If there’s one thing us Aussies do well, it’s a toast. Whether you’re thinking the butter slathered kind or a glass filled to the brim in celebration, why must we choose? The most important meal of the day gets the liquor treatment, all thanks to Sydneysider’s penchant for taking inspiration from the international scene. Bringing to our shores the people-watching day drinking sessions of fashionable Parisians and the tipple talented drinking style of Londoners. Boozy brunches are the perfect antidote to daylight savings putting a dampener on your Sunday sessions, so we’ve located the very best offerings with a pour to wash it down.
Darlo Country Club X St Germain
Showcasing the light on the palette and all day drinking liquor of fanciful Parisians, St-Germain has taken over Darlo Country Club for a series of bountiful brunches. The St-Germain Brunch Club will be on from April to September and the menu matched with delicate floral cocktails, thanks to St-Germain’s elderflower base, will be feeding grazing brunchers all day long. If you’re one for dining with a crowd, muster a crew and book in for a Saturday of nibbles and chit chat. Our pick is the St-Germain Spritz, a bubbly cocktail of florals and fruit you can happily sip the day away with. Go on and channel your inner Frenchman and schedule your session here.
The Bourke St stop in Surry is bringing your Saturday to life, with the owners seeking to spice up your weekend breakfast game one mimosa at a time. Think lamb ribs aside french omelettes and not a cappuccino in sight, cocktails are the morning meal accompaniment here. Start your weekend off with a boozy bang.
Sydneysider’s favourite Double Bay hotspot is filling their space with even more champagne than usual come Saturday mornings. From 11-4 as your weekend begins, Mrs Sippy is set to be free flowing with Veuve Cliquot bubbles and abuzz with avid brunchers, a new Sydney staple. In an ode to the famed brunch culture of NYC or London, the sparkling will be bottomless – just how it should be. There’s two divine share and sip packages on offer, go on and start your day off with a bang (preferably a champagne cork popping, of course).
Kensington St Social
The beauty of this Kensington St location is the hotel breakfast you can enjoy without splashing out on a room. Think breakfast in bed without the fluffy linens and instead you can enjoy the luxe interior of the Social instead. The menu has a British twinge to it, with the scrambled eggs and bacon served with a helping of black pudding and the classic bacon egg roll lathered in HP sauce – we’re certainly not complaining. Weekend eats with a little splash of aperitif to kickstart your debauchery, what a wonderful idea.
The secret to evading the hangover is to never stop drinking and while we certainly don’t know that to be true (or condone it) it’s worth a try when you’ve got a big weekend ahead. Bring your work drinks hangover to the table and cure it with the house speciality Bloody Mary, served to perfection. Carbo load on salmon dusted bagels or bacon loaded hotcakes, whatever you need to settle that beating head; so you can jump back onto it without hassle.
One Penny Red
Turn your Sunday sessions up a notch and carve out a whole day of eating and sipping. This Summer Hill treat is a celebration of local spirit and out of suburb hungry folk flock here for the charm too. Head in for a PM starting serve and then roll into cheap pitchers of cocktails come Sundau and ready yourself for a day of delicious munching. Bon apetit!
The luscious locals of Balmoral and Palm Beach both play host to the instagrammable charm of the Boathouse. A beachside favourite for morning stops, why not set your alarm a little later and wash up for brunch instead? Let the wine flow and your picturesque eggs sit side by side; divine weekend days await.
Hungry inner westers rejoice, this stop is an explosion of food and culture, sure to bring a little zing to your brunch. The breakfast platter is no match for many a man, but a crew indulging together is another story. Lebanese flavours dance across breakfast favourites and muddled mixes to join your eats. We’re all about the rose and lychee cocktail to start, but you’ll be truly spoiled for choice upon inspecting their drinks list.
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