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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

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 spend the rest of the weekend whiling away the afternoon 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


Naked for Satan

You have two options here: you can stay grounded in the lower ground bars 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. 

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Every Sunday over summer, the much-loved laneway bar Section 8 and sister bar Ferdydurke are hosting pop-up kitchen sessions, whereby the likes of Pierogi Pierogi, Lil Nom Noms, Overdosa and La Petite Creperie take over food duties for the two bars. Plus there are live bands paired to the food, so expect French jazz with your crepe.

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POW Kitchen

POW Sundays at Prince Bandroom's POW Kitchen will be hotting up your Sunday arvos this summer. The fun starts at noon with $10 Aperol Spritzes and $10 yakitori barbecue skewer. Live music will provide the perfect soundtrack, showcasing different local bands and DJs each week.

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St Kilda

College Lawn Hotel

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 live acoustic performances from 6pm, $15 Espresso Martinis and $18 Sunday roasts. Sunday sorted.

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Captain Baxter

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 DJs playing from 4pm and assemble-it-yourself plates of tortillas with fried fish, spiced avocado, cabbage and herbs, this is one of the best places to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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St Kilda


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.

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The Emerson

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, sip on bubble cup cocktails. This is a Sunday soiree with a touch of glamour.

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South Yarra

Northcote Social Club

Northcote's favourite live music pub is putting on Fiesta Sundays this summer: think $8 tacos, $20 sangria jugs and DJs spinning tunes from 2-6pm. Stick around for a gig and try not to think about Monday.

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Grace Darling Hotel

Sunday afternoons at the Grace Darling mean cheap Bloody Mary's and mimosas and a barbecue catering for vegans and carnivores alike.  The soundtrack promises to be anything but dull, boasting collaborations between live jazz bands and DJs.

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Dr Morse Bar and Eatery

On Sundays, this Abbotsford bar and eatery welcome live DJs to bring the perfect soundtrack for a leisurely afternoon beverage.

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Lucky Coq

With their renowned $4 pizzas on offer all day Sunday, it’s the perfect place to nurse a hangover, or alternatively, get straight back to it with some low-key lagers.

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Pawn and Co

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

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Walk out of the waters of the St Kilda beach and to the bar at Republica. There’s live music, 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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St Kilda

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By: Time Out editors