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 booze enthusiasts (aren’t we all?), they’re offering $7 Hawthorn beer, $7 wines and $7 house spirits from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6pm.
Untied Rooftop, Level 4, Exchange Place, 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Who doesn’t love a spritz? If you do, The Rook has you covered with their ‘Rooky Hour’. From 4 to 6pm Monday to Saturday you can score yourself a glass of wine or tap beer for just $5 plus they’ve discounted selected spritzes to just $10. Want to keep the fun going? Stick around for their ‘Appy Hour’ (6-7pm from Monday to Saturday) to sip your way through $8 Sipsmith Dry Gin, $15 Winer Cups and more using the venue’s app.
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 is all about shaking off the working week with great happy hour specials running on Fridays. From 5pm – 7pm, all you CBD workers can enjoy select pints of beer, house wine and house spirits from just $7. The best bit? You can also nab an Espresso Martini (served on tap) for $15.
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, 5-7pm Palings offer $7 tap beer, house spirits, house red, white and sparkling wine and a selection of free bar snacks.
Palings, 330 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia, Open Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm – until late
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 pints, house spirits and wines from Monday to Sunday, 5 to 7pm. They also offer a range of tempting food specials, including $15 burgers and fries on Mondays, $5 tacos on Tuesdays, $25 DIY Tacos on Wednesday, $18 Schnitzels and Mexis + $10 margarita slushees all night on Thursdays plus $15 nachos with the lot on Saturdays. 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 4-7pm 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).
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 $6 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 $1.50 oysters. Plus they also have $12 espresso martinis available from 8:30pm everyday and 2-4-1 burgers available from 5pm from Monday to Thursday.
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 $5 Monday to Friday, from 4pm till 6pm. Have a taste of the Seven Louisiana hot wings with American hot sauce on Wednesdays for $5 per serve all day, with a range of other food specials on offer throughout the week. Kick-off the weekend with Espresso Martinis for just $15 from 5pm every Friday.
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 $6 Peroni, Carona, wines and spirits from 4 to 7pm Tuesday to Friday. If you are in need of a workday pick me up then perk up with a $12 Espresso Martini or Aperol Spritz as you bathe in the waterside ambiance.
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 their $5 range – espresso martinis, Sailor Jerry Cans, Pimms Cup, Aperol Spritz, Beer, Wine and Spirits. Yep, all just $5.
The Argyle, 18 Argyle St The Rocks Sydney CBD, Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm 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 $4 pizza slices all week from 4pm-6pm, but they also do one of the cheapest drink specials going around. Patrons can expect Sydney Draught Lager, Frosty’s Pale Ale, house red and white wine as well as all house spirits with your choice of mixer (excluding Tequila) for a mere $4 .
Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter Street, Sydney CBD, Open Sat to Thur 4pm-3am and Fri 12pm-3am.
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 $5 house wines, $5 4 Pines Schmiddy’s and $10 Espresso Martinis form Sunday to Friday from 5 to 7pm.
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 range of daily food specials including $2 Taco Tuesday and 10c Wing Wednesday.
El Camino Catina, 18 Argyle Street The Rocks, Sydney, Happy Hour from 4pm- 6pm Mon – Fri, Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 12pm – 10pm.
This guide is current as of October 2019. Has a venue we’ve mentioned closed? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you: email@example.com