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7 budget-friendly San Antonio happy hours to enjoy this spring

7 budget-friendly San Antonio happy hours to enjoy this spring

Liberty Bar San Antonio cocktails
Liberty Bar's reverse happy hour is perfect for night owls. Liberty Bar/Facebook
Blue Box San Antonio restaurant bar interior
Blue Box offers one of the longest happy hours in town. Blue Box/Facebook
Grayze San Antonio
Grayze's cheery patio is the perfect place to enjoy discounted bites and eats. Grayze/ Facebook
Hoppy Monk SA cocktail
The Hoppy Monk has more than just beer. The Hoppy Monk/ Facebook
Liberty Bar San Antonio cocktails
Blue Box San Antonio restaurant bar interior
Grayze San Antonio
Hoppy Monk SA cocktail

It’s anyone’s guess where happy hours come from. Some scholars say it was coined during Prohibition, when patrons would hit up a speakeasy before a nonalcoholic dinner while others say it has military roots.

Whatever the origin, the weekly tradition has been perfected in San Antonio, where locals can have a budget-friendly blast any day of the week.

Blue Box Bar
This Pearl watering hole calls its daily deals a happy hour, but they're available almost all evening. On Tuesday through Saturday, it lasts from 4-8 pm, extending to all day on Sunday and Monday. Blue Box is generous with it prices, too. Draft beers are $6; domestics are $3; and cocktails like Bee’s Knees, banana daiquiris, and Negronis range from $6-$9. To really get the party started, order a shot for $3.50.

Bombay Bicycle Club
This funky bar and restaurant has the solution for those who struggle to make it out early for happy hour deals. Each Wednesday from 7-9:45 pm, Bombay offers juicy cheeseburgers for only $5 a pop with the choice of fries or chips. Need something to wet the whistle? Order a well drink for $3 all day.

Costa Pacifica
This seafood spot calls its weekday specials “the happiest hours ever,” and it ain’t lying. From 3-7 pm Wednesday through Friday, and all day Monday and Tuesday, guests can grab spicy jalapeño ceviche, shrimp cocktails, nachos, or tuna carpaccio for $5.99. Call some friends, and share a beer bucket of five domestic or Mexican beers for $12.50 a pop.

Grayze
From 4-6 pm Tuesday through Friday, this popular eatery near the Pearl offers a curated $7 drink menu that riffs on the classics. The Rumble in Paris, Texas, is a French 75 that switches out gin for Balcones whiskey, and the Red Rooster kicks up the traditional Old Fashioned with chipotle and smoked chile bitters. Both pair beautifully with the $10 Hot Dawg, an angus beef frank topped with pico de gallo and Fritos that’s big enough for a full meal.

The Hoppy Monk
Mondays don’t have to be a drag — especially for those who can get to this gastropub for the all-day happy hour. Start the week with $4 drafts selected from cult Texas breweries like Southern Star, Community, or Blue Owl. Or guests can skip the suds entirely. A quarter of classic cocktails, including a solid margarita, are priced between $5-$6 and a rotating house red or white wine is $6 per glass.

Liberty Bar
This renovated former convent in the King William District provides a perfect backdrop for selfies, but take them before the daily reverse happy hour from 10 pm to midnight. With $5 local pints, $4 house Cabernet or Chardonnay, and $6 signature cocktails, guests might soon get a buzz. But don’t worry about that. The $7 specialty pizzas and a few glasses of water are a surefire hangover preventative.

SoHill Cafe
This Beacon Hill charmer’s happy hour is available from 4-6:30 pm every day with the exception of Monday, when they are closed. Go early in the week for the best seats, and feast on $5 dishes like garlic fries, cheese bread, chicken fingers, or one of the best Caesar salads in town. The drinks are budget-minded as well. Enjoy $4 draft beer, $3 bottled brews, or a curated selection of wines by the glass for only $5.