The sun is out and there’s a public holiday tomorrow, so there’s no better spot for an afternoon spritz than Melbourne’s favourite party pontoon.

This year Arbory Afloat – the floating sibling of Arbory Bar & Eatery – has opened a month early with a new 19-metre extension.

Lucienne Hemingway from Curious by Design has whipped up a new green white and orange colour palette and brought in some fruit-laden orange trees – it seems unlikely the bar will run out of garnishes for its Aperol spritzes any time soon.

Some things haven’t changed, though. Executive chef Nick Bennett has kept the pizza oven, and sommelier Raúl Moreno Yagüe’s cracking wine list is back.

Arbory Afloat is open now at 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne.

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