These are the CBD happy hour specials you need to know about.
Everyone loves a good happy hour, especially when it comes to a Sydney CBD Happy Hour. These days, the term ‘Happy Hour’ doesn’t always mean cheap house spirits, wine and beer for just one hour, but rather a dose of daily specials, including food to entice us through the doors of your local establishments. From $6 pints, to $1 wings, we’ve put together a list of our favourite CBD Happy Hour spots.
The Rabbit Hole
It can be hard to find a good CBD Happy Hour that isn’t a pub setting in Sydney, but this funky basement bar will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a New York speakeasy. Between 4:30pm-6pm, The Rabbit Hole serves up $5 beers and house wines to quench your after-work thirst and we highly recommend giving the hand cut chips with parmesan and truffle ($12) a go – it’s hard to stop at just one.
The Rabbit Hole, Basement level, 82 Elizabeth St, CBD, Happy Hour from 4:30pm-6pm Mon-Fri, Open: Mon-Fri 12pm-late, Sat 4pm-2am
El Loco at Slip Inn
There’s nothing average about the CBD Happy Hour at El Loco at the Slip. Get acquainted with ‘Loco Hour’ which involves $6 schooners, house spirits and wines and $7 pints from 5-7pm. With a colourful courtyard and outdoor garden, it’s the perfect place for a midweek or Friday fiesta. Paired with a regular line-up of DJs alongside a bunch of daily specials, it’ll keep both your mouth and wallet happy.
El Loco at Slip Inn, 111 Sussex St, Sydney, Happy Hour from 5-7pm Mon-Fri, Open: Mon-Fri 11am-late, Sat 4pm-late
The Royal George
Happy Hour at The George runs from 5-7pm and features $6 house wines and spirits and $6 pints – yep you read that correctly, pints! They also boast $1 spicy BBQ Buffalo wings. A winner with all crowds, this place features a pool table downstairs and a decent dinner menu if the spicy wings aren’t for you. Try the Royal Burger with Angus beef, all the toppings and house made BBQ sauce ($17). You can even pick your own tunes with their Spotify Jukebox.
The Royal George, Ground Floor, Ivy, 320 George St, CBD, Happy Hour from 5-7pm everyday, Mon-Wed 10am-2am, Thu 10am-3am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun 12pm-10pm
Martin Place Bar
This bar in the heart of the CBD is a favourite amongst suits in the area for an afterwork CBD Happy Hour. With a range of A+ specials on different days, you can’t go past Monday’s $4.50 beers, $5 house wines and $6 salt and pepper squid from 4pm-8pm. Although we can’t complain about the $12 pizzettes on Tuesdays either. And an added bonus – they’ve got DJ’s from 5pm.
Martin Place Bar, 51 Martin Place, cnr Elizabeth St, CBD, Open Mon-Fri 9am-late, Sat 8pm-late
If you’re feeling like something a little more refined, the stylish CBD Happy Hour special at The Morrison will tempt you with $5 house beers, wines and spirits every day of the week from 5-7pm. Every Wednesday from 6-7pm on the terrace’s Oyster Bar they have $1 oysters. Plus they also have $10 cocktails and $10 burgers in the Parlour Bar all day, every day.
The Morrison, 225 George St, CBD, Happy Hour from 5-7pm everyday, Mon-Thurs 7:30am-11pm, Fri 7:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-11pm
If you’re feeling like something fresh and fruity after your work day, then head down to Small Bar for their freshly juiced cocktails. They are $12 a pop and house beer and wine are $5 from 5pm. Have a taste of the Seven Louisiana hot wings with spicy tomato sauce for $12.50. And don’t forget to check out the specials board too.
Small Bar, 48 Erskine St, Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 5pm Mon-Sat, Mon – Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 5pm – 12am
Cafe del Mar
Take a trip to the Spanish Isle of Ibiza as you head down to Darling Harbour for a casual weekday beverage at Cafe del Mar’s rooftop terrace. The Mediterranean bar serves up $5 spirits, house wines and beers for three hours Monday to Friday. If you are in need of a workday pick me up then perk up with a $12 Espresso Martini as you bathe in the waterside ambience.
Cafe del Mar, The Roof Top Terrace Cockle Bay Wharf Darling Harbour Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm Tues-Fri, Open Tues – Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm – 10pm
What better place to celebrate a mid-week fiesta than in the glamours Argyle at The Rock. Everyday, yes that includes the weekend, from 5pm until 8pm The Argyle offers up discounted drinks and eats. Choose from $5 beers and house wines, $10 selected cocktails and $7.50 Espresso Martinis. If you fancy a bite then gorge on $15 gourmet wood fired pizzas.
The Argyle, 18 Argyle St The Rocks Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 5pm-8pm all week, Open Mon – Sun 11am – late
As the Manly ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay, get hyped for the weekend at Cruise Bar. The perfect blend of coffee and booze, Cruise Bar will keep you buzzing for the weekend with $10 Espresso Martinis poured from 5pm until 7pm every Friday. A blend of Kahlua, vodka and espresso sounds more appealing at the end of the week. Wouldn’t you agree?
Cruise Bar, Level 1,2,3 Circular Quay West Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm Friday, Open Mon – Fri 11am – late, Sat 11am – 3am, Sun 11am – 10pm
Get happy 20s style at the Prohibition era Marble Bar at the Hilton Hotel on George Street. Although Marble Bar is know for its snack and share plate food menu, you would be hard pressed to ignore the daily 6pm to 8pm drink deals. For $8 enjoy house spirits and wines, or upgrade to the signature cocktails for $15. As Gatsby would say, “a little party never killed nobody”.
Marble Bar, Level B1, Hilton Sydney 488 George Street, Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 6pm-8pm Mon – Sun, Open Mon – Sun 3.30pm – late
From Oktoberfest to the beer halls, Germans are renowned for their love of all things liquor. At the Munich Brauhaus in The Rocks everyday is a great to enjoy a stein. From 4pm until 6pm this Bavarian brewhouse will treat you to $6 house wines and beers, of course. Strap on the lederhosen and get going.
Munich Brauhaus, Cnr of Playfair & Argyle St The Rocks, Sydney, Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm Mon – Sun, Open Mon – Fri 10am – late, Sat – Sun 9am – late
El Camino Cantina
The Rocks fusion of Tex and Mex is here to remind us the fun can be had outside of the weekend. From Monday until Friday El Camino Cantina assembles a $7.50 assortment of drink specials. Margaritas, craft beers, tequilas and house wines are all popping, along with a rang of daily food specials including $2 Taco Tuesday and 10c Wing Wednesday.
El Camino Catina, 18 Argyle Street The Rocks, Sydney, Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm Mon – Fri, Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 12pm – 10pm
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