Ponyfish Island, a ‘pop-up’ bar on the Yarra

Soak up the last of summer’s rays at Ponyfish Island. Melbourne’s latest riverside destination is refreshingly unpretentious and has fast become the new go-to place for city slickers looking for an early morning pre-work caffeine-fix and post-work ‘thank god it’s over’ drink. And all those occasions in between. The trio behind the hip hangout includes Jerome Borazio – outgoing socialite and bar/cafe fiend of 1000 £ Bend and Sister Bella fame – so you know it’s going to be good.

With a fit-out by Moth Design the theme is ‘nautical’, apparently that translates less as deckchairs and more as uncomfortable wooden crates with hessian sack covers and shipping palettes scattered about the boat-shaped place, at least the view convinces you to linger. It’s not an aesthetic desert though, there’s the odd lantern and rather pretty flowers planted in, guess what, crates. Seating issues aside, this is such a chilled place – funky movement, shady umbrellas, plenty of room to lean over the side and soak up the, sometimes sparkling, Yarra at its best. Plus the booze is pretty cheap too, Fat Yak and Asahi on tap when we visited, plus wine and coffee from Niccolo. Fancy spending a few hours on the high seas? Toasties and tasty bar snacks keep hungry sailors satisfied.

Where: Located on a platform underneath Southgate Footbridge (connecting Southbank to Flinders Street station, enter via the single stairwell)

When: Daily 8am-1am

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