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Sunday music sessions for the whole family

Calling all parents! It’s time to put down that washing basket and back away from the housework,  because we’ve found the perfect excuse to get you (and the kids) out of this house this Sunday.
Here’s our round-up of local watering holes that offer easy-going afternoon tunes, room for little legs to move, and the all-important kid-friendly fare so you get a night off the cooking. Don’t worry, you can thank us later!

Hardimans Hotel

If you’ve always wanted a local where everybody knows your name, then the friendly folks at Hardimans Hotel will gladly adopt you into the Kensington fold. This welcoming pub offers hearty pub grub, a roomy beer garden, and chilled out tunes most Sunday afternoons. Their kids’ menu offers the usual faves for a respectable $12.

The 4th Avenue Band entertain the Sunday arvo crowd at Hardimans Hotel

The 4th Avenue Band entertain the Sunday afternoon crowd at Hardimans Hotel, Kensington

Woodshed Pub

Woolshed Pub at Docklands take their $12 kids’ menu seriously, offering fresh fish and chips made with NZ Hoki, a hand-ground Woolshed beef burger and Napoli pasta for some serious carb-loading. They even throw in an activity pack for good measure! Enjoy acoustic music on Sundays  from 3 to 5 pm or take a seat outside and enjoy the stunning harbour views.

The Quiet Man Irishman Pub

Don’t let the back-to-work blues take hold this Sunday, because there’s an Irish party going on at The Quiet Man and you’re all invited. Catch a traditional Irish music ‘jam’ session in the rustic restaurant every Sunday from 6pm, and if you’d rather eat than jig, there are plenty of delicious food to keep you smiling. We loved the beef and Guinness pie, and the kids won’t fuss with a choice from bangers and mash, fish and chips, calamari or chicken nuggets.

Wholesome pub food for the whole family at The Quiet Man

Wholesome pub food for the whole family at The Quiet Man in Kensginton

Mitre Tavern

Listed as Melbourne’s oldest building, the Mitre Tavern boasts one of the city’s biggest beer gardens and keeps punters happy with a busy weekly events calendar of trivia nights and sport, and live music every Saturday and Sunday. They offer a great deal for kids on weekends – $9.90 scores the littlies a tasty meal, drink and ice-cream.

Clyde Hotel

For a taste of New Orleans jazz, head to the Clyde Hotel in Carlton every Sunday from 2pm to watch The Famous Louisiana Shakers do their thing. If all that be-bopping is making you hungry, tuck into their warmer weather menu which offers traditional pub favourites plus a few snazzy extras (think roasted quail with Vietnamese coleslaw) and gluten free options. If you can’t make it on a Sunday, head in for their $12 Monday burger night or treat the family to $10 fish and chips Friday.

Ssshh, don't tell the kids these chips at Clyde Hotel are actually made with zucchinis!

Ssshh, don’t tell the kids these chips at Clyde Hotel are actually made with zucchinis!

Where are your favourite Sunday music sessions in the city?