Happy Hour: Melbourne's Best Spots for an After-work Tipple
Clock off early and head straight to the best happy hours in Melbourne for a fun night out.
Bring that TGIF spirit to every day of the week by chasing these generous happy hours around Melbourne. Across rooftop bars, friendly pubs, beachfront venues and cosy restaurants, you’ll find food and drink specials to put a smile on your dial (and a pour in your glass). Cheers to that!
Spritz season, oh how we've missed you! Baby Pizza is bringing la dolce vita to Richmond with aperitivo every day of the week. Grab a pizza or a Salumi Musti for the table and soak up the summer sunshine with $6.50 Bird in Hand Rosé and Aperol Spritz and $8.80 Frozen Cocktails. Salute!
3pm - 5pm
631-633 Church St, Richmond
From suits to students, you’ll find everyone packed into this CBD watering hole come 5pm. Where the beer jugs are cheap and the cocktails are even cheaper, Father’s Office is famous for having some of the strongest happy hour specials in Melbourne. No matter what your poison, you’ll find it on special here. Sip on $7 wines, $16 house jugs and not so basic spirits from $8 Monday to Thursday.
5pm – 9pm
249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel is a perfect spot for catch ups with the crew, sporting a busy front bar, dining area and leafy laneway courtyard. On weekends their bottomless boozy brunches draw a crowd, but during the week you can net $20 Aperol spritz jugs, $8 wines and basics.
34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
At this good times rooftop bar you can have a sunset tipple while taking in views of the city skyline. It becomes an especially vibey spot during post-work hours, with a happy hour stretching from 5pm-7pm Monday to Thursday for $8 pints, wine and sparkling.
2/79 Bourke Street, Melbourne
It’s happy hour every day of the week at Evies, a vegan-friendly, '80s disco-themed diner in Fitzroy. They’re pouring $6 wine, beer, bubbles and cider and shaking up $10 espresso martinis to perk you up. That means more change to spend on their plant-based American diner-style snacks and desserts.
230/232 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Underneath the Wheeler Centre you’ll find an intimate haven with book-lined walls, dark wood furnishings and art which evokes a classic private library. Settle in the warm indoor space or the sunken outdoor terrace Wednesday to Saturday for $12 signature and classic cocktails.
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Ease into the evening with drinks and riverside views at Fatto, where you can choose between a seat in the bright and buzzy dining room or a coveted spot al fresco. They run an ‘Aperitivo Hour’ every day with $9 classic Italian cocktails, $7 wine and $5 beer.
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
This comforting and cosy classic pub is known for serving polished pub grub that’s a cut above the rest. Sporting old school charm in spades, there’s nooks for hiding away in, beautiful stained glass windows and a sunny rooftop. Monday to Friday you can drink your way across their wide selection of tinnies for half price.
411 George Street, Fitzroy
Brighten up the working week at the Crafty, where you can score $10 pints, $8 selected wines and $8 basics Monday to Friday. The lively pub is home to the CBD’s only working microbrewery, showcasing James Squire’s pale ales, pilsners and everything in between.
127 Russell Street, Melbourne
A recent renovation has seen this iconic 1870s pub turn into a fresh, breezy venue that’s attracting an audience of old and new regulars. There’s now an art deco-meets-nautical theme woven throughout, with a sun soaked courtyard out back for gatherings. For happy hour they’re doing $6 selected schooners, $6 house wines and $6 house spirits each weekday.
521 Macaulay Road, Kensington
This friendly neighbourhood pub is entirely vegetarian, but visitors won't be missing steaks and parmas when they're being offered jackfruit sliders, brothy ramens and lush salads instead. Pair your wholesome meal with $8 pints and $6 house wines Monday to Friday.
418 Lygon Street, Carlton
With its long marble bar and checkered tile floor, this Chapel Street pub is less neighbourhood boozer than chic drinking establishment. Right now they’re extending their happy hour all the way from 4pm-7pm, Monday to Friday with $7 select pints, wines, spirits and spritzes.
4pm - 7pm
426 Chapel Street, South Yarra
This historic Melbourne pub is now a thoroughly modern watering hole – updated with a sleek industrial fitout and contemporary food and drink offering. Take in the venue’s striking design over $6 house wines, $8 pints, $4 pots and $10 strawberry spritzes Tuesday to Friday.
82 High Street, Windsor
Settle in for beachfront drinks at Republica, a relaxed St Kilda bar and restaurant with a courtyard that’s sought-after real estate on hot days. Monday to Friday they’ll do you $6 house wines and sparkling, $8 pints, $10 Aperol spritzes and $16 pizzas to keep you sated.
10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
This Carlton mainstay has long been a favoured venue for uni students and workers looking for an after hours bevvy. While it may look like a typical corner pub from the outside, inside you’ll find a bright and modern space complete with a retractable roof and full-sized dance floor. Wednesday to Friday you can score $8 pints of local beer and $10 selected cocktails to get the party started.
171-175 Elgin Street, Carlton
The Carlton Club is a well-worn CBD party spot on Friday and Saturday nights, but during the week the multi-level venue becomes a relaxed place to wind down with friends or colleagues. On Thursdays and Fridays, get in early and kick on through the evening with $8 Furphy pints or $5 wines and sparkling.
4:30pm - 6:30pm
193 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Situated in iconic Hardware Lane, Campari House’s rooftop bar is a sweet retreat from the bustle of the city (and a great place for an al fresco pizza). Tuesday to Saturday, knock off with $8 selected beer, wine and cider.
23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
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