Bars & Pubs

16 Melbourne Sunday Sessions That Are Worth The Hangover

By Jasmine Riley - 06 Dec 2018


Given that the days are long and warm currently, it would be rude not make the most of it and hit up on of Melbourne's many excellent Sunday sessions.

There's no better way to finish off a great weekend, or preempt a tough week ahead by drinking very cold drinks, at very good prices.

Here are Melbourne's best Sunday sessions.

All Summer Long

Tyranny Of Distance

This has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the south side. This little gem of a bar is located just behind Chapel Street. It’s a conservatory style fit out where you can smoke inside, with an indoor area for nibbles too. Every day they have a happy hour from 4–7pm where basic spirts, house taps, and wine are all $4. You’re welcome.

Where: 147 Union Street, Windsor
When: Every Sunday, from 3pm–1am
For more info, click here.

Captain Baxter

Captain Baxter has been kicking around for quite some time now, but they’ve recently undergone a facelift. Their new digs feature an awesome outdoor deck that overlooks the beach, which is the perfect space for live music and DJs on a Sunday arvo.

Where: St Kilda Sea Baths, 6/10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
When: Every Sunday, 12pm–late
For more info, click here.

Section 8

Our favourite little spot to spend a shady Sunday afternoon. Set among what feels like someone’s garage, this bar regularly hosts DJs each Sunday throughout summer, spinning disco, house and techno tunes. Entry is free, but be mindful of the $20 minimum EFTPOS spend, so come prepared.

Where: 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne
When: Every Sunday, from 12pm–11pm
For more info, click here.

Rooftop Bar

If there was an OG of rooftop bars, this would be it. Ascend the seven flights of stairs to reach one of the best views in the whole city. This place is usually heaving on a Sunday and has a good mix of people in the crowd that all come together for a boogie and a beer. They also serve up burgers from about $10.

Where: Level 7 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: Every Sunday, from 11am–late
For more info, click here.

College Lawn Hotel

In the world of Sunday sessions, College Lawn is a classic. More of a laid-back variety, the vibe is more pub than a club and is perfect for a few low-key beers with friends in the courtyard. Over summer, they often host different events as well as have sausage sizzles and espresso martini specials. You can even bring your little fur babies too because dogs are welcome.

Where: 36 Greville Street, Prahran
When: Every Sunday, from 11am–11pm
For more info, click here.

Howler

Who knew a converted woolshed would make the perfect setting for a day party? For those who frequent the northside, Howler is an institution built around the creative community that surrounds it. There are usually different events on Sundays and a happy hour from 12pm–3pm, serving $10 pints of craft beer and Bloody Marys to cure last night’s hangover.

Where: 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
When: Every Sunday, from 12pm–11pm
For more info, click here.

The Penny Black

Penny Black is a popular spot almost any night of the week, and often has day dance events and live music on Sunday afternoons. They have an extensive list of beers, with a daily happy hour from 4 to 7pm, where you can grab wine, spirits, beers and pizzas for less than $10. The beer garden is huge so it’s ideal for big groups, and they’ve even got a pool table inside. A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone.

Where: 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick
When: Every Sunday, from 12pm–11pm
For more info, click here.

Revolver Sundays

I don’t care what you say, Revs on a Sunday is a big mood. It’s like a fun, non-judgemental community of people that all just wanting to dance away the week that was. Over summer, Revolver puts on their own summer series, complete with different headliners from house, techno, electronica and disco genres. Fair warning though, the heavy draping on the windows means you don’t know what the time is, or what day it is for that matter.

Where: 229 Chapel Street, Prahran
When: Every Sunday till Monday, from 2pm–late
For more info, click here.

Workshop Bar

Appropriately set in a converted warehouse, Workshop is a big open art space with a lot of light and cute plants throughout. It overlooks the busy city below and has $10 pizzas all day, as well as a range of signature and classic cocktails available by the glass or jug. Entry is free and live bands often frequent the funky space.

Where: 1/413 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
When: Every Sunday, from 2pm–12am
For more info, click here.

Dr Morse

Open from first thing in the morning until late at night, you can honestly spend the whole day at Dr Morse, transitioning from inside to their beer garden when the timings right (or when you smell the BBQ going). It’s full of good tunes, good people and good vibes that will help ease you into the working week. Do yourself a favour when you’re there and try one of their signature cocktails (our favourite is Rhonda From HR—you won’t regret it).

Where: 274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
When: Every Sunday, from 8am–11pm
For more info, click here.

Lounge

If you’ve done the rounds of Melbourne’s beer gardens and you’re looking for something a little bit darker (and dirtier), Lounge is your jam. This is the type of Sunday sesh that promises to leave you with a nasty hangover but is totally worth it. The vibe on a Sunday is still techno, but with a little bit of house music thrown in the mix too. Entry is also free unless there’s an event on.  

Where: 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: Every Sunday, from 12pm–1am
For more info, click here.

Naked For Satan

There’s a large chance that even if you’re not from Melbourne, you’ve heard about Naked For Satan. Popular for its rooftop with panoramic views, the bar also features a downstairs lounge and a grazing menu with oysters, sliders and other share dishes. Entry is free, but if you want a spot on the rooftop you’ll have to get in early.

Where: 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Every Sunday, from 12pm–12am
For more info, click here.

Pawn & Co

Another south side favourite, Pawn & Co throw a pretty mean Sunday sesh. Spanning across two levels, including a courtyard and three bars, the Chapel Street spot is awesome if it’s a boogie you’re after. They also offer a selection of intriguing cocktails and DJs play till late. They open later than their neighbouring bars, so head here after you’ve toured our other suggestions.

Where: 177 Greville Street, Prahran
When: Every Sunday, from 6pm–late
For more info, click here.

Summer Series

Piknic Electronica

For the techno fans. Every Sunday until the end of Summer, Piknic brings together different international and local DJs to host a big one-day party to send off your weekend right. Usually drawing a big crowd, this one is not for the faint-hearted and comes complete with food and drink trucks to keep you entertained. Tickets range from $22–32 and can be bought on the individual event’s page.

Where: The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
When: Every Sunday from November–February, 2pm–9pm
For more info, click here.

Day Spa

Returning just at the end of Summer but definitely worth a mention is Pawn & Co’s Day Spa series. This is basically a day doof, where you’re encouraged to get weird and wonderful to commiserate our descent into the colder months. This event is ticketed, with the first event kicking off on the 3rd of March. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates.

Where: Pawn & Co, 177 Greville Street, Prahran
When: Every Sunday from March, 7am–late
For more info, click here.

Autosea: Section 8 Open Air – Vol. 3

This is the final instalment of the Autosea series that has seen a host of DJs perform in Section 8’s courtyard over the past few months. The lineup for volume three includes DJ Camov, Max Vegas, INGRID, DJ Mitchell Gee, String Theorem and Josh Wain. Entry is free, so why not?

Where: Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne
When: Sunday 16 December, 2pm–11pm
For more info, click here.

Looking for a fresh new spot to watch a live gig? We checked out Shannon Bennett’s new King Street live music ballroom.

Image credit: Section 8

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