Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs.

There’s got to be a Happy Hour near me somewhere right? Getting a drinks deal on your fave beers, wines and cocktails makes them taste oh so much sweeter. At What’s On In Wollongong, we get it. As dedicated locals ourselves, we’ve been working hard and found you 41 Illawarra happy hours! All the amazing Wollongong happy hours and deals are here, in one place at some of our finest Illawarra pubs, hotels and bars. Cheers!

While we try to keep this article as up-to-date as possible, deals can change without notice, so please check the venue’s website before setting out.

Although we searched high and low to get all the best happy hour deals in this one place, please let us know if we missed your favourite. Email us at [email protected] – we are all about supporting local businesses here at What’s On In Wollongong and would love to add any we have missed.

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Balthazar Bar – Wollongong

Celebrate the end of the week in style! Balthazar’s Friday’s 4pm-6pm Happy Hour, $7 beers, wines or bubbles (they are a champagne bar after all!)

Coldwater Creek Restaurant & Bar – Sage Hotel Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Sage Hotel Wollongong

Coldwater Creek Restaurant is Sage Hotel Wollongong’s buzzing lobby restaurant for beer, wine and cocktails after a long day exploring Wollongong. And that’s not all… You can also enjoy a wide range of beer, wine, and cocktails to satisfy your thirst after a long day exploring Wollongong!

Happy Hour at Coldwater Creek Restaurant, 5-6 pm, Monday to Sunday!

  • House Beer 7 Wine: $5
  • Signature Cocktails: $15

South Coast Distillery

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – South Coast Distillery

Join the award-winning South Coast Distillery to celebrate the end of the week at their Happy Hour every Friday! Cheers to Friday nights at their cosy cellar door bar! Unwind and sip away the week’s stress with their amazing happy hour deals on drinks. Don’t miss out on the perfect blend of great prices and even greater vibes! Bar opens at 4:00pm, Happy Hour until 6:00pm. See you there!

Wolf & Woman Distillery

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Wolf & Woman Distillery.

The award-winning Wolf & Woman Distillery have happy hours on Fridays from 5-6 pm, and Saturdays from 1-2 pm with selected $10 cocktails during happy hour. 

The cellar door and bar are open with food trucks on Fridays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 12-8 pm.

Wests Illawarra

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Wests Illawarra

Become a member of Wests Illawarra and receive 25% off Draught Beer, House Wine or Glass of Soft Drink during their member’s happy hour every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm and Saturday from 3pm-5pm. Available from The Craft Bar.

Five Barrel Brewing

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Five Barrel Brewing

Monday to Fridays every week at Five Barrel Brewing from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Schooners from $6 and middys from $5, can’t get much better than that!

Woonona-Bulli RSL

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Woonona-Bulli RSL

Become a member of Woonona-Bulli RSL for only $8 for one year, $18 for three years, or $25 for five years and access their members-only offers. Happy hour is every Monday – Friday from 4pm – 6pm: serving discounted tap beer, house wine and soft drink. Members also get discounted meals and two jugs of soft drinks from the bar for $15 (always).

Seeker Brewing

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Seekers Brewing

Seeker Brewing specialises in amazing craft beers, locally made with intention, creativity and heart. They have delicious wood-fired pizzas to go with their awesome happy hour deals. Happy Hour is every Thursday and Friday from 3 pm-5 pm with $6 core-range schooners. Live music is also a part of the lovely, relaxed vibe.

The Nineteenth, Wollongong Golf Club

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Nineteenth at Wollongong Golf Club.

Making the most of the magnificent views overlooking Wollongong Golf Course and a stunning stretch of coastline, The Nineteenth runs regular food and drink specials, live music and free entertainment for the kids. They have a members-only happy hour Friday-Saturday 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. There are a range of memberships to choose from $5 a year only; visit their website for details.

Bally Hotel, Balgownie

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Balgownie Pub

The Bally Hotel is a great choice for a relaxing drink. They have a regular $6 schooner of beer of the month, which is available all day, every day, with a lovely vibe and tasty pub food, as well as monthly family days. It’s a beautiful place to unwind with or without the family. Locals hour is Thursday to Saturday from 4-6 pm.

