Arbory Bar and Eatery
When the sun shines, Melbournians flock to one of the city’s most popular riverside venues: Arbory Bar and Eatery. A true Melbourne institution, built on a disused railway platform at Flinders Street Station, this is the city’s longest bar, flowing along the banks of the Yarra River. Come summer, the venue spreads onto the water, and Abrory Alfoat pops up. This is the place to be on a Friday night, or any night really, for a taste of Melbourne’s real life.
A walk down Flinders Lane will have you wonder if this narrow street is in fact the epicentre of all things food. No matter where you look, Flinders Lane is lined with bars, award-winning restaurants, chic wine bars and underground cocktail bars. Chin Chin, Supernomal, Cumulus Inc and Tonka can all be found here, together with Eau de Vie, Melbourne’s most legendary cocktail bar.
Naked for Satan
Killer cocktails, sweeping city views and tasty Spanish fare: this is Naked for Satan – one of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars. Set deep within the eclectic neighbourhood of Fitzroy in a heritage building dating back to 1897, this funky rooftop terrace is as iconic as its views. Getting a good seat with a view can be tricky, especially during balmy summer’s nights: get there early for the best table in the house, and cheer to the views with one of the 20 in-house infused vodkas available, plus wines, craft beers and delicious Basque-influenced plates.
D.O.C Pizza & Mozzarella Bar
Nestled on the banks of the Yarra, D.O.C takes pizza and mozzarella very seriously, and brings a piece of Italy to Melbourne. It’s all about fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked pizza, delicious toppings such as San Marzano Tomato, Italian pecorino, buffalo mozzarella and Prosciutto di Parma here. You’ll also be spoiled with a selection of salumi and mozzarella that will have you feel like you’ve just landed in Italy – all washed down with good glasses of Italian vino, of course.
Fancy a pub meal with a side of views over the bay? Then head to Hotel Esplanade, in the vibrant neighbourhood of St Kilda. This legendary Melbourne pub, affectionately known as The Espy, has been standing proudly on the St Kilda Esplanade since 1878. Recent renovations have brought this grand seaside hotel back to life, and made it even more legendary. With 12 bars, three stages and two restaurants, killer bay views and menus featuring best seasonal produce, this is the go to place for a pint, a cocktail or a good feed.