Happy hour with kids in tow? While happy hour may no longer be a post-work ritual like in those pre-parenting days, when 5 p.m. rolls around and you’re ready to kick back responsibly with an adult beverage, there are plenty of places to go in Austin — where the kids are welcome, too. Of course, before you head out with the kids, don’t forget to you have your designated driver or favorite ride-share at the ready!
— El Chilito
We love the casual, no fuss environment at all El Chilito locations (Manor Rd., East 7th & Manchaca). Patios are always a plus when we’re out with our busy brood. What’s even better is that El Chilito locations offer a daily happy hour featuring $2 Mexi-cans of beer and $2 frozen sangria, as well as $2 off delicious appetizers.
Happy hours: Daily, 3-7 p.m.
Special: $2 Mexi-cans & sangria, and $2 off guacamole, queso & ceviche.
— Phil’s Ice House
You can’t go wrong with Phil’s for their fun playgrounds, proximity to Amy’s Ice Creams, and menu that appeals to all the kiddos. All three Phil’s locations (South Lamar, Burnet Rd. and N. 183) offer “Parent’s Recess”, a happy hour in the late afternoon/early evening that’s perfect for some extra festive playdates or early bird dinners with the family.
Happy hours: Monday – Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Special: Half off on draft beers & wine
— Central Market
Yes, it’s a grocery store. But hear us out… Central Market on North Lamar has a fantastic playground, great cafe with a menu of kid-favorites, and you can buy a whole bottle of wine from their huge selection and share it with your friends on the patio. Plus, Central Market has a pretty impressive lineup of musicians that play on their outdoor stage each week, adding even more to your night out.
Happy hours: whenever you want
Specials: beer & wine available in the Cafe or check in-store weekly specials
— Maudie’s at The Triangle
Not only do we love this spot for margaritas, cervezas and Tex Mex, we love their Triangle location in North/Central Austin in particular because it’s situated right next to a little playscape and big grassy field for the kids to play in.
Happy hours: Mondays, 3 p.m. – close; Tuesday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Specials: $1 off beer, $5 signature margaritas, $4 & $5 food menu
— La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern
La Mancha has one of our favorite patios in North/Central Austin for an easy breezy dinner out with the kids. While they don’t have a big play space, they do have a small fenced area of astro turf that our kids truly can’t seem to get enough of when visit. You’ll find kids running around and rolling down it almost any night of the week. Plus, they offer happy hour deals every day of the week, including free ice cream for kids during Sunday brunch.
Happy hours: Monday & Wednesday – Friday, 3 – 6 p.m., all day on Tuesdays, Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Specials: Vary by day. Click here to view the full list of deals.
— The ABGB
It’s no wonder that Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB) won 2016 Great American Beer Festival Brewpub of The Year. It’s a great place to hang in South Austin. This is an all ages, pet friendly venue with big picnic tables for easy outdoor drinking and dining. The ABGB philosophy is “Beer Makes It Better”, and their craft brews are definitely worth sampling. Head over for happy hour, dive into their great food menu and stick around for live music (some early shows start at 6:30 p.m.)
Happy hours: Tuesday – Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Specials: $1 off pints, $2 off pitchers
— Easy Tiger
When our kids think of Easy Tiger, they immediately think of giant pretzels and they are ready to go. We think of that great back patio Downtown on E. 6th St. or the big open beer garden at their North location, an awesome selection of drinks and a fun place to hang out and play ping pong. Plus, Easy Tiger’s happy beer selection & hour specials are pretty great.
Happy hours: Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Specials: $3 for Old Fashioned or Manhattan, Easy Shandy, Sparkling Rouge and Select Local Draft Beers. $3 for Sausage Link, Small Pretzel & Beer Cheese and $3 off Antonelli’s Cheese Plate.
— The Brewtorium
The Brewtorium is a locally-owned casual brewpub with a spacious open warehouse-like layout, big patio and plenty of parking in North Austin near the ACC Highland Campus. You’ll find a great assortment of craft beer and lots of great menu items such as pizzas, sandwiches, salads and snacks. There’s also lots of games on hand to keep the kids happy while you relax.
Happy hours: Tuesdays, 4-10 p.m.
Special: $5 off pitchers of beer
Another Manor Road spot, Haymaker is a fun place to sit outside on the patio and enjoy one of the many seasonal craft brews on their expansive menu. They offer drink specials all day, every day including $3 Texas Pints on Tuesdays and $3 Beer-ritas on Thursdays.
Happy hours: all day, every day
Specials: The list varies by day & is pretty long. View the happy hour menu here.
— Pinthouse Pizza
The kids love going to Pint House for pizza and the small selection of vintage arcade games. We love the open seating, casual vibes and award-winning craft brews. Pop in to either their South or North/Central locations.
Happy hours: Monday – Friday, 5-6 p.m.
Specials: $2 off PHP beer
— Shady Grove
Shady Grove’s lovely pecan trees on the patio on Barton Springs Rd. make for a great spot any day of the week. (Keep in mind that on Thursdays in the spring and summer, you can ease from happy hour into a free concert, KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove series featuring a variety of amazing local musicians.)
Happy hours: Monday – Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Specials: $3.50 drafts, $4.50 margaritas, half-priced appetizers & more. (Plus half-off bottles of wine on Wednesdays.)
— Lucy’s Fried Chicken
For lakeside views, a great outdoor atmosphere, even a jungle gym and giant tires the kids can climb on, we like Lucy’s on the Lake for a family-friendly outing. But you can’t go wrong for kid-approved comfort food at any of Lucy’s four area locations.
Lucy’s on the Lake Happy hours: All day Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday & Friday 11-7
Specials: Monday: $4 house margaritas, $1 Lone Star cans; Tuesday: $3 pints and $2 off any wine by the glass; Wednesday: $1 Pearl cans and $4 Juicy Lucy frozen watermelon margaritas.; Thursday: $3 Texas craft bottles and cans and $3 wells; Friday: $1.00 off Signature cocktails
— 40 North
You won’t have to twist anyone’s arm to head out for pizza! Dive into some delicious wood-fired pies as you enjoy great specials every day!
Happy hours: 3-6pm every day
Specials: $7 Margherita pizza, $7 fried chicken sandwich, half-priced bottles of bubbles, $2 off all wines by the glass, $2 Coors Banquet drafts
— Culinary Dropout
Situated next to a big open lawn in The Domain, Culinary Dropout’s outdoor patio is an easy place to hang with kiddos in tow. With plenty of games to play and a very casual vibe, it’s a great spot in North Austin.
Happy hours: Monday – Friday, 3pm-6pm
Specials: Discounted snacks, $5 pints, $5 glass of wine, $4 well cocktails
— Doc’s Backyard
Locally owned and Texas grown in Sunset Valley, Doc’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a happy hour Monday through Friday. A huge outdoor patio (with a playscape!) welcomes both kiddos and dogs, and there are heaps of TVs around to watch whichever team you’re following.
Happy Hours: Monday – Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Specials: $1 off all draft beers, $4 off all pitchers, $1 off all wells, $1 off Frozen Hybrids & view the daily food specials
MORE: You can also check out this round-up of Best Family-Friendly Breweries Around Austin. Always remember to drink responsibly!