Tucked above the bustle of Bayswater Road and rubbing elbows with the hubbub of Hugo’s Lounge in the Potts Point bar precinct is Montague. Brought to you by the team behind Concrete Blonde and neatly tucked beside its big sister, Montague is named after that feuding family of the romantic Romeo & Juliet saga.
Bearing its own brand of romantic design chic, this tiny space spills onto the terrace for an indoor/outdoor experience to rival any scene on Juliet’s balcony. The cocktails menu has a flat price of $12.50, while plates of prosciutto, pate and calamari are served up by the platter and will see change for a $20.
Interior design is by Kelvin Ho (Flying Squirrel, Bondi) and incorporates a huge insignia scrawled on one wall in expressive red graffiti. And if the real balcony space isn’t enough, there’s a fresco of Juliet’s famous balcony to heighten the romance.
But it’s not all references to Shakespeare; furniture is by designer Henry Wilson and compliments the space’s concrete and industrial touches. And just to cement the fact that this is far from an exercise in the purely nostalgic, the bar itself is constructed using shipping crates, the walls are black chalkboard and the picnic-style tables and bench seating bring a casual air.
Welcome back to the present-day, with a sly nod to the romantics amongst us.