Ah, the humble Sunday session. There’s the sunshine, your best mates, the tunes, and most importantly…dranks.
Our pals at Johnnie Walker gave us a huge “amen!” when we told them Sundays were our favourite days. This, and the fact they’ve got a delicious new Johnnie & Ginger drink out is exactly why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you Melbourne’s best Sunday sessions.
So, go forth, gather your friends, and ask for Johnnie & Ginger at our pick of Melbourne's absolute best Sunday sessions.
Fargo & Co
Fargo & Co have hit the motherload. Previously a bank, this 1900s heritage-listed building is the latest cocktail-haven to hit Swan Street. Every Sunday Fargo & Co dish out plenty of breakfast goodies, and a bevvy of cocktails. Bank notes (fake, unfortunately), green-washed lamps and art-deco-styled bar are all a nod to the building’s history.
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery is a cracking venue for brunch that eventually turns into a Sunday session.The outdoor beer garden (complete with a roof, so you can sit outside whatever the weather) is awesome for groups, and the Sunday menu includes spit-roasted pork, barbequed Polish sausages. Need some tunes? There are even records spinning from 2pm. An all-round winner!
The Village Belle
The new-look Village Belle is setting a bloody high standard for Sunday sessions. Seriously—a two-story glass atrium with a retractable roof, misters for the heat, wicked Mojitos on the menu and a pizza list that'll keep you going for hours and hours. What more do you need? If you want to kick on, head upstairs after dark and check out the cocktail lounge + DJ floor.
Thai Thani’s interior might not be much to look at, but if you manage to snag one of the (coveted) outdoor tables, you won’t be missing your Edison lights when the food hits your table. If you’re a carnivorous crew, order the hawker-style mixed grilled plate alongside mouth-watering fragrant curries.
The godfather of Sunday sessions, The Hotel Windsor is an institution when it comes to high tea. Inside the architecturally stunning heritage hotel, there are two daily afternoon tea sessions every Sunday. Enjoy petite nibbles like warm scones loaded with clotted cream and lemon curd, mushroom and gruyere cheese pies and smoke salmon ribbon sandwiches.
Shark Fin House
Daily yum cha has been a tradition at Shark Fin House for a decade. If you’re feeling particularly ~fancy~, go for the yum cha banquet which includes all-you-can-eat yum cha (bring us the pork buns, stat) along with endless Chinese tea.
Got friends with sensitive tummies (or sensitive souls)? Shakahari Vegetarian is the pick of the litter, with an all-vegetarian menu featuring vegan, non-dairy, gluten-free, and FODMAP-friendly dishes. Make a beeline for the courtyard and don’t forget to order a couple plates of the Thai Thai Dumplings, poached in lemongrass, krachai, lime leaves and coconut broth.
The Gem Bar & Dining
Along with a cool Johnnie & Ginger, The Gem Bar & Dining’s mac ‘n’ cheese will make your lazy Sunday session far superior. Creamy, decadent and definitely only enough for one, try the Pitmaster’s Plate for a variety of pit-smoked meats.
It’s hard to miss the mint-green building along Victoria Street. There’s a dining room, outdoor terrace and urban jungle beer garden housed inside this much-loved building, giving you plenty of ways to spend Sunday.
Hochi Mama Kitchen
Tucked into a corner of Liverpool Street, Hochi Mama Kitchen offer a lunch special (an entrée and main) everyday for $19.90, which means there’ll be more dollies left over for those scotch and dry’s.
It doesn’t get much fresher than Richmond Oysters. As the name implies, oysters are absolutely non-negotiable. Our fave are the natural Pacific oysters paired with nam jim, however, seafood platters are the highlight come summer.
A simple courtyard of colourful beach umbrellas, recycled shipping pallets and wooden tables makes up the charming outdoor area of Hello Jose. Fresh corn tortillas (pressed everyday) hold precious goods including chorizo with guacamole and pico de gallo. The classic beef, and vego-friendly black bean with cactus are other favourites on the menu. Don’t forget an order of churros.
Welcome To Thornbury
Melbourne’s favourite outdoor garden, Welcome To Thornbury, hosts a rotating calendar of the city’s best food trucks. Think: Super Taco, Mr Burger, Nuts-About-Tella and Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks. Cut yourself a corner on Sunday and enjoy an endless selection of street food along with an on-site bar.
This spacious riverside venue runs alongside Flinders Street station. Stretching 150 metres along the Yarra, expect an extensive cocktail menu along with small to large share plates.
The Great Northern Hotel
The bustling beer garden is the highlight of the Great Northern. So, bags a table for your crew and prepare a day of sun-dappled good times with your fave people.
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