Love those balmy nights when all of Melbourne is out on the town? Summer is a great time to soak up the up the warmth and extra hours of daylight over dinner with friends. Here are our tips to get you started.
Why dine on land when you can float? Jump aboard the Arbory Afloat pontoon for views over Southbank, fig tree canopies, and Mediterranean food complemented by summer-inspired cocktails like the Pomegranate Daiquiri and Watermelon Sangria. Book a daybed for the sunset or kick back and enjoy the DJ as Melbourne sails by.
Yacht-lovers ahoy. Boatbuilders Yard offers views over Melbourne’s iconic Polly Woodside ship and a cooling waterfront breeze for when the mercury soars. Sample from a broad menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Secure a deck chair and kick up your feet or try your hand at bocce in the sand pit. It’s the perfect place to get your nautical fix this summer.
For the not-so-balmy nights, Chuckle Park offers cosy alfresco dining under the leafy arches of New Guernica’s entrance. Find a spot near the caravan that serves up all kinds of delicacies including Rueben sandwiches, pulled pork rolls and vegan pizzas. If rain strikes, the awnings at this little outdoor space will keep you dry.
King & Godfree
Check out the newly-reopened King & Godfree rooftop bar for an alfresco experience with an Italian theme. The Lygon Street stalwart has recently been transformed into a gastronomical hub, offering up the best of Italian food, wine and culture complete with a deli, espresso and wine bar.
One of Melbourne’s oldest outdoor beer gardens is an institution through summer. The biggest beer garden in the CBD, Trunk is home to 14 tap beers, 30 cocktails and over 100 wines. Enjoy puffy-crusted pizzas with San Marzano tomato, San Daniele prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and olives.
Don’t miss the Insta-perfect views at Riverland Bar. Tucked under one of the busiest bridges in Melbourne, order a feast of drinks and nibbles with an uninterrupted view of the Yarra River and city skyline. White wines and cocktails are ideal for warmer months, paired with cheeky burgers or sides including mac and cheese croquettes.
DOC Mozzarella Bar
One of the best places for pizza in Melbourne, DOC Carlton is always buzzing and brimming with hungry foodies. If you’re lucky (or patient) enough to snag an outdoor seat, you’ll have prime people-watching position as well as some of the best Italian food around.
Located in a prime position next to Hamer Hall, Fatto Bar and Cantina boasts spectacular views across Melbourne’s city skyline and Yarra river. Sample their fresh, modern interpretations of Italian classics over lunch, dinner or with a vino during Aperitivo hour from 5pm to 7pm.