Find your happy hour in Brisbane
Continue your ‘happy days’ with a happy hour session at one of Brisbane’s buzzing bars or restaurants.
Hidden on menus, lurking in locals minds, just how do you find these mysterious hours of joy with a discounted price tag?
We have hunted down the best of these lush libations, so you don’t have to.
Monday, Tuesday - Happy Days! Wednesday’s, Thursday’s….
| Brisbane City
Paddington, Caxton + Milton
| South Brisbane + West End |
Burnett Lane is one of Brisbane City’s supreme central locations and is home to Super Whatnot, a charming bar, with an exciting selection of wines, beers and cocktails. With its exposed brick and split-level New York loft-style layout, enjoying a happy hour beverage here is like finding a secret escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
When: Everyday | 3pm - 5pm
What: $7 wine and select beers
Adding to the the City’s growing laneway culture is the underground coffee house and bar, Bean. Sheltered in a bunker-like-hideaway you can listen to killer tunes on vinyl while enjoying unique small batch wine, craft beer or an exceptional cocktail. Bean feels like a familiar pair of slippers - warm, inviting and comfortable. Our recommendation is the Pavlova Sour, you won’t be disappointed.
When: Mon -Thur | 4:30pm - 6pm
What: $12 cocktails and $7 wine, sparkling and craft beers
This one is for the carnivore connoisseur. Located in Walter’s Steakhouse, the bar serves the perfect precursor or nightcap to a perfectly cooked steak. Overlooking the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, settle in for ‘Walter’s Hour’ where $19 martinis or a glass of Perrier Jouet is accompanied by a trio of oysters or smoked salmon blinis. Bliss. Discover which signature cocktail is right for you with expert bartenders to guide your martini journey.
When: Mon - Sat | 5pm - 6pm
What: $19 martinis or glass of Perrier Jouet + trio of oysters or smoked salmon blinis
Wanting to feel Zen after a hard day at the office? We certainly do. Settle into Jade Buddha’s low lounge seating to recharge and get ready for tomorrow over a cocktail or two with a side of river and Story Bridge Views. Wine? Sì. Champagne? Santé. An Espresso Martini? Buzzing. Daily happy hour deals are available, so pick your poison and enjoy the chilled out vibes.
When: Everyday | 4pm – 6pm
What: $5.5 domestic schooners + house wine
Don’t let the name fool you, this waterfront restaurant and bar is for every day of the week. The Terrace Grill provides Brisbanites with premium grade prime cuts to gnaw on as they admire the view of the Story Bridge while sipping on a drink or two.
When: 5pm - 7pm Monday to Saturday, as well as Sunday all day
What: $6 basic spirits, Cosmos and Espresso Martinis and $6 beers; Sunday $10 cocktails
This little coffee house and bar is named after a letterpress and printer, John Mills, who inhabited the space until the 1970’s. Look for the original signage as you pass through the red brick frontage into the cool industrial interior. Priding themselves on sourcing local, John Mills Himself uses ‘drink miles’ to tell you just how far your beverage has travelled – sustainable and supportive of our local artisans. These guys are pressing all the right buttons, so come on down for happy hour from 5pm to 7pm there is bound to be something on the menu that’s your type.
When: Tues - Thurs | 5pm - 7pm
What: Stallion (schooners) beers for the price Mares (pots) save $3
Hey batter batter swing- into this American-style sports bar that doesn’t strike out. Baseball, basketball, NRL, boxing, and AFL are just a few of the sporting events shown on the big screens. Study the sporting memorabilia littering the walls as you wait for your all American bar food to accompany your tipple.
When: Everyday | 5 - 7pm
What: House wine $5, Schooners of tap beer $5 and cocktails $10
Housed in the basement of heritage-listed Corbett Chambers building on Elizabeth St, the laneway bar serves up wood-fired pizzas, share plates and antipasti complemented by a selection of sparking, white and red wines with a vast assortment of craft beers. Best of all, the house beer, wine and spirits are only $5 and cocktails between $10 and $12 during happy hour every day of the week – that'll make us happy!
When: Everyday 9-11am and 4-6pm
What: House wine, beer and spirits $5, cocktails between $10 and $12
Alright, you bright things - this 1920’s, speakeasy-esque inspired venue screams Great Gatsby and Prohibition era. Sourcing exclusive blends of scotch, gin, tequila, bourbon and more, the award-winning bartenders will impress you with their mixology skills, and the mouth-watering seasonal menu will keep you coming back. Don your best sequins, velvet and fringing and sample a cocktail or two for Jets Set Fridays.
