Under a canopy of umbrellas and fairy lights, join us at our new pop-up garden bar ARDEN. Located on the Southbank Theatre forecourt, it’s the perfect place for a pre or post-show drink and bite to eat.

Serviced by the Ground Floor Bar inside Southbank Theatre, you can order from our full range of drinks and snacks or try the ARDEN signature drink, the Chandon Garden Spritz – a unique blend of Chandon sparkling wine and locally sourced organic bitters made from naval and blood Oranges, dried orange peel and natural Herbs and spices. It’s the first sip of Summer!

Ordering food is easy via the QR code at your table, with a specially curated menu provided by our neighbours Script Bar & Bistro. Items include a selection of Script classics that are quick to order and enjoyed outdoors before a show including house-made pasta dishes, salt and pepper calamari, antipasti and shoestring fries & aioli.

Opening hours

ARDEN is open pre-show, interval and post-show for the season of As You Like It, from two hours before each performance and closes one hour following the show. In the event of extreme weather, ARDEN will not operate.


No bookings are required for ARDEN. Due to density limits, it is first come, first served.

Southbank Theatre Bars and ARDEN are cash-free. We welcome payment by card, Apple Pay or Google Pay. ARDEN is a non-smoking area. Only alcohol purchased from the Southbank Theatre bar may be consumed in the area. 

Supported by the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government

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