The Inner West has some of the best drinking holes in Sydney but if there’s anything locals love more than a few schooners with some mates it’s when the jars come in at cut price. Here are a few tried and tested places where it pays to get in early.
Merivale’s Queens Hotel is a one-stop-shop for drinkers and diners contained inside a huge Victorian-themed pub. Happy hour starts downstairs with $7 pints and $6 house wine, spirits and schooners from 5pm-7pm on weekdays. If you’re on a roll, head upstairs to the Queen Chow for some banging Cantonese food, or move on to cocktails at Zebra Bar or The Smelly Goat.
167 Enmore Road, Enmore
Stroll through Balmain’s Victorian streets and make your way to Wilhelmina’s for the ultimate in boho charm, where four legged friends are also welcome. And there’s no rush, with “Happy hour” at Wilhelmina’s running all day- $10 spritzes Wednesday to Saturday till 6pm.
Shop 4/332 Darling Street, Balmain
An unpretentious local favourite, “The Courty” is a Newtown institution. With a large outdoor area heaving on summer afternoons, Happy hour is between 5 and 6pm with $4.50 schooners of local-brewed stalwarts like Young Henry’s on offer.
Australia St, Newtown
A multi-story landmark on Newtown’s lively King Street, epic views of the Sydney skyline from the rooftop bar are Webster’s prime attraction. Head up between 5pm and 7pm, Monday to Thursday, to enjoy $5 beers and house wines, and $6 house spirits. If views aren’t your thing, mosey downstairs for $12 cocktails between 6 and 8.
323 King Street, Newtown