Sydney’s Best CBD Happy Hour Specials

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Sydney / 28 June 2024
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Sydney’s Best CBD Happy Hour Specials

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Sydney / 28 June 2024

For a post-work tipple or cheeky mid-week drink, here 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 an 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 $1.50 wings, we’ve put together a list of our favourite CBD happy hour spots.

$10 Tanqueray Martinis and $10 Lobster Rolls at Menzies Bar in Fine Diner Shellhouse Sydney CBD

Menzies Bar, Margaret St.

Head down to the Menzies Bar at Shellhouse to celebrate Martini Hour from 4 pm – 6 pm Monday to Saturday. Sip on a mini martini cocktail for only $10, whilst pairing it with a limited run of fresh lobster rolls (until sold out) also for just $10. You can reserve a table in advance, or simply walk in and see where the night takes you.

Find Menzies Bar at 37 Margaret St, Sydney.

Esteban margaritas at CBD Happy Hour

Esteban, Temperance Lne.

Everyone’s favourite Mexican laneway and basement tequila bar just made happy hour even better! The team is dishing out $12 cocktails and $9 tacos from 5 pm – 6 pm Sunday to Tuesday and 4 pm – 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday. In the cocktail department, choose from Margaritas, Tequila Mockingbird, Sangria, and Paloma, and pair them with their most popular tacos including salmon ceviche, pork belly, steak tartare, and sweet potato.

Find Esteban at 1 Temperance Lane, Sydney.

de vine food and wine market street clarence street happy hour aperitivo hour

de Vine Food and Wine, Market St.

de Vine Food and Wine is a cosy Italian restaurant on the corner of Market and Clarence Streets. It boasts plush green seating in an intimate restaurant setting. Every Monday to Friday from 3 – 5 pm, they host their iconic Aperitivo Hour. Loosen your collar after work with $10 wines, and $10 cocktails (with their key ingredient, amaro). Expect authentic Italian nibbles at a discount, including focaccia, truffle mortadella, and Sydney’s tastiest zucchini flowers. Walk-ins welcome or book ahead here.

Find de Vine Food and Wine at 32 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Cafe Sydney - Best Happy Hour in the CBD

Cafe Sydney, Alfred St.

Happy hour meets great views and luxury at Cafe Sydney. Between 5-7 pm daily, grab a Petit Pour – a unique mini cocktail for just $14, alongside $2 Sydney Rock Oysters (rumoured to be the best in Sydney), all with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Choose from three Petit Pours: a classic Vesper Martini, a savoury Mary Ketel, or the zingy Sticky Pickle.

Find Cafe Sydney at 31 Alfred St., Sydney.

Arisun Chinatown - best happy hour in Sydney

Arisun, Chinatown

Looking for a bargain on after-work drinks? Look no further than Arisun’s daily Happy Hour! From 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, you can score cans of Korean beer for just $5.90, jugs for $22.90,  High Balls for $9.90, and Soju for $11.90. With these prices, Arisun is a must-consider for anyone keen to find Sydney’s best happy hour.
Find Arisun at Shop 35/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine - Syd Best Happy Hr CBD - Alegre Bar and Dining

Alegre, King St. Wharf 

Alegre Mexican restaurant is running its Sunset Hour every Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm – a wallet-friendly way to loosen up after a long day at work. Experience $8 tacos with all the fillings, from melt-in-your-mouth Baja fish to authentic beef birria. They also have $8 beers and wines, or if you’re feeling fancy, $14 cocktails (including classic Margs and Aperol Spritz). So grab your besties and head to Alegre’s harbourside haven for a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine in the Sydney CBD.

Find Alegre at 21 Lime St, Sydney NSW 2000.

Best CBD Happy Hours

Restaurant Hubert, Bligh St.

As one of the city’s favourite French dining rooms, Restaurant Hubert sure knows how to put on an epic aperitivo hour. Swing by from 5 pm – 6 pm Monday to Sunday you can skip the queues and save yourself some serious moolah with a dedicated menu of cheap eats and drinks. Score $7 G&Ts, $12 negronis, and $7 glasses of wine plus a selection of bites including an $18 burger and $8 duck liver parfait. Their happy hour is walk-ins only.

