MELBOURNE | One of Melbourne’s most fun bars, Arbory Afloat, is back for Summer 2021/22. This time around sees the bar adopt a Turkish Riviera theme. The furniture has been revamped with colours that evoke the Turkish coastline, and 80 year old olive trees have been brought in to add to the overall feel.
Arbory have collaborated with Four Pillars once more for an exclusive gin, this time it’s a pink gin with rosewater notes, to compliment the Turkish theme. the ‘Turkish Delight Sour’, with pink gin, rose liqueur, rosé vermouth, sour cherry, and Davidson’s plum, is particularly delicious.
The theme carries over to the food menu, too. Turkish-born Arbory chefs, and brothers, Nada Thomas and Salim Gafayri. Expect riffs on street food like tombik (a type of doner kebab), and the grilled fish and pepperoncini balik ekmek
There’s also things like red-lentil kofte, slow-roasted whole eggplant with almonds, bulgur and fresh herbs, and pizzas with toppings like tomato and burrata, Tulum cheese and pomegranate molasses, and spiced lamb mince with lemon, sumac and onions.
Like in other years, the space is split into an upstairs and downstairs section, with live DJs spinning records every day. And yes, the upstairs pool is back in business if you’re keen for a dip.
Arbory Afloat Summer 2021/22
Where: Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000
When: Nov 2021 – Mar 2022
Cost: Free entry