Looking for something a little different for your next foodie adventure? Try these temporary bars, hidden hideaways and exclusive dining experiences.

The Wharf's Igloo Wonderland

Melbourne's pop-up igloo wonderland returns to the banks of the Yarra. Cosy up beneath a sky of twinkling fairy lights in your own private igloo. Warm up at The Wharf Hotel with mulled wine, grazing boards, chocolate fondue and boozy hot chocolate. The igloos fit up to eight people, so you can bring your pals or have a cute date night for two.

Small dining pods outside a restaurant
The Wharf's Igloo Wonderland

Mörk x Common Man Garden pop-up

Visit the Pavilion of Indulgence for a bumper boozy chocolate menu, featuring the finest blends from local legends Mörk. Think mudslide cocktails, spiked cherry ripe hot chocolate and a luxe winter dessert menu. Top picks include a rooftop honey bundt cake and malted caramel tart. Or skip the cocoa and try pink gin mulled rose, popcorn hot toddies and a stacked menu of loaded fries.

The Lighthouse

Like a phoenix from the ashes, RISING is back for 2022. Deluxe restaurant experience 'The Lighthouse' is back too, in an expansive, plant-filled glasshouse bistro. Expect wood-fired rotisserie delights, expert matched wines, sustainably sourced ingredients and more. Your reservation includes a trip to The Wilds, a moon-lit after dark art experience like no other

A large open warehouse with the city skyline behind it
The Lighthouse at RISING

Bar Americano's Bar Sabbatico

Legendary back-alley spot Bar Americano is going on a sabbatical for 2022. But don’t despair! Bar Sabbatico has taken over inside and out. Enjoy a reservation-only multi-course tasting menu in the mini-sized space. Or roll up for alfresco offerings on the pavement outside, like chilled Italian reds and Snack Shack munchies. Bookings essential.

Last chance for Arbory Afloat

Melbourne’s beloved summer bar is floating closer to winter hibernation. Escape the city while you can in the Turquoise Coast themed fit-out. Think ancient olive trees, thatched roofing and a sun-drenched pool deck. Sip Four Pillars pink gin and feast on Med-style foodie treats, epic pizzas and more. Book now.

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