What’s Open This Labour Day Holiday

By AJ James
7th Oct 2013

Back in May we may have had a slight revolt upon remembering that our beloved May Day long weekend had been taken from us. (We also heard that some of you forgot that there wasn't a public holiday the next day, carried on well into the night following the Caxton Street Seafood festival, unfortunately forgetting that you did in fact have work the next morning. You poor things.) 

What was taken from us many months ago has been returned, and this Monday we can all take an extra day of leisure, and postpone our Sunday night 'wig out'. Rest assured readers, we've done the hard yards and scoped out who'll be opening their doors this coming Monday, so you don't have to ring around. Here's our list of cafes, bars, and restaurants that are open this public holiday!

The Corner Store Café

Listen up west siders, they'll be serving up breakfast and lunch, AND if you've been to the Listen Out Festival the day before, one of their fat beef burgers with all the trimmings will put you in good stead to last the day upright.

Gunshop Café

Yes! Start your Monday in style with one of their cult status breakfasts, or sleep in and hit up something from the lunch menu. Go hard or go home with a Black Angus sirloin and duck fat fries. Actually, you'll probably need to head home for a nap after such a food coma inducing choice.

Hawthorne Garage

Bless those brothers. They'll be open from 6am to 8pm, so if you're entertaining and have forgotten some essential ingredient for your creation, or just want to laze in the sun with a coffee and cake, there'll be there.

Scout Cafe

Avocado on toast enthusiasts, stress less! You can get a good fix here, and they'll be opening until 4pm, too. Yipee.

Chocolate Orange Espresso

Hip hip hooray for croissants, cookies and coffees! They'll be there from 7am and departing around noon.

Pawpaw Cafe

Oh yeah… they've come to the public holiday party again and they'll be dishing up delicious things from 8 to 2pm.

Alfredo's Pizza

They've got a new menu. How good does the union of wild mushrooms, truffle tapenade, thyme, and pecorino sound?

Alfred and Constance

Book a table, rustle up some friends, order some meats from the grill, a few spring-like sides, and you're in for good times. 

Primal Pantry

Spend your day off doing some self-nourishing work, and fill yourself up with feel good paleo fare.

Pearl Café

It's one of our faves. Here's to having a fish finger sandwich at lunch. And maybe one of their icy cold citron presse. And maybe some gin in that presse. Ooo yeah.

Watt Restaurant & Bar

There's always a stalwart on a public holiday and Watt are a no brainer. Becausem let's be honest, they've one of the best spots on the river, the wine list is solid, and the share plates rather moreish.

The Fox

It was just a few weeks ago they re-launched with one very large party. We also found their balls most impressive at the Meatball Co. so, if you're looking for somewhere for a tipple and plate of saucy something on the Southside, head on in. Dylan's Roof Top bar will be open from 1pm, too.


Say goodbye to the long weekend with one long indulgent lunch, or perch yourself at the 'Stoke Bar', order some of their small plates, and settle in for the afternoon.


So, maybe you went out in 'the valley' the night before, and maybe you're strolling home around 7am. There's no judgement here, but if you head along Brunswick Street you'll find the team at Pablo waiting to feed you their morning after-friendly fare. Let's be real, savoury mince and a fried egg won't sort you out, but it will help.

Sixes and Sevens

Picture this. Pitchers of mojitos, a few prawn pick up sticks, and maybe some chicken wings with chipotle sauce thrown in for good measure… Yep.  We thought so. See you there.

Cru Bar + Cellar

It seems they come to the rescue every public holiday (excluding Christmas, because that's a day for ham at home). Great wine, every cocktail under the sun AND the local spanner crab, leek & saffron pasties are on the menu. Hashtag: winning!

Riverbar and Kitchen

Do the river loop, and either before, during, or after, you can make a little pit stop here. They'll be open from 7am until late, so swing by anytime for jugs of Pimms and a view.

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