us, so we're going to use them,” Brodsky said. “In cases where you actually find ways to reward employees as opposed to paying external hires more… I imagine it would potentially make you stronger.”
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Austin is the top city in Texas for Gen Zers to settle down and eighth across the U.S., according to a new study.
The study, released this month by CommercialCafe, ranked which cities had the highest potential to be “Generation Z havens” based on affordability, unemployment rate, potential for remote work, recreation establishments and percentage of Gen Z population.
In eighth place, Austin scored 53.03 out of 100 total points with three other Texas cities joined the rankings: El Paso in ninth place, Houston in 11th place and San Antonio in 18th place.
A peek at the top 10 cities for Gen Z:
- Atlanta, GA, scored 66.9 points and has the most parks per resident
- Minneapolis, MN, scored 63.8 points and has the third-highest percentage of Gen Zers
- Boston, MA, scored 63.2 points and has the highest Gen Z school enrollment
- Tucson, AZ, scored 59.1 points and has the highest percentage of Gen Zers
- Raleigh, NC, scored 56.3 points and has the sixth-highest Gen Z school enrollment
- Columbus, OH, scored 53.7 points and sixth-best in affordability
- Seattle, WA, scored 53.6 points and has the second-lowest unemployment rate
- Austin, TX, scored 53 points and has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate
- El Paso, TX, scored 51.7 points and scored fifth-best in affordability
- New York City, NY scored 49.92 points and has the fastest internet speed
Austin scored relatively high in affordability compared to the rest of the U.S. with 16.43 points out of 20, though it ranked lower than the fellow Texas cities. El Paso scored 19.12 points for affordability.
The high percentage of Zoomers getting educated—the eighth-highest in the U.S. with almost half of residents 20-24 in school—have a good chance at getting a job since Austin has a 3.9% unemployment rate and high internet speed.