Eat & Drink

Unwind after work with a cold one

The only thing better than relaxing with a drink after work is relaxing with a cheap drink after work. We've done our digging to find happy hours across Newcastle that aren't just good value for money, but where the drinks offering is quality.

Keep reading to check out some of the best happy hours Newcastle has to offer right now.

5 Sawyers

Enjoy live music and $10 cocktails until 10pm every Friday night at 5 Sawyers.
Where: 115 Darby St, Cooks Hill

Adamstown Bowling Club

If you’re looking for a happy hour on a Saturday, the Adamstown Bowlo has you covered. From 1pm-3pm, sip $5 tap schooners, from 3pm-6pm, grab a $28 cocktail jug, and from 6pm-9pm, nab two Billson’s for $20.
Where: 504 Glebe Rd, Adamstown

Bar Mellow

Not only does Bar Mellow serve delicious pasta, but it also has a great happy hour on offer – $7 selected beer and wine or a $12 Aperol spritz every Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30pm-5:30pm.
Where: Ground Floor, 744 Hunter St, Newcastle West

Blue Kahunas

Head to Hunter Street's tiki bar Blue Kahunas for $12 tropical cocktails and $7 tap beers from 5pm-6pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Where: 3/146 Hunter St, Newcastle

Customs House Hotel

Enjoy some post-work drinks that won’t break the bank at Customs – $8 Byron Bay Lager, Batlow Seltzer, Parisian martinis and margaritas are on offer from 5pm-7pm every Friday.
Where: 1 Bond St, Newcastle

Clarendon Hotel

Craving a margarita? You’re in luck! Every Wednesday from 5:30pm the Clarendon Hotel has $12 margaritas on offer, with five different flavours available. There's also $6 vodkas and $6 Moon Dog Fizzer Seltzers on the same night!
Where: 347 Hunter St, Newcastle


Elementa do put on a happy hour, but we reckon its Boozy Brunch offer is even better – on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am-2pm, add a tipple to your brunch with $6 mimosas and Young Henry's Newtowners, plus $15 bloody Mary's and margaritas.
Where: 76 The Lane, Maryville

Ginger Meg's

Ginger Meg's is the place to be on a Wednesday and Thursday night, with $12 cocktails, $7 tap beers, and a $10 bar food menu.
Where: 212 King St, Newcastle

Honeysuckle Hotel

Take in stunning views of the Newcastle Harbour and enjoy a $10 cocktail at the Honeysuckle Hotel every Friday from 5pm-7pm, including espresso martinis, margaritas, and French martinis.
Where: Lee Wharf C, Lot 31 C/Lot Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle

Hotel Jesmond

You don’t want to miss Mexican night at the Hotel Jesmond – $5 tacos paired with $10 margaritas is a match made in heaven.
Where: 182 Newcastle Rd, Jesmond

Merewether Surfhouse | Beach Bar

You can grab a happy hour tipple and take in amazing views at Merewether Surfhouse. From 3pm-5pm Wednesday to Sunday, pop into the Beach Bar for a $14 cocktail, $7 Fellr watermelon seltzer and Better Beer Lager, and $5 tacos.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde, Merewether


Modus in Merewether is all about variety in its happy hours, with the options of $7 spirits, house wines, select Modus beers, $10 for all other tap schnooners, and $15 cocktails from 4pm-6pm every weekday. 
Where: 20 Merewether St, Merewether

Shout Brewing Co.

Get down to craft brewery Shout Brewing Co. in Islington for sweet deals on a Wednesday – $8 Shout Keep Newy Weird West Coast IPA, $8 Tim Ward wines, and $14 margherita pizzas.
Where: 22 Clyde St, Islington

The Blind Monk

Mondays are for Mexican at The Blind Monk, with $15 margaritas and $14 nachos on offer.
Where: 76 Beaumont St, Hamilton

The Criterion Hotel

On Thursdays and Fridays, happy hour is from 4pm-6pm at The Criterion Hotel, with $5 Steel City beers and $5 house wines. Friday also offers 99 cent wings all day.
Where: 81 Bourke St, Carrington

The Edwards

Every Friday, The Edwards and Rudderless Records team up for Akasha Super Chill Sessions, featuring $5 Akasha Super Chill Tinnies, $6 beer and wine, plus $12 cocktails from 4pm.
Where: 148 Parry St, Newcastle

The Prince of Merewether

Watch some live music and indulge in a $10 Aperol spritz or Aperol Sour from 5pm-7pm at The Prince every Friday. Grab a seat on the deck for balmy evening vibes.
Where: 1 Morgan St, Merewether

Urban Deli and Bar

Transport yourself to San Sebastián with free pinxtos (bite-sized tapas) with every cold drink purchased between 4pm-6pm Tuesday to Friday.
Where: 143 Darby St, Cooks Hill

Note: The above information was valid at the time of publishing. Please contact individual venues for up-to-date information.