Bars & Pubs

Arbory Afloat Has Returned For The Warmer Months As A Mexican-Inspired Cantina

By Simon Cassar

After its deep hibernation through Melbourne’s winter period, Arbory Afloat has readied the ship to welcome crowds back on board. This year's theme has us heading approximately 15,000 kilometres (according to ChatGPT) to Mexico. 

Officially reopened, the beloved pontoon has transformed into Afloat Viva Mexico—a Cantina-style oasis inspired by the diverse range of food and culture of the United States Of Mexico. 

With a complete revamp and further extension of the bar, the entire venue comes alive with a completely new look harnessing touches of Mexican coastlines, including sun-soaked lounges as well as a raft of live events that will attempt to emulate the festive nature of the country—with hints at a take on the Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead).

As expected the Afloat team have unveiled a dialled-in food and drink menu, this time taking cues from the flavours of Latin cuisine, showcasing regional specialities from across all of Mexico. 

“Fit for fiestas of all shapes and sizes, you can revel in Mexican dishes you’re already familiar with and experiment with those you may not. There will be staples like tacos, tortas and tostadas, as well as lesser-known gems like gringas and jocoque," says executive chef, James Gibson. 

One of the most festive spots through the summer period, the booze on board will echo previous iterations with flavoursome and foremostly fun new cocktails from a raft of mezcal and tequila cocktails, margaritas and more. 

Arbory Afloat is open now, get a look inside here

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Image credit: Arbory Afloat (supplied) 

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