You’ve finally done it—you’ve made it to the end of a long working week. Go you! Now, you’re ready to kick your stilettos up and blow off some steam. But if you’ve been hitting up the same places for cocktail hour since you started your job, it may be time to shake things up a little.
Once an 150-year-old horse stable, this Paddington restaurant, and bar seamlessly blends chic metallic interiors with hints of its equestrian past—think horse paintings and saddles. Featuring an extensive list of organic cocktails and plenty of modern Australian bites to line your stomach, it’s the perfect place to giddy up for the weekend’s adventures.
Learn more about The Stables.
Okay, so depending on where you work, Coogee may be a little off the beaten track for Friday night drinks. But if you’re looking to unwind a little without undoing all your healthy eating throughout the week, this is the place for you! ‘Food is medicine’ is at the heart of Rosie’s philosophy and this can be seen in their conscious cocktail list and sugar-free menu. Plus, have you seen those Insta-worthy interiors?
Learn more about Rosie’s.
Known as a Melbourne institution, it would be remiss of us not to mention Cookie on this list. While a cool new bar opens in the city seemingly every week, this is the old ye faithful for many Melbournites. The buzzing bar has a little bit of everything—a beer hall, a Thai/Australian fusion restaurant and a disco where you can get down until the early hours (no lockout laws here, folks!)
Learn more about Cookie.
Don’t let the slightly ominous sounding name fool you—this is a perfect pleasantly place to go for Friday night drinks. In fact, the rooftop bar actually boasts one of the best views of the Melbourne skyline. With a lengthy list of creative cocktails (they’re so well known for them, they just released their own cocktail recipe book!) specially brewed boutique beers and infused vodka creations, there’s no shortage of ways to wet your whistle on a Friday night.
Learn more about Naked For Satan.
If you can manage to sneak out of work on a Friday afternoon before sunset, we say this is the place to go. The rooftop bar offers impressive 270-degree views of Fortitude Valley, the CBD, and surrounding suburbs. Perched above the busy Ann street, the bar is the perfect relaxing oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Learn more about Eleven Rooftop Bar.
Speaking of Brissy views—this one is pretty epic, too. Taking up a prime position on the Riverbank, this cocktail and tapas bar is the perfect place to debrief with your work wife. Their espresso martini is a house favourite and will help keep you energised if you decide to kick on after a long week in the office!
Learn more about Mr and Mrs Gs Riverbar.