Once you’ve done exploring Sydney’s vibrant culture, breathtaking beaches and captivating landmarks, or if you decide to just take a break, you should relax at some of the most enjoyable happy hour places in the city. What’s better way to soak in that laidback Aussie vibe than by mingling with the locals and sharing a drink or two. However, since Sydney certainly doesn’t lack in rich-flavoured drinks, there’s no harm in knowing where you can get them at lower prices.
The Morrison Bar, George Street
There’s a reason why the locals visit The Morrison Bar after a hard day of work – what’s more relaxing than sitting on an open-air terrace sipping $10 jugs of cocktails? This stylish bar serves happy hour drinks every day of the week from 5 to 7 pm, and you don’t have to spend more than $5 on house beers, wines and spirits. Still not convinced? Well, if you visit the bar on Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their special offer of $1 oysters at their Oyster Bar. If you want to drink and eat in style without spending a fortune, then this is just the place for you!
The Rabbit Hole, Elizabeth Street
Every day from 4:30 to 6pm, jump down The Rabbit Hole, and you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland in this charming basement bar. Along with a unique atmosphere, The Rabbit Hole offers vale ales and lager, wines and Peronis at five-dollar price, and a superb cuisine – in case you want a snack. If you give in to the temptation to spend a bit more on the Kraken’s Prey cocktail, once you’ve tasted this squid ink-coated drink, you won’t regret spending a dime.
Not only does this pub offer one of the most affordable happy hours in the city, but the Shakespeare Hotel will also leave you full and satisfied with its variety of $10 food specials from Monday to Thursday. This authentic pub with an old charm will delight you with its ambiance, as well as $4 drinks every day of the week from 4 to 6 pm. Whether you’re a beer, wine or spirit lover, the Shakespeare Hotel will definitely meet your needs.
Blackbird Café, Sussex Street
The iconic café of Darlington Harbour is the place where you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the sparkling blue waters and Sydney’s flickering lights. While observing a breathtaking sunset, you can enjoy a variety of drinks at affordable prices, ranging from $4 Coronas and Spirits to $7.50 refreshing cocktails. At the Blackbird Café, you can also mingle with the locals or just hang out with your friends over a couple of drinks. Here, you can truly enjoy happy hour in Sydney while getting value for your money at the same time. It’s no wonder that this café enjoys such a great popularity – just keep in mind that Friday nights can be quite busy, so you’d better make a reservation beforehand.
Sweethearts, Darlinghurst Road
Another one of Sydney’s happy hour gems, Sweethearts offers more than just affordable drinks and delicious food. Here, you can admire the setting sun while savouring barbecue specialties served with $1 house-made condiments of your own choice. This outdoor gastronomic experience wouldn’t be complete if it weren’t for their Monday to Sunday happy hour when you can sip Don Julio Blanco Tommy’s Margaritas for just ten bucks. Every day from 4 to 6 pm, head down to this happy hour jewel, and surrender yourself to an exciting menu and captivating drinks.
Sydney is a city that has so much to offer, but the only way to capture its true Aussie spirit is by taking a break from sightseeing and immersing yourself in the authentic vibes of its local pubs. Whether you’re going out with friends or just want to unwind, visit some of these bars for a memorable yet affordable happy hour experience.
Roxana Oliver is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.