The Best Happy Hours in Sydney

Updated 2 weeks ago


You’re either finishing work or starting your night, and you’re on the hunt for a refreshing beverage. But more than that, you need a deal. But where to get one? In the interests of living well in these uncertain times, we’ve made a list of our favourite happy hours around town. From glasses of wine we actually want to drink, to burgers that won’t burn your wallet, there’s plenty of value to be had out there. You just have to know where to look.

  • Sydney’s new saloon is kicking things off with $10 hot dogs and $11 pints of Guinness. It’s also pouring a bumper selection of wines starting at $10. Daily 5pm–6pm

  • The Sydney outpost for a famous New York bar is offering 50 per cent off food and drinks during happy hour. You read that right. Conditions apply. Tues to Friday 5pm–6pm

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  • Slide into Hubert’s handsome front bar for French snacks and our favourite dry-aged beef burger, only available during aperitif hour. We’re also going for a Negroni ($12) and a vermouth highball ($7). Daily 5pm–6pm.

  • The OG wine bar continues to impress with mini cocktails and “mystery wines” for $10. Feeling hungry? The snack menu flaunts an $8 sardine sando and much more. Mon to Sat 5pm–6pm.

  • Head to the bar at the Sheraton Grand’s fire-powered diner during aperitivo hour for $8 mini Martinis and $6 wines, G&Ts and beers. Tues to Fri, 4.30pm–6.30pm.

  • Book Jane’s beautiful round table for Australiano hour. The Australiano cocktail ($10) and house Martini ($14) are highlights, along with the bar’s signature ’roo tartare and lamb dumplings (both $16). Daily 4pm–6pm.

  • Rockpool’s RP Hour lets you experience a Sydney icon for a steal. Hit the bar for $12 cocktails and $15 wines from Rockpool’s epic cellar. Plus, a snack menu with a fancy BLT and more. Mon to Fri 4pm–6pm

  • The Jane team’s new Italian stallion is pouring spritzes ($12) and vermouths ($6) like they do in the Boot. Aperitivo Hour also gets you oysters ($2), arancini ($4.50), pesto pasta ($20) and more Italianate snacks. Tues to Thurs 5pm–6pm and Fri to Sat 4pm–5pm.

  • Only at this loving tribute to the former PM can you get $2 dim sims and $5.99 schooners. Mon to Fri 4pm to 6pm

  • The Rover is shucking $2 oysters and pouring wines, beers and G&Ts for $6. Big spenders can sip a Venetian spritz for $14. Daily 5pm–6pm.

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  • Sydney’s fastest steakhouse is serving a very cold Martini for $16 and house drinks starting at $3. To eat, there’s a hot chip spit-roast beef butty for $17. Only at the bar. Daily 4pm–6pm

  • Tio’s $12 Margarita special comes in a different fruit flavour every week, so there’s always a reason to return to this top tequila bar. Pouring all night unless sold out. Tues to Sun

  • Forget happy hour. Sake Hour is where it’s at. Visit this waterside Japanese joint for $7 house drinks and cocktails starting at $10. The snack menu includes nigiri, oysters and more for $5. Sugoi! Mon to Fri 3pm–5pm

  • Make an impression at Sydney’s best date spot with $10 Negronis and spritzes, and $6 Grifter schooners. If things are going really well, take advantage of that 10 per cent discount on selected bottles of wine. Wed to Fri 4pm–6pm

  • Tiva’s Twilight Hour delivers a $16 fried chicken burger and a $12 Tommy’s Margarita. If you’re celebrating, get $18 glasses of Moet & Chandon or a whole bottle for $105. Wed to Fri 5pm–7pm

  • Descend to this Americana bunker for $12.50 Negronis and Margaritas. Plus, $6.50 house mixers including whiskey and fresh apple juice. Yee-haw! Daily 4pm–6pm

  • They had us at a half-dozen for $22. But Elvina’s aperitivo hour also includes $15 Margies, $12.50 spritzes, $10 wines and $6 tap beers to go with those bivalves. Wed to Fri 4pm–6pm

  • Hit the balcony or bar at this Paddo fave for a classic Marg, spritz or signature Tequila Mockingbird cocktail ($12). It’s also serving Latin-American snacks starting at $9. Tues to Fri 4.30pm–6pm

  • The Forry guarantees a good time every time with beer and house wine for just $7.50. Mon to Fri 4pm–6pm

  • Got $10? Get a mini Martini, wine of the month or a killer snack at Manly’s handsome bar and bistro. We say book for this one. Daily 4.30pm–6pm

  • Hit Merivale’s casual cantina for $7 tap beers, house spirits and wine. It’s also got $14 Aperol spritzes and $16 Tommy's Margaritas. ¿Por que no los dos? Mon to Fri 5pm–7pm

  • New York-inspired Donny’s has you covered with two for $22 cocktails and $8 house drinks. Daily 5pm–7pm

  • At three hours, Corretto’s spesh is longer than most. That means more time for $12 cocktails, $7 wines and that $10 pint and snack menu we love. Daily 3pm–6pm

  • Fancy some freebies to go with your $10 Negroni? This big-city brasserie sends out complimentary snag rolls, Wagyu sliders, S&V crisps and more during its generous happy hour. Come hungry. Mon to Fri 4pm–6pm

  • Bistrot’s banging cheeseburger ($15) is a happy hour highlight. Chase it down with a 916 Spritz ($12), Negroni ($12) or house drink ($8). Daily 5pm–6pm

  • Grab prime position out front and watch the sunset with $12 frozen Margs, $9 house drinks and more. Rocker does food specials most nights of the week – check the website to see what’s on. Wed to Sat 4pm–6pm

  • Frozen cocktail slushies for $14. House drinks for $7. Throw in a plate of fish tacos and you’ve got yourself a weekday winner. Mon to Fri 5pm–6.30pm

  • Bopp & Tone’s breezy terrace is the spot for a $16 Tommy’s Margarita or spritz. There’s also a raft of house bevs for $8. Booking and walk-ins are welcome. Mon to Fri 3pm–6pm

  • The acclaimed bar’s $7 mini cocktails are absurd value when you consider who’s making them. This is how you get across Sammy’s menu without breaking the bank. Daily 4.30pm–5.30pm