306 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 101, (210) 314-3929
It might not be the prettiest patio at The Pearl complex, but the surrounding view — which often includes frolicking kiddos, puppies and acro-yoga sessions — more than makes up for its simplicity. Happy hour at Cured means half-off house cocktails, select beers and snacks like fried quail legs. Or stick with a charcuterie board. Through Saturday, July 2, Cured will offer a new "Charc Week" board in honor of Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Stop in for shrimp pastrami, smoked salmon rillettes and crawfish sausage and new cocktails such the Blood in the Water, a bottled sharktail made of fresh blueberries and gin.
520 E. Grayson St., (210) 236-7422
Can't make it to Port A or Galveston this year because flesh-eating bacteria isn't your jam? Then head to Shuck Shack. Happy hour runs 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with $1 gulf oysters, $2.25 Shucker's Stash oysters, $6 margaritas, $3 Casal Garcia Rosé and $3 Remidas Soave along with a rotating cast of specials. Can't make it to happy hour? Shuck Shack is celebrating its first anniversary on Monday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with $3 Alamo pints and menu specials including
$1 gulf oysters, $3 white cheddar jalapeño hush pups and $3 glasses of rosé.
Tacos and Tequila
1915 Broadway, (210) 314-8226
Grab a seat at this bustling happy hour that runs 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday with $4 margaritas. You'll want to soak up the booze with the street taco bar where tacos at $1.50 each from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Lüke San Antonio
125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853
It's hard not to fall in love with this view. A tiny pocket of Downtown with tall buildings that make you feel you're not in San Antonio, that is until you look over to the River Walk and you're back home again. Chef John Russ treats his customers with that N'awlins hospitality we love from the $1 oysters to $3 sliders of the day and half-off select house cocktails? Yes, please.
Hofbrau at The Rim
18403 W. I-10, (210) 877-1500
Patio pounders don't get any better than at Hofbrau. Take your rowdy co-workers to this happy hour that runs 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday with $3 wells, $2 domestic bottles, $3 domestic drafts, $4.50 Texas teas, $1 off Dos-a-ritas (pictured), $5 margaritas and $5.99 select appetizers.
521 E. Grayson St., (210) 290-8066
This patio, these specials, this weather — they were made for each other. Happy hour at Grayze includes discounts on their Ma Frittes, mac and cheese, Cheeks n' Bunz, Queso Classico and chopped salad, along with 20 percent off wine bottles, $2 off all Texas beers, $4 wells, $5 select signature cocktails and $5 prosecco, pinot grigio and merlot. There's no way you can sit on this patio and hate life. Stop in 4 to 7 p.m. Monday though Friday.
Aldaco's at Dominion
22211 W I-10, (210) 698-9700
Zesty is the name of the game at Aldaco's. Sure, you're halfway to Boerne, but once you take in the shaded patio and hilly view of you might not want to go back. The restaurant features $5 drinks including their avocado margarita, prickly pear margarita, MPO margarita, mojito, Tito's appletini and whiskey call drinks. Nosh on $1 al pastor or crispy mini-tacos before heading back home.
This pretzel tho.
1150 S. Alamo St., (210) 265-5292
We'll take any sort of discount on this massive pretzel that demands being shared (but we can't blame you if you don't). Held Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., the happy hour at Frank is still relatively new, but will make for great people watching on the white benches that sit in front of the church. Stop in for $2 Coors, Hamm's, Lone Star, Modelo Especial, Pearl, PBR, Schlitz and Tecate, along with $3 select craft beer and $5 Fernet, Jameson, house-infused banana Jameson, gimlets, daqs (this is Slam Antonio, afterall), Old Fashioneds and Negronis. Don't forget to order bites such as the giant pretzel ($8), sausage boards ($10), hummus plates ($4), queso fries ($4) and German potato salad ($3).
628 Jackson St., (210) 320-1840
The view and the tacos from Sanchos
What's not to love about rooftop concerts, a fun view of Downtown that really does rival that of Paramour's and potent drinks. Held 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $2.50 (deceptively strong) frozen margaritas, $2.75 canned beers and $3.50 well liquor drinks, this happy hour will help you forget any work-related stress. Bonus: the same specials are offered Monday through Wednesday from 9 to 11 p.m.
Mash'D at the Rim
17623 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 107, (210) 538-5833
This one's not for the faint of heart. Pro-happy-hour-goers can imbibe moonshine-filled libations from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to close daily. You read that right. And they really don't mess around with the specials — $5 Five-Degree infused shots (chilled in massive ice blocks), $3 off specialty cocktails, $3 20-ounce domestic drafts, $4 20-ounce premium drafts, $2 off wine by the glasas and finally, $4 Illegal Endeavors, an explosive combination of moonshine margarita and moonshine sangria topped with a blueberry moonshine floater.