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Chasing Cheers: Where to Head for the Best Happy Hour in Brisbane

Has it been one of those weeks? Head down to one of the best happy hours in Brisbane to cheer away the day with a cocktail, some tasty bites or a glass of wine!

A sunlit table with two glasses and a plate of oysters
Melrose Restaurant

Whether you’re looking for something to celebrate that ‘just clocked off' feeling, or trying to find an affordable and fun way to begin your evening, why not hit happy hour? Aptly named to get you into good spirits (figuratively and literally), these are the best of Brisbane’s happy hour offers across the city.

From some of Brisbane’s hidden gems to unmissable rooftop scenes, there’s a happy hour for every occasion here in our go-to guide.

A dimly lit bar with "VIVA" and palm trees painted on the front. The bartender is smiling & leaning on the bar
Viva La Cali

Viva La Cali

Wander down the bright and vivacious California Lane in Fortitude Valley and you might just discover one of the best new bars in Brisbane. Viva La Cali is a fun new Latin-fusion eatery that welcomes you with a spunky menu of inventive fare that will have your taste buds singing for more.

This vivacious venue hidden down California Lane in Fortitude Valley invites you to spend a happy hour in Brisbane enjoying bottomless margaritas and tacos over two afternoon sittings on a Sunday. Count us in!

Exterior shot of the rooftop bar at Fiume


To celebrate happy hour in Brisbane in style, head to one of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars: Fiume! With spectacular city and waterfront views, this rooftop bar and terrace also houses a spectacular infinity pool, adding an elevated feel to an already gorgeous location.

On Friday evenings, you can order an Aperol Spritz and a plate of olives, brioche or polenta wedges to end your week on a delicious note. Fiume’s cocktail list is nothing short of incredible, so you may find yourself lingering for a couple of extra happy hours of your own.

The Crystalbrook Vincent, Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Interior view of an industrial brutalist style concrete bar with barstools lined up in front.
Gerards Bar

Gerards Bar

The little sister to Gerard’s Bistro just across the way, Gerard’s Bar is never one to disappoint on a good time. Not only do they offer delicious mezze plate bites to share, but they also banish the Sunday scaries with an afternoon happy hour that’s too good to be missed!

End your weekend with a cocktail and great snacks on the deck at Gerard’s, to ensure that the new week is starting off on the right foot!

13A, 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Three cocktails and a plate of share seafood at Mr Percival's Brisbane
Mr Percivals

Mr Percival's

It’s no surprise that Brisbane’s favourite overwater bar has an excellent happy hour every afternoon. Aperitivo hour at Mr Percival's is ideally timed for catching the last sunshine rays of the day, so why not head down to Howard Smith Wharves to enjoy perfectly poured drinks and indulge in a delicious menu of wood-fired pizza, burgers and snacks?

Soaking up the beautiful views of the city and the Brisbane River sounds like a pretty good way to spend a happy hour in Brisbane to us.

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City

Interior shot of Hey Chica Bar, showing hanging plants, tables and black and white floor tiles
Hey Chica!

Hey Chica!

You don't need a passport to visit this part of Cuba. Hey Chica! is a Latin American-style social club influenced by the buzz of a traditional neighbourhood street party. Their Out-of-Office Fridays go off thanks to happy hour, where you can enjoy drinks, tasty tacos and good vibes in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

T11-14/315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

An exterior view of the front of Archive Beer Hall


It’s hard to walk past the sprawling and high-energy presence of Archive without stopping in to see what the fuss is about. Once you’re inside, choose from one of 22 rotating craft beers on tap, play a game of darts or pool, boogie to a live band or simply sink into a squishy couch to enjoy the ambience.

From 'forgot your lunch' specials to Tuesday trivia, this crafty haunt will keep you well-fed and watered every night of the week.

100 Boundary Street, West End

A table spread full of plates and wine glasses
Melrose Restaurant

Melrose Restaurant

Melrose Restaurant is Oxford Street’s answer to modern pan-Asian dining, with a chic cocktail bar thrown into the mix! They’re known for their fun events, cooking masterclasses and bottomless beverage packages.

On the weekends, Melrose hosts Sunset Hour Specials, where you can sip on carefully crafted cocktails and dine on $3.50 oysters! We highly recommend booking due to the popularity of the nights.

37 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Exterior view of the deck at a riverside bar, with a view of the Story Bridge
Friday's Riverside

Fridays Riverside

They might be named Fridays, but these guys serve up unbeatable specials throughout the week. From Parmi Monday to Wing Wednesday, there's always a tasty treat awaiting you here.

But Friday evenings are where the eponymous magic comes to life for Out Of Office knock-off drinks! Unwind on the terrace and enjoy pop-up food stalls, drinks carts and entertainment to get your weekend off on the right foot.

Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane City

Finishing exploring the best happy hours in Brisbane and ready to find your favourite new bar in Brisbane? From hidden gems to rooftop bars, we’ve got the scoop on all of Brisbane’s best venues.

Don’t forget to share your happy hour snaps with us on social by tagging @sitchu.brisbane!

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