Sydney / Eat & Drink / Cocktail O'Clock: Happy Hours in Sydney to Sneak Out of Work Early For

Cocktail O'Clock: Happy Hours in Sydney to Sneak Out of Work Early For

A refreshing beverage is one of the most revered summer traditions in Australia, and we Sydneysiders certainly have it lucky with our choice of city hangouts. Team that with an affinity for a good deal and the Happy Hour in Sydney is not something to be trifled with. As such, we’ve compiled the loveliest places 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. Bottoms up. 

Lower North Shore

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. Other weekly specials include $10 cocktails on the terrace each Thursday from 6pm-10pm, and $10 cocktails and $15 craft jugs on Sundays from 4pm-8pm.

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 $5. If you want to visit over the weekend, from 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights you can indulge in a summer cocktail for just $10 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.

39 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest

Firefly Bar & Dining

This Neutral Bay favourite earned its reputation with its beautiful interiors and lively atmosphere. For those who enjoy a caffeine-infused tipple, this is the happy hour for you. Every night of the week, from 5pm-6pm, you can sip on their signature cookies and cream espresso martini for just $12 (usually $20).  The creamy combination of Mr. Blacks, vodka, Mozart white chocolate liqueur, chocolate sauce and espresso is a crowd pleaser.

24 Young St, 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 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 $7. If you're more of a spritz gal, then lock in your visit on Thursday or Friday when they are $10.

Greenwood Plaza- 36 Blue St, North Sydney


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 wine, 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

Northern Beaches

Saké Restaurant & Bar Manly

Newly opened Saké Restaurant & Bar Manly is welcoming summer with Sundowner Sessions featuring $10 Saké spritzes and gin bowls, available Monday to Wednesday from 5pm 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. 

Manly Wharf

In Situ

This local Manly hangout is equally loved for its brunch, dinner and its tasty array of boozy tipples – In Situ is buzzing all day long. From 4pm-7pm, diners can snack on half price pizza and tapas while sipping on $5 house beer, wine, and $12 signature cocktails. You've got to love a happy hour that combines eats and drinks.

18 Sydney Road, Manly

Deck Bar & Restaurant

With a perfect sunset position overlooking Dee Why Beach coupled with $5 Furphys, house wines and sparkling from 4pm-6pm, Deck's cheeky combo unsurprisingly draws in a sizeable crowd. This excellent arrangement is complemented by weekly specials from Wednesday wings and Saturday hotdogs, to all-you-can-eat pizza on Sundays. The Happy Hour gods look upon Deck Bar & Dining with admiration.

23 The Strand, Dee Why 

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, everyday!  That's the kind of happy hour we like!

2 Park Street, Mona Vale

Manly Wine

A stylish mix of laidback 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 afternoon from 4pm-7pm, enjoy $7 wines, beers, and house spirits, along with $20 cocktail jugs. For cocktail lovers you can indulge in $12 espresso martinis and Tommy's margaritas from 4pm till late.

8 - 13 South Steyne, Manly

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 4-6pm, 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 grilled spatchcock with potatoes, lemon and za-atar dressing. Or perhaps the kingfish ceviché… let’s stop pretending, we’ll definitely be sampling both!

1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy

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 on weekdays. 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.

167 Enmore Road, Enmore 


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 Wednesday to Saturday from open till 6pm.

Shop 4/332 Darling Street, Balmain 

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 schnitty's, to mussels and tacos.

345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Websters 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.

323 King Street, Newtown

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 Friday (5pm-7pm) happy hour, with $6 house schooners, wine and spirits.

35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Eastern Suburbs

El Topo Mexican

Offering character in spades, The Eastern’s El Topo delivers Mexican fare in a vibrant setting atop the roof of Bondi Junction’s favourite pub. Tequila and cocktails flow freely, and they offer a menu that has a modern twist on Oaxacan cuisine. Their amazing happy hour runs from 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday, so get in their early to make the most of their $5 craft beer, $10 margaritas and $20 sangria jugs.

Westfield Bondi Junction- 5/500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction 

The Paddington

Happy Hour at The Paddington is a happy time for many reasons. With $5 pints, house spirits and wine, along with spritzes, frosé from 5-6pm weekdays, 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.

384 Oxford Street, Paddington

The Bucket List

It doesn’t get more beachfront than Bondi's 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 Tecate, to sangria jugs and spritzes. Priced from $6, there is something for everyone.

Bondi Pavilion- Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Perched on the harbourfront, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is one of the best summer venues in Sydney. From the location and its nautical vibe, to their renowned spritzers and fish and chips, Sydneysiders don't need much convincing to jet over to Watsons Bay. The best thing about this hangout's drink deal are the $12 frosés, which are available all day, every day. We'll meet you at the bar!

1 Military Road, Watson’s Bay

The Roosevelt

Thursday night at the Roosevelt is the place to be 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.

32 Orwell Street, Potts Point

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, including bellinis, negronis, spritzes and espresso martinis, and $8 wine, beer and prosecco. An enticing bar menu features pizzettes, salumi with pickles and housemade focaccia, and other bar snacks all under $16.

118 Harrington St, The Rocks 

Bar Patrón by Rockpool

Bar Patrón by Rockpool 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.

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 $6 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.

330 George Street, Sydney

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 6-8pm, 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 8 flavours without breaking the bank. Add a jug of the Summer Punch with apple cider, grapefruit, peach, vodka and mint. Helllooooo summer.

111 Sussex Street, Sydney

The Morrison

Renowned for it’s glorious 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 a pop, between 6-7pm you’d be insane to shirk the offer. Team your seafood with one of the venue’s $10 cocktails (yes, you read that right) and you’re in good stead for the evening. If you’re in ‘one of those moods’, make a beeline for The Morrison’s $6 house beers, wines and spirits from 5-7pm. That’s reasonable by anyone’s standards.

225 George Street, Sydney

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 5 for $5 happy hour from 4pm-6pm, Monday to Friday, combines all your Italiano food and drink faves. Get in quick to indulge in $5 espresso martinis, negronis, Aperol spritz, house beers and wine, and soak up the booze with their delicious range of classic pizzas.

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

Marble Bar

The ever-slick, ever-sophisticated venue residing in the heart of Sydney’s Hilton Hotel, delights patrons with their expansive offering of elegant cocktails and spirits. The only thing that could make the place more endearing, would be to offer generous daily deals to thirsty customers. Well, guess Marble Bar is ahead of the game once again. Get in between 6pm and 8pm daily and you'll score a signature cocktail, with all tap beers and house wines on offer from $8. Gather the girls and indulge in a cocktail night without that depressing Sydney bill.

488 George Street, Sydney


Unlock Sydney's hidden gems

All we need is your email - we promise to make it worth your while.

By signing up, you agree to periodic email marketing from Sitchu to the email address you provided. Terms and Conditions. Privacy Policy.

You need to create an account to save favourites!

Create an account
Win A Luxury Escape
Need A Holiday?
Inspired by our Central Coast guides,
click below to find out how to win.
Terms & Conditions Apply

Hang On!

You're one step away

Want to save articles and businesses to your very own lists? Sign up and enjoy these and many other features for free!

Sign Up for Free or Login
Back to Top