The five best spots for Christmas drinks with friends

Everyone knows the better part of Christmas is all about catching up with friends. Here are our top five picks in the city for an epic Christmas feast and endless delicious drinks with your besties.

Arbory Bar and Eatery

You’ll find this summery cocktail hotspot on a converted platform next to Flinders Street. Facing the glittering Yarra River, Arbory Bar is one of Melbourne’s most unique locations for a tipple. The bar and eatery will be hosting three Christmas Day lunches to remember, including seafood platters, stuffed turkey with tangy cranberry sauce, and traditional peach trifle to finish – so if you’re looking for a venue for ‘Friends-mas’ this year, Arbory is ideal for an early festive feast.


Tucked under the Pedestrian Bridge, Ponyfish Island is made for summer (photo: Grace Petrou)


Tucked under the pedestrian bridge spanning the river from Flinders Street Station to Southbank, Ponyfish Island is made for summer. A share-style menu including cheese platters, cocktail jugs and nachos (because you definitely need nachos after 9pm), means your ‘Friends-mas’ won’t be ruined by a lack of sufficient food and drinks. Between skyline views and uninterrupted waterfront scenery, Ponyfish almost too suspi(fish)ciously good.

QT Melbourne rooftop bar

QT Melbourne’s rooftop bar is the hottest new drinking spot in Melbourne’s skyline. The venue oozes chic design and industrial glamour, so you can leave your expectations of a no-frills rooftop at the first floor. Carefully curated nibbles including fancy finger food and mini bar snacks (like Thai beef on toast with chilli, sweet basil and sambal) will keep the whole party jolly this festive season.


QT Melbourne’s rooftop bar is all about chic design and industrial glamour (photo: Grace Petrou)

Siglo Bar

Foolproof your friends-only Christmas at the rooftop terrace at Siglo. Along with impeccable service (which extends late into the night), enjoy their latest range of cocktails including creative options like a barrel-aged Negroni. Siglo’s menu is angled towards all-day nibbles, which is perfect for a casual catch up. From the best sausage rolls you’ve ever tasted to fancy, grilled finger sandwiches and cheese platters to die for, you won’t want to nibble anywhere else.


It’s official: Melbourne has out Melbourne-d itself with Glamp cocktail bar. The space is designed as an indoor glamping tent, with foodie-approved pickings like vegetarian cigars rolled in Tunisian brik pastry, sweetbread lamb mousse, and giant cheese boards. Cocktails are a stressful affair for any drink lover, but we recommend the Silver Back Espresso Martini with nitrous-infused coffee.