Arbory Bar & Eatery, Melbourne CBD

Arbory Bar & Eatery Melbourne is the newest venture from the team at HQ Group and is located in the space formerly occupied by the Flinders Street station portion of the Sandridge rail line, which has been sitting idle since it was decommissioned in 1987. The City Lane was invited to the launch event and we were keen to check out the space and the food and drink on offer. It’s been 4 years in the making, and the view of the Yarra is unquestionably brilliant, but is everything else just as good?

At one end of the 150 metre long bar, which connects the Princes Bridge and Southbank footbridge, was a table that was serving a variety of charcuterie, in line with the philosophy of good quality accessible food.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

Of special mention has to be the delicious ham which was being carved to order at the end of the table.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

There are a variety of local and foreign craft beers on offer at Arbory. Nothing too fancy or outrageous, but a solid selection of crowd pleasing favourites from Brooklyn Brewery, Mountain Goat, Stone & Wood and Mornington Brewery to name just a few. A decent selection of wines, spirits and cocktails are also on offer, including a white and a red wine on tap from DOC wines.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

It’s going to be hard to resist popping in for a drink when alighting from a train at Flinders Street station and seeing people having fun on the other side of the fence.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

As mentioned earlier, the food on offer at Arbory is high quality and accessible. During the event guests were treated to a variety of samples from the main menu. the cheesy toasts with steak tartare and mayo in the foreground of the picture below were one of the highlights of the night – basically they tasted like a really good mini burger.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

Other samples from the menu included artichokes with mozzarella, arancini, fish burgers and oysters. All very much in line with the desire to serve up food that’s accessible and of good quality.

On the full menu that chef Nicholas Bennett (ex Fatto) has put together, diners can expect, in addition to full sized versions of the sample dishes that were brought out at the launch, things such as double cheeseburgers, salted caramel sundaes and prawn and clam spaghetti.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

The space, which was designed by architects Jackson Clements Burrow & Associates really works well in the context of the area. There are so many parts of Melbourne that are sitting unused that are prime for things such as this and we loved seeing the 150 meter long stretch of land being brought back to life.

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

arbory bar and eatery melbourne

We were really impressed by what HQ group have done with Arbory Bar & Eatery and would happily return again. With such a convenient location, and a nice focused selection of drinks and food, this might be sooner rather than later.

Arbory Bar & Eatery

Flinders Walk
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9621 2260
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://arbory.com.au/

Open
Sun – Sat: 7:30am to late

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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