We love to try new restaurants, especially ones that come from same minds as some of our favorites - 24 Diner, Italic and Easy Tiger. Irene's, the new spot over on west sixth street, opened over Memorial Day weekend and let's just say it did not disappoint! We ordered the rum punch, avocado toast (to DIE for), and the grilled cheese (cheese > everything). We're going back next week for Wine-O Wednesday because... the Cheese Ball.
Y'all. Have. To. Go. Now.
Stop by Irene's for 'Vinyl Happy Hour' for drinks and eats specials from 3:30 - 6:30 pm.
In need of a quick trip to the tropics but out of vacation days? Isla is the perfect place to pretend you’re on the beach when you’re actually in downtown Austin. Try the “Tituba” or sip on “La Niña” made with strawberry rum and homemade ginger beer. The pineapple margarita is also a deliciously smoky twist on Mexican classic. Hungry? We recommend chowing down on the Goat Fundido, it’s a step above the classic queso we Texans love, or the Ceviche Trio. Both of these apps are served with homemade tortilla chips.
“Rum” by Isla Monday, Thursday & Friday from 4-7 pm or Tuesday and Thursday all night for happy hour.
This next one comes highly recommended - Salty Sow. It's one of the hottest happy hours in Austin because it is amazing and delicious in every way. They have $5-ish food specials and $2 off their signature cocktails. The Blanche and the honey rosemary fried chicken with a house-made biscuit are hands down our favorites, but we love the pork belly taco and the brussels sprouts, too!
Be sure to check out Salty Sow any day from 4:30-6:30pm to order from the happy hour menu.
Located in a converted Bungalow in the heart of the trendy East Side, Licha’s Cantina is perfect if you’re looking for a twist on traditional Mexican fare. Sitting outside during the Texas summer is pretty unbearable at most spots, but Licha’s adorable outdoor patio is the perfect place to quench your thirst with some of their yummy cocktails. We recommend a couple of their spicy alter egos of the classic’s – the Paloma or their take on a Moscow Mule, La Mula. If you’re looking to nosh on something a little different, try the hibiscus flower quesadilla or the “Esquite” for a upscale version of Mexican street corn. But the “Huarache Tuetano” is unbelievable, and don’t let the bone marrow freak you out, because this dish is the definition of heaven.
All in all, Licha’s is one of our favorites, both bites and sips only being $5 during happy hour, it’s hard to beat! Stop by any day from 4-7pm!