More than 80 businesses, including Marta, Poly, Bitter Phew, La Farmacia and Ariel Books, have come together for Happy Hours – a two-week event in celebration and support of the businesses of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills (and their neighbours). Businesses across the 2010 postcode and beyond will offer a series of meal deals, drinks specials, movie nights and more as part of the festival, in an effort to inject much-needed cash into the coronavirus-affected economy.
Food and beverage deals include an Aperol Spritz and bar snack for $20 at Casoni (from 5pm to 7pm); $10 Espresso Martinis from 5pm to 6pm at La Farmacia (plus free chips and salsa); 49 per cent off bottles of wine at The Winery; three snacks matched with sake from Black Market Sake at Poly; and a range of cocktail specials at Wild Rover.
Other deals include 15 per cent off cookbooks all October at Ariel Books (just mention "happy hours"); 10 per cent off vinyl all month at Record Store (just mention "happy hours"); $5 house wine, beer and spirits between 5pm and 7pm every night at Universal; and $10 burgers and $10 cocktails at Harpoon Harry all day, every day.
On October 23 and 30 The Essential Ingredient will host Friyay Fiesta happy hours. For $30 you'll get Mexican-inspired snacks, cocktails from Brix Distillers and Katie Swift Cordials and tortilla-making demos from Rosa Cienfuegos (Rosa Cienfuegos Tamaleria).
There's also an art walk that takes in four galleries and dinner or a drink at Marta; fashion-styling sessions at Baz Inc; fundraising for Rough Edges drop-in centre; dinner and drag shows at some of Sydney's classic LGBTQI+ venues; "karma kegs" from Young Henrys (raising money for mental health organisation Heart On My Sleeve); and happy-hour deals at pubs and bars including Dove and Olive, East Village, Green Park, The Taphouse and The Trinity.