When the clock strikes 5pm an almost visible shiver of excitement ripples across Melbourne. As the city’s office workers pour out from their two by two-metre cubicle prisons, they eagerly make their way out into the streets looking for sustenance – and a drink. To get the most out of your precious free hours, head over to these Crown venues and take advantage of their end-of-day social specials.
Odds are that after a long day, a slice of pizza was already on your radar. So why not get a whole pizza plus a Peroni beer for $30? Between 4pm and 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can get any pizza from Gradi (who are home to the best pizza in Oceania), as well as a Peroni for a neat $30. Go classic with the margherita or go for the Gradi pizza – featuring 20-month aged prosciutto di Parma, fior di latte, cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan and rocket.
How does a $10 end-of-day Margarita sound? Every day, Crown’s authentic smoky barbecue house, San Antone, hosts their hot happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, giving you two hours to get around some cheap drink specials. As well as those $10 Margaritas you can also get $6 Budweiser schooners, $6 house wine and $6 sparkling. The economical drinks specials mean you’ve more money to spend on San Antone’s meaty menu.
While most bars have happy hours, Merrywell has merry hour. Between 5pm and 7pm every day, Merrywell Bar and Dining offer $6 Budweiser cans, house wine and sparkling to start your evening right. While there make sure you try the new modern Australian sharing-style menu by Daniel Wilson (Huxtable), or pop downstairs for a cheeky bite at the burger bar.
Book a table for five or more people at David Thompson’s Thai street food canteen on a Wednesday or Thursday, and everyone in your group will get a complimentary cocktail or mocktail of the week.