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Ponyfish Island Cafe

#157 of 3,674 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Southbank
Seafood, Australian
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Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night

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  • 8
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot for a cold ale.

What's not to like about sitting in the middle of a river and drinking beer. I spent a few hours here recently trying their own brews and was more than satisfied. Friendly bar staff, great location and heaters to ward off Melbourne's cold weather. Worth an explore.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Bucharest, Romania
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159 reviews 159 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You cannot escape from being drawn to the Pony Fish Island, given its fabulous location under the bridge, noticeable from every spot, and innovative setting and atmosphere. Instead of creating a pretentious and posh bar on the river, they have managed to build an authentic, laid back, relaxing and vibrant venue, shaped like a boat, to chill out and enjoy... More 

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Hervey Bay
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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

What's not to like about sitting in the middle of a river and drinking beer. I spent a few hours here recently trying their own brews and was more than satisfied. Friendly bar staff, great location and heaters to ward off Melbourne's cold weather. Worth an explore.

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Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is one of my favourite spots in Melbourne. Whether it's a balmy summer's night, or a bone-chillingly chilling winter's evening, Ponyfish Island has you covered. On my last visit, the staff followed my impossible-to-please wife all over the friggin' place with a gas heater until she was suitably comfortable enough to sit there and make me buy her drinks... More 

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Camden, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stopped in here for a couple of drinks on a Saturday afternoon. The vibe was very good. Lovely spot. Staff were nice and friendly. Gets very packed. You would have to get there early, if you wanted a seat on the sunny side.

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Perth, Western Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A true example of Melbournians being entrepreneurial with their use of space. One a bright, sunny day there's no better place to enjoy Melbourne. Staff are friendly, the tunes add to the vibe and you can't help but relax! One of my favourites

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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58 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

A really nice place under the pedestrian bridge. Nice staff, bottled beers and food. It's great to watch the world flow by between Flinders Street station and the south bank. However, check the weather as there's little shelter from a heavy downpour. If you're prepared its fine; if you aren't it's a dash to shelter. Well worth checking out.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Loved the vibe here, such a cool and well executed concept. Nothing like I've seen before! Could see myself becoming a regular for mid afternoon drinks if I was a local here.

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Newport News, Virginia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Nice place to chill out in the middle of the river. Good beer! The location itself is really unique. I enjoyed the time in there. Try the unlikely lager. Cheers from Germany

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Belfast Northern Ireland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Loved ponyfish. Perfectly situated under a bridge on the Yarra. Great spot to watch the world go by on an evening. The bar is always packed especially after work hours - can be hard to find a spot. Didnt eat in this bar. Make sure you try the Ponyfish ciders they offer. One of the spots to try out when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Ponyfish Island is a great place to relax with a beautiful view. I came here for a few drinks after dinner, service was quick despite quite a few patrons, we found seats quick and settled in for our drinks. Only problem, it can get a bit chilly on a cold night, so perhaps bring a jacket if you're on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Southbank
  • Neighborhood: Southbank

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?