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 special. These days, ‘happy hour’ doesn’t always mean cheap house spirits, wine and beer for just one hour, but rather a hefty 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.
Barangaroo’s original rooftop bar, known for its bold tropical fit out and fruity cocktails, have got your back when it comes to COB drinks specials. For the spritz enthusiasts (aren’t we all?), they’re offering $12 Aperol Spritz all week from 4-6pm. If that doesn’t take your fancy, perhaps $7 beer, wine and spirits Monday to Friday will.
United Rooftop, Level 4, Exchange Place, 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Calling all cocktail lovers! The Rook’s happy hour just got a whole lot more exciting with $12 daily cocktail specials between 4pm-6pm. Find your favourite cocktail below and pencil in the day accordingly. Go go go!
Wednesday: Espresso Martini
Thursday: Clover Club
Friday: Aperol Spritz
Saturday: New Yorker specials; Manhattans, Brooklyns & The Bronx
The Rook, Level 7, 56 – 58 York Street, Sydney, Open Monday 4pm – 12am, Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 12am and Saturday 4pm – 12am.
This premium bar situated on George Street are all about shaking off the working week with great happy hour specials running on Fridays. From 5pm – 7pm, all you CBD workers can enjoy $6 beers, house wine and spirits. Those looking to up the ante can also purchase $8 premium spirits!
The Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Open Mon-Fri: 11:00 am – until late, Sat: 12:00 pm – until late, Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Palings Kitchen and Bar
Situated on level 1 of the massive Ivy complex is a favourite amongst CBD workers looking to blow off some steam. With its breezy open-plan interior and warm lighting, Palings is the perfect post-work hangout. There to make life that little bit sweeter from Monday to Friday, Palings offer $6 beer, wine and spirits from 5pm – 7pm. If you’re feeling peckish, the Thai Canteen menu is downright delicious (and affordable to match.)
Palings, 330 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia, Open Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm – until late
Salt Meats Cheese, Circular Quay
Opening their doors in late 2017, this flagship SMC eatery have lured in the crowds with their delicious pizzas, handmade pasta and Italian aperitifs. Those looking for a mid-week tipple will relish the Monday-Friday happy hour special. From 5pm – 6:30pm, Salt Meats Cheese offer $5 beer and house wine plus $10 cocktails. Happy days!
Salt Meats Cheese, Level 2, Gateway Sydney, 1 Macquarie Place, Open Monday – Friday: 12pm – late Saturday: 5pm – late Sunday: Closed
Since I Left You
This hidden bar in the heart of the CBD is well known for its live music and cheese toasties! What they’ll equally well known for though are their drinks specials. From Monday to Friday they offer $5 Peroni Red and Wine. Come Thursday, it’s all about the tinnies with $6 Balter beer and $6 wines. If that wasn’t enough, they also host live music on Thursdays, starting from 6:30pm.
Since I Left You, 338 Kent St, Sydney, Open Monday – Friday: 11am – 2pm / 4.30pm – late, Saturday: 6pm – late, Sunday: Closed.
Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining
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. Monday to Friday between 4:30pm-6pm, Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining serves up $5 house wines, Sparkling, Peroni beers and $10 Aperol Spritz to quench your after-work thirst. If you build up a hunger, we can also highly recommend giving the hand cut chips with parmesan and truffle ($12) a go – it’s hard to stop at just one.
Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining, 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 schooners. 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 ($22). 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
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 $12 espresso martinis 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
In the heart of the CBD is Small Bar. Small in name, not in drink offerings. Their house beer, wine and bubbles are are $5 from 5pm. Have a taste of the Seven Louisiana hot wings with American hot 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 7pm 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 feast 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
Frankie’s Pizza is an institution, known for their pizza, craft beer and pinball machines. Grab a booth, order some pizzas and watch the neon sign for your number to be called. Not only can you get $3 pizza slices all week from 4pm-6pm, but they also do one of the cheapest drink specials going around. From 4pm to 6pm everyday, patrons can expect $3 beer, wine and spirits!
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 known for its snack and share plate food menu, it’s hard to ignore the daily 6pm to 8pm drink deals. For $8 enjoy house spirits and wines, or upgrade to the signature cocktails for $15.
Marble Bar, Level B1, Hilton Sydney 488 George Street, Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 6pm-8pm Mon – Sun, Open Mon – Sun 3.30pm – 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