MELBOURNE | Bodega Underground is a CBD basement bar that offers great Mexican food and drinks until the early hours of the morning. I recently went into to take some photos of the venue for What’s On Melbourne, and wasn’t going to let the food go to waste after I’d taken the photos that I needed to.
It’s a great place to enjoy a few drinks, with an intimate, low lit vibe and eclectic tunes pulsating through the venue. The energy is fun, with staff and guests alike enjoying themselves. The fit out features inspiration and trinkets from owners Julian Downing and Geoff Machirus’ many trips to Mexico, with particular homage to Mexican cinema.
Tequila and mezcal are the focus here, and the list is extensive. They’re quality spirits that are best enjoyed straight, and there’s an assortment of tasting flights on offer if you want a journey through different flavour profiles. If straight spirits aren’t your thing, there’s also tequila and mezcal cocktails, along with Mexican and Aussie beers, and a sharp, quality wine list.
For food, it’s assorted share plates and a selection of six different tacos. If you’re really hungry, the ‘feed me’ option is a great choice. Highlights include the eight hour slow cooked beef birria tacos, braised pork (carnitas) tacos with, salsa roja, escabeche pickled fennel, and coriander, the grilled street corn, and churros con dulce de leche.
Brunch fans should check out the bottomless brunch offering that’s available from Friday through Sunday. It’s great value at $69 for five dishes plus bottomless drinks for 90 minutes.
55 Little Bourke Street
Mon – Tue: 4:00pm to 3:00am
Wed – Fri: 12:00pm to 3:00am
Sat – Sun: 11:30am to 3:00am