Where to Unwind After Work with the Best Happy Hour in Canberra
Looking for the best happy hour in Canberra? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
A refreshing beverage goes a long way at the end of the workday, and it hits even harder when you can snag a bargain. Canberra's bar and pub scene is constantly growing but finding the best deals in town takes a little more research.
To help whittle down your options, we’ve compiled a list of the loveliest bars in Canberra for you to visit and indulge in while keeping your credit card on the right side of the red. These are the best happy hours in Canberra. Bottoms up!
The Howling Moon
Perched atop Hotel Rex in Braddon, The Howling Moon is a lovely spot to look out over the city and surrounding mountains. This rooftop bar also does a very tasty Italian menu and excellent drinks (think inventive cocktails, beers and an extensive wine list) – many of which are available at a great price during happy hour. You can enjoy $5 house wine and $6 tap beer Monday to Thursday between 4pm and 6:30pm.
Level 6/150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon
Parlour at New Acton is hands-down one of the most intimate wine bars in Canberra so it is perfect for an after-work drink. Decorated with vintage furniture and cute little marble-topped tables you can enjoy a sophisticated backdrop with your bargain bevvie. Head to Parlour between 4pm to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday, to score $10 cocktails and $8 beer and wine.
16 Kendall Lane, Acton
Canberra now has its very own dedicated tequila bar and life is looking good. Head on down Monday to Friday, between 4pm and 6pm, for an even better time! Cabo's happy hour will score you $12 Batangas, $14 Patron Palomas, $10 Monte Mezcal shots and $10 ranch water. Up the ante by ordering one of Cabo's taco platters.
27 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City
For a luxe happy hour, head straight to Leyla Bar where you'll be greeted with natural light and textured surfaces with a rooftop on which to soak up golden hour. Every Tuesday to Friday, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, you can score select cocktails for $15, house wine and sparkling for $10 per glass and select tap beer at $10. The perfect place to wind down with a view!
Level 7, 1 Burbury Close, Barton
Public is an institution in Manuka, with three different zones – a pub, dining room and upstairs bar – depending on what you’re in the mood for. Happy hour takes place at Public’s upstairs bar, offering $12 glasses of champagne, $15 Southside cocktails and a stellar deal where you can get a half-dozen oysters for $20.
Keen to get your happy hour on? Head to Public from 5.30-6.30pm between Thursday and Saturday.
Manuka Arcade, 1/33 Flinders Way, Griffith
Serving up creative and delicious share plates alongside an incredible drinks list, Midnight Bar is a great spot for date night, an evening with friends and happy hour. Between 4pm and 6pm, Monday to Sunday, Midnight Bar does ‘Golden Hour’. Over two hours, you can get excellent local wines for $10, a schooner of beer for $8, the bartender’s special cocktail for $12 and savoury plates for $15.
Midnight Hotel, Ground Floor, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon
Encompassing a pub, bar, restaurant and pizza joint, Edgar’s Inn is one of the inner north’s best spots for breakfast, dinner and an afternoon drink. It also happens to do an excellent happy hour at its upstairs bar, Wakefield’s (one of our favourite cocktail bars in Canberra), between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
Get $5 wines and sparkling, $5 schooners, $10 cocktails of the month and $4 oysters – the perfect aperitif before enjoying dinner at one of Edgar’s many other on-site venues.
1 Edgar Street, Ainslie
Walt & Burley
Between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays, you can enjoy house wines for just $6 and pints for the price of a schooner, along with yummy bar snacks and a lovely view over Canberra’s stunning central lake.
70/17 Eastlake Parade, Kingston
Located at the iconic O’Connor shops, The Duxton is a good time. From 3pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday, you can score $5 house wines and selected tap beer. Incredible.
8 Macpherson St, O’Connor