Everyone’s Favourite Citrusy Spritz!

The summery good times keep rolling with the announcement of some exciting new pop-ups at two of Melbourne’s most popular venues – Riverland on the Yarra River and Bang Bang at the Rifle Club in Elsternwick. 

 In a celebration of everyone’s favourite citrusy spritz, Melbourne’s only Club Aperol is now open at Riverland. From 4 January – 19 February, visitors can head down the Riverland steps to find a hidden Italian oasis. Aperol spritzes will be available in glasses ($12) and jugs ($45), as well as $8 Peroni red cans. Snacks will be available in the form of spuntini, which are bite- sized Italian treats (think Italian tapas!) The spuntini bar will operate from Thursday – Sunday.

 Some of the spuntini on offer include: buffalo ricotta and pickled zucchini crostini; white anchovies, gordal olives and guindillas (peppers); smoked cod and potato crostini and noix de jambon with pickled cucumber and melon. These tasty treats are just $3 a pop. A selection of platters will also be on offer for those after something more substantial – seafood ($38), antipasto ($26) and cheese ($24). Belissimo!

 Club Aperol will be telecasting the Australian Open onscreen every day, as well as running an instagram competition to win ground passes each day of the major sporting event. 


 Bang Bang at the Rifle Club will be launching Sunday Spritz sessions from 21 January to make the venue the perfect spot for capping off the weekend.

“Locals have told us how much they love spending their Sunday afternoons at Bang Bang, so we decided to respond to that by launching Sunday Spritz sessions,” says Toby Waite, Bang Bang Venue Manager.

Starting from $14, there are five varieties of spritzes on offer: the much-loved Aperol spritz, Jason Mimosa (Cointreau, orange, prosecco), Sloe Down (Plymouth Sloe gin, mint, prosecco), Bank St (St Germain, cucumber, sparking) and Shrub Lyf (Strawberry shrub, prosecco).

Snacks will take the form of bao and cones, including scrumptious items such as charred lamb bao with pickled ginger and soy; avocado and smoked trout bao with pickled shallot; chicken ribs and chips with roasted shallot dressing; and the crisp pumpkin with mint, tamarind and lettuce cone.

With beautiful spaces throughout the venue from the gorgeously styled indoor areas, to the intimate backyard bar overlooking the adjacent park, Bang Bang truly is the perfect spot for a Sunday session. 

 Club Aperol – Riverland

Daily from 4 January – 19 February, from 11:00am

Federation Wharf

@riverlandbar @aperolspritzau 


Sunday Spritz – Bang Bang at the Rifle Club

Sundays from 21 January, from 11:00am

294 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Information Courtesy of Riverland Group/ Zilla and Brook – Maddie Garratt

Images Supplied Courtesy of  Aperol, McCudy Media/Zilla and Brook


Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

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