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The 52 best happy hours in Sydney right now

Our ultimate guide to the city's finest booze and snack deals, from $5 snacks to $6 beers and $10 cocktails

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Cozzie livs is on everyone’s mind right now – it’s on ours, too. But as a champion for good times, great food and excellent drinks here in Sydneytown, we also don't want to stay indoors each evening. So, Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have done the hard yards and rounded up the very best happy hour deals here in Sydney, where you can snag a schooner for $6, yum snacks for $5 and cocktails for $10. It's fun you can feel good about.

We say have a squiz, head out and we hope you have a happy time at these happy hours. We sure have.

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The best happy hours in Sydney

  • Surry Hills
  • price 2 of 4

Like the sound of $2 freshly shucked oysters from NSW’s finest estuaries paired with a $6 G&T as a knockoff? Us too. Come along to this Surry Hills gem and get both from Monday to Saturday, 4-6pm. Plus, get $6 beers, $10 wines and $14 seasonal Spritzes. Yeehaw!

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Cocktail bars
  • Surry Hills

We’re Big Fans of Bar Conte, Sydney’s only dedicated Negroni bar. It’s got a warm, cosy vibe, with brilliant art and on-point Negronis. And we also love the happy hour, where complimentary snacks – focaccia, spice-roasted nuts or marinated olives – are served with drinks. When can you get this? Good question. Monday to Friday, 4-6pm. Plus, cocktails are from $12. See you there.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Bars
  • Sydney

Found on the ground level of the very schmick Shell House, Menzies Bar is one of our favorite places in town for a knock-off drink. Thanks to a great happy hour, you can get a taste of the high life without the big bill. Think: cracking Mini Martinis and fresh lobster rolls, both for ten bucks each, available Tuesday to Saturday from 4-6pm.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Pubs
  • Enmore
  • price 2 of 4

Head on over to Enmore's Queens Hotel where you can snap up cheap drinks weekdays from 5-7pm. We're talking $7 tap schooners, house wine and spirits. And if you needed any reason to stay out on the weekend, Queens also has a late-night happy hour peddling $7 schooners, house wine and spirits from 10pm to midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Cocktail bars
  • The Rocks
  • price 2 of 4

Maybe Sammy AKA the World's Best Bar (yes, it seriously is – you can read about it here) has a happy hour every Tuesday to Saturday from 4.30-5.30pm pouring Mini Martinis at $7. We're not saying that you can have three, but we're also not not saying that.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • French
  • Sydney
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Yes, even fancy red-hued French bistro Hubert has a happy hour. And it's Very Good. Head in early from 5-6pm and you can order a glass of red, white or G&T for just $7, or a $12 Negroni. Plus, there's a killer bar snack menu, which includes $8 duck parfait, $10 saucisson, $6 fried zucchini flowers and a $18 Normandy burger with dry-aged beef, gruyère cheese, dill pickle and a special Hubert sauce. Yum.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Modern Australian
  • Surry Hills

It's hard to pick a favourite happy hour, but if we had to, Jane would be up there at the top. Take a seat at the sexy bar and make the most of $8 Australianos, $12 Martinis, $6 VBs and more (and admire the '70s-inspired coasters). The $15 lamb dumplings, with saltbush, chilli and cool yogurt, are a must-order.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Darlinghurst
  • price 2 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Love, Tilly Devine has been quenching Sydneysiders' thirst with natural wines since it opened down a Darlinghurst laneway in 2010. But the team (also behind Ragazzi and Palazzo Salato) are not resting on their laurels and good rep: the wine bar has undergone a freshen-up and welcomed a new menu. To celebrate, Love, Tilly Devine now has a happy hour running Monday to Saturday from 5-6pm. Come for $10 Mini Martinis and Negronis, $10 mystery wine, $8 sardine sambos and more.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Wine bars
  • Rushcutters Bay
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Have you been to Vermuteria yet? If not, you really should. This red-hued old-school bar has more charm than Matthew McConaughey’s character in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. And if you come between 5 and 6pm, you can get drinks from $9, and snacks from $12.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Wine bars
  • Surry Hills
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Surry Hills Basque-inspired wine bar and restaurant Gildas has a golden happy hour that we can get around. On Wednesdays and Thurdays from 5.30-6.30pm, enjoy $12 Martinis and Spicy Margs, glasses of wine and $12 off-menu special dishes. Oh, and $5 Gildas. We'll have seven, please. 

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Newtown

Newtown's basement bar Pleasure Club has a happy hour Wednesday to Saturday, 4-7 pm. Head down for $6 beers, $9 hot dogs – and vegan ones, too – and $15 cocktails, including a Spicy Watermelon Margarita, Strawberry Gum Margarita, White Chocolate Espresso Martini, Tropical Negroni, and Everything Martini. Yeehaw!

