During winter, Sundays are filled with dread about the weekend ending and having to head back to work, but come summer, Sunday might just be our favourite day of the week. When the sun is shining, Sunday is a fun day and no one at work will blame you for being a little bit dusty, because it would be un-Australian not to make the most of that glorious weather with your nearest and dearest and a cider or two.
Our mates at Somersby know this all too well, which is why we’ve teamed up with them to find you Melbourne's best Sunday sessions. So gather your friends and make the most of every last drop of your weekend—and keep an eye out for some of our fave Somersby stockists in the line up.
Our Top Cider Picks
If you're keen to kick back with a Somersby cider in hand, these venues have you covered.
Melbourne’s favourite old railway platform converted into bar, Arbory is made for lazy Sundays when the drinks keep coming and the food rolls on from lunch ‘till dinner. Serving cocktails and wine from the crack of dawn, you can peruse a curated menu of local and international wines or (do what you really want and) order a light, summer cocktail. Our pick is a crisp Somersby cider with a side of crinkle cut chips with truffle pecorino. Weekend goals #complete.
The Coppersmith Hotel
A hotel, bistro and rooftop bar all rolled into one sleek venue—you can laze around The Coppersmith Smith for dinner and drinks until the next morning if you’re keen on taking your Sunday session to a new level. Enjoy a careful selection of classic and modern cocktails, or a bottle of chilled Somersby cider goodness, while you nibble on buttermilk fried chicken wings with Franks Hot Sauce, mac and cheese croquettes or charcuterie boards.
Fancy Hanks & Good Heavens
Generally, what Melbourne wants, Melbourne gets. And in case you’ve been living under a rock, Melburnians love American low and slow cooked meat. City favourite smokers Fancy Hanks have recently relocated to a swanky new Bourke Street venue which also features a brand spanking new rooftop bar. Boasting 18 rotating beers on tap, ice-cold cider, rooftop-friendly cocktails and a snack menu to die for, Good Heavens is the heavenly place to be on Sunday.
Whether you’re spreading chilli mussels with Spanish chorizo and tomato broth on grilled Turkish bread or dipping onion rings in seeded mustard mayo, pour some cider and gather your friends for a perfect weekend catch-up at Melbourne Public.
From a lush cocktail lounge to a giant outdoor rooftop bar, The Emerson team will keep your drinks topped up and your stomachs full. From a generous selection of bubbles to international and local wines, as well as cocktail jugs and, of course, a fridge full of Somersby—it would be an understatement to say The Emerson has you covered.
The Imperial Hotel
It’s impossible to resist the Imperial Hotel with a central CBD location and spacious decks. Sea blue cushions, white trimmings, and deep timber floors create a beach vibe in the heart of the city. Feast on Healthy Texan Chips with grilled cheese and vegetarian chilli, fried pork belly nuggets with BBQ sauce, or chorizo & mozzarella croquettes dipped in aioli, and wash it all down with an alcoholic apple or pear beverage.
The Best Of The Rest
While cider might not be on the menu, here are a heap of other Sunday session venues that we love.
Upside Rooftop Bar
It’s all up at the Upside Rooftop Bar. Work your way through Asian-inspired cocktails including Dom’s Beetroot Cocktail with beetroot, vodka, chocolate and Thai basil. Our pick is the A Rose By Any Other Name with rose, yuzushu and ‘Dokan’ Umeshu.
Welcome to Thornbury
Food trucks roll up at midday on Sundays at Welcome to Thornbury, so we highly recommend eating your way through the weekend line up. Essentially a giant, oversized outdoor beer garden in Melbourne’s ‘burbs, make your way through at least six food trucks, 35 tap beers and Melbourne's favourite ciders.
The hottest new rooftop gracing Melbourne skyline, you’ll eat your way up to QT’s Rooftop bar. Also home to fine dining bistro Pascale Bar and Grill and the self-explanatory The Cake Shop, there’s no lack of options at QT Melbourne. The rooftop itself is contemporary with touches of elegance. Snag an outside lounge and never let it go.
The cult favourite in Melbourne, Howler features an eclectic range of spaces and areas extending through an open plan design. Need we say more?
Grab a spot at one of the coveted outdoor benches or by the bar and order some wine with your Sunday brunch. For a proper boozy time, beer and cider is also available to compliment your AM Hong Kong Egg Waffles with vanilla custard, berry compote, green tea ice-cream and pistachio praline at Baba Sus.
One of Melbourne’s must-visit old-school pubs, The Duke’s sun-filled space is perfect for a lazy Sunday session with your favourite crew. Snag a spot on the outdoor deck or in a sunny corner with a martini.
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