Bars & Pubs

Here’s A Peek Inside The Yarra’s New Floating Pop-Up Bar

By James Shackell
24th Nov 2017

You might have noticed a little something special bobbing up outside Flinders recently...a floating pop-up bar from the guys behind Arbory.

It’s named Arbory Afloat (makes sense) and it’s open as of right bloody now: 50m of booze-slinging pontoon, capacity for 407 very thirsty Melbournians, a height of about 15ft, and other measurements as well. News of the pop-up broke a few weeks ago, and you guys pretty much frothed. So if you haven’t swung by yet, here’s a little glimpse into what to expect...

First things first: the booze. That’s what you’re here for right? Arbory Afloat is all about the fruity cocktails, bespoke gins, small-batch spirits and an absolutely smashing wine list.

The bar recruited Good Food Guide 2018 Sommelier of the Year Raul Moreno Yagüe to pick the plonk, and he’s put together a smart little list of European-style vino, crisp and clear and perfect for sipping in the flame-thrower that is the Melbourne sun.


The cocktails come in two speeds: glass or jug (go the jug). There’s a lot to like here: frozen piña coladas with dark rum and coconut cream, watermelon margaritas, heavily spiked with jalapenos and coriander, plus a pomegranate mojito that’s pretty much heaven in a glass.

Of course, anyone knows a good Sunday Sesh is only as strong as the alco-soaking food. Good thing the Arbory guys enlisted Executive Chef Nick Bennett to craft a homage to southern Italy. Think fresh-shucked oysters with smoked tomato hot sauce, crusty wood-fired pizzas (the prawn and chilli Gamberetti is a cracker), and an obligatory fish n’ chips.

You can grab a few smaller share plates too, if that’s more your speed. We recommend either the Nduja Zeppole with whipped ricotta and Yarra Valley salmon roe or the crispy-fried calamari with lemon myrtle and creamy mayo. Goes down pretty smooth with a 2014 Grenache Blanc from Roussillon. Pro tip right there.

Arbory Afloat will be bobbing into our hearts until February 2018, so there’s plenty of time to check it out. If you want more info, check out their website here

Image credit: Arbory Afloat 

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