The Best Happy Hours in Sydney for After-Work Cocktails
It’s cocktail o’clock somewhere in the world, and our pick of the best happy hours in Sydney are guaranteed to make you – and your wallet –smile
A refreshing beverage is one of Australia’s most revered traditions, and we Sydneysiders certainly have it lucky with our choice of city hangouts. Team that with an affinity for a good deal and you’ve got the perfect purse-friendly combo – happy hour in Sydney is not something to be trifled with.
To help whittle down your post-work date, we’ve compiled a list of the loveliest bars in Sydney for you to visit and indulge, while keeping your credit card on the right side of red. We’re also very pleased to announce that ‘hour’ is generally a gross understatement on the Sydney scene. So raise a glass ̶ these are the best happy hours in Sydney. Bottoms up.
Best Happy Hour in Sydney: Lower North Shore
In two buzzy locations, Small Bar is the perfect spot for an after work drink. With happy hour specials running from 4pm until 6pm each Tuesday to Friday. On Fridays you can also celebrate the end of the work week with 12 Aperol Spritzes and really embrace the weekends with $14 classic cocktails on Saturdays.
Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 6pm
Two locations: 85 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest & 48 Erskine Street, Sydney
Sign up to The Stoned Crow's loyalty card to unlock a world of benefits at the bar. Happy hour runs from 5pm-7pm on weekdays, with local beers and house wines yours for a tidy sum. You'll also earn $1 credit for every $10 you spend, and you can get $20 credit for referring your friend to sign up. Bring your mates and sample an elderflower fizz or fairy floss martini and an order of crispy chicken wings to curb your appetite.
39 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
This Mexi-Cali themed rooftop bar and pub is equal parts chic and laid-back. Between 4:30pm-6:30pm weekdays sip on $5 house white, rosé, French sparkling and Tecate, and $12 frozen cocktails – be sure to sample one of their famous margaritas. Come for happy hour and stay for the lively atmosphere and moreish tacos.
1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
A taste of Brazil in the heart of North Sydney, Hunter Gatherer serves up BBQ meats slow-cooked and smoked over smoky charcoal, giving it a rich, earthy flavour. If this tickles your taste buds, their Tuesday to Friday happy hour will have you salivating in anticipation. Sip on tap craft beer, house wine and spirits for just $7. If you're more of a spritz gal, then lock in your visit on Friday when they are $10 all day!
Tuesday- Friday, 3pm-7pm
Greenwood Plaza- 36 Blue Street, North Sydney
Best Happy Hour in Sydney: Northern Beaches
With a perfect sunset position overlooking Dee Why Beach coupled with $10 cocktails, $5 house wines and beer, and $20 rosé sangria from 3pm-6pm, Corretto’s cheeky combo unsurprisingly draws in a sizeable crowd. This excellent arrangement is complemented by weekly specials from steak and wine night, to brunch club. The Happy Hour gods look upon Corretto with admiration.
Every day, 3pm-6pm
24 The Strand, Dee Why
Once the 'Mona Pub', Park House is a beautiful, Hamptons-esque dining destination, boasting a chic cocktail lounge, restaurant and courtyard. For an excellent afternoon and evening of wining and dining, make the most of their $6 house beer, cider and wine, and $7.50 house spirits.
Monday- Friday, 4pm-6pm
2 Park Street, Mona Vale
An afternoon set on the stunning Northern Beaches is pretty much perfection, but the Collaroy is happy to add some excitement to the mix anyway. From 5pm-7pm, you can indulge in $6 schooners, spirits and wine. Or, if you're looking for something a little harder, check out their Friday and Saturday night specials with two hours of $12 cocktails! While you're there, why not have a bite upstairs? The restaurant's share menu is perfectly paired to a tipple or two. We have our eye on the big daddy T-bone and handmade gnocchi a la vongole. Or perhaps the kingfish tostada… let’s stop pretending, we’ll definitely be sampling all of it!
Every day, 5pm-7pm
Friday 8pm-10pm, Saturday 9pm-11pm - $12 cocktails
1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Best Happy Hours in Sydney: Inner West
Balmain's answer to bohemian-chic, Wilhelmina's Victorian setting oozes charm. The restaurant-slash-bar is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side. Happy hour at Wilhelmina's is a bit of an all-day affair with $10 spritzes, $12 gin cocktails and $9 wine and beer.
Every day, 5pm-6pm
Shop 4/332 Darling Street, Balmain
This tiny terrace bar in Newtown is a favourite of both students and hipsters alike. Known for one of Sydney’s best happy hours, everyday of the week between the hours of 5pm and 7pm where you can enjoy $7 pints or $14 cocktails. The mixologists at Corridor are truly out of this world so you can enjoy some of the best tipples at non-Sydney prices.
