Summer hit list: Club Aperol at Fatto

Club Aperol at Fatto

Orange is the new black in Melbourne this summer, thanks to must-visit pop-up bar Club Aperol at Fatto. The Aperol crew invited us over for a round of spritzes in the sun this weekend and I have to say it’s a pretty slick operation.

The view-blessed terrace outside Fatto Bar & Cantina has been transformed into a chi-chi urban country club, complete with astroturf, market umbrellas and a vine-shrouded bocce court. From 15 January, the space will be reworked around a tennis theme to tie in with the Australian Open. Ace.

Aperol Spritz at Club Aperol

During the post-work Aperitivo hours (5pm–7pm), a classic Aperol Spritz can be yours for a mere $7. After 7pm it steps up to $10 – which is still a bargain – and a handful of Aperol cocktails also come to the party. Throw in a DJ and some of Melbourne’s most Instagrammable vistas, and you have the makings of the perfect pop-up.

After a traditional spritz or two, we sipped our way through the Urban Sunset of Aperol, bitters and vermouth ($12), a lighter, brighter take on the negroni, and the Un Pizzico D’Italia (that’s a Touch of Italy, $12), a refreshing, summery blend of Aperol, Bulldog gin, cucumber, basil and ginger ale.

Eat My Words at Club Aperol

These zippy, peach-hued spritzes may look innocent enough, but as you’re knocking back Aperol, Prosecco and soda through a straw, they can quickly creep up on you. Nip any naughtiness in the bud by ordering Harry’s Bar chicken sandwiches ($9) or a grilled mortadella panino ($12) from a short list of snacks coming out of the Fatto kitchen.

If the weather’s playing ball, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate the Melbourne summer. Put this one on the must-do list.

Club Aperol at Fatto
Wednesdays to Sundays from 5pm, until 31 January
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne (near Hamer Hall)


Sarah Gamboni is an Australian food, drinks and travel writer. Sarah writes for leading lifestyle magazines and websites, and produces content for a range of clients spanning tourism bodies, beauty products, food and fashion. She is currently based in Dubai with her husband, Simon, and daughter, Francesca.

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