Sure you can walk into most bars and pubs in the early hours of the evening and score a cut-price schooner or a cheap glass of house savvy b, but where are the happy hours you should really spend your hard earned dollars? We've rounded up the best ones across the city where the bang for your buck goes beyond your glass.
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The best happy hours in Melbourne
You can get $9 pints of selected craft brews at this weekday happy hour from 4pm until 6pm. There are also $7 pints of house beer and $6 wines if you prefer grapes to malt.
If you're on the south-eastern side of the Royal Botanic Gardens head here for $13 Espresso Martinis and $5 red, white and sparkling wine from 5-7pm everyday.
Kick off the week with $4 pots, $7 pints and $8 cheese steaks on Mondays or head in on Wednesday for 50c wings and lives blues music.
The minimalist public bar will shake you up a $10 cocktail on the first level everyday from 4-6pm.
Each Friday this corner pub fires up the barbie for a sausage sizzle and will furnish you with $7 pints, wines and spirits.
Caffeinate your after work drinks with $12 Espresso Martinis for $12.
From Monday to Friday you can order up $5 Colonial and Carlton Draught pots and French Champagne for $12 from 5-7pm. On Wednesdays they extend happy hour to last all day and will also do you a half priced parma.
Every Wednesday and Thursday this Chapel Street wine bar will lay out an Italian grazing plate plus 250ml carafe of wine for just $35.
Kick off your weekend with $8.50 knock off drinks at this centrally located pub. Rather than limiting it to house wines and spirits, this happy hour deal incorporates everything behind the bar, making it a steal.
One of our favourite pubs in Melbourne will supply you with $8 pints and $15 jugs of selected beers and ciders before 6pm everyday, so you can save your change for getting stuck into the excellent plates of food.
This Chapel Street party bar peddles $4 pizzas on week days at various times throughout the week, and you'll find a roster of local DJs spinning tunes to accompany your meal.
Every weekday from 4-6pm this Fitzroy fave cracks open half priced tins, which you can enjoy in the main bar or out on the rooftop.
This Fitzroy rooftop bar dishes out a '4-5-6' happy hour from 6-8pm every weeknight. They swap out the drinks to suit the season so one day you may get $6 house infused house vodka, and another $5 pints of Stone and Wood. You can also order up bargain pintxos to go with your drinks.
The Penny Black is the queen of the cheap gig and will also throw in cheap brews for good measure from 4-7pm everyday. Order up $5 pizza slices, $12 Colonial jugs and $6 house wines and spirits.
Every weekday from 5-7pm the Robert Burns Hotel will pour you house wines and beers for a fiver and they do a $10 cocktail special. You can also nab three tapas plates for $20 if you're feeling peckish.
This had to be on of the best happy hours in Fitztroy with the dive bar dishing out $4 well drinks and $7 cocktails, plus $3 snacks like cheddar biscuits with smoked butter and bacon jam and $6 mac'n'cheese croquettes or confit duck tater tots.