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13° & CLOUDY ON SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER IN MELBOURNE
By Libby Curran
September 19, 2019
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Arbory Afloat 2019

This time, the Yarra's floating bar has Miami-inspired cabanas and an onboard pool.
By Libby Curran
September 19, 2019
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Over the past few years, Melbourne's famed floating bar has become a summer staple — because soaking in the warm weather and partying on the Yarra clearly go hand-in-hand. That wont't change in 2019, with Arbory Afloat back for spring and summer.

Arbory Afloat, which made its debut in 2015, has reclaimed its prime position in front of on-shore sister venue Arbory Bar & Eatery on the Yarra. It's will hit the water earlier than last year, which already marked a significant extension to its season. That's not the only change, either. As part of its annual revamp, the temporary bar and restaurant is taking inspiration from Miami — which means palm trees, pastel blue and pink hues, art-deco touches and a 70s vibe.

To complete the picture, the floating bar will also open new upper deck next week. This will feature more dining and lounging space, plus private cabanas. And, if that's not enough, there'll also be an onboard swimming pool.

Chef Nick Bennett has again designed the menu, which is inspired by all things Latin American, including the Caribbean, Cuba and Mexico. A woodfired pizza oven will once more take pride of place in the open kitchen, pumping out American-style pizzas. You'll also be able to tuck into grilled meats, empanadas and lots of seafood — think oysters, ceviche and anchovies.

Would it be a visit to Miami without cocktails? We think not. Luckily, there'll be plenty. Patrons will also be able to sip their way through an extended rum menu, peruse a curated gin offering or opt for one of the many spritzes on offer.

The bar will be open every day from 11am–1pm until the end of summer — and yes, that includes Christmas Day and New Year's. The upper deck is set to open sometime in the week commencing September 23.

Images: Simon Shiff

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