Arbory Afloat

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Time Out says

The Yarra’s seasonal floating watering hole is back on board

Brought to us by the team at Arbory Bar and Eatery, the buoyant bar made another triumphant return for the warmer months with views that would make any Melburnian proud. 

Inspired by the Australian beach house, Arbory Afloat presents a laid-back vibe with plenty of space between tables to ensure social distancing. There are pops of bright, coastal-influenced colours complemented by flourishing banana leaf plants, wicker furniture and striped, weatherproof couches. And if you’re feeling the chill, there are richly hued fire pits fashioned out of kegs to warm your hands. There's also an upper deck with its own private cabanas to snuggle into.

Those desperate for a drink must queue outside the bar waiting to be accepted on a walk-in basis, but we advise that you book in advance if you’re arriving in a group of four or more via the website. Don’t want to line up like schmucks? Arrive by boat and park at the bar’s very own boat docking station. 

Staff decked out in outfits designed by pop duo Client Liaison, famous for their ‘80’s Australiana vibe, will greet you as you enter to get you checked in and table service is on offer.

Executive Chef Nick Bennett’s menu promises Mediterranean-influenced share-style plates of puffed-up wood-fired flatbread, smoky baba ganoush topped with pomegranate seeds, Appellation Rock or Tasmanian Pacific oysters and a range of pizzas with a pillowy Neapolitan-style crust. 

On the drinks side, Arbory Afloat has an exclusive Four Pillars Pink Gin collaboration to try in addition to a range of cold craft beers. Quench your thirst with one of six housemade cocktails available on tap, or check out the line-up of local and international wines. 

Arbory Afloat is open from 11.30am to 11.30pm, seven days a week. It's a seasonal bar (for obvious reasons) so be sure to swan in before it closes for its winter hibernation on June 6.

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