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 Sydney'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.
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If you're keen to kick back with a Somersby cider in hand, these venues have you covered.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
What’s not to love about Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel? From the impressive views and resident DJs, to the endless amounts of seafood and people watching on offer, you couldn’t ask for a better place to spend your Sunday afternoon. Grab your mates, shout them a bucket of Somersby ciders, and dress in your very best and be prepared to stay all night because you won’t want to leave.
Royal Oak Hotel
Double Bay’s Royal Oak Hotel transforms into one big garden party come Sunday and it’s no wonder the locals flock here. The perfect place to come with a big group of your nearest and dearest, it’s best at sunset when the fairy lights come on and you can completely unwind with a Somersby in hand.
Bondi’s iconic Hotel Ravesis has had a complete make over, transforming into a flamingo pink paradise just in time for summer. Get caught in the Bondi bubble and spend your Sunday arvo by the sea, devouring freshly shucked oysters on the terrace while you watch the world pass by.
Not many venues are worth the hike into the CBD on a Sunday, but Taylors Rooftop most definitely is. This hidden gem of a rooftop bar has a full-blown jungle theme, stellar drink menu and is known for spinning sick beats (yes, we just said sick beats) every weekend. Cut loose on the D-floor and enjoy the last of your weekend.
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.
Sydney Harbour National Park
A Sunday session smack bang in the centre of the Sydney Harbour should be on everyone’s summer bucket list. Make the most of your weekend and catch a water taxi to Fort Denison to watch the sun set over the Opera House while enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz and a 2-course meal that’s tasty AF.
The Frisco Hotel
The Frisco Hotel is the kind of place you can go with your whole squad to settle in for an arvo of mojitos, ciders, beer and every other alcoholic beverage you could possibly dream of– it’s Sunday after all. Recline in style, make your way through the seafood-filled menu (think mini lobster rolls and tacos) and forget it’s Monday tomorrow.
There’s nothing better than kicking back on a Sunday, listening to live music by the water with a bev in one hand and pizza in the other, so get out of the city and head north to The Newport for all the pizza and music you could want. There’s a burger shack, rotisserie and seafood section for those who don’t want Italiano, not to mention a vintage games area (think badminton, ping pong and exercise bikes that can charge mobile phones!) and a hell of a lot of succulents.
Nothing says Sydney like a rooftop bar and Coogee Pav is one of our sunny city’s very best. Sundays at this summer hotspot involve sweeping coastal views, a long list of cocktails and a hell of a lot of mouth-watering bar snacks. Come straight from the surf, or dressed in your Sunday best– either way you’ll fit right in.
Public House Petersham
If you’re looking for a Sunday sess that’s not on a rooftop bar, near the sea or in the east, Public House Petersham is the place for you. With a super laidback casual vibe, plenty of seats and a solid selection of local brews, this inner west institution is where one drink turns into ten, and out of nowhere you wake up on Monday feeling a little dusty.
If you’ve never been to Opera Bar for a Sunday sess, are you even a true Sydneysider? Boasting the best of the best views of our stunning harbour and surrounds, it might always be packed but it’s goddamn worth waiting around for a table. Trust us.
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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | Image credit: Claudia Schuemli