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Arbory's Floating Bar Is Returning to the Yarra with Aussie Beach House Vibes and an Onboard Pool

It'll start sailing in late October, with cocktails on tap and two bars.
By Libby Curran
September 15, 2020
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Arbory's Floating Bar Is Returning to the Yarra with Aussie Beach House Vibes and an Onboard Pool

It'll start sailing in late October, with cocktails on tap and two bars.
By Libby Curran
September 15, 2020
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Over the past few years, Melbourne's famed floating bar has become a summer staple — because soaking up the warm weather and sipping cocktails on the Yarra clearly go hand-in-hand. Thankfully, that won't change in 2020, with Arbory Afloat set to return once more.

Arbory Afloat, which made its debut in 2015, is set to reclaim its prime position in front of on-shore sister venue Arbory Bar & Eatery on the Yarra from Monday, October 26, when it's expected metro Melbourne will move into step three of the roadmap and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars will be allowed.

As part of its annual revamp, the temporary bar and restaurant is taking inspiration from beach houses in our own backyard, which means lush greenery, wicker furniture, lime-washed timber and lots of blues and greens. To complete the picture, the 69-metre floating venue has two bars, an upper deck and an undercover dining area — so plenty of space to social distance. And, if that's not enough, the onboard swimming pool will also be making a triumphant return.

Simon Shiff

Chef Nick Bennett has again designed the menu, which will be packed full of local ingredients and inspired by all things Mediterranean. And would it be a visit to the floating bar without cocktails? We think not. Luckily, there'll be plenty. As well as Four Pillars pink gin, there'll be craft beers, wine and six cocktails on tap.

Despite the return of the bar, summer in Melbourne isn't going to be all business as usual. So, expect there to be limited capacities, bookings and plenty of ticketed, seated events.

Arbory Afloat is set to open at Flinders Landing from Monday, October 26, with opening hours from 11am–1am daily.

Images: Simon Shiff

Published on September 15, 2020 by Libby Curran

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