Loves fabulous food, dining out, great deals and beautiful views
Published May 17th 2012
Darling Harbour has some fantastic places to enjoy a few drinks, with great water and city views. However, most of these places aren't cheap with the average cost a drink around $8. So why not enjoy these lovely watering holes close to the city during happy hour. That way you can stay a bit longer and enjoy a couple more. Here is my top 10.
The Hardrock Cafe One of the more recent additions to Darling Harbour with fabulous city views from the top deck. The money you save on drinks you can spend on some nachos instead. Happy hour at the Hardrock is every Monday to Friday from 5pm -7pm and includes $5 wines, $5 selected bottled beer and $10 cocktails.
This hotel has a great outdoor seating area with fantastic city views and what a way to start the weekend with Friday happy hour. From 5pm - 7pm you can enjoy $4 pints of Tooheys New, $4 sparkling and wine, $5 pints of super dry and James Squire Pale Ale as well as $6.50 Bacardi Breezers.
Kazbah A great Middle Eastern restaurant with authentic Moroccan decor and city views offers happy hour daily from 3pm - 5.30pm including $5 beers, $5 wines and $9 cocktails.
A well known and popular Darling Harbour establishment with a modern feel and great outdoor deck over looking the city. If cocktails are on your drinking menu, visit on Fridays from 8pm - 10pm to enjoy them for half price.
Helm Bar Close to the aquarium with nice views over some of Darling Harbour boats and ferries. The bar offers happy hour Monday to Friday from 5pm - 7pm with $5 drinks which includes schooners, house wines and house spirits. The food is cheap and cheerful too.
Pontoon Bar A popular Friday night venue with a casual outdoor drinking area. Get there early on Friday as drinks are only $4 from 4pm - 6pm and they even offer free finger food.
Blackbird Cafe A Darling Harbour icon with lovely views over the water. Enjoy a few drinks at sunset any day of the week from 3pm - 6pm, inducing $4 Coronas, $4 Spirits and $7.50 cocktails. Friday nights get really busy.
The bottom of Home nightclub over looking the water and perfect for that afternoon winter sunshine. Enjoy after work drinks Monday to Friday from 5pm - 8pm with $4 extra dry and summer bright, $4 wine, $4 bubbly, $4 house spirit and $10 cocktail selection.
Umi Sushi This sushi train and restaurant in Darling Quarter offers happy hours daily from 3pm - 7pm and includes $5 beer, $6 wine and $4 sake. A nice spot to enjoy the afternoon sunset.
The French baguette place in Darling Quarter has a bar attached and promotes happy hour daily from 4pm - 7pm with $5 tap beer, $6 house wines and $12 cocktails. They often have some groovy tunes playing.