Get Fish-Eyed On This Neon Party Barge That’s Hitting The Yarra This Summer

Can you smell that?

Something smells got dang fishy and it isn’t the tuna salad I’m sadly sucking down at my desk.

Melburnites, wake up and smell the invertebrate animal because you’re getting a floating bar on the Yarra River this summer.

And it’s not just any ordinary floating bar (if there is such a thing). This one’s called Supafish and it’s a 38-metre floating funhouse with glowing eyes and neon ribs that’s set to swim into town this December, settling in at Southbank.

Here’s an artist’s interpretation of what this liquor-ladling creature is going to look like:

The 300-capacity barge is the brainchild of Aussie DJ turned hospitality entrepreneur Grant Smillie (he’s the bloke behind Hollywood hotspot E.P. & L.P.) and marketing guru Andrew Mackinnon (owner of ad agency The Taboo Group). The pair also co-own riverside party place Ponyfish Island, so they’re well versed in the creation of Good Times and Great Classic Hits and this will no doubt become a destination for both those things.

It’s not just a turps-heavy trawler. They’ll be slinging Mexican cuisine too, with a menu designed by Nick Peters and Matt Lane from Mamasita and Hotel Jesus. That means ceviche, baby, and lots of it.

But we can’t forget about the booze. Punters will be able to wet their whistles with summery cocktails (including Pimms on tap) from 11am to 1am, seven days a week, until the fish swims back to school in February 2018.

Smillie will be manning the decks on board, so here’s hoping he plays nothing but Flaunt It on repeat.

You can stay up to date with official open times via Supafish’s Insta