The Iron Yampi (at The Wentworth), Port Kembla

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Iron Yampi

With a great atmosphere, delicious drinks and tasty food, The Iron Yampi is a great place to unwind for the afternoon or evening. They offer happy hour specials on weekdays from 4-6 pm, including pints at schooner prices and $10 premium glasses of wine.

Towradgi Beach Hotel

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Towradgi Beach Hotel

Towradgi Beach Hotel ticks a lot of boxes. It has tasty food, a relaxed atmosphere and a kids’ playground. It also has great seating options, both inside and outside and awesome fish tanks inside. They have a happy hour deal Monday – Friday on local beers from 3-6 pm, including pints for schooner prices.

Resin Brewery Bulli

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Resin Brewing

Resin Brewery in Bulli has happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-5 pm. Their happy hour includes pints at midi prices. While there, take in the atmosphere and grab some yummy food. Trivia is also on Wednesday nights from 6:30 pm.

The Fitz Cafe & Bar, Bulli

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Fitz Cafe & Bar.

The Fitz has happy hour every Friday and Saturday from 4-6 pm, with $15 cocktails and $6 schooners. They also have unlimited bao buns, fries, house beer, wine, margaritas and killer queen cocktails for $90pp. The Fitz is a favourite of ours, with great food and drink options. The rooftop has an extra special vibe.

Franco Pizza Bar, Thirroul

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Franco Pizza Bar

Franco Pizza Bar has now launched their Aperitivo Hour, which runs Wednesday – Sunday from 4-5:30 pm. Enjoy a selection of antipasti, drinks, and kids’ pizza specials for 90 minutes. Whether jumping straight off the beach for a refreshment, catching up with friends after work, or having an early dinner with the kids, it’s an ideal way to spend these warm afternoons.

DRINKS MENU: $6 beers, $8 wines, and $10 spritz

Walk-ins welcome but we suggest booking to guarantee a spot.

Corrimal Bowling Club

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Corrimal Bowling Club

Corrimal Bowling Club has its happy hour on Mondays- Fridays from 4:30-6 pm every week with $5 schooners. They also have Go Go Fridays with $8 espresso martinis. They have affordable meal prices and friendly staff; Corrimal Bowling Club has you covered.

The Grand Hotel, Kiama

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Grand Hotel, Kiama

The Grand Hotel in Kiama is a great venue with friendly staff. They have $12 cocktails from 5-7 pm from Monday-Thursdays.

Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Oak Flats Bowling Club

Happy hours here at Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club are Monday-Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm with discounted schooners. If drinks turn into dinner, the meals have big serves and are great.

Honest Don’s, Thirroul

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Honest Don’s.

Honest Don’s turns into “Dodgy Don’s” and has happy hour on Friday nights from 5 pm with cocktails, beer, wine, food and a lovely atmosphere. Bookings are recommended.

Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Ryan’s Hotel

Ryan’s Hotel has happy hour Fridays from 3-5 pm. Sundays they also have pints for schooners prices from 1-3 pm. The Bistro has great, well-priced food as well if happy hour turns into dinner.

Headlands Hotel, Austinmer

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Headlands Hotel

Take in the beachfront views and enjoy happy hour at The Headlands Hotel on Fridays for $12 cocktails from 5-7 pm. They also have nightly food specials.

Scarborough/Wombarra Bowling Club

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Wombarra Bowling Club

Member’s Happy Hour is Monday-Thursdays from 3-5 pm with $6 house beer and wine. From Monday-Thursday, they also have free barefoot bowls until unset from 12pm. There is a lot to love about the Scarborough/Wombarra Bowling Club. They have some amazing events like board game nights, ceramics classes, paint and sip nights, and live music.

Two Doors Up Cafe & Bar, Fairy Meadow

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Two Doors Up Cafe & Bar.

Two Doors Up Cafe & Bar have happy hour on Fridays from 3-6 pm with live music. The kitchen is open until 8 pm Friday nights if you want to try some of their tasty food, too. They also have a monthly art with a glass night for $65 per person.

Collegians, Figtree & Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Collegians Figtree

Head into Collegians for their Members Only Happy Hour Monday-Fridays from 5-7 pm. Further details about Collegians Wollongong here and Collegians Figtree here.

