The only thing arguably better than cocktail happy hour is sushi happy hour. There is something so appealing about fresh fish, sticky sushi rice and soy sauce that just doesn’t compare to alcoholic beverages.
Story by Alyssa Arnold
Whether you choose to dine at swanky downtown eateries or hidden West Campus gems, going out for sushi doesn’t have to be a splurge. Check out this list of Austin sushi happy hours.
Happy hour: Monday-Wednesday 3-7 p.m., Thursday 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.- 1 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Price range: $1.50-$10.00
Must-order dish: Chi Roll (spicy white fish topped with pepper tuna, avocado and ponzu sauce)
Bar Chi serves small plates, a wide selection of sushi rolls, and cocktails in a contemporary setting in downtown Austin.
Happy hour: Monday-Thursday: 5-6 p.m.
Price range: $2.50-$6.00
Must-order dish: Austin Roll (tuna, krab salad, avocado, sesame seeds, eel sauce)
A spinoff restaurant from the popular food truck, Sushi A-Go-Go, Kome serves homey Japanese dishes and sushi in a small but comfortable setting.
Piranha Killer Sushi
Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday 4-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Price Range: $1.90-$9.00
Must-order dish: Vietnamese Summer Roll (salmon, tuna, crab, greens, mango and asparagus wrapped in rice paper)
This sushi chain has an unassuming exterior, but don’t be fooled. Piranha Killer Sushi boasts a large menu of unique sushi rolls for at a reasonable price point.
Happy hour: Monday-Sunday 4 p.m.-9 p.m
Price range: $2.50-$9.99
Must-order dish: Volcano Roll (shrimp tempura and jalapeño topped with spicy tuna and tempura flakes)
A longtime West Campus favorite, Sushi Niichi serves traditional sushi rolls and hot dishes at a price point that is attractive to students.
Happy hour: Monday-Sunday: 5:30-6 p.m.
Price range: $3.00-$7.00
Must-order dish: Sake Toro (salmon belly)
Uchi is an upscale option for creative tasting dishes, sushi rolls, and cocktails in a stylish and sophisticated setting.
Happy hour: Monday-Sunday: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Price range: $1.50-$9.50
Must-order dish: Negi Hama (yellowtail, green onion, smelt roe)
Amid a trendy atmosphere complete with subtle bamboo touches, Hanabi serves inventive signature sushi rolls and dishes.