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The Best Happy Hour 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

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

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.


Lower North Shore

Woolwich Pier Hotel

This Lower North Shore favourite earned its reputation with its beautiful interiors and lively atmosphere. For those who enjoy an end of week tipple, this is the happy hour for you. Every Friday night, from 5pm-7pm, you can sip on Marsden Lager and their house wine for just $5.

Fridays, 5pm-7pm

2 Gale Street, Woolwich

Crows Nest Hotel

The Crowie, as it's affectionately nicknamed, has earned itself institution status over the years, and for good reason. Known for their posh pub grub and no lockouts (hello, dancing till 6am), this Crows Nest watering hole serves up cheap and cheerful drinks during 'The Daily Froth'. From 5pm-7pm each day, sip on $6 and $7 pints.

Every day, 5pm-7pm

1 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest

The Stoned Crow

Happy hour runs from 5pm-7pm on weekdays, with local beers and house wines yours for the tidy sum of $8 and $5, respectively. If you want to visit over the weekend, from 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights you can indulge in a summer cocktail for just $12 a pop. Bring your mates and sample an elderflower fizz or fairy floss martini and an order of crispy chicken wings to curb your appetite.

Monday-Friday, 5pm-7pm

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.

Monday-Friday, 4:30pm-6:30pm

1 Young Street, Neutral Bay

Hunter Gatherer

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 Wednesday to Friday happy hour will have you salivating in anticipation. Sip on tap craft beer, house wine and spirits for just $6. If you're more of a spritz gal, then lock in your visit on Friday when they are $10.

Wednesday- Friday, 3pm-7pm

Greenwood Plaza- 36 Blue St, North Sydney


Northern Beaches

Corretto Dee Why
Corretto Dee Why

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 

Park House
Park House Food & Liquor

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 in the Front Yard, make the most of their $10 frozen margaritas; available all day, every day!  That's the kind of happy hour we like! Over and above that, you can sip on $10 cocktails in the Garden Bar from 5pm each Thursday and indulge in $10 Espresso Martinis each Friday and Saturday night (8pm-10pm) in the Front Yard.

Everyday, All day (Frozen Margaritas)

Thursdays, from 5pm (Cocktails)

Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm-10pm (Espresso Martinis)

2 Park Street, Mona Vale

Manly Wine

A stylish mix of laid-back Australian beach culture and Hamptons beach house opulence, Manly Wine is a local favourite. Across the road from Manly's iconic beachfront, this is the perfect spot for an après-beach beverage. Each weeknight from 4pm-7pm, enjoy $7 wines, beers, and house spirits, along with $20 cocktail jugs for their weekly Sundowner Hour. For cocktail lovers you can indulge in 2 for 1 cocktails every Thursday to Saturday night, 9pm-11pm.

Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm (Sundowner Hours)

Thursday-Saturday, 9pm-11pm (2 for 1 Cocktails)

8 - 13 South Steyne, Manly

the collaroy, collaroy beach
The Collaroy

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

Saké Restaurant & Bar Manly

Newly opened Saké Restaurant & Bar Manly is welcoming summer with Sundowner Sessions featuring $10 signature cocktails, Japanese highballs, wine and beer, available Sunday to Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Guests can also sip on $99 bottles of Veuve Cliquot, while a bar menu features a selection of delicate Japanese dishes for less than $19. 

Sunday- Friday, 3pm-6pm

Manly Wharf


Inner West

Queens Hotel

With a Chinese restaurant and two bars in one pub, Merivale's Queens Hotel has your next night out covered. To make the most of happy hour, start downstairs in the bar to enjoy $7 pints and $6 house wine, spirits and schooners from 5pm-7pm each day. If you're looking to continue the festivities, dine at Queen Chow, their delicious Cantonese restaurant, or sip on cocktails upstairs at Zebra Bar or The Smelly Goat.

Every day, 5pm-7pm

167 Enmore Road, Enmore 

The Toxteth

From Monday to Friday at The Tocky, locals line up for their 4pm-6pm happy hour. You can sample the best local beers, house wine and spirits for just $5 a pop. While you're there, take advantage of the weekly food specials – from steak frites and schnitties, to hearty roasts and tacos.

Monday-Friday, 4pm-6pm

345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Wilhelmina's, Balmain

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 $8 wine and beer, Thursday to Saturday from open till 6pm. Pop in on Sunday, and you can enjoy happy hour, all day long!

Thursdays-Saturdays, from open till 6pm

Sundays, all day

Shop 4/332 Darling Street, Balmain 

The Imperial

Coming from colourful beginnings, The Imperial has been a fixture on the Erskineville nightlife scene since 1983. The place to "drink, dance, drag and dine", locals stay in the know by signing up to their loyalty club, Loco for Locals. Not only do you get exclusive access to events and monthly specials, but you can enjoy their Monday to Thursday (5pm-7pm) happy hour, with $6 house schooners, wine and spirits.

