Cocktails on tap at Melbourne's hottest outdoor bar

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Melburnians, we've found the watering hole you're never going to want to leave

Arbory Bar & Eatery already has a lot going for it: the buzzing space, which opened back in March, stretches across 100 metres of uninterrupted river frontage along the Yarra, smack bang in the middle of Melbourne's arts precinct and a stone's throw from the heritage-listed Flinders Street Station. The bar is tapping into the history of its location with its brand new cocktail offering, kicking off tomorrow to mark the anniversary of the inaugural journey on Australia's first steam railway, which departed from Flinders Street Station back in 1854.

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It also happens to coincide with the weather (finally) warming up - and we can't think of anywhere we'd rather be on a sunny Saturday afternoon than riverside with a Bellini or two.  The Arbory's star cocktail is the Nitro Espresso Martini on tap - just don't assume that its delivery makes it any less delicious. A potent blend of Ketel One vodka, kahlua, liquid nitrogen, sugar syrup and Little Drippa cold drip organic Arabica espresso, having it on tap actually makes it better for you. "It's very similar in many aspects to a classic espresso martini, but contains less sugar syrup as you don't need as much thanks to the creaminess delivered by the tap" says Arbory venue manager Tom Byrne.

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Sworn off coffee? The second cocktail on tap is the botanical London Plane Collins, a refreshing mix of Tanqueray gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon verbena and house-grown mixed herb syrup served over cucumber and mint. For cocktails shaken to order, try the barrel-aged Negroni aged on site in spiced oak barrels or the elderflower spritz - a sweeter take on an Aperol Spritz with elderflower liqueur, aperol, pink grapefruit and prosecco. Yes please.

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