Find Restaurant Hubert at Basement, 15 Bligh St., Sydney. 

Aged Wagyu cheeseburger from sydney CBD the charles brasserie cocktails and wine

The Charles, King St.

It’s refined elegance in the heart of Sydney. The Charles has all the feels of Europe’s grand brasseries with an elegant art-deco interior and old-world hospitality. Visit the spot for food and drink specials Monday to Saturday from 4 pm-7 pm. Try their crowd-pleasing “King St. Spritz” cocktail for just $15, a glass of Moet will only set you back $18 and schooners are $6. For food, try their crumbed confit chicken with pickles for $6 or their aged Wagyu cheeseburger and fries for $19.

Find The Charles at 66 King St., Sydney

Maybe Sammy Best CBD Happy Hour in Sydney Mini Martini

Maybe Sammy

Earning itself the honour of being one of Sydney’s best bars, Maybe Sammy is a cocktail spot not to be missed. Located in the heart of The Rocks, this luxe bar is the perfect spot to nab a well-made drink that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Swing by from 4:30 pm -5:30 pm every day when they’re stirring up mini cocktails for just $7 each.

Find Maybe Sammy at 115 Harrington St., The Rocks.

Cocktails at Rockpool for CBD Happy Hour

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Hunter St.

Famed grilled seafood spot, Rockpool, has introduced its version of happy hour. RP Hour runs for two hours on weekdays from 4 pm-6 pm and offers a selection of premium snacks, handcrafted cocktails, and a Sommelier’s Choice of wines by the glass. Transition from work to life with options like their $15 chorizo dog with chimi churri and crispy onions, $4 fries, $12 classic and house cocktails (Martini, Old Fashioned, Margarita & RP Spritz), $7 beers, and $15 on the Sommelier’s Selection of Sparkling, Red, and White Wine.

Find Rockpool Bar & Grill at 66 Hunter St., Sydney.

Happy Hour Sydney CBD Aperitivo Hour Chicken Burger Moet and Chandon Champagne

Tiva, King St.

There’s nothing average about the happy hour at Tiva, aptly named ‘Twilight Hours’. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the underground live music bar every Thursday and Friday from 5 pm – 7 pm. Indulge in a $16 Tiva Fried Chicken Burger, a $12 Tommy’s Margarita, or (and) an $18 glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also opt for a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne for $105.

Find Tiva at 68 King St., Sydney.

Morrison's Best Happy Hour Sydney CBD Aperitivo Hour Oysters

The Morrison, Grosvenor St.

If you’re feeling like something a little more refined, the stylish CBD Happy Hour special at The Morrison will tempt you with $10 Negronis & Aperol Spritz, and $7 schooners, wines, and spirits weekdays between 4 pm – 6 pm. Plus, every Wednesday between 6 pm – 7 pm you can enjoy half-price oysters, shucked fresh to order (just $1.50!).

Find The Morrison at 225 George St., CBD.

Happy Hour in Sydney CBD Dean and Nancy High Rise

Dean & Nancy On 22, Hunter St.

Watch the sun fall on Sydney’s skyline whilst sipping on a refreshing aperitivo at Dean & Nancy. Their sunset happy hour goes from 5 pm – 6 pm, offering heavy discounts on their drinks menu. For $15, you can order their Orchard Spritz (Glenfiddich 12, Pomme Verte, Becherovka, Pear & Cinnamon Soda), Golden Deer or Oyster Shell Martini. There is also a selection of non-alcoholic drinks available at a reduced price.

Find Dean & Nancy On 22 at 2 Hunter St., Sydney.

Sydney Best Happy Hour at Employees Only Barrack Street Sydney CBD Half price

Employees Only, Barrack St.

No one does happy hour like the New York speakeasy outpost! Instead of offering cocktails and food specials, the folks at Employees Only are giving you 50% off their happy hour menu items (tortilla chips, chicken tacos, camembert and more!). From Wednesday to Friday between 5 pm – 6 pm, you can take happy hour to a whole new level.

Employees Only, 9a Barrack St., Sydney.

This guide is current as of June 2024. Has a venue we’ve mentioned closed? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you: newsletter@eatdrinkplay.com