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Customers at The Newport Arms
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The best Sunday sessions in Sydney

Stave off the Monday blues with beers, sunshine and a rollicking good time

By Time Out editors
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Sunday fundays have become a Sydney social staple to help you squeeze the last bit of juice out of the weekend. We've scoured the city to find the places to visit on a Sunday. Whether you're after a relaxed waterfront bevvy, a total day-to-night blow out or an afternoon sinking tinnies in a beer garden, this is your guide to having a smashing Sunday session in Sydney. 

Prefer to party on a Saturday? Check out our guide to Sydney's best nightclubs.

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Sydney's best Sunday sessions

Drinks at The Dolphin Hotel
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1. The Dolphin Wine Room

Bars Wine bars Surry Hills

A Sunday visit to this Surry Hills wine-room-in-a-pub should be on every Sydneysider's bucket list. Takeovers and themes vary from week to week, so you may get an interstate chef or a sushi master taking care of snacks (which are very reasonably priced at $5-$7 a pop). When the heavy hitters come in there will often be a queue, so get in early.

2. The Imperial Hotel

Bars Erskineville

This LGBTQIA mainstay is big on fun from the rooftop to the basement every weekend with Express Yourself Sundays. You’ll find '80s DJs, drag, drink specials (including $20 cocktail jugs and $12 jugs of beer) and a late-night lip syncing competition.

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3. PS40

Bars Cocktail bars Sydney

The creative cocktail crafters and soda poppers at PS40 shake things up on Sundays and test out new drinks, dubbing the day Experimental Sundays. They are known for infusing, sous viding and emulsifying to get out-there flavours into your favourite drinks (Banana Bread Negroni, anyone?) so expect exciting work-in-progress tipples.

4. The Beresford Hotel

Bars Surry Hills

This Darlo favourite has a long tradition of keeping the weekend vibes going right into Sunday evening. Kick off with drinks in the lush courtyard (there are happy hour specials from 6-8pm) before making your way to the dancefloor to groove the weekend away. 

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Chicken schnitzel at The Unicorn
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5. The Unicorn

Paddington

What can stave off the ol' Sunday scaries like nothing else? Smooth jazz, a golden chicken schnitzel, a pint and a round of pool. You can get all this at the Unicorn, with the Arthur Washington Quintet hitting the stage from 1pm.

People sitting outside on the green at Bondi Bowling Club
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6. Bondi Bowling Club

Bars Bondi North

This gussied up (yet still charmingly old-school) bowlo welcomes members to free bowls on Sunday, so you can roll your way out of the weekend. In cooler months they also do a $20 slow cook of the day – think warming chicken curries, lamb shanks and meatball stews. 

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two dogs
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7. The Carrington

Bars Pubs Surry Hills

Do you know who also deserves a solid session? Your doggo. The Carrington delivers the late weekend vibes for both you and your four-legged friend as well, with a free doggy meal served when you order the Sunday roast. Add in $5 drinks from 4-6pm, plenty of comfy leather banquettes and plenty of friendly pooch friends and you've got a wonderful way to end the week. 

8. The Newport

Bars Pubs Newport

Do your Sundays need more live reptiles in them? The Newport can provide this on specified Sundays. This super pub and dining hub hosts both live music and reptile handlers, so you can see out your Sunday with beers, beats and critters. 

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9. The Oxford Tavern

Bars Petersham

This Petersham boozer fires up the smoker on Sundays for a huge, smoked, Sunday roast. They'll also shake up a Bloody Mary for $12, an essential for that hair-of-the-dog hangover cure. 

Inside the The Royal Bondi a red pool table
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10. The Royal Bondi

Bars Pubs Bondi

Whether you're lingering for drinks after a big lunch at Totti's, take advantage of the $12 Espresso Martini and $8 Furphy pints at the Royal on a Sunday. Add in acoustic sets from local musicians followed by DJs and you've got a prime reason to stop here on your way home from the beach. 

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11. The Lord Dudley

Bars Paddington

You'll find locals leaning up against the wall of this charming Woollahra pub every single day, but there's something about Sundays that gives everyone some extra pep in their step. Maybe it's the solid collection of local doggos out the front, the warm fire on the inside, or the fact that it's nice to see out your Sunday with a crisp ale and a game of Scrabble.

Interior at Rocker
Photograph: Nikki Malavar

12. Rocker

Restaurants Cafés Bondi North

This North Bondi eatery switches into Sunday session mode from 2.30pm, with $10 Spritzes or two hours of bottomless rosé for $50. If you prefer eating to drinking on a school night, then settle in with a roast or a plate of pasta.

After a Sunday roast?

A close up shot of gravy being poured over roast lamb and vegeta
A close up shot of gravy being poured over roast lamb and vegeta
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The best Sunday roasts in Sydney

Bars Pub dining

Can you even call it winter if you're not in front of a plate that's piled high with roasted meat, veggies and gravy? Rather than spending your Sunday baking over a hot oven, let the pros take care of the cooking and head out to these ace Sydney pubs putting on a proper roast lunch or dinner during the colder months. 

Want to head outside?

An exterior shot of the beer garden at The Henson showing people
An exterior shot of the beer garden at The Henson showing people
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The best beer gardens in Sydney

Bars Pubs

Sure, we're good at swimming and rugby, but what Australians excel at is kicking back in the leafy courtyard of our local, sinking some beers and chewing the fat with our mates. Beer garden sessions should really be our national sport, and here's the best places to do it.

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