There is, quite frankly, no better way to end one’s weekend than with a cheeky Sunday sesh. Because let’s be real… embracing your inner sloth via TV binges and pizza ain’t the way a perfectly good week should wrap up, especially when the sun is out and about. Don’t let the frightful idea of Monday morning cramp your weekend fun—finish it off on a high note by partaking in a spot of Sunday session-ing.
Here are our top picks of where to get social on a Sunday…
46 & York
Parnell’s favourite party hotspot, 46 & York is turning up the heat this summer with their weekly Sunday shindigs. Featuring 46 & York’s famous cocktails, some of Auckland’s best DJs on the decks, and the chance to rub shoulders with local and international guests, you’ll want to be out of ya fat pants and on the D-floor every single Sunday.
Black Salt Bar
Kick back at Black Salt Bar in New Lynn for an afternoon of live music, beer, and mussel pots. Come 2pm on Sunday, this bar is buzzing with people rounding off their weekend to the sound of acoustic tunes.
Chapel Bar & Bistro
Judging by the sheer number of humans spilling out of Chapel every weekend, this Ponsonby suntrap is one of the best places to get your Sunday session on in Auckland. The prime pozzy for ending your weekend on a social note, Chapel always delivers on great drinks and company.
Wander across the street from Chapel and MR TOMS will hook you up with pizza, cocktails, and rather large quantities of sunshine a.k.a. the three key ingredients to a successful Sunday sesh. Try the Kiwi Verde, a refreshing mix of vodka, St Germain, fresh kiwi, basil and lemon. Food highlights are the burrata, grilled octopus salad, and margherita pizza—one must always line their stomach, don’t ya know?
Regatta Bar & Eatery
Now that it’s February, your Sundays should be spent at Regatta’s Sun Lounger event. Smack bang on Takapuna beach, Regatta is a prime location to escape the reality that Monday is about to pounce. Cold drinks are set to flow and refreshing beats by Grant Marshall, Jetski Safari’s Sam Hill and Dean Campbell, and Erica Amour will help you ease into the working week.
The Portland Public House
The laidback atmosphere at The Portland Public House is hard to beat on any day of the week, but there’s something spesh about their Sunday vibes. The menu isn’t too fussy and live music gigs happen on the reg, plus you’re likely to leave with a bunch of new mates to catch up with the following Sunday.
The Golden Dawn
We’re massive fans of The Golden Dawn, not only for providing us with exceptionally delish platters and unrivalled music, but also for putting on one of the best Sunday arvos in the city. Their Beefeater Sunday Jazz sessions consistently pump out great music, drinks (including Hallertau on tap) and grog to help us forget those ominous Monday morning feels.
The Street Food Collective
There’s something highly addictive about hanging out The Street Food Collective on a Sunday. When the courtyard is flooded with sun and Herbie The Bar is stirring up his sangria, it’s always a good time. Different food stalls set up camp every Sunday but you’re guaranteed to be treated to some top-notch food.
If your idea of a Sunday session involves craft beer, Flight 605 should be next on your list. This little Morningside bar stocks of 69 craft beers and has live, mellow music every Sunday. The courtyard out back is a prime spot for debriefs and meeting a lovely bunch of people.
Wander down to North Wharf and cheers to the end of the weekend at The Conservatory. With views of the Auckland Harbour, low-key vibes, and plenty of cocktails to try, spend a bit of time here and you’ll start to think Sunday Funday is the best day of the week.
You can’t call yourself an Aucklander unless you’ve done a La Zeppa Sunday session. Gather your mates and spend an arvo at this rooftop bar with grazing plates and cocktail jugs. There’s no better place to get moderately sloshed.
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