Having drinks on the Yarra – literally – is a thing. A Palm Springs meets Sorrento meets Melbourne kind of thing.
Arbory Afloat is another example of the urban renewal and creative reinvigoration of the north bank that the team at Arbory Bar & Eatery is fast becoming known for – if you haven’t tried their nitro espresso martinis on tap or seen the striking installation of artwork from Reko Rennie then you’ve been missing out.
Moored on the Yarra’s northern bank adjacent to the main bar, Arbory Afloat is popping up business from Tuesday, October 27 until Sunday, November 8. (Yes, a real pop-up not one that hangs around indefinitely). This beautiful temporary palace is licensed to serve up to 120 patrons and, thanks to the talent of Tori Allen Events and We Are Huntly, looks anything but temporary.
The menu from Chef Nick Bennett is all about fresh seafood — think caviar, Moreton Bay Bugs, Crystal Bay prawns, freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls. Where the main deck has the Yoder Smoker, Arbory Afloat has a Konro charcoal grill that will be sending out a range of skewers including crusted tuna, wagyu beef and miso marinated eggplant.
Like the food menu the concise drinks list differs to the mainland offering: French champagne, a premium selection of beers, rosé that screams sunshine, and specially-crafted cocktails, including the Shrub Ahoy! (housemade strawberry shrub mix, Pampero Blanco Rum, soda and mixed berries) and the Nautical Rose (Lillet Rose, lemonade and fresh orange over ice.)
Arbory Afloat will be open daily from 11am until late.
We already want more of it.
All of the stunning photography is from Simon Shiff