Melbourne's famed floating bar is returning to the Yarra a lot earlier this year — instead of launching just before the start of summer, it's set to open later this month. And this time, it's promising to be bigger and better than ever before.
Arbory Afloat, which made its debut in 2015, will reclaim its prime position in front of on-shore sister venue Arbory Bar & Eatery on the Yarra. But this year it'll gain a considerable extra 19 metres in length — that's on top of the 50 metres and 407-person capacity it had last year.
Opening to the public in late September, the temporary bar and restaurant will again be designed by Curious by Design, and will riff on the beach clubs of the Mediterranean, boasting a central bar, with a mix of day beds, banquette seating and restaurant dining.
This Mediterranean influence will no doubt extend to the food and drink offering — last year chef Nick Bennett's menu featured lots of seafood, Neapolitan-style pizzas and G&Ts.
Arbory Afloat will open from late September at Flinders Landing and bookings will be available. Stay tuned for more info.