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Surry Hills

This Surry Hills stalwart will pour you a schooner or vino from $7.50 every weekday from 4-6 pm, perfect to enjoy alongside Forrester's epic Yorkshire pudding. On Monday nights, you can also get a $15 steak and chips, which is a bloody bargain in our books.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Restaurants
  • Neutral Bay

Happy Hour at SoCal runs from 5-6.30pm, Monday to Friday and it's absolutly banging. Come for $12 frozen cocktail slushy specials, as well as $7 house beer, wine and prosecco. Plus, head there for Taco Tuesday and snag $5 tacos and $15 Margies. And then come again next week. 

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Surry Hills

Everyone should be friends with a Harry. And in particular, the one in Surry Hills. The watering hole has a daily happy hour from 4-6 pm with $10 cocktails, $6 beers, $8 spirits and wine. Thanks, Haz.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Cocktail bars
  • Paddington
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

All cocktails at El Primo Sanchez cost $17 during their happy hour offer, which runs Monday to Thursday from 5-6pm, and Friday and Saturday 4.30-5.30pm. And forget about taco Tuesdays – if go visit on a Wednesday you can enjoy $5 tacos. Now that's what we're taco-ing about.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Cocktail bars
  • Sydney

The Charles Bar, the gorgeous European-inspied wine bar next to the brasserie, doesn't have a happy hours, but happy hours. Stop by Monday through Saturday from 4-7pm and enjoy excellent $15 cocktails, and wine from $13 a glass. Cheers!

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Pubs
  • Newport
  • price 2 of 4

Bask in the sunshine at the Newport, admire the stunning views over Pittwater and take advantage of their midweek happy hour. From Monday to Friday, 4-6pm, get a range of $7 tap schooners, house wine and spirits, plus $14 Aperol Spritzes.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Cocktail bars
  • The Rocks

Craft spirits distillery Hickson House Distilling Co has a hot booze offer. Come on down to the Rocks from Tuesday to Friday, 4-6pm, and snap up two-for-one cocktails on a range of their Seven Spice Cocktails, including the Pearl 2.0 Martini, the Carrotini (which comes with an actual carrot) and the Hickson Rd. Red Snapper, which is their take on a Bloody Mary.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Modern Australian
  • Sydney

Sydney Common is not that common, and either is its happy hour. Come for $6 G&Ts and $8 Mini Martinis, from 4 to 6pm every Wednesday to Saturday. We love it.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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You can lap up the finer things in life thanks to Bouillon l’Entrecote's happy hour. Located a few hundred metres away from Circular Quay, Bouillon l’Entrecote is serving guests a French happy hour from 4-6pm, Monday to Saturday. Come for an $8 G&Ts, $9 wines and beers, and $12 French Martinis and Negronis. And we know you'll want some snacks too. Enjoy $5 baguettes, $15 cheese plates, $8 salami, $15 jamon and more.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Cocktail bars
  • Chippendale

Found inside an 18th-century cottage, Chippendale’s gin haven Gin Lane boasts more than 80 gins, including Tanqueray, Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire, alongside local offerings from Sydney gin-makers Archie Rose, Poor Toms and Manly Gin, as well as varieties from America, Sweden, Japan and more. So, if you’re a gin lover, you should check this spot out. Plus, every day there is a happy hour featuring drinks like $12 Mini Martinis and $9 G&Ts. The offerings and times change daily, but it’s all good stuff.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • French
  • Sydney

The Bentley Group's CBD bistro and wine bar has a happy hour that is sure to entice you out during the week. From Wednesday to Friday, 3-5pm, enjoy $7 beers, $8 MCG Gin and tonics, classic Martinis for $10 and more.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Wine bars
  • Newtown

Every day is a good day at Spon, King Street’s hybrid wine bar and bottle shop, thanks to its daily happy hour. Snag $8 glasses of pét-nat, orange drops and chilled red, plus half-price corkage. And yep, you can get that every day, 3-6pm.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Sydney

Coined the 'RP Hour', the establishment has a happy hour with a distinctly classy, Rockpool twist. It's on from 4 to 6pm, every Monday to Friday, in the Rockpool Bar. Think: beers for $7, Spritzes for $10, Negronis for $12, a Coppertree steak with Café de Paris butter for $19 – plus more tasty bar snacks at prices that will make you happy.

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Sydney Editor
  • Modern Australian
  • Surry Hills

If you're looking for an after-work drinking spot, Surry Hills' Fauna Restaurant and Bar offers an 'Apero Hour'. Get $12 Aperol Spritzes, $12 Negronis, $10 house wines and $2 Appellation rock oysters.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Korean
  • Sydney

Expect Seoul food with a side of funk at Funda, a modern Korean restaurant in the CBD. During happy hour, which is 5-6pm every day, get your hands on tasty snacks from $3, two beers for $10 and cocktails from $12. Fun!

