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Where to Sunday session in Brisbane

The humble Sunday session is a Brisbane tradition. With long summers, beautiful views and excellent beers, there’s no reason to close out the weekend inside or in sadness. Check out the list below for the best places to Sunday sesh in the River City.

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Caxton Street & Paddington

Darling & Co

This hip neighbourhood locale serves simple but ever-changing food and drink options seven days a week. This 300-seat space rests right at the end of Caxton St, almost across from the Suncorp Stadium. Grab something delicious to eat and kick back with friends and great drinks to laze away a Sunday arvo.

The Paddo Tavern

Home of the renowned Sit Down Comedy Club, the Paddo Tavern is the quintessential haunt for a Given Tce Sunday session. Sundays host the Creature of Habit Sunday session with burgers, jugs of Little Creatures, free pool all day with a pool comp at 5pm and live music from 2pm.

Libertine

Serving Brisbane’s best blend of French-Vietnamese cuisine, a Sunday sesh at Libertine helps you relish an afternoon with the lads. Surrounded by decadent wallpapers, gold leaf embellishments, locally designed and recycled timber furniture, and chandeliered ceilings, you’ll feel as fancy as ever.

Brewski

Craft beers lovers themselves, the bartenders at Brewski can help make you one as well. Settle in on Sundays with a $10 lunch from midday to 4pm as you taste your way through over 150 bottles and an ever-changing tap of local, national, and international craft beers.  

The Caxton Hotel

The Caxton Hotel

A game day staple, The Caxton Hotel will broadcast all the big sport live on the big screen and on monitors throughout the venue. Outdoor bars open prior to and after the match. Event day menu available in the cafe from 10am.

Fritzenberger

Fritzenberger

They do frites, they do burgers and they do beers. Pretty fritzensimple. Classic burgers made from local ingredients meet frites that aren't just an afterthought, washed down with beers brewed in-house and rotated through a small-scale pilot system. 

CBD

Friday's Riverside

Friday’s is among the best waterfront locations in Brisbane. A huge beverage list, local music, helpful staff and great company will help you wind down a weekend with a view.  

Mr & Mrs G Riverbar

Every Sunday in the sunny CBD, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar will be open from 4pm, serving food and drinks. Wander over to the water after the match for music from a live band, liquid refreshment and riverside views. 

Blackbird

Boasting a lush Gatsby-era decor, Blackbird is your high-end Sunday sesh go-to. A strong seafood and steak menu focus complements river views while a "dark" and "light" bar reflects the atmosphere of 1920s prohibition speakeasies. 

Sazerac

The city’s highest bar, Sazerac sits 30 storeys above the CBD. Confident, curated and considered concoctions celebrate the evolution of the cocktail. An extensive list of Australian and New Zealand wines complements exquisite views. 

The Stock Exchange

If nothing else, Sundays at Stockies are famous for closing out the weekend. Kicking off from midday, an afternoon of back-to-back DJs cover three rooms across the venue. Student-friendly vibes and prices plus games and prizes each week make for the ultimate weekend wind down. 

Elixir Rooftop Bar

Nestled above Ann St, Elixir offers a hidden tranquility. Flexibility and sophistication create a memorable experience for everyone who kicks back with a cocktail to watch the weekend wane over the CBD. 

South Bank & West End

The Fox Hotel

The Fox Hotel

Soho Sundays at the Fox Hotel are all about squeezing the last drop out of your leisure time. Let the weekend linger with pizza and delicious cocktails while the mischief unfurls to the beats of live DJs. Make a new Sunday companion from one of Brisbane’s hottest rooftop venues. 

Convent Garden

In the heart of West End, Convent Garden is the spot to escape the city streets with a tranquil courtyard, live music and the sophisticated lifestyle on full display. Seasonal cocktails, an extensive gin list and lunch or dinner meals help bring the chilled vibes to what will be a legendary Sunday session. They also offer bottomless brunches on Sundays. 

Soleil Pool Bar

Chic sister venue to Bacchus, Soleil rightfully brags about its pool and its position. Soak up sun on the pool deck or relax under the glow of the massive LED screen over the bar. Peep over Grey St as DJs and acoustic music play in one of the smoothest places to be with a glass in hand.  

Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar

South Bank’s most authentic Italian, Popolo means people. Grab a picnic hamper before you sit back and relax with your drinks on the lawn of the River Quay. 

