Best Sunday sessions in Melbourne
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; all while you sip on tipples and munch on tapas (all $9 on Sunday). Either way, it’s good times.
This much loved inner city hangout (and sister venue to Section 8) has Melbourne collective Hometurf curating local and international guest DJs and art exhibitions every Sunday. There's $15 jugs of Moon Dog beer and Ferdy cocktails up for grabs, and food wise you can hunker down with some of their signature loaded toasties and hot dogs.
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. They’ve got all the right stuff: bars, outdoor seating (on lush grass too), DJs and a d-floor for when you need to groove away your impeding Monday blues. There’s DJs from 6pm and $15 Espresso Martinis. Sunday sorted.
Let's face it, it's hard to be blue when you are drinking tropical cocktails on a rooftop in a beachside beer garden. With live music and DJs playing from 3pm and $40pp yum cha this is one of the best places to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Forget the quiet farewell to the weekend. Howler throws Sunday soirees in the beer garden with DJs and bands keeping the party vibes going late. Monday meetings be damned! Hungry? Go for the slow-roasted pork belly burger paired with fennel, apple and radicchio slaw and served with fries (naturally). For the herbivores, try the pumpkin and sweet potato burger instead.
Head up to the chic rooftop for views and brews on a Sunday Funday. From noon ‘til late you can recline on decadent day beds, listen to an array of DJs spinning smooth tunes and sip on cocktails watching day turn into night. Pro-tip: this is a Sunday soiree with a touch of glamour.
It's shared Sunday lunch at this pumping CBD pub. Chef Ashly Hicks puts on an impressive feasting experience each week from noon to 7pm. It's $55pp, there's a children's menu available and we recommend booking in advance. This place is popular.
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 features $30 tapas share plates for two and $25 cocktail jugs. Stick around for a gig in their hallowed bandroom and try not to think about Monday.
Sunday afternoons at the Grace Darling mean cheap Bloody Marys and Mimosas, and ripper menu that caters for vegans and carnivores alike. The soundtrack promises to be anything but dull, boasting collaborations between live jazz bands and DJs.
Head along to Hot Fudge Sundays upstairs at Lucky Coq for a ripper of a good time. With their renowned $4 pizzas on offer until 11pm Sunday, it’s the perfect place to nurse a hangover, or alternatively, get straight back to it with some low-key lagers.
Enter Pawn and Co's drinking den and make this a Sunday session to last. The prohibition era-style cocktail bar looks better suited for a Saturday night out, but it does have a decidedly more grown-up vibe than other club-slash-bars along Chapel Street (we're looking at you Revolver), if you feel like a few quiet bevvies on a Sunday.
Walk out of the waters of the 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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Melbourne is a city that really know to do pubs. From beer halls with more than 50 craft beer taps to cozy locals with a great fireplace, there's a pub for every occasion.