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Hops around The Rocks

Celebrate the best of beer at The Rocks

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Summer is coming and with it a thirst that only hops, malt, yeast and water can quench. It doesn't matter whether you’re drinking it from a bottle, a schooner, a pint or a stein: all the best suds action in Sydney can be found at The Rocks, where the fridges are stocked and the taps have that spring clean gleam.

Where to drink beer in the Rocks

1. Oktoberfest at Munich Brauhaus

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Sydney's most resolutely Bavarian restaurant is hosting their annual Oktoberfest celebrations, tapping four beers that you'd normally find in the famous tents of the Pure Bier Festival. Hofbrau will be on tap from Sat 16 Sep- Wed 27 Sep, followed by Lowenbrau from Thu 28 Sep-Tue 3 Oct. Next up is Paulaner from Wed 4 Oct-Sun 15 Oct, with Spaten finishing the festivities from Mon 16 Oct-Sun 28 Oct.

If you've got little ones in tow there is also Kids Oktoberfest ever sunday until October 29, with complimentary face painting, activity packs and a whole lot of snack action because kids eat free when an adult buys a full priced meal.

2. Guinness and Oyster Festival at the Mercantile Hotel

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On October 22nd the famously Irish Mercantile Hotel is hosting their annual Guinness and Oyster Festival. Entry is free and from noon there will be stalls featuring signature seafood dishes from head chef Edmund Lee, plus live oyster shucking demonstrations, Irish music, dance performances and kids activities.

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3. Mussels and Beer at the Orient Hotel

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Until October 31st, you can indulge in a pot of tender mussels from Boston Bay in South Australia, doused in a tomato and garlic broth and served with toasted sourdough for $29.50. You also get a fresh pour of Stella Artois to complete this little gastronomic trip to Belgium for the night.

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4. Happy Hour at El Camino Cantina

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Shut down your computers right on 5pm to make it to the El Camino happy hour that promises $7.50 craft beers until 7pm. If you're down near the harbour during lunchtime, they've also got a $10 special on the cards that gets you chilli con carne nachos and a house beer.

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5. Happy Hour at Endeavour Tap Rooms

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The elegant ale house down in The Rocks is helping take the financial pressure off your springtime fun with $9 pints and $5 middies of Endeavour tap beers, Monday to Fridays from 4pm until 6.30pm. If you like to take the path less travelled, there are $10 mystery tasting paddles, and for everyone else there's $1 wings.

 

6. Happy Hour at the Argyle

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Make sure you leave work right on the dot because the Argyle is hosting a daily two-hour happy hour on work days. From 5pm until 7pm, Monday to Friday, you can get pizzas for $15 a pop, $5 beers and wines, $10 house cocktails and $7.50 Espresso Martinis. This is not a drill.

 

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7. Happy Hour at Wild Ginger

Save your dollars with a daily happy hour at Wild Ginger in The Rocks. There are $5 house beers, which include Pure Blonde, Heineken, Budweiser and Lowenbrau. Happy hour lasts a whopping six hours, from noon until 6pm everyday, so make a lunch of it and scan the Thai menu for some spicy eats.

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8. Beer and a Burger at Ribs & Burgers

From Wednesday, September 27 until Tuesday, October 31 you can wrap your laughing gear around a sriracha chicken burger, accompanied by an Endeavour pale ale, for a bargain $15 at Ribs & Burgers in The Rocks.

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9. $25 Roast Pork and Beer at Phillip's Foote

Save yourself all the hassle of hosting a roast and slap a neat $25 down on the counter at Phillip's Foote in The Rocks until October 30th. In return you'll get a roast pork dinner with crackling, plus a Lord Nelson Three Sheets pale ale, and none of the washing up responsibilities.

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