  • Cocktail bars
  • Dawes Point

Soak up the stellar views at Pier Bar, which is located smack-bang on the water along the historic Pier One in Walsh Bay. Pier Bar's happy hour includes $12 Negronis, Margaritas and Old Fashioneds, plus $8 beers and $2 oysters.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Modern Australian
  • Sydney
  • price 2 of 4

Bop on over to Bopp & Tone for happy hour, which runs from 4-6pm, Monday to Friday. Offers include $8 wine, $8 prosecco, and $8 bottled beers, plus $16 Tommy Margaritas and $16 Aperol Spritzes.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Pubs
  • Paddington
  • price 2 of 4

You should come to the Paddington for its five-star rotisserie chicken. But we reckon you should also come for its happy hour, which includes $7 schooners, house wine and spirits, every Tuesay to Friday from 5-7pm. What's more, the Paddington also slings $15 cockails every Saturday night, 10pm to midnight. That's festive.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Circular Quay
  • price 2 of 4

Circular Quay fine diner Cafe Sydney is home to some pretty great views. On Wednesdays, 5-7pm, it also has a pretty great happy hour in the bar area. Choose from one of three mini cocktails for $14 each, alongside $2 oysters. Our eyes are on the Vesper Martini.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Wine bars
  • Marrickville
  • price 1 of 4
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Marrickville’s excellent wine bar Where’s Nick has a happy hour on Tuesday to Friday, 5-6pm. We like the sounds of the $10 Limoncello Spritzes paired with $5 snacks. Plus, get Negronis and house wines for $10 too.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • The Rocks

Morrison’s Oyster Bar & Grill is well-versed in happy hour chat. In fact, they are famous for their Oyster Hour, where you can get freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters for $1.50 every Wednesday, 6-7 pm. Additionally, you can score $10 Negronis and Spritzes during happy hour throughout the week.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Australian
  • North Sydney

Vibrant North Sydney restaurant and bar Rafi has a happy hour Monday to Saturday, from 3-6pm. Head over for cocktails from $10, $7 beer and wine and cracking $12 pizzas.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Surry Hills
  • price 1 of 4

This technicolour karaoke and sake joint is well known for boozy and blurry nights but did you also know it has one of the coolest happy hours in the city? Among the regular deals, you can get $7 spirits, wines and house beers every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5-7pm.

 

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Mediterranean
  • Avalon Beach

Bar Elvina is a friendly and sunny neighbourhood bar and bistro in Avalon in Sydney's northern beaches. Head out for a surf, and make it in time for happy hour, 4-6pm, Wednesday to Friday, and enjoy $10 glasses of wine, beers for $6 and Margaritas for $15.

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Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Circular Quay

Jacksons on George is back – and the downstairs bar is here to lure you in with a happy hour. On Monday to Friday, 5-7pm, you can come for $10 pints and $7 vinos.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Sydney
  • price 1 of 4

No trip to the CBD would be complete without a bevvie on a rooftop bar, and the Rook is taking the squeeze out of your knock-off drink. They're offering $8 beers and wines and $12 cocktails from 5-7pm, Monday to Friday.

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  • Darling Harbour

Henley’s has an ace happy hour, which run from 4-6pm, Monday to Friday. Want an after work drink? Come for $8 wine, beers and spirits. They also have weekly food specials, including $22 express lunches every week day and a $20 parmi night on Mondays from 5pm. 

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Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
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  • Pubs
  • Surry Hills
  • price 2 of 4

This Bourke Street boozer has a $7 beer, wine and sparking happy hour from 4-6pm, Monday through Friday. You'll also find weekly cheap eats including steak, pasta and burgers, depending on which day you're in. 

  • Peruvian
  • Surry Hills

Warike promises the best of Peruvian cuisine, transporting diners with big flavours, melodic Latin beats and the best Pisco Sours in Sydney. Get around Warike for happy hour – think $20 ceviches and beers and wines for $5, Tuesday to Friday, 5-6pm.

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Live music and cocktail bar Tiva has a happy hour that's sure to make you smile. Found underneath the Charles Grand Brasserie and Bar, Tiva offers $12 Tommy's Margaritas, $18 glasses of NV Moët and Chandon Champagne, and $16 fried chicken burgers. Twilight (happy) hour runs from 5-7pm, Wed-Fri, with live music usually kicking off from 6pm.

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Avril Treasure
Food & Drink Editor, Time Out Sydney
  • Surry Hills
Shakespeare Hotel
Shakespeare Hotel

This reliable, cut-price boozer in Surry Hills is known for its generous and affordable pub food but they've also got deals on house beers, wines and spirits, and as well as slinging craft beers every day from 4-6pm.

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  • Pubs
  • Collaroy
  • price 1 of 4

Collaroy is just far away enough from the city that it feel like a getaway. The air is salty, the sand is orange, and you may spot a migrating whale. We say come and spend a day at this beachside suburb, and then take advantage of the Collaroy's killer happy hour. Think $7 tap schooners, house wine and spirits, every day, from 5–7pm. Staycation anyone?

  • Bars
  • Sydney

The QVB's very own Champagne bar, Reign, is peddling one very bubbly happy hour. From Monday to Saturday 5-7pm, drop in for a $20 glass of G.H Mumm Champagne, a $12 glass of Mumm Marlborough sparkling, 
$12 Sofi Spritz
and a $8 Young Henrys Newtowner. Clink clink. 

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