5 to Try: High-End (Affordable!) Happy Hours

Sometimes you just want something a little bit more fancy than well liquor and mixers that come out of a gun. Here's a list of Austin's high-end happy hours that allow you to get fancy without breaking the bank.

Updated: July 18, 2011

High-End Happy Hours


Aquarelle

606 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701

The little yellow house that screams special occasion actually offers exceptional values in their wine bar. Enjoy happy hour Tuesday through Sunday with 1/2 off appetizers. Also offered nightly in the wine bar is dinner for two with a bottle of wine or $50. Bon Apetit!


Jeffrey's Restaurant

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

One of the few fine-dining establishments to offer Sunday night specials sits in the heart of the Clarksville neighborhood. In the bar area from 5-7 p.m. six nights a week (Saturday is the exception, reverse happy hour is offered from 9-11 p.m. then) half-off scrumptious appetizers are offered. Don't miss Chef Deegan McClung's Crispy Oysters Octavia on Bacon Royale with what he calls "Overnight" Tomato Vinaigrette and Sea Salt Potato Chips.


3 Forks

111 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

III Forks Happy Hour offerings are of the same exceptional quality as their fine-dining dinner menu. Choose from bite-sized staples such as Blue Cheese Beef Croustades made with USDA Prime Beef, III Forks Chips and the Golden Sea Scallop. Sommelier Marc Sauri's pick of the cellar wines include two white and three red varietals for $5.00 and martinis made any way you like them. Well done, III Forks!


Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Run by executive chef Tyson Cole Uchi is a little brick-red house, whose actual name directly translates to ?house." Nightly Social Sake hour is offered from 5-6:30 p.m. and gets you in the door and doesn't break the bank. Hot and cold sake are offered for $3.00 along with four food items that are usually under $10. The crunchy, spicy tuna roll is almost always a Social Sake special. There's always room for you and your budget in Tyson Cole's ?home.?


Uchiko

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Uchi's big sister located on North Lamar Boulevard is following in its little sister's footstep by offering happy hour at this newly opened hotspot. Keeping it all in the family Social Sake Hour has been added nightly from 5-6:30 p.m. Expect the same exceptional quality and service, but in a different, bigger, space with bigger menu items and portions.