The Illawarra Brewery, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Illawarra Brewery

The Illawarra Brewery has happy hour Monday-Thursday from 4-6 pm. They also have a good selection of food options and a happy, relaxed atmosphere.

Beaches Hotel, Thirroul

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Beaches Hotel

Beaches Hotel hosts happy hours from Monday to Wednesday from 4-6 pm with beer, wine and house spirits from $6. Head into the bistro for great meals while you’re there. There are heaps of seating options, from cosy nooks inside to the outdoor seating area and inside by the stage.

Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Cabbage Tree Hotel.

The Cabbage Tree Hotel has a relaxed vibe with plenty of space to unwind after a busy day. They host happy hours daily from 3-5 pm, with basic spirits and house beers for $5.50 and house wines for $6. They also have meal deals Monday-Thursdays and lunch deals Monday-Friday. Check out their website for details.

The Old South, Thirroul

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Old South.

Happy hour is every day from 4-6 pm at The Old South. They also have great food and friendly staff. On Thursdays, they also have two-for-one chef specials (meals).

The Prince, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Prince.

Formerly The Little Prince, The Prince has happy hour deals on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm and Saturdays from 4-6 pm. Their deals include $13 cocktails, $8 glasses of wine, and beers starting at $7 for a schooner, $10 pints and $18 jugs of beer.

Pepe’s On The Beach, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Pepe’s On The Beach.

Pepe’s On The Beach has a range of deals to choose from, with Monday to Thursday deals of $6 house wines and local beers, $5 tacos and $15 chicken wings. Friday warm-ups include two cocktails for $22 from 6-8 pm. Then they also have Sunset Sun Dayz with $12 margaritas, $7 cheesy chips, dips and salsa from 4-6 pm (on Sundays).

Bevanda Bar, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Bevanda Bar

Bevanda Bar has lots on to keep you entertained, so check out their website for details (click the link). Their happy hour every day from 6-8 pm, with all cocktails for $12 each and $8 shots.

North Wollongong Hotel

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – North Wollongong Hotel

North Wollongong Hotel has always been a staple in the Illawarra. They have a great space and heaps of seating. Add to this Teddy’s, their new games and sports bar, which has some fantastic events. North Wollongong has local’s hour from 4-6 pm from Thursday to Saturday.

Dagwood, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Dagwood

Dagwood is a trendy bar with street-style food, friendly staff and a great vibe. They have happy hour on weekdays from 4-6 pm, including beer pints at schooner prices, wine at $10/glass, and $13 cocktails.

Amari Bar, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Amari Bar

Amari Bar has happy hour on Saturdays from 5-7 pm. Included in their happy hour are selected cocktails for $10 and $6 glasses of gin, beer, vodka and scotch. They also have many events, so check out their website for details.

The Icon, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Icon

The Icon has happy hour on Thursdays with $5 tap beers, $5 wines, $10 cocktails, and $10 schnitzel, fries and gravy. I mean, what more could you want on a Thursday night? Count us in!

Ilu Ilu Bar, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Ilu Ilu Bar

Ilu Ilu Bar is an Indian-inspired tapas and cocktail bar. They have happy hour from Wednesday to Friday, and Sunday from 4-6 pm, then also on Saturdays from 2-4 pm.

The Harp Hotel, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – The Harp Hotel

Head to the Harp Hotel on Fridays for their 5-10 pm happy hour with $10 cocktails. The Harp Hotel is also Wollongong’s biggest karaoke bar. Check out their website or social page for their meal deals, which are updated regularly.

Moomin, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Moominn

Moominn is a Czech Pub with some deals worth checking out. Tuesdays are their schnitzel day with their schnitzel and schooner deal for $25. On weekends, they have bottomless brunches and jazz nights. Check out their website for details.

Mae Mabel, Wollongong

Best Happy Hours in Wollongong & the Illawarra: Bars, Pubs & Clubs – What’s On In Wollongong – Mae Mabel

Mae Mabel is a cocktail lounge. They have $15 cocktails on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 pm – 12 am. They also host discos and other events. Check out their website for more details.

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About the Author: Lisa Hagan
Lisa grew up in Thirroul and is a mum of four children. She loves exploring the Illawarra and surrounds.