If you're savvy, it's totally possible to never pay full price for a drink in Melbourne. Rather than trawl the streets and waste valuable relaxation time, head straight to Crown where the precinct's venues have got your back every night of the week. Whether you're after a glass of wine, a pint of beer or a cocktail shaken or stirred, their many bars have something to offer that won't cost the world.
When: 5-8pm every day until March 31.
Where: Lumia, Velvet Bar, Double Up Bar, Jackpot Bar, Las Vegas Bar, Merrywell Bar and Dining, Sports Bar and Tonic.
We’re calling it: the Espresso Martini is the ideal drink to start your night with. The sweet, eye-opening cocktail is standard across many bar menus but their popularity means they can often cost a pretty penny. Not at Crown though, where a stack of bars are slinging $10 Espresso Martinis every day until the end of March. Just pop into one of the participating venues between 5pm and 8pm to kickstart your night on the cheap.
When: All day every day until March 31.
Where: The Pub, Jackpot Bar, Las Vegas Bar, Lumia Bar, Sports Bar, Atrium Bar and Merrywell Bar and Dining.
Crown is saying hello to the cooler weather with a pint glass of Heineken in hand and inviting you to do the same. The famous, easy drinking Dutch beer will set you back just $9.50 every day in March with seven separate venues offering the special across Crown.
When: 5-8pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Where: Merrywell Bar and Dining.
From Wednesday to Sunday the venue hosts Merry Hour – three magical hours where you can get Ketel One vodka for $6, fruity jugs of Pimms for $15 and glasses of red, white or sparkling house wine for $6.
When: 5-7pm Wednesday to Friday.
Where: San Antone.
After a long day at work there are two things that puts a smile on our faces: juicy barbecued meat and cheap drinks. San Antone offer a $10 Margarita, $6 house wine (red, white and sparkling) and schooners of Budweiser for $6. Add a tray of the restaurant’s tender smoked meats and sides and you’re laughing.
When: 5-7pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Where: Long Chim.
There aren’t many places where you can get a cocktail for cheap in Melbourne but at Long Chim you can get selected cocktails for $12 every Wednesday to Sunday. Cocktails not your thing? Long Chim’s happy hour also includes $10 selected wine and $8 beers making it super easy to kickstart your weekend (or take the edge off mid week).
When: 5-7pm daily.
Where: Merrywell Burger Bar.
It’s hard not to be happy when you’re enjoying a drink outside with a cheap beer in one hand and a massive burger in the other. Merrywell Burger Bar specialises in all things American dining – think burgers, onion rings, loaded fries and hot dogs. The restaurant also has a daily happy hour where you can get $6 wines and $9.50 Heineken pints to enjoy in the sun by the Riverwalk.