Bistro / Bar

Member’s Dining & Bar

Located on the first level, with direct access to the deck, the Southern Water’s Room is a great place to watch the bay and the beach over summer. In winter there is no better place to be than enjoying the couches in front of the warming fire. The Racing Lounge and deck area offers quick and tasty bar snacks and a great bistro menu. Dinner reservations over summer are strongly recommended. For further information on dining at BYS please refer to the FAQs at the bottom of this page

Our dining and bar is open in-line with the current Victorian Government restrictions.


Member’s Cock of the Bay Buffet Dinner – Sunday 26 December

This year sees the traditional Cock of the Bay race resume, with the race finish being at BYS. With over 53 boats in the race to date and over 40 berthing at BYS to then compete in the Melbourne to Devonport or Melbourne to Hobart races and the BYS Petersville Regatta, we are expecting a busy night at the club. To ensure we can cater for our members, we will be offering a buffet in the Racing Lounge and on the deck off the Racing Lounge. Members will be required to pre-purchase a ticket for the buffet and will be given a wrist band on the evening with presentation of their ticket. Tickets are limited and available for purchase now.

It is recommended that members with tickets for the buffet enter the club through the front doors rather than the deck stairs.


What are your opening hours?

Our Bar and Bistro opening hours may differ depending on the time of year.  During Xmas and January we are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For the other 11 months of the year our opening hours are reduced to certain days and times of the week. Please refer to the table above for the current opening times for the Bar / Bistro.

Do I need to book for lunch / dinner?

We strongly advise booking your table in advance, as there are times when we are full and unfortunately are unable to accommodate walk-ins.  Therefore to avoid disappointment we do encourage you to book via the online booking system, or by calling Reception during office hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) to book over the phone 5925 9600.

Do I need to be a member to come for a drink/meal?

No, you don’t need to be a member to dine or drink in the bistro, however, you MUST be in the company of a member, whose obligation it is to sign you in as their guest and be with you during your visit to BYS.  These requirements are mandatory under our Liquor Licensing regulations.

Can I bring a guest/s?

Members are entitled to bring guests with them up to 12 times per year, split over off-peak and peak periods – this being 6 times between May-October and 6 times between November-April.  Note that guests MUST be signed-in at all times to cover our Liquor Licensing regulations.  There is no limit to the number of guests a member can bring, however, EACH guest must adhere to the number of times that they can be signed-in, which is mentioned before (i.e. up to a maximum of 12 times per year)

Can I bring my own bottle of wine?

Unfortunately we do not allow BYO alcohol.  We are a fully licensed venue and all alcohol must be purchased from the bar.