Monday-Thursday, 5pm-7pm

35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Webster’s Bar

Webster's three-storey playground is set on Newtown's bustling King Street. With insane views of the Sydney skyline, Webster's main calling card is the sky-high rooftop bar. Pair this with a 5pm-7pm happy hour Monday to Thursday, where you'll find $5 beers and house wines, and $6 house spirits – and weekday boozing is pretty much covered. For cocktail lovers, head down to the middle floor from 6pm-8pm when they are discounted to $12.

Monday-Thursday, 5pm-7pm (Wine, beer and spirits)

Monday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm (Cocktails)

323 King Street, Newtown


Eastern Suburbs

Bondi Beach Public Bar

Offering character in spades, Bondi Beach Public Bar is a gastropub with serious Bondi-cool vibes. At this Maurice Terzini outpost aperitifs flow freely, and they offer a menu that has a modern twist on European cuisine. Their amazing happy hour runs from 6pm-9pm Monday to Tuesday, so get in their straight after work to sip on $6 schooners and wine, and $12 cocktails.

Pacific Bondi Beach, 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Watson's Bay Hotel

The perfect spot for post-work sundowners, this chic waterside hangout offers half price wine on Tuesdays for all bottles under $100, and $15 frosé every day. Wind down under the blue-and-white striped umbrellas and soak up the beautiful harbour views. 

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

The Roosevelt

Thursday night at the Roosevelt is a must if your palate has a penchant for Champagne and oysters. Every Champagne in the venue – there are too many to list, but think Mumm, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger and Dom Perignon if you’re celebrating – is available for 20% off. Yup, that’s a serious deduction in the bubbles stakes. When teamed with their freshly shucked $1 oysters, every patron will be weak at the knees. Once you’ve sufficiently indulged in all the Champagne and all the shellfish, cast your eyes over the inimitable cocktail list. And good luck picking just one.

Thursday nights

32 Orwell Street, Potts Point

The Paddington, Paddington
The Paddington

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

The Bucket List

It doesn’t get more beachfront than Bondi's iconic Bucket List. The bar is vibrant, with a mix of colourful characters – many of which roll in sporting sun-kissed glows from a day basking at the beach. It’s the place to be, come the afternoon with their epic daily specials. Each day offers a new discounted drink, from rosé, prosecco and beer, to sangria jugs and spritzes. Priced from $6, there is something for everyone.

Every day, from 5pm

Bondi Pavilion- Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney 

The Royal

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


Inner City

Rosetta Ristorante

Rosetta’s sleek Inner-City terrace is the perfect spot for an evening aperitif. Every weekday from 4pm to 7pm, guests enjoy a selection of $12 cocktails, $10 spritzes, $30 spritz jugs, $8 wine, beer and prosecco, and enticing complimentary bar snacks. Even more of an excuse to head straight to Rosetta for post-work Aperitivo.

Weekdays, 4pm-7pm

118 Harrington St, The Rocks 

Bar Patron
Bar Patrón by Rockpool

Rockpool’s Bar Patrón offers one of Sydney’s best views, with even better happy hour specials. Guests can take a seat at the bar and watch the sunset over the Harbour Bridge, with $12 classic Patrón margaritas every day from 4pm to 6pm. Complimentary tortilla chips and zesty salsas provide the perfect after work pairing.

Weekdays, 4pm-6pm

2 Phillip St, Sydney


Calling Merivale's ivy complex home, Pailings is the after work go-to for cold drinks and delicious eats. This relaxed, yet buzzing late-night spot treats its patrons to happy hour from 5pm-7pm each weeknight, with $7 tap beer, house spirits and wine. If your night transitions from hangout to party, head across to ivy pool club for a boogie and cocktail.

Weekdays, 5pm-7pm

330 George Street, Sydney

Photo Credit - El Loco
El Loco at The Slip Inn

Get in on the aptly named ‘Loco Hour’ at The Slip Inn every weeknight for a slice of the well-priced action. With schooners, house wine and spirits going for a delightful $6 from 5pm-7pm, you won’t feel even slightly guilty about adding a handful of tacos to your order – with 3 for $21, you can try out all 7 flavours without breaking the bank.

Every day, 5pm-7pm

111 Sussex Street, Sydney

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
The Morrison

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)

Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm (Oyster Hour)

225 George Street, Sydney

Fratelli Fresh
Fratelli Fresh

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 3 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 $3 olives and gelato; $4 Sonoma garlic bread, fries and bruschetta; $5 zucchini flower, arancini balls, house spirits, pints and wine; and $6 espresso martinis, negronis, Aperol spritz, margherita and diavola pizza and calamari.

Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm

Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney CBD (Bridge Street & Macquarie Street), Walsh Bay and Westfield CBD

Loving our happy hour picks? If you’re someone who likes to be 'in the know', we’ve not only found you the latest and greatest  bars  offering the best happy hours in Sydney   ̶    be sure to check out our fave  Aperitivo spots; think happy hour but Euro-style.


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