Now that we’re out and about, it’s time to get happy without breaking the bank. Check out these tasty specials, from cheap movie tickets to $10 negronis.

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$8.50 movie tickets

Most cinemas have dropped cheap Tuesdays and discount tickets all together. But on Mondays thrifty film buffs can still head to the Kino Cinema, where tickets are $8.50 during the day or $9.50 at night. Whether your passion is art-house films or the latest blockbuster, you’ll have plenty of change for a choc top.

$10 Margarita Mondays

Mejico don’t believe in just a happy hour – they believe in a happy day. And that day is Monday, when all margaritas are just $10. Settle in for a couple and some killer Mexican food.

People eating from plates of Mexican food with pastel margaritas.

Bubbles and $3 oysters at Chancery Lane

Knock-off drinks just got a whole lot classier with happy hour in the courtyard at Chancery Lane. From 5pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Friday, enjoy a $15 glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne or $6 Moon Dog lager. Snack on $3 Cooper Island oysters, $8 pomme frites, or a $40 charcuterie plate to share.

$12 cocktails at Moat 

Everyone’s favourite subterranean bar, Moat, offers $12 cocktails from Thursday to Saturday between 4pm and 6pm. Choose from an espresso martini or a gin martini made with house-made lavender gin. There are also some lovely wines at only $8 a glass. 

More $12 cocktails at Time Out

After 3pm every day, Time Out Fed Square gifts us mere Melbourne mortals with a thirst-quenching deal. Espresso martinis, refreshing Pimm's, perhaps even a gin fizz? Ask the friendly staff what's shaking, pair it with their delicious signature parma or fried chicken burger and enjoy.

Two cocktails on a bench
Cocktails at Time Out

$18 happy meals

Head to the lively Tessie Pearl Hotel down on South Wharf and bag yourself a happy meal. For just $18, you can get eight yakitori sticks, one side and a pint or spritz. Plus a Tessie Pearl toy. There’s also a daily happy hour between 4pm and 8pm, with up to 50 per cent off drinks. 

High-end happy hour

Okay, we’re pushing the boat out here. The lush Bar Margaux has a ‘Golden Hour’ between 5pm and 7pm. For $95 you can get a bottle of red or white Burgundy and two Margaux burgers. For $125, you can get a bottle of champagne, oysters, frites and steak tartare. Hey, that’s only, like, six ten-dollar margaritas each, right? 

A dimly lit bar
Bar Margaux

Bottomless gin and tapas

At Pilgrim, you can spend two hours trying all the unique, all-Australian gins your heart desires. You’ll also get a yummy array of tapas, and beer and wine if you want a break from the gin. All this with a Yarra River view too, for just $69. 

Bottomless pizza and cocktails

Every Saturday at Trinket in Flinders Lane, you can enjoy bottomless pizza and cocktails for just $55. Pretty good, right? You can go for an early or late lunch, with two-hour sittings available between 12pm and 5pm. You get zesty cocktail jugs of sangria and spritzes, and plenty of pizza, including vegetarian or vegan options. 

Please drink responsibly.

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