royal croquet club melbourne

Royal Croquet Club is a pop up food, entertainment, sporting and lifestyle festival open for just 2 weeks until Sunday 1 February. I reckon it’s the hottest place to hang out this summer.

royal croquet club melbourne

Picking up where the Night Noodle Market left off, the area by the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr features some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants – along with a full size croquet pitch. I was invited along for a tasting.


Food-wise you’ll find the Broadsheet Summer BBQ featuring D.O.C, Mr Claws, Meatmother, Miss Chu, St Ali and Gelato Messina. So much choice, so little stomach room….so if you don’t mind eating dessert first then my tip is to head straight to one of the Desserts in a Can by Gelato Messina ($9)! You’ll skip the queues and have enough room to enjoy the highlight of my meal.

royal croquet club melbourne

What is the Gelato Messina International Soup Kitchen? Basically the famous gelateria has devised some ingenious dessert concoctions all served up in a fake Campbells soup can – very Andy Warhol. I tried the Zuppa Duppa, with hazelnut gelato, wild strawberry preserve, pistachio crunch and amaretti biscotti – creamy, crunchy and oh so decadent and the kind of ice cream innovation that Gelato Messina is known for. Other flavours include ‘Black Forest Bisque’, ‘Faux Pho’ and ‘American Chow Down’.

royal croquet club melbourne

Back to the savouries each restaurant has a small selection of menu items, all hovering around the $10-$15 mark. You’ll probably eat two or three items so expect to pay around $40 for food.

royal croquet club melbourne

If you like your meat then grab  Meatmother’s ‘Burnt Ends’ – slippery cubes of slow cooked pork belly with jalapeno slaw and Mother BBQ sauce ($12).

royal croquet club melbourne

Lobster lovers must try Mr Claws lobster rolls filled with chunky lobster flesh in a soft buttery bun ($12). You can choose your lobster dressing from classic mayo base, chunky miso wasabi to spicy sriracha.

The drink of choice has go to be a Pimms cup – otherwise Yalumba wines or Heineken beers are on offer.

royal croquet club melbourne

The croquet action is pretty laid back. Basically just pick up a free mallet and off you go!

royal croquet club melbourne

royal croquet club melbourne

Royal Croquet Club is a really fun, relaxed place for eating, drinking and badly played ball sports – a great place for post-work get-together, a date or to hang out with friends. I’m hoping to visit the Royal Croquet Club at least three more times before it closes so that I can try each of the Gelato Messina’s International Soup Kitchen flavours!

From tonight Friday 23 January Royal Croquet Club will be celebrating the Australia Day long weekend with a Truck-A-Palooza festival with nine food trucks in attendance from 5pm and a special headline guest performing at sunset each night. Don’t miss it!

Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Fri 16 Jan – Sun 1 Feb

Free entry event from Sunday through to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays are $5 after 7pm.

Monday – Thursday: 4pm -11pm

Friday: 4pm – 1am

Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Extended Trading hours for the Australia day Long Weekend & Closing Weekend:

Sunday 25th: 12pm – 12am

Monday 26th: 12pm – 12am

Closing Night Sunday 1st Feb: 12pm – 12am