Oh Sunday, how we love you so. There’s nothing like a well-earned sleep in that turns into a much needed beer—a totally appropriate and completely encouraged cure for the self-inflicted hangover, courtesy of Saturday evening.
Who would have thought, Sunday could be such a fun day? There’s something about the idea of a sunlit beer garden serving frosty cold brews while surrounded by your closest mates that is just so appealing. Throw in good tunes and plenty of carbs and there you have it—the recovery session your body has been pining for since last Monday.
In a culture that literally invented Sunday sessions (yep, we’re claiming it), the Sunday sesh venue is just as important as the day itself. From the seating to the atmosphere right down to the food and drinks, these are all big factors when it comes to making your local become the local for those necessary weekend hangouts. So, it came as no surprise when Public House Petersham—the Inner West’s very own grown-up playground—opened its doors in late 2015 and quickly became our go-to and where Sunday became the new Saturday.
But, being the Sunday devotees that we are, we know there is a fine line between what can make or break the best day of the week, so we’ll save you the failed attempts. Here is our guide to nailing an awesome Sunday sesh with your mates.
#1 An Epic Beer Garden
If you could imagine what an epic beer garden would look like, we’re tipping it’d be pretty close to Public House Petersham. Think big share tables, booth seating, plenty of natural light, an easily accessible bar and a wood-fire pizza oven, smack bang in the middle of all the action so you can recover from that hangover with cocktails and carbs—which is (according to us) a match made in heaven.
#2 Jugs Of Cocktails Are Always A Good Idea
We mean it. When are jugs of cocktails ever not a good idea? That’s right. Never. If you want that hangover cured, you’ve got to get back on the bandwagon. With jugs of sangria or the ever-favourite alcoholic iced tea on the menu, you really have no excuse. Jugs are also easier to carry back from the bar than six pints, so do yourself (and the table) a favour and make the next round a fruity one.
#3 Challenge Your Mates To A Friendly Duel
Sunday Funday can always be made better with some form of competition and, because we don’t condone binge drinking (nor is beer pong appropriate in a public place), we’re inclined to suggest a friendly game of pool which, of course, is much more fun when it is FREE! If your hand eye coordination doesn’t extend to a cue, maybe your inner 80s kid is really yearning for an old-school game of pinball. Yes, that’s right, pinball machines still exist at Public House Petersham. So, pick your battles wisely and prepare to duel. Whoever loses gets the next round! Fair’s fair.
#4 Carbs, Carbs, Carbs
You need the sustenance if you plan to continue drinking on a Sunday afternoon and Sunday feasting is not for the fainthearted. As it’s the one day of the week where the calories don’t count (just like birthdays and Christmas) it means you can basically order all of the things you’ve been shying away from all week and have no shame. Pizzas, burgers, chips, even sandwiches that are bigger than your head, your body will love you for it and anyway, something’s got to soak up all that liquid! Be the group hero and take one for the team—order pizzas for the whole table and they’ll love you for it too.
#5 Get Snapping
As the old saying goes, “if you didn’t Insta/Snapchat/Facebook it, did it even happen?”. Capture all the hilarity with your mates and find yourself an awesome backdrop—a graffitied wall or some lush foliage, maybe even a minimalist white fence (well versed in this) and get snapping. Safe to say, there’s a big chance the weekend will eventually become one big blur, so catching all the action on camera will help you remember the Sunday that was possibly the best you ever had.
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