Ponyfish goes one better than being hidden down a graffiti-splattered alleyway in the CBD: instead it's tucked under the pedestrian bridge that crosses the sparkling brown Yarra at Southbank. Follow the chalk-scrawled arrow down a steep flight of stairs and the sun-bathed wooden deck that is Ponyfish reveals itself in all its glory.
Fitted out by Melbourne's own Moth design - the guys who tarted up Alto at GPO and built the sets for the Melbourne Fashion Festival - Ponyfish is all graceful timber curves, long lounges and hessian-covered stools. The bar offers everything you'd expect - and some. (Cheese and spinach toastie anyone?) Or if you want to catch the early morning kayakers, Ponyfish will scramble you some eggs or even iron you a waffle to accompany your cup of hot Niccolo coffee.
Seahorses (is that what a ponyfish is?) and hipsters alike flock to these floaty new digs and you should too.
Who would have thought a bar clinging one of the pylons in the murky Yarra would be such a hot spot. I had a very chilled out dinner with a friend there - city lights sparkling, arty types in the masses. I can imagine it will be jam packed in the summer months!
By Lisa Williams - senior reviewer Monday, 18th of July @ 09:10 am