The Floating Pontoon Bar On The Yarra Has A New Look For This Summer · Arbory Afloat

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The Floating Pontoon Bar On The Yarra Has A New Look For This Summer · Arbory Afloat

If all goes according to plan, Arbory Afloat will reberth on October 26.


Moored on the Yarra River by the side of Flinders Street’s platform thirteen, Arbory Afloat has once again been kitted out and decorated to welcome in Melbourne’s spring and summer seasons.

The 69-metre-long pontoon featuring two bars as well as an undercover dining area has in the past featured overseas locales. Last year saw a splash of 1970s Miami and before then we’ve been treated to the French Riviera, Italy’s Cinque Terre, and the desert resort city of Palm Springs.

This year, however, Arbory Afloat is staying a little closer to home and taking inspiration from the quintessential ‘beach house’. Speaking to Broadsheet, Arbory’s marketing director Georgie Larkins says that this year’s theme is ”familiar” so it’s surely likely to have many of us tripping down memory lane after a cocktail or two.

The opening of Arbory Afloat (along with Arbory Bar and Eatery and all other venues in Melbourne) is dependant on meeting the objectives set out in the Victorian government’s road map for reopening. Step three, which comes into effect from October 26 and is subject to public-health advice, requires there to be, on average, less than five cases per day over the previous fortnight.


Hopes are high, though, and Arbory Afloat has made certain changes this year inline with, well, you know. For the first time, they will have sit-down ticketed events beginning with a Spring Racing Carnival party. There will be live coverage direct from Flemington, on-site bookies to take your bets and money as well as the real reason we go to the horses, a Fashions on the Field competition.

Open from 11am to 1pm, Arbory Afloat Beach House and Arbory Bar and Eatery are keen to get back to work and provide Melburnians with an escape from the city within the city. Bookings open from October 1.

Oh, the pool isn’t going anywhere either. It’s back for another summer season.

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