Happy hours are aptly named because no matter who you are, the promise of cheaper booze will make you endlessly happy. Well, until the happy hour finishes, anyway. Sydney is heaving with them and you’re in luck because we’ve gone and collected our favourites and put them all in one place for you (here). Man, we hate our jobs.
Set inside Hilton Sydney, Marble Bar is a heritage-listed establishment that’s been plying Sydneysiders with whisky, live music and presumably providing the happy hour good times since 1893. Their happy hour is in fact, a cocktail happy hour, so all signature cocktails are $15, while tap beers and house wines are $8. It happens daily, from 6-8pm.
The Thirsty Wolf
The Thirsty Wolf is our newest friend to join the happy hour club and we’re pretty glad that they’ve shown up. They are putting on two glorious hours of happiness from Monday to Saturday, 7-9pm and then going nuts by doubling it on Sunday between 6-10pm. We loooovee a long happy hour!
Every hour is happy hour at Bar Chinois and that isn’t even a slight exaggeration because for some unknown (genius) reason, they have decided that we can actually be trusted with an all-the-time happy hour. Every weeknight, you can tuck in to their cocktail menu and armed with only a tenner, you can walk away with a whisky ginger sour. Yep.
Mistelle is a wine bar restaurant (one of our favourite kinds), who specialise in share plates and yep, you guessed it – wine. Their happy hour runs Wednesday to Friday from 3-5pm, so they’ll have you covered during the ‘lady of leisure’ hours. Here you’ll find their wine of the day, $6 Peronis, $12 cocktails, $15 Ruinart champagne and $2 oysters.
A happy aperitivo hour is 100% something we can get behind and thanks to our friends at Fratelli Fresh we get this every day, for three hours between 3pm – 6pm. The discounts are crazy, meaning we can all make like an Italian and throw back a half priced Negroni, that’s $7.50 if you’re a numbers man, which is a bargain by anyone’s standards. There’s also $5 wine and beer options along with $10 spritzers that won’t exactly break the bank. A classic aperitivo requires food, so make room for a $15 made to order pizza as well.
Daniel San are full of bargain bar buys and while their official Mr Miyagi’s happy hour runs from 5pm until 7pm, Monday through Friday, and will see you quaffing $5 wine, bubbles and the Daniel San Okinawa Lager, they also have a 2-4-1 Tuesdays and ½ price cocktails on Thursdays. They just get us, ya know?
El Camino Cantina
Nothing makes us happier than a bar combining their happy hour with complimentary snacks, so the happy hour at El Camino Cantina is certainly okay by us. It runs between 5pm and 7pm, Sunday – Friday and along with your margarita ($7.50) and house-brewed craft beer ($5), you’ll also pick yourself up a free serve of chips and salsa.
The happy hour at Lucky Suzie has been dubbed their ‘Lucky Hour’ and it’s a pretty simple formula really. Their cocktails are available for $10 and beers and wines are $7 each and the good times run from 5-7pm, every Friday.
Steins are always a good idea, assuming that you love beer of course, and at Munich Brauhaus in The Rocks you will be able to grab $6 house beers and wines between 4pm and 6pm, daily. We don’t think that anything goes better with a schnitzel than a generous happy hour.
The Beresford Hotel
The Beresford likes to refer to their happy hour as ‘Bero’Clock’, which is really the gift that keeps on giving. It’s at the Beresford. It has Beer. Yeah, you get it. You’ll enjoy the $6 pints, house wines and spirits come 6pm on Wednesday (or any day, since it’s on literally every day). Just make sure you order your drink before 8pm, because that’s when their happy hour wraps up.
The happy hour at Black Penny changes on the daily, so to avoid any awkward mistakes at the bar, these are the essentials you need to know ahead of time. On Fridays, you’ll head here for $10 classic cocktails between 6pm and 9pm, and then on Sundays you will order a $10 Bloody Mary after 4pm. They keep it simple during the week; with $5 tap beer and wine available from 5-6pm.
Our old mates at The Argyle are keeping the happy hour rules simple, offering $5 drinks from 5-7pm every single day. Head here for sneaky after work bevvies if you’re in the mood for house beer, wine, sparkling and spirits.
You know what goes great with happy hours? Pub food - that's what.
Image credit: Parker Blain at the Thirsty Wolf