The Best Happy Hours In Sydney

Bars, Drink, Drinks Guide, Guide / 25 October 2022

Head out of the office and straight into happy hour at some of our favourite places to grab a tipple.

What’s better than sipping a world-class cocktail backdropped to picturesque Sydney views? Sipping them on a happy hour special of course! We’ve lined up our favourite spots to gather the squad for post-work catch-ups that cover everything from $10 negronis to $10 lobster rolls. 

Tiva, CBD

It’s a subterranean playground for live music, DJs, Champagne and cocktails hidden away underneath The Charles Grand Brasserie. Head to Tiva for an escape from the city and enjoy global acts, emerging local live musicians and DJ talent. Oh, and a great happy hour deal of course.

Running from Wednesday to Friday from 5pm-7pm, get cocktails from as little as $12 and Tiva’s signature wagyu cheeseburger with fermented chilli for only $10.

  • WHEN: Wednesday-Friday, 5pm-7pm

Bar Topikós, Bondi

It’s a slice of Mykonos in Bondi — Bar Topikós Chefs Danny Corbett & Charles Woodward have developed a new Bar Menu with delicious dishes to share, inspired by the rustic taverna’s sprinkled throughout the Greek Islands. Perfect when enjoyed with their happy hour menu, featuring a selection of signature cocktails, wines and beer all priced at under $10. It’s the perfect deal to unwind and relax to, all whilst soaking up the great view and enjoying a drink or two.

  • WHEN: Daily 4pm – 6pm

Botswana Butchery, CBD

Enjoy aperitivo hour on the rooftop at Botswana Butchery, located in the brand new 25 Martin Place precinct making it perfect for early knock-off drinks with colleagues or friends.

There is a list of $10 drinks including tap beers, cinders, selected wines and bubbles, as well as Negroni Aperol Spritz and Malfy Gin & Tonic. All this and complimentary bar snacks between 4pm – 6pm every day.

  • WHEN: Daily 4pm – 6pm

Alice, The Rocks

Love a well-made martini? Head to The Rocks’ newest bar for Martini Time where you can sip your way through clever twists on this classic cocktail for just $10 each.

The menu features Gin & ‘IT’ with London Dry Gin and Sweet Vermouth served 50:50 with a drop of orange bitters, Flame of Love with Belvedere Vodka and Fino Sherry served 8:1 with burnt orange oils, Dry Martini with London Dry Gin and Dry Vermouth served 4:1 with olives or lemon peel, and Alaska with London Dry Gin and Yellow Chartreuse served 3:1 with lemon peel.

  • WHEN: Wednesday & Thursday 5pm – 6pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm – 6pm

Employees Only Happy Hour

Employees Only, CBD

50% Off Food & Drink

You never know where the night will take you at this semi-hidden basement bar. Get your cards read by the resident psychic or be hypnotised by burlesque dancers, the possibilities are endless. One thing we do know for sure is that 50% off almost* the entire menu is a pretty good place to start. 

Food menu items will be available for 50% off the regular price including the famous Truffle Mornay 700g lobster (valued at $165 – enjoy it for only $82.5!). And, don’t forget the drinks! Drink up with 50% off all house spirits, house beers, house red, white, rose & prosecco and all the EO signature cocktails – chin chin!

  • WHEN: Tuesdays – Thursdays, 5 – 6 pm
  • MORE INFO: HERE *excludes the 1Kg MBS 2+ Roasted Eye Fillet.

Tio's Cerveceria

Tio’s Cerveceria, Surry Hills

$10 Margarita of the week (until sold out) 

Sydney small bar Tio’s have been on the block almost 10 years and they’ve got the winning formula when it comes to unique signature Margaritas. 

Every week, Tio’s serves up a fresh, fruity, freezy flavour of the week and slings it for $10 a pop until sold out.

  • WHEN: Everyday until sold out

Shellhouse Happy Hour

Menzies Bar @ Shellhouse,  

$10 Martinis, $10 Lobster Rolls (Until Sold Out)

Located on the ground floor of the historic Sydney Shellhouse, Menzies Bar & Bistro serves up Australian heritage with European grandeur. The sleek blackened steel bar holds 1300 spirit bottles, ready to be mixed into one of their premium signature libations. 

Famed for their world-class Martinis, Martini Hour serves as a place to celebrate the end of day, or the beginning of your evening, get in early and begin the evening’s culinary journey with a $10 lobster roll available while stocks last. 

  • WHEN: Everyday between 4-6pm 
  • MORE INFO: Here

Giuls, Surry Hills

Selection of special price cocktails, house wines and beer

When you’re craving a casual Italian-style aperitivo after a long day in the office, Giuls is an amazing spot to quench your thirst. 

Head in early before sitting down to their carefully crafted, Tuscany-inspired menu featuring freshly made pasta and fresh seafood, or enjoy a tipple curbside before heading out for a big night out, happy hour includes a selection of house wines, beer and cocktails every day from 4-6 pm.

  • WHEN: Everyday 4-6 pm

Maybe Sammy Happy Hour

Maybe Sammy, CBD

$7 Mini Cocktails

Situated in the heart of The Rocks on Harrington Street, Maybe Sammy comes with a particularly talented hospitality team, best known for shaking their way onto World’s Best Bars list amongst numerous other bar-related accolades. 

Perch yourself on the pink velvet banquets, exuding 50’s charm and sip your way through the selection of world-class miniature cocktails for just $7 a pop between 4.30 – 5.30 pm every Weds – Saturday. Plus, visit on Saturday and you can also knock back $2 Appellation Oysters while stocks last. 

  • WHEN: Weds – Saturday between 4.30 – 5.30 pm ($2 Oysters Saturday Only)
  • MORE INFO: Here

Salty's Happy Hour

Salty’s, Bondi

Half Price Share Plates, $6 Wine, Beer & Spirits 

This fresh and fun hangout marries west coast SoCal vibes with old-school Bondi skater-chic, the result? A match made in beachside heaven. As part of its weekday happy hour offering, the Southern Cali-inspired surf joint serves up half-price share plates including crispy flatbread, onion rings, chunky guac with corn chips, buffalo wings, mac ‘n’ cheese balls, ceviche, sweet potato fries, charred corn and veggie nachos.

Wash it all down with $6 tap beers, wines and spirits Monday – Friday between  4 – 6pm. 

Plus, throughout July you can also grab 2-4-1 signature margaritas as part of their margarita month offering. Check out the full details here. 

  • WHEN: Monday – Friday,  4 – 6pm

The Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills 

$6 Pints, wines and spirits 

The Beresford’s neighbourhood pub vibe combined with a modern-Italian trattoria menu offering makes for the perfect post-work pit stop for a couple of cold ones with great company.

Enjoy $6 pints, wine & basic spirits Tuesday to Sunday, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and place an order from the kitchen while you’re at it, the menu offers everything from a simple bowl of fries with Sicilian sea salt to wood-fired pizza, house-made pappardelle and decadent desserts. 

  • WHEN: Tuesday – Sunday 6 – 8pm