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Bar, Pub, Australian
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After-hours, Drinks
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Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer, Waterfront
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

The title says it all. Great views up & down the Yara River! (Not diminished by the odd rain shower!) Reasonable prices.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 July 2023 via mobile

Called in for an afternoon drink while exploring the city on foot. Was a bit cold and rainy but we were warm and dry with heaters and blankets. The hot mulled wine hit the spot

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

Creative location under the bridge and great on a nice sunny warm day but on a cold winter's night it was fairly miserable and the wine was average at best.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 13 February 2023 via mobile

Great little place to pop in for a bite and snack. Was super busy when we went but still a nice spot to meet with friends. Their pizzas are really good so definitely worth a try if your looking for something to snack on!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023

Despite the location and the crowded appearance, this bar is charming and of course has a very good location and view. Ordering is through an app, which makes it swift but maybe it's not everyone's preference.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 25 December 2022 via mobile

Looking around and seeing that it was highly ranked, I entered the place celebrating our engagement and staff were rude and abusive. I complained about a cracked glass to a bar staff member and they were dismissive and horrible. When you see my other reviews...I talk about customer service, this isn’t customer service.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 24 December 2022

A wonderful afternoon with drinks turned into a nightmare when uneducated security guards cannot read social cues and tell the difference between drunks and customers having a good time. We were rudely 'terminated' from the venue. Their security will gladly kick you out for having...a great time. They will deem you a 'drunk' after one drink and escourt you out. Beware of your quick exit. And the staff were just as bad being rude and aggressive towards us They will happily gang up on your party to have you kicked out. Will not return at all. I agree with all of the low ratings reviews. Worst experience See you later pony fish.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022 via mobile

Had a couple of drinks with a view of the river which was very enjoyable! Even when it began raining, we had enough cover to stay dry and people watch! Friendly staff, prices were on the higher side but to be expected in Melbourne.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 26 October 2022

Called in to have a beer and nibbles. It was a fun environment with friendly staff. Food was good and a great choice of beers. Sitting in the sunshine watching boats go by ND pedestrians along the Riverwalk was very enjoyable.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 October 2022 via mobile

Charcuterie Platter was a joke, $38 for rubbish produce and completely missed the mark. Don’t bother wasting your money there are plenty of of other places along the Yarra. Small Asahi beer $11 totally overpriced.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 September 2022

On arrival one of our group asked a fairly simple question to a staff member, soon to be identified as the Venue Manager, only to receive a very condescending (smart-ar@#) reply as he continued on with whatever he was doing. Shortly after, this VM was...very indifferent to a complaint from one of the group as overspray from his disinfectant squirter bottle blew into her face from the breeze as he wiped down our dirty table. Spraying the table a second time with almost same result was shear arrogance and naturally effected a more vocal reaction. His self serving response and disingenuous apology (of sorts) did nothing to diffuse the situation. A few minutes later when I tried to order our first round of drinks from the bar I was advised service has been refused to all persons on our table. When I asked her why, with a smarmy smirk and obvious sense of conceited empowerment she smugly advised "because you abused the VM and we are refusing service to all of you. And we can do that so all of you should to leave now." And so we did. With this sort of culture it was obvious why this venue was half empty despite nearly all other Southbank venues being packed. They say a fish rots from the head down. What an apt adage for a venue of this name. PS None of the group were intoxicated or unruly.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022 via mobile

Awesome cocktail selection! Fantastic location I tried the apple sour cocktail at $22 and it was very nice! Had a great view over the river with some light show happening and great experience

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 6 May 2022

Away in the precinct for a couple of days and thought we would try Ponyfish for a snack and a drink. The actual venue is OK, not greatly comfortable but acceptable and the locality is great. My wife had a glass of wine and I...had a beer. The draft beer was a little off and I suspect the lines need cleaning. We shared a Charcuterie Board. Unfortunately, that board was a little strange with some items, grapes for instance, not listed on the menu. Some other items were also missing and some had been substituted. Just seemed strange but we ate most of it eventually. Would not go back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 May 2022

Good spot right in the middle of the Yarra River. Staff were friendly and helpful with selections. We shared a pizza which was good. This is a good spot to spend an hour or two whilst in Melbourne.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 17 February 2022 via mobile

A nice little bar right on the water close to south bank area. Has a limit on numbers so get in quick! A range of drinks and smaller eats available. A nice spot to look up or down the Yarra!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Response from Mary K | Reviewed this property |
It is a bar not a cafe so it is not really a place for children.. that being said , I have seen children there with their parents. It is a great place to just sit and meet up with friends.
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I didnt notice but i'm sure it wouldnt be too hard to arrange
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Hello I am unsure about if they take reservations or even there meal times, we were just walking along the promenade to check out the Melbourne Star dinner cruise and seen this little pub in the middle of the river and... More
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Ponyfish Island is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5