When you think about it, it’s weird that we commemorate the efforts of the Labour Movement by taking a day off. But that’s exactly what the unionists would have wanted. They started the eight-hour-work-day movement in Australia back in the 1850s, and we have them to thank for our workers’ rights.

But plenty of hospo heroes will be working on the Labour Day public holiday (Monday October 5), keeping bars, cafes and restaurants open so you can make the most of your day off. Time to tick some of these off your list.

Opera Bar

Open from 11.30am–`10pm.

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street, Sydney

Barangaroo House

Open from 12pm–6pm.

Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo


Open from 5pm–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

304-308 King Street, Newtown

Simply Hummus

Open from 9am–2.30pm; 5pm–8pm.

393 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Lox Stock and Barrel

Open from 7am–2.30pm.

140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi

Koku Culture Cafe

Open from 8am–4pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

355 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

Quick Brown Fox Eatery

Open from 7am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

22 Union Street, Pyrmont

Mosman Rowers

Open from 8am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

3 Centenary Drive, Mosman

Cafe Sydney

Open from 12pm–5pm. 12.5 per cent surcharge.

Customs House 31 Alfred Street, Sydney
Book a Table

Bayswater Kitchenette

Open from 5pm–8.30pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

Shop 1 51-57 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

Via Napoli Surry Hills

Open from 5pm–10pm.

628 Crown Street, Surry Hills


Open from 7am–3pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

107 Addison Road, Marrickville


Open from 12pm–2.30pm; 5.30pm–7pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Book a Table

Sunset Diner

Open from 12pm–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

41 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon

El Jannah

Open from 10am–12am.

4-8 South Street, Granville

El Jannah Newtown

Open from 11am–11pm.

156 King Street, Newtown


Open from 6.30am–10pm.

24 The Strand, Dee Why


Open from 7.30am–3.30pm.

2/203A Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Chiosco by Ormeggio

Open for takeaway from 9am; last dine-in bookings at 6.30pm.15 per cent surcharge.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
Book a Table

Pilgrims Bronte

Open from 7am–3pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

127 Macpherson Street, Bronte

Industry Beans

Open from 8am-3pm.

40 York Street, Sydney

Mary’s Newtown

Open from 12pm–12am.

6 Mary Street, Newtown

Young Henrys Brewery

Open from 12pm–7pm.

76 Wilford Street, Newtown

Ho Jiak Town Hall

Open from 11.30am–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

125 York Street, Sydney

Enjoy Cafe

Open from 11pm–8pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

375 Sussex Street, Sydney