Cocktails are go (and on tap) at Arbory

Gold Rush: A nod to Arbory's Sandridge line history, this Bulleit Bourbon, Honey and Lemon Juice  creation is so smooth it could be on rails

Imbibing Espresso Martinis on tap while sandwiched between Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River: we have officially reached peak Melbourne!

Opening six months ago, Arbory has only just (finally!) launched their official cocktail list; coinciding with the anniversary of the first steam-train to depart the now-defunct Sandridge railway line from which the bar evolved. The aforementioned nitro Espresso Martini – imparted with Little Drippa coffee – will be joined on tap by the botanically-inspired ‘London Plane Collins’ gin cocktail. This should cut godforsaken wait times for a decent drink down dramatically. The more traditionally constructed cocktails on the line-up lean towards modern classics such as the bellini, the bloody mary and the barrel-aged negroni. There are also nods to our heritage via inspirations drawn from the Yarra and our gold feverish past, as well as of a trio of handy sharing jugs.

Though the al fresco bar is quite toasty with “hobo” fire drums and outdoor heating at present, I predict Arbory will come into its own once Spring/Summer fully hits. Their quenching Tommy’s-style watermelon margaritas will certainly help.

Find Arbory at Flinders Walk, Melbourne (simply skip down the steps right next to the South Melbourne side of the station).

Barrel Aged Negroni: Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Campari, Carpano Antica Formula aged on site in spiced   oak barrels and stirred over ice with Fresh Orange

Peach bellini: Prosecco Sparkling Wine, White Peach Puree & Yarra Sailor: 16  Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka with freshly juiced green apple, lemon and a dash of honey

Lady Hotham: Hayman’s Sloe Gin shaken with Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, Lemon Juice, egg  white foam, topped with Chandon

Tommy’s Watermelon Margarita: Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Agave, Watermelon, Lime Juice, Coriander and a touch of Jalapeño

London Plane Collins: Inspired by the bar's namesake Arbor is this botanical mix of Tanqueray London Dry Gin,   Lillet Blanc, Lemon, house made (and grown) Mixed Herb Syrup, served over ice with Cucumber and Mint

Nitro Espresso Martini:  Ketel One Vodka, Kahlua, Little Drippa Cold Drip Coffee charged with Nitrogen and served chilled from the tap

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