We love getting the most out of our weekends, which is why we’re huge fans of a Sunday session. To help you prolong your weekend, here are the best bars in Sydney to while away a Sunday afternoon, drink in hand.
Who would’ve thought you could find authentic Mexican in the beachside mecca that is Bondi Beach? Well you can, in Mexican bar, Mr Moustache. Start your Sunday sesh here from noon, and grab a beer, mezcal or a margarita from their eclectic drinks menu. The Vampiro is our taco of choice, encompassing a toasted corn tortilla, refried beans, spicy chorizo, cactus salad and panela cheese. Delicioso!
The Clovelly Hotel
Located in the beautiful beachside of Clovelly, The Clovelly Hotel offers a great way to finish off your weekend. Grab a drink from one of their many bars and settle yourself at an outdoor table in the sun. Be sure to order from their brand new pub menu which features all your pub favourites (including killer nachos) or try something a little different from the Middle Eastern inspired menu.
Manly Wine provides us with the perfect vibe to wind down the weekend, with a variety of crabs from their Crab Shack and discounted $20 pitchers of Pimms, Sangria and grapefruit margaritas. From 4pm, when the drinks should be well and truly flowing, you can be treated to the musical stylings of Pinnacle Sound System, who are a unique collective of Sydney’s finest musicians and DJs that range from a small duo up to a six-piece live band.
No other bar in Sydney has quite the iconic backdrop as Opera Bar. Recently renovated with more improvements to come, this Matt Moran institution is where Sydney locals and tourists alike have been coming for years to take in the breathtaking views of our harbour and city skyline, flanked by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The menu is extensive, boasting charcuterie, a raw bar, café and traditional Opera Bar menu. Enjoy al fresco drinks via the formidable cocktails and wine list literally at the water’s edge.
Start your Sunday afternoon off with crispy pork belly bites, zucchini bouquet or some more traditional pub-style favourites. Black Penny has a locals-first focus which sits at the heart of their extensive drinks menu. Craft beers, ciders and wines have all been sourced from some of Australia’s best local breweries and vineyards. These include the Balmain Brewing Company, Young Henry’s, The Hills and Head Red Wines of the Barossa Valley. See you this Sunday!
Nestled on the shores of Pittwater on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the Arms at the Newport Hotel is one of the best Sydney bars with a view to meet with friends and family. With playgrounds and a mini game arcade there is something to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy the views, catch up with friends over a burger and a beer, watch sports on the big screen or the take in the live entertainment. There’s nothing better than a lazy lunch by the water on a sun drenched Sunday, and doing it in Australia’s largest waterfront beer garden is why Newport Arms should be on your list of Sydney pubs to visit.
When you can’t decide how you want your Sunday sesh to roll out, you head to The Oaks. Beer garden, terrace, sports bar and dining area are all here, catering to all your Sunday needs. Offering a true steak house experience, the bar and grill has an in-house butcher, featuring some of the best and most interesting cuts of meat around. Cook your own steak or order from their menu, pick up a drink and enjoy your Sunday in one of Sydney’s most famous pubs.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
Gather the girls for high tea or treat your friends and family to a gourmet barbecue on The Terrace. Also outside, you’ll find The Pavilions, which provide a great gathering point for groups of all sizes. Alternatively, head upstairs, grab yourself a spot on the balcony and take in the stunning views stretching over Cockatoo Island and our iconic harbour. Experience live acoustic acts and a hot Sunday roast whilst you grab a seat outside and soak up the sun or inside for a more intimate feel, enjoy a few glasses of wine and listen to live music as the sun goes down on your weekend.
The Welcome Hotel
Great wine, craft beer and regional Italian flavours are what you get when you are a patron at The Welcome Hotel. The Sunday Long Lunch is fast becoming a favourite amongst Rozelle locals and features four courses with your choice of Tasmanian lamb shoulder or South Australian mulloway as mains. The Welcome is serious about their beer and to prove it they have 15 taps to choose from. These include 12 taps reserved for craft beer from around the country along with your classics Carlton, VB & Coopers. Each month they feature a different brewery where three of their 15 taps are reserved to feature a brewer to showcase their finest beers.
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