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Published March 9th 2016
Chilled riverside vibe & cocktails on tap
You'll find Arbory Bar & Eatery tucked in between the majestic plane trees along Rivers Walk and the hustle 'n bustle of Flinders Street Station. Built on a disused patch at the dead end of Platform 13, Arbory has become an iconic feature of the Yarra waterfront.
The towering plane trees above provide a beautiful canopy under which to eat and drink. It's an all year round, open-air venue blending indoor comforts with outdoor views. Despite Melbourne's famous chilly winter, customers are offered 100% Tasmanian wool blankets to pop over their knees as they cosy up next to the bespoke gas burners. Little touches like these make Arbory memorable.
Arbory has become one of Melbourne's most popular after-work hangouts. Given its central city location, there's a strong suit presence. However it attracts all kinds – girls in squealing circles, suave looking hipsters, tourists taking holiday snaps and even a few first dates.
Their seasonal menu serves up hot food, cold beers and, most exciting of all, cocktails on tap. Yes, you can now ask your friendly bartender to 'pull' you an Aperol Spritz or Espresso Martini. This cute idea makes ordering a round of cocktails just as quick as ordering a round of beers.
Despite being one of the busiest bars in Melbourne, Arbory manages to provide good service, staff being attentive without hovering. Live DJs keep things cool and groovy, mixing it up a little with some Soul, Latin and House tracks. All in all, the venue has a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
Pick a spot to sit to take in the view, choose a cocktail and some nibbles, sit back and enjoy.