Your Guide To Day Drinking in Austin

Ah, daytime. The sun is shining, birds are chirping...

Man, you could sure use a drink. Thankfully, you don't have to way until the evening to imbibe. When it comes to places to enjoy a drink during the day, your options are essentially endless—and we're not just talking about drinking a paper-bagged beer in the park. There are plenty of establishments in Austin that are open early and ready to serve you way before sunset, and with the greater human good in mind, we've compiled a few of them here.

After all, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?

- Contributed by Emily Gibson -


Photo source: Cenote


1010 E. Cesar Chavez St.

This East Side all-day cafe serves food and drinks, and has a large patio in the back with plenty of picnic tables. This stylish spot is a local favorite and serves a small selection of drinks to enjoy among the mismatched seating and laid-back neighborhood. We’ve got three words for Cenote: Sweet. Potato. Fries.


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506 West Ave.

One of Austin’s most Instagrammable and popular brunch spots known for its iconic pink neon sign positioned on a plant wall, Irene’s boasts a hearty food and drink menu. Irene’s aims to provide an intimate, stylish feel and killer service.


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2115 Holly St.

Launderette offers a sleek design and a delicious menu, accompanied by a killer cocktail, wine and beer menu. The diner’s modern and sophisticated vibe is complemented by the menu’s eclectic flair. Plus, the Crystal City cocktail is to die for.


More options for day drinking at brunch:

Gibson Bar 

1109 South Lamar Blvd.

The Park

11601 Domain Drive, Suite 200
4024 South Lamar Blvd.


258 W 2nd St

3120 Palm Way


801 Red River


Photo Source: Radio Coffee

Radio Coffee and Beer

4208 Manchaca Road

This immensely popular coffee shop and beer bar offers plenty of outdoor seating space, both in the shade and in the sun. Patrons can relax with a beer or a coffee in the day time, then see live music inside at night.


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Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St.

Located on 5th Street just off I-35, Brew & Brew offers a large beer selection in a quiet, laid-back cafe setting. Some of the drink selections include sours, ciders, light beers and mead.


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St Elmo Brewing Company

440 E St Elmo Rd

Belly full of beer? Check out our new fave at St Elmo Brewing: the Ripple Hard Seltzer. It's trendy, it's tropical, it's low in calories and it tastes like your favorite after school drink–plus booze! What more could you want?! St Elmo is constantly experimenting with a variety of flavors to quench your weekend thirst. And hey, they might even let you try a batch in-the-works before its menu debut.



1305 West Oltorf

Beer and pizza is a killer combination, and it's one that's been perfected at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. The ABGB opens its doors to those trying to drink at 11:30 AM on weekdays and noon on weekends, giving you plenty of chances to start your day the right way. Unfortunately, though, they're closed on Mondays. Guess ya gotta sober up sometime.


More options for day drinking with brews:

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden

79 Rainey Street

Hops & Grain Brewery 

507 Calles Street

Jester King Brewery

13187 Fitzhugh Rd.


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Cherrywood Coffeehouse

1400 E 38 1/2 St.

Cherrywood Coffeehouse is frequently packed with residents of the surrounding neighborhood, but the large patio space is more than enough to accommodate the crowds. Cherrywood Coffeehouse is a great place to grab some drinks and breakfast tacos, and enjoy the frequent events on the outdoor stage.


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Yard Bar

6700 Burnet Road

This dog park bar is a must-visit for dog owners and lovers. Drinks and food are served from a small building surrounded by two dog parks, one for big dogs and the other for small. The Phil’s Lemonade cocktail is a must try.


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Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Boulevard

Located just outside Deep Eddy Pool, Pool Burger serves up one mean burger. The outdoor patio area is a refreshing place to enjoy a meal after swimming, and the extensive tiki drink menu is a fun and exciting way to day drink.


More options for day drinking outdoors:

Buzz Mill

1505 Town Creek Dr.

Easy Tiger 

Various Locations

Red's Porch 

Various Locations


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Wine Down

2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway

Located inside of Barton Creek Square Mall, Wine Down gives shoppers the ability to drink and shop at the same time. Drinks purchased at Wine Down can be carried throughout the mall, so shoppers can browse while they sip. A literal dream come true.


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Punch Bowl Social Club

11310 Domain Drive

Punch Bowl Social Club brings a multitude of games for adults to enjoy under one roof. The activity selection includes bowling, karaoke, life-size Scrabble, arcade games and virtual reality. The King’s Cup cocktail is a refreshing, summery drink that is fun to sip on while you bowl –– or, try to bowl.


Alamo Drafthouse 

Various Locations

Alamo's strict no-talking policy means no one can voice their disapproval when you order your fourth booze-infused milkshake, making this essentially the best indoor drinking experience ever.


More options for day drinking somewhere besides a bar:

Dart Bowl

5700 Grover Ave.

Pinballz Arcade 

Various Locations

Violet Crown Cinema 

434 W 2nd Street



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The Little Darlin’

6507 Circle S Road

A South Austin staple, The Little Darlin’ offers an extensive outdoor seating area including fire pits, picnic tables, televisions and chairs. An added bonus: the food menu is delicious, serving everything from burgers to lobster rolls.


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Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

An Austin hangout since 1951, Deep Eddy Cabaret is a true local charmer. With pool tables, sports on television, arcade games and a number of neon beer signs, Deep Eddy feels like a true, authentic dive bar just outside of its namesake, Deep Eddy Pool.


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The Tavern

922 W. 12th St.

Centrally located, this German-influenced bar features two stories, a dog-friendly patio and plenty of televisions. The menu was recently revamped after the bar was purchased by the owners of iconic comedy venue Esther’s Follies last year.


More options for day drinking while watching sports:

Black Sheep Lodge 

2108 South Lamar Blvd.

Cover 3 

Various Locations


2310 Manor Rd.


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Enchiladas Y Mas

1911 W. Anderson Lane

Enchiladas Y Mas is a family-owned tex-mex restaurant that opens daily at 11 AM, but is closed Mondays. These margs, though delicious, are extremely strong. Luckily, the food is delicious, too.


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La Condesa

400A W. 2nd St.

La Condesa features interior Mexican dishes and a bar that boasts one of the largest tequila collections in the city. For a fun, sophisticated downtown drink, La Condesa is the perfect spot to hit up.


Curra's Grill

14 E. Oltorf St.

Think typical margaritas are refreshing? At Curra's, you'll find an avocado version that's on another level entirely. Cold and creamy with that token tequila bite, there's no better way to combat the heat of a hot summer day. Plus avocado is good for you.


More options for day drinking some margaritas:

Iron Cactus

606 Trinity St


2004 S. 1st St

360 Nueces St


Various Locations

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