Bars in Melbourne with amazing views

1. Plus 5

37 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006

This tapas and cocktail bar is located an easy 5 minute walk away from Waterfront Melbourne Apartments located along the Yarra River housed in an old goods shed. Enjoy happy hour and the Melbourne sunset simultaneously from the outdoor seating! The small share plates allow you to get a taste of everything – if we had to choose, we’d recommend the house made meatballs and the lemon pepper calamari. Or opt for a pizza to share (or even for yourself!) – don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a pizza back to enjoy on your private balcony overlooking the Yarra River in one of our river view apartments. The drinks menu is a mix of old and new, with some familiar classics or Plus 5 specialties. Feeling fruity? We can’t go past the cider sensations, a cool glass of apple cider with an added twist of passionfruit, mixed berry or strawberry & lime.

We can’t fail to mention the live and local music they host every Friday & Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. While you’re staying with us, we don’t think you should miss out on visiting Plus 5.

2. State of Grace

27 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Newly reopened yet still the much-loved venue, State of Grace incorporates old – world décor with a modern-day finesse. This bar however, is not what meets the eye; it invites you to an eclectic cocktail bar and a rooftop experience overlooking Melbourne’s CBD, but should you look further and find it, State of Grace hides a secret drinking den deep beneath. We won’t spoil it… you’ll just have to investigate when you’re next in town to uncover the basement bar, appropriately named “Fall from Grace” dotted with luxurious velvet lounges and antique knick-knacks. Besides the décor, this bar offers up an extensive selection of grazing bites or larger fine dining dishes such as the crispy skinned pork belly with borlotti bean and salad onion or if it takes your fancy, the roast kingfish served with preserved lemon and charged shallots. Besides the cuisine, explore signature selection of cocktails from ‘Saving Grace’; a salted caramel – spiked espresso martini to ‘Have the Bees’; providing a warming floral concoction of gin and chamomile honey among other ingredients. This bar can easily be found an easy walk away or a free tram ride from Waterfront Melbourne Apartments when you next stay with us.

3. Arbory Afloat

From popular demand, Arbory Afloat’s giant floating pontoon has returned once again for the 2019/20 Summer, and this time it cannot be missed. Decked out in pastel blue and pink with palm trees aplenty, its your summer galore. Not to mention the new and exciting pool on the upper deck of the pontoon; so don’t forget your bathers! The summer vibes continue behind the bar with a range of fruity cocktails for yourself or opt for a jug to share. You’ll need to get in early to snatch up a day bed to spend a sunny ‘arvo’ on and into the barmy evenings during Melbourne’s summer. Feast on an indulgent menu of appetisers and wood – fired pizzas to share, along with main meals to enjoy all to yourself. With 360-degree views of the Yarra River, there is no other way to spend you summer in Melbourne.


4. Jukes Karaoke Bar

One of Melbourne’s newest bars in town although bringing nothing but old 70s styled classics; this 70s inspired Jukes Karaoke Bar is dedicated to bringing back karaoke to your night out. Surrounded by psychedelic colours, you’re enticed to try modern twists on classic 70s cocktails and finger food such as fondue or a chiko roll served with a syringe of ketchup. With 10 private karaoke rooms, for couples or larger groups, there is no excuse for backing out of a classic duet or girl group classic when you can enjoy such fun with the company of your friends and family. Apart from the karaoke, the bar has everything from singing waiters to a cocktail filled disco ball to share. Only metres away from Waterfront Melbourne Apartments, you can sing into the night; and later return to the serenity of your private apartment.


5.Pony Fish Island


Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Southgate, Melbourne.


Hidden under a pedestrian bridge, strictly accessible from a single stairwell, you’ll find this quaint spot perched on top of Melbourne’s Yarra River. With its namesake originating from a heavily debated, elusive creature that has reportedly been sighted in the river it floats on, you can easily walk straight over this bar *literally*, unaware of the bustle beneath. Decked out with recycled materials, this bar demonstrates it doesn’t need to be over the top, with their simple menu supplying a dish for every hour of the day from your Smashed Avo for brunch to a Toasties or Quesadillas later as the sun sets. Don’t miss out on grabbing an idyllic spot here with a refreshing beverage and enjoy summer in Melbourne as the locals do.