Sydney’s Best Aperitivo Hours

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Guide, Sydney / 12 December 2023
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Sydney’s Best Aperitivo Hours

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Guide, Sydney / 12 December 2023

Welcome to the art of unwinding.

Inspired by European soirées that stretch into the night, Aperitivo hour is our local answer to the relaxed elegance of the Italian pre-dinner gathering. Unlike our European counterparts who dine fashionably late, we’ve adjusted the clock to suit our Aussie rhythm. It’s the perfect prelude to your evening, a social affair that sets the mood just right.

So, what’s the deal? Sydney’s best spots are now offering their spin on Aperitivo hour, creating a fusion of cultures right in the heart of our vibrant city. It’s not just about the drink and the bite; it’s a moment to savour the transitional magic between work and play. Imagine sipping on a classic cocktail or a spritz while nibbling on delectable snacks, all without breaking the bank.

Join us as we explore Sydney’s Aperitivo scene, where the drinks are cool, the snacks are tempting, and the atmosphere is nothing short of delightful. From enchanting cocktails to pocket-friendly specials, we’ve rounded up the places where you can effortlessly slip into the spirit. No need to jet off to Europe; Sydney’s version is here, and it’s about time we celebrated the joy of slowing down, one sip at a time.

Dolphin Hotel Red Bar Pizetta and Negroni Aperitivo Hour
Bar Red – The Dolphin Hotel

Dive into the spirited haven of aperitivo enchantment at Bar Red, making a permanent home within The Dolphin Hotel’s once Wine Room. Brace yourself for Thursday to Saturday evenings filled with vivacious aperitivo hours, a carnival of flavours and conviviality unfolding from 4 to 6. Join the festivities as Bar Red presents an enticing lineup featuring Mini Martinis, Negronis, and Pizzettas—all dancing at an irresistible $12 each. Immerse yourself in the radiant red ambiance, where iconic sips like the Tiramisu Negroni and the zesty Sgroppino Spritz take centre stage. But it’s not just about the drinks; Bar Red unveils an exclusive Italian-inspired feast boasting treats like Salumi Grissini, heavenly Focaccia, and Pizzettas you won’t find elsewhere.

Charles Bar

Ease into the evening at The Charles Bar during The Charles Hours, a weekday sanctuary where laid-back moments are elevated. From 3 pm to 6 pm, let the week’s hustle fade away as you sip on specially crafted cocktails for just $15—whether it’s the Snacked Size Sidecar, a refreshing Southside, or the intriguing Haystack Cocktail. If wine is your muse, savour glasses at $13, or opt for a satisfying schooner at $6. Simply sit back, relax and unwind with drinks and small bites after a busy day.

Bar Besuto Highball At Aperitivo Hour
Bar Besuto

Indulge in a refreshing escape from the summer heat with Bar Besuto’s Happy Hour Highballs. Nestled in the cool underground haven of this Japanese bar, enjoy a selection of six meticulously crafted Highballs with house-made soda for just $12. From Tuesday to Friday, between 4 pm and 6 pm, savour the botanical notes of the Botanical Seltzer Highball or the summery vibes of the Summer Melon Highball, among other enticing options. Not a fan of alcohol? No worries. Bar Besuto also offers a mocktail version of each Highball for a delightful $8 during Happy Hour.

Fauna Restaurant Aperitivo Hour
Fauna Restaurant

Savour the French joie de vivre at Fauna’s Apero Hour—more than just drinks and bites, it’s a pocket of time for laughter, connections, and indulgence. From Tuesday to Sunday, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, relish in the art of the ‘apéro’ with Aperol Spritz or Riberry Negroni for $12 each, along with a selection of enticing bites. No frills, just good vibes, and great flavours at Fauna’s Apero Hour—because life’s better with a touch of French flair.

Alfie's Martini for Sydney Aperitivo Hour


Discover the allure of Alfie’s Bar, where laid-back vibes meet exceptional drinks. From Monday to Saturday, 4-6 pm, dive into the daily happy hour that transforms a casual drink into a moment of delight. Sip on the meticulously crafted $16 Alfie’s Martini or refresh with a $14 Bloody Shiraz Spritz. Let the East End Old Fashioned elevate your happy hour experience for just $15. And if you’re in the mood for a brew, savour The Grifter’s Butcher of Beer for only $3. Unwind with classics like the $6 Gin & Tonic or enjoy red and white wine for a relaxed $10. Need a bite? Line off your stomach with the $17 Hot Chip Spit Roast Beef Butty that brings British charm with every delicious bite.


Saké knows how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary during their Happy Hour, and it’s a game-changer. Running Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm, this is the time to experience Saké’s signature vibe without breaking the bank. Picture this: iconic Hiramasa Kingfish for just $10 and an array of delectable bites starting at $5. But it doesn’t stop there – the liquid happiness flows with $7 whisky highballs, refreshing gin and tonics, and wines that hit the spot at $10 a glass. Oh, and did we mention the $7 Asahi?

RAFI North Sydney

RAFI in North Sydney is rewriting the Happy Hour narrative, making every afternoon a celebration. From 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday, indulge in the laid-back elegance of RAFI Hour. Whether you’re nestled under Aperol-hued umbrellas, perched at the bar, or enjoying a cozy spot on the terrace, RAFI is your go-to after-work haven. Sip on refreshing cocktails like the Aperol Spritz or the innovative Garhubaldi, all while soaking up the sun’s golden glow. Paired with a thoughtfully curated bar snacks menu featuring delights like crispy chickpea and green chilli hummus or the irresistible crispy pork collar burger, RAFI Hour is not just a happy hour—it’s a North Sydney ritual.


PIER Bar’s Sunset Hour is not just your typical happy hour; it’s an invitation to unwind against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour. From Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 6 pm, guests can savour the magic of the sunset with exclusive food and drink specials right at the water’s edge. Crafted cocktails, including house Negronis, Margaritas, and Old Fashioneds, are a steal at just $12, while draughts come in at $8. The highlight? The iconic $2 oysters that pay homage to the rich history of Pier One as a bustling seafood hub.