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Top 7 Happy Hour Spots in Canberra

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 7 of the best happy hour spots in Canberra that will that’s guaranteed to make the week fly by a little bit faster.


Marble & Grain

Located on the ground level of Avenue Hotel, Marble & Grain is a 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 - 10pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays from 7:00am - 10pm.

More info at marbleandgrain.com.au


Parlour

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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 Cocktail (happy) Hour every Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm. Settle into their terrace and choose from their drinks menu to enjoy a cocktail for only $10 or beers and wines at $8. 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: $10 cocktails and $8 beers and wines Wednesday to Saturday 4pm-6pm
Sunday - Monday closed, open Tuesday Midday - 3pm, open Wednesday to Sunday Midday - 10pm
More info at parlour.net.au


Old Canberra Inn

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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 Sunday to Thursday from 12pm - 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm-late
More info at oldcanberrainn.com.au


Grease Monkey

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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 49% off house booze and snacks. Be on a look out for their 'What's On' section as the have different deals every now and then. 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

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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 everyday from 12-3pm for 25% off food, or between 4pm to 6pm to enjoy $7 pints.

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: 12-3pm everyday for 25% off food or 4-6pm for $7 pints. 
Open daily from midday to late
More info at hopscotchbar.com.au


Canberra Wine House at the Tradies

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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 Thursdays from 5pm until late and Fridays to Saturdays from 3pm until late
More info at thecanberrawinehouse.com.au


Edgar’s at Ainslie

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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 weekdays from 4 - 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