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
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 Rd, 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 4pm-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, 4pm-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, 4:30pm-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. 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
1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Best Happy Hours in Sydney: Inner West
From Monday to Friday at The Tocky, locals line up for their 4pm-6pm happy hour. You can sample the best local beers and house wine for just $5 a pop. While you're there, take advantage of the weekly food specials – from steak frites and pasta, to hearty roasts and tacos.
345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
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
Best Happy Hours in Sydney: Eastern Suburbs
The perfect spot for post-work sundowners, this chic waterside hangout offers up $10 cocktails each Friday. Wind down under the blue-and-white striped umbrellas and soak up the beautiful harbour views.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
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, house spirits and wine during the week, along with $10 classic cocktails come the weekend. 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 happy hour treats like the burnt orange negroni and poached pear fizz, you’ll be well looked after on a long night.
Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm ($7 Happy Hour)
Friday & Saturday, 10pm-Midnight ($10 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 to Friday, 6pm-8pm
283 Bondi Road, Bondi
Best Happy Hour in Sydney: Inner City
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
With venues scattered around Sydney, Fratelli Fresh fuses fine Italian dining with a casual setting – and it does so with effortless flair. Popular with the 9-to-5 set, the 4 to 6 happy hour, Monday to Friday, combines all your Italiano food and drink faves- making it one of the best happy hours in Sydney. Get in quick to indulge in $5 antipasti, $6 wine, $7.50 craft beer and $8 espresso martinis, negronis, and Aperol spritz.
Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney CBD (Bridge Street & Macquarie Street), Walsh Bay and Westfield CBD