Is there anything better than happy hour? It’s that glorious time of the day when bars, pubs, and restaurants invite us in to enjoy drinks and food at mates rates prices. After a long day at work, a spritz or two is definitely on the cards.
Although, happy hour in Sydney is different to other cities because we have some of the world’s best bars right on our doorstep. Whether the bar is underground, in the sky, or sitting in a heritage sight just off a cobblestone street, Sydney’s happy hours are legendary.
Here are the best happy hours in Sydney to take advantage of.
Woolloomooloo Situated on the Finger Wharf within Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Alibi focuses on ethical conscious eating, offering plant-based cuisine. Try our Arancini and Adonis $20 special—Safron Arancini with Bolognese and Truffle Pecorino paired perfectly with an Adonis cocktail curated with Fino Sherry, Regal Rogue Bold Red and Orange Bitters.
Surry Hills Beast & Co is your little European holiday in the heart of Surry Hills. Dig into the famous Beef Tartare or Ceviche or Beetroot Tartare with a glass of beer or wine for $20. Available Wednesday to Sunday 5-6pm.
Surry Hills Drop in during BUTTER hours (3-6 pm) and put together a $20 selection from ice-cold beers, slushies and chicken wings. Expect $3 Fried Chicken Wings, $10 Boozy Fresh Apple Juice, and $10 Henny Cherry Cola Slushies or $5 Cherry Cola Slushie (non alc).
The Rocks Maybe Sammy is the 11th best bar in the world, shaking and stirring impressive cocktails that aren’t always cheap. Although, if you go between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm daily, you can get your hands on $5.50 mini martinis. They’re basically half pours of their normal martinis and are just as good. Besides, this way you can try all the flavours, from the mini negroni to the mini dean.
Sammy Junior, Maybe Sammy’s more responsible sibling, is best known as a cafe and specialty espresso joint, but they also serve cocktails, because why not. By day, the bespoke coffee blends satisfy office workers, and by night the calm cafe turns into a mid-city cocktail spot. Every day from 4 pm to 5 pm, you can get $7 mini cocktails including a martini australiano, coffee negroni, espresso martini, and more.
As far as margaritas go, Cartel serves some of the best in the city. Instead of sticking to the usual flavours, they shake it up with a Nitro Infused Habanero Spiced Tequila Blanco-Agave margarita rimmed with worm salt, a coconut margarita with coconut washed tequila, and a take on chips and dip, which uses a cactus infused tequila with housemade guac and served with a taco salted smoked corn chip. They also have a margarita tasting platter or the margarita tree is always a showstopper. While there is no set happy hour, they always post on Instagram the deal of the day. Most of the time it’s $15 margaritas and of course taco Tuesday.
Darling Harbour The Dundee Arms is a piece of history and one of Sydney’s oldest surviving pubs. Way back in the 1840s when it first opened it was a warm place to shelter, drink ale and eat hearty pub fare for the sailors and working men who once populated the area. Now, if you visit between 4 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday to Friday you can get $5 house beer and wine to go with your pub grub.
CBD Sometimes happy hour isn’t just about the drinks. At this French institution, you can save some serious cash from 4 to 6 pm Monday to Saturday with $5 G&T’s, $10 negronis, $5 glasses of wine, $10 burgers, $5 Croque monsieur, and $5 parfaits. Given the reputation and quality of food, there’s no reason not to go.
Surry Hills, Parramatta, and Chatswood Head down to your local Butter between 3 pm to 6 pm on Monday through to Friday for numerous happy hour deals. These include $6 Pabst beers, $10 alcoholic slushies, and $5 non-alcoholic slushies, $10 boozy fresh apple juice, $3 wings and $6 Bopoeyes spicy mini sandwich (or 6 for $35).
Bondi and Parramatta When it comes to aperitivo hour, head to CicciaBella for $10 spritz, $10 mini cocktails or $5 wine and beers. Available every day between 5 pm and 6 pm, it’s a great spot for after-work drinks. They even run a special $4 snack menu, which includes prosciutto and melon sticks, crispy polenta, pizzette, and more.
Newtown and Circular Quay Mary’s is an iconic Sydney venue that is known for its affordable drinks and infamous Mary’s burger. Although things can always get cheaper, which is why if you visit from 4 pm to 6 pm every day, you can get $5 lagers, $5 jack daniels, and $8 natural wines.
There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.
Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.
To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
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Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here.
For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.