Gather ’round, fellas. We’ve located the happy hour hot spots that will likely tempt you and your posse to venture into some unfamiliar territory….at least that’s what our guy-about-town Lance Avery Morgan thinks. Down this and we’ll let you take it from here…

 (Photos courtesy of each establishment featured)

Small Victory (108. E. 7th St.) is like that cool basement bar in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen that you can’t get out of your mind from your last trip. They’ve curated the cocktail classics from pedigreed vintage selections (try the Artists’ Special and Maple Leaf) and the wine selection is hand-selected by owner Josh Loving. Small in size yet large in down-home attitude, they also have a bar menu of: ham, charcuterie, and cheeses to tempt your taste senses. Drink at Small Victory Bar 

One of Austin’s newest entries, Mattie’s (811 W. Live Oak) is stirring up the always-changing SoCo scene. Think of it as a centenarian (the former Green Pastures) getting a facelift and becoming a Playboy centerfold. It offers the perfect balance of urban cool that exceeds expectations and continues to create selections that keep our mouths watering. Dramatic décor elevates the cocktail experience. And then some. Drink at Matties.

What’s not to love about Cedar Tavern at The Eberly (615 So. Lamar), a 150-year-old New York bar that was deconstructed and moved with great care to Austin? Stubb’s Bar-B-Que co-founders John Scott and Eddy Patterson wanted to create an exceptional 21st century worthy bar and restaurant with a light, vintage touch. And did they ever. The cocktails are as perfect as the place is beautiful. Drink at The Eberly.

Do drop in to the former massage parlor-turned-hipster bar and it will become a must-visit to start a night on the town (or end up there), The Midnight Cowboy (313 E. 6th )  feels like the place to be. The brainchild of Tim League (the man behind the Alamo film theaters that started in Austin and are now nationwide), it’s more like a Prohibition era speakeasy. The artisan cocktails made from the substantial bar cart are better than any floor show. Drink at The Midnight Cowboy.

Slip out of a wet swimsuit and into a dry martini?  You bet. Venture to the roof-top Azul on top of the Westin Hotel (310 E. 5th St.) that features a killer city view while you soak up the pool vibe and enjoying the seasonal fire pits. Very un-Vegasy like other hotel pool bars can be, and you can select a plate and drink of your liking from their array of inspired options. We recommend the La Paloma cocktail when there – it’s a When in Rome-kinda thing. Drink at Azul.

Kind of like receiving an heirloom set of golf clubs from your dad, that’s how we feel about The Lobby Lounge at the Four Seasons (98 San Jacinto Blvd.). A favorite Majestic views of Lady Bird Lake and live entertainment make a premier social getaway for the Hollywood types and power players that is often referred to as “Austin’s Living Room” and rightly so.  The new drink list is like a breath of fresh air and we especially dig the Beekeeper and Sgt. Pepper cocktail concoctions served icy cold. Drink at Four Seasons Austin. 




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