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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere: Canberra’s best happy hours

Courtney Carr

With the plethora of new restaurants, bars and cafes opening up in Canberra, we’ve become one of the go to cities for unique and exciting ways to be social.

But being social can have a pretty steep price tag if you’re shaking off the week and heading out on crucial party nights like Fridays and Saturdays. Luckily for you, I’ve put my best researching foot forward, taken one for the team, and found some of the best happy hours in Canberra that will make you thankful that it’s 5 o’clock!


Every Thursday at The Loft, upstairs at The Duxton in O’Connor, you can sip on a delicious Vanilla Espresso Martini, Coconut Mango Martini, Fireball Sour and more for just $10 each. Yep, $10 each.

The Duxton | Cnr of Sargood and Macpherson Streets, O’Connor (the O’Connor shops) | theduxton.com.au


Honkytonks Bar in Garema Place has always been known for being Canberra’s home of $25 Sangria jugs, but from 4pm to 6pm Monday to Friday they also happen to host one of the happiest hours in town. You can score yourself $6 tap beer and house wine, but you’ll also be treated to not just any tap beer, but independently owned Australian craft tap beer.

Honkytonks | 17 Garema Place | drinkhonkytonks.com.au


Tucked into the ground floor of the Realm Hotel in Barton, Ostani is a favourite after work drinks spot for the Parliamentary Triangle set. Luckily with expansive indoor and outdoor seating areas, there’s always room for more.

On Wednesdays you can do a full whisky tasting for $25 and on Thursdays you can partake in free wine tastings from 4.30-6.30pm. And for the classic happy hour lovers, enjoy $5 wine, beer and spirits from 5-7pm every Friday.

Ostani Bar and Lounge | Inside the Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton | ostani.com.au


Get your week started right at Shorty’s bar in the city. From Monday to Friday you can score yourself $5 house spirits, wine and sparkling between 4pm and 6pm, and pick up a pizza on Thursday or a classic parmy on Tuesdays for $15 – both meals served with a beer or wine.

Shorty’s | 29 Garema Place | cocugroup.com.au/shortys


On Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 7pm you can score yourself $5 tap beer, wine, cider and spirits while you enjoy taking the edge off work in the glowing interior of Treehouse Bar. On Thursday you can also score yourself a two for one burgers from 6pm to 9pm, and on Friday you can dine on two for one tapas from 4pm – 9pm.

Treehouse Bar | Sydney Building, 32 Northbourne Ave | treehousebar.com.au


Head to Gungahlin’s cheekiest watering role, Young and Frisky, for $5 house beers from 4-6pm Monday to Thursday as well as $10 cocktails from 5-7pm and 9-10pm all week (see staff for details).

Young and Frisky | Gungahlin Place West | youngandfrisky.com.au


With summer around the corner, there’s nothing better than embracing the beach lifestyle with a twist of Mexican flavour and Beach Burrito in the city has some deals that will relax even the hardest workers during the week. If you have time on Wednesday, all day is happy hour (because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere for sure!), from 4pm to 6.30pm weekdays you can score $6 frozen margaritas and $5 pints, and on Sundays, you can pick yourself up a Sangria jug for $20. Arriba!

Beach Burrito Civic | 181 City Walk | beachburritocompany.com/venue/civic


Civic’s newest, brightest and biggest playground, Kokomo’s, serves up music, food and drinks over two huge levels.

From Monday-Thursday they have their ‘Snappy Hour(s)’ where from 4.30pm you can get yourself a $4.5 house spirit, Aussie schooner or house wine and at $5.30 those drinks only go up to $5.50 until finishing at 6.30pm. An excellently timed (sorry) deal if you ask us.

Kokomo’s | 1 Genge Street, City | facebook.com/pg/kokomoscbr


Knightsbridge Penthouse is one of Canberra’s longest serving watering holes and it stills remains to be a popular party destination to date, and with their super sweet happy hour deals it’s no wonder they’re one of Canberra’s finest. Get yourself to Knightsbridge on Friday nights between 5pm and 8pm and score yourself $10 cocktails or $5 basics – what’s not to love about that?

Knightsbridge Penthouse | 1/34 Mort Street, Braddon | hknightsbridgepenthouse.com.au


How does a $10 cocktail sound? Well from 6pm to 10pm on Friday nights at Public Bar in Griffith, that is exactly what you can get! Situated in the Manuka area, Public has recently had quite the refresh and it’s worth checking out.

Public Bar | Manuka Arcade, 1 – 33 Franklin Street, Griffith | | publicbar.com.au


The Dock is Kingston Foreshore’s favourite watering hole, and with its nautical décor and lakefront views it’s no wonder. From Monday to Thursday between 5pm and 6pm you can get pints for schooner prices on all tap beers and cider, but come Friday you have some maths to do because the peak temperature of the day will determine the percentage taken off basic spirits, wine and tab beer at the till. And before you pout about it still being cold here in Canberra, they do change the chosen temperature to reflect a city that is currently enjoying the warmth, so never fear!

The Dock Kingston | 7/81 Giles Street Kingston | thedockkingston.com.au

Don’t forget to eat! Read our round up of 30 new Canberra restaurants and cafes here.

Have we missed your favourite happy hour? Flick us an email at [email protected]!


Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr is the author of the science fiction horror novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, and the eBook Secrets of a Party Planner. As HerCanberra's "resident horror expert" she is the creator behind the horror pop culture blog This Side of Sanguine (www.thissideofsanguine.com), as well as the party planning blog The Party Connection (www.thepartyconnectionaustralia.com). She loves rock music, red wine, coffee, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, living plant-based, and is obsessed with Instagram. See more at courtneyrachellecarr.com. More about the Author

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