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Balcony at Ferdydurke
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The best Sunday sessions in Melbourne

From chilled-out afternoons to late-night dance parties, they don’t call it Sunday Funday for nothing

By Time Out editors

Got work on Monday? Shun the nine-to-five life? Either way, nothing beats a Sunday session. Melbourne's bars and clubs are bringing the good times (and the drink specials) so you can kick back with your mates and while away the end of the weekend over some bevvies.

And hey, if you want to ramp things up a notch, investigate our guide to Melbourne's best nightclubs and live music pubs.

Best Sunday sessions in Melbourne

View of the city skyline from Fitzroy bar Naked in the Sky
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Naked for Satan

Bars Fitzroy

You have two options here: you can stay grounded in the lower ground bar or you can take your sesh to sky heights and hit up the rooftop bar – Naked in the Sky. The rooftop bar offers outstanding views of the city. Hang around until 6pm, when all dishes drop to $11. 

College Lawn Hotel
Photograph: APL Photography

2. College Lawn Hotel

Bars Prahran

Need to shake off the cobwebs from the night before? Or just ready to get loose? The College Lawn Hotel has the remedy for you. The hotel has live acoustic tunes playing from 3pm every Sunday as well as $15 Espresso Martinis for anyone who needs both a shot of coffee and alcohol simultaneously. 

Ferdydurke Sunday Session
Photograph: Supplied

3. Ferdydurke

Bars Melbourne

You'll find one of the coolest Sunday nights in the city at Ferdydurke. The team here farewells the weekend with Purr – a night of live hip hop. It's free to enter, and the venue is open all afternoon (and well into the night) for those who'd like to ease into things with a beer and a vegan burger.

Woman drinking a beer at Howler
Photograph: Howler

4. Howler

Bars Brunswick

Forget the quiet farewell to the weekend. Sunday is fun-day at Howler with plenty of cheap and delicious drink specials to help you forget about Monday. From noon to 3pm every Sunday the bar will pour you a jug of any craft beer for a measly tenner. Bit hungover from Saturday night? The bar also does $10 jugs of Bloody Marys. 

A large group of people are sitting on benches at the rooftop of
Photograph: Roberto Seba

5. The Emerson

Bars South Yarra

Head up to the Emerson's chic rooftop for views and brews every Sunday. This summer they're celebrating queer culture with rounds of drag bingo and more. DJs hit the decks from noon and the party goes until the wee hours of Monday morning. Plus there are $5 wines, $6 beers and jugs of Sangria for $20. 

6. Garden State Hotel

Bars Melbourne

There's nothing better way to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon than with a cold gin and tonic. Better still, enjoy one made with premium gin for $9 every Sunday during summer at Garden State Hotel. They also offer tinnies for $6 and have DJs playing from 4pm.  


7. Northcote Social Club

Bars Northcote

Northcote's favourite live music pub is currently throwing Sunday Jukebox events. Bringing things back to basics with all things vinyl, punters will be able to peruse DJ Vinyl Richie's eclectic record collection and select tracks to play all afternoon. This party also lets you fill your plate with a choice of meats, breads, salads and sides for $30 for two people. 

8. Lucky Coq

Bars Prahran

Pizza is great the morning after a big night, but $4 pizzas are even better. Head into Lucky Coq every Sunday to nurse your hangover with a $4 pizza. There are 25 different flavours to choose from (including veggo and vegan flavours) and plenty of drinks. Go HAM and try one of the bar's flavoured vodkas. 


9. Pawn and Co

Bars Prahran

Enter Pawn and Co's drinking den and make this a Sunday session to last. The prohibition era-style cocktail sends out the weekend with a bang with Day Spa: a regular mini festival featuring themed decor, costumes and stacks of DJs playing everything from to disco. 

10. Republica

Bars St Kilda

Walk out of the waters of St Kilda beach and to the bar at Republica. There’s live music from noon, plenty of beach views and drinks, not to mention the super-relaxed crowd who are all there to soak up the sun. If you want to take it up a notch, head upstairs to Captain Baxter to continue along with your merry Sunday.

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Bartender at The Curtin
Bartender at The Curtin
Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

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