Melbourne’s original floating bar and restaurant, Arbory Afloat, is emerging from hibernation, and transforming into a beautiful Balearic Beach Club. Coming back for its seventh year, this seasonal venue has whisked Melburnians away to dreamy, sun-drenched destinations in the past, from the Amalfi Coast of Italy to the Turkish Riviera. This year, they’re taking us to the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. Discover the fun and free-spirited nature of this idyllic archipelago on Arbory Afloat, in everything from the décor to the food and cocktails. Arbory Afloat will reopen next week, on Wednesday September 21.
This open-air venue will draw inspiration from the Balearic Islands, including Ibiza, Formentera, Menorca and Mallorca.
“From the Basque Country to the hidden tapas bars of Barcelona, few countries can equal Spain when it comes to home-grown produce and varied ingredients,” said Culinary Director Nick Bennett. The menu this year will focus on fresh, simple and flavourful ingredients. “It’s designed to share, with several Spanish-inspired sections including pintxos and tapas, bocadillos and raciones,” Bennett added.
As for drinks, you’ll find an expanded beverage list that keeps the classic favourites of the past, and includes new drinks inspired by the theme.
“An extensive cocktail menu will see Sangrias, Porn Star Sour Martinis, Pina Coladas and Aperol Spritzes take centre stage, along with a dedicated list of Spanish-inspired cocktail jugs, designed to share,” said Chief Operating Officer and Beverage Director Tom Byrne.
There will also be Mediterranean-styled beer, and a wine list of both local and international producers. Curated by Wine Director Marcus Ellis, this list celebrates key Spanish varieties such as Albariño, Tempranillo and Mencía.
Arbory Afloat’s new Balearic Beach Club will have an entirely new look to match the seasonal theme. It’ll open from 4pm on Wednesday September 21, and from 11am to 1am from Thursday September 22 onwards. Reservations, walk-ins and large functions are welcome. Bookings from Monday September 26 are available now.