Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published February 14th 2013
Drink up without breaking the bank
Where are the best discounts for Friday night Happy Hour?
It's the end of the week, you want to finally relax and let your hair down but you don't want to pay through the neck for it nor travel far to get there after a long day at work. So where do you go to find a cheap drink with a bit of ambience? Here are some of our top picks.
With a generous garden out the back full of tables and chairs the Slip Inn is a rare oasis in the city as it offers flowers and foliage with your glass of fizz. Popular with the 20 and 30 something's this Merivale graduate on Sussex Street offers an additional 2 bars inside, providing multiple areas to retreat to with your companions. An expansive menu specializing in Thai flavours ensures that any niggly bouts of hunger can be accommodated. Best of all, between 5 & 7pm all drinks except cocktails and shots are ˝ price so you can buy your boss a beer without spending a dime!
2) MOS Café
Better known as the Café it's situated underneath the Museum of Sydney on Bridge Street. I was pleasantly surprised by the décor, vibe and price of drinks on a Friday. Being part of a museum one generally expects the hospitality establishments to heave a hefty price-tag however between 5 and 8pm on a Friday; MOS Cafe offers $5 drinks including vodka, beer, wine and bubbly. Relaxing outdoor seating scatters the forecourt in front of the Museum. Take a deep breath, a sip of your drink and watch the city inhabitants scatter from the nearby hotels and offices at the culmination of the day.
If you don't mind swapping a bit of class for a bit more cash at the end of the night head to Star Bar on George Street. Whilst this establishment has a dodgy reputation and visage with definite 80s décor – the drinks are some of the cheapest in town with happy hour lasting from 5 to 11pm including house spirits, schooners of New and house wine all for $3.90
4) The Morrison
The Morrison is building a name for itself as a hip venue on George Street down near the Rocks, standing out as a newer venue that is neither a sub-basement level bar nor a lofty rooftop. A spacious back courtyard allows patrons fresh air and conversation whilst the multiple inside bars are right on trend with dark wood, golden highlights and mixture of seating options, perfect for any Friday-night bar dweller. The retro-antique décor is intoxicating and just leaves you wanting to linger in this spacious time-capsule. Food isn't cheap; however when my work party of 12 went no one was disappointed with their dishes which says a lot from a picky bunch! Best of all the Happy Hour Special is from 5 to 7pm and includes beer, wine and spirits (excluding tequila) so there's a little something for everyone!
A feature of Cockle Bay's waterfront precinct now for 12 years, Cargo Bar is a place to see and be seen over the weekend. Open air seating with ample space for small and large groups, along with a menu with plenty of variety (and daily specials) has made this venue a regular for hosting after-work drink crews. Between 5 and 7pm on a Friday relax and enjoy $5 bubbly, beer and vodka on the edge of the harbour within stumbling distance of a taxi-rank for those who need to make a quick getaway.
6) V Bar Sydney
World Square (111 Liverpool Street Sydney)
If you're wanting to put a bit of space between you and the usual crowd on a Friday afternoon head to V Bar at World Square. On the edge of Chinatown and the backpacker district this bar has a varied clientele from all walks of life. With dim lighting, low seating and loud music this bar gives off a different vibe to the rest we've mentioned – it's more of a 'gearing up for a night on the town' venue. With $4 beer, wine, champagne and spirits between 5 and 9pm V Bar is sure to get you bang for your buck before heading out on the town.