Is there any better way to welcome in a new week than with a sneaky Sunday sesh? Whether you’re seeking a relaxed arvo or still kicking on from Saturday night, the Sunshine Coast has some of the coolest spots to turn any old Sunday into #sundayfunday.
So chow down your brunch, hang out your washing, and put your fun pants on—it’s time to beat the back-to-work blues. Here are the best Sunday sessions on the Sunshine Coast—and they’re totally worth feeling slightly dusty on Monday morning for.
They have THE best cocktails you will find in town and they also do a damn fine Sunday sesh. It might be winter, but let’s face it – do we even have winter here? Miss Moneypennys’ Ibiza Summer Sundays still crank in the face of the “chilly” months and feature their very own Ibiza DJ. The music is SO good it streams live on the world’s number seven ranked digital radio station, Ibiza Global Radio, with a following of over four million people globally. Drinks and all the beats are here!
If you still haven’t checked out what was is often referred to as “the old Mooloolaba Yacht Club” then you simply haven’t lived. This swanky waterfront dining precinct is worlds away from its former 1980s pot-swilling glory, and now brings in all the fancy folks. Think: fine looking ladies and gents sipping rose and signature cocktails under blue and white striped umbrellas. And let’s not forget the damn good seafood. Pier 33 is open for lunch and dinner, Sunday sessions here are a breeze.
O’Malleys Irish Pub
The Irish don’t care what time or day it is when it comes to smashing a few pints, so it’s no wonder this place goes off and we mean OFF on a Sunday. Known as “Sinful Sundays”, O’Malleys is just good old-fashioned pre-work week debauchery with strobe lights galore and punters howling terrible karaoke. And with its 3am close time you can see what we’re getting at here. Want to get your silly socks on? O’Malleys on a Sunday is the place to do it.
Ocean breezes and a super laidback vibe makes an afternoon stop at Drift Bar the perfect way to wave goodbye to the weekend and say hello to a frothy beer moustache. Recently fitted out with modern beach décor, Drift has re-opened with style and the Sunday sessions are as good as ever, kicking off with live music from 3pm-6pm. Drift Bar is the Sunshine Coast’s only pub where you can watch the sun set over the water. So if it’s beers and blue ocean views you seek – it’s all here.
Chilled out live music right on the beach with punters lazing on picnic blankets and feasting on fine food platters, while sipping a sneaky tipple – the Sunday vibes here are second to none. This free family-friendly event is on the first and third Sundays of every month, from 1pm-5pm. Want to kick on? Head over to the light-filled bars and outdoor beer garden at the Peregian Beach Hotel. Get more deets here.
Open until midnight every night, this place never sleeps! Including Sundays. Complete with waterfront views, pretty festoon lighting and open-aired seating, The Dock has quickly become a chilled-out favourite for the classy peeps in town. With smoked meats, charcoal grill, quality beers and an extensive drinks list, this place is a match made in heaven when it comes to chilling with your buddies on a Sunday.
Hinterland locals love it and coastliners like to get out of town to enjoy it. Brouhaha is open until late on Sundays so if it’s quality craft beer you are seeking to sign off the week with, be sure to hit this hot spot. Brouhaha likes to make a big deal about beer, and with good reason. Not only does this independent micro-brewery serve up some epic brews, they pair it with equally delicious, locally sourced fare. It’s a win-win.
It’s where all the cool cats hang – with art deco vibes and its own skateboard ramp – and it’s a cranking little Sunday session spot. Open until 10pm, this little gem is hidden down a back alley of Mooloolaba and has its own beer garden, serving up delicious cocktails and bevvies. You don’t have to dress up here at 313 Social, just pull up a chair and have a good time.
If there’s security out front it’s a good sign the place goes off on a Sunday. And Good Bar sure does. The guys here have been doing this whole Sunday thang for a while now with live music, happy hour from 4-6pm, and their divine mile-high American style burgers and extreme cocktails. All we can say is be careful what you order, because in true American style they don’t hold back on meal sizes. Which is probably not a bad thing if you’re having a few cheeky cold ones.
It’s that alleyway Mexican place on Ocean Street which oozes coolness and is the perfect place for a chilled-out Sunday arvo. Opening up to a beer garden out back, La Canteena is perfect for the penny pinchers out there with $5 tacos, all day long! That means you can save your spare change for a few margaritas, because did you really go out for Mexican if you didn’t wash it down with the country’s signature drink?
Black Bunny Kitchen
The good bunch at Black Bunny Kitchen know how to have a good time. With a vast selection of slurp-worthy craft beer, live music and their famous southern fried chicken, we couldn’t think of a better way to finish up the week. Surf’s up at Alex? Head here for your post-beach fuel fix. Black Bunny ticking all the boxes again.
This leafy hinterland fave couldn’t be left of a Sunday session list when it comes to the Sunshine Coast’s best. Rick’s basically puts Palmwoods on the map, especially for tourists, bikies and locals alike. Cruise in for some toe-tappin’ live tunes and munch down on some of the Coast’s best (and biggest) burgers. Oh, and their whisky bar also opens on Sundays, you see what we’re putting down here?
It’s so cruisy and relaxed at High Tide you might even fall asleep in your chair as you unwind at this licensed café on the Mudjimba Beach side of town. The crew at High Tide know how to make Sundays count. For starters, they serve breakfast until 3pm—perfect for the not-so-morning people among us! From 5pm, the live music be playin’ and the snacks be slayin’. We’ve heard their fish tacos are to DIE for, and the salt and pepper calamari… that seasoning is on point! Sunday funday indeed.
Cafe Le Monde
Yeah, yeah—we know we mention these guys a lot, but that’s only because they’re always doing such cool stuff! Head down to Café Le Monde every Sunday from 4pm for a drink, snack, and some great live music. But hold the phone, because once a month, the casual Sundays you all know and love turn into a proper Sunday sesh with epic street festival vibes! Think a kerbside BBQ, a freshly-shucked oyster bar, and a garden bar. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page to stay in the know.
In case you haven’t heard, Village Bicycle in Noosa has recently moved to brand spankin’ new digs, so that they could keep the incredibly good thing they had going and going and going. Fear not though, for their new home is but a wee stroll away! Split into three areas, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to where to settle in for your Sunday sesh. We love everything about the new Village Bicycle, but we reckon the best place to spend a Sunday is their beer garden… if you can nab a spot!
Moto would have to be one of the coolest little joints we’ve ever laid our eyes on! This custom motorbike dealership doubles as a café/bar/eatery, and y’all know we love a good hybrid! From 5pm every Sunday, stroll in to Moto and nab a woodfired pizza and two beers for just 30 buckaroos. If this isn’t a recipe for a good time, we don’t know what is!
The Post Office
With one of the best beer gardens on the Coast, it’s no surprise The Post Office hosts a rockin’ Sunday sesh! The chefs at this Ocean Street fave put on a range of specials throughout the day for your tasting pleasure. Our pick? Two sliders, scoffed down alongside a schooner of Asahi for just $15. Get these babies and more in your belly anytime from 11.30am.
Practically the inventor of the Sunday sesh, scoot in to your local surf club for quality bites, brews, and ocean views. It doesn’t get much better! Want to spread your wings? Here’s our list of the Sunshine Coast surf clubs with the best views.
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