Pop up bars are, by their nature, temporary affairs – and they usually look it. Luckily it’s fashionable to be minimalist, meaning a makeshift counter (seats optional) and a stereo is usually more than sufficient – but the latest pop-up by Peroni is a little more polished.
Actually, Momenti Peroni is almost polished enough to be a permanent bar although it’ll only be around until December 19. Occupying a three-level (if you count the mezzanine) storefront on Victoria Road, this feels more complete than temporary. It also has a decent menu.
I’d heard there was a free aperitivo tasting plate if you buy a Peroni between 5pm-7pm (which I arrived too late for), but there are also meals such as Yamba prawns with avocado salsa and calamari with roasted garlic mayonnaise.
Not expecting any of this, however, I’d only planned to quickly pop in for a beer (I’d promised my cat I’d spend some quality time with him) and so I order a draught Peroni, although there’s also a selection of Italian wines and cocktails available, including the Bellini and Negroni. As soon as I have my beer in hand I then notice they stock the Peroni Gran Riserva (a strong malt beer that’s 6.6 per cent alcohol), which I’ve never tried before and wish I’d ordered.
Still, I like my Peroni – it has a subtle, light and almost floral flavour to it – and I sip it as I take a gander around me.
Despite what I said in my first paragraph, the design here is minimalist – but in a stylised way. Most surfaces are white, except for the odd mirror and the tree trunk stools, and there are metal spheres hanging from the ceiling. This is almost the type of place you’d see in La Dolce Vita and the low atmospheric funky bass the DJ’s playing adds to the atmosphere.
The crowd is mainly smartly dressed women in their 20s who are looking at me with suspicion (possibly due to the cat hair on my jeans. I’m beginning to think owning a cat might not be the aphrodisiac to women I thought it would be). Realising that my mojo isn’t enough for this sophisticated Darlinghurst crowd (hell, lately it isn’t even enough for the Townie in Newtown) I finish my beer, brush more hair off my clothes, and strut my cat-loving arse out of there and back to my feline.
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate Momenti Peroni?
Momenti Peroni, 304 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays.