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. 

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

Frankies Pizza, CBD

$1 Pizza Slices  

With sorrow in our heart we can confirm that beloved live music haunt, pizza venue and dive bar Frankie’s will be demolished later this year to make way for a brand new Metro station. As much as this has been a shock to Sydney’s music junkies, boozers and pizza enthusiasts, Frankies are easing our woes with $1 pizza slices everyday between 4-6 pm until the fateful day arrives, throw back cheap pizza and share your best Frankie’s shenigans with your mates.

  • WHEN: Everyday 4-6 pm

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

Riley St Garage, Woolloomooloo

$2.50 Oysters, Happy Hour Drinks, Bar Bites 

As featured in our list of Sydney’s best romantic date night spots, Riley St Garage brings a slice of New York dining to Woolloomooloo. The grand 200-seat restaurant is made for date-night dining and the impressive oyster bar is the perfect start-line for an evening of engine-revving. 

Every Wednesday – Friday between 5 – 6 pm, knock back freshly shucked oysters served your choice of natural, mignonette or with their signature smoky soy dressing for just $2.50 a piece, $15 for a half dozen (usually $28) or $30 for a full dozen.

The happy hour menu also includes a selection of delicious snacks including Chicken karaage with honey yuzu mayo and Seared salmon sushi balls with coriander jalapeno dressing & aioli. You’ll also find $5 Lessey’s lager, $8 House red, white and prosecco to raise your glass to.

  • WHEN: Wednesday – Friday,  5 – 6pm

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 

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