About Town: Austin | Happy Hour: The Highball

The Highball, located in the newly-developing Lamar Union complex in South Austin adjacent to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, offers adult fun, food, and drink, in a swanky, sexy spot. Ultra old Hollywood-hip decor, tasty bites, reasonably priced drinks, imaginative cocktails, dedicated karaoke rooms with assigned serving staff, and popular, creative special events, make the Highball a winning destination with the added benefit of being easy to get to by car, bus, cab, bike, or on foot, with ample parking available-- no small value in Austin.

Recently, the membership of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance enjoyed a bimonthly happy hour hosted by The Highball, where we were treated to a preview of their newest menu items. We arrived curious, and we left stuffed and satisfied with ample samplings of their menu of small plates. Beer, wine, bubbles and cocktails were offered at Happy Hour pricing, too. I celebrated my AFBA member friendships with a few glasses of Champagne-- a delightful steal at $4 per flute.

Happy Hour at The Highball runs from 4-7:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and features select draft beers for $4, well drinks for $5, Lone Stars for $2, and House red and white wine and Champagne for $4. On Wednesdays, Happy Hour extends to 11:00 pm, and Sunday through Thursday, 'Happy Meals'-- a Lone Star beer and a well shot--are offered for $5, all day long. 

Below, find some of my favorite bites--

 Cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, and almonds.

with Ketchup & Aioli.

Lime, cotija cheese, cucumber, baby carrots, celery, red peppers, seeded crackers, baby romaine lettuce leaves, radish.

Black-eyed peas, cucumber, radish, fried avocado, herbs.

 White BBQ dipping sauce with brown sugar candied bacon.

 Selection of three cheeses. Smoked almonds, fig jam, seeded crackers.

Choose Allan Benton's Country Ham, Spanish Chorizo or Tasso. With B&B pickles, Shiner Bock honey mustard, warm bread.  

Dr. Pepper BBQ, peanuts, scallions.

Two boneless thighs, pickle juice-brined, black pepper & honey.

Mickey's beef & Shiner Bock chili, Fritos, cheddar cheese, cotija cheese, red onions, lime sour cream, scallions. Add a fried sunny egg or sliced avocado for $1.50 more. 

Fresh corn, red peppers, Cholula-lime butter.
Housemade vanilla bean & rum pudding, bananas, vanilla wafers, whipped cream. 

Make it a night with a visit to the +Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, then head next door to continue the fun. Check out the weekly schedule: 

9pm | Motown Monday starring Matchmaker Band &
The Nightowls
8pm | Cards Against Highball | The card game for terrible
people - now with prizes!
10pm | Tittie Bingo | Porn parodies minus the sex, plus bingo.
8pm | Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz
8pm | Texas Thursday: Honkey-tonk, blues and western bands.
10:30pm | Action Pack Dance Party: A different decade-styled
party every week.

Plus, all weekend long we’ve got a rotation of bands,
comedy shows, and other live events. Check
theHighball.com for our full listings!

Below, find the species #crazybloggersasaurus doing their blogging thang in their natural habitat. According to custom, certainly, all food should be consumed past its prime, preferably 10-15 minutes after the actual service, and allowed to get cold while brought to the flattering natural light of the window for their closeup. This is the blogging way. Yours truly, bottom left.

Photo by Linda Nguyen of Girl Eats World

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