Petanque Social at Crown Melbourne
First came Arbory Afloat, now Petanque Social is the Yarra River’s latest summery pop-up for outdoor drinks and snacks.
The terracotta-hued bar is on the other side of the river from Arbory (closer to another floating bar, Yarra Botanica), as part of Crown Melbourne’s Riverwalk restaurant precinct.
There’s a snacky menu of shared plates, including sour bread with hummus, porcini mushroom arancini, beef brioche sliders and crispy chicken karaage. You can also order pizzas from 400 Gradi, including a classic margherita, hot salami, prosciutto and mushroom.
And there’s a full-service bar serving vino, beers, spritzes and summer cocktails (including Margaritas, Mojitos and Aperol spritzes, of course).
This year, Petanque Social is focused on sustainability. Reclaimed materials and eco-friendly paints have been used to build the pop-up, and solar power is used to keep the tap beers cold. There’s also rainwater collection and an on-site worm farm for composting.
Petanque Social is open now and runs until April 23, 2023.
Fri to Sun 12pm–11pm