When: Every Friday | 4:30 - 8:00pm
What: Specials change monthly based on country destinations, usually included are craft beer, cocktails and regional wine.
Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and make your way to this Bavarian-style beer hall for a happy hour session. Daily $5 beer, wine and basic spirits from 4 - 6pm you will not go thirsty. To accompany the drinks, satisfy your stomach with traditional German fare such as giant pretzels, pork knuckle or splurge on the $1 wings.
When: Everyday | 4pm - 6pm
What: $5 beer wine and basic spirits
This quintessentially Queensland venue has a laid back, easy style that is reminiscent of the house parties of your youth - but with better fixtures and fittings. Settle in on the veranda of this gorgeous heritage-listed building over a schooner or two with a side of the famous Chicken Parmy Spring Rolls.
When: Mon - Thurs | 5pm - 7pm || Fri - Sat 10pm - 11pm
What: $5 local schooners of beer and house wine
Get ready for some fine Southern hospitality. The Louisiana Creole-style menu features classics such as jambalaya, crab cake and cornbread. Which pair nicely with a drinks menu that pays homage to New Orleans’ bustling French Quarter. Cocktails worth a try include the signature New Orleans mint julep, Bourbon Tea Party (served in a teapot), Sidecars and Sazerac.
When: Everyday | 3pm - 6pm Daily
What: $6 house wine, $6 schooners and $9 pints of tap beer
With its all American-style decor and decadent menu, this diner serves up gourmet burgers, milkshakes, mac and cheese, fries and hot dogs that will make you wish everyday was cheat day. Want to try everything? Use the weekday happy hour specials to make this a reality. Just be sure to room for dessert - it’s hard to go past the waffle ice-cream sandwich.
When: Mon - Fri | 3pm - 6pm
What: $5 beers, basic spirits and house wines + $6 burgers + $1 wings
Few things say ‘fiesta’ quite like sangria and tapas, and Olé does both very well. Gather a group so you can sample all the seasonal Spanish tapas on offer - thee local ingredients in their paella makes the flavour stand out, while the fried and stuffed olives are crunchy explosions of joy. Wash it all down with a jug of one of the many flavours of sangria - the berry one is drool-worthy.
When: Sunday to Thursday | 5pm - 7pm
What: Sunset tapas which includes any four tapas and any house drinks: sangria, wine, beer or cider on tap $49.00. It’s enough to satisfy two people.
If you are looking for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, then look no further. Mecca Bah offers a range of fragrant foods including tagines, grills and salads that are dotted with jewels of pomegranate. We can’t go past the grills, especiallythe lamb which comes on its own special stand. Check out their happy hour deals so you can afford more lamb...or chicken grill...or, well, just more.
When: Fri - Sun | F: 3pm - 5pm, S: 3pm - 6 pm
What: $10 selected cocktails + $5 beer, wine & basic spirits
One word for this place: fun. Wander through the labyrinth of secret rooms to discover different spaces filled with bars, pool tables and pinball machines. Heya Bar offer the ‘Happiest Hour’ where you can play a game of free pool over $5 Tiger beer and basics. Relax in the cosy lounge area and enjoy tasty pan-Asian street food with mega-garnished cocktails while listening to live music.
When: Everyday | 5pm - 6pm
What: $5 tiger beer + basic spirits
Beer lovers, rejoice! The Osborne pour 31 flavours of beer on tap housed in two bespoke copper bulkheads - the only ones of their kind in Australia - it is truly a marvel and spectacle to behold. While lounging in the indoor-outdoor spaces with a $5 Pimms in hand while poring over their comprehensive menu including pizza, burgers, steaks, oysters and more.
When: Sun - Fri | 4-6pm
What: $5 schooners on tap, $5 house wines , $5 pimms + glass of Mumm for $15
All-day happy hour with $5 gins and Peroni Tins, need we say more?. With the feel of a classic British pub, this two-storey treasure offers comfortable banquet seating, a fireplace and outdoor courtyard. The perfect way to relax your Sunday away. Enjoy your drink with the tasty traditional fare of pot pies, roast chicken or even a fish finger sandwich.
When: Sunday, all day
What: $5 Gins and Peroni tins
With a bent of yesteryear, this cowboy saloon whisky bar with rockabilly vibes thrown in to boot, hosts dramatic décor and amazing music that will have you toe-tapping. With bold red wallpaper, chandeliers and dark wood panelling you can sip on happy hour specials and pretend you’ve entered Westworld.
