You’re either finishing work, or starting your night (or both) and you’re looking for a refreshing beverage. But, you don’t want hand over all your hard-earned money. Yet.

We’ve compiled a list of the best happy hours in Sydney to help you unwind; they’re called happy hours for a reason.

Shakespeare Hotel
200 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
An oldie but a goodie. The Shakespeare is the epitome of old-world meets new. Home of the $12.50 meal, grab some dinner while you soak up one of the most affordable happy hours in Sydney.
Mon to Fri 4–6pm.
House drinks $4.

33–37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
The sweeping skylines and delicious barbeque offered at Sweethearts, makes this destination even happier. Stationed up high, grab a seat early and watch the sun go down with a Tommy’s in hand.
Mon to Sun 4–6 pm.
$10 Don Julio Blanco Tommy’s Margaritas.

153A King Street, Newtown
This homey estate, aptly named Corridor makes for the perfect meeting space for a long-awaited catch up. Brimming with house-tweaked spirits and a comfortable selection of beer, wine and cider, the happy hour here is bound to turn into a long night.
Mon to Fri 5pm–7pm.
$5 pints of Young Henry and $10 cocktails.

The Roosevelt
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
These guys are serious players in the cocktail game. With The Roosevelt hailing from the same team as Eau de Vie, cocktail hour is more of an experience than your local small bar.
Fri 5pm–7pm.
$10 Martinis and selected classics.

Cafe Lounge
277 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills
One of the first small bars in Sydney, this tidy little number serves up great cocktails, with a hefty beer and cider selection. Sink into this Surry Hills cavern for a little reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s busy drinking district.
Mon to Fri 5pm–7pm.
$5 beer, wine, spirits and $10 cocktails.

The Grand National
161 Underwood Street, Paddington
A local favourite in Paddington, The Grand National is a welcome start to any evening. Get in early and stay late, to eat. The head chef here is ex-Ananas chef Martin Sutedja.
Thu and Sat 6pm–9pm. $10 cocktails,
Fri 5pm–7pm.
$5.50 house beer, wine and spirits.

The Winery
285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Who says happy hours have to be short lived? Soak up Sundays with all-day specials from open to close at The Winery on Crown Street.
Sun 11.30am–12am.
$18 Jugs of sangria, Pimms and Aperol Spritz.

Black Penny
648 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
This is a bar, music venue, gallery and restaurant. Black Penny offers the casual guest a little more bang for their buck. With an all-Aussie beer-and-wine list, the locals are well taken care of here.
Mon to Fri. 5pm–6pm.
$5 beer, wine and bar snacks.

90–96 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Vicinity occupies a huge 600 square metres. Its expansive position means the likely hood of being able to hear yourself think, or hold a private conversation is right up there. Unwind on the wrap-around balcony or any number of the other dining and drinking sections.
Mon to Fri 5pm–7pm,
Sat & Sun 4pm–6pm
$5 House beers/wine.

The Passage
231A Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Good music, good burgers and even better drinks, The Passage will welcome you with open arms after a long day.
Fri 4–7pm.
$10 frozen Margaritas, Espresso Martinis and Tanqueray Martinis.

Panama House
251 Bondi Road, Bondi
This South American inspired gem is a Bondi beloved. Wash down all that spice with any one of its rum or tequila selections.
Mon & Sun 3pm–7pm.
$5 beers wines, rum and tequila.

Cotton Thief
350 Military Road, Cremorne
This bar, previously Vinobravo, was rebranded a couple of years ago and since then has been warming the bellies and palates of lower-north-shore locals. The bar’s namesake is the owners’ ancestor, a convict who was sentenced to New South Wales for stealing a pair of knickers. The cocktails are a nod to the English, colonial roots and their Australian-inspired wine list keeps it local, too.
Tue to Thu 5pm–6pm.
Twenty per cent off all drinks.
Sun 4pm–8pm.
$10 Cocktails.