Canberra’s growing nightlife boasts some of the best happy hour deals in the country with a variety of offerings to suit anyone, from the trendy millennials to the afterwork crowd. Whether you’re wanting to catch up with friends over a few drinks, or simply looking to take the edge off after a long day of work, the city has an endless supply of happy hours to be had. From live music, fantastic food, and of course, some stellar drink specials, Canberra's bars and restaurants have so much on offer!
We’ve put together 8 of the best happy hour spots in Canberra that will that’s guaranteed to make the week fly by a little bit faster.
Located on the ground level of Avenue Hotel, this European steakhouse inspired Gastro pub offers daily happy hours from 4pm to 6pm and a true paddock-to-plate menu.
Pop past at lunch and grab a bite to eat from the $15 lunch specials menu, which is on offer everyday between 12pm and 2pm. The menu changes regularly, but always includes the favourites of chicken schnitzel with M&G potato salad, and the beautifully battered , fish and chips.
Located at 25 Mort Street, Braddon
Open Monday to Friday from 6:30am till late; Sat, Sun & Holidays from 7:00am till late.
More info at marbleandgrain.com.au
Decked out with leafy green palm prints, white upholstery and cane furniture, you’ll find a bit of the tropics at Kokomo's. Drop in at 4 pm from Monday to Thursday for their ‘Snappy Hour’ with $5 basics and house beer and wine. For a midweek treat, they also offer a two for $18 cocktail special every Wednesday from 5.30pm.
As the name suggests, Hawaiian cuisine is the main inspiration behind their menu. A golden pineapple disco ball even drops and spins to The Beach Boys’ classic – ‘Kokomo’. Always lively and vibrant, you simply can't go wrong at Kokomo’s.
Located at 1 Genge St, Canberra
Happy hour: Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 6pm. Wednesday cocktail specials after 5.30pm
Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week from 11:30am till Midnight.
More info at kokomos.com.au
This local favourite offers hearty food, fantastic service and good times all around! Located just a short walk from Pavilion on Northbourne, Duck's Nuts Bar & Grill has become a much-loved pillar of Dickson’s famed foodie hub on Woolley Street.
With daily happy hours from 4pm to 6pm and $15 lunch specials from Monday to Wednesday, Duck’s is a top spot to catch up with friends over a long lunch or watch the footy on the big screen.
For some tasty bites, Duck’s Nuts’ menu is a fresh take on classic pub food. Be sure to try their signature Peking Duck Chips with melted cheese, roast duck, crispy shallots, aioli, coriander and hoisin sauce.
If you’re looking for something fun to do, they also host trivia every Monday, musical bingo on Wednesdays and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. No matter the day of the week, you're guaranteed a good time at Duck’s.
Located at 30 Woolley Street, Dickson
Happy hour: Daily from 4pm to 6pm
Open daily from 11am to 11pm
More info at ducksnuts.net.au
Parlour is well known for their seasonal cocktails and sharing tapas menu- think fried artichoke hearts, aioli, romesco, and just about any other tapas fixtures you could ask for. The venue is decorated with art deco interiors, providing an intimate escape in the heart of the city.
They offer special wine and lunch deals every day from 12pm to 3pm. Settle into their terrace and choose from their lunch menu to enjoy a glass of house red, white or sparkling for only $2. We especially recommend the seafood spaghetti with chili, garlic, squid, black mussels and prawns. For something different, be sure to ask the knowledgeable bar staff to recommend a delicious cocktail to suit your taste.
Located at 16 Kendall Lane, New Acton
Happy hour: Wine and lunch deals from 12pm to 3pm everyday
Open daily from 12pm to late
More info at parlour.net.au
With rustic interiors, a charming facade and relaxed vibes, the Old Canberra Inn is a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The Inn boasts a fireplace, open beer garden and a fantastic menu of delicious pub food - generous servings but made with finesse.
Their happy hour is Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6 pm where you can enjoy $5 schooners, house wine and spirits. For the ultimate treat, pair it with half a kilo of succulent Buffalo wings for only $7.
Located at 95 Mouat St, Lyneham
Happy hour: Weekdays from 4pm to 6pm
Open Monday to Thursday from 11.30am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 11.30am to 12am and Sundays from 11.20am to 10pm.
More info at oldcanberrainn.com.au
Grease Monkey can be summed up in three simple words- burgers, beers, and shakes. Free from frills, this Braddon favourite offers generous and unpretentious comfort food in a lively, open-air setting.
Happy hour is from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays, with $5 tap beers, house wine and spirits, $10 cocktails and $20 jugs. They also have live DJs on deck on Friday and Saturday nights so you can dance your way into the weekend.
To eat, we recommend the Pitt Stop - slow-cooked BBQ pork brisket with apple cider slaw and habanero mayo. And if you’re a veggo, the Nimbin with crumbed portobello mushroom patty topped with Greasy’s special sauce is right up your alley.
Located at 19 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Happy hour: Weekdays from 4pm to 6pm
Open daily from 11am to late
More info at greasys.com.au
Hopscotch is a vibrant gastropub with a lively atmosphere that will make you feel at home. Aside from their excellent service, Hopscotch is known for their incredible Argentine wood-fired grill, cooking up some of the best burgers in the city.
Hop in every Tuesday to Thursday from 6pm to 8pm to enjoy 49% off gin (no that’s not a typo). While their Sunday sessions call for $10 cocktails, $5 basics and 50 cent wings.
Cheeky and endlessly entertaining, Hopscotch’s daily specials and events has won it a top spot for a bev in Canberra. From Trivia and $10 schnitzels, 2 for 1 pizzas and live music, there’s always something on to keep the good times rolling. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest deals and events.
Located at 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon
Happy hour: Tuesday to Thursday 49% off gin from 6pm to 8pm, and $5 basics and $10 cocktails on Sundays
Open daily from 11am to 12am
More info at hopscotchbar.com.au
The Canberra Wine House is THE spot for any wine lover visiting the city. Part of Canberra's celebrated community club, The Tradies, the Wine House features a 1920s inspired decor that’s both charming and inviting. Pop by from 5pm to 6pm for their weekly happy hour which includes a selection of cool-climate wines exclusive to the Canberra region. We recommend indulging in one of their cheese boards from just $28.
If your tipple doesn’t come from the vine, they also have ice cold beers and soft drinks on special. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy live music from some of Canberra’s best talents.
Located at 2 Badham Street, Dickson
Happy hour: Weekdays from 5pm to 6pm
Open Wednesdays to Thursdays from 4pm until 9pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 3pm until 10pm
More info at thecanberrawinehouse.com.au
Edgar's Inn is a beloved little spot nestled amongst the shops in the leafy suburb of Ainslie on the Northside of Canberra. If you're looking for a more comfortable, homey atmosphere, Edgar's is the place for you. Expect live music, friendly staff, and a fantastic menu of your pub favourites- squid, tacos, Korean fried cauliflower, need we say more?
Happy hour takes place on weekdays from 4pm to 6pm, which just so happens to be the perfect time of day to sit outside and enjoy Edgar's beer garden.
Located at 1 Edgar St, Ainslie
Happy hour: Weekdays from 4pm to 6pm
Open Monday to Thursday from 7am, Friday from 7am to 11.30pm, weekends from 8am to 10pm
More info at edgarsinn.com.au