When: 5-6pm daily
What: $6 house beers, house wines and basic spirits
Missing nonna's cooking or just wish you had some Italian food in your life? Serving up regional favourites and woodfired pizzas accompanied by Italian wine, this traditional Italian style eatery will hit the spot. Come and enjoy some live music and partake in their daily happy hour.
When: Daily | 4pm - 6pm
What: $8 pints house beer, $6 House wine, $10 Sprizes + free bar snacks
This pearl of a place is inspired by New Orleans cocktail bars and is a compulsory visit for all oyster lovers. Enjoy their signature oyster platter (shucked to order) and cocktail list, heavy with rum and whisky. After slipping through the red curtain you will discover an oasis of cosy nooks, exposed brick, rich warm wallpaper and a crooning soundtrack which will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. If you are hunting other delicacies try the Spanner Crab Cigars, Quail Ballontine and low and slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder.
When: Daily | 5pm - 6pm
What: All cocktails $10
This darling of Paddington is indisputably a local favourite. With its Hamptons-style glamour and a menu that showcases sustainable and seasonal produce, finding an excuse to leave can be difficult. Choose a more luxe experience in the communal dining area upstairs or enjoy a more casual affair at the bar while sipping on a sensational selection of cocktails, beers or wine.
When: Friday | 4pm - 6pm
What: $7 selected pints, $5 selected wines and $25 cocktail carases
If ‘beer, glorious beer’ is playing on loop in your head, then head to Newstead Brewing Co. for your fix. With small batch, craft beer, seasonal brews and over 31 taps on offer, try something new during happy hour from Monday to Thursday. With $2 off schooners, pints and pots, this Milton location is perfect for a catch up before or after a game at Suncorp. Go Queensland!
When: Monday –Thursday (4pm-5pm)
What: $2 off schooners, pints and pots
Have you always wanted to visit exotic Havana or perhaps become a pirate #CaptainJackSparrow? The Malecón Rum Bar is the place to go if you are wanting to learn and benefit from rum aficionados. With over 100 rums to choose from, settle back into an antique leather chair, luxuriate in the warm comforting atmosphere, listen to the strains of live jazz music and take advantage of the all-day Thursday happy hour - yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
When: all-day Thursday
What: With $10 glasses of Carménère, $8 glasses of mulled wine, $15 hot buttered rum and $5 off cheese boards
This is the place when you come to hang out, socialise and share finger-licking food and bubbly beverages. The modern Australian menu encourages sharing and grazing. Filled with tasty fare of maple and roast garlic wings, sticky pork ribs, marinated olives and more, sharing might not be so easy. Choose your mates wisely. Enjoy the industrial decor and check out the mural by Drapl adorning the interior wall #instamoment.
When: Mon - Fri | 4pm - 6pm + Sun | 2pm - 6pm
What: $10 pints of any beer or cider, $10 for any wines or bubbles | $20 karaf of pimms or sangaria + $10 pints
Like beer? If the answer is yes, then this beer hall is for you. If the answer is no, then this beer hall is still for you. Tucked away along Fish Lane, Saccharomyces have a huge selection of drinks pouring, plus board games and pinball machines to keep you occupied while you drink. Their rotating seasonal drink and food menu it will make every visit just that little bit different and special.
When: Mon - Fri | 4pm - 6pm
What: $6 wine and schooners
This place is definitely somewhere you want to wander to. A local meeting place for many Brisbanites, Wandering Cooks is a community in of itself, comprised of food lovers and beverage connoisseurs. Not only does it offer a dreamy backyard area full of couches and benches to sprawl on, it also hosts a rotating kitchen of daily food makers delivering morsels that will make your heart sing. For gin lovers, tasting the Antipodes Pink Gin with Fire Tree Aromatic Tonic is non-negotiable. Not only is it an amazing venue, it is also a food incubator that provides commercial kitchen space to small batch producers.
When: Everyday | 5pm - 6pm
What: $5 happy cans and 10% off tap beer
Salt Meats Cheese in West Village Laneway has all of the goods and by that we mean small goods… and cheese. With a passion for honest cooking and quality ingredients, this space focuses on their cured meats and plant-based pizzas with ingredients from the village communal gardens. The botanical cocktail bar focuses on Australian native homemade infusions and cocktails whipped up by some of Australia’s best mixologists.
When: Wednesday | 5pm - 6pm
What: $9 Espresso martini and Margarita + $5 house beer and house wine
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