Monday – Friday, 5pm – 7pm
153A King Street, Newtown
Enjoy happy hour at one of the finest live music venues in the whole damn country. The ever-edgy, constantly cool Landsdowne has an epic happy hour, from 4pm to 6pm each day. You can expect Jack Daniel’s for $5 (very rockstar), $5 lagers and $8 glasses of natural wine. Make it the absolutely perfect night by ordering up epic pizzas and Mary’s burgers from Mary’s on Top.
Monday – Sunday, 4pm – 6pm
2-6 City Road, Chippendale
We absolutely love Vic on The Park. It’s an absolute masterpiece with a massive, dog-friendly beer garden, live music and a relaxed feel. On weekdays you can enjoy $15 jugs with lunch between midday and 3pm for a little midday treat. Or go for an evening pint or two with $6 pints, wines and spirits from 5pm until 7pm.
Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 7pm,
2 Addison Road, Marrickville
Best Happy Hours in Sydney: Eastern Suburbs
Happy Hour at The Paddington is a happy time for many reasons. With two happy hours on offer, there’s every reason to indulge.$7 pints of draught beer, house spirits and wine every day of the week! Prepare to lose yourself in the glorious Art Deco interiors and feast on simple and hearty Hat-awarded food. Be sure to peruse the cocktail menu – with cheeky treats like the burnt orange negroni and poached pear fizz, you’ll be well looked after on a long night.
Monday-Sunday, 6pm-8pm ($7 Happy Hour)
384 Oxford Street, Paddington
Local fave The Royal is one of the best summer venues in Sydney. From the central location and its pub-cool vibe, to their renowned live music gigs, Sydneysiders don't need much convincing to jet over to Bondi. But the best thing about this hangout is the weekday happy hour. Think $6 wines, pints and house spirits, which are available Monday to Friday, 6pm-8pm. We'll meet you at the bar!
Monday - Friday, 6pm-8pm
283 Bondi Road, Bondi
Best Happy Hour in Sydney: Inner City
Hidden down an alleyway into the atrium of a CBD office building, arriving at Raphael’s feels like finding a true inner-city hidden gem. With a light-filled courtyard and a luxe sandstone and red velvet accented dining room inspired by Milan in the 60s, Raphael’s is perfect for an after work drink or a delicious contemporary Italian feed. With a flavoursome, evolving menu, the team behind Raphael’s use the freshest seasonal goods to create a menu that focuses on house-made pasta, cicchetti and aperitivo. Speaking of aperitivo, Raphael's has a truly epic happy hour offering $12 cocktails (including an insanely delicious spicy marg!), $7 house beers and wines and $6 G&Ts. Pairing these outrageously good prices with complimentary bar snacks and a spectacular share plates menu, this has got to be one of the best happy hours in Sydney.
Tuesday - Friday, 4pm - 6pm
Raphael’s Lane, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney CBD
With venues scattered around Sydney, Fratelli Fresh fuses fine Italian dining with a casual setting – and it does so with effortless flair. Generous to a fault, Fratelli Fresh has supercharged their happy hour! Their new and improved happy hour deals now run from 3-6pm, seven days a week. The happy hour food offerings include $10 margherita and diavola pizzas and a massive range of antipasti from bruschetta and garlic bread to calamari and zucchini flowers, all for $6 a pop. And, of course, because it’s an Italian restaurant, $3 bowls of homemade gelato. To wash it all down you can order $20 jugs of spritz – made with either Aperol, limoncello or pink gin – or a classic white sangria jug. The good times keep coming with $7.50 pints of beer, $6 house wine and $8 spritzes or espresso martinis. You won’t want to miss out.
If you're looking for a summer 2021 tipple, head to their new Grosvenor Place outpost during happy hour for $8 Aperol's, Espresso Martini's and Negroni's and some classic $10 pizzas and to marvel at the new fit out!
Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Grosvenor Place, Manly, Sunshine Plaza, Westfield Miranda, Westfield CBD
The Argyle’s Summer of Love series has kicked off and they have turbocharged their happy hour. From 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday, you can sip on a delicious range of $5, $7.50 and $10 cocktails, as well as $5, 300ml beer and $9 pints of beer. Pair happy hour drinks with casual pub classic dishes, wood-fired pizzas and Tex-Mex favourites by El Camino Cantina, and you are in for a fun time!
Wednesday- Saturday, 4pm-7pm
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Renowned for its delicious oysters – in fact, it has its own dedicated oyster counter – The Morrison’s Wednesday evening oyster hour is the place to be. With sumptuous shellfish going for $1.50 a pop, between 6pm-7pm you’d be insane to shirk the offer. If you’re in ‘one of those moods’, make a beeline for The Morrison’s $6 house beers, wines and spirits from 5pm-7pm. That’s reasonable by anyone’s standards.
Every day, 5pm-7pm (Happy Hour)
225 George Street, Sydney
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