The Charming Squire

TheCharmingSquire

Bringing to life the story of the original charming rogue, The Charming Squire evokes a sense of history and storytelling, with an inspired menu and the full range of James Squire beers and ciders on tap. Live music on Sundays and a new spit roast every day keep the end of the weekend surprising.

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Named for an unsung hero of fermentation, Saccharomyces Beer Cafe has seasonal fluid and food menus with 10 rotating beers on tap. Meander down Fish Lane to discover this hidden gem tucked away beside Merivale St.  

Archive Beer Boutique

Archive

Archive Beer Boutique’s mission is to bring you the very best in both domestic and imported craft beers (and ciders) all year round. Pool tables, a terrace and a live DJ from 3pm turn Sundays into fundays right in the middle of West End. 

Lychee Lounge

Voted Brisbane’s best cocktail bar, the Lychee Lounge creates drinks almost too beautiful to consume. Settle in after 4pm on a Sunday with locally designed chandeliers, fish-scaled walls and a dome ceiling that capture an East-meets-West spirit against an urban backdrop.

The Plough Inn

Every Sunday, the Plough Inn runs the taps dry – Carlton Dry. Live music meets the freshest tap beer in Brisbane. Unpasteurised and untouched, this is as pure as the draught gets. Grab a seat in the Beer Garden with friends and enjoy the best of the rest of the weekend. 

Fortitude Valley

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Eleven offers a space to relax and escape the busyness of the everyday grind. A simple and comfortable approach to food and drinks keep the venue flexible – laid-back during the day, easily transitioning to a cultured dinner and party vibe at night. Plus the best view in town.

The Brunswick Hotel

The Brunswick Hotel offers a relaxed, friendly experience for your next Sunday sesh. Your favourite traditional pub fare, pizza and pasta selections plus cold beer and great company make for an equally great day.

Sixes & Sevens

6s7s

Uniquely Queensland, Sixes and Sevens still describes itself as a public house. Intimate lounge spaces and long tables of reclaimed timber supplement the food and beverages that are simple, clever and designed to complement the everyday experience. Cider, beer on tap and wine served from the barrel in a carafe. 

Proud Mary

Sit by the river on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy the breeze, a menu of cocktails and a beautiful wine list. From midday on weekends live music kicks off. Dinner, drinks and a show. 

Gerard's Bar

The Bistro’s little sister, Gerard’s Bar steps you back in time to reveal great food, delicious drinks and excellent service. The European-style setting is tucked behind busy James St and knows how to fill a Sunday session with tapas, charcuterie and cocktails.

The Defiant Duck

Every Sunday the grounds of The Defiant Duck pump with an energetic crowd fueled by live music, jug and cocktail specials, pool tables, live sports, tasty burgers and more. If you like it loud, this is the spot to be.

Alfred & Constance

Named for its prime Valley location, Alfred & Constance boasts two bars and a late-night cafe to help soothe the Sunday night anxiety. Try the White Lightning Tiki Bar for a tropical twist, the Vanguard Beer Garden Bar for cocktails and jugs and the dessert cafe for when the sun sets and you’re kicking on.

Little Valley

Get sum dim sum on Sundays in the upstairs bar at Little Valley. Wander up the laneway to find Asian bites and cheap cocktails within the confides of an open-air pijiu (beer-garden), filling your Sunday arvo with natural light and DJ tunes. 

Heya Bar

A subterranean wonderland, Heya Bar’s inspired by the street markets of Southeast Asia. Hidden bars, live music, pool tables and pinball machines are all secluded away under the bustling Brunswick St. Lose yourself (and the rest of your Sunday) to flavoursome street eats or discover the variety of drinks. 

Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen

Bloodhound’s custom built 10-tap copper font pours the liquid courage straight into the end of your weekend. Wines, spirits and cocktails are on offer, as you’d expect, in this heritage building with original features presented to the world. Try the upstairs bar for a view over Brunswick St. 

Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar

More than just a hotel, Limes is perfectly placed to begin or end a Sunday afternoon trek into the Valley. The rooftop bar’s not afraid to get wild with cocktails, offering zombies and frose, along with a mostly Australian wine list.

By Camilla Coaldrake

Brisbane born and bred, Camilla is a passionate westsider who spends her days finding dogs to pat and dishes up hot Brisbane tips via social media. By night find her running around a field, slurping dumplings or ranking Brisbane’s best cocktail bars. Her favourite cheese is triple cream truffle brie, FYI.