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Pops of vivid colour, aromas of smoky chorizo and the hiss of craft beer cans cracking. The Stomping Ground La Boca pop-up at Arts Centre Melbourne is the perfect embodiment of everything that’s great about summer.

The pop-up beer garden brings a small slice of Argentina to Melbourne, coinciding with the opening of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA. La Boca, named after the famous Buenos Aires neighbourhood at the mouth of the Riachuelo River, is a multisensory delight. With craft brews from Melbourne’s Stomping Ground Brewing Co and snacks from Southbank restaurant, Asado, visitors will be taken on a journey to this vibrant part of the world.

Colourful and bright, the pop-up beer garden allows you to sit back in a deck chair, craft brew in one hand, Argentinian delicacy in the other. The beer list is full of floral and fruity concoctions. The La Boca pilsner, brewed especially for this summer pop-up, goes down a treat. The Watermelon Smash is a lip-smacking fruity sour that will wash over you like a gentle wave.

The culinary offering from the team at Asado is equally moreish. Smoky, salty and delicious, each dish celebrates the true essence and passion behind Argentinian cooking. The choripan, an Argentinian sandwich where a fluffy white baguette is wrapped around a lightly charred hunk of chorizo and dressed with tangy chimichurri, is a perfect accompaniment to the easy-drinking La Boca pilsner. Likewise, the delicate sweetness from the corn and cheese empanadas are enhanced with every sip of the mouth-watering Guava Smash from Stomping Ground.

Obviously ideal for a pre-show visit, the beer garden is a destination within itself, coming alive every night and scheduled live entertainment with Argentinian inspired performances adding to the atmosphere. The ambience, with the festoon lighting strung overhead and the distant lapping of the National Gallery of Victoria’s fountains in the background, centres you in this multicultural experience. Throughout summer, the pop-up will be hosting visitors every day and night, as performances across the entire precinct and Sidney Myer Music Bowl fill the calendar.

Arts Centre Melbourne is a venue for all seasons, and this summer is no exception.

If you’re looking for the ideal space for your 2019 event, get in contact with the Conferences, Meetings and Events team to chat about realising the vision for your event. Please call the team on (03) 9281 8350 or email

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