Ever get that feeling that, come Sunday, you’ve wasted your entire weekend, lying around like an unwashed sloth and binge-watching Orange Is The New Black/Tim & Eric/Seinfeld repeats? Well, Listers, this list of Melbourne’s best Sunday sessions is precisely the thing you need to give you that get-up-and-go on the last afternoon of the weekend. Here are our top picks for a spot of Sunday socialising…
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery is a cracking venue for brunch that eventually turns into a Sunday session known as 'Hopfen und Malz gott erhaltz,’ which translate as, 'hops and malts, dear god protect it’...Try saying that after a few! The outdoor beer garden (complete with newly added roof, so you can sit outside whatever the weather) is awesome for groups, and the Sunday menu includes spit-roasted pork, barbequed Polish sausages, European craft beers and Dr Morse’s signature Bloody Mary, which comes freshly pressed with a deep fried pickle. Need some tunes? Jim’s Disco spin records from 2pm. An all-round winner!
The Gem Bar & Dining Room
Ditch the Sunday doona sesh and get to The Gem Bar & Dining Room in Collingwood for one of the best Sunday sessions in Melbourne for lovers of all things BBQ. Every Sunday, you’ll find top-notch live music in The Gem’s downstairs bar, which is packed with a great local crowd and has a relaxed vibe. They’ve also started rolling out an epic Sunday roast, which changes each week thanks to their meat-loving kitchen ninjas. The ultimate Melbourne pub for a group feed and that one end-of-weekend pint that will inevitably turn into four.
Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar
If your idea of a Sunday session is slightly more sophisticated, take a trip to bayside beauty Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar, which runs a Sunday Cellardoor session from 3pm until 6pm. Drop by to try delicious small-batch wines with some incredible local food, before making up your mind about whether you'll stay for another glass or pick up some mouth-watering vino to take home. Once a month, the venue also plays host to some of Victoria's best wine makers and producers, letting you get an insight into why these local delicacies really are so good! The venue itself is a real treat too—there’s nothing quite like relaxing with a glass of a local vino and taking in the view across the bay on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Our pick for leisurely, luxe sipping, keep up to speed with their Sunday Cellardoor events here.
Nothing says ‘Sunday session’ quite like sliders and cocktail carafes! Richmond bar, Public House is famed for its weekend good times, serving up taster boards and cocktails every Sunday from midday. One of the best Sunday sessions in Melbourne for catching up with mates over a few rounds.
Prosciutto Bros Craft Bar
What’s better than cheese and charcuterie? Answer: Cheese and charcuterie that comes with tasty craft beers. The geniuses behind grassroots Eltham venue Prosciutto Bros host an epic Melbourne Sunday session that features live music, woodfired pizzas, spit-roasted meat samplers and a whole lot of guest brews for your sipping pleasure. Hats off to anyone who can sample the lot in one sesh!
The College Lawn Hotel
One of the biggest and best venues for a relaxed Sunday session in Melbourne, The College Lawn’s Sunday evening soiree is practically world-renowned—you’re pretty much guaranteed to run into someone you know here on a Sunday evening! There’s live music from 6pm, enough space to fit all your mates, their mates, and everyone’s obligatory partners, dogs and kids, and they do beer battered chips. ‘Nuff said.
Ferdydurke & Section 8
You officially can’t call yourself a Melburnian unless you’ve done the Melbourne Sunday session double-whammy comprised of two-tiered venue Ferdydurke and all-round awesome container bar Section 8. Situated back-to-back on Tattersalls Lane in the CBD, both venues host DJs until 1am on Sundays and make for killer Sunday session picks. Start in FurdyDurke for the mouth-watering food, and end in Section 8 for the good vibes.
While I’m sceptical of any bar that boasts a ‘concept space’, Howler is fast becoming an institution for Melbourne Sunday sessions. The Brunswick venue’s Garden Bar is a great spot for relaxing amongst plantlife (I don’t know why, but being around plants always makes me feel better about spending 90% of my weekend indoors…) while you sink a few cold ones with mates. Both of the pork rib dishes make for the perfect sharing nibbles to pick at while catching up on the weekend’s antics.
Image credit: Dr Morse by Michelle Jarni for The Urban List