Ponyfish Island – Yarra River Bar in Melbourne

Ponyfish Island is a floating bar anchored under the Southbank Even Walker pedestrian bridge in Melbourne. They serve fresh Asian-inspired cuisine, crafty cocktail menu and local wine and beer. Following a redesign, Ponyfish Island now features terrazzo-topped tables, comfy lounge areas and custom sunshades with bright colors to make the space feel more lively.

The island takes its name from the elusive Ponyfish seen swimming in the Yarra River that is still debated whether it actually exists or just a legend. And there’s no bookings, walk-in only.

This restaurant also offers a drink menu filled with cocktails such as the Fresh (Jamaica rum, elderflower liqueur, lime juice) or Aperol Spritz.

The menu consists of simple dishes like waffles or smashed avocado on toast for breakfast; quesadillas or toasties as lunch options; and bruschetta topped with raw tuna, radish and chilli, prawn rolls with Marie Rose sauce, hot smoked kingfish with celeriac remoulade or Ortiz anchovies on sourdough as dinner options.

The space has been redesigned to make it more accessible and comfortable with the addition of a footbridge. Terrazzo-topped tables and comfy loungers will be dotted about the space, with custom Sunbrella sunshades from Tait providing shelter. Textured stucco walls will be painted beige, burnt orange and mint, with little pops of sky blue. Large spherical lamps will illuminate the site at night, and new railing will line the perimeter.

From the team that brought you Taboo, 1000 Pound Bend and Sister Bella comes a new venture to play with. This one-of-a-kind Melbourne bar is set over two levels with its own private island terrace for alfresco dining or just relaxing with friends. The whole venue has been designed by Grant Smilie from 360 agency who has drawn inspiration from his travels around Asia Pacific. Adding to this unique experience with Jerome Borazio of sister Bella fame.